Karen Ellingboe

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We Expect Too Much From Our Romantic Partners

A new book explores how marriage has changed in recent years, and why that’s made staying married harder.<p>Tall, dark, handsome, funny, kind, great with kids, six-figure salary, a harsh but fair critic of my creative output ... the list of things people want from their spouses and partners has grown …

Brad Pitt

Developmental Language Disorder: The most common childhood condition you've never heard of

Professor Courtenay Norbury debunks some myths about children with this common but poorly understood condition<p>Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) is diagnosed when children fail to acquire their own language for no obvious reason. This results in children who have difficulty understanding what …

Autism

Can game theory end world conflict?

Robert J. Aumann isn’t only famous for his long white beard and deep sense of wisdom. He’s also renowned for a string of controversies. On one hand, …

Nobel Prize

If You Build It, the Dutch Will Pedal

UTRECHT, the Netherlands — When city officials unveiled the first section of the world’s largest bike parking garage in Utrecht, a small city in the center of the Netherlands, late last month, the feeling of accomplishment was short-lived.<p>While many of the 6,000 new, state-of-the-art bike parking …

Utrecht

No One Wants to Wear a Going-Out Top Ever Again

The powers that be at <i>Vogue</i> are at it again, singing the praises of loathesome trends which, if they have their way, could very well take off. This …

The Best Livestreams for Watching the 2017 Total Eclipse

There’s a total solar eclipse happening on August 21, 2017, and for the first time in nearly a hundred years, the Moon’s unabashed Sun-blocking power …

South Carolina

'Social Camouflage' May Lead To Underdiagnosis Of Autism In Girls

Many more boys are diagnosed with autism every year than girls. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disorder is 4.5 times more common among boys than girls. Boys appear to be more vulnerable to the disorder, but there is some evidence that the gender gap may not be as …

Autism

Can a drug that fights parasites also help with autism?

A 101-year-old drug that is often used to treat people in Africa with parasitic infections may help ease some of the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children, a new study finds.<p>However, researchers are urging caution about the preliminary results of the drug, called suramin. The study …

Autism
European Union

Why One University Is Sharing the Risk on Student Debt

Leaders at Purdue University believe their students don’t need to take on private loans to graduate.<p>Most student financial aid for higher education comes in two forms: loans and grants. As tuition costs have grown, however, both options have had a hard time keeping up—grants are oversubscribed and …

U.S. Ranks 23rd Out of 30 Developed Countries for Inequality

A comprehensive index from the World Economic Forum finds that for such a rich country, America isn't doing all that well at creating prosperity.<p>The United States is one of the richest countries in the world. It is also one of the most unequal. As a report released today shows, the U.S. ranks 23 …

Income Inequality

Researchers are giving religious leaders psychedelic drugs in the interest of science

Despite the fact that psychedelic drugs have been used for millennia as medicine in ritualistic ceremonies, there remain many questions in the scientific community about the relationship between their spiritual qualities and healing potential. Researchers at Johns Hopkins and New York Universities …

Psychedelia

The 93-year-old Englishwoman who is the rock star of Mexican cooking

Diana Kennedy, who has written nine bestselling books about the country’s cuisine, is still cooking and still infuriated by plagiarism, waste and fusion food<p>Over the past five decades, Diana Kennedy has received countless accolades for her pioneering food writing, but being called the Mick Jagger …

Mexico City

Angela Merkel and the history book that helped inform her worldview

Jürgen Osterhammel’s The Transformation of the World left its mark on the German chancellor, judging by her recent decisions<p>While she was recuperating from a skiing accident in 2013, Angela Merkel picked up a 1,500-page tome on the 19th century by the historian Jürgen Osterhammel called The …

Europe

7 prefab homes that impressed us in 2016

Another prefabulous year behind us!<p>The idea that prefab homes can provide an efficient alternative to traditional construction is no longer news. Besides digging deep into all kinds of prefab dreams percolating throughout the last century, Curbed also been sharing plenty of prefab options currently …

Prefab Homes

Independent fashion labels have invented a whole new way of dressing well in India

“This brand does not define you. But damn you look good in it.”<p>Preeti Verma’s postscript-like message, imprinted on the tag of every one of her fashion label Runaway Bicycle’s floaty, sorbet products, echoes the sort of sweet and sassy exchange that forms the heart of female friendships: “N’aww! …

MIT’s self-folding origami technology could change how we design everything from airbags to wearables

Think “inflatables”—balloons, airbags, or pool rafts probably come to mind. The list might get a bit longer.<p>Researchers at MIT’s Tangible Media Group have developed a self-folding, origami-like technology called aeroMorph. The new type of inflatable could open the door to all sorts of …

Origami

NOBEL ECONOMIST: 'I don’t think globalisation is anywhere near the threat that robots are'

Angus Deaton, who won the Nobel Prize last year for his work on health, wealth, and inequality, told the Financial Times he believes robots are a much greater threat to employment in the US than globalisation.<p>Addressing the theory that Donald Trump's victory in the US presidential elections was …

Economics

A letter to … my little adopted brother, who has autism

The letter you always wanted to write<p>You were nine months old when you came into our lives, doe-eyed and cooing. The five years between us meant that I accepted your addition to our family as if you were my very own. It took us a while to find you. My parents in their eager search delved through …

Foster Care

These Are The Five Key Battlegrounds For The Big Tech Platforms In 2017

Technology companies will increasingly invest in artificial intelligence, virtual reality, and other emerging tech next year.<p>Large platform companies like Amazon, Apple, Google, Samsung, and Microsoft want to provide the operating system for our lives, and they will fight hard in 2017 to establish …

Artificial Intelligence

Distant black hole may disprove Einstein's theory of relativity

More than 26,000 light years away, deep within the heart of our galaxy, lies Sagittarius A* - four millions Suns' worth of unseen mass concentrated …

Black Holes

The Best Etsy Jewelry Stores for Unique Finds

If you are a lover of jewels, gems, and the like, you absolutely need to know about our picks for the best Etsy jewelry stores. Criteria for this …

People With Autism Have Unusually Symmetrical Brains, New Scans Reveal

This could explain a lot.<p>Brain connections in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show more symmetry across the right and left hemispheres, …

The Brain

Experimental City: How Rotterdam Became A World Leader In Sustainable Urban Design

Europe’s largest port–threatened by rising waters and a loss of its major industry–has reinvented itself as a playground for innovative thinkers who are trying to create a resilient city of the future.<p>When Helly Scholten makes dinner, if she needs a tomato or squash or an onion, she heads …

Record Supermoon and 9 More Can't-Miss Sky Events in November

Get ready to see lunar pairings, meteor showers, and more this month.<p>The coming month brings the roaring lion of meteor displays, dazzling planets, and plenty more reasons to look up at the night sky. You’ll even have the chance to catch the most impressive supermoon in nearly seven decades.<p>So dust …

Venezuela
Public Health

Stunning Early Highlights of The 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

The world’s largest, the <b>Sony World Photography Awards</b> is celebrating its 10th Anniversary in 2017, and the deadline for entry is fast approaching. …

Make America great dane again: Brooklyn dog parade elects leader

The presidential contest was referenced in Fort Greene park on Saturday but it didn’t dominate the event, as owners and canines dressed to impress the judges<p>In pictures: Fort Greene annual dog costume contest<p>In an election year punctuated by allegations of sexual assault, demands that political …

Pets