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This Common Word Makes You Sound More Negative Than You Want To

This tiny word is nearly unavoidable but frequently overused. Everything that follows it tends to make you sound like a downer.<p>The language you use shapes others’ impressions of you, but there’s a chance that some of your most common words don’t put you in the best light. In fact, I’ve already …

Self-help

These Are the Drugs Influencing Pop Culture Now

Many critics consider Thomas De Quincey’s <i>Confessions of an English Opium-Eater</i><i>,</i> published in 1821, to be the first explicit exploration of the …

At the State of the Union, fashion puts women on mute

Clothing speaks in awkward monosyllables and eloquent paragraphs, in whispers and shouts. But on the night of the president’s first State of the Union address, the Capitol turned into an echo-chamber of ineffectual fashion Babel.<p>For a television audience tuned into President Trump’s speech before …

Me Too movement
Donald Trump

The secret lives of students who mine cryptocurrency in their dorm rooms

Mark was a sophomore at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, when he began mining cryptocurrencies more or less by accident.<p>In November 2016, he stumbled on NiceHash, an online marketplace for individuals to mine cryptocurrency for willing buyers. His desktop computer, boosted with a graphics card, was …

Bitcoin

The Genesis of Kuri, the Friendly Home Robot

Over the course of thousands of years, dogs have evolved alongside humans to be awesome. Unlike their wild ancestors, they don't gnaw on us …

An Algorithm Is Coming for Your Food

The San Francisco–based accelerator IndieBio’s Demo Day is delightfully awkward. Scores of investors and journalists shuffle past nervous teams of …

Asgardia, the world's first 'space nation', takes flight

<b>(CNN) —</b> The world's first "space nation" has taken flight.<p>On November 12, Asgardia cemented its presence in outer space by launching the Asgardia-1 satellite.<p>The "nanosat" -- it is roughly the size of a loaf of bread -- undertook a two-day journey from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, …

Space Exploration

Why we pretend to know things, explained by a cognitive scientist

New research explains why we pretend to know more than we do.<p>Why do people pretend to know things? Why does confidence so often scale with ignorance? Steven Sloman, a professor of cognitive science at Brown University, has some compelling answers to these questions.<p>“We're biased to preserve our …

Fake News

The Other Reformation: How Martin Luther Changed Our Beer, Too

On this day 500 years ago, an obscure Saxon monk launched a protest movement against the Catholic Church that would transform Europe. Martin Luther's Protestant Reformation changed not just the way Europeans lived, fought, worshipped, worked and created art but also how they ate and drank. For …

Beer

Why opioids are such an American problem

<b>When it comes to taking opioids, the United States has the dubious honour of leading the world.</b><p>For every one million Americans, almost 50,000 doses of opioids are taken every day. That's four times the rate in the UK.<p>There are often good reasons for taking opioids. Cancer patients use them for pain …

Medicine

'Katrina brain': The invisible long-term toll of megastorms

Long after a big hurricane blows through, its effects hammer the mental-health system.<p>NEW ORLEANS — Brandi Wagner thought she had survived Hurricane Katrina. She hung tough while the storm’s 125-mph winds pummeled her home, and powered through two months of sleeping in a sweltering camper outside …

Mental Health

Mayonnaise, Disrupted

How did Josh Tetrick’s vegan-mayo company become a Silicon Valley darling—and what is he really selling?<p>On a recent Friday morning, Josh Tetrick, the 37-year-old CEO and co-founder of Hampton Creek, fixed his unblinking blue eyes on a job candidate. The pair was sitting at a workstation near the …

Machine Learning

Honeycrisp was just the beginning: inside the quest to create the perfect apple

The Honeycrisp apple, explained.<p>The idea that a red apple is a delicious apple is one of the greatest frauds ever perpetrated against Americans. The apples we’re supposed to eat to keep doctors away, the apples we’re supposed to give to teachers to show our appreciation, the apples we compare to …

New York City

New AI can work out whether you're gay or straight from a photograph

An algorithm deduced the sexuality of people on a dating site with up to 91% accuracy, raising tricky ethical questions<p>Artificial intelligence can accurately guess whether people are gay or straight based on photos of their faces, according to new research that suggests machines can have …

Artificial Intelligence

A Requiem for Florida, the Paradise That Should Never Have Been

As Hurricane Irma prepares to strike, it’s worth remembering that Mother Nature never intended us to live here.<p>ORLANDO, Fla.—The first Americans to spend much time in South Florida were the U.S. Army men who chased the Seminole Indians around the peninsula in the 1830s. And they hated it. Today, …

