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Mar 15th 2017

PRINCETON – On January 1, Derek Parfit, one of the greatest philosophers of my generation, died.

Mar 11th 2017

Alzheimer’s disease is more common among older people but it’s not a normal part of ageing.

Mar 9th 2017

Exercise is good for you, this we know. It helps build muscle, burn fat and make us all into happier, healthier people. But long before you start looking the way you want, there are other hidden, more immediate, molecular and immunological changes taking place inside your cells.

Mar 6th 2017

The United States is witnessing a disturbing rise in anti-Semitic acts, which are sweeping over the country in wave after wave. In St. Louis, more than a hundred tombstones were tipped over; similar hate crimes have taken place in Philadelphia and New York.

Mar 4th 2017

What is the likelihood that the people building Uber’s self-driving technologies did not know that their software was highly imperfect and could endan

Mar 4th 2017

The idea that science isn’t a process of constant progress might make some modern scientists feel a bit twitchy. Surely we know more now than we did 100 years ago? We’ve sequenced the genome, explored space and considerably lengthened the average human lifespan.

Feb 24th 2017

While political analysts and journalists obsess about President Donald Trump’s executive orders and their constitutional significance, the investor Warren Buffett has made his judgement clear on how the economy could look during the Trump years.

Feb 22nd 2017

“Will I lose my job in the near future?” For most people this is an unpleasant scenario to ponder, and for many it is a real and pressing concern.

Feb 19th 2017
Britain’s Royal Mail has announced it will honor the late David Bowie with a set of 10 stamps – the first time it has dedicated a set of stamps to a single musician. A spokesman explained that the issue will honor Bowie’s “many celebrated personas.”
Feb 18th 2017

Since the horror of Hitler’s Holocaust, psychologists have investigated why certain individuals appear more prone to follow orders from authority figures, even if it means that they have to sacrifice humanitarian values while doing so.

Feb 18th 2017

The Chinese curse, “may you live in interesting times,” has a renewed resonance this side of January 20th. As we now all presumably realize, there is never a dull day in American politics with Donald J.

Feb 13th 2017

Plenty of pundits keep telling us progressives that we didn’t listen to them in the heartland ― to you of the white working class, to you of conservative Christianity.

Feb 12th 2017

Recent reports that cancer rates in UK women are set to rise six times faster than in men over the next two decades will have alarmed many.

Feb 10th 2017

In 1996, when the web was in its infancy, the American technology writer Nicholas Negroponte predicted that the coming digital revolution would facilitate a “cottage industry of information and entertainment pro

Feb 1st 2017
Silicon Valley exports technology and imports the world’s best talent. That is how it has helped grow America’s economy and boosted its competitive advantage.
Jan 31st 2017

A feeling of apathy or being a little forgetful from time to time is nothing unusual. But for some, this could be an early sign of not getting enough thiamine (also known as vitamin B1).

Jan 30th 2017

A feeling of apathy or being a little forgetful from time to time is nothing unusual. But for some, this could be an early sign of not getting enough thiamine (also known as vitamin B1).

Jan 27th 2017

The story of contemporary globalisation is, at its heart, the story of how we created a vast and impoverished working class. It is abundantly clear that the dynamics behind this have now hit home.

Jan 26th 2017

There is huge potential for using electric vehicles to tackle climate change, give us cleaner air and grow the green economy. The question is, when it will make sense for most of us to ditch diesel and petrol, and go electric?

Jan 25th 2017
Silicon Valley fancies itself the global leader in innovation. Its leaders hype technologies such as bitcoin and blockchain, which some claim are the greatest inventions since the Internet.

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