The new nuclear danger (The Washington Post)
by Eliza Gheorghe
If Iran moves its nuclear program forward, Saudi Arabia could follow suit. In a multipolar world where nuclear technology is available from a variety of parties with different interests, this is just one emerging global threat.
The birth of the AI archive researcher (Vice)
by Madeleine Gregory
Millions of scientific papers in databases could hold the secrets to new technological breakthroughs, but only if someone can make connections between their discoveries. It turns out machine learning algorithms can sometimes do just that.
The long history of fighting about women’s soccer (Public Books)
by Carlin Wing
A century ago, women’s soccer was thriving in England. Then the English Football Association banned female players. The global history of “soccerwomen” is a history of fights about gender, race, and class.
The busing myth (The New York Times)
by Nikole Hannah-Jones
In U.S. political parlance, “busing” stands in for a successful desegregation effort that was quashed by white racism. The way we often talk about it obscures the fact that buses weren’t politically controversial among white voters for the many years they were used to maintain segregation.
How to squeeze more power from the sun (Wired)
by Daniel Oberhaus
There’s far more energy in sunlight than we’re able to capture with the current generation of solar cells. New technology might be able to use a greater portion of it by turning parts of light in the visible spectrum into energy the cells can use.
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