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You influence your kids' popularity from the time they're babies — here's how to make that a good thing

<b>• He's found that parents have a direct influence on their child's popularity starting as babies.</b><p><b>• Some of that influence is genetic or mindless, but some can be deliberate and helpful.</b><p>No parents wants to see their child get bullied, or on the opposite end, be the bully. What they may not realize, …

Working From Home Is ( … Probably) Not Ruining Your Social Skills

When I quit my job to freelance write full-time, I was most worried about money, obviously. But in very close running for second place was the fear …

Antidote for opioid overdoses now available without a prescription

California pharmacists can hand out an overdose antidote to patients on powerful painkillers without requiring a prescription under new rules aimed at curbing drug-related fatalities.<p>Pharmacists in the state will also be able to distribute the antidote to heroin addicts.<p>Patients and addicts may …

India mass sterilisation: women were ‘forced’ into camps, say relatives

Relatives of the 12 women who died after a state-run mass sterilisation campaign in India went horribly wrong have told local media they were forced by health workers to attend the camp.<p>More than 80 women underwent surgery for laparoscopic tubectomies at a free government-run camp in the central …

How Much Can You Really Change After You Turn 30?

I am turning 30 in March, and so I was a little unnerved when I recently came across a question that researchers who study personality have …

'Uncombable hair syndrome' is real: Meet the girl with the unruly mane

All of us may feel like we experience “uncombable hair syndrome” at one point or another. Meet a 7-year-old girl who lives with the real thing.<p>Shilah Yin is one of only about 100 people in the world known to have the genetic condition. Uncombable hair syndrome is characterized by dry, frizzy hair …

The Blue Songbird: A Tenderhearted and Lyrical Parable About Finding Your Voice and Coming Home to Yourself

A lovely Japanese-inspired meditation on what makes us who we are.<p><i>“This is the entire essence of life: Who are you? What are you?”</i> young Tolstoy wrote in his diary. A generation later on the other side of the Atlantic, pioneering astronomer Maria Mitchell wrote in hers as she contemplated the art …

Why Are You Single? Perhaps It's The Choice Effect

<b>“It’s impossible not to constantly wonder if there’s something better, someone better.”</b> <br>My good female friend picked up her third glass of …

Facebook Drowns Out Fake News With More Information

Social-media giant will display related articles to limit the damage of false news without censoring posts<p>Facebook Inc. is fighting misinformation with more information.<p>Starting Thursday, when Facebook’s U.S. users come across popular links—including made-up news articles—in their feeds, they may …

Social Media

The Bank keeps hinting at a rate rise. Markets will only listen for so long

Bank of England’s suggestion that a hike is nearing is risky. Also, how the rising Dow shows Trump is delivering – for the rich<p>The Bank of England speaks like a hawk. It acts like a dove.<p>Those in the City expecting the Old Lady to do what it has not done for a decade – raise interest rates – would …

Ava DuVernay on Queen Sugar and Her Hollywood Journey

The director discusses the show’s midseason finale, the importance of telling black stories, and her secret to navigating the film and TV industry.<p>It’s been a busy five years for Ava DuVernay. Since winning the Best Director Award at Sundance Film Festival in 2012, she has accrued many “firsts”: …

Siblings

Eight Tips For Protecting Yourself Against Unexpected Downturns

Investing in the market carries risk. Sometimes, a company doesn’t do as well as expected during a quarter or certain commodities perform more poorly than you’d like. And, at times, large sections of the market take a downturn, leaving investors worried about their next steps.<p>While concerns are …

How to Customize Your Own Face Masks

Face masks can be expensive, but the experience of putting something on your face that will (hopefully) change the texture of your skin—and make you …

How to Manage Someone Who Thinks Everything Is Urgent

We’ve all been in situations in which we couldn’t wait for a slow-moving or overly cautious employee to take action. But at the other extreme, some employees have such a deep need to get things resolved that they move too quickly, or too intensely, and make a mess. They may make a bad deal just to …

What Neuroscience Says about Free Will

It happens hundreds of times a day: We press snooze on the alarm clock, we pick a shirt out of the closet, we reach for a beer in the fridge. In each …

5 Exercises to Maximize Your Down Time

Down time is rare in the life of an athlete, and when you find some, you might feel like taking a nap. Sleep is good, but there are other ways to …

Why a psychiatrist thinks the key to happiness might be swallowing the right bacteria

That these organisms influences us as much — if not more — as we influence them is a powerful idea, explored in fecal transplant therapies and microbiome sequencing.<p>It's also one that some researchers want to take advantage of, psychologically speaking.<p>They're looking for psychobiotics — bacteria …

US by rail: Take the slow train down the West Coast

The usual way to do the US West Coast is to drive Route 101 – which is fine, if a bit obvious, perhaps a touch unadventurous. There is another way which is neither obvious nor bland, but a great adventure. And – as Billy Connolly reveals in his current television series – it is brilliant. It is the …

Scientists Find Neurological Basis of Risk-Taking Trait

How do we calculate the right time to take a risk? And why are some people (and dogs, and fish, and rats) bigger daredevils than others? Scientists …

Neurophilosophy

Fasting for weight loss? Here’s why scientists say it works long-term

For the past 12 years, Dr. Steve Mount hasn’t eaten on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Those days are earmarked for fasting.<p>In 2004, he read a …

Holistic Medicine