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Antibiotic Resistance Will Kill 300 Million People by 2050

The true cost of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) will be 300 million premature deaths and up to $100 trillion (£64 trillion) lost to the global …

Which Movies to See This December

If the Oscars were cancelled, would the studios still backload the year’s ostensibly prestigious releases into late December? Or is that schedule based on some other business decision? For instance, have marketers figured out that the predominantly older viewership for political and historical …

The Toys That Send Kids to the Emergency Room

Rideable toys, like scooters and electric mini-cars, are the worst offenders.<p>The Razor was the first hit toy of the new millennium. In 2000, Razor sold 5 million scooters in just six months, and they were everywhere. On long-shadowed schoolyard evenings, all the cool kids would take turns on the …

How the Christmas Tree Got Its Lights

Like so many American traditions, the Christmas tree emerged from the hearty jumble of 19th-century immigrant custom and religious observance, spun up in the post-Civil War national rebuilding project, and became industrialized and commercialized in the great acceleration of modern times.<p>From its …

10 things you didn't know about orgasm

"Bonk" author Mary Roach delves into obscure scientific research, some of it centuries old, to make 10 surprising claims about sexual climax, ranging …

Books

The Top 10 TED Talks Every Woman Should See

Today, TED announced that Charmian Gooch, an anti-corruption activist who cofounded the watchdog organization Global Witness, is this year's winner of the $1 million TED Prize. (Gooch will explain on March 18 how, specifically, she will use the money to make her "wish" for the world a reality.) You …

8 illuminating facts about clouds

The vivid mother-of-pearl cloud is one of the most breathtaking spectacles in our sky. Photo: Flickr/Alan R. Light<p>The Cloud Appreciation Society may …

How language can affect the way we think

Keith Chen (TED Talk: Could your language affect your ability to save money?) might be an economist, but he wants to talk about language. For …

Why we do what we do

Tony Robbins discusses the "invisible forces" that motivate everyone's actions -- and high-fives Al Gore in the front row.

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Public Speaking

Exodus's Moral Challenge for Jews

Despite its flaws, the film still manages to be provocative by questioning whether there should be a "chosen people."<p>Let's just get this out of the way: Moses was not a badass, at least not in the traditional sense of badassery. In the Bible, he spoke with a stammer, constantly doubted himself, and …

U.S. Schools Are Saying Goodbye to Foreign Languages

Such instruction is in rapid decline despite the proven benefits of bilingualism.

When Grandma's House Is Home: The Rise Of Grandfamilies

In a shift driven partly by culture and largely by the economy, the number of grandparents living with their grandchildren is up sharply. According to recent U.S. census data, such families have increased by about a third over the past generation.<p>"Once the recession occurred, we actually saw a real …

Doctors With Borders: How the U.S. Shuts Out Foreign Physicians

MDs trained overseas must go through an often prohibitively difficult, time-consuming process.<p>In <i>A Moveable Feast</i>, Ernest Hemingway details his time in Paris in the 1920s, dedicating a section to his friend F. Scott Fitzgerald. In this part, Gatsby’s creator is depicted as, among other things, a …

How L.A.’s Taxi Boss Plans to Take on Uber

Until this year, when he became the president of the Los Angeles Taxicab Commission, Eric Spiegelman, a thirty-eight-year-old attorney, was perhaps best known as the producer of the long-running Web series “Old Jews Telling Jokes.” Now Spiegelman and his board have been asked by the city’s new …

Don DeLillo’s Annotated “Underworld”

On December 2nd, Christie’s will host the <i>PEN</i> American Center’s First Editions/Second Thoughts benefit, an auction of first-edition books annotated by their authors. (Last year, <i>PEN</i> English held an inaugural version of the event, at Sotheby’s in London.) Among the offerings is a copy of Don DeLillo’s …

The Teen Brain “Shuts Down” When It Hears Mom’s Criticism

We all know that teen-parent relations can be a tricky business. Now neuroscientists from several leading US universities think they’ve found some …

Dostoyevsky on Why There Are No Bad People

Legendary Russian writer <b>Fyodor Dostoyevsky</b> (November 11, 1821–February 9, 1881) is best known as one of literary history’s titans, but he was also a brilliant entrepreneur and pioneer of self-publishing. Under the auspices of his enterprising wife Anna, Dostoyevsky overcame his ruinous gambling …

Backstage With Janis Joplin: Doubts, Drugs And Compassion

Janis Joplin felt a sense of outsider isolation throughout her life. She once said, "On stage, I make love to 25,000 different people. Then I go home alone."<p>But she wasn't alone — she had John Byrne Cooke.<p>Cooke was Janis Joplin's first and only road manager, from 1967 until her death from a heroin …

1.7 Million Syrian Refugees To Lose Their Main Source of Food Aid

The United Nations World Food Programme predicted “disastrous” results Monday as it suspended aid to more than 1.7 million Syrian refugees for lack …

Middle East

As Supreme Court Considers Online Threats, An Update On Justin Carter

The Supreme Court is tackling an interesting question Monday: When is a seemingly threatening online message a crime?<p>While the case before the court is about a Pennsylvania man who posted threats of domestic violence after his wife left him, the core question of what kind of online speech …

P.D. James Believed Mysteries Were Made Of Clues, Not Coincidences

British mystery author P.D. James wrote 18 crime novels — many with shocking, horrible endings. But, in a personal twist, James admitted to <i>Fresh Air</i> in 1987 that she has a deep fear of violence — and writing helped her exorcise it.<p>"I'm frightened of violence; I dislike violence," she told Terry …

Let’s Be Enemies: A Vintage Maurice Sendak Treasure

Everything Maurice Sendak touched had an immutable aura of wonderfulness to it, from his beloved children’s books to his little-known posters on the joy of reading to his energy as an educator. Among his earliest and loveliest gems is <b>Let’s Be Enemies</b> (<i>public library</i>), written by <b>Janice May Udry</b> and …

The World Now Has Its First E-Resident

Estonia has begun issuing digital identities to people around the world, starting with the journalist Edward Lucas.<p>Edward Lucas has a habit of popping up at pivotal moments in European history.<p>In March 1990, shortly after Lithuania declared independence from the Soviet Union, the <i>Economist</i> editor …

NASA Prepares To Test New Spacecraft (That You've Likely Never Heard Of)

NASA is about to launch a new spaceship into orbit, and Mallory Loe has never heard of it.<p>"I mean, technically, NASA doesn't have another spaceship, do they?" she asks incredulously during a visit to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.<p>She's hardly the only one who …

Obamacare 'Glitch' Puts Subsidies Out Of Reach For Many Families

Don Benfield of Taylorsville, N.C., makes $11 an hour working for a mobile-home parts business, selling things like replacement doors and windows.<p>Benfield, 51, doesn't have health insurance.<p>"I haven't had health care insurance in years, simply because I haven't been able to afford it, especially …