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The Gates Effect

Leonardo Carrizo for The Chronicle Terry Crosgrove, who works in an Ohio plant that makes Slim Jims, is studying for an associate degree through Southern New Hampshire U.'s competency-based program,…
PUBLISHED: July 14, 2013
LENGTH: 21 minutes (5288 words)

Inside the Military's Clean-Energy Revolution

Damn the deniers, the doubters, and the do-nothing Congress. The Pentagon is moving full green ahead. Frank Stockton I'm strapped into my backward-facing seat on a COD, or "carrier onboard delivery"…
PUBLISHED: Feb. 27, 2013
LENGTH: 29 minutes (7276 words)

The Marriage Plot

The inside story of the underdog gay-marriage activists who rewrote the political playbook, reversed decades of defeat, and finally won over voters for the first time. Jane Abbott Lighty and Pete-e…
AUTHOR:Molly Ball
PUBLISHED: Dec. 11, 2012
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2172 words)

Kurt Cobain: The Rolling Stone Interview

Nirvana on the cover of Rolling Stone Photography by Mark Seliger Ashirtless, disheveled Kurt Cobain pauses on the backstage stairway leading to Nirvana's dressing room at the Aragon Ballroom, in Chic
PUBLISHED: Jan. 27, 1994
LENGTH: 3 minutes (764 words)

The drugs don't work: a modern medical scandal

Drugs are tested by their manufacturers, in poorly designed trials, on hopelessly small numbers of weird, unrepresentative patients, and analysed using techniques that exaggerate the benefits.…
PUBLISHED: Sept. 21, 2012
LENGTH: 16 minutes (4207 words)

Nanotechnology: Armed resistance

Under attack: policemen stand guard outside the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education after a letter bomb exploded there in August 2011. A. FRANCO/AP/PRESS ASSOCIATION IMAGES The…
PUBLISHED: Aug. 29, 2012
LENGTH: 12 minutes (3237 words)

Everything You've Heard About Failing Schools Is Wrong

Illustration by Jon Krause"SPEEK EENGLISH, TACO," THE GIRL with the giant backpack yelled when Maria asked where to find a bathroom. The backpack giggled as it bounced down the hall. It had been…
LENGTH: 8 minutes (2048 words)

Lincoln's Evolving Thoughts On Slavery, And Freedom : NPR

The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American SlaveryBy Eric FonerHardcover, 448 pagesW.W. Norton and Co.List Price: $29.95
AUTHOR:Eric Foner
PUBLISHED: Oct. 11, 2010
LENGTH: 13 minutes (3377 words)

How Kirk Douglas Overstated His Role in Breaking the Hollywood Blacklist

For years, the actor has taken credit for bravely hiring a communist screenwriter in the McCarthy era. But there have long been questions about his version of the story. Reuters Kirk Douglas has…
PUBLISHED: July 5, 2012
LENGTH: 11 minutes (2968 words)