The internet is broken; this is how we fix it

Whether for predatory profit or political persuasion and power, the high ideals that gave rise to the Internet are being increasingly eroded. What do we do about it? Is there a way to turn this extraordinary tool toward outcomes that push us forward? Read more on where we need to direct the Internet from this

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Australia keeps voting for coal, but investors are quietly abandoning plans for new mines

What happens when an industry wins political support, but loses private sector money? In Australia, we’re getting a slow lesson in what that looks like. Why does it matter in North Dakota? Because it’s all playing out in energy and coal markets and there’s speculation that new energy investments in the Pacific rim are increasingly

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Africa is leading the world in plastic bag reform

Whether through bans, taxes, or simple acknowledgment of the problem — people and countries across the globe are waking up to the scourge of plastic invading our natural environments. And in countries throughout Africa, they’re taking aggressive steps to reduce usage and impacts — particularly of plastic bags. It’s a local story because the impacts

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Are better cities the key to curing America’s obesity epidemic?

Are you trying to lose a few pounds before summer? Is your self-discipline toward diet and exercise a little lacking? Maybe the problem isn’t you, maybe it’s the place you live. What if the place you lived invited you to live a life that made walking natural, made hidden exercise a part of your daily

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Farmers, watch your barns, especially if they’re old

When it comes to home styles, rustic chic is in, and that means old, weathered barn wood is in high demand. And no part of the country is being spared the scourge of thieves with an eye for farmhouse sinks. Quartz has all the details on a trend our grand parents wouldn’t believe.

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“I don’t plan to die:” The immortality movement is going mainstream

Want to live forever? Have we got a club for you! Behind this Quartz paywall, you can dig into the topic of staying out of the ground. The story follows a small thread that’s been recurring on TheMinotVoice over the past weeks that will culminate with tomorrow’s #GoodTalkMinot episode on the evolution of funerals. Tune

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The unintended side of tough immigration policy

If you want to start an argument, bring up immigration as it relates to the Southern border. If you want to start a conversation about immigration and immigration policy, start with this article from Quartz. The unintended consequences of policy often reach farther than we realize. In this case, tightening one immigration program is leading

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Alphabet is about to make drone deliveries a reality in the US

For the past several years, Minot’s been attempting to nose into the UAS industry, so all stories tied to the technology have local relevance. Here’s a big one: Wing, a subsidiary company one of the biggest companies in the world (Google), gained certification by the FAA to deliver goods by drone. Get the full story

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