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Opinion: Iván Espinoza-Madrigal

DACA is under attack. It would be devastating to terminate it

The Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments this week in the Trump administration’s attempt to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, also known as DACA, that provides protection from immigration for 800,000 young adults brought to the United States illegally when they were children.


The wages of freedom

Trouble followed Eastern Europe's tumultuous revolutions in 1989 - economic dislocation and now, a worrisome tide of conservative populism. But freedom, however destabilizing, was worth it.

50 Words

A true story about Boston in 50 Words.


Big Data: Air pollution is getting worse

After reaching a two-decade low in 2016, air pollution in the United States has increased according to a new report from researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.

Ideas | Mea Dols de Jong

Why are emojis so popular?

Think of emojis as the body language of the digital age.

Ideas | Mea Dols de Jong

How do new emojis happen? A look inside the mysterious group that approves them

You’ve heard about the emoji committee, right? They’re the mysterious group of gatekeepers that decides whether to include a period emoji or one that’s gender neutral in the emoji keyboard. Used by 2.9 million people around the world, emojis help us communicate across cultures and continents. But who are these gatekeepers? And do we really want to give them the power to decide who and what is represented in this burgeoning global language?

50 Words: Driving down Hancock . . .

An ongoing series of stories about Boston in 50 words.

Cartoon | Beth Wolfensberger Singer

A different take on the haunted house

Beth Wolfensberger Singer’s take on the news.