Why a B.A. may not be worth it, how to talk to kids about failure, what will happen when the tech giants fall, and more

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Friday, October 9, 2015

House Republicans Start Over

The leaderless GOP begins its search for a speaker anew, starting with a campaign to draft Paul Ryan.

Russell Berman

America: Abandon Your Reverence for the Bachelor's Degree

Many high-school graduates must choose between two bad options: a four-year program for which they’re not academically or emotionally prepared, or job-specific training that might put a ceiling on their careers.

Mary Alice McCarthy

How to Cure The Diseases That Nobel-Winning Drugs Cannot

Don’t go after the parasitic worms that cause the diseases; go after the bacteria that those worms depend on.

Ed Yong

The Tragic Neglect of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

It leaves people bed-bound and drives some to suicide, but there's little research money devoted to the disease. Now, change is coming, thanks to the patients themselves.

Olga Khazan

High-Stress High School

What’s the balance between preparing students for college and ensuring they aren’t killing themselves in the process?

Alexandra Ossola

When Amazon Dies

What will happen to digital collections of books, movies, and music when the tech giants fall?

Adrienne LaFrance

The Cyber Activists Who Want to Shut Down ISIS

Somewhere in Europe, a man who goes by the name “Mikro” spends his days and nights targeting Islamic State supporters on Twitter.

Simon Cottee

Why the Mars Movie Is the Space-Age Western

Many films seek to dramatize the Red Planet’s harsh landscape as a romantic frontier, but The Martian is one that actually succeeds.

David Sims

The Exemplary Narcissism of Snoopy

Some of Charles Schulz’s fans blame the cartoon dog for ruining Peanuts. Here’s why they’re wrong.

Sarah Boxer

How to Teach Kids About Failure

It's easy to over-parent. It's also easy not to.

Nicolas Pollock, James Hamblin, and Jaclyn Skurie

2015 National Geographic Photo Contest

National Geographic Magazine has opened its annual photo contest, with the deadline for submissions coming up on November 16, 2015.

Alan Taylor

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