Launching the Brick Moon: GPS’ path from the space race to smartphone

Aaron Lovell

Over the past 25 years, GPS has evolved from a battlefield novelty to a smartphone staple. Beset by technological challenges, Pentagon infighting, and the arc of history, the road to space-based navigation was grueling.

Modi's India: caste, inequality, and the rise of Hindu nationalism

Abigail Fradkin

Caste and social inequality persist in modern India, but the poor are now political in a way unheard of in the first several decades after independence.

Nowhere to Turn: a Nepali Cab Driver in Qatar

J. Zach Hollo & Xiran Liu

Sarun, a cab driver in Qatar, had not been paid in nearly four months. His family back home in Nepal desperately needed the money. He hadn't been home in two years, and his boss controlled his passport. All Sarun could do was wait.

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Beauty pageants, blackface, and bigotry: Japan's problems with racism

Maya Wesby

Bearing a false belief of racial singularity and superiority, can Japanese culture ever embrace diversity in an ever-intertwining world?

For most Russians, poaching is a crime. For VIPs, it’s a luxury sport.

Carlo Massimo

Russians are turning from legal hunting to poaching. Sometimes it’s a luxury sport. Other times, it’s just for survival.

The help and harm of the $173 billion “voluntourism” industry

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Well-intentioned volunteers travel around the world with the purpose of “giving back” to underdeveloped regions. For some, underlying motives of greed and narcissism by both organizations and individuals get in the way of charitable actions.

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