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What Madison and Monroe Can Teach David Brat and Jack Trammell

Two hundred and twenty-five years ago, two Founding Fathers faced off for Congress in Virginia. Eric Cantor's would-be successors would do well to emulate them.

Save a Life, Get a New Bellybutton

Save a Life, Get a New Bellybutton

Why we need more kidney donors, and how to get them

How to Make Solar Panels Affordable—for Billions

How to Make Solar Panels Affordable—for Billions

Like the installment plans of the Great Depression, Simpa Networks' "Progressive Purchase" agreements are enabling customers in rural India to get solar power for their homes.

How Oysters Can Protect Houses From Hurricanes

How Oysters Can Protect Houses From Hurricanes

A new study shows that bivalves can make dynamic and cost-effective sea walls, a potentially valuable tool for protecting coastal communities from rising sea levels.

Scientists Made Color-Changing Paint Out of Gold Nanoparticles

Scientists Made Color-Changing Paint Out of Gold Nanoparticles

It's like Hypercolor but for touch instead of heat.

Teaching Kids About Sexual Assault

Teaching Kids About Sexual Assault

At increasingly young ages, programs aim to teach children about healthy relationships and create places where parents, teachers, and children feel they can speak up about abuse. The message cannot obscure the fact that adults, not children, are responsible for keeping children safe.

A Magic 8 Ball, Armed With Data

A Magic 8 Ball, Armed With Data

A new tool promises to harness data to help us make better decisions. 

One Way to Keep MLB Pitchers Healthy: Limit Starters to 4 Innings

One Way to Keep MLB Pitchers Healthy: Limit Starters to 4 Innings

Maybe baseball's most important players could enjoy longer careers and less time on the injured list if they didn't have the option of pitching complete games.

The Slow Cooker That Requires No Electricity

The Slow Cooker That Requires No Electricity

Wonderbags are thermal-retention cookers, technology that's been around since humans realized that wrapping up a hot pot can save precious fuel. And now one South African entrepreneur has figured out how to sell them around the globe.

Idea: Syncing Multiple Videos From the Same Event on YouTube

Idea: Syncing Multiple Videos From the Same Event on YouTube

And we could use metadata to turn disjointed footage into a single narrative. 

The Privatization Backlash

The Privatization Backlash

For decades, city and state governments have seen contracting as a cost-saving panacea. But past experience has left some of today's policymakers more skeptical.

How Sanitary Pads Can Help Women Improve Their Health and Education

How Sanitary Pads Can Help Women Improve Their Health and Education

When Arunachalam Muruganantham went to purchase disposable napkins for his wife, the only ones available were imported and quite expensive. So he figured out how to make them.

Who Will Watch You Fall? A Radar Detection Program for the Elderly

Who Will Watch You Fall? A Radar Detection Program for the Elderly

With age comes risk of serious injury or death related to falling down. In the next three decades, the number of Americans over 65 will double. Many want to live at home indefinitely. One man has a solution.

How to Tap Latent Conservative Support for Climate-Change Policy

How to Tap Latent Conservative Support for Climate-Change Policy

It's all a matter of how the issue is framed and what values activists appeal to.

Do You Walk Enough?

Do You Walk Enough?

This is an easy, passive way to find out.

In Which a Man Is Not Acquiring a Woman: A Wedding Redesign

In Which a Man Is Not Acquiring a Woman: A Wedding Redesign

Some Jewish couples are developing alternatives to a gendered, heterosexual matrimonial ceremony that can still work within Jewish tradition and law.

When Your Hearing Aid Is an iPhone

When Your Hearing Aid Is an iPhone

A company is trying to remove the social stigma associated with hearing loss. 

Indian Democracy Runs on Briefcase-Sized Voting Machines

Indian Democracy Runs on Briefcase-Sized Voting Machines

They're portable, economical, and helping more than 800 million Indians cast ballots in this year's election.

Hacking the Political Platform: Why One Candidate Is Using Github

Hacking the Political Platform: Why One Candidate Is Using Github

This Congressional hopeful believes the code-management service will give voters a voice.

In Mexico, Artists Can Pay Taxes With Artwork

In Mexico, Artists Can Pay Taxes With Artwork

The country has lost billions to tax evasion, but it's gained thousands of paintings and sculptures.

Campaign Finance and the Nihilist Politics of Resignation

Campaign Finance and the Nihilist Politics of Resignation

Most Americans want to take money out of government but don't think it's possible. Here's a plan for overcoming our defeatism.

Allergic to Touch

Allergic to Touch

In dermatographia, a person's skin becomes flushed and swollen when touched. One woman is leading a community based on the beauty of it, turning inflammation into creative solidarity.

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