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  • Oil, gas, and the Saudi factor

    Saudi Arabia's oil wealth gives it enormous influence in the world. Decisions made in Riyadh are felt from Moscow to North Dakota, Venezuela to Iran. 

  • The power of patience

    Kids constantly test parents -- and often just to get a reaction. Whatever that reaction is, experts say, parental patience is essential.

  • Saving the humans

    The late 20th-century shift away from whale hunting to whale saving didn't just help those endangered creatures. It was an historic human leap in the direction of environmentalism.

  • The 'country cousin' in us all

    From music to comedy, literature to reality TV, country culture has long amused, fascinated , and even educated Americans.

  • How the past can power the future

    Hydrocarbons play a crucial role in today's economy. They are also crucial in fueling the transition away from hydrocarbons.

  • Caring for our food at its source

    The pleasures of dinner can be quickly spoiled when you consider where it came from. But that consideration is behind the ethical food movement.

  • Mining character for clues

    We study people's pasts – especially the pasts of people who rise to prominence – hoping to understand how they will act in the future. But humans can always surprise us.

  • Finding faith's common core

    Coexistence is more than a bumper sticker. It is a vital need in a world with 7.1 billion different ways of seeing things.

December 18, 2014

Photos of the Day 12/18

A couple share a kiss as Russian conscripts, wearing military uniforms, bid farewell to acquaintances at a local railway station before their departure for their garrisons in Stavropol, southern Russia.

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