Alain Hebert

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The public finance opportunity

If you’re a certain age, it’s likely that you’ve never given a second thought to buying a municipal bond or the process of bond buying, even if you’ve intuited, rightly, that’s it’s an intentionally opaque business.<p>Yet there could be a big opportunity for startups, and for people looking for places …

This Crazy Fan Will Keep Your House Cool All Summer Long

It will cost you a mere fraction of what your air conditioner is costing you!<p>When the summer heat finally arrives, it seems like the only solution to …

Everything You Need to Know About Hydrangeas

Without hydrangeas, would summer as we know it exist? From Tokyo to Nantucket, their big, blowsy blooms are synonymous with warm nights and lazy days.<p>…

Let’s talk about the Big Book: Everything your family needs to know when you die

By Thomas Heath<p>Thomas Heath<p>Local business reporter and columnist, writing about entrepreneurs and companies in the Washington metropolitan area<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Reporter<p>Tax season is over. School is starting to wind down. Summer is coming.<p>Things have slowed enough to gather yourself and get organized.<p>…

Retirement

Major Schools of Thought in Psychology

When psychology first emerged as a science separate from biology and philosophy, the debate over how to describe and explain the human mind and …

Psychology

Pictures of Surprising Eagles You Never Knew Existed

Weird & Wild<p>Move over, bald eagle—there are 60 species of these birds of prey worldwide.<p>The famous bald eagle, the U.S. national symbol, was chosen for its physical strength, fierce beauty, and independence. (See "Endangered No Longer: Our Favorite Pictures of Bald Eagles.")<p>But the original design …

Los Angeles

Mother's nightmare at Mexico resort: 'There is more to this deeper, darker story than we know'

MILWAUKEE — She didn’t walk out.<p>That much Karen Newton knows about the night her 22-year-old daughter went missing from their room at a luxury resort in Mexico’s alluring Riviera Maya.<p>She <i>couldn’t</i> walk. She could barely stand. It was 1:30 a.m. when her daughter had come back to the room from the …

Riviera Maya

AI can predict when we'll die — here's why that's a good thing

Technology<p>A new algorithm could ease critically ill patients' final days.<p>Artificial intelligence is proving to be a revolutionary tool across many industries, but the technology is having a particularly big impact when it comes to healthcare. Researchers are using AI to combat the flu, by building …

Algorithms

Scientists Discover a Bone-Deep Risk for Heart Disease

It’s been one of the vexing questions in medicine: Why is it that most people who have heart attacks or strokes have few or no conventional risk factors?<p>These are patients with normal levels of cholesterol and blood pressure, no history of smoking or diabetes, and no family history of …

The First 6 Pages of Bill Gates's Favorite Book Will Change Your Life (and the Next 500 Pages Aren't Bad Either)

Steven Pinker's new book reveals three mental biases that will keep you from achieving your leadership potential.<p>If you're pessimistic about the state of world today, Bill Gates and Harvard psychology professor Steven Pinker have a message for you: "This bleak assessment of the state of the world …

20 Satisfying Hobbies and How to Get Them

<i>The New Year is the perfect time to finally take up ceramics, learn Mandarin, start a book club, try rock climbing, or plant a garden. In 2018, the</i> …

The Best Thing I Ever Did for My Cast Iron Pan

When I make pie, I use my grandmother's pastry blender and rolling pin, but one thing she did not pass down was her cast iron skillet slick with a …

In ‘The Water Will Come,’ Jeff Goodell Warns That Rising Seas Won’t Wait

After Hurricane Irma, President Trump offered hoagies and cheerful platitudes. None of that will save Florida from the catastrophes to …

Dremel showcases new DigiLab Laser Cutter that brings precision crafting to makers

Dremel recently unveiled its new DigiLab Laser Cutter at the World Maker Faire in New York. Leaning on a history of top-rated consumer-focused products, Dremel is hoping its latest product will cash in on the at-home maker trend that’s become more popular in recent years.<p>The Dremel DigiLab Laster …

Maker Faire

One Big Reason Millennials Want Smaller Homes

Ok, so maybe millennials aren't settling in cities en masse like we thought they were. However, they're still changing the housing market in small …

If you're drinking tap water, you're consuming plastic pollutants

Microscopic plastic fibers are pouring out of household faucets from New York to Delhi, according to original research by Orb Media, a nonprofit digital newsroom in Washington, DC.<p>Working with researchers at the State University of New York and the University of Minnesota, Orb tested 159 drinking …

Can American soil be brought back to life?

