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Finding the best ways to do good.

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How effective altruism let Sam Bankman-Fried happen

Manchin’s permitting reform effort is dead. Biden’s climate agenda could be a casualty.

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I went to effective altruism’s first post-Sam Bankman-Fried conference. Here’s what I saw.

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Neuralink shows what happens when you bring “move fast and break things” to animal research

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Lots of bad science still gets published. Here’s how we can change that.

The 15 most read Future Perfect stories of 2022

9 breakthroughs this year that gave us hope for the future

Why are American lives getting shorter?

The tricky business of putting a dollar value on a human life

Egg prices are higher than ever. Blame the record-breaking bird flu.

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Humans finally figured out how to make it rain

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The Future of Meat

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How to eat less meat: A practical guide

ChatGPT has given everyone a glimpse at AI’s astounding progress

The first lab-grown seafood will be fancy

How “zero-Covid” changed China — and the world

Giving Tuesday, explained

Want to help animals? Here’s where to donate your money.

Want to fight climate change effectively? Here’s where to donate your money.

Want to donate to charity? Here are 10 guidelines for giving effectively.

Poor countries are developing a new paradigm of mental health care. America is taking note.

AI experts are increasingly afraid of what they’re creating

How to make Covid the last pandemic

How one man quietly stitched the American safety net over four decades

Will America continue to turn away from vaccines?

Sen. Cory Booker has a plan to stop taxpayer bailouts of Big Meat 

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The collapse of FTX and Sam Bankman-Fried’s shocking downfall

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The world to come

Earth’s population passed 8 billion this month — now what? Plus: the rise of an anti-vaccine America, the looming dangers of superintelligent AI, the shifting landscape of higher ed, and more.

The incredible shrinking future of college

Are 8 billion people too many — or too few? 

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The midterm culture war over plant-based meat

FDA approval puts lab-grown meat one step closer to your dinner plate

Sam Bankman-Fried tries to explain himself

Effective altruism gave rise to Sam Bankman-Fried. Now it’s facing a moral reckoning.

Democrats have to head off another debt ceiling standoff while they still can

How to slash carbon emissions while growing the economy, in one chart

Billionaires are a dual-use technology

Biden’s hugely consequential high-tech export ban on China, explained by an expert

Malawi scientists have a plan to fight one of their country’s biggest killers


Batteries are dirty. Geothermal power can help.

Forget tainted candy: The scariest thing on Halloween is parked in your driveway