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  • There are many ways to compare finances, but perhaps a more holistic measure of financial health looks at household wealth, a comparison of what a family’s assets (home, cars, investments and bank accounts) ...

  • "The average full-time working woman earns just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns." That is the one-dimensional theory of the gender-pay gap. Even if it's correct (and it might not be), it ...

  • "The average full-time working woman earns just 77 cents for every dollar a man earns." That is the one-dimensional theory of the gender-pay gap. Even if it's correct (and it might not be), it ...

  • Do Americans Actually Enjoy Giving Gifts? The Atlantic - 19 hours ago

    By this point, those who are very organized (or those who celebrate Hanukkah) have probably finished their holiday shopping. But unless you celebrate Festivus exclusively, you're probably scrambling to ...

  • Santa Claus and the Surveillance State The Atlantic - 22 hours ago

    He's everywhere. And that's the whole point of the Elf on the Shelf, the bright-eyed, Kewpie-esque doll that millions of parents display around their homes in December as a reminder to children to behave. ...

  • A Cultural History of the Baseball Card The Atlantic - Wed, Dec 17, 2014 7:35 AM EST

    In a garage roughly 3,000 miles from where I’m writing this, there’s a long, white cardboard container filled with hundreds of cardboard rectangles—all the baseball cards I amassed as a child. I don’t ...

  • The Chance of a Collision in Outer Space Is Practically Zilch The Atlantic - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 3:48 PM EST

    Here’s a question: If you could fly a spacecraft from one end of the galaxy all the way to the other, in a straight line, what are the chances you’d make it through without hitting anything? That’s the ...

  • The Magic of Beer and Magnets The Atlantic - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 2:29 PM EST

    Beer foam is a noted fun-killer. Few things ruin the enjoyment of a cold one more than having your hands and clothes drenched in your drink. But now, Belgian food scientists have found a way to prevent ...

  • In the Search for Affordable Childcare, Location Is Everything The Atlantic - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 10:42 AM EST

    The fact that childcare is expensive, sometimes prohibitively so, is nothing new. For years, families have been confronted with high-priced childcare that sometimes leads to one spouse stepping away from ...

  • Google Designers Turned Their Inside Jokes Into Easter Eggs The Atlantic - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 9:03 AM EST

    Last week, I discovered a little fellow who likes to cheerfully block the very bottom of my Google Hangouts window every time I typed the phrase "hahahaha." It looks like this sometimes: Other ...

  • How much sleep do Americans trade for work? The Atlantic - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 8:00 AM EST
    Yawn

    Among my Type A, career-minded friends, I've heard two opposing types of personal mantras for the amount of sleep a person should get. The first: 8 hours of sleep will help you be more awake and aware, ...

  • The Problem With the Plan to Give Internet to the Whole World The Atlantic - Tue, Dec 16, 2014 6:04 AM EST

    Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's coalition to bring the Internet to the entire world, a global project known as Internet.org, was recently the subject of a lengthy Time magazine story by Lev Grossman. ...

  • Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's coalition to bring the Internet to the entire world, a global project known as Internet.org, was recently the subject of a lengthy Time magazine story by Lev Grossman. ...

  • Yesterday I mentioned a fabulous site for envisioning the swirl and flow of winds around the world. Seriously, if you haven't seen it, and if you have any interest in the geophysical world, take a minute ...

  • How to Fool a Computer With Optical Illusions The Atlantic - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 8:08 PM EST

    Computers, like people, understand what they see in the world based on what they've seen before. And computer brains have become really, really good at being able to identify all kinds of things. Machines ...

  • The Mysterious Rise of the Non-Working Man The Atlantic - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 3:37 PM EST

    In 1974, the radio broadcaster Studs Terkel published a book of profiles to have "people talk about what they do all day and how they feel about what they do." The title of the book was, simply, ...

  • The Evolving Search for Life on Mars The Atlantic - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 1:08 PM EST

    Martians terrified me growing up. I remember watching the 1996 movie Mars Attacks! and fearing that the Red Planet harbored hostile alien neighbors. Though I was only 6 at the time, I was convinced life ...

  • What Are We Searching for on Mars? The Atlantic - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 1:08 PM EST

    Martians terrified me growing up. I remember watching the 1996 movie Mars Attacks! and fearing that the Red Planet harbored hostile alien neighbors. Though I was only 6 at the time, I was convinced life ...

