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A Bloody Mary Worth Sleeping In For

The Bloody Mary from Egg in Williamsburg will raise you from the dead (or at least, bed).<p>This Sunday is a big holiday for hunter-gatherers in their finest pastels—that is, Easter-egg searchers. But if the blood of the son of God isn’t your favorite afternoon pick-me-up-and-out-of-the-tomb, might we …

What Happens Inside a Dying Mind?

What makes a person believe that he visited heaven? Is there a way for science to get at what’s really going on? In the April 2015 issue of the Atlantic, Gideon Lichfield mounts an empirical investigation of near-death experiences, concluding that more rigorous research must be pursued to …

Empiricism

Why a Healthy Person's Perception of Time Is Inaccurate

People with normal brains feel the hours pass more slowly than they really do, but new research illuminates the ways this can be manipulated.<p><i>Update, April 13</i><i>: This article originally included the story of Phineas Gage, a historically</i> <i>famous patient who suffered orbitofrontal cortex damage after an</i> …

The Brain

50 Best Android Apps for 2014

Agent<p>If you’ve ever envied the “Assist” feature on Motorola’s latest handset, Agent is a worthy substitute that works with any Android phone. When …

Feds Knew About Medicare Advantage Overcharges Years Ago

Federal health officials were advised in 2009 that a formula used to pay private Medicare plans triggered widespread billing errors and overcharges that have since wasted billions of tax dollars, newly released government records show.<p>Privately run Medicare Advantage plans offer an alternative to …

Health Care

US states move to ban powdered alcohol over abuse fears

Dubbed the "Kool Aid" of teenage drinking, politicians and children's groups raise fears over newly licensed powdered alcohol product "Palcohol"<p>Powdered alcohol – or "<b>Palcohol</b>" – was facing bans in several US states on Friday night amid fears the new product could encourage teenage drinking – or …

The Gruesome Case That Made Voltaire a Crusader for the Innocent

By Ken Armstrong March 13, 2015<p>History<p><i>A gruesome legal case turned Voltaire into a crusader for the innocent.</i><p>The death of John Calas, depicted in an English chapbook.<p><i>This article was reported and written by Ken Armstrong for The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization that covers the U.S.</i> …

Law

From Freud To Possession, A Doctor Faces Psychiatry's Demons

People don't talk about psychiatrists the way they talk about neurologists, dentists or vets. In fact, there are those who call psychiatry voodoo or pseudoscience; and, to be fair, the specialty does have a history of claims and practices that are now considered weird and destructive.<p>In <i>Shrinks: The</i> …

Mental Health

How to Score the Best Airfare

<i>National Geographic Traveler</i> editor at large <b>Christopher Elliott</b> is the magazine’s consumer advocate and ombudsman. Over the past 15 years he has helped countless readers fix their trips.<p><b>Here’s his latest advice:</b><p><b>Reader Question:</b> I’m shopping for airfare to South Florida. I heard that if I wait until …

Flying

On the Use and Misuse of History: The Netanyahu Case

"I take the Iranian threat seriously. But I suspect hysteria is unhelpful—and if that's true, so is raising the specter of the Holocaust, as Netanyahu does every time he discusses this topic.
" A historian on the current state of debate.<p>Previously in this series on Prime Minister Netanyahu's …

Elie Wiesel

National Geographic Travel

A 29-year-old invented a painless way to save money, and Google's buying into it

In fact, according to the Federal Reserve, 60% of Americans between the ages of 18 to 40 saved absolutely nothing in 2013. Last year, adults under 35 had a savings rate of negative 2%.<p>So why is this happening? Is it that hard to go to a bank and open an automatic savings or a CD account?<p>"The bank …

Personal Finance

13 Motivational Quotes For All You Procrastinators

You meant to start that big project today. Really, you did. But somehow between your Twitter feed and that impromptu Netflix marathon, today rolled by and you're no closer to your goals.<p>Procrastination happens to everybody. Sometimes, you just need that little kick in the butt -- and sometimes, …

6 Important Things To Know About How Your Brain Learns

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, take up a musical instrument, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know how your brain learns.<p>While everyone learns slightly differently, we do have similarities in the way our …

Harvard Medical School

Why Obama Won't Talk About Islamic Terrorism

The president didn't label the Paris attacks "random" because he wished to avoid identifying the victims, but rather, because he wished to avoid identifying the motives of their perpetrators.<p>The Copenhagen gunman who took two lives this weekend knew exactly whom he wanted to kill. The free speech …

Religion

What ISIS Really Wants

The Islamic State is no mere collection of psychopaths. It is a religious group with carefully considered beliefs, among them that it is a key agent of the coming apocalypse. Here’s what that means for its strategy—and for how to stop it.<p>What is the Islamic State?<p>Where did it come from, and what …

Religion

Helen Keller Puts the Smackdown on Mansplaining

In her 1932 Atlantic article, "Put Your Husband in the Kitchen," the writer mocks people who have lost sight of the purpose of work—men, mostly.<p>Before writers worried about information overload or robots taking over the economy or social media making us lonely, Helen Keller worried about the …

Loneliness

Cookie Monster Vocals

Some death metal singers have a gravelly voice known as "Cookie Monster vocals." However, in this game we focus on Cookie Monster's habit of confusing "I" with "me," and convert pop songs to Cookie's grammatical tendencies—so, a certain Beatles hit becomes "Me Want to Hold Your Hand."<p><i>Heard in Stark</i> …

Dessert

National Geographic Travel

The Human Factor

Airline pilots were once the heroes of the skies. Today, in the quest for safety, airplanes are meant to largely fly themselves. Which is why the 2009 crash of Air France Flight 447, which killed 228 people, remains so perplexing and significant. William Langewiesche explores how a series of small …

This Is How You Have a Chinese-Food Thanksgiving

If there’s anything that will save mankind from the dry dreariness that is Thanksgiving turkey, it might just be chef <b>Joe Ng’s</b> Peking turkey at RedFarm, purveyor of our favorite Chinese food in New York. Slather a pancake with hoisin, peanut, or cranberry sauce, throw in a few bites of meat and hide …

A Worry In Theory, Medical Data Privacy Draws A Yawn In Practice

When it comes to health records, how concerned are Americans about what happens to their personal information?<p>We asked in the latest NPR-Truven Health Analytics Health Poll. And, in a bit of surprise to me, the responses showed that, in general, worries don't run very high.<p>First, we learned that …

Marijuana advocates’ secret weapon

Champions of pot legalization are challenging police to “drug duels” to prove weed is less dangerous than booze<p>When Colorado voters in 2012 approved a ballot measure legalizing marijuana, the state did not merely break new ground in the ongoing battle over narcotics policy. It also bolstered an …

Fantastic Fungi: The Startling Visual Diversity of Mushrooms Photographed by Steve Axford | Colossal

<p>To think any one of these lifeforms exists in our galaxy, let alone on our planet, simply boggles the mind. Photographer Steve Axford lives and …