Reforming the American electoral system in a number of ways would allow people to vote for their first choice, not the lesser of two evils; a California bill allows civilians to break windows to release overheating dogs from cars; meanwhile, breakthroughs in vertical farming could feed the globe. These discoveries and more below.

Third-Party Candidates Don’t Have to Be Spoilers It’s time to reform an electoral system in which voting for your first choice can lead to such perverse consequences.

You Can Smash a Car Window to Free a Hot Dog Under Bill Jerry Brown Signed Offering relief to dogs stuck in hot cars, Gov. Jerry Brown on Saturday signed legislation letting Californians in limited cases – and without fear of civil liability – smash car windows to set them free.

Heidegger Was Really a Real Nazi Is the philosopher’s complexity enough to excuse his overt anti-Semitism? A dive into the so-called ‘black notebooks’ from the 1930s is revealing.

People Who Can Switch Between Street Dialects and Standard Language Might Have the Same Cognitive Advantage as Bilinguals Amazingly, until recently no one had ventured to ask the next question: does speaking two dialects confer the same benefits as speaking more than one language?

The Heavy Price of Chile’s Privatized Water With water availability to Chile’s capital predicted to fall 40% by 2070, legislators are being called on to prioritise human and ecological needs over profit.

YouTuber Convinces People That Drilling a Hole in Their iPhone 7 Will Reveal Hidden Headphone Jack More proof that humanity as a species may be doomed: a prank YouTube video claiming to show how drilling into an iPhone 7 will reveal its hidden 3.5mm headphone jack has apparently been fooling owners of Apple’s latest handset.

Swiss Endorse New Surveillance Powers Swiss voters have given a strong approval to a law on new surveillance powers for the intelligence agencies.

Facebook Disables Accounts of Palestinian Editors Editors at two of the most widely read Palestinian online publications have had their Facebook accounts disabled.

Vertical Farming Is on the Rise — But Can It Save the Planet? Groundbreaking advances in vertical farming, which doesn’t break ground at all, raise hopes it can feed the world.

Donald Trump Still Doesn’t Understand How the Internet Works Republican presidential candidate says relinquishing control over ICANN will mark the end of internet freedom.

How the Maker of the EpiPen Made Government Its Ally In most respects, the recent congressional hearing into Mylan Corp.’s steep price increases on the EpiPen followed an all-too-familiar script.

The California Ballot Is an Epic Joke There are 17 statewide propositions this year—a recipe for confusion that benefits special interests and disempowers legislators.

The Bird-Based Color System that Eventually Became Pantone An effort to describe the diversity of birds led to one of the first modern color systems.

The Unequal Burden on Cities in Germany’s Refugee Crisis A new report nonetheless finds much to praise in their response.

Only a Spontaneous Crisis Can Save Israel External pressure will not reverse the apartheid state in the West Bank. Only a crisis, either from within or as necessitated by historical processes.

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