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LITERATURE: Leo Tolstoy

How Useful Is Fear?

Evolution has installed phobias in humans that are proving hard to shake.<p>Franklin D. Roosevelt no doubt meant to be soothing when he insisted, “The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.” A quick and terrifying tour through the academic literature on fear, though, reveals just how much heavy …

6 of the Best Cushioned Running Shoes for Men and Women Out Right Now

For the runner who wants a plush ride provided by plenty of cushioning, today’s top athletic brands have plenty of sneakers out now for both men and …

New Balance

I hear you, but your home is still a lousy investment

Home must be where the heart is, because my Feb. 19 column on homeownership being a lousy investment annoyed readers mightily. I may as well have spit on motherhood, apple pie and the girl next door.<p>But my basic point remains true.<p>Readers’ biggest gripe: What about rent? Overwhelmingly, folks …

Home Ownership

Posing this simple question to a first date will help you decide if you have a future together

• <b>Sometimes it can be tricky to work out everything about someone on a first date.</b>• <b><br>According to a marriage counsellor, how they answer one simple question can tell you whether you should stick around or not.</b><p>First impressions are very important. That's why a first date with someone is so nerve-racking …

Breakups

3 Artificial Intelligence Stocks You Shouldn’t Miss

These three tech companies are using AI to boost growth.<p>Artificial intelligence (AI) is gradually becoming a big part of our lives. From automatic …

30 years after Prozac arrived, we still buy the lie that chemical imbalances cause depression

Some 2,000 years ago, the Ancient Greek scholar Hippocrates argued that all ailments, including mental illnesses such as melancholia, could be explained by imbalances in the four bodily fluids, or “humors.” Today, most of us like to think we know better: Depression—our term for melancholia—is …

Depression

What is the value of rationality, and why does it matter?

Rationality is a widely discussed term. Economists and other social scientists routinely talk about rational agents making rational choices in light …

Trump slams FBI, Obamacare in post-Christmas tweets

By Michelle Ye Hee Lee<p>Michelle Ye Hee Lee<p>National political enterprise and accountability reporter covering money and influence in politics<p>Email Bio Follow<p>PALM BEACH, Fla. — After a quiet Christmas Day, President Trump on Tuesday returned to two of his favorite vacation activities: tweeting and …

Hillary Clinton

Research Finds It Might Not Be Consciousness That Drives The Human Mind

Do we choose our thoughts?<p>Everyone knows what it feels like to have consciousness: it's that self-evident sense of personal awareness, which gives us …

Chrome Remote Desktop moves to the web browser and gets a facelift

We’ve all been in the situation where we’re trying to give tech support to a friend or family member over the phone. Whether it is a tablet, phone, or a computer, it’s always harder to explain a fix, rather than just do it yourself. There are tools out there like TeamViewer that let you remote into …

Conservative Whip refers himself to police over behaviour claims

Conservative MP Chris Pincher has referred himself to the police after he was accused of making an unwanted pass at former Olympic rower and …

Great Britain

As deadly fires burned Redwood Valley, delays, confusion about evacuation orders

When the fire swept into Redwood Valley, Nick Ioimo was among the lucky.<p>He happened to get up around 1:20 a.m on Oct. 9 to use the bathroom and saw the flames. He and his wife managed to escape, but the elderly couple who lived behind them died in their home.<p>Nearly a month later, two things are …

You Reached Retirement: 3 Stocks to Consider Today

There's a lot of attention dedicated to saving money leading up to your retirement, but the topic of putting your money to work once you're finally there is too often ignored. And even then, many people view the stock market as too risky a place for their money in their golden years.<p>But if you know …

Trump Calls Out KKK, White Supremacists After Charlottesville: 'Racism Is Evil'

<b>Updated at 7:20 p.m. ET</b><p>Almost 48 hours after violence engulfed Charlottesville, Va., President Trump called out white nationalist groups by name. Trump's remarks on Monday followed criticism that his initial statement about the clash of protesters did not condemn racist groups specifically.<p>"Racism …

Rights & Freedoms

Why can’t monkeys talk? Scientists rumble over a curious question.

