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Bubble Butts

In the late 2000s, right about when the economic bubble burst in the United States, Colombia’s government finally began making headway against the …

This National Park In Canada Might Be One Of The Prettiest Places In The World

Some U.S. national parks are expected to raise their entrance fees this year, but one thing will likely stay the same: the crowds. The only way to really avoid crowded parks is to find a lesser-known alternative, and we've found just the place to escape to. Nahanni National Park Reserve, which many …

When Minority Students Attend Elite Private Schools

Many parents of color send their children to exclusive, predominantly white schools in an attempt to give their kids a "ticket to upward mobility." But these well-resourced institutions can fall short at nurturing minority students emotionally and intellectually.<p>Dalton is a prestigious, …

Map: The Astonishing Concentration of High-Income Earners Around Washington, D.C.

Six of the top-ten richest counties are in Virginia and Maryland, and 13 of the top-30 richest counties form a continuous circle around the nation's capital.<p>Six of the ten richest counties in America are in Virginia and Maryland, clustered around the Washington, D.C., metro area. Six of the ten …

The Case Against Cars in 1 Utterly Entrancing GIF

Dense travel in a dense world makes sense.<p>Here is a brilliant piece of data viz to show how public transit reduces congestion. I sort of can't stop staring at it.<p>If you do succeed in dragging your eyes away, read more about America's evolving car habits at The Atlantic Cities and check out Jordan …

The Dark Art of Bots: How to Make $2 Million Online Without a Human Audience

All it takes is a firm grasp of arbitrage economics and a flexible ethical code.<p>Here is the weirdest thing about the modern web: humans are only one constituency, and maybe not the most profitable one.<p>Consider the case of an anonymous publishing executive who spoke with the media trade magazine, …

Health Begins at Work

Employers are urging workers to stop smoking and lose weight, but many argue workplace wellness programs are ineffective—and can even hurt less-healthy employees. What's the proper role of an employer in facilitating a healthy lifestyle?<p>At Patagonia, the California-based clothing company, designers …

The Three Kinds of People Who Live in the United States

According to a new study in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, psychological traits really do vary by region.<p>Thanks to demography researchers and their love for maps, Americans can visualize where their home states fit in on a national scale of a variety of political, economic, …

A Brief History of White Privilege, Racism and Oppression in America | Legalize Democracy excerpt

How America's Minimum Wage Really Stacks Up Globally

When you account for buying power, $7.25 is better than it first looks by global standards.<p>By the standards of other rich nations, the U.S. minimum wage, at $7.25 an hour, can look pretty measly. Australia's minimum for full-time adult employees works out to almost $15, these days. France's is …

Ecuador Stops Protecting Its Rainforest—to Pay Off Debt to China

President Rafael Correa's decision reflects just how reliant his country is on Beijing as a source of loans.<p>When a poor nation finds a massive oil reserve beneath a rainforest with more species per hectare than in all of North America, it makes for a nettlesome problem. When you add in a huge …

Costa Rica announces plans to close its zoos and release animals from captivity

What the tropical nation of Costa Rica lacks in size, it more than makes up for in a wealth of biodiversity. Despite occupying just 0.03% of the …

Costa Rica

The Magical World Where McDonald's Pays $15 an Hour? It's Australia

Even in countries with a high minimum wage, the golden arches manage to turn a profit. Here's how.<p>Last week, fast-food workers around the United States yet again walked off the job to protest their low pay and demand a wage hike to $15 an hour, about double what many of them earn today. In doing …

Best Bike Festivals of 2013

The Best Mountain Bike Festivals of 2013<p>Since people started pedaling, they’ve congregated to celebrate all things bike. And even though mountain bikers are some of the most fiercely independent people around, they can’t resist convening to shred dirt, test their leg strength against their …

Mountain Biking

The next food trends predicted by travel writers

Climb aboard the food trend train: what’s cool today will be passé tomorrow. New food trends arrive on the scene every year, whether you’re ready for them or not. Some will be local foods cast into the spotlight by changing tastes, novel techniques or a hefty dose of whimsy, but most will be …

Spoilt for choice: Vietnam's best beaches

Vietnam might have been late to Southeast Asia’s beach party, but it was well worth the wait. The country boasts more than 3400km of coastline, with infinite stretches of powdery sand, coves, lagoons, impossible boulder formations and tropical islands ringed with yet more beaches. We can help you …

Healthy Soil Microbes, Healthy People

The microbial community in the ground is as important as the one in our guts.<p>A small pine tree grown in a glass box reveals the level of white, finely branched mycorrhizal threads or "mycelium" that attach to roots and feed the plant. (<i>David Read</i>)<p>We have been hearing a lot recently about a …

Astonishing Numbers: America's Poor Still Live Better Than Most Of The Rest Of Humanity

There’s a lot of debate (from certain quarters it’s less debate than whining actually) about the increasing inequality in the United States. Sure, maybe it’s true that the country continues to grow but what about the poor and their incomes?<p>And there might even be something worth worrying about in …

2014 GMC Sierra 1500

The gentleman's pickup.<p>Identical twins can be hard to tell apart, but it gets easier when they’re wearing name tags. Maybe that’s why GM attaches big Chevrolet and GMC badges on its pickup-truck twins, the Silverado and the Sierra.<p>The Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra aren’t quite identical, but …

UK to compensate more than 5,000 Kenyans over colonial-era torture

Decades after the end of colonial rule, thousands of elderly Kenyans are getting compensation and an apology from Britain for years of torture during the fight for independence.<p>Britain announced a £19.9 million ($30 million) settlement Thursday for human rights violations during its colonial rule …

The Story of the Black Band-Aid

A reinvention of "flesh-colored"<p>Since its unpretentious invention in 1920 by Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the Band-Aid was long manufactured in a single color: a soft pink. In a 1955 TV commercial, the company showed one on the hand of a Caucasian woman: "Neat, flesh-colored, …

How to Live in a World Where Marriage Is in Decline

Public policy should catch up with the reality that fewer and fewer children are being raised in homes with two married parents.<p>In 1996 the Hoover Institution published a symposium titled "Can Government Save the Family?" A who's-who list of culture warriors—including Dan Quayle, James Dobson, John …

'There Were No Models': Growing Up in the 70s With an Out Gay Dad

An interview with Alysia Abbott about her new book, "Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father"<p>In August 1974, Steve Abbott drove a beat-up VW bug over the Golden Gate Bridge, his three-year-old daughter Alysia beside him. His wife, Barbara, had recently died in a car accident, leaving Steve to care for …

Ben Bernanke to Princeton Grads: The World Isn't Fair (and You All Got Lucky)

A refreshing dose of reality from the world's most powerful central banker.<p>Over the weekend, Federal Reserve Chair Ben Bernanke delivered a graduation address at his old employer, Princeton, that was by turns funny (like actually funny, not monetary policy jokes funny), philosophical, and -- as …

Sri Lanka: nirvana for beach lovers

Sri Lanka overwhelms the senses. The air is heavy with the scent of jasmine, the food richly spiced and the landscape one of utter beauty; the radiant green rice paddies, forests of swaying palm trees and mountains puckered in tea plantations are utterly bewitching. But for many people Sri Lanka …