Juan Alvarez

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Graph-theory breakthrough tantalizes mathematicians

Algorithm that speeds up comparison of graphs would be first major advance in three decades.<p>An innovative approach to solving a stubborn, but …

Mathematics

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Lupe Fiasco Released One of 2015's Finest Rap Records, so Why Are People Nervous to Talk About It?

Through missteps and flops, the Chicago artist was reduced from hip-hop's most gifted to a corny rap sideshow. But Tetsuo & Youth showed it's time that was reversed.<p>It’s a cold night in January and my friend is perched excitedly on the edge of the sofa. “You need to hear the new Lupe Fiasco album,” …

Rap & Hip-Hop

Late '70s Tourism Film Showcases the Attractions of Chicago

Here's one that comes from the dusty archives of the Chicago Public Library's film collection. Titled simply <i>Chicago Is...</i>, this film 1977 sought to lure travelers to Chicago during a period of transition for what was, at the time, the county's second largest city. The film comes as a collaboration …

10 Skills That Are Essential to Running a Successful WordPress Business

It’s often been said that the most important skill for running a successful WordPress business (or any business for that matter) is the ability to …

Student gets top marks for 'perfect' answer to critical thinking question

You don’t always get what you want in life<p>A young student with a strong sense of realism has won plaudits online for a brilliant answer to a question on critical thinking.<p>“Suppose you want to build a house on this land and still protect its natural resources. What could you do? How would it protect …

Critical Thinking

10 Swiss Inspired Graphic Design Lessons To Help You Become A Better Designer

<i>Sometimes the best way to showcase your design is to go back to the basics.</i> <br>When you hear the term “Swiss Design” the first thing you might think of …

Graphic Design

Why Do Young People Like Socialism More Than Older People Do?

Rain couldn't keep away hundreds of Georgetown University students on Thursday who waited hours outside for a chance to hear Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders explain his support for socialism.<p>The fervor to see the Vermont independent senator's major address wasn't surprising: …

Middle-class

This Magnetic Closet Organizer Might Actually Make You Hate Folding Less

The Internet is going crazy for this shirt-stacking tool that aims to never topple over.<p>One of life's greatest conundrums (at least for us) is figuring out the right way to stack clothes. It seems like every time we grab a T-shirt from the middle of the pile, everything falls apart — we're talking …

Putin’s massive, triple-decker war room ‘is something the Pentagon might only dream of… in a nightmare’

It could have been a scene straight out of “Dr. Strangelove” when President Vladimir Putin stepped into the Russian Ministry of Defense’s brand new, …