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America, the Plannable: How Banks Affect Family Size

Some evidence points to the idea that a financial institution might assure parents-to-be that they won't need as many children to care for them in old age.<p>As of last year, nearly half of America’s middle-aged adults found themselves members, willing or not, of what’s been called “the sandwich …

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How to handle toxic people

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>Toxic people defy logic. Some are blissfully unaware of the negative impact that they have on those around them, and others seem to derive satisfaction from creating chaos and pushing other people’s buttons. Either way, they create …

Saudi women's driving campaign gathers pace

Activists pushing for women's right-to-drive in Saudi Arabia have declared their online campaign a success, in the world's only country where women are not allowed to operate cars.<p>The campaign that began last year and revved up again since the beginning of the month encouraged women to post online …

What If Democracies Refuse to Pay for the Olympics Again?

Now that Norway has dropped out, the final contenders to host the 2022 Winter Games are China and Kazakhstan.<p>Citing financial concerns, Norway more or less announced the end of its Olympic bid for the 2022 games on Wednesday. The government's vote against providing financial backing for the bid …

Isaac Asimov Explains the Origins of Good Ideas & Creativity in Never-Before-Published Essay

<i>"Isaac Asimov on Throne" by Rowena Morrill via Wikimedia Commons</i><p>Where do ideas come from? The question has always had the potential to plague anyone …

How Retirement Was Invented

The earliest schemes for financial support in old age were pegged to life expectancy.<p>In 1881 Otto von Bismarck, the conservative minister president of Prussia, presented a radical idea to the Reichstag: government-run financial support for older members of society. In other words, retirement. The …

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The Storyteller

• <b>Author:</b> Jodi Picoult<p>From the #1 <i>New York Times</i> bestselling author of <i>Small Great Things</i>, <i>My Sister’s Keeper</i>, and <i>House Rules</i> comes an astonishing and complex novel that proves some stories live forever.<p>Mourning the passing of her mother, Sage Singer decides to attend a grief support group. She doesn’t …

Body Language Speaks Loud and Clear: Eight Tips To Getting It Right

(McKayla Maroney photo courtesy of mstarz.com)<p>While I believe small talk is BIG, non-verbal communication is small-talk's best friend. As the saying goes: "Actions speak louder than words." And it's a saying that rings true.<p>No matter how savvy a small-talker, or how confidant a conversationalist …

Why the Right to an Education is in Jeopardy

Recently the Noble Peace Prize was awarded to the young Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai for her heroic struggle to secure the right for education for all girls in her native Pakistan. In doing so, she has become a voice for children everywhere to be educated.<p>We take education in the United …

The Apple Doesn't Fall Far From the Tree When It Comes to Driving

From the moment our children are born, we begin our life-long job of being their teachers. Most of us are the first to teach our kids to tie their shoes, ride a bike and read and write. Our role never ends, even when our children become teens and begin driving -- which as parents, is the most …

Fever Moon (Graphic Novel)

• <b>Author:</b> Karen Marie Moning and Others<p><b>An all-new Mac & Barrons story by #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Marie Moning, marvelously adapted into a full-color graphic novel by writer David Lawrence and illustrator Al Rio</b><p>In <i>Fever Moon,</i> we meet the most ancient and deadly Unseelie ever created, …

The Ivy League, Mental Illness, and the Meaning of Life

William Deresiewicz explains how an elite education can lead to a cycle of grandiosity and depression.<p>The former Yale English professor William Deresiewicz stirred up quite a storm earlier this month with his <i>New Republic</i> essay “Don’t Send Your Kid to the Ivy League”—a damning critique of the …

Rich People Exercise, Poor People Take Diet Pills

One reason the underprivileged face an obesity crisis is that they rely on ineffective weight-loss strategies. In part, this is because economic uncertainty makes it harder to plan for workouts and healthy meals.<p>Poor people—and poor women in particular—are more likely to be overweight and obese. …

The Thing Employers Look For When Hiring Recent Graduates

… isn't something that can be done on campus. It's an internship.<p>When I was 17, if you asked me how I planned on getting a job in the future, I think I would have said: <i>Get into the right college.</i> When I was 18, if you asked me the same question, I would have said: <i>Get into the right classes</i>. When I …

The Primary Way to Report Harassment Online Is Broken

Nearly every tech company uses the same imperfect mechanism to flag abuse.<p>Death threats, violent misogyny, child pornography, copyright infringement.<p>See any of those four very different things on a social media site and you pretty much have only one technical option: You can hit a button to mark …

Spider-Woman artwork furore gives Marvel pause over portrayal of women

A senior Marvel executive has said that "a conversation about how women are depicted in comics is relevant at this point" after the comic-book publisher provoked outrage by revealing an illustration of Spider-Woman drawn by a renowned erotic artist.<p>Unveiled earlier this week at the site Comic Book …

How much do our genes dictate our GCSE results?

Your scores in your GCSEs are heavily influenced by your genetic heritage<p>Almost three quarters of a million students will have received their GCSE results this week and congratulated themselves on – or bemoaned the lack of – the effort they put in back in May. Of course, hard work is important, but …

Hearing voices allowed Charles Dickens to create extraordinary fictional worlds

Charles Dickens,Books,Fiction,Culture,Evelyn Waugh,Edinburgh festival,Edinburgh international book festival,Edinburgh international book festival 2014<p>The novelist said he did not invent, but merely recorded what he heard and saw. This prompts questions about the act of writing

The Daily Routines Of 26 Of History’s Most Creative Minds

10 p.m. to 7 a.m.: Sleep. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Be a genius.<p>Even Beethoven and Balzac had just 24 hours in a day. How did history’s most prolific minds schedule their greatness? Based on research from Mason Currey’s <i>Daily Rituals: How Artists Work</i> (which we covered previously here), a new interactive …

Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of crimes against humanity and jailed for life

Khieu Samphan, 83, and Nuon Chea, 88, are last members of former Cambodian regime deemed fit to face trial<p>A UN-backed war crimes tribunal has found the Khmer Rouge’s Brother No 2 Nuon Chea and former head of state Khieu Samphan guilty of crimes against humanity and sentenced the two elderly men to …

Anthropologist Margaret Mead on Female vs. Male Creativity, Gender in Leadership, Equitable Parenting, and Why Women Make Better Scientists

Margaret Mead is celebrated as the world’s best-known and most influential cultural anthropologist, having not only popularized anthropology itself but also laid the foundation for the sexual revolution of the 1960s. She brought the essential tools of anthropology — the art of looking, coupled with …

Mental illness affects us all – even in the happiest country on Earth

Which is the happiest nation on the planet? Fans of The Killing may be surprised to learn that it is Denmark. Nordic noir offers us a claustrophobic country shrouded in fog and lashed by icy rain, stalked by serial killers and riddled with corruption: a land from which noble souls such as Sarah …

What Can You Do With a Degree in Watching TV?

An interview with Anne Helen Petersen, a media-studies professor who is leaving academia to write for the Internet<p>As a 10-year-old in northern Idaho, Anne Helen Petersen was fascinated by celebrity culture. She’d tear through gossip magazines, giving ratings to different issues. Fast-forward 20 …