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Koriyama city, Fukushima prefecture, Japan

The US has twenty-three reactors of the same design as the Fukushima No. 1 reactor that is now in partial meltdown, and our federal regulators are captives of the nuclear industry.

Many European countries have responded to the impending fuel crisis with taxes on energy, driving down consumption with higher prices. But the US hasn't followed their lead, and the consequences may be disastrous for our collective future.

With a sharp eye for cultural patterns and a keen feel for the shape of a story, Claude Lévi-Strauss was a poet in the laboratory of anthropology.

Just after Christmas, the "death panel" meme was resurrected by healthcare opponents who worked the same network that has been fighting legal abortion since the 1970s.

You can't bargain about global warming with chemistry and physics. 

With limited supply, a growing population, increased personal use and climate change, "we're on a collision course with our finite supply of water."

When revelations of unethical medical experimentation by the US in Guatemala surfaced, there were, as always, protestations of "never again." But we're failing to address the true cost of the experiment: distrust of the medical establishment among the disenfranchised.

The Yellowstone success story and those who want to kill it.

The enigma of George Price: He derived an equation for the evolution of altruism, yet he died believing himself a failed good Samaritan.

When we willingly donate parts of our bodies to science, who should profit?

Blogs

The scariest conclusion of a new comprehensive study is that scientists have no clue what geoengineering would really do to the planet.

February 10, 2015

“Cloud labor” sites like Crowdflower may be the face of the future—but their wages are stuck in a sweatshop past.

January 5, 2015

The real tech revolution may not be in Silicon Valley but at a Nokia factory outside Chennai.

December 29, 2014

Los Angeles is trying to make good jobs vital to producing good food.

November 3, 2014

In the fight against labor exploitation, a new tool allows workers to be their own watchdogs.

October 27, 2014

A Republican Senate could threaten the EPA and reverse some environmental policy gains.

October 27, 2014

The Electronics Watch coalition has a plan: harness consumer power to hold tech giants accountable.

October 22, 2014

An increasingly technologized world makes life easier… for some people, anyway.

September 29, 2014

While the tech world fawns over the new iPhone 6, labor abuses abound at an Apple factory in China.

September 10, 2014

Pundits and politicians agree: Edward Snowden did something naughty. But what do the people think?

July 15, 2014