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The Grantland Q&A: Robert Downey Jr.

Robert Downey Jr. is Iron Man. Over the last seven years, the 50-year-old actor has played Tony Stark in six films (the <i>Iron Man</i> trilogy, an …

The Puzzling Rise in Nearsighted Children

To battle an explosion of myopia, eye researchers try more outdoor time, medication, even a giant, translucent cube<p>Yangjiang, China<p>Children in this small southern Chinese city sit and recite their vocabulary words in an experimental cube of a classroom built with translucent walls and ceilings. …

Optometry

Tabletop games gain new fans in backlash against video culture

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - When Justin Becker moved into a new home in south Philadelphia, he set the TV and video games in the unfinished basement, leaving his three children free to go down and watch when they wanted. The board games stayed upstairs in the living room.<p>It was all part of a subtle …

Board Games

The Lagarde Consensus

IMF chief Christine Lagarde on the global economy's "new mediocre"—and why women are better leaders than men.<p>The 1990s was the era of the Washington Consensus—a suite of reforms, including privatization and open trade, that the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), and U.S. Treasury …

Economics

George R.R. Martin Developing HBO Series ‘Captain Cosmos’

While <i>Game of Thrones</i> fans anxiously wait for George R.R. Martin to complete the sixth book in the <i>A Song of Ice and Fire</i> saga, the author has already …

TV Series

The C.I.A. Is Delighted that Homeland’s Carrie Mathison Will No Longer Work There

Last month, Showtime announced that TV’s most famous C.I.A. operative, Carrie Mathison, would be leaving the agency on the next season of <i>Homeland</i>. A new <i>New York Times</i> column reveals that Dar Adal won’t be the only one happy to see her go. Real-life female agents told <i>Times</i> columnist <b>Maureen Dowd</b> that …

Entertainment