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“It’s Time for an Intervention.” Edgar Villanueva Has a Message for Philanthropy

We give money its power and create the worldview it functions within, so we also have the power to use it more equitably—as a kind of cultural medicine. That’s the central message in a new book by Edgar Villanueva ... Villanueva considers money to be a type of medicine, referencing an Indigenous view that anything can be medicine, like a place, object, event -- or even a book.

Tracing the Rain: Can Measuring Evaporation Help Farmers?

Accurately capturing a raindrop’s journey to the ground is tricky business. Evaporation can cause a raindrop to shrink between the time it is captured by radar in a cloud and when it hits a farmer’s field, and this can make it hard to rely on radar-based rainfall estimations in some areas. Researchers from the University of Missouri in Columbia are taking a closer look at evaporation. With the use of specialized weather algorithms ...