Fahmi Ghani

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How One Suburb Made School Buses Obsolete

The Snowden Saga: A Shadowland of Secrets and Light

Whether hero or traitor, former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden is the most important whistle-blower of modern times, one whose disclosures will reverberate for decades to come. With extensive input from Snowden himself, Suzanna Andrews, Bryan Burrough, and Sarah Ellison have the …

Does Having Kids Make Parents Happy After All?

New research overturns the decades-old belief that having children is a downer.<p>Since the 1980s, economists and psychologists have been aware of a "parental happiness gap." Basically, the running theory has been that parents are a less happy bunch than their non-parenting peers. This makes some …

2 Percent Of People Can Multitask Well. Are You A Supertasker?

Now that I have your undivided attention...<p>When people try to do multiple things at the same time, their ability to do these things suffers. It's well-established that motorists on cellphones drive as badly as drunk people, for example. University of Utah researcher David Strayer thought that this …

My Students Don't Know How to Have a Conversation

"Students’ reliance on screens for communication is detracting—and distracting—from their engagement in real-time talk."<p>Recently I stood in front of my class, observing an all-too-familiar scene. Most of my students were covertly—or so they thought—pecking away at their smartphones under their …

Struggling To Get Out Of Poverty: The 'Two Generation' Approach

Policy makers and thinkers have long debated how best to help low-income families break the cycle of generational poverty. A lot of people think one key is high-quality early childhood education. Others say equally important is support parents with job training and education, to get them into …

Yale’s ex-president isn’t worried that most of the people who take online courses drop out

Depending on who you ask, massive open online courses are either the future of education or chronically overhyped. Coursera, the largest provider of courses from Universities, got a big boost in image when it announced that Yale’s former president, Rick Levin, would take over as the company’s …

Happy 44th Birthday, Mariah Carey! See Her Best Beauty Moments Through the Years

Happy Birthday, Mariah Carey! The Grammy award-winning singer, who turns 44 today, is a force to be reckoned with—both as a performer and <i>InStyle</i> …

How And When To Get Permission To Use Quotes In Your Writing - Writer's Relief, Inc.

It’s perfectly okay to quote an excerpt of another author’s work in your writing, but it’s not always okay to do so <i>without permission</i>. If you don’t …

11% Of Americans Think HTML Is An STD And Other Sad Technology Related Statistics

In news that shouldn't surprise anybody whose friends ask them to come fix their computer before trying turning it off and on again, a recent …

In Defense Of The 'Impractical' English Major

According to the radio show <i>A Prairie Home Companion</i>, upon graduating from college with a degree in English, there are only several career options that one is faced with: flip burgers, teach the literary canon to bored high school students, write press releases for pharmaceutical companies, or (if …

Dark thoughts: why mental illness is on the rise in academia

Mental health problems are on the rise among UK academics amid the pressures of greater job insecurity, constant demand for results and an increasingly marketised higher education system.<p>University counselling staff and workplace health experts have seen a steady increase in numbers seeking help …

The Drugging of the American Boy

By the time they reach high school, nearly 20 percent of all American boys will be diagnosed with ADHD. Millions of those boys will be prescribed a powerful stimulant to "normalize" them. A great many of those boys will suffer serious side effects from those drugs. The shocking truth is that many …

Ageism in Silicon Valley Is Causing an Uptick in Plastic Surgeries

In 2007, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made the declaration, “Young people are just smarter.”<p>Reports of extreme ageism in Silicon Valley — requiring …

On the Red Couch with Model and Advocate Christy Turlington Burns

Shortly after the birth of her first child, Christy Turlington got a big scare. She experienced inexplicable complications that made her aware of the …