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‘The Walking Dead’ episode 12 recap: Rick confronts Negan and Maggie meets a new face in ‘The Key’

“The Walking Dead” is shifting focus to Hilltop Colony in the latest episode of Season 8. The Saviors are on their way to exact revenge, but not all …

'The Walking Dead' episode 13 recap: Maggie defends The Hilltop in 'Do Not Send Us Astray'

With just three more episode left in Season 8, “The Walking Dead” upped the action quotient for Episode 13, titled “Do Not Send Us Astray.” As The …

We Are What We Manufacture

<b>BEHEMOTH</b> <b><br>A History of the Factory and the Making of the Modern World</b><br>By Joshua B. Freeman<br>Illustrated. 427 pp. W.W. Norton & Company. $27.95.<p>Joshua B. Freeman doesn’t chronicle the aftershocks of the loss of five million factory jobs from the American landscape or show you the impact of disappearing …

Asia

10 health benefits of having more sex

<b>(CNN) —</b> "I know a man who gave up smoking, drinking, sex and rich food. He was healthy right up to the day he killed himself."<p>This old wisecrack is credited to American late-night talk show host and comedian Johnny Carson. Sorry, Johnny, it may be funny, but you've got it wrong. Although giving up …

7 Reasons Why Microsoft Windows Is a Disaster

Back in August 2017, I wrote a piece called Forget Linux: 10 Reasons You Should Stick With Windows. Indignant Linux users flooded the comments …

‘I could hear things, and I could feel terrible pain’: when anaesthesia fails

When Rachel Benmayor was admitted to hospital, eight and a half months pregnant, in 1990, her blood pressure had been alarmingly high and her doctor had told her to stay in bed and get as much rest as possible before the baby came. But her blood pressure kept rising – this condition, known as …

Consciousness

The (almost) complete history of 'fake news'

<b>In record time, the phrase morphed from a description of a social media phenomenon into a journalistic cliche and an angry political slur. How did the term "fake news" evolve - and what's next in the world of disinformation?</b><p>It was mid-2016, and Buzzfeed's media editor, Craig Silverman, noticed a …

She killed 115 people before the last Korean Olympics. Now she wonders: ‘Can my sins be pardoned?’

DAEGU, South Korea — Until recently, she could often go full days without reminders of what happened. She preferred it that way. The event was so long ago. It was so terrible. She'd been pardoned for her crimes, and she'd tried to build a new version of her life. She got married. She raised two …

North Korea

The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer's

A high-carb diet, and the attendant high blood sugar, are associated with cognitive decline.<p>In recent years, Alzheimer’s disease has occasionally been referred to as “type 3” diabetes, though that moniker doesn’t make much sense. After all, though they share a problem with insulin, type 1 diabetes …

Police preliminary investigative report on Las Vegas shooting

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A psychological ailment called 'hikikomori' is imprisoning 500,000 Japanese people in their homes — and it's more of a threat than ever

Hayashi Kyoko started becoming a social recluse when her high school principal started talking about university entrance exams on the first day of school.<p>"The fun high-school life I was looking forward to transformed into nothing more than a period of test preparation," the Japanese native told the …

Japan

NASA Starts Work on Real Life Star Trek Warp Drive

"Perhaps a Star Trek experience within our lifetime is not such a remote possibility." These are the words of Dr. Harold "Sonny" White, the Advanced …

Star 'Treknology': Imagining The Future Into Being

We live in a unique moment of human history where the tools our parents used are not the ones we take in hand.<p>The pace of technological (and hence societal) change is so fast now, compared with a few centuries ago, that we've developed an entire branch of storytelling dedicated to imagining where …

Science Fiction

These Are the 8 Types of Friends You Need in Your Life

Do your friends sometimes disappoint you? Ever feel like there is something missing in your relationships? You’re not alone.<p>Tom Rath and the Gallup …

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 86 – A Dictionary of the English Language by Samuel Johnson (1755)

Dr Johnson’s decade-long endeavour framed the English language for the coming centuries with clarity, intelligence and extraordinary wit<p>British national self-confidence boomed throughout the 18th century, with that familiar mix of pride and insecurity. Now, more than ever, the educated English …

Linguistics

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 85 – Common Sense by Tom Paine (1776)

This little book helped ignite revolutionary America against the British under George III<p>The American revolution was always a rhetorical as well as a political upheaval. The Founding Fathers transformed a mood of sullen opposition into a convulsion of revolutionary fury as much in print as on the …

Literature

100 best nonfiction books: No 84 – The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith (1776)

