Why gender-based price discrimination is sometimes not sexist, how Lemony Snicket snuck in lessons on postmodernism to kids in his books, when ignorance is bliss at the doctor's office, and more...

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Detroit and the Evaporating Right to Running Water

A UN special rapporteur's statement on water shutoffs in the beleaguered city raises questions about what the social contract means for some Americans.

David A. Graham

What Will It Take for Millennials to Become Homeowners?

Many cities and states are offering programs to entice first-time buyers—with mixed results.

Gillian B. White

Kenny G Explains His Run-In With China's Communist Party

"I'm just a sax player," the musician says about how he accidentally wandered into the Hong Kong protests.

Matt Schiavenza

'Dating' vs. 'Married': How Text Messages Change Over Time

A lot evolves between the first year of coupledom and the ones that follow—including references to "home," "dinner," and "love."

Megan Garber

Mormon Underwear, Revealed

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released an informational guide to "temple garments" on their website. Why have these clothes been such a source of fascination in American culture?

Emma Green

When Health Ignorance Is Bliss

Why do so many people avoid taking medical tests?

Jon Fortenbury

Battle of the Prices: Is It Ever Fair to Charge One Sex More?

On the common practice of charging women more for haircuts and men more for admission to certain nightclubs

Bourree Lam

Postmodernism—for Kids

Fifteen years ago, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events built a huge following among children–in part because it used highly self-conscious, experimental literary techniques.

Lenika Cruz

Does England Have the Solution to the Grade-Inflation Problem?

In America, more and more universities are imposing strict grading curves or abolishing grades altogether. The UK takes an entirely different approach, and it's working.

Heidi Tworek

Magazine: Dudes With Drones

Meet the inventors, tinkerers, and entrepreneurs at the forefront of the flying-robot revolution.

David Rose

Video: The 86-Year-Old Farmer Who Won't Quit

Howard Quimby has worked the land for seven decades, a lifetime spent cultivating grapes, peaches, tomatoes, sweet corn, blackberries, and raspberries from its soil.

Mexico's Missing 43

Late last month, in the small city of Iguala in southern Mexico, dozens of protesting students were attacked by police and masked gunmen. Six students were killed in the clash, and another 43 remain missing—last seen in the custody of police. Mexican authorities and relatives of the missing now fear that the 43 trainee teachers may have been massacred by local police in league with members of the Guerreros Unidos drug cartel.

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