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Can the Paris climate talks prevent a planetary strike-out?

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imageCan negotiators in Paris get a hit? Peter Miller/flickr, CC BY-NC-ND

In baseball, it’s three strikes and you’re out. In global climate change politics, the world’s leaders risk a third strike in December in Paris.

After Kyoto in 1997 and Copenhagen in 2009, negotiators are facing a two-strike count. And the...

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Baby booms and busts: how population growth spurts affect the economy

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imageDoes a boom in babies give the economy a boost or cause a bust?Baby money via www.shutterstock.com

A baby boom is generally considered to be a sustained increase and then decrease in the birth rate. The United States, the UK and other industrialized economies have experienced only one such baby boom since 1900 – the...

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When parents with high math anxiety help with homework, children learn less

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imageWhat's the reason for your child's math anxiety?US Department of Education, CC BY

If the thought of calculating a tip at a restaurant makes you nervous, then you are not alone. Math anxiety is common worldwide.

Math anxiety can lead to poor performance and also deter people from taking math courses. This is because feelings...

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Profs: Small government is bad for your pursuit of happiness

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imageScott Walker campaigns in New Hampshire. REUTERS/Brian SnyderBrian Snyder/REUTERS

What’s better at creating happiness – the government or the market?

Conservatives say market forces should reign in all aspects of political and personal life. They say that only completely unregulated markets can create a...

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How on-call and irregular scheduling harm the American workforce

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imageAbercrombie says it will no longer require employees to be constantly on call. Reuters

As we head into the holiday weekend, many of us know with certainty what days and hours we’ll be working over the coming week. We’ll enjoy September 7 in honor of Labor Day and then return to our offices first thing Tuesday...

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'The greatest man in the world': on the 50th anniversary of Albert Schweitzer's death

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In 1947, Time magazine dubbed him “the greatest man in the world.” He was one of the world’s most famous organists, whose scholarly studies of Bach remain definitive today. As a theologian, he produced groundbreaking studies of the historical Jesus and the...

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How do academic prodigies spend their time and why does that matter?

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imageNature or nurture?Madhavi Kuram, CC BY-NC-ND

Best-selling author Malcolm Gladwell says that it takes a decade of intense practice – roughly 10,000 hours – to achieve mastery in any field.

So, how does this apply to gifted students? Do gifted students from different countries actually invest their time differently...

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Labor 2.0: why we shouldn't fear the 'sharing economy' and the reinvention of work

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Uber suffered a legal blow this week when a California judge granted class action status to a lawsuit claiming the car-hailing service treats its drivers like employees, without providing the necessary benefits.

Up to 160,000 Uber chauffeurs are now eligible to...

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In Alaska, it's always been Denali

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imageThe tallest mountain in the US is again called DenaliJonathan Ernst/REUTERS

For most Alaskans, there’s only one name for the mountain known as Denali.

Reestablishing this original place name, as President Obama did this week by executive order, honors the first peoples of the region, who have been connected to this...

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