Sara Klobučar

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A psychologist explains why changing your life isn’t as hard as you think

When Sheryl Sandberg’s husband died unexpectedly two years ago, she was devastated. In her new book <i>Option B,</i> coauthored with organizational psychologist Adam Grant, Sandberg recounts her process of discovering resilience in the face of loss and upheaval.<p>The story of Sandberg—Facebook’s chief …

A startup's $1 million flying car is officially rolling out to buyers in 2020

AeroMobil unveiled the final, commercial design for its flying car at the supercar show Top Marques Monaco on Thursday. But the vehicle won't come cheap; AeroMobil says it will cost between €1.2 million and €1.5 million ($1.3 million and $1.6 million), with deliveries beginning in 2020.<p>The reveal …

Flying Car

This robot can save you hundreds of pounds by cancelling expensive subscriptions

A robot that can spot unnecessary subscriptions in users' bank accounts could help people save hundreds of pounds of wasted fees a year.<p>Designed to help users save money, the robot scans users' bills for "subscription traps", when companies lure customers into paying large regular sums by …

President Carter, Am I a Christian?

Christians celebrate Easter on Sunday. But wait — do we really think Jesus literally rose from the dead?<p>I asked questions like that in a Christmas Day column, interviewing the Rev. Tim Keller, a prominent evangelical pastor. In this, the second of an occasional series, I decided to quiz former …

Baptist Church

Global warming is increasing rainfall rates

A new study looks at the complex relationship between global warming and increased precipitation<p>The world is warming because humans are emitting heat-trapping greenhouse gases. We know this for certain; the science on this question is settled. Humans emit greenhouse gases, those gases should warm …

Climate Change

Was Jane Austen poisoned? New evidence about the writer’s weakened eyes raises questions.

On July 18, 1817, novelist Jane Austen died at the age of 41. Much of Austen’s medical biography is murky, and how she died remains an enduring mystery. Historians, in the two centuries since, have dissected what little evidence exists. In her later letters she complained of bilious attacks, facial …

Literature

Reports Of Medical Breakthroughs Often Don't Prove Out

When you pick up a newspaper and read a story about the latest results on breast cancer, autism, depression or other ailments, what are the odds that finding will stand the test of time?<p>The answer, according to a study in the journal <i>PLOS One</i> is: flip a coin.<p>Only about half of the medical findings …

Factiva

The 12 key science moments of 2016

Our panel of leading scientists pick the most significant discoveries and developments of the year – from the Zika virus to the planet Proxima B – and a surprising secret of marriage<p>1 World Health Organisation declares a public emergency of international concern over Zika<p>1 February<p>In global health, …

Peter Piot

A Princeton psychology professor told me a truth about human behavior that's both fascinating and sad

There's the halo effect, which explains why we think physically attractive people are generally wonderful. And there's the endowment effect, which explains why we value something we're selling more highly than the person who's buying it from us.<p>But if you believe, as I did but a few weeks ago, that …

Psychology