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Why Did the Death Rate Rise Among Middle-Aged White Americans?

A week after it was published by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, a paper by the Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton showing that middle-aged white Americans are dying in much larger numbers than they used to is still the talk of the town. Indeed, the discussion is …

Race and the Free-Speech Diversion

Of the many concerns unearthed by the protests at two major universities this week, the velocity at which we now move from racial recrimination to self-righteous backlash is possibly the most revealing. The unrest that occurred at the University of Missouri and at Yale University, two outwardly …

Justice

Meet The Australian Family Saving 60% Of Its Income Traveling The World

Caius and Mia Bender are some of the most well-traveled young children in the world. At five and six years old, the siblings have visited 64 countries in the past three years. That is a lot of passport stamps.<p>“My husband worked 60 hours a week and barely saw the kids,” says Erin Bender when …

Family Travel

Scientists Redefine 'Planet' To Include Exoplanets - And It Works Beautifully

For as long as most of us can remember, growing up, there were nine planets in the Solar System: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto. There was some vague notion we had that Pluto was unique, since there were four inner, rocky worlds, four large, gas giants out …

Astronomy

Lynton Crosby: the man who really won the election for the Tories

There were several critics from within the Conservative party of how the secretive Australian was masterminding their campaign. Not any more<p>“At its absolute simplest, a campaign is simply finding out who will decide the outcome … where are they, what matters to them, and how do you reach them?” …

Boris Johnson

Five things Alice in Wonderland reveals about the brain

Lewis Carroll’s popular tales contain some hidden truths about the human brain that are still inspiring neuroscientists to this day. David Robson takes a leap down the rabbit hole.<p>Lewis Carroll was remarkably modest about his masterpiece. “The heroine spends an hour underground, and meets various …

Literature

Paris anti-terrorism rally draws massive crowd

<b>(CNN) —</b> At least 3.7 million people, including world leaders, marched in anti-terrorism rallies in Paris and elsewhere in France on Sunday, French officials said, calling the massive gathering in the nation's capital the largest in France's history.<p>The day was emotional and peaceful, a gesture of …

Terrorism

When Legalism Enables Lawlessness

In two recent high-profile cases—the Ferguson grand jury and the Torture Report—formal remedies carefully followed the letter of the law while ignoring its spirit.<p>In the late 1930s, Ernst Fraenkel, a German-Jewish lawyer, developed a theory that has surprising resonance today. In Fraenkel’s theory, …

Catholic Colleges Tell Poor Kids to Go Elsewhere

At Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., officials sometimes bring in low-income applicants and their families for counseling. The …

China’s Electroshock Gay-Conversion Case

In a landmark case for gay rights in China, a court has ruled in favor of a man suing a clinic that peddled a gruesome ‘gay-conversion’ therapy.<p>On …

Making Kim Jong Un's Head Explode

Did the directors of The Interview have a better option?<p>There's no delicate way to discuss exploding heads over email.<p>In September, when Sony Pictures' Amy Pascal relayed concerns from corporate headquarters in Japan about a climactic scene of <i>The Interview—</i>featuring the fiery, slow-motion …

Obama cautions that change may be slow to come to Cuba

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former President Barack Obama is embarking on a weeklong tour of Singapore, New Zealand, Australia and Japan.<p>Obama's office says he'll be in Singapore on Monday for an Obama Foundation discussion with young adults representing Southeast Asian nations. Obama will also participate …

‘Nut queen’ uproar highlights Korean anger over elite

Airline executive’s behaviour has focused attention on overweening influence of powerful Korean family conglomerates<p>A drama that started eight days ago in the cosseted seclusion of the first-class seats of a plane as it taxied to the runway in New York ended yesterday in public humiliation on the …

Celibacy rule may have contributed to child sex abuse, says Catholic church

Church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council calls for priests to be given ‘psycho-sexual development’ training<p>Celibacy could have contributed to the instances of child sexual abuse in the Catholic church, a report by the church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council in Australia has found.<p>The report, …

The 'Graywashing' of CIA Torture

The brutal interrogation program was far less defensible than its moderate critics seem to realize.<p>As the Senate report on CIA interrogations courses through the national media this week, the once-popular notion that the Bush administration never <i>really</i> tortured anyone, or engaged only in …

What Firechat's Success in Hong Kong Means for a Global Internet

The app now connecting political protesters could soon connect people in the developing world.<p>Look at pictures of any protest and you’ll see a mix of high and low technology. The Occupy Central protests in Hong Kong are no different. As the futurist Georgina Voss noticed, you’ll see umbrellas to …

What 50 Years of Bullet Trains Have Done for Japan

A case study in making a small country even smaller<p>Fifty years ago this month, Japan’s bullet trains completed their first trips and were welcomed by hundreds of people who had waited overnight in the terminals. The new high-speed line connected two massive economic hubs, Tokyo and Osaka, cutting …

Michelle Monaghan on ‘Fort Bliss,’ the Lack of Roles for Women, and ‘True Detective’ Hysteria

The actress sat down to discuss her award-worthy performance as an Army veteran and single mother in Fort Bliss and the difficulties of being a woman …

Online Shaming Gives Creeps the Spotlight They Deserve

Women are coming together online to shame men who harass and abuse them. But can online embarrassment spark a real change in behavior?<p>When Lucky …

Here Come the Smart Guns: Will New Jersey Soon Have to Sell Safer Guns?

An obscure law and a new generation of smart guns may soon force the hand of gun-control opponents.<p>Seventeen-year-old Kai Kloepfer wants to sell you …

Understanding the ISIS Threat to Americans at Home

President Barack Obama will tell the country Wednesday why he is stepping up military action against the terrorist group that calls itself the …

Always Make Promises

Living up to a social contract is inordinately valuable, and there's no pressure to exceed it.<p>Nicholas Epley recently made news when he paid commuters $5 to talk to a stranger on a Chicago train. The people were happier for having done it. But the point of his experiment was to shatter …

What Google Cars Can Learn From Killer Robots

Robot cars and military robots have more in common than you’d think. Some accidents with self-driving cars will result in fatalities, and this may be troubling in ways that human-caused fatalities are not. But is it really worse to be killed by a robot than by a drunk driver—or by a renegade …

Why Is Israel Losing a War It's Winning?

Six reasons why Israel is on the back foot even as it wins the battle against rockets and tunnels<p>Things change, of course—the only constant in the Middle East is sudden and dramatic change—but as I write it seems as if Israel is losing the war in Gaza, even as it wins the battle against Hamas’s …

Tesla's Gigafactory Intrigue Builds As Speculators Bet On A Nevada Location

Ever since Tesla announced plans to build a $5 billion battery Gigafactory this past February, the company has kept everyone off balance as to exactly where, when and how it would pull off such a feat. In March, the company said four states — Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Nevada — were in the …

ISIS’s Black Flags Are Flying in Europe

The symbol of the murderous Islamic State is waving in The Hague. ‘Death to the Jews,’ shout the demonstrators. Yet the Dutch government authorized …

How to Get Into Harvard

Simple advice from the president of America's most venerable university<p>ASPEN, Colo.—Everyone knows how to get to Carnegie Hall: practice, practice, practice. But what about how to get into the nation’s most venerable university?<p>For ambitious high-school students today, the formula for getting into …

Michael Bay: A New Kind of Director

Critics hate Transformers: Age of Extinction, but it's the work of someone who, like more and more filmmakers, has aligned artistic interests with commercial ones.<p>Michael Bay is a man of the people, except for all those people who write about film for a living. Just take the scene from his latest …