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Members of the feminist group Las Tesis participate in Chile’s national protest movement in Santiago, Chile, in December 2019. Elvis Gonzales/EPA-EFE

Crowdsourcing new constitutions: How 2 Latin American countries increased participation and empowered groups excluded from politics – podcast

People across Latin America are demanding greater political participation. Some countries, including Colombia and Chile, have responded by involving citizens in the making of their constitutions.
People march with a banner that reads in Spanish ‘Stop the adjustment, out with the IMF,’ in Buenos Aires, Argentina on May 9, 2023. (AP Photo/Victor R. Caivano)

Improving how the IMF does business could help billions of people worldwide — by giving governments money to spend on public goods and increasing accountability. Podcast

The conditions placed on countries borrowing money from the International Monetary Fund have further disadvantaged these countries economically.
Cloud seeding can increase rainfall and reduce hail damage to crops, but its use is limited. John Finney Photography/Moment via Getty Images

Cloud seeding can increase rain and snow, and new techniques may make it a lot more effective – podcast

Cloud seeding – spraying materials into clouds to increase precipitation – has been around for nearly 80 years. But only recently have scientists been able to measure how effective it really is.
Within the next year or two, people will set foot on the surface of the Moon for the first time in 50 years. NASA

Back to the Moon: A space lawyer and planetary scientist on what it will take to share the benefits of new lunar exploration – podcast

A US-led coalition and China are both planning to establish bases on the Moon. How the two nations will navigate actions on the Moon and how other countries will be involved is still unclear.
Most clinical trials overrepresent young white males. Andresr/Digital Vision via Getty Images

Lack of diversity in clinical trials is leaving women and patients of color behind and harming the future of medicine – Podcast

Medicine works better when the treatments are tailored to fit each individual person’s biology and history. A first step is increasing diversity in clinical trials, but the end goal is precision medicine.
Beavers dramatically change a landscape by building dams that create ponds of still water. Jerzy Strzelecki/Wikimedia Commons

Beavers and oysters are helping restore lost ecosystems with their engineering skills – podcast

Restoring entire ecosystems is a difficult and expensive process. Thankfully, certain species, called ecosystem engineers, can make restoration easier. Gaining social and political support is critical too.

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