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Photos of the Day – April 2015

APRIL 1: A sparrow sits on a branch of a fully bloomed cherry blossom tree in Tokyo on March 31, 2015. Viewing of cherry blossoms is a national pastime and cultural event in Japan, where millions of people turn out to admire them annually. (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)
APRIL 1: A sparrow sits on a branch of a fully bloomed cherry blossom tree in Tokyo on March 31, 2015. Viewing of cherry blossoms is a national pastime and cultural event in Japan, where millions of people turn out to admire them annually. (YOSHIKAZU TSUNO/AFP/Getty Images)

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    2015 Ford Mustang GT: The Best Yet

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    2015 Volkswagen Jetta SEL

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    Geneva Auto Show: Automakers Vow Not to Give up on Weak-Selling Electrics

    GENEVA—Top automakers are vowing to press ahead with weak-selling electric vehicles and zero-emissions technology — even as they unveil powerful, expensive luxury cars aimed at... Read more

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    2015 Cadillac Escalade 4WD Premium

    The 2015 Escalade is the finest product made by Cadillac, and leads the fleet in comfort and luxury. Escalade is finely designed with an artistic... Read more

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    2015 Kia Soul EV: Charging Up the Hamsters

    Kia picked the perfect vehicle for its first electric car effort and surely the hamsters are dancing in the streets charged up by a jolt... Read more

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    Subaru Legacy 2.5i Big Winner at Canadian International AutoShow

    Toronto hosts Canada’s largest auto show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre each year in February. This year, the Canadian International AutoShow ran from Feb... Read more

  • 2015 Jeep Renegade (Courtesy of Jeep)

    2015 Jeep Renegade

    Jeep Director Jim Morrison states that Jeep is on a roll. Sales have increased each quarter for the last few years. The 2015 Renegade could... Read more

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    When you hear talk of redefining the rear-wheel drive uber-luxury sedan segment, Kia might not be the first brand that comes to mind. But the... Read more

  • 2015 Honda CR-V (Courtesy of NetCarShow.com)

    2015 Honda CR-V: Award-Winning Upgrades

    We were astounded when we heard that the 2015 Honda CR-V had won Motor Trend’s prestigious Sport Utility of the Year award because this was... Read more

  • 2015 Mazda3 (Courtesy of Mazda)

    2015 Mazda3 Grand Touring

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    Where Do Workers Pay the Highest Income Tax?

    When it comes to income tax, rates vary tremendously among countries and depend heavily on earnings, marital status, and many other factors. Which countries require... Read more

  • Tax-Efficient Investment Options for Canadian Investors

    High net worth investors are keen on tax efficiency in their investments. Understandably so, since taxes have a huge impact on investment returns. Mutual funds... Read more

  • Janet Yellen

    Whatever Fed Does, Loan Rates Won’t Rise Much Anytime Soon

    NEW YORK—Nobody knows when exactly, but the day will eventually come when the Federal Reserve nudges its benchmark lending rate from next to zero to... Read more

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    AmEx to Debut Multi-Brand Customer Loyalty Program in US

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  • Outspoken financial commentator Max Keiser (RT)

    Max Keiser: Financial Rock ‘N’ Roll

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  • The historic city of Pamplona, Spain. Spanish lenders are starting to provide mortgages to non-resident buyers again. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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    Mortgages for people buying property in foreign countries have been available for many years. Each country takes a different stance towards foreign buyers when it... Read more

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    What You Must Know as an Overseas Buyer of Residential Property

    At some time in your life you may be thinking about purchasing real estate overseas. Whether this is for work or leisure, for your own... Read more

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    3 Ways to Help Aging Parents With Their Finances

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    Where to Invest Unneeded RMDs

    Video Transcript Jason Stipp: I’m Jason Stipp for Morningstar. Investors age 70 1/2 must take so-called required minimum distributions from their Traditional IRAs and company... Read more

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    3 Simple Ways to Bump Up Your Savings Rate

    Video Transcript Jason Stipp: I’m Jason Stipp for Morningstar. If one of your New Year’s resolutions was to save more for retirement, we have some... Read more

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    A Roadmap to Index Funds

    Video Transcript Jason Stipp: I’m Jason Stipp for Morningstar. Several indicators are showing increasing numbers of investors moving into index funds. So, what should you... Read more

  • The Internal Revenue Service Headquarters (IRS) building is seen in Washington on April 13, 2014. The IRS is cutting taxpayer services to historically low levels just as President Barack Obama's health law will make filing a federal tax return more complicated for millions of families. (AP Photo/J. David Ake)

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    WASHINGTON—Filing a federal tax return is about to get more complicated for millions of families because of President Barack Obama’s health law. But they shouldn’t... Read more

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    Millions More People to Get Their Credit Score for Free

    NEW YORK—Millions more people will have free access to their FICO credit score this year. That’s good news for consumers, since the number is widely... Read more

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    Are Rising Rates Good or Bad for Retirees?

