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Always Treat Your Girlfriend Right: A WWII Case Study | The Art of Manliness

<b>Sid Phillips, age 18, and his company of Marines</b> had been living on maggot-filled rice for months.<p>Enemy soldiers had destroyed supply lines at the …

How to Plan and Lead a Weekly Family Meeting | Creating Family Culture | The Art of Manliness

Does your family life seem chaotic?<p>Are you worried that your children aren’t learning and incorporating the values that are important to you and your …

Jack London on the Life That Lives | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: The excerpt below is taken from the beginning of the preface to Jack London’s book,</i> The Cruise of the Snark<i>, a non-fiction work which</i> …

How to Hack Your Flow: Live Life at the Limits and Boost Productivity | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This a guest post from Steven Kotler, author of</i> The Rise of Superman.<p>Researchers define flow as an “optimal state of consciousness,” a …

Is College for Everyone? An Introduction and Timeline of College in America | The Art of Manliness

“A college education unfits rather than fits men to affairs.” –Andrew Carnegie, 1901<p>Over one hundred years ago, one of the richest and most …

How to Talk About Your Accomplishments without Coming Off Like A Jerk | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This a guest post by John Corcoran.</i><p>Have you ever met someone whose personal story just blew you away?<p>My friend Tom is one of those …

How to Help a Grieving Friend | What to Say to a Grieving Friend | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: The following is an excerpt from</i> Keys to Happiness<i>, an anthology of articles published in 1954.</i><p><b>“How to Help Someone in Sorrow”</b> <b><br>By</b> …

How to Make a Coffee Table from a Whiskey Barrel | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a guest post from Pete Sveen. It originally appeared on his website, diypete.com.</i><p>A while back, a buddy of mine came across a …

Google and Microsoft are out to stop dual-boot Windows/Android devices

Asus is the current target of their ire.<p>We've seen numerous companies announce devices that boot Android and some flavor of Windows, but very few of …

Understanding how fireflies evolved their glow

With the right chemicals, cells from a fruit fly will glow as well.<p>With life's spectacular diversity, it's easy to look at some of its more baroque …

In sudden announcement, US to give up control of DNS root zone

Signs point to fallout from NSA spying that lead to "multi-stakeholder" model.<p>In a historic decision on Friday, the United States has decided to give …

Can software be protected from piracy?

It's either easy to use or easy to protect; it can't be both. Right?<p><i>This Q&A is part of a weekly series of posts highlighting common questions</i> …

America's Most Unequal Metros

Watch Bill Gates Explain Why Washington Is Irrelevant

In an interview with The Atlantic, the billionaire shared his thoughts on foreign aid, American military power, and the U.S. government's perennially low approval ratings.<p>On Wednesday, Bill Gates joined <i>Atlantic</i> Editor in Chief James Bennet for a wide-ranging conversation on the future of education, …

Study: You Really Can Predict the 'Marrying Type'

Attractive, agreeable, and clean people are more likely to get married. Surprise?<p>Sometimes, after meeting a friend’s significant other, someone will observe that the man or woman in question is “the marrying type.” Others around will nod wisely and pensively sip their drinks. (I imagine this sort …

After Crimea, Sweden Flirts With Joining NATO

Officials worry that the Swedish military is woefully unprepared for a Russian attack.<p>It's a good time to have friends in Eastern Europe.<p>Leaders in the region, who have reacted to Russia's occupation of Crimea by expressing fears that they could be next, are now taking solace in their alliances. …

The Algorithm Economy: Inside the Formulas of Facebook and Amazon

Today we rely on digital monopolies to organize and personalize our reading and shopping experiences. Is that so bad?<p>It used to be simpler. You woke up, and there was one newspaper you could read. It printed on pulp and delivered to your driveway. You got in your car, and there was a Sears …

Government-Funded Relationship Education Can Work

The biggest challenge is getting couples to attend the classes regularly.<p>Nearly a billion dollars has been spent on marriage promotion since it was first introduced by Republicans in 2006 as part of welfare reform, and extended by President Obama and the Democrats in 2011. Dozens of programs around …

