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Meet the Woman Who Discovered the Composition of the Stars

In 1925, Cecilia Payne put forth her Ph.D thesis addressing one of the most fundamental topics in all of astrophysics: the composition of the …

How we should handle prostitution

The human rights organization Amnesty International voted this month to develop a policy that supports full decriminalization of prostitution — both selling and buying sex. Anti-trafficking organizations and women's rights activists in the U.S. criticized the move, but others have embraced it, …

The famous Robert Frost poem we’ve read wrong forever

It is the most famous poem in American literature, a staple of pop songs, newspaper columnists and valedictorian speeches. It is “The Road Not Taken” …

3 Cognitive Biases That Alter Your Thinking

“<i>Change your thoughts and you change your world.</i>”<br>~Norman Vincent Peale<p>There are far too many layers of cognition (thinking, knowing, remembering) to …

Critical Thinking

China's Tianjin Blast: Fears Turn to Potential Toxins in the Air

World<p>The colossal explosions in the Chinese city of Tianjin have killed dozens — but many residents fear the worst may be yet to come.<p>On Thursday — a day after the the two blasts — officials recorded toxins in the air that can cause damage to the central nervous system, heart trouble and even death.<p>…

Why Women Should Thank Trump

Mario Suriani—AP<p>Ron Galella—Getty Images<p>Russell Turiak—Getty Images<p>Charles Wenzelberg—AP<p>Timothy Clary—AP<p>Richard Corkery—NY Daily News Archive/Getty …

Side sleeping may clean up ‘mess’ in brains

Sleeping on your side—rather than your back or stomach—may be the best way to rid your brain of waste. It may even help reduce the chances of …

Amnesty International Votes to Recommend Decriminalizing Sex Work

In a landmark decision Tuesday, Amnesty International voted to recommend the full decriminalization of sex work and prostitution in order to protect …

Alphabet lets Google be more ambitious, more boring and more crazy at the same time

When Google went public in 2004, co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin titled their letter to potential shareholders "An Owner's Manual" -- an homage to the booklet Warren Buffett, the iconic leader of the conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway, gave to shareholders of his company.<p>Now, more than 10 years …

'iPhone 6s' Could Face Negative Growth Due to Low China Sales & Ambivalence Towards Force Touch

Despite the immense popularity of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, a recent KGI prediction estimates that Apple may sell somewhere between 65 and 75 million of the so-called "iPhone 6s" and "iPhone 6s Plus" in Q4 2015, pointing towards a strong possibility of zero or negative growth year-over-year …

Everyone Wants to Believe That Shakespeare Smoked Pot

• Shakespeare scholars are reeling from a discovery so major, so irrefutably epochal, that it sets the entire field on its head: four clay pipes found in his Stratford-upon-Avon garden contain cannabis residue. Historians may never know for certain if Shakespeare composed his masterworks among purple …

Literature

Samsung’s latest innovation will save millions of lives

In recent years, road accidents have become the 9th leading cause of death globally. About 1.3 million people die every year with an average of 3,287 …

A unique summer reading list — from college admissions deans and counselors

By Valerie Strauss<p>Valerie Strauss<p>Reporter covering education, foreign affairs<p>Email Bio Follow<p>There is no shortage to summer reading lists — for kids and adults — but here is a unique one, a collection of recommendations from college admissions officers and counselors. It was assembled by Brennan …

College & University

In Buddha's footsteps: The spread of the ancient religion through 11 sculptures

Updated 30th July 2015

Think Honestly and Critically About Reading and the Written Word

Of all P.L. Thomas's wonderful poems, <i>the archeology of white people</i> will always be my favorite. Not only is it the reason why I connected with him by telephone, and had the honor of listening to his sweet Southern drawl, but also one that resonates within me at the deepest level I am aware of. Paul …

How a young man from Jalandhar became the greatest Sanskrit poet of love

An excerpt from the distinguished psychoanalyst’s bio-novel about Bhratrihari, imagined through the poet’s own words.<p>The festival of letters was …

Literature

25 Women to Read Before You Die - Powell's Books

Below you'll find our list — compiled following lively debate by Powell's staff — of 25 women you absolutely must read in your lifetime.<p>In one sense, …

Stephen Hawking makes it clear: There is no God

If I were a scientist, I'd stick to the Goldman Sachs principle: bet on both sides.<p>"Believe in science, believe in God" seems to cover all the possibilities and gives you the best chance for a cheery afterlife.<p>For a time, it was thought that astrophysicist Stephen Hawking had also left a tiny gap …

Stephen Hawking

Empathy: Overrated?

Be kind, show understanding, do good—but, some scientists say, don’t try to feel others’ pain.<p>In 2006, then-senator Barack Obama gave a commencement speech offering what seemed like very sensible advice. “There’s a lot of talk in this country about the federal deficit,” he told Northwestern’s …

Why doesn’t everyone believe in God?: The skeptical brain may hold the answer

<b>(akindo via iStock)</b><p>Most Americans who grew up in religious households are still religious. But what about the ones who aren’t?<p>Lala Stone<p>July 5, 2015 2:30pm (UTC)<p>Christopher Obal used to be a Christian. He grew up in Queens, New York, and when he was 5 years old, his parents left Catholicism for a …

The Writing Assignment That Changes Lives

Why do you do what you do? What is the engine that keeps you up late at night or gets you going in the morning? Where is your happy place? What stands between you and your ultimate dream?<p>Heavy questions. One researcher believes that writing down the answers can be decisive for students.<p>He …

Goal Setting

Inside Your Mind

<i>An In-Flight Meditation on the Interior of the Other</i><p>“We are so on the same page, it’s eery!” — you say.<p>“We are practically writing the same bloody …

Humans Aren’t Special: Carl Safina’s 'Beyond Words' Delves Deep Into Animal Minds

Spending hours watching whales, wolves, and elephants in their natural habitats presents wildlife biologists with mountains of data that would quickly overwhelm most animal lovers. But when the time comes to catalog it all, renowned marine ecologist Carl Safina reminds us that the work is far from …

National Parks

A Handy Guide to All the Philosophers Referenced in Irrational Man

Depending on your tolerance for the existential anguish that defines so many of Woody Allen’s characters, a philosophy professor is either the …

Code school or university?

<i>Harsh Patel is CEO of MakerSquare.</i><p>By the time the calendar turns to 2020, there will be one million unfulfilled computer programming jobs in the United States. For anyone looking at their career path over the next decade, coding offers plenty of creatively fulfilling, high-paying, and secure …

If you want your children to succeed, teach them to share in kindergarten

By Emma Brown<p>Emma Brown<p>Investigative reporter<p>Email Bio Follow<p>Kindergartners who share, cooperate and are helpful are more likely to have a college degree and a job 20 years later than children who lack those social skills, according to a new study.<p>Kids who get along well with others also are less …

Education