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What Can’t It Do? European Austerity Policies Now Giving the World Anti-Matter, Clones

Talented natives of southern Europe that have fled their homes for opportunities elsewhere are starting to produce major breakthroughs.



What’s That Thing Where You Feel That Thing and It Makes That Other Thing Happen?

The Emotionary is trying to answer that question.



University Presidents Get Richer, Students Pay More

There are now four university presidents making over $1 million per year. Meanwhile, tuition costs continue to rise.



Is College Worth It?

Pursuing a college degree is a good decision for most, but not all.



Stephen Joel Trachtenberg Pokes at the Foundations of the Ivory Tower

How about a three-year degree? Or a school year without summer vacation? Should we pay professors less? Are these heresy, or common sense ways to reform the university system in the United States?



Your Child’s Brain on Math

Why do some children benefit more from tutoring than others? And does one small education study have the ability to drastically change our behavior as parents?



Coming to a Campus Near You: College Hookups Gone Digital

Administrators and parents are upset with students for the recent proliferation of popular hookup sites, but it’s campus culture, which has made sex feel obligatory, that’s really to blame.



Background Music Reduces Playground Bullying

New research from Israel suggests a simple way to reduce intimidating behavior among adolescents.



Affirmative Action’s Road Doesn’t Pass Through Perfection

Look for another workaround in case the Supreme Court goes negative on affirmative action.



Why Chess Should Be Required in U.S. Schools

It’s a game that motivates us to win, but also teaches us how to deal with defeat.



Spelling Bee Now Requiring Finalists to Be Super-Genius Word Cyborgs

Sure, you can spell “cymotrichous,” but can you define it?



Help Others to Help Yourself: High School Students Benefit From Volunteer Work

Getting teenagers off of the couch can be difficult, but the benefits are undeniable.


The Smart Money Getting Smarter


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The Music Man

Steven Angel uses drumming to teach literacy. Across L.A., juvenile-detention centers, schools, and libraries have fallen in love with his program. But scientists say there’s no reason to believe it should work.


Are Vocational Education, Liberal Arts on a Collision Course?

As even liberal arts colleges continue to turn their back on the liberal arts, where will the technocrats produced by higher education hone their thinking skills to address the current crisis in governing?


Sexists in White Coats: Men Favored for Laboratory Jobs

New research finds a male applicant is more likely to be hired for a job as manager of a science laboratory manager.


The Benefits of Interracial Roommates

In a study, minority college students randomly assigned a white roommate ended their freshman year with higher GPAs than those who shared living spaces with other minorities.


Chicago Teachers Union Strike

Chicago Teachers’ Strike: What Do We Want? Better Management Gurus Might Help

How the education reform agenda takes its cues from bad management philosophy—and ignores what actually works in business


Mediocre Report Card for Charter Schools


Jorja Leap and Gang Members

Gangster Anthropologist

Jorja Leap / Youth violence researcher / University of California, Los Angeles


Arts-Heavy Preschool Helps Children Grow Emotionally

New research finds low-income kids in an arts-enhanced preschool program have a more positive attitude than their peers, and are better able to manage negative emotions.

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Politicians Really Aren’t Better Decision Makers

Politicians took part in a classic choice experiment but failed to do better than the rest of us.

Earliest High-Altitude Settlements Found in Peru

Discovery suggests humans adapted to high altitude faster than previously thought.

My Politicians Are Better Looking Than Yours

A new study finds we judge the cover by the book—or at least the party.

That Cigarette Would Make a Great Water Filter

Clean out the ashtray, add some aluminum oxide, and you've (almost) got yourself a low-cost way to remove arsenic from drinking water.

Love and Hate in Israel and Palestine

Psychologists find that parties to a conflict think they're motivated by love while their enemies are motivated by hate.

The Big One

One company, Amazon, controls 67 percent of the e-book market in the United States—down from 90 percent five years ago. September/October 2014 new-big-one-5

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