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I Got My Genes Tested. Should You?

What gene tests can tell us now and in the future<p>It takes me two subway rides, a fifteen-minute walk, one very large cup of coffee, and knocking on two incorrect office doors to arrive at the offices of the Program for Jewish Genetic Health in the Bronx. I am there for a genetic screening designed …

In Defense of a Try-Hard Generation

Though Baby Boomers may criticize Millennials for being self-centered, careerist, and politically dispassionate, they are really just adapting to the world they live in today.<p>Graduation season is almost done, and it has brought the usual spate of commencement speeches that urge graduates to follow …

Political Science

Are you a super-recognizer?

Police officers with the rare ability to recognise faces they’ve barely glimpsed are helping identify criminals: take a test to find out if you share their talent<p>On 28 August 2014, 14-year-old Alice Gross went missing in West London. She was last seen on CCTV walking along a canal towpath in the …

East London

The Physical Effects of Living in Space Could Create a New Human Species

What if one day we encounter aliens, and they are our descendants?<p>Societies living off-Earth sounds like a concept from science fiction. We spend our lives pinned to the planet. In half a century of human space flight, fewer than 600 people have traveled to low Earth orbit, and just 12 have stood …

This 20-Year-Old Inventor Said He Could Clean Up The Ocean–Now He’s Really Doing It

The giant ocean trash cleanup machine will begin its work in 2016.<p>Boyan Slat first proposed his giant marine cleanup machine three years ago when he was just 17 years old. During a TED talk, he sketched a vision for a massive floating boom that would collect trash using the ocean’s own currents.<p>The …

The 4D Future of Stuff

Why limit ourselves to printing in just three dimensions?<p>Ours is a world of static objects, cut, cast, or forged for specific tasks. But let’s say you opened an Ikea box, and the desk inside assembled itself. Or your water pipes shrank as the pressure decreased: no more weak showers, less wasted …

Is “de-extinction” possible?

Bringing back species that died out long ago is not impossible. What would happen if we tried it?<p>Will we one day walk with dinosaurs or mammoths? The idea isn't completely beyond the realms of possibility.<p>However, as this video from The Verge points out, it’s not quite how the Jurassic Park films …

Jurassic Park

Here’s What Scientists Think Video Games Are Actually Doing To Our Brains

Are video games and other screen technologies "rewiring" people's brains, as media reports suggest? We asked five psychologists and neurologists.<p>If you read the newspapers, you may get the impression that video games and other forms of digital technology are damaging our brains. They cause …

Mind-Reading Tech Translates Thoughts Into Text

Ever wished Siri could just read your mind?<p>Technology can reconstruct video based on a person's thoughts and even anticipate your moves while you drive. Now, a brain-to-text system can translate brain activity into written words.<p>In a recent study in <i>Frontiers in Neuroscience</i>, seven patients had …

The Brain

The myth of universal beauty

Would you have been beautiful in another era? David Robson discovers that attractiveness is more malleable and subjective than we might imagine.<p>The plus-sized comedian Dawn French would be unlikely to describe herself as a sex symbol, but was she simply born at the wrong time? “If I had been around …

Psychology

100 Percent Is Overrated

People labeled “smart” at a young age don’t deal well with being wrong. Life grows stagnant.<p>At whatever age smart people develop the idea that they are smart, they also tend to develop vulnerability around relinquishing that label. So the difference between telling a kid “You did a great job” and …

Self-improvement

10 More Useful Travel Websites You NEED to Know About

Sometimes a little insider knowledge goes a long way. These days we are our own travel agents. We research, re-search and search some more to find …

Tourism

Want To Be More Creative? Your Personality May Hold The Key

Are you focused or does your mind wander? Increase your creativity by using a cognitive approach that best suits your personality.<p>Creative insight tends to strike one of two ways: either we labor over our work for hours and eventually find an innovative solution, or we’re driving in a car or lying …