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7 Ways To Kill Time While Working At A Law Firm

Tied up in the office? You might as well make the most of it.<p>As the old saying goes, time is money. And in the land of law firms, where the billable …

When Playing Video Games Means Sitting On Life's Sidelines

A facility outside Seattle, surrounded by pine trees, is a refuge for addicts — of technology.<p>There are chickens, a garden and a big treehouse with a zip line. A few guys kick a soccer ball around between therapy appointments in the cottage's grassy backyard.<p>The reSTART center was set up in 2009. …

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

What happens to a country when its young people stop having sex? Japan is finding out… Abigail Haworth investigates<p>Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her …

Can Rand Paul Learn to Tell the Truth?

The Kentucky senator and presidential hopeful has charisma, fundraising power, and new ideas. Now if can only resolve his sticky habit for bending the facts.<p>LOUISVILLE, Kentucky — Rand Paul was talking with University of Louisville medical students when one of them tossed him a softball. "The …

Steve Buscemi: 'I hope people remember the shutdown in the next elections'

The Boardwalk Empire star on how the Republicans have held the US hostage and why the pursuit of money is not a worthy goal<p>Dressed in dark colours and a black baseball cap, in person the 55-year-old Steve Buscemi cuts basically the same slight, rumpled figure we met a quarter-century ago in Jim …

Mark Zuckerberg On The Real Beginnings of Facebook

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg made his annual appearance at Y Combinator’s Startup School event for a fireside chat with Paul Graham. In this conversation, he spoke about what he first built, never being afraid of making mistakes, and the movement that the social network has become to connect …

Obamacare Is The Chance Of A Lifetime For Venture Capitalists

"This is the greatest opportunity I've seen in my lifetime. It's the first time we are seeing really fundamental changes happen. And there's a lot of money that can be made as this chaos is sorted out," said Lisa Suennen, the co-founder and managing member of Psilos Group, a health-care-focused …

Health Care

Race is central to the fear and angst of the US right

The shrinking white base of the Republican party cannot accept the country in which it now lives – so it shut it down<p>In the early 1980s veteran pollster Stan Greenberg, conducted a focus group in Macomb County, a Detroit suburb, of former Democrats who had switched allegiance to the Republican …

Google buys Bump to share anything between your phone and laptop

Google just bought Bump, the app for iPhone and Android that transfers files, photos, and videos between your phone and your laptop.<p>Terms of the deal were not released.<p>The app allows you to select anything on your phone — photos, files — and transfer it to your computer simply by “bumping” the …

Voyager 1 has entered interstellar space at last, NASA says

A spacecraft from Earth has left its cosmic backyard and taken its first steps in interstellar space, NASA says.<p>After streaking through space for nearly 35 years, NASA's robotic Voyager 1 probe entered interstellar space in August 2012, a study published Thursday in the journal Science …

Astronomy

What’s Really Behind the Ever-Rising Cost of Raising a Child in America

It's never been more expensive to have kids. But it's never been cheaper to clothe and feed them, as well. So what's getting more expensive?<p>Much was made last week of a recent study on the cost of child-rearing by economist Mark Lino at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The total cost of raising …

Barack Obama statement on US intervention in Syria – full text

Full text of remarks delivered in the White House Rose Garden on 31 August 2013<p>• Obama makes surprise U-turn on air strikes<p>Good afternoon, everybody. Ten days ago, the world watched in horror as men, women and children were massacred in Syria in the worst chemical weapons attack of the 21st …

Why it’s so hard to stop college cost inflation in the US

With the fracas in Washington over how to stop student loan interest rates from spiking, there’s more attention than ever on the student loan “bubble.” To pinpoint apt solutions, it’s worth considering the college loan issue as a version of two already irksome public policy problems: the debt …

Higher Education

Why Americans All Believe They Are 'Middle Class'

A taxonomy of how we talk about class and wealth in the United States today<p>Last week, President Obama went on the road promoting an economic agenda for the middle class. As expected, John Boehner and other Republicans fired back by charging Obama with “squeezing the middle class.” It’s not even an …

Paul Krugman: “Madness of the GOP is the central issue of our time”

The New York Times columnist writes that the Republican Party “has basically gone off the deep end”<p>New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote a blog post summing up the current state of the Republican Party, noting that he doesn't write about the "looming chaos" in the government as much as is …

The U.S. Wants Snowden. Why Won't The World Cooperate?

China appeared perfectly happy to let Edward Snowden slip away despite a U.S. request for his arrest. Russia appears to enjoy thumbing its nose at Washington as Snowden cools his heels at a Moscow airport. Ecuador is toying with the notion of granting him asylum.<p>Why is it proving so difficult for a …

GOP on DOMA: It's up to the states

Congressional Republican leaders are speaking with resounding unity: The same-sex marriage fight is ending on Capitol Hill.<p>While the conservative rank and file want to continue the fight that has, in part, defined the Republican Party for much of the past few decades, leadership is eager to shift …

A Bachelor’s Degree in Desperation with a Minor in Hope

<i>By Wes Koseki</i><p><b>This is the part no one told me about.</b><p>On a cold, damp day during the November after graduation, I collapsed to the floor. My body …

Gigaom | Justice Department releases slides showing alleged Apple ebook conspiracy

Advertisement<p>A long-anticipated trial in which the federal government is accusing Apple(s AAPL) of fixing the price of ebooks got underway on Monday …

In Ruling on Undue Hardship, Court Is Not Allowed To Come Into Your House and Repurpose Your Wife

Regular readers of this blog know that you cannot discharge student loan obligations through bankruptcy absent a showing of undue hardship. If you go …

Kirsten Gillibrand Aims To Jumpstart Student Loan Refinancings With New Bill

Debtors with high interest rates on their federal student loans would refinance into cheaper loans under proposed legislation to be unveiled this week, in a move that would lower borrowers’ burdens and potentially hurt private lenders and investors.<p>The plan sponsored by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand …

Clever Negative Space Animals

Negative space designs are very hard to create, but designer George Bokhua is a specialist in negative space. He designed this minimalist serie of …

Graphic Design

Colleges Soak Poor U.S. Students to Funnel Aid to Rich

To continue reading this article you must be a Bloomberg Professional Service Subscriber.<p>If you believe that you may have received this message in …

Against Banning High Capacity Firearms? Then Watch This

Yesterday, police in Middlefield Ohio released shocking video of a routine traffic stop on March 10. When police pulled James Gilkerson over, he climbed out of his car with an AK-47, rapidly firing 37 shots before his gun jammed or he ran out of ammunition. Officer Erin Thomas then fatally wounded …