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<i>This essay is adapted from the speech given at the 527th Convocation at Booth this past June.</i><p>The first big graduation I remember was for my …

The Free-Time Paradox in America

The rich were meant to have the most leisure time. The working poor were meant to have the least. The opposite is happening. Why?<p>"Every time I see it, that number blows my mind.”<p>Erik Hurst, an economist at the University of Chicago, was delivering a speech at the Booth School of Business this June …

Exercise Boosts Brain Health, but Is There a Downside?

Is it possible that exercise could be almost too much of a good thing for our brains?<p>A 2014 experiment with mice first raised that worrying idea, finding that the more the animals exercised, the worse their long-term memories became.<p>Until that study, research generally had shown that exercise is …

Bill Gates: Read these 5 books this summer

Bill Gates is a technology pioneer as founder of Microsoft. He is one of the world's richest people. And he now is focused on promoting education and health around the world. What does somebody like that recommend for summer reading? Here are five of his recommendations.<p>Gates, the founder of the …

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How to cook the perfect aloo gobi

According to chef Vivek Singh, this hearty cauliflower and potato dish is probably “the most common and basic vegetable curry you will find anywhere in India”. Cheap, filling and only coincidentally vegan, it’s a recipe you definitely need in your repertoire.<p>The problem is, although aloo gobi has …

Tomatoes

Why You Can’t Lose Weight on a Diet

SIX years after dropping an average of 129 pounds on the TV program “The Biggest Loser,” a new study reports, the participants were burning about 500 fewer calories a day than other people their age and size. This helps explain why they had regained 70 percent of their lost weight since the show’s …

Fitness

Why people fall for pseudoscience (and how academics can fight back)

Pseudoscience is everywhere – on the back of your shampoo bottle, on the ads that pop up in your Facebook feed, and most of all in the Daily Mail. Bold statements in multi-syllabic scientific jargon give the false impression that they’re supported by laboratory research and hard facts.<p>Magnetic …

Critical Thinking

The Hardest Beer Label Quiz You'll Ever Take | Cool Material

While perusing Buzzfeed recently, we stumbled upon a book cover quiz that promised to be the hardest one ever created. And, yup, they were right. …

Publication Design

If the internet is addictive, why don’t we regulate it? – Michael Schulson

When I go online, I feel like one of B F Skinner’s white Carneaux pigeons. Those pigeons spent the pivotal hours of their lives in boxes, obsessively …

America’s once magical – now mundane – love affair with cars | The Washington Post

Published on September 2, 2015<p>Chuck Mecca plops his lawn chair down in the parking lot of the Chick-fil-A at the Dulles Town Crossing shopping center, smack behind his lipstick-red 1956 Ford F-100 pickup, primped and polished for its turn under the Friday night lights.<p>Mecca, his beard long since …

Top Gear

Jokers Mild

<i>The Atlantic’s</i> Caitlin Flanagan goes back to campus where, as Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock have complained, no one seems to be able to take a joke; …

Everything you think you know about disciplining kids is wrong

Looking for news you can trust?<br>Subscribe to our free newsletters.<p>Leigh Robinson was out for a lunchtime walk one brisk day during the spring of 2013 …

Education

Pens Are Making a High-Tech Comeback

"You have to try this."<p>Steven Bathiche, Director of Research at Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group, hands me a pen. It's a new pen, a prototype, but …

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For one wild era, walking was the nation’s No. 1 spectator sport

“Grand Female Walking Match,” announced the ad for Kernan’s theater in the Washington Star. “Six days, 12 hours daily. From 12 noon to 12 midnight. Admission to all 25 cts.” It may sound as boring as a congressional committee meeting, but in the spring of 1889, Washington was entranced by a series …

Stock Markets

Meet the man whose utopian vision for the Internet conquered, and then warped, Silicon Valley

<i>Jacob Silverman is the author of “Terms of Service: Social Media and the Price of Constant Connection,” from which this article is adapted.</i><p>Twenty years ago, the conditions facing the technology industry were not unlike those today. A burgeoning consumer market, declining manufacturing costs and …

Silicon Valley