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Ideas | Darci Marriott

Sex work by the numbers

When sex work is criminalized, those who choose to work in the industry put themselves at risk.


Tweets of the Week: Troops to the Middle East and taxing the rich

A look back at the week in 280 characters.

Ideas | Sage Stossel

Visting President Trump’s Washington, D.C.

It was a disconcerting time to be introducing a kid to America’s seat of government.

Ideas | Beth Wolfensberger Singer

The Mother’s Day cards you really need

This Mother’s Day, make sure you give your mom thanks for the important things in life.


By the numbers: How many solo moms in the US?

Nearly a quarter of American mothers, or about one in four, are solo moms, according to Pew Research Center.

Ideas | Julie Suratt

The death of the school dance

The school dance was a melting pot of social cliques — nerds, jocks, artists, stoners, musicians, theater geeks. You never knew who you might see there, and that made it fun.

KYANGWALI, UGANDA - APRIL 06: A baby girl from Uganda suffering with cholera lies in a ward in the Kasonga Cholera Treatment Unit in the Kyangwali Refugee Settlement on April 6, 2018 in Kyangwali, Uganda. According to the UNHCR almost 70,000 people have arrived in Uganda from the Democratic Republic of Congo since the beginning of 2018 as they escape violence in the Ituri province. The majority of refugees are arriving by boat across Lake Albert, which lies between the two countries. With refugee settlements in Uganda almost at maximum capacity there are plans for new settlements to be built to deal with the continuing influx of people. A cholera outbreak in the settlements has left at least 42 dead and many hundreds severely affected. The World Food Programme anticipates providing food and nutrition for up to 1.6 million refugees this year. Fighting in DRC between the Hema and Lendu communities has seen villages being burnt and dozens killed in the fresh outbreak of violence. (Photo by )

Ideas | Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

A world-changing forum at MIT

MIT’s Solvers are collaborating to tackle the planet’s most difficult problems.

Ideas | Darci Marriott

How much is your flight harming the planet?

As we enter the travel season, millions of Americans will be taking the air. What’s the damage?

Ideas | Sage Stossel

This month’s forecast: cloudy with a chance of bad news

What to expect from May.

Ideas | Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Lost someone to Fox News? Science says they may be addicted to anger

We are angrier than ever before. Is there a scientific explanation for why fury is so intoxicating?

Ideas | Julie Scelfo

Will black women save us . . . again?

The heart and soul of the Democratic Party is the country’s 23 million black women, and any candidate of any complexion who ignores their power does so at his or her own peril.

Ideas | A.J.B. Lane

The impeachment flow chart

Let this handy decision tree help you make up your mind on whether to impeach President Trump.

Ideas | Anthony Flint

We’re redesigning our streetscape — but what if we’re getting it all wrong?

Making room for bicyclists and pedestrians is great. But how to prepare for driverless cars, trackless trams, and everything else that may come?

Ideas | Darci Marriott

How you can be a better eco-warrior

Being an eco-conscious warrior is more difficult than most may realize. Here are some things to think about while trying live a greener life.

Ningiukulu Teevee Uunnijut (Relaxing After a Meal), 2018 Stonecut on Paper 39 x 49.3 cm Reproduced with the permission of Dorset Fine Arts

Ideas | Bathsheba Demuth

How the warming Arctic is creating a worldwide transformation

The shifting, decreasing shape of the ice has changed the face of the seasons. It has altered something as basic as how people feed themselves.

SAN FRANCISCO - APRIL 22: A child's toy and plastic packaging are seen in a pile of recyclables at the San Francisco Recycling Center April 22, 2008 in San Francisco, California. To Coincide with Earth Day, San Francisco recycling companies, Sunset Scavenger Co. and Golden Gate Disposal & Recycling Co., have started accepting rigid plastics as part of their curbside recycling program. Customers will now be able to recycle rigid plastics such as plastic toys, paint buckets, clamshell containers and plant containers which in the past could not be properly processed. The San Francisco recycling center processes approximately 750 tons of recyclables a day. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Ideas | Amy Crawford

Boxes, pouches, cartons, and envelopes — oh my!

