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When Brenda Romero wants to understand something complicated, she makes a game. Her two latest games explore the rules of inequality.

Solar Impulse 2 First outdoor technical tests

Bertrand Piccard plans to fly around the world in a plane that doesn’t use any fuel. Huh? Yep. This machine is equipped with 17,000 solar panels. He explains the logistics and mechanics — and shares some hopes and fears for the upcoming voyage.

Dan Pallotta wants us to reconsider the way that charity works. His challenge: Could a charitable organization grow big enough to solve a truly wicked problem by investing in great talent, in advertising and marketing and in new ideas?

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Robby Novak seems like a regular ol’ 10-year-old boy with a big laugh and a tendency to fidget, if you ignore the fact that he’s also a YouTube superstar. The dynamo elementary student started making a series of motivational videos with his older brother-in-law when he was just 9. The videos went viral, and since […]

Ok, maybe it won’t. Current winner is Upworthy, a site that has soared to Internet domination in quick smart time. We talked to founder Eli Pariser about his socially-oriented mission, why he thinks it’s so important to pay attention to issues of control in the Internet-dominated era — and how he’d really like to get his hands on Facebook’s sharing algorithm.