To environmentalists, clean coal is an insulting oxymoron. But because coal so dominates the world economy, any meaningful effort to arrest climate change will require using dirty coal in more-sustainable ways. Quiet collaboration between American and Chinese businesses and scientists is pointing the way.
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Shockingly error-prone and brutally expensive, our federally funded system of dialysis care is failing. A year-long investigation reveals why—and what may lie ahead for health-care reform.
A new ranking shows that even privileged kids in our best public-school systems do poorly compared with their peers in other countries.
U.S. universities are still on top, but Asia is rising.
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An antidiscrimination icon finds a new frontier in trash culture.
Getting supplies to Afghanistan may be worth cozying up to Uzbekistan—for now.
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The Atlantic's literary and national editor selects the best in a crowded field.
How to survive—and even thrive—in the new age of austerity
Bill Bryson brings it all back home; England's gilded monuments; and more
Information technology is on the brink of revolutionizing health care— if physicians will only let it.
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