Rainfall

Why we fell for clean eating

The oh-so-Instagrammable food movement has been thoroughly debunked – but it shows no signs of going away. The real question is why we were so desperate to believe it. By Bee Wilson<p>In the spring of 2014, Jordan Younger noticed that her hair was falling out in clumps. “Not cool” was her reaction. At …

University of Cambridge

Meet the Woman Trying to Prepare Your Town for the Total Eclipse

During a solar eclipse, the moon slides in front of the sun, blocking it perfectly, and a swath of the world goes dark. And on August 21, that …

14 Fruity Slab Pies That’ll Feed an Army at Your Next Cookout

Just when you think your love for pie couldn’t get <i>any</i> more real, you discover slab pies. They’re just what they sound like: big slabs of fruity and crusty goodness perfect for feeding a crowd and take all the fuss out of baking a pie. Throw out that pie dish and dust off your biggest baking sheet, …

Baking

A Genius Slab Pie Template, for Any Fruit Growing Near You

<i>With Genius Recipes correspondent</i> <i>Kristen</i> <i>off in a dark, cookie-filled cave somewhere finishing up the Genius Desserts cookbook manuscript, we're re-running our best ever Genius summer desserts. Wish her luck! And make this pie.</i><p>There are a lot of ways to make a slab pie, and Martha Stewart, bless …

Paying a Price for 8 Days of Flying in America

On the sixth day of my weeklong odyssey across America by air, I found myself wedged into a middle seat in the far reaches of a flight from Des Moines to Phoenix, wearing the sweatpants I had slept in. Angry at the in-flight movie system and feeling hungry, I turned to my carry-on lunch: a …

Flying

What the Press Still Doesn’t Get About Trump

He’s not unprecedented. He’s not going to change. And 11 other lessons the media still haven’t learned about the president.<p><b>There was lots of hand-wringing after the election</b> about how the media had messed up. Were we too quick to believe the polls? Did we have any idea what real Americans actually …

Journalism

Feel the burn: why do we love chilli?

It’s not just about the flavour – or even the pain. In this extract from his new book, Bob Holmes uncovers the pharmacology and psychology behind humanity’s heat-seeking desire<p>I<b>’</b>ve been procrastinating. On my dining room table I have lined up three hot peppers: one habanero, flame-orange and …

University of Pennsylvania

FDA Opens Genetic Floodgates with 23andMe Decision - MIT Technology Review

Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration told gene-testing company 23andMe that it will be allowed to directly tell consumers whether their DNA …

Molecular Biology

The smartphone is eventually going to die, and then things are going to get really crazy

Make no mistake: We're still probably at least a decade away from any kind of meaningful shift away from the smartphone. (And if we're all cyborgs by 2027, I'll happily eat my words. Assuming we're still eating at all, I guess.)<p>Yet, piece by piece, the groundwork for the eventual demise of the …

Augmented Reality

The Grays of Our Lives

On clothes, color, and anxiety.<p>Looking back, I should have realized it sooner, this problem that I have. The only excuse I can give is that introspection often takes time, and it’s only slowly that one recognizes an obsession, though signs of it may appear everywhere.<p>I had an important meeting to …

Brush Strokes

On Ash Wednesday, ashes to go — with a little extra sparkle for LGBT Christians

Smearing her thumb across 6-year-old Genevieve Dalton’s forehead, the Rev. Robin Anderson repeated the solemn words of Ash Wednesday: “From dust you came. To dust you shall return.”<p>Then Genevieve whirled away from the pastor, her forehead twinkling. “I really like glitter,” she …

U.S. Dept. of Commerce

A linguistic anthropologist explains why, um, “filler words” are OK to use

A few days ago, <i>The New York Times</i> published an article by Christopher Mele about so-called “filler words”, telling people to stop using them. Reporting on language often frustrates me, and this was no exception. In fact, thirty-odd linguists—including me—sent them a letter detailing our many …

Linguistics

The Myth and Magic of California Style

How the Golden State dictates what we wear, from Venice Beach to Silicon Valley.<p>Everyone’s got a California. Mine starts at birth, in San Diego. It carries into the Bay Area through age 7, after which my family relocated to the suburbs of Boston. That’s where it took on greater force.<p>California …

San Francisco

You’re about to see a big change to the sell-by dates on food

The majority of Americans have no clear idea what “sell by” labels are trying to tell them. But after 40 years of letting us guess, the grocery industry has made moves to clear up the confusion.<p>On Wednesday, the Food Marketing Institute and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, the two largest …

Agriculture