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Aid's Role in Rising Tuition Gains Credence

Imagine a scenario in which the federal government helps households pursue the American dream with ultra-loose credit, only to see prices skyrocket and families take on loads of debt they can’t repay.

Yes, it sounds like the housing market of a decade ago, but some say it is also the challenge of …

Tuition

Japan Rethinks Higher Education

TOKYO—Japan is retooling its public universities, sacrificing liberal-arts programs in collaboration with a business community eager for better-skilled graduates.

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s goal is to transform Japan’s government-funded universities into either global leaders in scientific research …

Japan

HSBC to Sell Brazil Business

LONDON—HSBC Holdings PLC agreed to sell its Brazilian business for $5.2 billion on Monday, the latest retreat from its onetime ambition to be “the world’s local bank.”

HSBC said it entered an all-cash deal to sell the Brazilian unit to Banco Bradesco SA, leaving it with a small Mexican operation …

Brazil

5 Ways to Read More

How many books do you read a year?

“I just sit in my office and read all day.”

This is how Warren Buffett, one of the most successful people in the business world, describes his day. Sitting. Reading.

He advises everyone to read more, and that’s certainly a goal we can all get behind. Our personal …

Productivity

Charles Koch Says U.S. Can Bomb Its Way to $100,000 Salaries

Conservative billionaire Charles Koch is predicting average American incomes of $100,000 annually in roughly a decade if government is scaled back and regulations are scrapped.

One way to get there? Building and using more bombs, he jokingly told about 450 donors to the political network he backs.

“I …

Charles Koch

How to Be Productive, Successful and Smart: 9 Tips From Experts

Expert Tip #1: How To Be More Creative

Your first idea is rarely the best. Always keep pushing and generate more possibilities.

Advice from Andrew Goldberg, writer on Family Guy:

I’m a big fan of writing “alts” (versions). If I come to a joke spot, even if I’m working on my own stuff, I’ll often write …

Apocalypse Now

Leaked Drug Testing Data Suggests Pervasive Cheating in World Athletics: Reports

The World Anti-Doping Agency will investigate the test data further

Doping in athletics is much more pervasive than previously believed, according to a recent investigation disputing the accuracy of drug tests carried out by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

The British …

Drug Test

Pancreatic cancer urine test hope

A simple urine test that could detect pancreatic cancer much earlier than at present has been developed by scientists.

They found a protein "signature" only present in people with the disease.

Pancreatic cancer is often very advanced by the time it is diagnosed - and only 3% of patients are alive …

Cancer

Cheers as UN irons out roadmap to end poverty

Jubilant UN member states put the finishing touches to a hugely ambitious roadmap aimed at wiping out poverty worldwide by 2030 and taking on climate change

United Nations (United States) (AFP) - Jubilant UN member states put the finishing touches to a hugely ambitious roadmap aimed at wiping out …

United Nations

The Mechanical Exoskeleton Shaping the Future of Health Care

A groundbreaking mechanical suit is helping people with disabilities to stand, walk, and carry objects.

The marriage of man and machine has long been a touchstone of sci-fi—and now real life—combat. Video games in particular (MechWarrior, BattleTech, and Shogo: Mobile Armor Division) have had …

Scientists Discover A 6th Taste — And It's Quite A Disgusting Mouthful

Your attention please, everyone. Scientists have discovered a new taste — and its name is, well, a mouthful.

To the ranks of sweet, salty, sour, bitter and umami, researchers have added a sixth: "oleogustus." Announced in the journal Chemical Senses last month, oleogustus is Latin for "a taste for …

Healthy Eating

Nokia sells HERE Maps to BMW, Audi and Daimler

Nokia has sold HERE Maps to a German automotive consortium for 2.8 billion euros (£1.97 billion), in a move the company is describing as the "next stage of its transformation".

The consortium that has purchased HERE comprises leading automotive manufacturers Audi, BMW and Daimler. HERE has long been …

Maps

Ronda Rousey More Than Just the World's 'Most Dominant Athlete'

Perfection is a false construct.

But in the here and now, Ronda Rousey, dubbed the world's most dominant athlete by Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated, seems as close to perfect as one might get. It's a completely unfair label to saddle on anyone. But after Saturday night's destruction of Bethe …

Ronda Rousey

Tesla Presses Its Case on Fuel Standards

PALO ALTO, Calif.—Auto makers have been laying the groundwork to seek relief from U.S. regulators on lofty fuel-economy targets. But Tesla Motors Inc. is rowing in the opposite direction, saying it wants to make the rules even tougher.

