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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.

 

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

The Emotionary is trying to answer that question.

 

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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.

 

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Is College Worth It?

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

 

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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?

 

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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?

 

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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.

 

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Background Music Reduces Playground Bullying

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

 

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Affirmative Action’s Road Doesn’t Pass Through Perfection

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

 

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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.

 

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

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

 

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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.

 

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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

 

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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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Sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder, Your Friends Like You

The first study of friends' perceptions suggest they know something's off with their pals but like them just the same.

Standing Up for My Group by Kicking Yours

Members of a minority ethnic group are less likely to express support for gay equality if they believe their own group suffers from discrimination.

How Old Brains Learn New Tricks

A new study shows that the neural plasticity needed for learning doesn't vanish as we age—it just moves.

Ethnic Diversity Deflates Market Bubbles

But it's not in the rainbow and sing-along way you'd hope for. We just don't trust outsiders' judgments.

Online Brain Exercises Are Probably Useless

Even under the guidance of a specialist trainer, computer-based brain exercises have only modest benefits, a new analysis shows.

The Big One

One company, Comcast, will control up to 40 percent of Internet service coverage in the U.S., and 19 of the top 20 cable markets, if a proposed merger with Time Warner Cable is approved by regulators. November/December 2014

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