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Michael Jordan

The Nearsightedness Epidemic


Barcelona's Excellence Prompts Tantalising Question: How Far Can This All Go?

Luis Enrique's message has been consistent.<p>"Praise weakens you," the Barcelona manager has said on multiple occasions recently, maintaining a coach's archetypal standpoint, warning his players of the threat their own minds can pose to themselves.<p>Yet at times, even Enrique has battled to listen to …

The real reason germs spread in the winter

Flu season is a fact of life – but until recently, no one knew why. The answer hinges on the disgusting ways that germs pass between people.<p>It begins as surely as the leaves dropping off the trees. As the mercury drops and the sunlight fades, the sniffles set in. At best, it’s just a cold that …

Public Health

Einstein's genius changed science's perception of gravity

Albert Einstein opened humankind’s eyes to the universe.<p>Before Einstein, space seemed featureless and changeless, as Isaac Newton had defined it two …


How Do Fireflies Glow? Mystery Solved After 60 Years

Scientists have sussed out the chemical secret of these bright summertime beetles—and it may someday improve human health, a new study says.<p>Think of the firefly abdomen like a black box of bioluminescence.<p>For around 60 years, scientists have known what basic ingredients go into the box—things like …

Vincent Van Gogh

The traits that make human beings unique

We’re all just animals… right? Not so fast, says Melissa Hogenboom, a few things make us different from any other species.<p>"I am become death, the destroyer of worlds." So said the physicist Robert Oppenheimer, who helped to invent the atomic bomb.<p>The two bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in …

American Museum of Natural History

The 8 Rules of Dressing Slimmer | Men's Health

Punt the Pleats<p>Pleated pants only add more material to your waist, which makes it look as if you're smuggling a football under your belt. Flat-front pants show off a thin waist or help disguise a heftier one.<p>Strip Down with Pinstripes<p>Most suits are naturally slimming, because the monochromatic …

Men's Fashion

How to Wear Khaki with Style

<b>Tip:</b> "I like working with tan-based neutrals and white as a refreshing way to achieve the monochromatic look for spring," says Durand Guion, men's-fashion director for Macy's West.<p><b>Learn to Work Your Combinations</b><br>Okay. Jessica Alba hasn't replied to your e-mail. But have faith: Opposites can still …

Men's Fashion

How to Wear Boots in Warmer Weather

“Where your insulated winter boots will look strange, a simple leather pair will come off as cool and rugged,” says Michel.<p>Good examples would be a waterproof pair, like Timberland’s rugged Chestnut Ridge 6-Inch Waterproof Boots, to keep your feet dry during summer storms or Chippewa’s clean, …


Find Out the Things You Didn't Know Your Penis Could Do | Men's Health

<b>It’s a “Semen Displacement Device”</b><p>While you probably think of your penis as a device designed to inject semen, it’s also engineered to remove the semen of competitors, suggests research from the State University of New York, Albany.<p>You know that ridge at the base of your penis head—the raised part …

College & University

How to supercharge the way you learn

What is the easiest way to learn? David Robson meets a group of scientists and memory champions competing to find techniques that make facts stick... fast.<p>Face to face with the world’s leading memory experts, my mind is beginning to feel very humble. Ben Whately, for instance, tells me about the …

Language Learning

A five-step guide to not being stupid

Even the smartest people can be fools. David Robson explains how to avoid the most common traps of sloppy thinking.<p>If you ever doubt the idea that the very clever can also be very silly, just remember the time the smartest man in America tried to electrocute a turkey. Benjamin Franklin had been …

The strangest sounds in the world

Do you hear the same things as me? Probably not. As these weird audio illusions show, people have radically different opinions about what reaches their ears, says David Robson.<p>“You know you were told to be nice and not to heckle?” Sophie Meekings asks her audience in the dingy cellar of the North …