    Video Transcript Jason Stipp: I’m Jason Stipp for Morningstar. The direction of interest rates is, at best, a guessing game. But if rates do go... Read more

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    Retirement Readiness on the Rise … for Some

    Video Transcript Adam Zoll: For Morningstar, I’m Adam Zoll. Has a rising U.S. stock market helped improve the retirement-funding landscape in the U.S.? Here to... Read more

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    Christine Benz’s Year-End 6-Step Portfolio Checkup

    Video Transcript Christine Benz: Hi, I’m Christine Benz for Morningtar.com. Welcome to a special video session about how to conduct a year-end review of your... Read more

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    How to Shop the Sales Right: 10 Rules

    It’s that time of year again: prices on just about everything are slashed lower and lower as January plods on. But is your hard-earned cash... Read more

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    3 Ways to Play Catch-Up in Retirement Savings

    Video Transcript Jason Stipp: I’m Jason Stipp for Morningstar. If you’re approaching retirement and you’re feeling a little bit behind, it’s time to play catch-up... Read more

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    Any Job Isn’t Necessarily a Good Job for People out of Work

    There can be no doubt that the job market has been more resilient since the financial crisis than many imagined. Unemployment did not rise as... Read more

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    Michael Graves Sought to Create Joy Through Superior Design

    Visit the website of designer Michael Graves, and you’ll be greeted with the words Humanistic Design = Transformative Results. The mantra can double as Graves’s... Read more

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    Managers, Trust Your People: An Ancient Chinese Leadership Parable

    The Chinese have this saying: “If you doubt someone, don’t use him; if you use someone, don’t doubt him.” It could also be translated as:... Read more

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    Berkeley Startup Helps You Find Your Dream Job

    Looking for your perfect job is a bit like looking for a relationship—it’s important to understand what you really want, and what will really work... Read more

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    The Irony of It All: When Enthusiasm Is a Sign of Desperation

    An interesting thing happened when I met with a prospective client last month. Based on a variety of factors, I had assumed that this company... Read more

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    NYC Sergeant Who Never Took Sick Day Dies

    NEW YORK–A New York Police Department sergeant who never took a sick day in his 42-year career has died weeks shy of his retirement. Sgt... Read more

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    Work-Family Conflict Can Make Employees Lash Out

    People whose family life regularly gets in the way of their work are more likely to become emotionally exhausted and, in turn, verbally abusive to... Read more

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    Alarming Gender Gap in School Science Sets Women Up to Fail

    Only 14% of young women who enter university for the first time chose science-related fields of study such as engineering, manufacturing and construction. This is... Read more

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    Why There Are so Many Women Managers, but so Few Women CEOs

    The number of women in paid employment has risen significantly over the past 40 years. In developed countries especially, there are increasing numbers of women... Read more

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    Bias Adds an Extra Hurdle for Women Entrepreneurs

    Stereotypical beliefs about men’s and women’s traits and abilities get in the way of women’s entrepreneurship, new research finds. Sociologist Sarah Thébaud didn’t doubt that... Read more

  • If you’re not born with creativity, do you have to struggle to acquire it? (Robin Taylor/Flickr)

    Teaching Creativity: Born That Way or Waiting for the Muse?

    Recently one of my masters students, a filmmaker from the Czech Republic, told me his friends back at home were completely baffled that he was... Read more

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    10 Actors Who Prove That Oscars Don’t Guarantee Career Longevity

    Every actor wants an Oscar. It’s whe apex peer and industry honor, the most respected acting award in the profession, and automatically guarantees continued success, right?... Read more

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    Want a Happy Office? Here’s What You Need to Know

    Well-being at work is a prerequisite for flourishing in life. Most of us have some type of employment, if not a full-time job, and we... Read more

  • If we want to maximise creativity, tying cash to creative output is a bad idea. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

    Why Cash and Copyright Are Bad News for Creativity

    Imagine you were asked to write a law that encouraged creativity. What would it look like? Whatever your answer, it’s pretty clear that it wouldn’t... Read more

  • Groups in which a few individual dominated conversation scored lower in terms of collective intelligence, as opposed to groups with more vibrant discussions—whether these discussions took place in a room or online. (*Shutterstock)

    Are Teams as Smart When They Work Online?