How do we balance the quick and easy fulfillment of our needs and desires against what’s good for the planet?

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 18: A page from the recently released Mueller Report is shown April 18, 2019 in Washington, DC. According to a person interviewed by Mueller's team, in response to news from then Attorney General Jeff Sessions that Robert Mueller had been appointed as a Special Counsel to investigate allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, U.S. President Donald Trump said

Ideas | Robert Tsai

Obstruction of justice? The damage runs much deeper than that.

Trump’s attorney general has laid out a theory of executive power that could haunt the country for a long time.

In this image made available on Tuesday April 16, 2019 flames and smoke rise from the blaze at Notre Dame cathedral in Paris, Monday, April 15, 2019. An inferno that raged through Notre Dame Cathedral for more than 12 hours destroyed its spire and its roof but spared its twin medieval bell towers, and a frantic rescue effort saved the monument's

Ideas | Aimee Ortiz

Notre Dame’s long and storied history speaks for itself

Standing at the city’s “Point Zero,” the official marker from which distances are measured in Paris, she is both the symbolic heart and literal heart of the city. But she is so much more.


Why we like to look and look at Lori Loughlin

Hint: It’s not her good hair.

This picture taken on April 18, 2019, shows the southern side of Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, three days after a fire devastated the landmark in the centre of the French capital. - France paid a daylong tribute on April 18, 2019 to the Paris firefighters who saved Notre Dame Cathedral from collapse, while construction workers rushed to secure an area above one of the church's famed rose-shaped windows and other vulnerable sections of the fire-damaged landmark. (Photo by BERTRAND GUAY / AFP)


Tweets of the Week: Notre Dame, youth vote, and the Mueller Report

A look back at the week in 280 characters snapshots.

Ducks swim in the evening in a lake orange colored by the sunset in Oldenburg, northern Germany on February 26, 2019. (Photo by Mohssen Assanimoghaddam / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUTMOHSSEN ASSANIMOGHADDAM/AFP/Getty Images

Ideas | Brandon Keim

Don’t doxx the duck

How do we navigate between wanting to share photos and videos of the creatures who delight us, and the possibility that attention will bring them harm?

FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2016 file photo, Iran's Revolutionary Guard troops march in a military parade marking the 36th anniversary of Iraq's 1980 invasion of Iran, in front of the shrine of late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, just outside Tehran, Iran. While U.S. President Donald Trump angered Iran with his speech on refusing to re-certify the nuclear deal, Tehran won't walk away from it in retaliation. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)

Ideas | Thanassis Cambanis

The dangers of escalation with Iran

We’re about to witness a real-life test of an Iran policy that eschews diplomacy and embraces confrontation.


Tweets of the week: Attorney General William Barr, family separation, and T.S. Eliot

A look back at the week in 280 characters snapshots.


Readers React: ‘This madness has to stop’

“College administrators are too highly paid and there are too many of them. Parents’ salaries are too low and estimated family contribution is too high.”


By The Number: Right whales

The whales, which return annually to Cape Cod waters to feed and mate, are among the world’s most endangered species.

Ideas | Sage Stossel

Boston is bracing for an impending caravan

This caravan is an inspiration not just for the glimpse it offers of formidable vistors in our midst, but also for the vision it offers of expanded potential in ourselves.

Ideas | Tony Rehagen

My people didn’t integrate well into America. And they were German

We were once tarred and feathered for usurping WASP dreams. Now we point fingers at the immigrants from south of the border. Racism, it seems, is just another step toward becoming American.

Boston MA , 05/16/07 The Old North Church was the place in 1775 where church sexton, Robert Newman (cq) climbed the steeple and held high two lanterns as a signal from Paul Revere that the British were marching to Lexington and Concord by sea and not land. The event started the American Revolution. (Jonathan Wiggs/ Globe Staff) Library Tag 06052007

Ideas | the Rev. Stephen T. Ayres

Boston’s historic landmarks could use more love

More resources are needed for Old North and our sister historic sites to keep iconic, centuries old structures in good condition.

