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Are Private Schools Worth It?

A new book argues that public schools are actually academically superior.<p>Sarah Theule Lubienski didn’t set out to compare public schools and private schools. A professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, she was studying math instructional techniques when she discovered something …

Winners of the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

<b>First Place Winner: Dig Me River</b><p>It's finally time to announce the winners of the 2013 National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest! Out of more than 15,500 entries, this year's first place winner is Wagner Araujo for this energetic black and white shot of the Brazilian Aquathlon (swimming and …

Travel Photography

The 20 Best Bands at Lollapalooza You Haven't Heard

<b>This has long been my theory:</b> Festival bookers have become some of the music business's last true tastemakers. Six months or earlier, they're tasked with identifying and booking acts people will want to see the following summer. Or hopefully, next summer in a better timeslot on a bigger stage. …

Music Festivals

The 10 Best Books Of The Year (So Far), According To Amazon

The editors at Amazon.com recently came out with a list of the Best Books of 2013 So Far, which ranks the best books released between January and June 2013.<p>"Customers looking for great summer reads will find an eclectic selection on the list this year, from the very best fiction to compelling …

Books

35 Random Corners Of The Internet You Should Visit When You Need A Break

Bookmark this for when you're having a bad day or when you just need a distraction and want to play. There's something so soothing about these single-serving sites.<p>Major h/t to this post by Tumblr user Writing Weasels and the website The Useless Web for providing me with endless hours of amusement.

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China agrees South China Sea talks amid new row with Manila

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN (Reuters) - China agreed to hold formal talks with Southeast Asian nations on a plan to ease maritime tensions on Sunday as the Philippines accused it of causing “increasing militarization” of the South China Sea, one of Asia’s naval flashpoints.<p>China's Foreign Minister Wang Yi …

House passes bill allowing FAA to cancel air traffic controller furloughs

The House of Representatives passed on Friday a draft bill to ease the disruption to air travel across the country that has been created by the …

The Unluckiest Generation: What Will Become of Millennials?

Coming of age in a recession has set back Millennials for decades. The good news? In the age of abundance, they could turn out to be pretty great decades, anyway.<p>AP<p>The nearly 3.7 million American babies born in 1982 weren't special, except to their families. But in the eyes of demographers, they …

The Shameful Sequester Vote: Bad for Democrats, Worse for Democracy

Wouldn't it be nice if Congress protected the poor with the same verve with which they rush to protect annoyed upper-middle-class flyers?<p>Reuters<p>The morality play known as "Sequester" is entering its third act this week, and what a spectacularly awful and pointless piece of theater it has been. In …

Spain Is Beyond Doomed: The 2 Scariest Unemployment Charts Ever

This is what a permanent underclass looks like.<p>(Reuters)<p>Spain is in a great depression, and it is one of the most terrifying things I have ever seen.<p>Five years after its housing boom turned to bust, Spanish unemployment hit a record high of 27.2 percent in the first quarter of 2013. It's almost too …

Here's 100 self-portraits in the style of 100 different cartoons. How many can you recognize?

On Game of Thrones, Two Savage, Spectacular Game Changers

Our roundtable on "And Now His Watch Is Ended," the fourth episode of the HBO show's third season<p>HBO<p>Every week for the third season of HBO's fantasy series <i>Game of Thrones</i>, our roundtable of Ross Douthat (columnist, <i>The New York Times</i>), Spencer Kornhaber (entertainment editor, TheAtlantic.com), and …

Illegal ecstasy being studied to treat PTSD

Small study looks at how ecstasy allows users to be comfortable discussing traumatic memories.<p>CINCINNATI — Dubbed the "hug drug" and "X" by its users, the illegal drug ecstasy is being researched as a possible treatment for sufferers of serious stress disorders.<p>But a lot more research is needed …

Not About Chechens: 'Future of U.S. Space Policy'

'Because it is there': one of several reasons to go into space.<p>I am emerging from a prolonged article-and-travel blotto period, as prefigured here. Thanks to those who have sent leads and material in the past two weeks, none of which I have answered or dealt with. I will start working through items …

Drone Strikes and the Boston Marathon Bombing

The more we learn about the Boston Marathon bombing, the more reason there is to doubt the wisdom of Obama's drone-heavy approach to fighting terrorism.<p>In 2011, after President Obama used a drone to kill Anwar al-Awlaki, the American citizen who was recruiting jihadists from his perch in Yemen, …

Texas explosion: residents of West shocked by devastation

Rescue workers were on Thursday night picking through the devastation caused by an explosion at a Texas fertiliser plant that destroyed scores of …