    Office work and human interaction in general are increasingly happening online. And just as with in-person teams, organizations can benefit from being able to predict... Read more

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    ‘Social Responsibility Is a Way of Living’

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—Dr. Kliksberg is a global mentor in Corporate Social Responsibility and founder of the new discipline known as “social management.” This has led... Read more

  • "Guilt proneness reduces the incidence of unethical behavior," says Scott Wiltermuth. "Highly guilt-prone people are conscientious. They are less likely to free-ride on others' expertise, and they will sacrifice financial gain out of concern about how their actions would influence others' welfare." (Emergency Brake/Flickr)

    How Guilt Can Hold Back Good Employees

    People with a tendency to feel guilty for disappointing their coworkers are among the most ethical and hard-working people to work with. However, these highly... Read more

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    Networking Tips for the Holiday Office Party

    BERKELEY, Calif.– The holiday office party is a wonderful time to mingle with colleagues in a less pressured setting. Which makes it a great time... Read more

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    Brilliant Ancient Battle Tactics With Modern Daily Life Applications

    It’s not that we should necessarily treat the obstacles we encounter in daily life as enemies that must be annihilated—but sometimes ancient battle strategies have... Read more

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    ‘Cause It’s Cold Outside': 6 Chic Indoor Public Spaces for Winter Networking

    As the colder weather sets in, our opportunities to network al fresco in the stylish public spaces around Manhattan become slim. After our extended summer... Read more

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    More Productive, Less Happy: How the Office Gender Split Affects Work

    Once commonplace, the phenomenon of all-female or all-male workplaces have largely gone the way of the buggy whip. Many of the benefits of this increased... Read more

  • Research has found some children become narcissists because their parents teach them they are more special than other kids. (Shutterstock*)

    Why Some Children Think They’re More Special Than Everyone Else

    Narcissistic children feel superior to others, believe they are entitled to privileges and crave admiration from others. When they don’t get the admiration they want,... Read more

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    Parents Abused as Children Aren’t More Likely to Physically Abuse the Next Generation

    A landmark study conducted over 30-years found that parents who suffered physical abuse as children were not more likely to be violent with their own... Read more

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    How to Be a Better Husband: Find Common Ground

    People grow apart. It’s as natural as people growing closer—they develop different interests, have different time or money demands, or they may begin cultivating new... Read more

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    High Nursing Home Bills Squeeze Insurers, Driving Rates Up

    NEW YORK— Thirty years ago, insurance companies had the answer to the soaring cost of caring for the elderly. Plan ahead and buy a policy... Read more

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    Higher Gas Costs Lift US Consumer Prices After 3 Declines

    WASHINGTON—A slight rise in gas costs and broad increases in other categories lifted consumer prices in February, a welcome sign after three straight months of... Read more

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    Virtual Distance: Technology Is Rewriting the Rulebook for Human Interaction

    Consider the following two situations. In the first scenario, a man and a woman sit across from each other at a romantically lit table in... Read more

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    Managing the Crazy: Some Tips on Parenting Two Kids Under 2

    NEW YORK — Monaco has royal parents of newborn twins, and Britain’s Kate and William will soon have a second little prince, but will parenting... Read more

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    10 Keys to a Successful Romantic Relationship

    In romantic relationships, it’s the little things that count. A little gift, an off-hand compliment, a moment of physical contact can vastly strengthen a relationship. ... Read more

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    Play Isn’t Just for Primary School Kids – It’s Got an Image Problem

    Why does a four-year-old play when a 14-year-old creates? It’s often argued that play is central to the lives of young children. Yet the play... Read more

  • A couple dining in a Paris cafe. Dining or drinking at conscientious places is getting easier using the Conscientious Customer app.

    Forget Opposites Attract – to Be Happy, Find Someone Like You

    Relationships are often interpreted as the outcome of an exchange of goods and services. Common knowledge says that the sexes want different things from a... Read more

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    Can a ‘Broken Heart’ Kill You?

