John Johnson

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Why We Act Irrationally: What Drives Our Senseless Habits

<i>James Clear writes about using behavioral science to master your habits and improve your health. His free guide, Transform Your Habits, has been downloaded more than 80,000 times. This post originally appeared on his blog.</i><p>It was 1977 and, although nobody knew it at the time, psychologist Ellen …

Isis extremists bulldoze ancient Assyrian site near Mosul

Islamic State fighters have looted and bulldozed the ancient Assyrian city of Nimrud, the Iraqi government said, in their latest assault on some of the world’s greatest archaeological and cultural treasures.<p>A tribal source from the nearby city of Mosul said the jihadis, who dismiss Iraq’s …

Why Our Brains Love High Ceilings

Not just for bragging rights.<p>One of the first things a realtor will point out to prospective home buyers or apartment tenants is a high ceiling. To many of us, anything above the standard eight-foot ceiling is a big selling point. In recent times, home buyers have tended to pony up for the amenity …

Dr Hannah Fry: the mathematical models that underpin our sexual success

<b>What are the odds?</b><p><i>Or how mathematician Peter Backus weighed up his chances of finding love…</i><p>Just as it’s not possible to calculate precisely how many alien life forms there are, it’s also not possible to calculate exactly how many potential partners you may have. But all the same, being able to …

Psychology: the man who studies everyday evil

Why are some people extraordinarily selfish, manipulative, and unkind? David Robson asks the scientist delving into the darkest sides of the human mind.<p>If you had the opportunity to feed harmless bugs into a coffee grinder, would you enjoy the experience? Even if the bugs had names, and you could …

Psychology

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

IQ

Asteroid theory crashes and burns | Letters: Professor Ian Stewart and Jack Winkler

John Bowler (Letters, 31 December) is puzzled why the European Space Agency keeps saying that 67P is a comet. He claims it is an asteroid and objects to the ESA’s poor science.<p>A few clues. The ESA has access to expert astronomers, and might just know what it’s talking about. The name …

Bad luck, bad journalism and cancer rates | @BobOHara @GrrlScientist

Please, journalists, get a clue before you write about science<p>The big science/health news story this week is about cancer rates, with news outlets splashing headlines like “Two-thirds of adult cancers largely ‘down to bad luck’ rather than genes” (for example, here) or “Most cancer types ‘just bad …

Cancer

Baby shortage imperils Japan's economy

Japan is suffering from an acute baby shortage.<p>Just slightly more than 1 million babies were born last year in Japan, according to new government figures. The tally is the lowest figure on record, and the latest sign that little progress is being made in the country's battle against unfavorable …

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