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How to Think About Economic Inequality After Thomas Piketty

The French economist started an important conversation. Now, we need to talk about what kind of inequality matters, and what kind of life our …

There’s one key difference between kids who excel at math and those who don’t

“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, and by thinking otherwise, you are possibly hamstringing your own career. …

Mathematics

Spectacular Day and Night Composite Shots of Major Cities

<i>Day to Night</i> is a spectacular ongoing series by fine art photographer Stephen Wilkes featuring urban landscapes that transcend the confines of time by presenting day and night shots of iconic cityscapes in one image. Using up to 1,500 images from a 15-hour shoot day (from sunrise to sunset), Wilkes …

Photography

10 Heartbreaking Photos That Might Reduce You To Tears

They say a photo speaks a thousand words, so with the greatest respect to these heartbreaking moments from our history & the photographers that have …

OMG, I Want This House: Provincetown

Serenity at the tip of Cape Cod? We’ll take it. Look inside this eclectic hideout just steps from the bay.<p>William Waldron/The Interior Archive

Hiking the John Muir Trail: Going Out to Go In

“I only went out for a walk, and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in.” ~ John Muir<p>Drawing wild-eyed wanderers and scruffy-haired men from around the world, the 211-mile John Muir Trail has a reputation of immeasurable proportions. Making its way …

Jellyfish in the North Atlantic - in pictures

Spectacular images of jellyfish captured by marine biologists and photographers Matt Doggett and Richard Shucksmith in the seas off the Orkney Islands

Seeking Success In A Finite Number Of Hours A Day

We all have a finite number of hours in a day – 24 to be exact. What we choose to do with those hours is of the utmost importance. We can waste our time, or we can use our time to improve ourselves and our lives. I have always felt passionate about the importance of reading books that can help us …

OMG, I Want This House: Venezuela

Need a vacation off the grid? Spend some time at this stunning Venezuelan compound accessible only by helicopter.<p>Simon Upton/The Interior Archive

China: Firms 'use star signs' to pick job applicants

<b>Chinese employers are selecting job applicants for interview based on their star sign, according to reports.</b><p>One travel agency advert asked only for "Geminis, Libras and Aquarius", according to the Bandao Morning News, based in the north-eastern Liaoning province. It reports that college graduate Xu …

The vanishing GOP voter

<b>John Boehner, Mitch McConnell (AP/J. Scott Applewhite)</b><p>Despite autopsies and rebranding scams, the party has become even more unpopular since its 2012 defeat<p>Joan Walsh<p>July 24, 2013 8:00pm (UTC)<p>With the media blaring that his approval rating is at its lowest point since the August 2011 debt-ceiling …

Mass defaults bring Obama housing rescue under scrutiny

Nearly half of the mortgages modified in 2009 under the Obama administration's signature homeowner rescue effort are in default again, according to a report on Wednesday that raised concerns about the program's effectiveness.<p>The report from the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset …

Obama Administration

America's Top Colleges Have A Rich-Kid Problem

In case you ever wondered just how much wealthy students dominate America's top colleges, here's a nice illustration from a new report by the Century Foundation.<p>At the most selective schools in the country,* 70 percent of students come from the wealthiest quarter of U.S. families.<p>Just 14 percent …

College & University

Dear High School Graduate: Everything You've Been Told Is False

When I graduated from Omaha Creighton Prep High School back in 1977, my fellow grads and I entered a benign, forgiving, if U.S.-hegemonic, economic order where one could find paid work — albeit of a blue collar variety — just by completing high school. A world where even a C student was guaranteed …

What If There's No Internet?

I email. I search. I shop. I Facebook. I stream. I Skype. Every year I seem to do these things a little bit more. Stroke by stroke, as I slip deeper into the Internet's embrace, I find myself wondering:<p>"What would happen if the Internet went away?"<p>Can it? It was famously built to be indestructible, …

Do Presidents Really Steer Foreign Policy?

They can—but mainly by doing things other than what we want and expect from them.<p>The 21st century began with an extraordinary imbalance in world power. The United States was the only country able to project military force globally; it represented more than a quarter of the world economy, and had …

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

Why Graduates Should Totally Ignore Advice From Commencement Speakers

If you're not exactly relishing the thought of listening to a political has-been or B-level actor impart their wisdom while severely hungover, you're not alone.<p>In fact, there's a very good statistical reason why you should probably take a healthy serving of salt with whatever you hear, and it's …

See Celebrities Reimagined As Renaissance Masterpieces

Sometimes, when the light hits their chiseled features just the right way, it’s easy to see how certain celebrities could transcend traditional placement in tabloid magazines and might have inspired a timeless masterpiece hanging in a museum (sometimes less so).<p>Worth1000.com is an image …

Graphic Designer Dad Illustrates His Kids’ Lunch Bags Almost Every Day Since 2008 | Colossal

<p>Graphic designer and competitor for Best Dad Ever David LaFerriere has been drawing illustrations on his children’s sandwich bags since 2008. Lucky …

Pac-12's Head of Officials Ed Rush Reportedly Targeted Arizona's Sean Miller

Link to Media<p>Pac-12 basketball head of officials Ed Rush was investigated for reportedly offering compensation to fellow referees for targeting Arizona head coach Sean Miller during the Pac-12 tournament.<p>The news comes from CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman:<p>Rush, according to a source within the Pac-12 …

College Sports

GMO Health Risks: What The Scientific Evidence Says

Many Americans are concerned about the spread of genetically modified organisms throughout agriculture -- and the perception that some members of the …