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The Strange Story of Venezuela’s Failed Cryptocurrency
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Coded
The Strange Story of Venezuela’s Failed Cryptocurrency
The world’s first state-backed cryptocurrency was a revolutionary idea that could’ve saved Venezuela’s economy. Here’s what went wrong.
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By Jack Berning
February 12, 2021

The world’s first state-backed cryptocurrency was a revolutionary idea that could’ve saved Venezuela’s economy. Here’s what went wrong.

Economics
With US Clothing Sales in a Freefall, Walmart Sells Secondhand
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Economics
With US Clothing Sales in a Freefall, Walmart Sells Secondhand
Consumers can now purchase secondhand clothing from a new resale store in the largest retailer - Walmart.
June 16, 2020

Consumers can now purchase secondhand clothing from a new resale store in the largest retailer - Walmart.

Health
Why Aren’t the World Bank’s Pandemic Bonds Helping Fight COVID-19?
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Health
Why Aren’t the World Bank’s Pandemic Bonds Helping Fight COVID-19?
The World Bank sold pandemic bonds to address global health emergencies, but it has yet to release any of the money to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak.
March 5, 2020

The World Bank sold pandemic bonds to address global health emergencies, but it has yet to release any of the money to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak.

Sustainable Solutions
In a Circular Economy, Leaders Look to Eliminate Waste
In a Circular Economy, Leaders Look to Eliminate Waste
Sustainable Solutions
In a Circular Economy, Leaders Look to Eliminate Waste
A step further than recycling, a circular economy would eliminate the idea of garbage completely. But will consumers hop on board? We gave it a try, and here's our honest review.
January 29, 2020

A step further than recycling, a circular economy would eliminate the idea of garbage completely. But will consumers hop on board? We gave it a try, and here's our honest review.

Thinking Differently
Angels of Debt
Angels of Debt
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Thinking Differently
Angels of Debt
These ex-bill collectors got John Oliver's attention and started a movement. They're buying hundreds of millions of dollars worth of strangers' medical debt and erasing it.
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June 28, 2019

The average American is one medical accident away from being destroyed financially. These bill collectors woke up to the brutality of their industry - and are using their insider knowledge to save strangers from hundreds of millions of dollars in debt. Jerry Ashton was a debt collector working on Wall Street when the Occupy Wall Street movement started. He became interested, and eventually partnered with them and his friend...

Longreads
Science Funding Is Wasting Young Careers. Here's How to Fix It.
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Longreads
Science Funding Is Wasting Young Careers. Here's How to Fix It.
Basic science funding is a mess. Fixing it could radically improve the pace of innovation.
March 12, 2019

Basic science funding is a mess. Fixing it could radically improve the pace of innovation.

Dispatches
"Q" Probably Won't Make You Rich, but It's an Experiment Worth Watching
Dispatches
"Q" Probably Won't Make You Rich, but It's an Experiment Worth Watching
It's not the next Bitcoin (or a path to riches), but it's an intriguing idea.
By Brendan Markey-Towler
November 5, 2018

It's not the next Bitcoin (or a path to riches), but it's an intriguing idea.

Challengers
An App for Global Trade
An App for Global Trade
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Challengers
An App for Global Trade
Flexport thinks bringing trade into the 21st century could improve lives around the globe.
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November 28, 2016

Flexport believes that nothing helps people improve their lives more than the ability to trade with one another. And, yet international shipping is still way too cumbersome. So Flexport built an in app to make it easier. If Flexport succeeds, nearly everything you buy will cost less.