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" Anyone with the right mix of parental paranoia and entrepreneurial moxie can make a fortune by selling parents the equipment we think will keep us one step ahead of our kids. "
" Sometimes justice is at its most merciful when it's blind. "
" In 2001, President George W. Bush was condemned for politicizing science with his decision to limit federal funding for stem-cell research; in 2009 President Obama was praised for reversing it, even though his decision was arguably just as political. "
" The real luxury travel of the modern age is not through space; it's through time. "
" Back in the really olden days, dinner was seldom a ceremonial event for U.S. families. Only the very wealthy had a separate dining room. For most, meals were informal, a kind of rolling refueling; often only the men sat down. "
" Pain is the most private experience, but its causes, whether natural or man-made, demand public accounting. "
" There was a time when researchers imagined that Plan B, or the morning-after pill, might become not an emergency form of contraception but a routine one; women would take it once a month to induce a period and never even know whether they had gotten pregnant. "
" Summer is not obligatory. We can start an infernally hard jigsaw puzzle in June with the knowledge that, if there are enough rainy days, we may just finish it by Labor Day, but if not, there's no harm, no penalty. We may have better things to do. "
" Terror works like a musical composition, so many instruments, all in tune, playing perfectly together to create their desired effect. Sorrow and horror and fear. "
" As you probably know, I've written a lot about the presidency, so it's obviously exciting when you get to interview a president and write about it. "
" Few Westerners know Iran as well as Robin Wright: her first trip there as a journalist was in 1973, and she has covered every important milestone since, from the Islamic revolution and the hostage crisis to the more recent staring contest with the West over Tehran's nuclear program. "
" When you are a media celebrity, every word you speak is dissected, as are those you choose not to speak. "
" When I was coming out of college, storytelling was very much something you did with pencil and paper, so the technological platform versatility, I think, is really valuable. "
" The crossroads of science and politics is a dodgy place. "
" The one problem with the Internet for journalists who like doing long form is that any story that's going to involve 16 screens on the web page... that's asking a lot of people. "
" Americans are grateful for the connection and convenience their phones provide, helping them search for a lower price, navigate a strange city, expand a customer base or track their health and finances, their family and friends. "
" In many parts of the world, more people have access to a mobile device than to a toilet or running water. "
" The path of progress cuts through the four-way intersection of the moral, medical, religious and political - and whichever way you turn, you are likely to run over someone's deeply held beliefs. "
" Time dissolves in summer anyway: days are long, weekends longer. Hours get all thin and watery when you are lost in the book you'd never otherwise have time to read. Senses are sharper - something about the moist air and bright light and fruit in season - and so memories stir and startle. "
" All our efforts to guard and guide our children may just get in the way of the one thing they need most from us: to be deeply loved yet left alone so they can try a new skill, new slang, new style, new flip-flops. So they can trip a few times, make mistakes, cross them out, try again, with no one keeping score. "
" Sure, we want to know what a president believes in... but that doesn't always mean he should tell us. "
" Girls grow up scarred by caution and enter adulthood eager to shake free of their parents' worst nightmares. They still know to be wary of strangers. What they don't know is whether they have more to fear from their friends. "
" Virtues, like viruses, have their seasons of contagion. When catastrophe strikes, generosity spikes like a fever. Courage spreads in the face of tyranny. "
" Progress is seldom simple; it comes with costs and casualties, even challenges about whether a change represents an advance or a retreat. "
" Accidents at power plants are bad enough. But a leak from a bioreactor could be worse, since bacteria can learn new tricks when you're not looking. "
" I come from a family of teachers, and I believe ideas matter; the good ones deserve reverence, and the bad ones, defiance. "
" The battles after the wars are over can be the toughest; there's no longer the public interest that accompanies, for good and for ill, the start of combat. "
" In sub-Saharan Africa, fewer than 1 in 5 girls make it to secondary school. "
" Hillary Clinton wants to leave behind No Child Left Behind. "
" Modesty means admitting the possibility of error, subsuming the self for the good of the whole, remaining open to surprise and the gifts that only failure can bring. There are many ways to practice it. Try taking up golf. Or making your own bagels. Or raising a teenager. "
" On a normal day, we value heroism because it is uncommon. On Sept. 11, we valued heroism because it was everywhere. "