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Brilliant and Brainy Books to Take to the Beach This Summer

Summer is a time of familiar comforts: the scent of sunscreen and the feeling of sand between toes, the taste of Bomb Pops and the sight of long, …

How friendship became a tool of the powerful

Imagine walking into a coffee shop, ordering a cappuccino, and then, to your surprise, being informed that it has already been paid for. Where did this unexpected gift come from? It transpires that it was left by the previous customer. The only snag, if indeed it is a snag, is that you now have to …

The American Family Is Making a Comeback

Marriage is on the decline, birthrates are down, and divorce rates are high. But politicians in both parties are finally putting forth proposals to help—and strengthen society.<p>On April 24, 2012, President Obama went on <i>Late Night</i> <i>with Jimmy Fallon</i> to make his case for student-loan forgiveness and …

Neanderthals Died Out 10,000 Years Earlier Than Thought, With Help From Modern Humans

New fossil dates show our ancient cousins disappeared 40,000 years ago.<p>The Neanderthals died out about 10,000 years earlier than previously thought, new fossil dating suggests, adding to evidence that the arrival of modern humans in Europe pushed our ancient Stone Age cousins into extinction. (Read …

Older People Sleep Less. Now We Know Why.

It's long been known that the older you get, the less you sleep. There are many proposed reasons for why this happens, and they include new medications, psychological distress, retirement or simply the theory that the elderly need less sleep.<p>But a new study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center …