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The Case of California's Disappearing Snow

This year, there's virtually no powder on the ground in the drought-stricken state.

Poverty Is Literally Making People Sick Because They Can't Afford Food

Low-income people are 27 percent more likely to be hospitalized for hypoglycemia right before paychecks and benefits come out.

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Why Big Cities Matter in the Developing World

They can act as economic engines for entire countries.

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Why Americans Stopped Moving to the Richest States

The long road from "go west, young man" to "stay put, everyone."

One Reason the Poor Have So Little Political Clout

The disadvantaged are the least likely to vote. What does that mean for their interests?

China's Slowly Disappearing Steel Plants

The country's bleak post-industrial future.

How to Build a Productive Tech Economy

There's no simple solution to encouraging local innovation.

India's Economic Woes Are So Dire, Millions May De-Urbanize

A dire slump threatens to send poor, unemployed migrants back to the countryside in search of work.

It's Time to Stop Blaming Poverty on the Decline in Marriage

In reality, it's the other way around.

It Will Be Hard to Beat China's Latest Food Contamination Scandal

A slaughterhouse injects meat with water from dirty ponds.

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Beefing Up Population Density Won't Curb Greenhouse Gas Emissions

A new map showing the carbon footprint for nearly every zip code indicates that suburbs are powerful greenhouse-gas emitters.

A Higher Minimum Wage Could Lift Millions Out of Poverty

With rippling effects on inequality.

Stand in Awe of Tokyo's $100 Melons

Should you eat it, or put it in a museum?

It Pays to Live in the Big City

Unless that city is New York.

1.3 Million Americans Lost Unemployment Benefits This Weekend

Experts expect job growth to suffer and stunted economic growth.

An Unexpected Player in the Sports Subsidy Racket: ESPN

The broadcaster has been getting the kind of controversial tax breaks that normally go to the teams it covers.

China's Changing Shipyards

The national government issued a series of reforms to fix a struggling industry, but many will be left behind.

Why Universal Pre-K Would Be Good for Poor and Well-Off Families Alike

Public high-quality programs save parents lots of money.