Christopher Woodhouse

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What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Psychology

Historian: The World Needs A New Origins Story Based On Science

Over at The Edge, John Brockman features British historian David Christian on the need to come up with a new origin story that can serve the global community.<p>Christian, the author of This Fleeting World: A Short History of Humanity, started his career as a professor of Russian history, and over the …

Russian History

Evidence of liquid water found on Mars

<b>Nasa's Curiosity rover has found that water can exist as a liquid near the Martian surface.</b><p>Mars should be too cold to support liquid water at the surface, but salts in the soil lower its freezing point - allowing briny films to form.<p>The results lend credence to a theory that dark streaks seen on …

Geoscience

Noise vs. Nature: How We're Upsetting America's Soundscapes

SAN JOSE, Calif. — Shhh! Our noise is taking the luster off America's natural wonders, and it's affecting the wildlife as well. That's according to researchers at the National Park Service and elsewhere who study natural soundscapes to gauge how they're affected by human activity.<p>"Both noise and …

National Parks

The Obamization of Uber

How David Plouffe is tackling the biggest campaign of his life.<p>Uber had a PR problem last summer: The only thing expanding more quickly than its ride-on-demand business was its reputation as a price-gouging bully too casual about vetting its drivers. Streets around the world—from Paris to D.C.—were …

New Hampshire

How Silicon Valley is trying to cure ageing

Death has always been considered one of life's only real certainties, but now some of the world's top scientists are challenging the assumption<p>Humanity has long been in search of the mythical Fountain of Youth, from Alexander the Great to knights of the Crusades.<p>But now Silicon Valley scientists …

Dumpling Sos

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What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

Obama acknowledges strains with Silicon Valley

By Amy Schatz<p>The U.S. intelligence agency’s bulk data collection efforts and the government’s “slow” response have strained the White House’s relationship with Silicon Valley, President Barack Obama said on Friday.<p>Obama said his relationship with Silicon Valley and the tech community has …

Silicon Valley

The Many Causes of America’s Decline in Crime

A new report finds that locking up more offenders isn't making people any safer—and may even be counterproductive.<p>The dramatic rise of incarceration and the precipitous fall in crime have shaped the landscape of American criminal justice over the last two decades. Both have been unprecedented. Many …

Crime