Nicholas Carlton

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How do you say hello when no one speaks the same language?

When you collaborate with musicians abroad, sometimes language can stall the creative process.<p><i>(This is a blog post by Pierce Freelon about the Beat Making Lab project. Read to the bottom to find more about our partnership with Beat Making Lab.)</i><p>Meaningful exchange is all about synergy, which can be …

Hand-Scrubbing Washes Away Bad Feelings … And Motivation?

You'll wash away feelings of failure, but also feel less inspired to improve.<p><b>In addition to preventing the spread of germs and flu, washing your hands might also reduce feelings of failure, according to a new study published in Social Psychological and Personality Science.</b><p>Kai Kaspar, of the …

Psychology

An exciting discovery about boredom

Boredom is a lot more interesting than scientists had thought.<p>A new study of students in Germany reveals that there are five distinct types of boredom. That’s one more than researchers had expected.<p>What’s more, the newly discovered category — which they labeled “apathetic boredom” — was quite …

Psychology

How Language Seems To Shape One's View Of The World

Lera Boroditsky once did a simple experiment: She asked people to close their eyes and point southeast. A room of distinguished professors in the U.S. pointed in almost every possible direction, whereas 5-year-old Australian aboriginal girls always got it right.<p>She says the difference lies in …

Why You Never Truly Finish a Book

Thirty Girls author Susan Minot says great writing—like T.S. Eliot's "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"—is a source of nourishment readers turn to again and again.<p><b>By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature.</b> <b>See entries from Jonathan</b> …

Where Time Comes From

The time that ends up on your smartphone—and that synchronizes GPS, military operations, financial transactions, and internet communications—originates in a set of atomic clocks on the grounds of the U.S. Naval Observatory. Dr. Demetrios Matsakis, Chief Scientist for USNO's Time Services, gives a …

Military