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The Super-Hot Pepper That Sent A Man To The ER

Doctors encounter all nature of odd things in their daily lives. Sometimes the stories end up as more than coffee-room chatter. Consider a case that spills over from the clinical to the culinary: the hot pepper and the horrible headache.<p>Dr. Kulothungan Gunasekaran has a knack for ferreting out odd …


How Women See How Male Authors See Them

On Easter Sunday, the writer and podcaster Whit Reynolds ripped open a Pandora’s box of secondary sex characteristics when she challenged her Twitter followers to “describe yourself like a male author would.” The responses—of which there are now thousands—don’t so much display a unifying theme as a …


Evidence of a Toxic Environment for Women in Economics

A pathbreaking new study of online conversations among economists describes and quantifies a workplace culture that appears to amount to outright hostility toward women in parts of the economics profession.<p>Alice H. Wu, who will start her doctoral studies at Harvard next year, completed the research …

Labor Economics

What we didn't know about penis anatomy

We're not done with anatomy. We know a tremendous amount about genomics, proteomics and cell biology, but as Diane Kelly makes clear at TEDMED, there …


India's Gay Prince To Open His Palace To LGBTQ People In Need

India's only openly gay prince has announced plans to open up his ancestral palace to Indians who have been ostracized for their sexuality or gender identity.<p>Prince Manvendra Singh Gohil — likely heir to the throne of Rajpipla in the western state of Gujarat — says his center will help provide …


'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention<p>Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned …

New Jersey

The Best New Yorker Visual and Interactive Stories of 2017

It is easy to feel overwhelmed by our digital lives—by the cacophony of voices in our social feeds or the rapid dispatches of breaking news—particularly this past year. But, focussed through the right lens, online information can enlighten, transform, or delight us. That is what the best visual and …

Las Vegas Shooting