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  • CinemaCon 2014 - Para_Edge.jpg How Dwayne Johnson kept ’Hercules’ look a secret

    March 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • money.jpg Poor aren't alone in living check to check

    When you hear the term "paycheck to paycheck," you probably think of low-income households struggling to make ends meet. That's even the title of a new HBO documentary highlighting the plight of America's working poor.

    March 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • 20140322-AMX-BUREAUCRACY221.jpg Retirees' paperwork, stuck in a mine, points to government's balky IT problems

    This is one of the weirdest workplaces in the U.S. government — both for where it is and for what it does. Here, inside the caverns of an old Pennsylvania limestone mine, there are 600 employees of the Office of Personnel Management. Their task is nothing top secret. It is to process the retirement papers of the government's own workers, entirely by hand.

    March 25, 2014 3 Photos

  • 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 25, 2014

  • Why our brains just cannot let this mystery go

    Why should the story of Flight 370 grip us so? This mystery seems almost designed to arouse some fundamental parts of our brain.

    March 25, 2014

  • Obit Fred Phelps_Edge.jpg Anti-gay pastor Fred Phelps Sr. dies at 84

    March 20, 2014 1 Photo

  • 'Kid, I'm sorry, but you're just not college material'

    What if encouraging students to take a shot at the college track - despite very long odds of crossing its finish line - does them more harm than good?

    March 20, 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 20, 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 20, 2014

  • Sailors looking out windows trump technology in jetliner search

    Even in this high-tech age, the search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 may rely on good luck and the oldest of sensors: the human eye.

    March 20, 2014