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Jeffrey Sachs: Economics is “horrendously misguided” and obsessed with “completely unimportant things”

The economics profession has lost its moral groundings, according to one of its most outspoken practitioners. As a result, economists are failing to provide a basic service: helping people.<p>According to Jeffrey Sachs of Columbia University, the problem started centuries ago. Back then, economics …

Economics

'League of Legends' is about to change and it's all your fault

<i>League of Legends</i> players should probably give up on the idea of a game editor. Riot Games lead designer Greg Street hates to slam the door on any particular idea, but he's fairly confident that players will never be allowed to mess around with the game's core mechanics. Riot simply doesn't want …

Profit

Millions of people watch eSports. Who are they?

<b>This is Part 5 of our five-part series on League of Legends and the future of eSports. You can read the entire series here.</b><p>NEW YORK CITY — When I entered the Riftwalk, a chipper attendant handed me a bracelet.<p>“You’ll need this,” she said.<p>I put the bracelet on and walked through the main door to a …

Economists Are Blind to How Little They Know

Humans are hard-wired for what may seem the strangest behavior because quite honestly we live in a complex world that has only become more so as …

Economics

IMF crowns UK world's fastest growing major economy, but hard Brexit fears push pound to 31-year low

• <b>FTSE 100 smashes 7,100; touches 17-month high</b>• <b><br>Pound plunges to fresh 31-year low on Brexit worries</b>• <b><br>UK construction industry shrugs off post-Brexit vote slump ​</b>• <b><br>IMF rows back on Brexit warnings as UK poised to become fastest growing G7 economy ​</b>• <b><br>The pound hits a 31-year low - but how low can it go?</b> …

Dolphins recorded having a conversation 'just like two people' for first time

Two dolphins have been recorded having a conversation for the first time after scientists developed an underwater microphone which could distinguish the animals' different "voices".<p>Researchers have known for decades that the mammals had an advanced form of communication, using distinctive clicks …

NLP Tip: The “Worry-No-More” Technique

There are certain anxieties of life that may be necessary.<p>Worrying about your children in reasonable doses for example, can help you to take …

Psychology

Marijuana And Motivation - The Alchemist's Quest

My relationship with marijuana started roughly 30 years ago, on a rainy day, in a disused playground. I did not know it then, however that day marked …

Forget Brexit, Quitaly is Europe's next worry

First it was Grexit, then it was Brexit. Now the looming threat for Europe is Quitaly, the fear that Italy might decide it has had enough of the single currency and go back to the lira.<p>Put simply, Italy’s economy is floundering and has been for the past two decades during which time there has been …

Economics

For YouTube Channel Funhaus, Being Funny (And Offensive) Is Just Part Of The Brand's Twisted Charm

Anyone who’s familiar with the YouTube channel <b>Funhaus</b> knows that, besides the brand’s typically thought-provoking <i>Dude Soup Podcast</i>, the comedy and gaming group’s content is not exactly… <i>classy</i>.<p>There are fart jokes. There are racial puns. There are frequent references to genitals. There are even porn …

Not even physics can stop Corsair's latest cooling fans

Not satisfied with your noisy old PC cooling fan? Then consider upgrading to Corsair’s latest ML-series fans, which use maglev technology in order to bend the very forces of physics to your PC-cooling will.<p>With earlier, now outdated models, wear was caused by friction from the rapid rotation of the …

Science Explains How Staying Near Water Can Change Our Brains

Have you ever felt at peace when you’re walking by the ocean? A sense of rejuvenation when you stand by a waterfall? How about taking in the view of …

Global economy 'grim' and G20 must step up to fix it: China | Reuters

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The global economic situation is grim and major economies must lead the way in tackling problems including sluggish growth and weak trade, China’s trade minister Gao Hucheng said on Saturday.<p>China's Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng (2nd L) attends the opening ceremony of the 2016 …

Vote Leave Watch aims to hold MPs to account over Brexit promises

A coalition of MPs and others have launched a campaign to hold pro-Brexit politicians to account for promises made during the referendum campaign.<p>Vote Leave Watch, an unofficial spinoff from the remain campaign, is being led by Labour’s Chuka Umunna, who said the aim was to highlight the actions of …

