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Why Donald Trump Bears Blame for Making America Less Safe

The president’s attack on a federal judge and the “court system" add to his short-sighted approach to protecting the United States.<p>On Sunday, President Trump declared that “if something happens”—the “something” in question, implicitly, being an Islamist terrorist attack<i>—</i>Americans should blame the …

Donald Trump

Boy Scouts will allow transgender children into programmes

The Boy Scouts of America announced on Monday that it will allow transgender children who identify as boys to enroll in its boys only programmes.<p>The organisation announced it had made the decision to begin basing enrollment in its boys-only programs on the gender a child or parent lists on the …

Donald Trump, the family separation crisis, and the triumph of cruelty

Trump's immigration crackdown is an exercise in government cruelty.<p>When the history of the Trump years is finally written, one of the president’s signature policies, one of his lasting achievements and legacies, will be the deliberate use of armed force to separate immigrant mothers and fathers …

Immigration

How Investing In Preschool Beats The Stock Market, Hands Down

Mayor Bill de Blasio this week pushed ahead with plans to make New York City one of nation's few big cities to offer free, full-day Preschool for all 3-year-olds­­.<p>The plan, which would eventually serve more than 60 thousand children a year, builds on one of Mayor de Blasio's signature …

University of Chicago

Some companies strive to make the office fun, so we’ll work harder. But forced positivity has a negative side<p>In their quest to make employees happier, companies around the world have been busy installing play equipment in the workplace. Google has set up slides in its Zurich office so engineers can …

Happiness

Google's DeepMind AI gives robots the ability to dream - ExtremeTech

Google’s DeepMind AI gives robots the ability to dream<p>By on November 28, 2016 at 10:05 am<p>This site may earn affiliate commissions from the links on …

Has Hypnosis Finally Been Vindicated by Neuroscience?

Considering its origin story, it’s not so surprising that hypnosis and serious medical science have often seemed at odds. The man typically credited …

Bringing drones and cyborg cockroaches together to map disaster zones

Robots don't always need to be built from scratch. In the case of "biobots", scientists have been able to hack into insects, turning them into …

World Philosophy Day: Best quotes, wishes, messages and greetings to be shared with friends

Philosophy helps us live our lives better as we think about the meaning of life.<p>This is a day to philosophise and think about life. World Philosophy …

China is at the forefront of manipulating DNA to create a new class of superhumans

Would you want to alter your future children’s genes to make them smarter, stronger, or better looking? As the state of science brings prospects like these closer to reality, an international debate has been raging over the ethics of enhancing human capacities with biotechnologies such as so-called …

Molecular Biology

Seaweed Could Help Clean Up Our Dirty Garment Industry

Fashion and clothing is one of the least sustainable industries in the world. Could these biofabrics be the answer?<p>Our clothing industry is an environmental disaster, down to the very fabrics we wear.<p>Acrylic, a common ingredient in workout clothes or dresses, for example, is derived from petroleum, …

Can your city change your mind?

The design of our spaces can heal us, hurt us, and alter the way we think<p>All these consequences have been recorded scientifically, and it’s becoming evident that the way physical spaces are designed can have a measurable impact on the human brain. Architecture, interior design, and even city …

Chinese Scientists Become First to Use CRISPR Gene-Editing on Humans

Chinese scientists are attempting to use CRISPR to develop a new treatment for cancer patients, and the U.S. will soon follow their lead.<p>A team of Chinese scientists from Sichuan University in Chengdu have become the first to inject a person with cells modified with the gene-editing tool …

Genetics

The Hindu Belief of Samsara is Examined in Modern Paintings | City of the Seekers

Natalia Fabia's new show 'Rainbeau Samsara' examines the mystical cycle of birth, death, and rebirth.<p><i>In the late 19th century, Southern California attracted misfits, idealists, and entrepreneurs with few ties to anyone or anything. Swamis, spiritualists, and other self-proclaimed religious</i> …