The Silicon Valley electric-car maker is preparing to make a …

Environmentalism

25 comic books for nerdy newbies to read first

Every comic book nerd has an origin story, and it starts with opening that first book.

There are so many titles with so much history, so it's natural for a new comic book reader to be intimidated by jumping into the fandom. When it comes to picking up comics with rich backgrounds, it can kind of …

Comics

When Dalí Met Disney: Exploring Their Unlikely Friendship

A new exhibit details the surprising partnership between two 20th-century icons: Walt Disney and Salvador Dalí.

Walt Disney

Chicago’s Newest Rooftop Bars Are Perfect for Summer

When summer finally rolls around, Chicago celebrates—usually with a cold drink in hand. These exciting new hotel rooftops are some of the top places …

Art Galleries

The Best London Bars as Chosen by Bartenders

London is one of the world’s best drinking cities, but that begs the question: Which of its multitude of pubs and bars is really worth your time? Two …

England

Seeing the World in 'Kolor' with American Photographer Elliott Erwitt

We take a quick glimpse at the Southern Hemisphere through the lens of the iconic (now octogenarian) artist.

Australia, 1961

In the early ’60s, Elliott …

Photographers

The Just-Smart-Enough Home

IF YOU SPEND enough time trying to rig up a smart home—one in which your smartphone magically turns on the lights when you walk through the door then sets the temperature just so—you’ll eventually long for a Clapper. Remember the ad? Clap on! Clap off! Simple—and a lot catchier than Take out your …

Thermostats

Clinton Opens Up on Health, Money

Hillary Clinton released a flurry of documents Friday that included a physician’s declaration of her personal health and a batch of financial information, in a bid to rebut accusations of secrecy surrounding her presidential campaign.

The financial documents showed Mrs. Clinton and her husband …

Money

Pacific Trade Talks End With No Deal

KA’ANAPALI, Hawaii—High-level efforts to complete a major Pacific trade agreement ended Friday without resolution amid deep differences over trade in dairy and other products.

U.S. and other officials had hoped to wrap up the final contours of the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership this week. …

Dairy

How Whipsawing Grain Prices Are Affecting ADM, Cargill

Several of the largest agribusiness companies are set to announce quarterly results, providing insight into how whipsawing grain prices are affecting the farm economy.

The readouts from companies including Archer Daniels Midland Co., the grain trading and processing giant, and Cargill Inc., the …

Agriculture

EPA Emissions Rule to Mandate Tougher Cuts Than Expected

WASHINGTON—President Barack Obama on Monday will mandate steep cuts to power-plant carbon emissions, as he unveils his administration’s signature initiative to combat climate change and sets in motion sweeping changes to the country’s electricity industry.

Utilities and Republican lawmakers are …

Energy

US march for equal racial rights strikes out from Selma

Forty-day march to Washington begins at Alabama bridge where voting rights activists were beaten by police 50 years ago.

Civil rights campaigners in the US have begun a 40-day march to highlight racial inequality.

The activists set out on Sunday from Selma, Alabama - the scene of a violent crackdown …

Selma

The 21 Video Games of VICE’s Lifetime That You Really Should Have Played

From the column 'VICE Vs Video Games'

Hey, I'm Mike, the video games editor here at VICE. We've probably not met IRL, and likely never will, but hey, thanks for clicking your way to this page. I appreciate it.

Now, you might not know this, but VICE was founded in 1994. A lot of video games have come …

Demon's Souls

The 10 Books Ta-Nehisi Coates Couldn’t Live Without

For his new bookshop installation, One Grand, the editor Aaron Hicklin asked people to name the 10 books they’d take with them if they were marooned on a desert island. The next installment in the series comes from Ta-Nehisi Coates, national correspondent for the Atlantic and the author of “Between …

F. Scott Fitzgerald

For Sympathetic Ear, More Chinese Turn to Smartphone Program

She is known as Xiaoice, and millions of young Chinese pick up their smartphones every day to exchange messages with her, drawn to her knowing sense of humor and listening skills. People often turn to her when they have a broken heart, have lost a job, or have been feeling down. They often tell …

China

‘Let Me Tell You,’ by Shirley Jackson

LET ME TELL YOU

New Stories, Essays, and Other Writings

By Shirley Jackson

Edited by Laurence Jackson Hyman and Sarah Hyman DeWitt

416 pp. Random House. $30.

How do we explain to the new, knowing wash-ashores, Brits and Aussies mainly, who have insinuated themselves into the media here, and into popular …

Joyce Carol Oates