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The Big Story

Longform feature stories by the industry's best writers.

design

Kick a ball, turn on a light: Can soccer solve one of the globe's intractable problems?

Four Harvard University women created a soccer ball that generates electricity for use in off-grid areas of the world. It is having a powerful impact.

environment

Bypassing traditional shipping methods through travelers' good will

"Crowdshipping" is a new and less expensive way to ship goods through travelers connecting online. But if something goes wrong, who is held responsible?

cities

Fourth Estate 2.0 puts innovation above the fold

Non-profit news organizations develop new ways to tell a story and play watchdog, while tech gurus now share the bylines. Is the future of news already here?