    With Valentines day so close, many people are going to feel sad, lonely, and “broken hearted.” But can a broken heart really kill you? Surprisingly,... Read more

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    13 Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

    There are many creative–and eco-friendly–ways to say “I love you” on this special day. In addition to adding my own thoughts, I asked three people:... Read more

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    Banning Kids From Using Technology Is Counter-Productive

    Taiwan recently made the unprecedented move of banning children two years and younger from using any form of digital technology. Older children and teenagers will... Read more

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    Sifting the Fact From Fiction About Baby Sign Language

    What if babies could tell us what they want, before they start crying for it? Bring in baby signing, a system of symbolic hand gestures... Read more

  • Forts give children a feeling of privacy and they may even disappear into them for a while. (Fuse/Thinkstock)

    Fun Snow Day Activities for Preschoolers

    If you are a parent in New York City, you’re bracing for a long day indoors today. Since it’s not good for a child’s developing... Read more

  • Developing the creativity habit requires more than just good intentions. (Navy Hale Keiki School/Flickr)

    Fighting the Slump: A Strategic Approach to Developing Creativity

    A long-term trend of declining creativity test scores has renewed interest in mechanisms to stimulate and foster the development of creativity – at home, in... Read more

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    Science Says: Eat With Your Kids

    As a family therapist, I often have the impulse to tell families to go home and have dinner together rather than spending an hour with... Read more

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    Elegance That Will Last a Lifetime

    Corey and Lauren Mandell with their lovely young daughters are the happy owners of this magnificent home. They are also a busy, energetic, hard-working family... Read more

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    Human Speech’s Surprising Influence on Young Infants

    America’s preoccupation with the “word gap”— the idea that parents in impoverished homes speak less to their children, which, in turn, predicts outcomes like school... Read more

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    80.000 Year Old Celtic Popcorn Recipe

    This easy (potentially 80,000 year old) recipe for Celtic or caramelized popcorn will you save from microwave popcorn—a nasty modern concoction. Read on to discover... Read more

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    Billions of Dollars Left Unused, as Students Fail to Ask for Financial Aid

    At a time when mounting student debt is dominating news, students across America are leaving nearly $3 billion in federal financial aid on the table... Read more

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    Ancient Cities Are Being Bulldozed by Islamic State – Here’s What the World Is Losing

    Within days of Islamic State (IS) releasing a video showing their destruction of sculptures in the Mosul museum and the ancient city of Nineveh, reliable... Read more

  • A woman text messages while walking across the street in San Francisco in June 29, 2010. Experts say pedestrians are also suffering the consequences of mobile distraction tripping on curbs, walking into traffic, even stepping into manholes as they chat or type while walking. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)

    American Millennials Are Just About the Least Skilled in the World: Report

    Are you unsure how to do long division? Are you reluctant to sign off on an email without spell-check? Do you find navigating a government website confusing? ... Read more

  • A number of snow storms have led schools to declare snow days. (AP Photo/The Oregonian, Beth Nakamura)

    Schools Close and Kids Lose

    Amidst the frustrations over the deep piles of snow in the northeast is the increasing concern of parents and educators about the number of school... Read more

  • Passengers look at the crash site after an Amtrak train struck a semi-truck about 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Journal & Courier, John Terhune)

    What to Do When Your Car Stalls on the Tracks

    If your car stalls on train tracks, do not, we repeat, do not take your time trying to bring the engine back to life. The... Read more

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    This Principal Takes Announcing Snow Day to a Whole New Level

    An unlikely songster, head of the Moses Brown School in Providence, R.I., Matt Glendinning, sings his announcement of a snow day in a music video... Read more

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    Keeping Actively Bilingual Makes Our Brains More Efficient at Relaying Information

    There is increasing evidence that bilingualism can affect how the brain works. Older, lifelong bilinguals have demonstrated better cognitive skills in tasks that require increased... Read more

  • Sometimes the inhibitions of educators can stand in the way of kids' creativity. (Angie Six, CC BY-SA)

    ‘But I’m Not Artistic': How Teachers Shape Kids’ Creative Development

    Many adults believe they are not artistic and feel nervous about visual art. They vividly recall the moment when a teacher or family member discouraged... Read more

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    College Grads Still Earn a Premium — If They Can Find a Good Job

    The early admissions deadlines for universities across the country have come and gone, and acceptance letters are on their way. But with the cost of... Read more

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    How to Get Teenagers to Revise for Exams During the Holidays

    Revising for exams is a necessary evil. Ever since written university exams were first set in England by the Cambridge chemist William Farrish in about... Read more

  • Dr. Kliksberg, creator of the discipline "Social Management" (Elina Villafane/Epoch Times)

    ‘Social Responsibility Is a Way of Living’

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina—Dr. Kliksberg is a global mentor in Corporate Social Responsibility and founder of the new discipline known as “social management.” This has led... Read more

  • Alexander von Humboldt selfportrait.