What It's Like to Self-Medicate with Illegal Drugs

According to a number of studies, around two-thirds of problematic drug users report childhood physical or sexual abuse. These figures need to be taken seriously.<p><i>This post originally appeared on VICE UK.</i><p>The war on drugs is, to some extent, a war on the survivors of childhood physical and sexual …

This Dutch Company Turns Demolished Buildings Into Beautiful Materials

Razing old structures creates huge amounts of waste. StoneCycling transforms it into usable material.<p>One of the newest buildings on Gouvernestraat, a road in Rotterdam, is actually one of the oldest–but you wouldn’t be able to tell from looking at it. By all accounts, the petite house looks …

The 28 Best Books on Writing

An Editor's Advice to Writers<p>Betsy Lerner<p>For both established and prospective authors alike, the publishing house can seem like a jungle. Luckily, Betsy Lerner is here to lead a safari, citing her vast collection of experiences as an editor as her field guide. <i>The Forest for the Trees</i> motivates …

Writing

The great women artists that history forgot

Museums and galleries around the world are unearthing the work of great female artists who have been neglected or marginalised, writes Cath Pound.<p>“Why have there been no great women artists?” the feminist art historian Linda Nochlin famously asked in her landmark 1971 essay. The point was of course …

Tour of Flanders

Millennials took Adderall to get through school. Now they’ve taken their addiction to the workplace

In 2010, when Raphael was a first-semester college freshman struggling to get through finals, he did what it seemed like all his friends were doing: he got an Adderall from a fellow student and holed up in the library. It was the first time he’d tried the stimulant—a mixture of amphetamine salts …

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Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries<p>Our consultation is nearly finished when my patient leans forward, and says, “So, doctor, in all this time, no one has explained this. Exactly how will I …

Cancer

The Power Of Keeping A Notebook: 5 Reasons To Keep A Journal

What if I told you that by investing as little as a few dollars and committing to a fairly small lifestyle hack, you could increase your productivity …

Wireless 'Neural Dust' Could Monitor Your Brain

Sand-sized sensor implants give instant feedback from nerve cells<p>Science fiction that features wires connecting brains to computers might now be obsolete. Wireless powered implants, each smaller than a grain of rice, could serve as "neural dust" that can one day scan and stimulate brain cells. Such …

How Hackers Could Get Inside Your Head With ‘Brain Malware’

Brain-computer interfaces offer new applications for our brain signals—and a new vector for security and privacy violations.<p>Hackers have spyware in your mind. You're minding your business, playing a game or scrolling through social media, and all the while they're gathering your most private …

How to use writing to overcome anxiety, tragedy, or heartache

"You don't remember me, but I was in your experiment a year ago. I just wanted to thank you. It changed my life."<p>James Pennebaker has had a number of …

How Childhood Trauma Can Contribute to Developing Cancer as an Adult

A landmark study from the 90s had identified the consequences of adverse childhood experiences on adult health. But today, it's still not used enough in clinical practice.<p>In 1998, Carol Redding's life was in a tailspin. She'd just gone through a breakup and was starting to lose control after what …

How To Use Color To Prove Your Point, From A Data Viz Expert

The importance of color theory is a well-explored topic in art and design. But what about when it comes to information design?<p>When working with large amounts of data, precision is key. The same is true of the art of data visualization: size, shape, shade, hue–the tiniest details of a visualization …

Can Personality Be Changed?

Psychologists have long debated how flexible someone’s “true” self is.<p>Almost everyone has something they want to change about their personality. In 2014, a study that traced people’s goals for personality change found that the vast majority of its subjects wanted to be more extraverted, agreeable, …

Psychology

Solar Impulse 2, which landed in Abu Dhabi, is first plane powered by the renewable energy source to tour the globe<p>Solar Impulse 2 has completed the first round-the-world flight by a solar-powered aeroplane, after touching down in Abu Dhabi early on Tuesday.<p>The final leg of the feat, aimed at …

Solar Impulse

13 Ways I Help Myself Feel Happier Than Anyone Else I Know

"Are you always so happy?" a half-asleep coworker asked me one morning as I was laughing in the break room with another colleague.<p>Um, how should I …

Happiness