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The Fox in the Time Machine

In 1959, Dmitri Belyaev and a team of Russian biologists set out to create a dog from a fox. Six decades later, the domestication experiment is still going, having outlived even its creator. And after all this time, it is still shaping the way we think about biology and our own evolutionary trajectory.

A Lesson in Recycling from Taiwan

Twenty-five years ago, Taiwan was given the unflattering moniker of “Garbage Island.” In the decades since, it has achieved one of the highest recycling rates in the world. How they got there: installing smart recycling booths, providing a system of rewards and disincentives, and using music as motivation.


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