A new idea: If we revive the tiny creatures that make dirt healthy, we can bring back the great American topsoil. But farming culture — and government — aren't making it easy.<p>Four generations of Jonathan Cobb’s family tended the same farm in Rogers, Texas, growing row upon row of corn and cotton on …

Farming

America’s secret role in the Rwandan genocide

The violence that shocked the world in 1994 did not come from nowhere. While the CIA looked on, its allies in the Ugandan government helped to spread terror and fuel ethnic hatred<p>Between April and July 1994, hundreds of thousands of Rwandans were murdered in the most rapid genocide ever recorded. …

Rwandan Genocide

Ibram Kendi, one of the nation’s leading scholars of racism, says education and love are not the answer

Founder of new anti-racism center at American University sees impact of policy, culture on black athletes<p>It’s a Wednesday night at a bookstore in a …

British Press Watchdog Says Climate Change Article Was Faulty

A self-policing group within the British news industry has forced the tabloid The Mail on Sunday to acknowledge that an article it published asserting that climate researchers in the United States had manipulated data was inaccurate and misleading.<p>A statement saying the news organization “failed to …

Every childhood vaccine may go into a single jab

<b>A technology that could eventually see every childhood vaccine delivered in a single injection has been developed by US researchers.</b><p>Their one-shot solution stores the vaccine in microscopic capsules that release the initial dose and then boosters at specific times.<p>The approach has been shown to …

Those 3% of scientific papers that deny climate change? A review found them all flawed

It’s often said that of all the published scientific research on climate change, 97% of the papers conclude that global warming is real, problematic for the planet, and has been exacerbated by human activity.<p>But what about those 3% of papers that reach contrary conclusions? Some skeptics have …

How to publish your own ebook

Your literary empire starts here.<p>The internet has transformed just about every industry out there—including publishing. Anyone with a web connection can now post their thoughts for the world to see. And if you have literary aspirations, you can publish digital books on your own terms, rather than …

Writing

New AI can work out whether you're gay or straight from a photograph

An algorithm deduced the sexuality of people on a dating site with up to 91% accuracy, raising tricky ethical questions<p>Artificial intelligence can accurately guess whether people are gay or straight based on photos of their faces, according to new research that suggests machines can have …

Stanford University

Imagining a Better Democratic Populism

Instead of offering free college tuition, liberals might try valuing and reinvesting in other paths to success and prosperity.<p>As Donald Trump extends the war in Afghanistan, fails to repair infrastructure, and joins congressional Republicans in pushing tax cuts that would mostly benefit the upper …

Democratic Party

America, Home of the Transactional Marriage

The country’s exceptionally thin safety net prompts residents—especially those with less-steady employment—to view partnership in more economic terms.<p>Over the last several decades, the proportion of Americans who get married has greatly diminished—a development known as well to those who lament …

Why Liberalism Disappoints

Walter Lippmann, Randolph Bourne, and the enduring debate over the power of idealism<p>In the summer of 1917, Walter Lippmann strutted into Washington as it prepared for war. Both he and his young country were ready to prove their worth as superpowers. He was 27 and newly married, recruited to whisper …

Everything You Need To Know About Logic Probes

We just spent the last hour watching a video, embedded below, that is the most comprehensive treasure trove of information regarding a subject that …

How Civic Obligations, Education, and Federalism Can Save America

Three observers of American politics fear deepening division and polarization, and offer different proscriptions for the best way forward.<p>For Darren Walker, president of the Ford Foundation, the best, most succinct description of democratic values comes from the opening lines of the Declaration of …

Political Science