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A detainee sits with a soccer ball at Otay Mesa immigration detention center in San Diego, California, U.S. May 18, 2018.

Here’s how many ICE detention centers are holding immigrants in every state

Every US state has at least two facilities where ICE holds immigrants, with many in and around major cities. We created a map that shows the dispersed geography of the more than 1,400 ICE detention centers across the US.
Undocumented migrants wait for asylum hearings outside of the port of entry in Tijuana, Mexico on Monday, June 18, 2018.

At least 2,000 children have been separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border — here’s how to help

Since the Trump administration enacted a "no-tolerance" policy for migrants attempting to cross the US-Mexico border, ICE has separated at least 2,000 children from their parents, who are now in separate detention centers. Several groups are working to support them.

2 charts show that crime has dropped as immigration rises in the US

The Trump administration is not backing down on its "zero-tolerance" immigration policy, arguing that an influx of immigrants would lead to more crime in American cities. Research debunks this claim.
A young girl rides a tricycle under a cascade of water from an open fire hydrant along 151st Street in upper Manhattan.

American cities are so expensive that they could increase the risk of a ‘demographic time bomb’

A new study from Zillow suggests that, as housing prices have increased in some US cities, birth rates have declined. Some experts say that, because the US birth rate is at an all-time low, the trend could have a major effect on the future labor force.

McDonald’s is testing plastic straw alternatives as US cities crack down on single-use straws

As several US cities enact their own bans on plastic straws, McDonald's is trying to stay ahead of the curve by finding an alternative. The announcement comes amid calls from activists urging McDonald's and other food conglomerates to ditch plastic straws.
Prosanta Chakrabarty, a professor of evolutionary biology and ichthyology at Louisiana State University.

An evolutionary biologist’s profound TED talk explains why you should think of life as an ‘unfinished book’

Prosanta Chakrabarty, a professor of evolutionary biology and ichthyology (the study of fish) at Louisiana State University, wants you to rethink everything you think you know about evolution.

A Bill Gates-backed edible coating makes avocados last twice as long — and it’s coming to Costco

Apeel Sciences makes an invisible coating from plant molecules that acts as an edible barrier to oxygen, pests, and water. Now, the company's avocados are hitting Costco and Harps Food Stores locations across the US.
A view of Los Angeles' smog.

Audi CEO’s arrest highlights a ‘silent killer’ thought to be involved in 53,000 deaths annually in the US

On Monday, German officials arrested Rupert Stadler, the CEO of Audi, in connection to the company's cheating on carbon-dioxide emissions tests. While he is unlikely to face American authorities, research suggests car pollution leads to tens of thousands of early deaths each year in the US.

29 photos that show the US-Mexico border’s evolution over 100 years

The goal of establishing a firm boundary to separate the US from Mexico is nothing new.
The solar road in Jinan, China.

China could beat the US in a race to get solar power from highways

Two Chinese companies are working to build affordable highways made of solar panels, which would generate power for cities. It will be no easy feat, but similar projects in the US are facing even more challenges.