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8 Easy Summer Recipes You'll Make Over and Over Again

<b>1. Asian Kale Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing</b><p>Believe or not, this salad will have you eating your vegetables (and, most surprisingly, your kale) with pleasure and abandon. Bright, bold flavors and textures abound: earthy kale; cool and crunchy carrots, bell peppers and red cabbage; toasted …

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Writing the Common Application Essay and What to Avoid

The Common Application will launch for the coming admissions season on August 1. In the meanwhile, the Common Application essay prompts are available so writing can begin. Students will need to choose one of the five prompts and write up to a 650-word essay.<p><b>The essay prompts are as follows:</b><p>1. Some …

The Eccentric Genius Whose Time May Have Finally Come (Again)

Resurrecting the legacy of a man who understood, and feared, the future of automation.<p>I’ve been preoccupied lately with thoughts of marauding broomsticks, genies in bottles, and monkey’s paws.<p>All are literary images the scientist Norbert Wiener used to make the point that we fool ourselves if we …

Alan Turing's Body

There's no command-Z for this great man's suffering.<p>On Christmas Eve, Queen Elizabeth II pardoned the computer scientist Alan Mathison Turing.<p>Nearly all of the modern world is constructed on Turing’s accomplishments. He helped crack Germany’s “Enigma” code in World War II, contributed two important …

A Real Story of Memorial Day

The origins of this weekend's holiday, linking Mississippi and The Atlantic<p>Happy Memorial Day! We were in Columbus, Mississippi recently and learned of an amazing story that included these three elements: the Friendship Cemetery in Columbus, the origin of Memorial Day, and <i>The Atlantic.</i><p>Here is the …

Science can answer moral questions

Questions of good and evil, right and wrong are commonly thought unanswerable by science. But Sam Harris argues that science can -- and should -- be …

When English Proficiency Isn't Enough

The Common Core requires more than basic comprehension.<p>COMPTON, Calif.—A large color photograph of an iceberg on display in teacher Angel Chavarin’s fourth-grade classroom at Laurel Street Elementary may not be the typical prop for a language arts lesson. But Chavarin is hoping visuals like this …

Why I Teach Plato to Plumbers

Liberal arts and the humanities aren't just for the elite.<p>Once, when I told a guy on a plane that I taught philosophy at a community college, he responded, “So you teach Plato to plumbers?” Yes, indeed. But I also teach Plato to nurses’ aides, soldiers, ex-cons, preschool music teachers, janitors, …

How to get all notifications from iOS on Google Glass

For months after Google Glass(s goog) launched, using the wearable computer with an iPhone(s aapl) was less than ideal. That changed in December when …

Was Shakespeare a Good Actor?

In his day, performers received little respect for grueling work. Yet the playwright strode the stage for more than 15 years—and then changed the acting profession forever.<p>Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, today, will bring an outpouring of written appreciations for his works. Many, though, will likely …

Everything I Ever Needed to Know I Learned From Huckleberry Finn and Hal Holbrook

<b>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn: "A book of mine where a sound heart and a deformed conscience come into collision and conscience suffers defeat." -Mark Twain</b><p>Recently, in Concord, New Hampshire, I saw Hal Holbrook perform in "Mark Twain Tonight!" I've lost count of the number of times I've seen …

Five Spiritual Mysteries: #2 Why Does God Let Bad Things Happen? (Part 2)

One of the biggest stumbling blocks for people who want to believe in God is the existence of bad things in our lives. The evening news carries enough stories about war, crime, famine, oppression, and much else that a loving God wouldn't permit. But as we saw in the first post, such a God is formed …

The False Equation of Atheism and Intellectual Sophistication

Beyond the argument that faith in God is irrational—and therefore illegitimate<p>Atheism is intellectually fashionable. In the past month, <i>The New York Times</i> has run several stories about lack of faith in its series on religion. <i>The New Yorker</i> ran an article on the history of non-belief in reaction to …

13 Apps to Inspire Creativity

If you haven’t fallen off the resolutions wagon yet… congrats. If as soon as week one ended, so did your good intentions, we totally hear you. But one resolution that’s always worth keeping is continually trying to bring creativity to your life every day. In our obsession with doing just that, …

