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Apr 7th 2017

The idea of a life lived modestly is gaining traction. Ten years ago, Samantha Weinberg, a mother of two young children, spent a year not shopping.

Apr 6th 2017

What if every citizen had a guaranteed income, regardless of whether they are at work? In an age of austerity and the rolling back of social policies, this idea may sound radical – but it is gaining momentum.

Apr 5th 2017

This February, more than 100 gravestones were vandalized at the Chesed Shel Emeth Society Cemetery outside of St.

Apr 3rd 2017

Martin Rees is Emeritus Professor of Cosmology and Astrophysics, at the University of Cambridge, the Astronomer Royal, a member of Britain’s House of Lords, and a former President of the Royal Society.

Apr 1st 2017

The international media – particularly U.S. print and broadcast outlets -- are accustomed to high tension with the governments they cover in Washington. The press has always relished its adversarial, intrusive and disruptive role, and presidents have never liked it. In the 1930s H.L.

Mar 25th 2017

Touch underpins our social world and, evidence suggests, it may even help to reduce anxiety and provide pain relief. But can touch shape the actual organisation of our brains?

Mar 24th 2017

More than 350 million people worldwide suffer from type 2 diabetes. The condition is already rampant in several Western countries and numbers are now rising fast in emerging economies, such as India and China.

Mar 24th 2017

Children are manifesting increased rates of adult diseases like hypertension or high triglycerides.

Mar 22nd 2017

Academic psychologists have promulgated the myth that wisdom hinders creativity.

Mar 18th 2017

MADISON – A Dutch demagogue stirs up his followers in a campaign against immigrants.

Mar 18th 2017

Weight gain happens when we consume more food than we can burn, and weight loss happens when we burn more energy than we consume. But why do some people seem to eat whatever they want and not gain weight, and others appear to gain weight even if they eat reasonable amounts of food?

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.”

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