  • Death on the Internet: The Rise of Livestreaming Funerals The Atlantic - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 11:32 AM EST

    It’s 11 o'clock on a Tuesday morning. Usually at this hour, I’d be stepping out of my office for an absurdly early lunch, but not today. Today, I find myself leaning into my computer screen in the most ...

  • The Broken Windows of Uber The Atlantic - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 11:12 AM EST

    Uber's dynamic pricing has been, almost since its introduction, a stable source of controversy. That woman who was charged, because of whopping surge fare, $357 for a 14-mile ride in Los Angeles ? Controversy. ...

  • The Recession Led to More Domestic Violence—but Fewer Divorces The Atlantic - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 7:40 AM EST

    Observers may be quick to declare social trends “good” or “bad” for families, but such conclusions are rarely justified. What’s good for one family—or group of families—may be bad for another. And within ...

  • Meeting Ayn Rand on the Las Vegas Strip The Atlantic - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 7:35 AM EST

    111-degree heat is confounding, a joke your phone is playing on you when you arrive at McCarran Airport and check the temperature on the Las Vegas Strip. On June 30, a year earlier, the city tied a record ...

  • How Common Is Child Labor in the U.S.? The Atlantic - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 7:30 AM EST

    On a warm day last summer Josh Bassais, a union organizer, went down to a non-union construction project in Edina, a Minneapolis suburb where new elementary classrooms were being built, to check out safety ...

  • How Self-Tracking Apps Exclude Women The Atlantic - Mon, Dec 15, 2014 7:01 AM EST

    On September 9, a parade of men marched across the stage at Flint Center in Cupertino, California, outlining a variety of new products in the Apple lineage. After the iPhone, Apple Pay, and, the doll of ...

  • Envisioning a River of Air The Atlantic - Sun, Dec 14, 2014 2:38 PM EST

    By the classification rules of the world of physics, we all know that the Earth's atmosphere is made of gas (rather than liquid, solid, or plasma). But in the world of flying it's often useful to think ...

  • My Brother's Digital Security Blanket The Atlantic - Sun, Dec 14, 2014 8:03 AM EST

    Here’s a familiar scene in my house: Someone opens the front door too early, triggering the frantic wail of the house alarm. My mother drops her shopping bags, the dog tears outside—but all eyes are on ...

  • Why Most Financial Whistle-Blowers Go Unheard The Atlantic - Sat, Dec 13, 2014 7:00 AM EST

    Think whistle-blowing is a matter of telling the truth? Think again. “Successful” whistle-blowing, in which the protagonist actually manages to make themselves heard in the media and get the support of ...

  • Kale vs. Chick-fil-A: A Play in 8 Acts The Atlantic - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 5:36 PM EST

    ACT I In 1995, Chick-fil-A introduced its "Eat mor chikin" campaign—a campaign that plays on the joke that cows have a vested interest in humans liking to eat chicken. As the fast-food chain's ...

  • WikiGalaxy: A Visualization of Wikipedia Rabbit Holes The Atlantic - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 2:21 PM EST

    Yesterday, I stumbled upon a distressing fact: Air Buddy, the basketball-playing golden retriever and star of the 1997 classic Air Bud , died of cancer in 1998 . I didn't mean to find this out. And I really ...

  • Now People Can Send Their Old Cufflinks to the Moon The Atlantic - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 10:28 AM EST

    "I'm interested in composing a new song," legendary astronaut Buzz Aldrin told Reddit over the summer, "entitled 'Get your ass to Mars!'" It was Aldrin's jokey way of underscoring the ...

  • Empire of Cotton The Atlantic - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 9:00 AM EST

    By the time shots were fired on Fort Sumter in April 1861, cotton was the core ingredient of the world’s most important manufacturing industry. The manufacture of cotton yarn and cloth had grown into “the ...

  • Look Into My Eyes: How Disney Is Perfecting Animated Eyeballs The Atlantic - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 7:15 AM EST

    Creating lifelike animated characters is hard. The bounce of the hair, the twitch of the cheek. Disney and its competitors have been continuously working to build more and more realistic animations. They ...

  • How Disney Is Perfecting Animated Eyeballs The Atlantic - Fri, Dec 12, 2014 7:15 AM EST

    Creating lifelike animated characters is hard. The bounce of the hair, the twitch of the cheek. Disney and its competitors have been continuously working to build more and more realistic animations. They ...