Blending history, philosophy, psychology, and sociology, the Scottish intellectual single-handedly invented modern political economy<p>1776 was an annus mirabilis for English and American prose, a year to compare with 1859 (Darwin’s <i>On the Origin of Species</i>; Dickens’s <i>A Tale of Two Cities</i>; Mill’s <i>On</i> …

Economics

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 83 – The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1776-1788)

Perhaps the greatest and certainly one of the most influential history books in the English language retains its power today<p>The most celebrated history book in the English language has its own famous founding myth:<p>“It was at Rome, on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the …

Literature

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 75 – The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin (1793)

Benjamin Franklin’s face – on banknotes, letterheads and civic documents – is an ageless icon of the American revolution, at once benign but cunning, projecting a mood that’s universal and accessible. In life, he was a great inventor (of stoves, lightning rods and bifocals); in literature, a great …

Literature

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 71 – An American Dictionary of the English Language by Noah Webster

On 23 July 1788, a curious procession marched through New York city. The occasion was the ratification of the new American constitution. The demonstrators included all sorts – professional men, tradespeople and labourers. “In the procession,” recalled one of the participants, “an association of …

Linguistics

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 60 – On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin (1859)

When Charles Darwin first saw <i>On the Origin of Species by means of Natural Selection, or The Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life</i> in book form, he is said to have remarked that he found it tough going. Actually, the book, composed in a hurry to forestall his rivals, after 20 years …

Books

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 48 – The Economic Consequences of the Peace by John Maynard Keynes (1919)

<i>The Economic Consequences of the Peace</i> is one of those rare books that seem to exude brilliance, power and polemical passion from the opening page, propelled by the urgency and consequence of the subject. Unlike some other rhetorical classics in this list, it executes its argument with a rapier not …

Books

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 47 – Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed (1919)

After the first world war, the Bolshevik revolution of 1917 was the next great event of the 20th century to capture the literary imagination. Russia, for so long an enigma, became the focus of every kind of fantastic speculation that, in the long term, would morph into many shelves of biography and …

Literature

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 41 – How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie (1936)

The selling of the American self, and its dream of a better future, began with the Declaration of Independence and founding father Benjamin Franklin, who once observed that “God helps them that help themselves”. Selling and salesmanship pervade American life and literature: <i>Sister Carrie</i> (Theodore …

Self-improvement

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 32 – The Last Days of Hitler by Hugh Trevor-Roper (1947)

“Now that the new order is past, and the thousand-year reich has crumbled in a decade, we are able at last, picking among the still smoking rubble, to discover the truth about that fantastic and tragical episode.” Some books simply exude excitement and self-confidence, as if the writer is on fire …

Literature

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 29 – Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (1952/53)

<i>Waiting for Godot</i> was not just a two-act play in which, as one wit put it, “nothing happens, twice”, it was a theatrical revolution, the beginning of the theatre of the absurd. Together with some essential volumes of poetry (see Nos 4, 11 and 17), this extraordinary drama would not only exert a …

Literature

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 23 – The Elements of Style by William Strunk and EB White (1959)

Dorothy Parker once wrote: “If you have any young friends who aspire to become writers, the second greatest favour you can do them is to present them with copies of <i>The Elements of Style</i>. The first greatest, of course, is to shoot them now, while they’re happy.”<p>Many Americans, who believe that …

Literature

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 21 – The Structure of Scientific Revolutions by Thomas S Kuhn (1962)

Thomas Kuhn (1922-1996) did not invent the concept of scientific revolution, but he gave it a special meaning and created a phrase – “paradigm shift” – so popular that it received the ultimate accolade: no fewer than four <i>New Yorker</i> spoofings (from 1974 to 2009). On its first appearance, we find a …

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The 100 best nonfiction books: No 15 – The Double Helix by James D Watson (1968)

An astonishingly personal and accessible account of how Cambridge scientists Watson and Francis Crick unlocked the secrets of DNA and changed the world<p>Jim Watson was just 24 when, in collaboration with Francis Crick, he decoded the structure of DNA, “the molecule of life”. This was a 20th-century …

Literature

The 100 best nonfiction books: No 12 – Awakenings by Oliver Sacks (1973)

Among the great books in this series that address the human condition, <i>Awakenings</i> stands out as a profoundly influential medical classic from the 1970s, whose extraordinary narrative continues to reverberate.<p><i>Awakenings</i> has inspired short stories, poems, novels and plays, notably Harold Pinter’s <i>A</i> …

Literature