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A 12-Year-Old Girl Takes On The Video Game Industry

In a lot of video games, the default character is a man. If you want to play as a woman, you often have to pay.

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Why Raising Money To Fight Ebola Is Hard

Donors like being part of a recovery story. It's hard to tell that kind of story about Ebola.

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A Dozen Puffins Will Get You 800 Mackerel: Inside The Weird Economy Of Zoos

Zoos and aquariums almost never buy or sell animals. But trade is thriving.

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