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The Origin of the 8 Hour Work Day and Why We Should Rethink It

One of the most unchanged elements of our life today is our optimal work time or how long we should work -- generally, every person I've spoken to quotes me something close to 8 hours a day.<p>And data seems to confirm that: The average American works 8.8 hours every day. At least, those are the …

Time Management

The “middle class” myth: Here’s why wages are really so low today

<b>(AP/Darron Cummings)</b><p>Want to understand the failures of the “free market” and the key to getting a decent wage? Here’s the real story<p>Edward McClelland<p>December 30, 2013 6:00pm (UTC)<p>Let me tell you the story of an "unskilled" worker in America who lived better than most of today’s college graduates. …

Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

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 earlier days as a professional dominatrix. Back then, about 15 years ago, she was Queen Ai, or Queen Love, and she …

Energy Secretary: Fracking Won’t Cook the Planet

En­ergy Sec­ret­ary Ern­est Mon­iz is end­ing the year with a re­mind­er: Car­bon di­ox­ide is the biggest en­emy in the fight against cli­mate …

Natural Gas

The Mystery Of Chessboxing

True to its name, this combines the cerebral, contemplative machinations of a centuries-old board game with the timeless spectacle of two dudes beating each other silly. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary as the only spectator sport to be based on a comic book and presaged by the Wu-Tang Clan, …

The Energy Fix: How To Clean Up Fracking's Bad Rep

If fossil fuels are to remain a large part of the nation’s energy mix, engineers need to reduce their environmental impacts.<p>Hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling have opened up huge reservoirs of oil and gas across the U.S. The Energy Information Administration predicts that production of …

The science and magic of wine-making

… a new friend is as a new wine; when it is old, thou shalt drink it with pleasure. <i>Ecclesiasticus 9:10</i><p>I grew up on tales of my Dad's 1970s homemade hedgerow wines. Their fruity aroma and potency were legendary. All that remains of this heady era are five very dusty bottles of "vintage" wine sitting …

What's the Origin of the Word "Dude"?

For some time now, we have known the basic outline of the story of “dude.” The word was first used in the late 1800s as a term of mockery for young …

Dash is a free coding course that'll teach you how to make CSS robots

General Assembly has launched a new online service that teaches basic web development for free, in your browser. It's called Dash, and it lets users learn how to use HTML, Javascript, and CSS by working through four projects of increasing difficulty.<p>As you progress through the projects — starting …

Real-life 'Iron Man' suit commissioned by US military

The technology in <i>Iron Man</i> is getting a step closer to reality thanks to the United States military. The Army has commissioned a Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit, which would provide the wearer with superhuman abilities like night vision, enhanced strength, and protection from gunfire.<p>It would …

Ten Ratios To Make You Money In Stocks

Evaluating stocks to buy and sell can be a tricky business, even with all of the data available at your fingertips. Out of the dozens of ratios and metrics that give clues to the financial health of a company, a few of them are extremely useful for their simplicity and effectiveness.<p>Here are ten …

Why U.S. Health Care Is Obscenely Expensive, In 12 Charts

The U.S. leads the world in health care spending, but we don't live very long, and going to the doctor is so expensive that we don't do it very often. So where is the money going?<p>Not toward obesity-related diseases or unnecessary tests and treatments, as the writer John Green pointed out in a …

Shutdown shows the Civil War never ended

The battle lines are still drawn<p>Stephan Richter<p>October 7, 2013 8:29pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on The Globalist.<p>One of the biggest hoaxes of American history is that the Civil War ended back in 1865. Unfortunately, it has not ended yet. What was achieved back then was an armistice, …

7 signs America has regressed — to the 19th century

Workers aren’t unionized, and some pols are now advocating child labor. It’s like the U.S. has gone back in time<p>RJ Eskow<p>October 5, 2013 2:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Alternet.<p>Of course they shut the Federal government down. Tea Party Republicans long for the days when there were …

A Brief History of the Jetpack

From James Bond to JetLev, we trace humanity's quest to build this extremely unnatural way to get high.<p>From James Bond to JetLev, we trace humanity's quest to build this extremely unnatural way to get high.

No, Oprah and Barack can’t fix racism: Stop celebrating “how far we’ve come!”

<b>(Reuters/Jason Reed/AP/Wendi Hammock/photo collage by Salon)</b><p>Yes, Black stars break down barriers — but this week showed they don’t signal broad systemic changes. Here’s why<p>Brittney Cooper<p>September 17, 2013 11:45am (UTC)<p>The 50th anniversary of the 16th Street church bombing in Birmingham, Ala., was …

Ted Cruz’s nightmare: Obamacare helps people!

<b>(AP/Justin Hayworth)</b><p>A new report shows most uninsured Americans will pay premiums of under $100 a month — so Cruz says repeal it<p>Joan Walsh<p>September 17, 2013 2:47pm (UTC)<p><i>This post has been corrected (see below)</i><p>Sen. Ted Cruz and his Heritage Foundation friends are still pushing plans to use either …

Will America’s Fear of Black Men Ever Go Away?

Another month, another unarmed African American man killed by police.<p>This weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina, Jonathan Ferrell was shot to death by …

Most Overrated and Underrated Jobs

CareerCast.com has released a list of its 12 most overrated and underrated jobs in the country, showing that money isn't everything when it comes to …

10 ways America has come to resemble a banana republic

<b>(Reuters/Richard Rowe)</b><p>What will it take to reverse this trend?<p>Alex Henderson<p>September 11, 2013 12:03pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on Alternet.<p>In the post-New Deal America of the 1950s and '60s, the idea of the United States becoming a banana republic would have seemed absurd to most …