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  • A revolution comes in layers

    The "energy crisis" hit like a locomotive in the 1970s. Today's "energy revolution" didn't happen suddenly. It grew out millions of innovations, processes, and decisions. 

  • In the middle -- and seeking an identity

    Eastern Europe has been free to choose its own destiny for only a quarter century. Little wonder that it is wary of the big powers on either side.

  • Making social media more social

    The Internet allows everyone to be a publisher. But just beyond your first "Hello, world" you'll encounter a world of reaction -- sometimes fun, often cruel.

  • What motivates barrier breakers?

    The young men and women who go through the US military's Ranger School aren't motivated by fame or fortune. They are motivated by values and causes that can't be publicized or monetized.

  • Cities worth rebuilding

    New Orleans and all cities arise because people join together. When they are knocked down, that same spirit helps them rise again.

  • Small steps on a planetary concern

    Regardless of the ongoing debate on climate change, at the ground level people worldwide are taking steps to defend their lives and communities.

  • Making sense of the 'silly season'

    In the ongoing pre-primary, presidential hopefuls will do almost anything to stand out. It won't make much difference to voters on Nov. 8, 2016. 

  • Different worldviews, common aims

    Nations don't have to sing "Kumbaya" together. But even a chilly peace can make the world a better place.

  • Finding a shared humanity

    Travel with refugees on the underground railroad from Syria to Germany. You'll feel their courage, resourcefulness, and humanity. 

  • Why we need a summer read

    A summer read can be fun, compelling, intriguing, heartwarming. Every once in a while, a summer read can be life-changing.

  • Rebuilding the trust

    The unprecedented scrutiny police are under must lead to better law enforcement and better community relations.

September 3, 2015

Photos of the Day 09/02

Local and government conservationists remove a rescued female orangutan who was found isolated in an palm oil plantation in Batang Serangan district, Langkat, North Sumatra province, Indonesia, on Tuesday.

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