Scots turn out for historic vote on future of U.K.

With polls showing a tight contest, the pro-breakaway nationalists and the status-quo unionists made appeals.

Illustrations of the brain asleep and awake. (Courtesy of Michael Halassa)

How your brain works while you sleep

POSTEVERYTHING | Scientists say new research has revived the age-old fantasy of learning in your sleep.

New Apple iPhones and iPads will
lock out police, even with warrants

New Apple iPhones and iPads will <br> lock out police, even with warrants

Hard line comes as tech firms react to allegations that they have too readily given up user information.

Police seek man last seen speaking
with missing U-Va. student

Police seek man last seen speaking <br>with missing U-Va. student

A witness said he saw the man put his arm around Hannah Graham early Saturday in Charlottesville.

North Korea uses 53,558 words to
brag about its human rights record

North Korea uses 53,558 words to <br>brag about its human rights record

WORLDVIEWS | “The world’s most advantageous human rights system,” according to North Korea.

The anti-Cheesecake Factory effect: Americans are tired of long menus

The anti-Cheesecake Factory effect: Americans are tired of long menus<br>

WONKBLOG | For years, long windy menus were the fad, but now eateries are trimming their offerings.

Sports

Redskins finally have a 3-4 defense that causes trouble

Redskins finally have a 3-4 defense that causes trouble

COLUMN | With a difference-maker on the line and athletic inside linebackers, the early returns on defense are good.

Lifestyle

Clay Aiken, not just the ‘American Idol’ candidate

Clay Aiken, not just the ‘American Idol’ candidate

The singer is running for Congress in North Carolina, but he knows his fame won’t get him to Washington.

Arts

‘Toast’: Not fully cooked

‘Toast’: Not fully cooked

The new interactive show from innovative Dog & Pony DC wants to turn audiences into inventors.

Technology

Facebook just changed its News Feed yet again. Here’s how it could affect you.

Facebook just changed its News Feed yet again. Here’s how it could affect you.

It’s hard to tell what predicated the change, but Facebook is shifting around its mysterious News Feed algorithm to show fewer old posts in favor of more “timely” ones.

Business

Just how oil rich is Scotland?

Just how oil rich is Scotland?

WONKBLOG | Many oil and gas experts have warned that Scotland might not be quite as well off as nationalists are claiming.

Federal Government

Nurse practitioners say they can help VA with staffing shortages

Nurse practitioners say they can help VA with staffing shortages

FEDERAL EYE | But the idea of using NPs is a controversial one, especially among some doctors.

Real Estate

Mortgage rates soar to highest level since early May

Mortgage rates soar to highest level since early May

The prolonged flat, stable period of mortgage rates came to an end this week as the 30-year fixed-rate average spiked to 4.23 percent.

Diversions