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43 Books You Won't Be Able To Stop Talking About

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19 Books To Read If You Loved The "Harry Potter" Series

Maybe you'll never find a book better than Harry Potter, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy reading other novels about magic, friendship, and adventure.

ISIS Wants a Truce

In the new edition of its magazine, ISIS floats the idea of a truce. Is the group flagging—or is this just another trick?<p>After months of being …

White House Science Fair Puts Whiz Kids in a Serious Spotlight

Whether he's shooting off a marshmallow cannon or pedaling a bike-powered water sanitation system, President Barack Obama looks forward to the White House Science Fair as a day to be shocked and awed by school-age whiz kids.<p>"I love this event," Obama told reporters at last year's fair, where he …

The Irrationality of Alcoholics Anonymous

Its faith-based 12-step program dominates treatment in the United States. But researchers have debunked central tenets of AA doctrine and found dozens of other treatments more effective.<p>J.G. is a lawyer in his early 30s. He’s a fast talker and has the lean, sinewy build of a distance runner. His …

Video Games Are Better Without Characters

The real legacy of SimCity is its attempt—and failure—to make complex systems the protagonists instead of people.<p>In the mid-1980s, the easiest way to check out the latest computer games was to go to a bookstore in the mall. Past the John Grisham and the bargain history books in the B. Dalton …

SimCity

31 Quotes From Children's Books That Will Inspire You At Any Age

"Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast."<p>2. "You must never feel badly about making mistakes ... as long as you take the trouble to learn from them. For you often learn more by being wrong for the right reasons than you do by being right for the wrong</i> …

Obama announces $100 million initiative to bolster tech hiring

After going after the minimum wage, President Obama is turning attention to the tech sector, with a plan that calls for the hiring of more tech workers. Announced yesterday, the TechHire Initiative is a mix of agreements between the government and private companies in more than 20 different areas, …

Los Angeles

Wikimedia Foundation sues NSA to challenge mass surveillance

The Wikimedia Foundation — the nonprofit organization behind Wikipedia — is suing the National Security Agency (NSA) and the US Department of Justice over the NSA’s mass surveillance program.<p>It’s teaming up with eight other organizations, including Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International USA, …

Iran's Stockholm syndrome?

In the aftermath of the 2009 protests, Iranians underwent a change in their relationship with the government and have increasingly started to identify with it, says expert<p>For those who participated the anti-government protests of 2009-11, the sprawling squares of central Tehran evoke poignant …

Complaining, for Your Health

The mental and physical benefits of airing your grievances<p>In his 1964 book <i>Games People Play</i>, psychiatrist Eric Berne describes what he calls the “Yes, but” communication pattern: First, one person states a problem. Next, another person responds by offering suggestions on how to solve it. The first …

Why There's So Much Riding on Fresh Off the Boat

It isn't easy being (or waiting for) the second-ever Asian-American family sitcom.<p>There’s something exciting about seeing yourself on screen for the first time—or at least some semblance of yourself. For me, that moment of recognition came in the closing moments of the 1996 film <i>Matilda</i>, when the …

TV

The Only Creepy Thing About Pop’s New Child Stars Is Us

Why do Sia’s video dancer Maddie Ziegler and viral popstar Sophia Grace make people so uncomfortable?<p>2015 is young, and so are its fiercest pop …