Editors’ Picks for Dec 31

PICKS are stories from many sources, selected by our editors or recommended by our readers because they are important, surprising, troubling, enlightening, inspiring, or amusing. They appear on our site and in our daily newsletter. Please send suggested articles, videos, podcasts, etc. to [email protected]

Tax Loopholes of the Rich and Not So Famous (Russ)

Quietly shaping tax policy that saves them millions — and the candidates who will cooperate.

The Party of Koch (Klaus)

The political machine assembled by the Koch brothers and like-minded associates rivals — and in many areas even eclipses — that of the GOP.

Harvard: Consider Police Killings Public Health Issue (Milicent)

Cops killing civilians is bad enough. But, researchers say, the lack of accurate, real-time reporting leads to upheaval that causes long-term harm for entire communities, and is therefore a public health issue.

Google Gobbles Up Students’ Data (Ben)

Parents have a hard time keeping the company from collecting their children’s data and using it to create ads targeting their kids, privacy experts say.

North Pole 50 Degrees Hotter Than Average (Milicent)

We were not surprised to learn that 2015 has been the hottest year on record. Nor were we surprised by all the catastrophic results of climate change seen on the news — but for the North Pole to be 50 degrees hotter than average is just mindblowing.

The Rise of 3D Printing in 2015 (Ben)

This short video illustrates how 3D printing has shaped — and is continually shaping — our lives.

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