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Articles from Vol. 144, No. 2844, September

A History Lesson in the AP Test Controversy
HISTORICAL study and history education in the U.S. today are in a bad way, and the causes are linked. In both cases, we have lost our way by forgetting that the study of the past makes the most sense when it is connected to a larger, public purpose,...
Beyond Political Correctness
AS AN ENGLISHMAN, I was unfamiliar with diversity as a major business issue when I first moved to the U.S. in 1996. However, that soon changed. In fact, diversity was among the initial list of new business terms I learned when I began working for an...
Bottom's Up with Plenty of Style
Linda Losey of Bloomery Plantation Distillery, Charles Town, W. Va., says there are a number of craft cocktail, bar, and restaurant trends that reveal how American entrepreneurs are thinking outside of the beverage industry box more than ever, elevating...
Brides of ISIS
ALL OVER the world, young Western women are slipping out of their bedrooms, giving silent farewells, and leaving heart-rending notes to their families apologizing for their sudden disappearances. Girls are leaving from Paris, London, Glasgow, Denver,...
Common Core Can Lead to Uncommon Results
Through Common Core state assessments, children in elementary and middle schools are being held to new, more rigorous standards for math and English language arts. Yet, these new policies have been met with both mixed reviews and results. To gain...
Dealing with Demons
MY MEMOIR, The Heart Too Long Suppressed: A Chronicle of Mental Illness, relays the circumstances under which I tossed overboard from the deck of a ship the following medications: the tranquilizers Haldol and Thorazine and the antidepressants Imipramine...
Did a Spider Spin That Silk Negligee?
Silkworms have been genetically engineered to spin silk containing spider silk proteins by researchers from the University of Wyoming, Laramie; Notre Dame University, South Bend, Ind.; and China's Zhejiang University. Those fibers are stronger than...
Do Sex and Violence Really Sell Products?
If there is one thing advertisers think they know, it is that sex and violence sell. An analysis by researchers at Ohio State University, Columbus, however, provides some of the best evidence to date that this widely accepted adage just is not true,...
Ecosystem Metaphor May Apply to Terrorists
The world today is more intimate and tightly wound together than ever before. Organizations are linked together in a variety of ways, allowing relationships to form and resources to be exchanged. Matt Mars, assistant professor of agricultural leadership...
Every Life Matters
MARTIN Luther King Jr.'s dream for the U.S. was one of unity among all people regardless of race, a place of no bigotry or racial strife, where a person would be judged not by the color of his or her skin but by the content of his or her character....
Founding Fathers "Find" Religion: The Exhibit "Religious Liberty and the Founding of America" Coincides with the Visits of Pope Francis and the Dalai Lama
Timed to coincide with the World Meeting of Families and the visits of Pope Francis (Sept. 25-27) and His Holiness the Dalai Lama (Oct. 26 to receive Liberty Medal) to Philadelphia, Pa., the National Constitution Center is presenting the exhibit, "Religious...
Getting Down to Brass Tacks
WHILE EVEN THE WORD "negotiation" can evoke fear, stress, and anxiety for many, the intent is quite simple: to discuss--and ultimately agree on--a deal. Whether it is a multimillion dollar contract or just deciding where to meet for lunch, life is...
Hail to the Chief?
[ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] SPECTOR Professor of History emeritus at Brandeis University and a fellow of both the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the British Academy, Morton Keller believes it is better to write history during the subject's...
Head Start or False Start?
PRES. BARACK OBAMA'S proposal of "high-quality preschool for all," with $75,000,000,000 in Federal start-up money, inspired similar calls for universal preschool by state and local leaders throughout the country. New York Mayor Bill de Blasio ran on...
How Folk Music History Came to Be "Blowin' in the Wind"
The exhibition examines, among other things "the boom years in the late 1950s to the mid 1960s, when Greenwich Village was the focal point of the revival and culture due to the concentration of performance venues." "Folk City: New York and the Folk...
Looking beyond the Climate Refugee
Between 2008-13, some 140,000,000 people were displaced by weather-related disasters. Meanwhile, gradual displacements, such as those caused by droughts or sea-level rise, affected the lives of countless others. These "climate refugees" have become...
Mayhem in the Middle East
BLOODY conflicts and civil wars bedevil Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Yemen; diplomatic ties have frayed between the U.S. and Israel over Iran and the Occupied Territories; and the terrorist group Islamic State, or ISIS, is proving durable in its brutal...
Mind Benders for Old (and Young) at Heart
Sure we love video games. (What choice do we have with three teenagers in the house?) However, sometimes we like to revert to form and go old-school with these new wonders: Gear Ball. Challenge your puzzling skills with this brain meltingly difficult...
More Than 80% of Planned Parenthood Abortions Are of Black or Hispanic Babies
"In the wake of the Center for Medical Progress' release of videos showing Planned Parenthood's sale of human baby organs for profit, there has been an outcry that those who protest such organ sales are 'attacking women' or 'blocking women's health.'...
Movie Villains Not Prototypical
Movie villains from Norman Bates to Hannibal Lecter have popularized the notion of the psychopath as cold, cruel, lacking in empathy, and beyond the reach of treatment. A study by Tim Stickle, professor of psychological science at the University of...
Must It Be Green Lawns vs. Green Vegetables?
WHETHER YOU LIVE in a rural area or a big city, here in California chances are your drive to work, or to different areas around the state, looks different these days. Gone are the green lawns lining your street; wells have dried up; and, along the...
