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What Your Personality Has to Do With Your Neighborhood

Extroverts are more likely to be drawn to a city's center, for example.<p>It’s a well-worn sociological truth that the neighborhoods in which we live can have a powerful effect on our lives. But how do our neighborhoods affect our overall happiness and well being? And what might they reflect about our …


'V' Is for Very

The rise of the shortest possible abbreviation and what it means for the future of English<p>Over lunch one day, a co-worker grumbled about something being "v. annoying."<p>It took a second for me to understand what the quick, consonant blip pre-adjective was, and when my brain processed it, I realized …


Evolution: Why do we have lips?

Human beings are unusual in that our mouths are surrounded by hypersensitive, easily-hurt pink tissue – why? Jason G Goldman investigates.<p>They kind of flap around on the front of your face, get dried out and chapped in the winter, and occasionally get caught up between your teeth and mistaken for …


Why John Updike Loved Comics

By Jeet Heer January 14, 2015<p>Arts & Culture<p>“I can’t remember the moment when I fell in love with cartoons, I was so young,” John Updike once recalled in <i>Hogan’s Alley</i> magazine. “I still have a <i>Donald Duck</i> book, on oilclothy paper in big-print format, and remember a smaller, cardboard-covered book …


Why we've all fallen head-over-heels for the 36 questions that promise true love

A simple questionnaire, which claims it can make two strangers fall in love, has taken the world by storm. Claire Cohen explains why we're so drawn to the idea of eliminating risk where our fragile hearts are concerned<p>When <b>Mandy Len Catron</b> fell in love, she probably hoped for a few well wishers – …