Spotlight Archive

Immigrants land in Greece.

PHOTOGRAPH BY MYRTO PAPADOPOULOS.

Who Belongs?

With today’s polarized politics, people may not agree on the terminology – immigrants? refugees? invaders? – but there’s little doubt that migration is reshaping the world.

PHOTOGRAPHY BY ADA SIN

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Conservation

One million plant and animal species are at risk of extinction. For the sake of future generations, how can we conserve Earth’s biodiversity?

earth rising

A few decades ago, reaching the Moon must have seemed like an impossible dream. Today, we’re setting our sights on Mars and the tantalizing notion of habitable planets beyond our solar system.

A Picture of Health

ILLUSTRATION BY JOHN DEVOLLE

A Picture of Health

From revolutionary gene-editing techniques to heart valves for kids made from synthetic materials that can last a lifetime, rapidly evolving technologies are leading us into a new era of medical science.

Futuristic image of a woman staring into camera, with the light of a projector shining on her and computer code and copy in the background.

The pandemic has upended our work routines. Advancing technology is propelling us into an unknown future. And powerful social movements are tearing down barriers to equality. There’s only one thing we can reliably predict in the future world of work, and that’s change.

Aerial view of an intersection in the city of Asahikawa, Japan.

PHOTO BY LIYAO XIE VIA GETTY IMAGES

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Creating Thriving Cities

What makes a city livable?

Cities are home to a growing majority of the global population. How they are designed and managed is key not only to the quality of human life, but also to our ability to thrive in the future.