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The inequality trap

<i>Standfirst: In this excerpt from his new book, The Inequality Trap: Fighting Capitalism Instead of Poverty, McGill University economist and Post</i> …

Kepler 438b: Most Earth-like planet ever discovered could be home for alien life

An alien world that orbits a distant star in the constellation of Lyra may be the most Earth-like planet ever found outside the solar system.<p>The planet, named Kepler 438b, is slightly larger than Earth and circles an orange dwarf star that bathes it in 40% more heat than our home planet receives …

Planetary Habitability

Rescued scientists bring back a warning from the Antarctic

Photograph: Unimedia/Barcroft Media<p>Passengers aboard Akademik Shokalskiy were successfully transferred by Chinese helicopter to the ice surface near Australian rescue ship Aurora Australis in …

David Greenglass, spy who sent sister Ethel Rosenberg to electric chair, dies

David Greenglass – who served 10 years in prison for his role in the most explosive atomic spying case of the Cold War, and gave testimony that sent his sister Ethel Rosenberg and her husband to the electric chair – has died aged 92.<p>Greenglass, who admitted decades after the trial that he lied in …

New reports shed light on Fording River pollution problems

The Fording River seems to run through paradise in the wild Canadian Rocky Mountains, but Environment Canada experts say it is so heavily polluted that fish are hatching with terrible deformities and dying by the thousands.<p>Teck Coal Ltd. has long acknowledged their responsibility concerning a …

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 …

The climate change deniers have won

The American Association for the Advancement of Science came as close as such a respectable institution can to screaming an alarm last week. "As scientists, it is not our role to tell people what they should do," it said as it began one of those sentences that you know will build to a "but". "<i>But</i> …

Is Venezuela's Government Tightening Its Grip on the Internet?

While protests sweep the streets of Venezuela, the nation's government is quietly taking measures to quell the uprising in cyberspace, reportedly …

France seeks to shed policeman role at Africa meeting | News Home | Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - France will tell African leaders at a Paris summit on Friday it will no longer play policeman on the continent, even as it prepares to act in a new conflict in Central African Republic after its Mali intervention this year.<p>French soldiers wait for France's Defence Minister …

What would Socrates think of homeless Greeks in caves today?

Why Do People Kill? And Other Revelations Of Human Nature

Carrick on money: ‘We cannot afford the houses we are living in’

<i>The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.</i><p><b>'We cannot afford the houses we are living in'</b><p>That's the conclusion of this well-researched and quite alarming summary of the Canadian housing market and the …

Cheap food is an addiction we must break

The brilliant American writer Wendell Berry once wrote that "eating is an agricultural act". His point was that since we all eat, we're all …

“Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control

SWAT teams raiding poker games and trying to stop underage drinking? Overwhelming paramilitary force is on the rise<p>Sal Culosi is dead because he bet on a football game — but it wasn’t a bookie or a loan shark who killed him. His local government killed him, ostensibly to protect him from his …

Food forest takes shape in Seattle

Around noon on a hot Seattle day, Jeff Wright pauses shortly before lunch to survey the team's progress. In a garden plot, developing before him, dozens of volunteers shuffle about, pushing wheelbarrows of mulch, prepping planter beds and chiselling away at cement blocks to make retaining walls.<p>At …

Being Feminist

New York bar owners pay $2,500 fine over favouring British job applicants

The owners of a Welsh-themed bar have agreed to pay a $2,500 (£1615) fine to the New York City Human Rights Commission after they posted a job advert …

The 10 cheapest cities in the world, 2013

When I was in Nicaragua in 2011, I had a friend who was renting a room with her boyfriend in Managua. They each paid $25 per month for rent. The bus …

Vilsack: Farmers Must Respond To Rising Temperatures

The political debate over the causes of climate change will go on. And on.<p>But as far as Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack is concerned, farmers, foresters and ranchers need to respond right now to the impact of climate change on their businesses.<p>"This problem is not going to go away on its own," …

U.S. management of wild horses flawed, scientific report finds | Reuters

SALMON, Idaho (Reuters) - A federal agency working to rein in the population of wild horses in the West should rely more on fertility control than roundups because it would be more effective, a National Academy of Sciences review said on Wednesday.<p>Wranglers lead a herd of wild horses during Montana …

U.N. Urges Eating Insects; 8 Popular Bugs to Try

From beetles to stinkbugs, people in dozens of countries eat insects.<p><b>Ants are sweet, nutty little insects, aren't they?</b><p><b>I'm not talking about their personalities, but how they taste. Stinkbugs have an apple flavor, and red agave worms are spicy. A bite of tree worm apparently brings pork rinds to</b> …

"Piggy litter" lets Chinese swine live high on the hog