United Kingdom

Here's why you should keep your smartphone in your pocket the next time you're bored

Who doesn't hate being bored?<p>In fact, it turns out that we hate boredom so much that a surprising amount of people said they would rather be shocked with electricity than sit there quietly and think.<p>But thanks to the invention of smartphones, all we need to do to keep ourselves occupied these days …

Want to learn a new language? Get a partner and play this video game

Using a language-learning game called 'Crystallize,' created by computer science faculty and students, researchers found that when players are …

3 months ago I threw everything away — and it's taught me surprising lessons about minimalism

It's been three months since I threw everything out. I've lived in four different places. I haven't paid rent anywhere.<p>I always have benefited from the kindness of others.<p>That doesn't mean I couch surf. But after 20 years of being good to people, I realized I had never let people be good to me. Now …

Meet the 75%: the young people who voted to remain in the EU

According to polling data from YouGov, 75% of 18- to 24-year-olds voted to remain in the European Union. On Friday, the UK voted to leave, with 52% of the overall vote.<p>How does it feel to be one of that 75%?<p>When we tweeted a callout asking young readers for their responses, rather than the 20 or so …

Great Britain

Science may explain why some people have deeply sensitive personalities

At the age of six, Jack Craven started telling his mother he wanted to die. “God made a mistake when he made me,” he would say. “Why can’t I just die?” His mother, Lori Craven, says she didn’t even know that kids his age could think such things: “Can you imagine your child saying that?”<p>Jack, now …

Picture the fear: how an illustrated book helped me come to terms with my anxiety

I first came across Catherine LePage’s illustrated book browsing the aisles of my local bookstore. I do this most days, as a way to get myself out of bed, out of the house. After months of holding down temporary and contract jobs, I’d recently landed a full-time job, quit after a week in a fit of …

Mental Health

UN urges solutions as refugee population hits record high

GENEVA (AP) — Imagine the entire population of France uprooted from their homes, forced to flee danger, persecution or starvation. The U.N. refugee …

Our cellphones are killing us

We are, it seems, long past the moment when there’s nothing worth doing unless we’re on the phone — photographing it, uploading it, texting it, …

Crime

Wall Street’s worst vulture hedge funds are making a killing by undermining the global economy

Recently, a resonant legal victory of hedge funds over Argentina has captured the attention of the global community. The hedge funds in this case aren’t run of the mill investment shops, however. Popularly known as vulture funds, their modus operandi is to buy up the debt of countries suffering …

GPs having to offer 'budget airline-style care'

<b>The pressures on general practice are, says one doctor from a busy inner-city London practice, leading to a "budget airline" style service. Writing in this week's Scrubbing Up column, Rebecca Rosen, a London GP and senior fellow at the Nuffield Trust, says the trend is a mixed blessing for doctors</b> …

Michael Gove's father denies his company was destroyed by EU policies

Michael Gove’s father has contradicted claims made by his son that the family’s fish processing firm in Aberdeen was destroyed by the European Union’s fisheries policies.<p>Ernest Gove told the Guardian that he sold the business voluntarily because the fishing industry in Aberdeen was being hit by a …

United Kingdom

More joy for your stick: VR porn makes a splash at E3

"Gamers are a key audience for us," says the chief information officer at porn studio Naughty America. Judging by the queue at the booth, he might be right.<p>"They're the right demographic, they love new things and they're very excited about VR": Ian Paul, Naughty America's CIO, talking about gamers …

How Unethical Is Buying Weed?

Did you ever wonder if someone got fucked over so you could have that dank ass Purple Urkle?<p>In many jurisdictions in the US, weed is so close to legal that you're more likely to get busted for flying a drone in the wrong place than for getting caught with a nug in your pocket. In places like …

Physicists Have Mixed Matter And Light at Room Temperature For The First Time

Whoa.<p>In a lovely demonstration of light's quantum effects, physicists in the UK have just mixed a molecule with light at room temperature for the …

There’s a way to train our brains to cope with stress that changes chemistry “as much as any antidepressant”

Stress is often perceived as the villain of contemporary culture: the nagging tension that keeps us chained to our desks during the day, awake all night, and makes us dangerously unhealthy.<p>But Ian Robertson, a cognitive neuroscientist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the upcoming book ‘<i>The</i> …