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  • Upfront Blog Building for a better world

    Hobbyists and do-it-yourselfers were 'makers' long before the term was coined. What's new today is the combination of networking, open-source knowledge transfer, crowdfunding, and relatively cheap machines such as 3-D printers.

  • Upfront Blog Progress pauses, but never stops

    Whether you consider progress real or wishful thinking depends on how you measure it, not just short term versus long term but ideas versus appearances.

  • Upfront Blog Learning compassion from combat

    Wars end. Nations move on. But for those who fought, the memories of combat -- of pain, loss, and desperate choices -- don't easily fade, which is why compassionate, effective ways of coping with war's aftermath are so important.

  • Upfront Blog Rethinking the old '9 to 5'

    Sometimes by choice, sometimes involuntarily, the US labor force is shifting from a one-size-fits-all work week to more flexible arrangements. Not everybody can swing it, but those who can often discover that there's more to life than labor.

  • Upfront Blog Is college worth what it costs?

    Deciding on a college, getting into it, and paying for it is a huge decision for most high school graduates and their families. Is all of the drama, sacrifice, and debt worth it?

  • Upfront Blog Keeping new empires at bay

    One hundred years ago, the age of empire came crashing down. Seventy-five years ago, the age of ideology sparked the cataclysm of World War II. Today's world has its challenges, but the balance still tips in favor of freedom.

  • Upfront Blog Good government: the happiness factor

    Over the centuries governments have been feared, revered, and made the butt of jokes. The best governments do one thing right: they add to the balance of human happiness.

  • Upfront Blog Europe's brush with its past

    However the crisis in Ukraine plays out, it has had a profound affect on the thinking of European leaders. Overnight, a continent that seemed to be on a holiday from history has had to grapple with the question of what it stands for.

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July 13, 2014

Photos of the weekend

A 'recortador' jumps over a bull during a competition at the San Fermin festival in Pamplona, Spain, Saturday.

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