No One Is Safe
IT IS HARD not to be aware of the threat of cyber terrorism. Media in all of its forms has assaulted us with the risks of hacking on a daily basis. No industry, government, or media outlet source is safe: Twitter, Target, Home Depot, SONY, J.R Morgan,...
School Morning Madness
BACK-TO-SCHOOL is here again and, for many mothers, that means a return to hectic mornings, domestic crises, and stressful fights through traffic as you race the school bell. From spilled milk to argumentative siblings to lost homework to road construction,...
Should You Skip Carbs or Fats When Dieting?
Restricting dietary fat leads to body fat loss at a rate 68% higher than cutting the same number of carbohydrate calories when adults with obesity eat strictly controlled diets, according to research conducted at the National Institute of Diabetes...
Slow Down to Get Around
AT 4 A.M., a refuse driver wakes up in his house in Kew Gardens, N.Y. He brews some coffee and grabs the lunch he packed the night before, quietly making his way out the door so as to not wake his wife and two teenage sons. He gets into his car and...
So Sad for You
"SOME OF YOU say, 'Joy is greater than sorrow,' and others say, 'Nay, sorrow is the greater,' but I say unto you, they are inseparable. Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your...
Strange Fruit Indeed
STRANGE FRUIT, also known as the Negro Holocaust, saw an estimated 4,000 black men, women, and children murdered by lynch mobs between 1880-1950. Victims also might be tortured before hanging or set aflame. So, what was Hollywood doing during the latter...
Supremes Tackle Culture Wars
DESPITE THE FREQUENT excitement over Supreme Court decisions, Alexander Hamilton had a profound insight when he called the courts, "the least dangerous branch" of government. In the most important moments, the Supreme Court has learned the limits of...
The Cure to Improve and Protect Health Care Records
MEDICAL identification theft has increased by 21.7% since 2013 and, over the past two years, 65% of health care organizations have experienced a cyber attack, according to a Ponemon Institute study sponsored by the Medical Identity Fraud Alliance....
The Doctor Is in ... on Your Computer
THE INTERNET revolution has been disrupting traditional industries for years by enabling online provision of various services. The first industries to convert have been media services that can be digitized, such as journalism, music, and videos, but...
The Fairness Doctrine Was Anything But
THE TERM "Fairness Doctrine" exemplifies what author George Orwell called "newspeak." It uses language to mask the deleterious effects of its purported meaning. The Fairness Doctrine itself was in effect from 1949-87. It required that radio broadcasts...
The Fix Is In
BEYOND THE RAMIFICATIONS for the continuation of the abominable ObamaCare, the obvious truth illustrated by King v. Burwell is that we are being ruled by a corrupt oligarchy that includes the majority of the Supreme Court. This also was driven home...
The Last Goodbye
WHAT SHOULD YOU be talking about with your child before college?--not dorm decor. Thousands of parents are sending their children off to college for the first time. While dorm decor and safety will be primary topics for many families, one subject that...
The Nobility of Teaching
CAN WE make the teaching profession noble again? We can and we must. Like many, I am quite concerned that current education reform strategies are burning out our best teachers, who then leave the profession prematurely. We cannot reform public education...
The Pope Sounds off on Economics and the Environment
POPE FRANCIS' encyclical Laudato Si' generally has been characterized as being an environmental call to arms, but it is far more than simply a defense of the environment. It maintains that the "basic problem" underlying environmental degradation is...
The Power of Best Friends
DROPPING OFF A CHILD at kindergarten for the first time can be one of the most memorable--yet terrifying--experiences of parenthood. Among the many concerns mothers and fathers face is the worry whether their child will make friends--a key factor,...
The $Py Who Loved Me
PERHAPS NOT THE OLDEST profession in the world, but spying surely has been around for a long time. Even the Bible mentions several spying missions, and the practice has been common in history all around the globe. The Persians managed to get around...
There Are Better Ways for NSA to Root out Terrorists
THE PUBLIC perception of the National Security Agency (NSA) surveillance program, the one promulgated by government, largely has been that of a set of protocols fine-tuned to the task of preventing terrorist attacks. However, less is known about the...
The Shackles of Free Safety
THE GAME swung back and forth with several lead changes in the second half--a classic battle between two great teams. Then, with just over two minutes to play, we scored to take the lead and it looked like we were going to beat the reigning state champions....
Trump This
CONTRARY to conventional wisdom, the meteoric rise of Donald Trump in the polls is a bellwether for Republican glad tidings on Election Day 2016. While it is too early to predict the outcome of the primaries, let alone the presidential election, the...
Voting Season Venture
"Those who are opposed to all negativism in political campaigning either yearn for insipidity or advantage, but not the rightfully vaunted marketplace of ideas to determine the best candidates." PURSUANT to Election Day, some rules, lessons, and...
When's Payday for Collegians?
THE CURRENT COMPENSATION arrangement for big-time college athletics is inefficient, inequitable, and very likely unsustainable, according to our study published in the Journal of Economic Perspectives. An evolution to a competitive labor market with...
Willie Nelson to Receive Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song
With a career that spans six decades, Willie Nelson--the latest recipient of the Library of Congress' Gershwin Prize for Popular Song--has created music that pushes genre boundaries, while his lyrics give voice to America's heartland. He put his imprint...
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