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Could the Sharing Economy Bring Back Hitchhiking?

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On August 1, hitchBOT, a robot that had successfully hitchhiked more than 10,000 km (6,213 miles) across Canada and northern Europe, was destroyed by unknown...




  • Serena Williams of the US serves to Vitalia Diatchenko of Russia during their Womens Singles Round 1 match at the 2015 US Open at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York on August 31, 2015. (Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images)

    What It Will Take for Serena Williams and Roger Federer to Make US Open History

    Moneyball was just the start. In the 12 years since Michael Lewis’s book lifted the lid on how the Oakland Athletics baseball team used detailed... Read more

  • The ancient city of Palmyra. (Ulrich Waack, CC BY-SA)

    Khaled al-Asaad, the Martyr of Palmyra

    A second ancient temple at Palmyra has been razed, with a satellite image appearing to confirm the destruction of the Temple of Bel, previously one... Read more

  • Traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Sept. 1, 2015. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

    Why China’s Turmoil Is Good News for US Economy and Stocks

    NEW YORK—U.S. stocks have endured a lot of turmoil, but recent shocks have made apparent important facts about China and the shifting global economy long... Read more

  • Police in riot gear brace to hold back protesters. (Nolan Peterson/The Daily Signal)

    Ukraine: Deadly Protests Outside Parliament Over Autonomy Vote

    KYIV, Ukraine—One Ukrainian National Guard soldier died and more than 100 law enforcement personnel and civilians were injured, several critically, after violent protests erupted outside... Read more

  • Several Kurdish Peshmerga fighters brandish their arms near Salaheddine, Iraq, on March 27, 1991. (Ramzi Haidar/AFP/Getty Images)

    Kurds Remain Better Option in Fight With ISIS

    As is the case for the poor, the Kurds will always be with us. The desire for national statehood by peoples has been a driving... Read more

  • Kurdish Peshmerga fighters in the frontline of Kirkuk near Qoshtapa, Erbil, Iraq, on March 19, 2003. (Patrick Barth/Getty Images)

    Support Kurdistan, or Accept the Horrors of ISIS?

    The world’s eyes are again on the Kurds, the second-largest ethnic community in Turkey, Iraq, and Syria, as well as the third-largest in Iran, and... Read more

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    A Concerned Mother-to-Be’s Quest to Find Middle-Ground in the Vaccine Debate

    Vaccination is an emotionally charged subject. Even bringing up the question of what side effects common vaccines may have starts some people frothing at the... Read more

  • President Barack Obama is led on a tour by Bureau of Prisons Director Charles Samuels (R) and Correctional Officer Ronald Warlick (L) during a visit to the El Reno Federal Correctional Institution, in El Reno, Okla., on July 16, 2015. (Evan Vucci/AP)

    Bipartisan Group of Senators Set to Announce Deal to Reduce Prison Population

    When Congress returns from recess early next week, lawmakers will face a bevy of partisan-infused battles on issues such as the Iran nuclear deal, Planned... Read more

  • President Barack Obama speaks about the economy and growing economic inequality, at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 4, 2013. The president said the income gap between America's rich and poor is a "defining challenge of our time." Obama said income inequality has jeopardized the nation's middle class. (Evan Vucci/AP)

    America Doesn’t Just ‘Need a Raise,’ We Need a New National Norm for Wage Growth

    As Labor Day approaches, we are likely to hear from a growing chorus of political, religious, academic, labor, and business leaders who agree “America needs... Read more

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    A Healthy Environment Nurtures Healthy People

    If a home is not cleaned and cared for, it will become rundown and less habitable or even unlivable. It’s no different with our broader... Read more

  • Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Steven Huerta searches for citizens in distress after Hurricane Katrina, in New Orleans, Louisiana, on Aug. 29, 2005. (Kyle Niemi/U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Images)

    The New Orleans Class of 2015: What It Tells Us and What It Doesn’t

    Hurricane Katrina led to the largest population displacement in the United States since the Dust Bowl. Over one-third of the 450,000 Louisiana and Mississippi residents... Read more

  • Lachlan Murdoch (L) and Rupert Murdoch (R) at the TIME 100 Gala, celebrating the 100 most influential people in the world, at the Frederick P. Rose Hall, Time Warner Center, in New York, on April 21, 2015. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

    News Corp and the Future of Public Service Media

    I’ve been teaching students in Hong Kong about the relationship between politics and the media, and wanted to illustrate the sometimes problematic relationship between media... Read more

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    What Don Quixote Has to Say to Spain About Today’s Immigrant Crisis

    In 1492, the Spanish Inquisition forced Jews to convert to Christianity or to leave the Iberian peninsula – on pain of death. Some five centuries... Read more

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    Letting the Science Speak Against Mercury in Vaccines

    The vaccine preservative and title subject of the book “Thimerosal: Let the Science Speak” may not be as well-known as the book’s editor, Robert F... Read more

  • (L-R) Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, French President Francois Hollande, and Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel at a meeting of eurozone heads of state at the EU Council building in Brussels on July 12, 2015. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)

    Europe’s New Economic Divide

    To observers of European politics, it came as no surprise to see France and Germany taking opposing positions as talks over Greece’s new bailout deal... Read more

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    America’s 21st Century Teacher: Security, Character, Pedagogy

    The 2015 school year has begun and America’s 21st century teacher must safeguard, inspire, and instruct students. According to the U.S. Department of Education, about... Read more


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