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  • Powerball jackpot: If you won, would you become more conservative?

    Powerball jackpot could make you more conservative? A longitudinal study in Britain found that the politics of lottery winners tend to shift their support to right-leaning political parties.

  • The Monitor's View The right way to put more women in boardrooms

    Japan and Germany each announced goals last week to put more women in top company slots. Yet their approaches differ. And new research indicates gender qualities can't be stereotyped according to sexual differences. This suggests official bias based on sex could be misplaced.

  • College rankings: Which countries have the best education systems?

    A new higher education ranking focuses on evaluating quality by countries as a whole, rather than specific academic institutions. Here are some of the findings:

  • Australia's first female prime minister keeps her job, for now

    Some analysts believe that sexism is at least partly to blame for the difficulties Australia's first female prime minister, Julia Gillard, has had to battle while in office. 

  • Muslim insurgency in Thailand's restive south heats up

    The Muslim separatist attacks that have racked southern Thailand since 2004 grind on amid a cooling of autonomy talk in Bangkok.
    08/31/2011 10:38 am

  • Backchannels Want to leak to Julian Assange? An Aussie PO box is your only shot

    Julian Assange's WikiLeaks group continues to make headlines. But would-be leakers will have a tough time sending information.
    07/14/2011 05:37 pm

  • What's causing the Australia flooding

    The Australia flooding is partly a result of the La Niña weather pattern, which cools surface ocean temperatures and usually brings increased precipitation to eastern Australia.
    01/11/2011 03:48 pm

  • Australia braces for its own WikiLeaks damage control

    Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard lambasted WikiLeaks on Thursday as the government braced itself for the publication of 1,500 diplomatic cables relating to Australia.
    12/02/2010 08:27 am

  • WikiLeaks 101: Five questions about who did what and when

    The WikiLeaks controversy pits one hallowed purpose of US government – preventing security threats from abroad – against another, that of protecting constitutional rights of expression by the media and individuals. Striking that balance has become difficult in an age of the Internet hackers, bloggers, self-appointed public policy watchdogs, and thousands of online “publications” marked by ideology and attitude. So far, WikiLeaks has released more than 700,000 sensitive or classified documents about US military and diplomatic activity – 92,000 on the war in Afghanistan, 392,000 on the Iraq war, and now nearly 250,000 diplomatic cables that US officials say are damaging to foreign relations and intelligence operations. Within weeks, WikiLeaks says, it’ll release inside information on business interests – starting with a major American bank. WikiLeaks 101 is your guide to understanding what happened. Here are answers to five key questions.
    12/01/2010 11:42 am

  • Traffic noise could be drowning out the croaks of male frogs

    A survey of more than 100 ponds found that the number of frogs has declined in Australia's second-largest city.
    08/24/2009 01:00 am

Doing Good


What happens when ordinary people decide to pay it forward? Extraordinary change...

Danny Bent poses at the starting line of the Boston Marathon in Hopkinton, Mass.

After the Boston Marathon bombings, Danny Bent took on a cross-country challenge

The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.

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