  • Why Wall Street Likes the Current Spending Bill The Atlantic - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 2:54 PM EST

    The current iteration of a $1.1 trillion spending bill designed to avert a U.S. government shutdown is excellent for Wall Street, which is counting on the legislation to help it roll back some of the more ...

  • The current iteration of a $1.1 trillion spending bill designed to avert a U.S. government shutdown is excellent for Wall Street, which is counting on the legislation to help it roll back some of the more ...

  • What Maps Can Hide The Atlantic - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 2:43 PM EST

    Too often, I find myself looking at this or that new map on the happiest places to live in the United States, the states with the most craft beer , or, more importantly, the least social mobility . I glance ...

  • How the Arts Drove Pittsburgh's Revitalization The Atlantic - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 11:34 AM EST

    Pittsburgh is enjoying an urban renaissance, regularly making it into the top ranks of “most livable city” lists . The reasons for this revival are numerous and complicated, including the presence of its ...

  • The Story Behind AOL's Iconic Yellow Running Man The Atlantic - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 11:11 AM EST

    This is the first in an occasional series about abandoned Internet icons. It was spring of 1997. "Mmmbop" was the pop song of the moment and unlimited access to AOL cost $19.95 a month. Dial-up ...

  • The Quiet Struggle of College Students With Kids The Atlantic - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 11:02 AM EST

    In 2001, Michelle Marie enrolled at Oregon State University. After two years of community college, and then another two years at home taking care of her baby, Marie was ready to complete her bachelor’s ...

  • Why Lefties Make Less The Atlantic - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 7:35 AM EST

    There’s a stereotype that left-handed people are clumsier, but that might have something to do with the fact that they live in a world of objects optimized for the right-handed: scissors, the computer ...

  • Recently I had a fairly pedestrian thought, a thought I've been having on and off for 10 years: "I want to put some music onto my portable music listening device." This used to be a relative ...

  • The Most Bragged-About Places of 2014 The Atlantic - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 7:00 AM EST

    If social media is the narcissist's tool , then a social media company's year-in-review is the narcissist's thinkpiece. We, the users, like to brag about what we discussed, where we went, who we liked—and ...

  • If social media is the narcissist's tool , then a social media company's year-in-review is the narcissist's thinkpiece. We, the users, like to brag about what we discussed, where we went, who we liked—and ...

  • Facebook Doesn't Call Them 'Users' Anymore The Atlantic - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 6:51 AM EST

    Every so often, someone points out that user —the software industry’s term for “the people who use our products”—may not be a perfect one. Doesn’t it reveal a shallow, reductive view of the humanity? Or ...

  • Facebook No Longer Likes the Word 'Users' The Atlantic - Thu, Dec 11, 2014 6:51 AM EST

    Every so often, someone points out that user —the software industry’s term for “the people who use our products”—may not be a perfect one. Doesn’t it reveal a shallow, reductive view of the humanity? Or ...

  • People Feel Better About Pornography When It's Educational The Atlantic - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 7:22 PM EST

    There are all kinds of theories about what watching pornography might do to a person. Some of those theories are positive, some are less so. But there’s one thing that studies agree on: People are more ...

  • Robot Therapy for Hallucinated Voices The Atlantic - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 10:59 AM EST

    Adam has a voice with a unique name and identity. Jacqui hears hundreds of different voices. Dolly’s voices led her to believe she was Jesus. The voices John experienced drove him to the edge. Voice hearing ...

  • What It's Like to Hallucinate Voices The Atlantic - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 10:59 AM EST

    Adam has a voice with a unique name and identity. Jacqui hears hundreds of different voices. Dolly’s voices led her to believe she was Jesus. The voices John experienced drove him to the edge. Voice hearing ...

  • Lowering the Cost of Crime and Punishment: An Economist's Vision The Atlantic - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 10:30 AM EST

    If there’s one thing the United States is good at, it’s putting people in prison. The number of people incarcerated in America has quadrupled in the last three decades. At last count , the country housed ...

  • Do You Know Where Your Federal Tax Dollars Go? The Atlantic - Wed, Dec 10, 2014 10:00 AM EST

    The government will shut down again unless Congress passes a funding bill by Thursday night. Party leaders have reportedly reached a deal , but gathering enough votes in time could prove challenging. A ...

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