International education: Online exchange programs are letting kids from all over the world reach out to one another. But can they really transform the ways students interact?
Data breaches: Think your Thanksgiving conversations are going to be awkward? Cybersecurity expert Josephine Wolff has to tell her relatives—whom she had to list on government forms while getting a security clearance—that their information was compromised in the OPM data breach.
Energy independence: Though its identity has long been entangled with oil, California is finally breaking free from its reliance on refineries.
Online relationships: Facebook is making it easier to deal with breakups. And Lily Hay Newman has a poignant story about why that change was so necessary.
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