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Finnish Lessons for American School Boards: Are We More Alike than We Think?

Curtis Valentine | Posted 10.21.2014 | Education
Curtis Valentine

As the mid-term elections approach, its important to highlight that the inaction of Congress to address public education has put renewed pressures on state and local governments to act.

Hunting for Red October... in the Stockholm Archipelago

András Simonyi | Posted 10.20.2014 | World
András Simonyi

The Swedish Armed Forces were put on high alert this weekend, as there was an apparent intrusion -- not for the first or the last time -- by a Russian submarine into Swedish territorial waters, in the Stockholm Archipelago.

Apple Charged With The Death Of An Entire Country's Economy

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 10.15.2014 | Technology

Apple is more powerful than you think, apparently -- it is being blamed, in part, for an entire country's economic hardships. "The iPhone killed N...

Get Free International Stopovers on These Airlines

Hopper.com | Posted 09.23.2014 | Travel
Hopper.com

For adventurous travelers, a free trip to an exotic city is a mouthwatering prospect. Stopovers -- connections between flights of more than 24 hours -- provide a sneaky way to do just that, giving travelers two holidays for the price of one.

Balancing Efficiency and Quality in Education

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 09.18.2014 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

To some, making education more efficient is simply a matter of better budget management and improved allocation of resources. But to many others, speaking in these terms at all when talking about a child's right to learn seems inappropriate.

Man Discovers His First Car Covered In Moss, 40 Years After It Broke Down In Woods

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 09.19.2014 | Good News

Some things must be lost for decades in order for us to appreciate their real value later in life. That was the case for Pekka Nummelin, a carpente...

Rachel Lienesch

Europe Wants U.S. To Do Dirty Work Against ISIS

HuffingtonPost.com | Rachel Lienesch | Posted 09.12.2014 | World

Residents in a number of European countries strongly support the American air strikes that have been launched in Iraq, but are much less supportive of...

How Hard Is It to Make It to the NHL?

Emily Cornelius | Posted 09.11.2014 | Sports
Emily Cornelius

As hockey fans, one of our favorite things to do is criticize the players. But are we giving these players enough credit? How hard is it actually to 'make it,' to 'go to the show,' to 'get the call?'

Finland Suspects Russia Of Violating Its Airspace

AP | Posted 08.28.2014 | World

HELSINKI (AP) — Finland's Defense Ministry said it suspects a Russian military aircraft on Thursday violated Finnish airspace — the third such inc...

Strip Down And Get Sweaty At Finnair's Unisex Sauna

The Huffington Post | Lisa_Miller | Posted 06.30.2014 | Travel

You've always wanted to strip down and sweat next to your seatmate.... right? In perhaps the most Finnish move ever, Finnair, the country's flag c...

Now's The Historic Moment for the Nordics

András Simonyi | Posted 08.23.2014 | World
András Simonyi

Our Center has been and remains a strong advocate of the importance for the Nordic countries to step forward as individual nations as well as a group...

How Concert Halls Enhance Crescendos

Trevor Cox | Posted 08.11.2014 | Science
Trevor Cox

The intensity and emotional impact of the crescendo might appear to be in the hands on the composer and musicians, but now new research shows that in certain concert halls, the right acoustic makes the crescendo sound much louder at the end and hence much more dramatic.

How Far Will That American Passport Take You?

trivago | Posted 07.30.2014 | Travel
trivago

U.S. travelers might be pleasantly surprised.

Education Reform Has Failed; Here Are Four Lessons From Abroad to Make It Succeed

Shayna A. Pitre | Posted 07.22.2014 | Education
Shayna A. Pitre

No Child Left Behind, "school choice," "recovery school districts," and Common Core are what the United States has done to solve the education "crisis." Mind you, the "crisis" is that the United States is not number one in education.

TechView: Linus Torvalds, Inventor of Linux

Bill_Robinson | Posted 07.20.2014 | Technology
Bill_Robinson

Though he prefers to tell people he was named after the "Peanuts" character, the truth is he was named after Linus Pauling, two-time Nobel Prize-winner.

A Tree Grows in Helsinki

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 06.28.2014 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

What's more, to many Americans the presence of such things on the public landscape says something far greater about how they view themselves and the society in which they find themselves privileged to live. I know. I'm one such guy.

Road Bumps, Drama and Noise: Officials Dismiss Complaints about Common Core

Alan Singer | Posted 06.14.2014 | Education
Alan Singer

Drama and noise are a good thing and I do not mind being called a road bump especially if we can stop destructive educational policies that enrich publishers while masquerading as reform.

Obama, Putin and Ukraine: No Charge of the Light Brigade But A Big Unnecessary Crisis

William Bradley | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

Even though Putin lectured Obama at length, after forcing him to come to his dacha outside Moscow, about Russia's concerns, with a very special emphasis on Ukraine, the reality that the administration had to deal not with a nice ally and potential buddy but a tough guy with very clearly defined limits did not sink in.

Saint Patrick's Day and the Other American Dream

Boria Sax | Posted 05.14.2014 | Religion
Boria Sax

But Saint Patrick's Day is not really about history, religion, or even Ireland; it is about the "other" American dream. Like the dream of building a new and better life, this one is a product of the immigrant experience.

Suomenlinna: The Ultimate Destination for Travel Loners

Rita Anya Nara | Posted 04.28.2014 | Travel
Rita Anya Nara

The six islands comprising the Fortress of Suomenlinna in Helsinki, Finland, have the kind of forlorn beauty that one would expect in this pocket of Scandinavia -- and a quirky, varied culture all their own.

Technology or Teachers?

Kathy Kemper | Posted 04.21.2014 | Education
Kathy Kemper

There is no silver bullet that will enable the U.S. to catch up, and it has been clear for some time, moreover, that simply throwing money at schools is not the answer.

Symmetry in Scandinavia: Finland's Holiday Food Markets

Sarah Dajani | Posted 03.08.2014 | Taste
Sarah Dajani

Allow me to explain what Finland seems to be to me. In one word: design. Think ice, sleek and shiny like steel. Snowflakes, each one perfectly unique in its crystalline lattice. And darkness, the absorption of all light and the undying fashion statement of "artists" around the globe.

Dad Sends 'Youngest Astronauts Ever' To Infinity And Beyond

The Huffington Post | Cate Matthews | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents

Tero Tähtinen's mission for Christmas last year definitely went above and beyond the call of parental duty -- to infinity and beyond, some might say....

In Search of Elusive Growth: Making the Most of R&D Tax Incentives

OECD | Posted 03.02.2014 | Business
OECD

Finding new sources of growth right now is tough. Innovation -- which fosters competitiveness, productivity, and job creation -- can help but with budgets stretched to the limit how can governments boost innovation in their economies?

Egypt Cracks Down on Journalists

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 03.01.2014 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

It was said in jest but a professor of politics at Egypt's Nile University warned journalists and anyone taking pictures not to do so after an escalat...