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The Brutal Bust in Next-Generation Biofuels in One Chart

When it comes to setting overly optimistic targets for the production of advanced biofuels, the United States Environmental Protection Agency makes Pollyanna sound like Eeyore.

Before You Can Write a Good Plot, You Need to Write a Good Place

Linn Ulmann spent her childhood trailing her famous parents as they traveled the world. As the daughter of director Ingmar Bergman and the actress Liv Ullmann, two legends of 20th-century cinema, her “home” shifted time and again.

The Case for Seeing a Nurse Instead of a Doctor

America is changing—it’s getting grayer, fatter, and more medicated. But luckily, it’s also getting a lot more insured.

How Much Standardized Testing Is Too Much?

David Brooks argued in a recent column that opposition to the national-education standards known as the Common Core exists only on the fringes of the left and right.

Here's a Thought: 'Abolish the Capitalist Mode of Production'

Since the Obama Administration launched We the People, the public-petition section of, two-and-a-half years ago, it's met occasional derision and perhaps garnered the most attention when suppliants have proposed exciting if, okay, ultimately unrealistic, ideas like building a Death Star.

The Rich Live Longer: So How Much Money 'Buys' 1 More Year of Life?

Richer people live longer lives. It's true for both men and women. It's true at virtually every income level. And it was the backbone of one of the most striking charts I've seen this year in the Wall Street Journal, based on research by Brookings scholar Barry Bosworth.

Was Shakespeare a Good Actor?

Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, today, will bring an outpouring of written appreciations for his works.

How Going to Space Can Mess With the Astronaut Brain

The first astronauts who set foot on the moon were quarantined for three weeks when they returned to Earth.

Study: Bullied Kids at Risk for Mental Health Problems 40 Years Later

Problem: Getting shoved on the playground, or swirlied in the toilet, called mean names behind your back, or to your face—bullying takes many forms (even more of late thanks to the Internet), and is an unfortunate part of life for many children.

Is the Tablet Market Growing or Shrinking?

1. What's up with tablets these days? Apple's earnings report today will tell us a little something: how many iPads they've sold and whether that number is growing or shrinking.

Sonia Sotomayor's Questionable Assumptions About Affirmative Action

The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that Michigan voters did not violate the U.S. Constitution when they banned racial preferences in admissions to public universities.

The Doctor Who Coaches Athletes on Sleep

On June 14, 2011, Dr. Charles Czeisler stood by the side of a small stage, listening as a colleague introduced him to a crowd of fellow researchers.

An Israeli and Palestinian, Brought Together by Breast Cancer

With a tinge of anxiety, I maneuvered my six-seater Fiat through a neighborhood in East Jerusalem that I did not know—and that most Jewish Israelis don’t frequent.

Should Courts Stay Out of the Race Business?

Does anybody else think it could be a problem to put the question of minority rights to a majority vote in state initiatives?

It's Not Just Frozen: Most Disney Movies Are Pro-Gay

The culture warriors have decided: Disney’s Frozen is queer. Elsa hiding her ice-powers could be read as a metaphor for the closet, the Oscar-winning “Let it Go” plays like a coming-out anthem, and a character in the film evokes the question of whether homosexuality is a choice by inquiring of Elsa’s powers, “born with it or cursed?

Obama and the Green Lantern Theory of the Presidency

The LBJ Library recently held a multiday program to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, and by all accounts, the program was stirring and stimulating, up to and including President Obama's speech.

Why Shakespeare Belongs In Prison

It's his 450th birthday, and The Bard has never appealed to a wider or more diverse audience. American higher-ed English departments may be teaching him less than they used to, but the Internet and modern film and TV interpretations have helped democratize appreciation of his works around the world.

A Manifesto for the Liberal Wing of the Gay Equality Movement

Almost 60 prominent supports of same sex marriage published a statement Tuesday titled, "Freedom to Marry, Freedom to Dissent: Why We Must Have Both." The signatories include gays and straights who've labored for years to secure marriage equality, and regard a liberal approach to public discourse as core to their success.

The Privatization Backlash

A few years ago, Chicago residents accustomed to parking on the street got a rude shock. Parking-meter rates had suddenly gone up as much as fourfold.

What the Shift to Mobile Means for Blind News Consumers

If a website is designed haphazardly, it doesn’t only look out of control. The user experience can be just as messy for someone who can’t see.