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How the U.S. Lifted Children Out of Poverty and Then Threw Them Back Into It

After the expanded child tax credit expired, America’s child poverty rate doubled. Why was that policy so successful, and what can be done to fill the gap?


A Young Architect’s Designs for the Climate Apocalypse

Pavels Hedström believes that most architecture separates us from nature. He wants to make nonhuman life inescapable.


How Glossier Made Effortlessness a Billion-Dollar Brand

In the influencer era, Emily Weiss built a beauty empire on hashtags, highlighter, and customer-led marketing campaigns.


A Cube Glows in Downtown Manhattan

Beyond the amber marble that sheathes PAC NYC are three maximally transformable theatre spaces and a Marcus Samuelsson restaurant.


Looking for Art in the James Webb Telescope

In the film “2001: A Space Odyssey,” an astronaut travels through a seeming tunnel of light. (In the novelization, he radios to mission control: “The thing’s hollow—it goes on forever—and—oh my God!—it’s full of stars!


Would Steven Soderbergh Kill Baby Facebook?

The director of “Command Z”—a series about a regretful, time-bending billionaire, played by Michael Cera—ponders time-machine-aided do-overs with the writer Kurt Andersen.


Romy’s Exuberant Eurodance Revival

On “Mid Air,” the xx singer and guitarist embraces Y2K dance music, transforming big-room E.D.M. drops into elegant crescendos.


Could Ultrasound Replace the Stethoscope?

Miniaturization, experimentation, and A.I. have unlocked revolutionary potential in an old technology.


Could Coal Waste Be Used to Make Sustainable Batteries?

Acid mine drainage has long been a scourge in Appalachia. Recent research suggests that we may be able to simultaneously clean up the pollution and extract the minerals and elements needed to power green technologies.


Coffeezilla, the YouTuber Exposing Crypto Scams

In the golden age of con artistry, self-proclaimed finance gurus are everywhere, with few checks on their claims.


The Promise of Carbon-Neutral Steel

A new manufacturing technique could drastically reduce the footprint of one of our dirtiest materials.


How Harvard’s Star Computer-Science Professor Built a Distance-Learning Empire

Eren Orbey on how Harvard’s David Malan has worked to perfect online teaching, and what lessons his introductory course, CS50, might hold for the future of higher education, both during and after the coronavirus pandemic.


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