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What should we do with plantations?

The lavish estates where Black people were enslaved usually whitewash their history. Here's how these places might begin to redeem themselves.

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A true story about Boston in 50 words.

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The ocean as hero, not victim

A marine biologist talks about the fate of coastal cities, protecting the ocean, and why fighting climate change means engaging communities of color.

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With no exit from coronavirus, take some advice from Sartre

How to overcome existential despair.

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On the ballot: An end to forever wars

The fall election could be a turning point in American foreign policy.

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Social Studies: Money wasted on red-light cameras and military aid

Unexpected findings from the world of social science.

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Creativity springs from unusual pairings

A scientist who doubles as a professional singer reveals how a surprising combination produced a biological innovation.

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The radicalization of the leaf blower

When dads take to the street

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The absence of live audiences is no laughing matter

With broadcast studios empty, jokes fall flat. Science helps explain why.

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Social Studies: Vaccine polarization, natural cures, and the rude woman penalty

Unexpected findings from the world of social science

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When they say the fight against racism starts at home, they aren’t lying

My mom loved me. And I loved her. But that didn’t stop racism from living between us.

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The TikTok backlash is hypocritical

It's true that the Chinese social media app is invasive. But so are Facebook and several other domestic social media services.

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The best route for moving up is in danger of being blocked

A failure to invest sufficiently in public colleges hindered the economic recovery from the Great Recession a decade ago. Let's not make that mistake again.

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What does a negative coronavirus test really reveal?

Finding the virus is one thing. But failing to find it isn't so definitive.

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The ingenious and tasty cookout of 2030

What innovative food will be served at the tasty and sustainable barbecues in the summer of 2030?

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Agriculture’s extremely tiny saviors

Custom-made microbes are coming to make farms cleaner and crops more productive.

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What will become of Generation Covid?

My grandmother was shaped by the Great Depression. My kids will be shaped by the pandemic.

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Racism is like a virus

'Unless we’re all actively working as one, I don’t think it’s ever really going to go away.'

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A true story about Boston in 50 words.

OPINION

The swift boating of Tammy Duckworth

With the senator and decorated veteran on the VP shortlist, Trump's cronies try to impugn her reputation.

OPINION

Sanctions-mad America turns on its friends

Punishing Germany, Mexico, and other allies is bad policy

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Coronavirus and the gift of anonymity

Some people refuse to wear masks; others tolerate them in the name of public health. Then there’s another category — the people who prefer them.

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Rebuilding Notre Dame, stone by virtual stone

A high-tech restoration effort

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Social Studies: Woke unionism, hot stocks, and contagious egos

Suprising findings from the world of social science

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Welcome to the new civil rights era

If elected, Joe Biden will have to answer to an antiracist movement that isn't going away.

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Mars needs a constitutional convention

A Q&A with astrobiologist Charles Cockell, who investigates how to prevent settlements in space from becoming breeding grounds for tyranny.

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What compels us to explore Mars?

We are seeking places where secrets are held, hoping to defy our isolation in the universe.

50 Words: Coffee!

A true story about Boston in 50 words.

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In case of economic emergency: break glass

Here's how we can put an end to bad bailouts.

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Make broadband far more affordable

Boosting the subsidies that help people get online would expand access to education, health care, and economic opportunity.

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How to fix the police

Reforming law enforcement can't just be about preventing excessive policing. It also has to address the problem of under-policing.

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Data Point: The bipartisan consensus for climate action

A new survey shows broad support for plans to reduce carbon emissions.

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The benefits of surveillance without its downsides

Technological surveillance is both a threat to our autonomy and an opportunity to build a more humane world. We need a new social compact to manage it.

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The rise and fall of North America

For the first time in living memory, this continent’s three biggest countries are poorly led.

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A message for my father, from a stubborn son

It’s taken a long time to get to this point, but I can finally appreciate what he has given me.

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The failure of memory and unreality of time in lockdown

We'll always remember the highly charged events of the past few weeks, unlike the indistinct days that many people experienced before — and could encounter again.

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50 Words: Sign of the times

A true story about Boston in 50 words.

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Black Lives Matter in a haven for white supremacists

The inside story of a historic march in a small town in Arkansas.

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Data Point: The prevalence of the bumbling sitcom dad

A study of fatherly foolishness on television

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The gaming cure

Video game Rx for ADHD.

OPINION

The emancipation of Aunt Jemima

Racist advertising logos, potent symbols of white supremacy, need to be forever retired.

OPINION

The nationalist president and the white supremacist

In June 2015, Donald Trump and Dylann Roof ushered in a new era of racist violence and white resentment.

OPINION

Donald Trump is putting his own supporters at deadly risk and they don’t seem to care

The madness of the GOP.

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As a Black mother-to-be, I’m already full of heartache

When will my unborn son start being viewed as a threat instead of a child?

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Bodily consent in the age of COVID-19

What to do when others show disregard for social distancing protocols you intend to follow? State your boundaries kindly — but firmly.

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Keep nuclear testing off the table

A very dangerous idea has resurfaced in the Trump administration’s approach to arms control negotiations.

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