| Oct 1, 2013
| 1:22 PM
LONDON (Reuters) - Assessment tools used to predict how likely a psychopathic prisoner is to re-offend if freed from jail are "utterly useless" and parole boards might just as well flip a coin when deciding such risks, psychiatrists said on Tuesday....
| Oct 2, 2013
| 3:33 PM
For the third year in a row, Caltech has been ranked as the top research university in the world by the Times Higher Education magazine of Great Britain. Three other California campuses — Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCLA — also scored in the top...
| Oct 6, 2013
Ever since The Baffler left town and Stop Smiling ceased publication, Chicago's small-press scene has been on life support. Now, an indie journal of cultural criticism is poised to fill the void.
This piece first ran in...
| Oct 17, 2013
| 12:41 PM
The Himalayan yeti — or some version of that mythical creature — may be a relative of an ancient polar bear, according to new research by a University of Oxford geneticist.
Bryan Sykes, a human geneticist at Oxford, analyzed the hairs from...
| Oct 4, 2013
| 4:34 PM
The crazy wing of the Republican Party finally got what it wanted. The federal government has been shut down for the first time in nearly 18 years because the GOP refused to approve further government funding unless the Patient Protection and Affordable...
| Nov 16, 2013
| 6:00 AM
CARACAS, Venezuela — The appliance salesman nervously eyed the chaotic scene outside his door.
An unruly line of shoving and jostling shoppers was waiting to enter the store in a Caracas shopping district, where prices had been cut in half —...
| Sep 25, 2013
| 1:55 PM
Scientists say they have discovered a fossil of the oldest known vertebrate animal with a jaw -- a strange chimera of a fish that could unseat the shark as a representative of extremely "primitive" jawed fishes and turn our evolutionary understanding of...
| Oct 10, 2013
| 2:54 PM
WASHINGTON — Ashton Carter, the deputy Defense secretary, announced his resignation , saying “it is time for me to go” after a four-year stint at the Pentagon.
Carter said in a letter to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel that he had...
| Nov 24, 2013
| 8:41 PM
A Yale University political science student from Oak Brook and a University of Chicago student specializing in climate change were among 32 Americans selected over the weekend as Rhodes scholars.
Vinay Nayak, a senior at Yale, has focused his studies on...
| Dec 4, 2013
| 9:25 AM
As if living through the past year were not trial enough to endure, we are about to be subjected to everyone's year-in-review retrospective. Among the year-end rituals, one of the more light-hearted is the various word nerd efforts to establish a Word...
| Oct 18, 2013
| 4:53 PM
As the students enter Bill Lively's AP Euro class at La Cañada High School, they take a moment to rub a sign hanging on the wall in room 305. “Play like a Champion Today,” it says. I wanted to understand the essence of a teacher who would have...