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Guide to faking it: A must-read list of articles that will wow your friends, impress your co-workers and make you sound smart.



    Here's a retrospective on the Federal Reserve's actions that chronicles the high and low points of this past year. It also reminds us of the days of yore -- when oil was $70 a barrel, Bear Stearns was trading at $100 per share and the interest rate was 5.25 percent . Oh, wait. That was last August.

    The military has hired scientists to study how to read minds. The Army has doled out a $4 million grant to fund the research.

    Hundreds of artists will converge on both the Democratic and Republican national conventions to create nonpartisan art.  These innocuous tidbits help artists promote themselves, their work and, well, anything but their political agendas.

    Would the forefathers of modernism shop at IKEA? Not likely. Here's why the chain's use of the once-radical design concept would make Eames and others cringe.