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What Madison and Monroe Can Teach David Brat and Jack Trammell

Two hundred and twenty-five years ago, two Founding Fathers faced off for Congress in Virginia. Eric Cantor's would-be successors would do well to emulate them.

This Delivery Cube Promises to End the Scourge of Pizza Slippage

This Delivery Cube Promises to End the Scourge of Pizza Slippage

High-tech packaging that will keep your cheese intact ... and disrupted

The 3 Things Republicans and Democrats Agree On

The 3 Things Republicans and Democrats Agree On

Voters are more split along partisan lines than ever—but there's something like consensus on immigration, national security, and gay rights.

Why Being Short Can Help in Soccer

Why Being Short Can Help in Soccer

Unlike in other sports, some of soccer's biggest stars are small in stature.

A Second Life for Wasted Soda Bottles: High-Tech Roofing

A Second Life for Wasted Soda Bottles: High-Tech Roofing

Engineers have figured out how to turn plastic trash into a material that keeps rain and heat out while letting sunlight in.

Obama's Student-Debt Plan Won't Fix America's College Crisis

Obama's Student-Debt Plan Won't Fix America's College Crisis

How could it? America's crisis of affordability and completion isn't about payment schedules. It's about too much private spending and too little public information.

The Hubris of Trying to Eliminate Cash

The Hubris of Trying to Eliminate Cash

People like hard currency and use it every day. It is a check on centralized power. It is private and peer-to-peer. And despite or because of that, some want to get rid of it.

The Cell-Phone Minutes That Come With … Insurance?

The Cell-Phone Minutes That Come With … Insurance?

For extremely low-income families, insurance payouts for a health crisis can make the difference between temporary destabilization and a downward economic spiral.

The Science of Designing Food for the World's Poor

The Science of Designing Food for the World's Poor

Enlisting cartoon characters and computer software in the fight against malnutrition

The National Park Service Shoots Deer, Feeds Them to the Homeless

The National Park Service Shoots Deer, Feeds Them to the Homeless

The organization's controversial approach to population control in D.C.'s Rock Creek Park

Your Kid's Brain Might Benefit From an Extra Year in Middle School

Your Kid's Brain Might Benefit From an Extra Year in Middle School

Repeating eighth grade can give students time to mature academically and developmentally.

How to Restore a Rothko (Without Ruining a Rothko)

How to Restore a Rothko (Without Ruining a Rothko)

Scientists turn to optical illusions to bring the painter's murals back to their original glory.

How a Simple Bag Is Rescuing the World's Black-Eyed Peas

How a Simple Bag Is Rescuing the World's Black-Eyed Peas

By protecting this crucial crop from the dreaded cowpea weevil, farmers are gaining greater economic security.

Would You Want Therapy From a Computerized Psychologist?

Would You Want Therapy From a Computerized Psychologist?

DARPA-funded technology says it can diagnose anxiety, depression, and PTSD—no human necessary.

'Jellyballs' Are Serious Business

'Jellyballs' Are Serious Business

The controversy over the South's weird new fishing industry

How to End Video Games' Bullying Problem: Change the Games

How to End Video Games' Bullying Problem: Change the Games

Might the macho, unfeeling heroes of the most popular games be encouraging players' abusive, sexist, and racist behavior towards one another?

The House Paint That Can Prevent Diseases

The House Paint That Can Prevent Diseases

Chemist Pilar Mateo has come up with a paint that slowly releases insecticides, making homes inhospitable to parasite-spreading bugs.

The New Math of Subways

The New Math of Subways

New software can take simple data and infer exactly what's going on across a transportation system.

Moneyball 2.0: The New, Team-Oriented Study of Baseball

Moneyball 2.0: The New, Team-Oriented Study of Baseball

Instead of focusing on single players' stats, managers are increasingly trying to analyze the dynamics of entire franchises, a shift that is already helping MLB teams win.

Teaching Positive Masculinity

Teaching Positive Masculinity

Health advocates are engaging men in sexual assault prevention, challenging the negative aspects of traditional manhood.

The Toilet Malls of Nairobi

The Toilet Malls of Nairobi

At Iko-Toilet centers, customers can do their business, have a drink, and maybe even get a haircut, all in one place.

Save a Life, Get a New Bellybutton

Save a Life, Get a New Bellybutton

Why we need more kidney donors, and how to get them

The Biggest Story in Photos

The Urban Oil Fields of Los Angeles

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