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  2. Take a look at this week’s cover, featuring Hillary Clinton’s inevitable run at the presidency.

     

  3. 7 photos: Reaching through light

    Photographer Micaela Walker uses her lens to brighten young lives

     

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  6. Sunnie Kahle has short hair. She enjoys wearing sneakers and playing sports. She also “cries when she comes home because she wants to go back to Timberlake Christian [School] with her friends.” 

    8-year-old girl removed from school because she isn’t feminine enough

     


  7. Megan McArdle has been pushing the importance of failure, and bemoaning cultural shifts away from taking failure-prone risks. In her estimation, children are being drilled into total conformity from a young age, steered by overly concerned parents toward high-success paths that leave little room for creative deviations from the norm. In the long run, McArdle suggests, this is bad for society because it will reduce innovation and the social benefits that flow from it.

    But while McCardle somewhat glibly celebrates failure, the reality of deep failure in America is stark. Unlike elsewhere in the developed world, being at or near the bottom of American society entails extraordinary misery. Poverty, food insecurity, homelessness, instability, and a general lack of a livable social floor means that the consequences of truly failing in the U.S. are rather horrific.

    — Matt Bruenig, in If you want kids to fail, stop making failure so horrible

     


  8. Kermit the frog can be a real jerk.

    Watch all of the Sesame Street clips mentioned in the podcast.

    Subscribe and listen to all of The Week’s mini-podcasts here.

     


  9. Hikikomori
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    Japanese teens and young men known as shut-ins, who eschew human contact and spend their days playing video games and reading comics in their parents’ homes.  There are an estimated 1 million hikikomori in Japan, contributing to a worrisome drop in the Japanese population.

    Everything you need to know about Japan’s population crisis

     


  10. In our weekly podcast series “This Week I Learned”: Science helps you guard against the Polar Vortex; seeing sound onscreen; every kid gets amnesia; and Richard Pryor’s gorgeous hidden talent.

    Listen to all of our “This Week I Learned” podcasts (and many more) here.

     

  11. Harvard scientists have figured out how to give adults the learning power and information retention of children “7 years old or younger”:

    Anti-seizure medication.

     


  12. Kabul, Afghanistan

    Jenin, West Bank

    Crested Butte, Colorado

    The pure joy of swings

     

  13. Photo: Keystone/Getty Images

    Albert Einstein is one of history’s brightest minds, but recently, two girls too young to drive both bested his alleged IQ score of 160. The budding geniuses, ages 15 and 12 respectively, earned official IQ scores of 162, putting them in the top 1 percent of the population.

    5 kids smarter than Albert Einstein

    (Source: theweek.com)