Slate: A better way to manage your household budget
Most people who want to know about household budgeting turn to someone like personal finance guru Dave Ramsey, who has a carefully crafted household budgeting system which relies on a simple idea, sometimes called the "envelope system." There is a problem, though: It is in violation of basic economic principles.
Slate: How Americans parent
New parenthood is a desperate search for certainty: When you start knowing nothing, you are desperate to know something.
Slate: Google invents spam filter for your phone
The Federal Trade Commission's "Robocall challenge," a call to the public to come up with technological solutions to the ongoing phone-spam problem, was met with a creative entry from Google.
Slate: How Instagram will make us all paparazzi
The rise of photo distribution services like Instagram poses a challenge to paparazzi, whose market may be undercut by amateurs who happen to be in the right place at the right time.
'Spring Break Court' gives kids, cops a break
For police departments in southern coastal regions, spring break is a hellish month's worth of property damage, Red Dog vomit, and belligerent teenagers yelling. But it's equally bad for courts, which see their dockets overflow with minor cases that end up being very difficult to resolve, largely because the defendants find it more expedient to flee the state than to face the charges against them. So what's the solution?
Slate: Your laser pointer is probably illegal
A new study shows a majority of the dinky laser pointers on the market exceed the power level limits set by the Code of Federal Regulations, which means a whole lot of twerps out there wield far more retina-burning power than they should.
Slate: Facebook is making you buy things
How does Facebook expect to become a huge business if most people never click on ads? Well, clicks don't matter. Whether you know it or not, the ads you see on Facebook are working.
How people move things with their minds
Behind a locked door in a white-walled basement in a research building in Tempe, Ariz., a monkey sits stone-still in a chair, eyes locked on a computer screen. From his head protrudes a bundle of wires; from his mouth, a plastic tube. As he stares, a picture of a green cursor on the black screen floats toward the corner of a cube. The monkey is moving it with his mind.
Why do goats yell like that?
If you're among the millions who have spent a significant portion of the past month watching videos of goats yelling like humans, you may have wondered: Why do goats yell like that? Are they distressed? Do they yell for any particular reason? Are they trying to tell us something?
Can eyes see outside of the head?
Recently, we have witnessed remarkable, fictional-sounding advancements in science and medicine. For our next trick, we're going to need a bucket of tadpoles with eyes on their butts and some good old-fashioned alternating current. In other words, things are about to get all kinds of weird.
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