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Hurricane Maria rapidly intensifies, aims for a rare, devastating direct hit on Puerto Rico

<i>UPDATED 9:15 p.m. ET as Hurricane Maria upgraded to a Category 5 storm.</i><p>Islands known for their idyllic beach resorts have been reduced to rubble so …

How One Law Banning Ethnic Studies Led to Its Rise

Legislators in Arizona decided to prohibit a culturally relevant course, so teachers pushed back and started a nationwide movement.<p>The irony is that if Arizona lawmakers had never squashed one Mexican American studies class—in a single district in one city—Curtis Acosta would have no interest in …

Education

Admit It, Political Scientists: Politics Really Is More Broken Than Ever

Scholars restrain themselves out of fear of being seen as partisans, but what's happening now is different, and false equivalence is no virtue.<p>The widespread public belief that our political system is dangerously broken is often met with skepticism among longtime students of American politics. …

Why Google doesn’t care about hiring top college graduates

Google has spent years analyzing who succeeds at the company, which has moved away from a focus on GPAs, brand name schools, and interview brain teasers.<p>In a conversation with The New York Times’ Tom Friedman, Google’s head of people operations, Laszlo Bock, detailed what the company looks for. And …

IQ

Syria to seek 'anti-terror' support in Geneva

<b>MONTREUX, SWITZERLAND -</b> The Syrian government will demand support from the international community for its "fight against terrorism" during upcoming peace talks, sources in Damascus told Al Jazeera.<p>Foreign Minister Walid al-Muallem, in a speech he is scheduled to give during the peace conference in …

A Free Society Cannot Escape All Terrorism

An NSA official illustrates the totalitarian temptation in bureaucracies charged with stopping 100 percent of attacks.<p>The NSA's outgoing deputy director, Chris Inglis, has given a wide-ranging interview to NPR, where host Steve Inskeep asked about the practice of collecting and storing information …

Study: Caffeine Can Improve Memory

New research from Johns Hopkins shows caffeine's enhancement of long-term memory.<p>Caffeine can improve attention and focus, we've known for a while. It also enhances working memory (short term, in the moment). Caffeine's effects on long-term memory, though, if any, aren't well established.<p>A study …

Commands can’t change culture at investment banks | Financial Times

Print this page<p>Credit Suisse is the latest investment bank to issue an edict aimed at protecting the work-life balance of its junior employees – and …

Writing Is Thinking

Writing is intimidating. There’s this expectation of artful precision, mercurial grammatical rules, and the weird angst that comes with writing for …

The End of Capitalism

As they become richer, economies evolve. The early industrial stage, based on heavy industry and producer goods, paves the way for a more complex economy where consumer goods and personal services predominate. In the US and Northern Europe this shift became significant in the 1950s. It was …

78-Year-Old Vegan Bodybuilder Shows The Benefits of a Vegan Diet

78-year-old Jim Morris, a vegan and a former bodybuilding champion, posed completely nude as Rodin’s iconic The Thinker statue to show off his still …

Heather Payne: How to Turn Your Side Project Into a Full-Time Gig

Jules Ehrhardt’s provocative observations on the state of digital consultancies comes with a message of hope for those in the industry.<p>For his next …

Plans for 'cycle utopia' above London's rail lines

<b>Plans to build a network of cycle paths high above the streets of London are being put forward for consultation.</b><p>SkyCycle is a 136-mile (219 km) route, with the first phase, proposed from east London to Liverpool Street Station, costing more than £200m.<p>If approved, the 10 routes would be built above …

Network Rail

Study: Reading a Novel Changes Your Brain

College students experienced heightened connectivity in their left temporal cortexes after reading fiction.<p>Scientists have proven in the past that reading stimulates many different parts of the brain. In a 2006 study, for example, research subjects read the words “perfume” and “coffee,” and the …

Society Of The Spectacle

• <b>Author:</b> Guy Debord<p>The Das Kapital of the 20th century,Society of the Spectacle is an essential text, and the main theoretical work of the Situationists. Few works of political and cultural theory have been as enduringly provocative. From its publication amid the social upheavals of the 1960's, in …

Classic cars and watches outperform global stock markets

Coutts found that so-called "passion investments" climbed 77pc since 2005.<p>For those investors able to afford them, classic cars and watches, rather than traditional stock markets, are where the most impressive returns can be found.<p>So-called “passion assets” collected by wealthy individuals …

The Year in Review: the biggest stories of 2013

Biggest stories of the year<p>The leaks began in June. Edward Snowden, an NSA contractor, had collected a vast store of secret internal documents and began sharing them with journalist Glenn Greenwald, <i>The Washington Post</i>, and others. The revelations were shocking: the scope and depth of the NSA’s …

The 13 Best Psychology and Philosophy Books of 2013

After the best biographies, memoirs, and history books of 2013, the season’s subjective selection of best-of reading lists continue with the most stimulating psychology and philosophy books published this year. (Catch up on the 2012 roundup here and 2011’s here.)<p>1. ON LOOKING: ELEVEN WALKS WITH …

How to Always Be Getting Smarter

The incredible value of constant experimentation.<p>As we do new things, we always want to make sure we're doing things that help the business and not hurt. We may have a feeling of intuition that something may be successful, but how do you really know?<p>We run experiments. For example, maybe I believe …

Fusion Centers: Expensive and Dangerous to Our Liberty

The report, released this month by the Brennan Center for Justice, a nonpartisan policy institute at NYU School of Law, found that law enforcement …

"L.A. Leaker" by Aakash Nihalani

Make Your Own Furniture With Design Components by Michael Bernard

Berlin-based designer Michael Bernard has a lot on his plate and we like every single thing. His furnishings seem to be centered around two basic …

Blog in harmony with nature

Antioxidants<p>Green tea - contains a lot of substances which positively influence the brain, blood vessels and maintaining proper body mass. Green tea …

Dad illustrates weird things he said because of his kids

Fatherhood is an amazing and weird stage in a man’s life. Actually, more on the weird part than the amazing part. As proof that fatherhood can be …

Modern architecture redefines former Soviet republic

Architect Jürgen Mayer-Hermann was invited to Georgia's capital, Tbilisi, in 2004 after the country's recently elected president, Mikheil Saakashvili, saw his work in a book. Saakashvili had decided to embark on a program of investment in infrastructure that Mayer-Hermann, in a <i>Dezeen</i> profile, …

Why the 9-to-5 Day Is So Tough on Creative Workers

"Knowledge workers" tend to be more unfocused in both the early morning and mid-afternoon. Why force them to work when they're least productive?<p>Today, workers are putting in increasingly more hours—so much so that the 40-hour week has become a relic of the past. But pushing employees to clock up …