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The Rise, Fall and Rebirth of the Slam Dunk Contest

2017's contest features fewer big names and contestants. That's a good thing.<p>In the 1980s, the Slam Dunk Contest was was the event to watch during …

Basketball

Millions Have Dyslexia, Few Understand It

<i>Part 1 of our series "Unlocking Dyslexia."</i><p>"It's frustrating that you can't read the simplest word in the world."<p>Thomas Lester grabs a book and opens to a random page. He points to a word: galloping.<p>"Goll—. G—. Gaa—. Gaa—. G—. " He keeps trying. It is as if the rest ­­of the word is in him …

Teaching

Golf, Sex, and Death: Why They Don’t Get Along

He was looking down, which is what he likes to do in the forest. On his knees, squatting, peering under the leaves, and there—wedged in the mud—was the invader. The Thing From Elsewhere.<p>It was a golf ball.<p>David Haskell is a biology professor who recently wrote a little book about a small patch of …

Nature

Post 9

For the anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, I asked seven New York-based National Geographic photographers to share an image of theirs that they considered emblematic of the city post 9/11. I wanted to know if New York had changed, and if so, how it was manifested visually. The …

World Trade Center

9/10: The Day Before

The pilot grilled steaks. The WTC Borders clerk picked up a pushcart coffee. The mayoral candidate prepped for the primaries. And the terrorists …

Staten Island

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 …

Loneliness

The birth of a psychopath

<b>(CNN) —</b> After every horrific crime that shocks us, the next question we often ask is, "How could anyone do such a thing?"<p>If the criminal is a psychopath, the answer is very simple. They don't feel empathy or guilt. So instead of asking, "How could they do this horrible thing?" the more pertinent …

Psychology

The 10 most important Youtube videos of all time

In the past decade, the website has become a huge part of our culture and an important platform for brands to engage with users.<p>It's where music videos live. It's where movie trailers premiere. It's where a whole new class of multimillionaire "Youtube stars" have cropped up.<p>To chart Youtube's …

Advertising

Children Reason Differently from Adults

Editor’s note: Brain Basics from <i>Scientific American Mind</i> is a series of short video primers on the brain and how we feel, think and act. Below is a …

Would You Rather Be Alone With Your Thoughts Or Get Shocked?

Most people really don’t like being in their own heads, new research suggests. Some would even rather give themselves an electric shock instead of facing their thoughts.<p>Timothy Wilson, psychology professor at the University of Virginia (U.Va.), and colleagues from U.Va. and Harvard conducted 11 …

10 Lessons I Learned from a Year of Productivity Experiments

Over the last 12 months I have conducted countless productivity experiments on myself, interviewed some of the most productive people in the world, …

Time Management