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  • The madness of college admissions

    A booklet, as glossy as a fashion magazine, slipped out of the envelope and fell on the floor. Its title: "The Best and the Brightest. How America's Top Students Choose Their Ideal College."

    March 21, 2014

  • Is there a Disney universe?

    Casual fans accept that Disney movies take place once upon a time, in a land far, far away. But Tumblr users are not casual fans. And they want it all to Mean Something.

    March 21, 2014

  • Why teens love dystopias

    It's not a mystery why so many young-adult best-sellers (and the lucrative movie franchises based on them) would take place in post-apocalyptic societies governed by remote authoritarian entities and rigidly divided into warring factions. The word dystopia comes from a Greek root that roughly translates as "bad place," and what place could be worse than high school? Adolescence is not for the faint of heart.

    March 21, 2014

  • The 10 types of ER patients

    You're sitting in the waiting room, icing your sore ankle. The teen-ager to your right is moaning and clutching his belly. The woman to your left is coughing into her mask. A stretcher rolls by with a man yelling at the top of his lungs. An ambulance arrives.

    March 20, 2014

  • Lindley, Tom.jpg Young athletes face alarming risk of head injuries

    Concussions are a growing injury among young athletes and cause for alarm. Reasons for the trend are varied, but we at least need better data and more study of how to avoid them.

    March 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • Whiskey debate divides distillers

    For more than a century, distillers around Tennessee have produced whiskey - some legal, some illegal - using a variety of base products such as corn, barley or rye, and a number of different techniques. But under a new law passed by the legislature last year, only one process would lead to genuine Tennessee whiskey.

    March 20, 2014

  • VIDEO: Westboro Baptist Church founder Fred Phelps dead at 84

    Fred Phelps Sr., a minister known for his church's anti-gay protests at military funerals, has died at the age of 84.

    March 20, 2014

  • A 9-year-old's 'avalanche' of ailments confounds specialists

    Suzanne Groah remembers feeling hopeful when the nurse hurried down the corridor of a Northern Virginia hospital in January 2013 and announced, "Bingo! We have the answer!"

    March 19, 2014

  • Why your Facebook friends are so gullible

    These stories aren't real. They're the work of the New Yorker's not-particularly-funny online satirist Andy Borowitz, but many people, not just your gullible Facebook friends, invariably believe them. Sometimes the official state news agencies of global superpowers believe them.

    March 19, 2014

  • VIDEO: Former police chief swallows evidence in court

    The former police chief, Richard Masten, tore up a document containing information about a confidential source, chewed it up and swallowed it in court.

    March 18, 2014

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