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The complete guide to fighting jet lag

Ugh, jet lag. Just when you’re dropped in an unfamiliar place—sometimes with important business—you feel groggy and useless. And there’s no definitive cure, or even a single great treatment. But you can mitigate the effects. Here are some tips:<p>Just be stubborn<p>If it’s a short trip, just stay on your …

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What “martial law” in Thailand really means—censorship, selfies, and uncertainty

BANGKOK—The political discord that has shaken Thailand for months entered an uncertain new phase at dawn today, as the country’s military declared martial law (paywall), granting itself broad powers to “suppress unrest” and take control of the country’s public security.<p>What does martial law look …

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Critics of Critics Should Be Criticized

Wesleyan's president thinks students question their readings too much. Which raises a few questions ...<p>As a critic, I can tell you with a fair degree of certainty that people hate criticism, and, for that matter, critics. If you point out that much science-fiction has a less than ideal historical …

Telling the Difference Between Danger and Fear

Bathtubs should be 365 times more frightening than sharks. So why aren't they?<p>A few days ago I pointed out that yet another popular news item had described how frightened an airline passenger was, about a situation that was objectively not dangerous at all."Yet another" because stories like this --</i> …

Global Warming is Melting and Burning the Planet

The world is hot.<p>The world is melting.<p>The world is burning.<p>This is what climate change looks like.<p>According to new data released by the National …

The Metropolitan Museum of Art Releases 400,000 Images Online for Non-Commercial Use | Colossal

<p>The Metropolitan Museum of Art has released a vast archive of 400,000 (mostly) hi-resolution digital images online that you can download and use for …