By Ben Guarino<p>Ben Guarino<p>Reporter covering biology, genetics, nature, paleontology and the culture of science<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Decades ago, while Philip H. Lieberman was soaking in a bathtub and listening to the radio, he heard anthropologist Loren Eiseley ponder an evolutionary puzzle: Why couldn't …

Monkeys

Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski’s response to Donald Trump’s threats is a lesson for us all

The “Morning Joe” co-hosts suggest that POTUS threatened them with a negative National Enquirer story<p>Missing a baseball game was only the half of …

Where Your Net Worth Needs to Be at Every Age

Wondering if you’re on track for a solid financial future? If you’re just stepping into adulthood, you may be worrying about your job and student …

You've never heard of these 5 classes — but their areas of study will boost your pay in the future

If you want the excitement of working in a growing industry, like renewable energy or artificial intelligence, you could try to strike out on your …

Are you forgetful? That's just your brain erasing useless memories

The purpose of memory might not be to record everything<p>Most of us think “perfect” memory means never forgetting, but maybe forgetting actually helps us navigate a world that is random and ever-changing.<p>So say two neuroscientists in a review published today in the journal <i>Neuron</i>. The argument is that …

Bill Maher is right about ISIS: New study confirms numbers in his controversial Hollywood Reporter piece

PolitFact digs into Bill Maher’s numbers on ISIS and the Middle East — and finds him mostly spot-on<p>Brendan Gauthier<p>February 23, 2016 4:42pm (UTC)<p>"Real Time" host Bill Maher has been an outspoken opponent of ISIS, American involvement in the Middle East, and -- perhaps most controversially -- Syrian …

Raising the Social Security Retirement Age Comes With 3 Possible Flaws

Image source: Flickr user Florian Schwalsberger.<p>For seniors, there probably isn't a more important issue at hand during this presidential election than Social Security.<p><b>Seniors home in on Social Security</b> As of December, nearly 60 million people were receiving Social Security benefits, of which about …

Science Suggests You Should Not Shower Every Day Anymore

In Personal Development-speak, we are always talking about goals, outcomes, success, desires and dreams. In other words, all the stuff we want to do, …

The 'Retirement Crisis' Scare: Over-Saving

It’s commonly believed that Americans face a “retirement crisis” – Social Security is too stingy and we’re not saving enough for retirement on our own. I looked at the “Social Security is stingy” claim in a recent article on replacement rates paid by the program. But one other reason many conclude …

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Top 10 Best Movies

10. <i>Ex Machina</i><p>9. <i>The Man from U.N.C.L.E.</i><p>8. <i>Creed</i><p>7. <i>Tangerine</i><p>6. <i>Mustang</i><p>5. <i>Iris</i><p>4. <i>Clouds of Sils Maria</i><p>3. <i>I’ll See You in My Dreams</i><p>2. <i>Phoenix</i><p>1. <i>Spotlight</i><p>Honorable …

A Profound Contradiction of Human Existence

“<i>Science does not reveal the meaning of our existence, but it does draw back some of the veils.</i>”<p>“Be not deceived,” Epictetus writes in <i>The Discourses</i>, …

Why Intel and Vox Media are teaming up to stop online harassment

Huge numbers of people have met with extreme hostility online, with women, people of color, and other underrepresented groups being particularly vulnerable. According to a 2014 survey by the Pew Research Center, 40 percent of adult internet users have personally experienced some form of harassment. …

The biological wonders of this miniature marvel could jump-start an agricultural revolution that saves the world from drought-ridden starvation

These microscopic invertebrates are capable of surviving the most extreme conditions you could dream up, including prolonged desiccation and near-100 percent water loss, freezing and boiling temperatures, intense ionising radiation, and the vacuum of outer space.<p>Scientists have discovered that to …

Protein