    The Most Influential Scientist You May Never Have Heard Of

    Gaze at Alexander von Humboldt’s 1814 self-portrait and you peer into the eyes of a man who sought to see and understand everything. By this... Read more

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    John Hopkins Mistakenly Sends Acceptance Letter to 294 Rejected Students

    [Transcript] Hundreds of Early Decision applicants to The Johns Hopkins University recently got their hopes up, only to have them shattered, due to an e-mail... Read more

  • In this Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, Pakistani students gather around Humaira Bachal, the founder of a charity school as she teaches them in a classroom in Karachi, Pakistan. At the age of 13, Bachal began teaching other girls what she learned in school. Those classes at home between friends grew into her life’s work: Bringing education to children in the working-class Muwach Goth neighborhood on the outskirts of Pakistan’s port city of Karachi, where families often keep their girls out of school and where even boys struggle to get decent learning. (AP Photo/Shakil Adil)

    Ideals May Play Role in Knowledge Formation

    What changes mere belief into knowledge? Knowledge requires reasons, right? And we should have reasons for our reasons. Right? That’s a popular building block view... Read more

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    Remember This: You Can Still Think Deeply in the Digital Age

    Two people walk into a seminar: one takes photos, video and an audio recording of the presentation, while the other takes hand-written notes. Which person... Read more

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    How Germany Managed to Abolish University Tuition Fees

    If Germany has done it, why can’t we? That’s the question being asked by many students around the world in countries that charge tuition fees... Read more

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    US Student Loan Problem and How We Got Here

    The US student loan system is unique in age, size, and scope. Since 1958, the US has had some form of federally sponsored student loan... Read more

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    School Design Through the Decades

    In the decades after the Industrial Revolution, educational reformers led the effort to modernise schools and classroom spaces, and the ubiquitous one-room schoolhouse gradually gave... Read more

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    What’s Wrong With Our Schools? Troubled Path to College

    This is the third part of a series exploring the decades long national reform of public education, and will attempt to answer the question of whether Common... Read more

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    College Prices Continue to Creep Up

    WASHINGTON—Time to stock up on the ramen noodles. The average cost of attending college crept up again this year, the College Board said Thursday. The... Read more

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    3 Ways To Keep the Bathroom Free From Mold

    Mold—it comes in almost every color, and it is pesky, to say the least. It is typically caused by bacteria (that we all have growing in our... Read more

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    Fukushima Water: The New Energy Drink Is So Hot, It’s Radioactive

    A horrifying parody of energy drink commercials—and if it has your attention, well, that’s the whole point. As the Fukushima disaster fades from memory, most people don’t... Read more

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    Get a Head Start on Spring with These Garden Prep Tips (Infographic)

    The days are short, the ground is cold, and most vegetable gardens are dormant. But that’s no reason to neglect them. A little prep now... Read more

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    Keurig Coffee Share Grows, So Does Environmental Controversy

    LINCOLN, Calif.—One measure of how heated the environmental battle has become over coffee giant Keurig Green Mountain’s $5 billion-a-year, single-serve plastic pods is how often... Read more

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    Your Shampoo Bottle Is Dreaming of a Second Shot at Life

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  • Seven lanterns representing the seven continents of the world are released over Sydney Harbour, in a countdown to Earth Hour in 2010, in Sydney, Australia. Earth Hour 2015 is focused on the impact of global warming on rural communities and food production this year. (Brendon Thorne/Getty Images for WWF

    Earth Hour Returns in 2015 With Focus on Food Production

    SYDNEY—It’s Earth Hour time again and there are new activities planned for 2015’s lights out night—a pop-up paddock dinner in the country perhaps, or for... Read more

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    Have you ever made ice cream out of snow? If you have, then you know that it has a unique indescribable flavor unlike the ice... Read more

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    How to Clean Your Home Without Harmful Chemicals (Video)

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    Birds: A Gardener’s Best Pest Control

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