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Syrian residents of the rebel-held town of Douma, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, break their fast with the "iftar" meal on a heavily damaged street on June 18, 2017, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.
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Can Stories About Food Upend Familiar Narratives of War?

Refugees are often portrayed as helpless victims — reporting on culture and cuisine is one way to tell the whole story.

A woman and baby wearing face masks walk in the Forbidden City during heavy pollution in Beijing on February 28, 2013. Beijing residents were urged to stay indoors as pollution levels soared before a sandstorm brought further misery to China's capital. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones        (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)

As Environmental Catastrophe Looms, Is it Ethical to Have Children?

Two philosophers discuss the morality of family planning in the age of climate change.

Thousands of women Pro-Choice protesters on Debnicki Square, in Krakow, during a 'Black protest'. Women nationwide strike took place all around the country and it is the response against the proposed tightening of the law on abortion in Poland. Polish women are demanding respect for their right to free choice and the freedom to decide about their own bodies and lives.
On Monday, 3 October 2016, in Krakow, Poland. (Photo by Artur Widak/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Can Women Really Revolutionize Politics With Protest?

From Poland’s “Black Monday” strike to women shedding the compulsory hijab on social media, there is power in sisterhood and solidarity.

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Innovations: How Taking Mug Shots of Fish Can Save the Species

A database of fish faces, electrode-outfitted headphones, and a new twist on the tourniquet.

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The Exchange: Why Americans Can’t Cope With Trauma

Writers Meghan O'Rourke and Hanya Yanagihara explore death and grief in the Facebook age.

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Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Have Made Bank On the Speaking Circuit. They Aren’t the Only Ones.

Just a single speech from Snoop Dogg, Jon Stewart, or Jodie Foster could rake in more than $50,000.

PINGTANG, CHINA - MAY 07: (CHINA OUT) Aerial view of the construction site of a Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Telescope (FAST) on May 7, 2016 in Pingtang County, Guizhou Province of China. The dish-like telescope, as large as 30 football fields, will be completed in September 2016.

Innovations: Can China’s Super-Sensitive New Telescope Talk to E.T.?

Plus, a sub that stays dry, a B2-inspired battery, and a DNA scanner that catches poachers red-handed.

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The Exchange: Why Nation Is One of the Greatest Stories Ever Told

Novelists Chigozie Obioma and Taiye Selasi explore how a nation-state shapes a person’s identity — and influences a writer’s fiction.

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Rare-Earth Market

By monopolizing the mining of rare-earth metals, China could dictate the future of high-tech.

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Innovations: Why the Future of War Might Look Like Vegas

A naval laser light show, a cactus-inspired hydrogen car, and a new way to keep space clean.

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The Exchange: When Do African Problems Need African Solutions?

Ameenah Gurib-Fakim and Ory Okolloh discuss the continent's brain drain and debate the best ways to keep talent at home.

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The Exchange: Are Journalists Checking their Privilege When Covering Refugees?

Tobias Zielony and Anna Badkhen on the displaced, the Global South, and what Africans misunderstand about their peers who’ve made it to Germany.

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