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The number of American teens who excel at advanced math has surged. Why?
What happened when 11 exiles armed themselves for a violent night in the Gambia
A maverick investor is buying up water rights. Will he rescue a region, or just end up hurting the poor?
Why the author has become so much less prolific over the past 17 years
U.S. presidential candidates are steering the country toward a terror trap.
How one teacher is attempting to train a generation of globally competitive players—starting with their coaches.
The country’s growth is slowing. The wrong response might make the problem worse.
Why humans are quick to judge expressions—and often get them wrong
New technology that could stop scams before they happen
The French capital has embarked on the most ambitious new subway project in the Western world.
The high stakes and high price of popping the question
A very short book excerpt
The Culture File
The new Daily Show host, Trevor Noah, is smooth and charming, but he hasn’t found his edge.
The New York Times film writer has a take on everything but says nothing.
A new book looks at the leftist origins of the rabid right.
Why novelists can’t seem to get her right
A short review of The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe
Readers respond to “The Silicon Valley Suicides”
A big question