Reading to Have Read

Spritz doesn't strive to fix speed reading's flaws, but to transcend reading entirely.<p>If you’re a person who reads, you may have read about Spritz, a startup that hopes to “reimagine” reading. Like most tech startups, reimagining entails making more efficient. Spritz promises to speed up reading by …

The Case for Dividing the World Into 'Fat' and 'Lean' Countries

When resource scarcity is a blessing, not a curse<p>The key to understanding the world may reside in a toilet.<p>Make that multiple toilets—in Japan and Kenya, where restroom-related invention has taken two very different forms. In the late 1980s, the Japanese toilet manufacturer Toto developed the …

The Problem Isn't the Word 'Bossy'—It's Leaders Who Abuse Their Power

Maybe the problem isn't just that we call women "bossy" too much; maybe the problem is that we let men get away with behavior which we should call "bossy," or something worse.<p>Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg and Girl Scout CEO Anna Maria Chávez took to the pages of the Wall Street Journal earlier this …

The False Equation of Atheism and Intellectual Sophistication

Beyond the argument that faith in God is irrational—and therefore illegitimate<p>Atheism is intellectually fashionable. In the past month, <i>The New York Times</i> has run several stories about lack of faith in its series on religion. <i>The New Yorker</i> ran an article on the history of non-belief in reaction to …

5 Things We've Learned About Russia Since the Crimean Crisis

Fourteen years after assuming power, Putin's quest to remold the country in his image is complete.<p>Every time Vladimir Putin opens his mouth, the goalposts seem to move. After speaking with the Kremlin leader by telephone this week, Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Jemilev said Putin told him that …

The (Fake) Conspiracy to Overthrow the World's Autocrats

For leaders like Putin, the true threat comes from the forces fighting for democracy in their countries.<p>Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro agree: There is a vast international conspiracy underway to destabilize their governments and eventually oust them from power.<p>They are …

Why hydrogen-powered cars will drive Elon Musk crazy

Forget the Tesla Model S. Another car of the future is finally hitting the highway.<p>After decades of development—and no small amount of skepticism—major automakers are set to start selling hydrogen fuel-cell cars in small numbers in the US. In the coming months, a hydrogen-powered version of …

Glenn Ford's First Days of Freedom After 30 Years on Death Row

Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Metal spoons. What's re-entry like for a man who last breathed free during Ronald Reagan's first term as president?<p>Anywhere he wanted to go, the jubilant defense attorneys told a hungry Glenn Ford late Tuesday afternoon as they left the television cameras behind, piled into …

How China (and the Rest of the Emerging Markets) Spend Today

After 30 years of catchup growth, consumers around the world are starting to look more and more American.<p>Emerging market consumers—they're becoming <i>just</i> like us!<p>They're earning more. They're spending more. And they're spending more on the same things we do. The same gear, the same gadgets, and, …

Can the U.S. Government Declare a State Constitution 'Un-Republican'?

A lawsuit challenging Colorado's Taxpayer Bill of Rights raises uncomfortable questions about federalism and the Constitution's Guaranty Clause.<p>The Constitution is full of inconvenient provisions. Gun-control advocates struggle to explain the Second Amendment; those favoring federal power must …

A Caretaker and a Killer: How Hunters Can Save the Wilderness

Stereotypes of gun-toting brutes and tree-hugging hippies miss the basic facts about who is protecting nature—and why.<p>Fourteen years ago, I stood in the snow, struggling to digest what I had heard. A group of us, gathered to learn about monitoring and protecting wildlife habitat, had just …

What Scandinavia Can Teach U.S. Teens About Coming of Age

Civic-confirmation rites could help unify a fraying nation and instill crucial knowledge of American traditions and institutions.<p>The latest Pew survey, released last week, tells us that Millennials are as pigeonhole-resistant as ever: individualistic yet networked, socially liberal yet mistrustful …