Healthcare And Medicine. Doctor using a digital tablet

Ideas | Abraar Karan

Doctors and their unhealthy dependency on tech

As a physician in training, I have depended on an endless stream of electronic data to diagnose and treat my patients. That never worried me until the day our system went down.

Beautiful young woman make shopping in black friday holiday. Girl with black bag on dark background.

Ideas | Max Kutner

Higher education spent a fortune for prestige. Now it’s for sale to the highest bidders. How did we get here?

Since the ’80s, colleges and universities have spent a fortune to establish their prestige. Now it’s for sale to the highest bidders.


Tweets of the Week: Uranus, Joe Biden, and political outrage

A look back at the week in 280 characters snapshots.


Readers React: ‘It’s tough being black in America’

Last Sunday, Globe columnist Jeff Jacoby argued that reparations for slavery were both unworkable and unjust, sparking a heated conversation among readers.

Ideas | A.J.B. Lane

The once and future Brexit

An Arthurian explanation of Brexit — sort of.

Visitors look at a display for 5G wireless technology from Chinese technology firm Huawei at the PT Expo in Beijing, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2018. The government-organized event comes amid a mounting tariff war with Washington over Beijing's plans for state-led creation of its own global technology competitors. (AP Photo/)

Ideas | Thomas Levenson

Game over, the Chinese have won

If the US loses its dominance over scientific research, the consequences will exceed — and outlast — any short-term commercial gains.

FILE- In this March 7, 2012 file photo, Illinois gun owners and supporters file out National Rifle Association applications while participating in an Illinois Gun Owners Lobby Day convention before marching to the Illinois state Capitol in Springfield, Ill. Hearing aid maker Starkey Hearing Technologies is joining other companies that have cut ties with the National Rifle Association after the latest school massacre. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Opinion | Luke O’Neil

The NRA thinks your crazy ex-boyfriend should be able to get a gun

First you stop the violent exes from getting guns and next thing the King of England is quartering troops in our homes. Or something.

Aimee Ortiz

7 ways to protect yourself and your kids online

Trying to stay on top of all of the dangers online can be much like battling a mythical Hydra — cut off one head and two more grow in its place.

Julie Scelfo

On Instagram, the kids are alt-right

By building a platform where anyone can publish anything, social media companies have made it easier to propagate humanity’s darkest impulses.

Mohamad Ali and Mike Baker

Regulate, don’t break up

As the CEOs of two Boston tech companies, we agree with Senator Elizabeth Warren’s diagnosis that Big Tech requires a new set of rules, but we propose a different remedy.

Josh Bernoff

Fixing Facebook’s broken news feed

Facebook owes us all a clearer picture of how it works.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg returns after a break to continue testifying at a House Energy and Commerce hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, April 11, 2018, about the use of Facebook data to target American voters in the 2016 election and data privacy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)


Elizabeth Warren says we should take a big swipe at Big Tech. She’s right.

The era of self-policing must end; it’s time for serious reform and regulation.

A lit sign is seen at the entrance to Facebook's corporate headquarters location in Menlo Park, California on March 21, 2018. Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg vowed on March 21 to


A look at Facebook’s dominance and growth as well as its complicated relationship with American users.


A look at how Apple grew from a humble computer maker to an unstoppable force in tech.


A look at how the online retailer has skyrocketed since its inception, and how it successfully diversified its offerings and grew into a tech giant.


A look at the behemoth that is Alphabet, the parent company of Google, and how its many brand have achieved digital dominance.

Linda Rodriguez McRobbie

Facebook is family

One of few things that’s actually getting better thanks to Big Tech: long distance relationships.

FILE - This Oct. 11, 2010 file photo, shows the logo of the online network Facebook, recorded in Munich with a magnifying glass of a computer screen of a laptop. Facebook said Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2011, it is settling with the Federal Trade Commission over charges it deceived consumers. The FTC had charged that the social network told people they could keep the information they share private and then allowed for it to be made public. The charges go back to 2009.(AP Photo/dapd, Joerg Koch)

David N. Cicilline

Why I called for an antitrust investigation into Facebook

The Federal Trade Commission has its smoking gun. It’s past time for them to do something about it.