The Mayan calendar is revered for its impeccable accuracy. Now, a recent excavation in Guatemala reveals how the system developed over time.
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Andrew Yang argues that the Alaska Permanent Fund shows the path to implementing a nationwide universal basic income.
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In one of the ocean's most lifeless places, scientists discover and resuscitate ancient organisms.
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With launch costs dropping and enormous numbers of new satellites filling the sky, can't we just do it all from space?
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