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A World With 11 Billion People? New Population Projections Shatter Earlier Estimates

Dueling projections of population growth present different visions of the world's future.<p><b>Warning: The 21st century may get a lot more crowded than previously thought.</b><p>In a paper published Thursday in <i>Science</i>, demographers from several universities and the United Nations Population Division conclude …

Why Girls Tend to Get Better Grades Than Boys Do

New research shows that girls are ahead in every subject, including math and science. Do today's grading methods skew in their favor?<p>As the new school year ramps up, teachers and parents need to be reminded of a well-kept secret: Across all grade levels and academic subjects, girls earn higher …

U2’s new album might be on your iOS devices right now even if you haven’t downloaded it

Yesterday Apple and U2 announced that the band’s newest album <i>Songs of Innocence</i> would be given away to all 500 million iTunes customers for free. Most users likely assumed that they’d have the option of downloading the album if they wanted it, but that’s not exactly how it worked out.<p>In order to …

4 Strategies For Remembering Everything You Learn

• knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming<p>• knowledge about how learning actually works<p>The bad news: Our education system kinda skips one of them, which is terrifying, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in …

Children used as child soldiers in South Sudan

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The use of child soldiers — teenage boys dressed in military uniforms and carrying assault rifles — is commonplace in South …

Free Things to Do in Boston

As any Red Sox fan knows, Boston is a baseball town. But it's more than that. As a hub for revolutionary thinking during the colonial period, Boston has a rich history that is easily accessible without having to purchase any museum tickets. The city offers contemporary cost free attractions as …

New England

5 Ways to Eat Raw This Summer

<i>Vegan lunches can -- and should -- be a lot more interesting than bare salads or carrot sticks and hummus. New Veganism columnist Gena Hamshaw will be sharing inspiration for midday meals that stave off both hunger and boredom.</i><p><i>Today on Food52: Raw foods aren't as foreign as you might think -- here</i> …

10 Game-Changing Panini Press Recipes. No Sandwiches. Not One.

The panini press is a remarkable kitchen tool. Those glorious grill marks, the melty-ness of cheese, the perfectly toasty toastedness of toast. Yes, the appliance provides an instant upgrade to pretty much anything pressed between two slices of bread.<p>The only thing wrong with the panini press is, …

Politicians Give Living on Minimum Wage a Whirl

Former Governor of Ohio Ted Strickland said in Sunday op-ed that he tried and failed to live on the minimum wage last week as a part of the …

State by state: Overview of 2014 governor races shows Democratic tilt

Tides roll in, tides roll out. It’s not just the ocean. Elections can work the same way.<p>Four years ago, Republicans had a smashing campaign season, seizing control of the House and piling up victories in Senate and gubernatorial races from sea to shining sea. Some of those swept into office were …

Government

Ethiopia's child brides see marriage as key to jobs abroad, says thinktank

Up a bumpy, winding dirt track in the mountains of northern Ethiopia, past two bulls chewing pasture and a rondavel built from sticks and cow dung, is the modest home of Lubaba Abdella, its mudbrick walls reinforced by eucalyptus bark and topped by a corrugated roof.<p>Abdella has lived a lifetime, …

S Sudan rebels launch attack despite truce

South Sudanese rebels have launched an offensive to retake a key town near the border with Ethiopia in what the United Nations said was a clear violation of a truce agreement.<p>"This attack represents the most serious resumption of hostilities," since President Salva Kiir and his former deputy, rebel …

Brown University Becomes Latest Ivy League School Under Federal Investigation

The U.S. Department of Education's Office for Civil Rights began investigating Brown University's handling of sexual assaults this month, bringing the total number of colleges facing such inquiries to 68.<p>The investigation of Brown, an Ivy League school in Providence, Rhode Island, began July 10. It …