• Five Great Health Sites

    Researching a health condition online? Don't get sucked in by poorly run, out-of-date sites that might scare you with misinformation—or discourage you from proven treatment. Bookmark these pages for all your health and medical questions. Still have questions? Find these sites and more on the Medical Library Association's Top Ten List. Centers for Disease Control and PreventionCleveland ClinicAmerican Academy of Family PhysiciansMayo ClinicMedline Plus (from the National Institutes of Health)—Lisa Jones
  • A Green University

    Abu Dhabi's revolutionary new eco--school looks to a future beyond oil.
  • Drugs, Murder, Race, and Harvard

    Chanequa Campbell rose from Brooklyn's gritty Bed-Stuy neighborhood to the pinnacle of the ivy league. Then somebody died in her dorm.
  • Summers's Spin: WE DID IT!

    Top White House economic aide Larry Summers gave a major policy speech at the Peterson Institute for International Economics today, but it had more to do with public relations than economics. The central message: WE DID IT! In other words, the U.S. economy has stepped back from the "abyss" of a second Great Depression, and we can thank President Obama's economic policies for turning the tide. Summers's speech may mark the beginning of a major political struggle over who or what should get credit for an economic recovery, assuming that one gets underway later this year. Summers suggested that's what will happen, but Summers notwithstanding, it isn't necessarily clear that it will.One conspicuous hole in his argument is that most of Obama's policies─proposed regulatory reforms and spending under the economic "stimulus" package─haven't yet taken effect. Most of the administration's financial reforms are still congressional...
  • The Link Between Beauty and Grades

    If you survived high school, or hope to, you probably made your peace with the fact that life is unfair: looks can compensate for a lack of brains and conscientiousness. Or to put it more bluntly, teachers give good-looking kids higher grades than homely ones, all other factors being equal, as numerous studies have found. The phenomenon is so well documented in science it even has a name: the attractiveness effect.Now sociologist Michael T. French of the University of Miami and his colleagues have discovered yet another reason for plain kids with less-than-winning personalities to feel that the deck is stacked against them. In a paper on "Effects of Physical Attractiveness, Personality and Grooming on Academic Performance in High School", to be published in the August issue of Labour Economics, they find that the three factors in their title indeed affect students' GPA in high school. (Attractiveness, personality and grooming might affect grades in K-8, as well as college, too, but...
  • Fact Check: When Did Obama Meet His Wife?

    Did President Obama make a flub today when talking about when he met his wife, Michelle? Just before his speech to a university here in Moscow this afternoon, Obama mentioned his first meeting with the future First Lady in an offhand remark. “I don’t know if anybody else will meet their future wife or husband in class like I did, but I’m sure you’ll all going to have wonderful careers,” the president said. The thing is: Obama didn’t technically meet his wife at school. Although both are Harvard Law School grads, Michelle Obama got her degree in the spring of 1988 while her future husband didn’t actually start school there until later that fall. (He graduated in 1991). The Obamas officially met in Chicago in 1989, when the future president was a summer associate at the Sidley Austin law firm and Michelle was assigned as his mentor. Was what Obama said wrong? Technically no, considering Obama was still going to school when he met his wife. But for those keeping close watch on Obama...