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Taking a deep look at how China has transformed its capacity for scientific research and innovation provides a window into the country’s ambitions and possible paths in the future.Read More

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California’s plan to make all of its electricity carbon free by 2045 will double electricity demand. Three groups of analysts optimize its grid to be economically and environmentally sustainable.Read More



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Duyi Han: The Saints Wear White

An outpouring of creative responses have given voice to suffering, loss, and trauma caused by the pandemic. For Duyi Han, the creative director of Doesn’t Come Out, a design studio in New York and Los Angeles, the response was personal. Born in Shanghai, Han became increasingly concerned about his grandparents, who live in Wuhan, China, where the coronavirus first appeared. Read More

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Can Time-Traveling Guts Cure What Ails Us?

VISION: Sample and log people’s intestinal bacteria, so that if they get sick they can restore their gut microbiome to its former healthy state. Read More

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Rethinking Infrastructure in an Era of Unprecedented Weather Events

As the government considers a huge investment in America’s infrastructure systems, a more integrated and systemic approach is needed to ensure the nation’s resilience in the face of a changing climate.Read More

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The little electric hearts of appliances give the modern home a comforting background hum. The whirl and wheeze of fridge and freezer. The occasional sigh of the computer in its sleep. The whoosh of the furnace blowing hot air through the vents. Read More

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Although there are many philosophical and sociological definitions of the concept of “privacy” as an ethical value in technology, what ultimately affects people’s daily life is how privacy is designed into these products. Read More

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