EyeWire

Join MIT in a global quest to map the brain.<p>The Seung Lab at MIT is recruiting citizen scientists from around the world to help map 3D structures of …

Shingles May Raise Later Stroke, Heart Attack Risk

Having shingles is associated with a higher risk of stroke and heart attack later in life, a new study shows.<p>Researchers from University College London found that having shingles before age 40 is associated with a 74 percent higher risk of stroke, a 50 percent higher risk of heart attack, and a 2.4 …

There's a Cheaper, More Effective Way to Train Teachers

Why school systems across the country should adopt an apprenticeship model<p>We don’t know exactly how much money was spent training Will in his first year of Teach for America, but we know it was a lot. We would guess the total sum is above $50,000, a figure that includes district training costs, …

How to Write a Monster Story

Everyone loves a good horror story. Try to write one, though, and you will quickly discover that it's not enough simply to create a monster. You must also create a reason for the monster to exist. Or, to quote the great Albert Camus, who would have turned 100 this year, "A character is never the …

How Many of Your Memories Are Fake?

When people with Highly Superior Autobiographical Memory—those who can remember what they ate for breakfast on a specific day 10 years ago—are tested for accuracy, researchers find what goes into false memories.<p>One afternoon in February 2011, seven researchers at the University of California, …

How the Brain Creates Personality: A New Theory

Are you a mover, a perceiver, a stimulator, or an adapter? Modes of thinking can be understood in terms of how the top and bottom—rather than right and left—parts of the brain interact.<p>It is possible to examine any object—including a brain—at different levels. Take the example of a building. If we …

JJ Abrams: from Lost to Ship of Theseus

The Übergeek. The Boy With All the Toys. The Lord of the Nerds. It might seem as if the most significant achievement of Jeffrey Jacob "JJ" Abrams, screenwriter, actor, producer, director, composer and author, is to have made fanboy culture part of the mainstream. But the publication of "his" first …

Faces of Moral Courage

My favorite Roman Catholic priest was defrocked, but not for the reasons you might suspect. In the early 1990s, a friend handed me a copy of <i>Original Blessing: A Primer in Creation Spirituality Presented in Four Paths, 26 Themes, and Two Questions</i>. Thus began my love affair with The Reverend Doctor …

The Steve Jobs Nobody Knew

When I first met Steve Jobs, I thought he was a loser. It was 1980, and I was just a Silicon Valley kid who knew nothing about computers. I had …

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A Brief Tour of the Folger Shakespeare Library's Digital Treasures

How do you make a repository of books and manuscripts live online?<p>On a recent tour of the Folger Shakespeare Library, here in Washington, DC, I had the pleasure of seeing, in person, one of the library's 82 First Folios:<p>This particularly Folio is graced by the doodles of one Elizabeth Okell, about …

Most Depressing Brain Finding Ever

Yale law school professor Dan Kahan's new research paper is called "Motivated Numeracy and Enlightened Self-Government," but for me a better title is the headline on science writer Chris Mooney's piece about it in Grist: "Science Confirms: Politics Wrecks Your Ability to Do Math."<p>Kahan conducted …

Martin Luther King's 'Eulogy for the Martyred Children'

As Americans debate whether the US should bomb Syria, which would surely kill innocent victims, let's remind ourselves about another bombing, 50 years ago today, that killed innocent victims.<p>On September 15, 1963, less than three weeks after King delivered his "I Have a Dream" during the March on …

Public Universities Ramp Up Aid For The Wealthy, Leaving The Poor Behind

By Marian Wang, ProPublica<p><i>This story was co-published with The Chronicle of Higher Education.</i><p>Shauniqua Epps was the sort of student that so many colleges say they want.<p>She was a high achiever, graduating from high school with a 3.8 GPA and ranking among the top students in her class. She served as …

The Key to Moving Past Anxiety: Take Baby Steps Forward

Exhausted and frustrated, clients come to me hopeful that freedom from anxiety is still somehow possible. As an anxiety specialist, I offer them something quite simple. I am an outside observer who can see all of their strengths and potential. I can call out from the sidelines, "You can do this," …

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Liberate Poetry! Robert Pinsky’s Manifesto for Readers

Poetry has been taken hostage by the academy, but former poet laureate Robert Pinsky rides to the rescue. By Daniel Bosch.<p>Was there church wedding? …