Allison Murray

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A Conversation With Koko the Gorilla

An afternoon spent with the famous gorilla who knows sign language, and the scientist who taught her how to “talk”<p>One of the first words that Koko used to describe herself was Queen. The gorilla was only a few years old when she first made the gesture—sweeping a paw diagonally across her chest as …

Ethnology

‘Hillary 2016’ Has Never Made Sense for Democrats

Why haven’t more challengers entered the race to defeat the Iraq War hawk, Patriot Act supporter, and close friend of big finance?<p>As Hillary Clinton loses ground to Bernie Sanders in Iowa, where her lead shrinks by the day, it’s worth noticing that she has never made particular sense as the …

Government

How Testosterone Affects Language

A brain-imaging study suggests the hormone might play a role in differences in how men and women speak.<p>The unfortunate thing about studies on the differences between male and female brains is that they get overstated in ways that perpetuate stereotypes. (“Women are better at nurturing, so why don’t …

The Brain

Why the GOP Just Can't Quit Donald Trump

The unlikely frontrunner’s unpredictability and refusal to bow to party taboos is exactly why he will survive criticism about his first-debate performance.<p>A candidate appears on the stage of a Republican primary debate and praises single-payer health care in Canada and the United Kingdom. He …

Rand Paul

Why the Iran Deal’s Critics Will Probably Lose

Will the nuclear agreement take effect? Consider who’s supporting and opposing it.<p>The latest set of indicators:<p>1. <b>Logic</b>. Graham Allison, who originally made his academic reputation with <i>Essence of Decision</i>, his study of the negotiations that averted a U.S.-Soviet nuclear catastrophe in 1962, has …

South Asia

John Kerry on the Risk of Congress ‘Screwing’ the Ayatollah

In an interview, the U.S. secretary of state argues that rejecting the nuclear pact will confirm the Iranian leader's anti-American suspicions, deal a devastating blow to a diplomatic breakthrough, and increase the likelihood of war.<p>When I met with Secretary of State John Kerry in his office this …

South Asia

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A Startup Just Got $30 Million to Shake Up the Garbage Industry

Millions of businesses are paying billions of dollars in rent on their garbage. They don’t think of it that way, of course, just as the fees they pay …

Sustainability

The World's Best Bounty Hunter Is 4'11". Here's How She Hunts

At 4'11" and just over 100 pounds, Michelle Gomez doesn't look like the sort of person you’d hire to retrieve earthmoving equipment stolen by a …

Inside Beijing's airpocalypse – a city made 'almost uninhabitable' by pollution

The scene could be straight from a science-fiction film: a vision of everyday life, but with one jarring difference that makes you realise you’re on another planet, or in a distant future era.<p>A sports class is in full swing on the outskirts of Beijing. Herds of children charge after a football on …

Inside Pinterest: The Coming Ad Colossus That Could Dwarf Twitter And Facebook

The Cannes Lions advertising festival has become as big among the Madison Avenue crowd as the Riviera town’s iconic film event is for Hollywood. So as Steve Stoute nursed a drink with a friend at the Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc on the balmy June evening that opened this year’s boozing and schmoozing, the …

Rise of the Feminist Tinder-Creep-Busting Web Vigilante

Many women say they've received harassing or offensive messages on online-dating sites. Will airing the obscene exchanges publicly help?<p>One day recently, Alexandra Tweten was browsing Facebook when a woman she knew posted a screenshot of a recent exchange she’d had on OkCupid.<p>“I want to message …

Taylor Swift Is So Much More Fun Now That She's Jaded

On 1989, she shows off a new, synth-driven sound and new, entertaining self-awareness.<p>“She wears high heels / I wear sneakers / She’s cheer captain / and I’m on the bleachers.” The image of the outcast, the good-hearted girl who’s continually being ignored and wronged, has clung to Taylor Swift …

Let the Body Rest, for the Sake of the Brain

Sleep deprivation can take a heavy mental toll.<p>I’m sure a lot of subway riders are skilled nappers, but this car seemed to be particularly talented. Going over the Brooklyn Bridge on a recent morning, just as the sun was coming up, a row of men in nearly identical black suits held on to the straps …

How Cicadas, Squirrels, and Bees React to Solar Eclipses

What happens to animals when the moon passes between the Earth and the sun<p>Cross your fingers for clear skies, space fans: A partial solar eclipse will grace the skies on Thursday afternoon over most of North America. According to NASA's predictions, the moon will pass between the Earth and the sun …

Taylor Swift's New York Is Not Your New York

New song, new city, and a much, much bigger apartment.<p>Taylor Swift is so, so, so excited about moving to New York. She's so excited that she doesn't mind paying $4 for a cookie, or experiencing the horse smell that pervades Central Park, or having to hoard all her nice cookware her mom gave her for …

American Apartments Came From Paris

Today's staple of city living was once an innovation.<p>The urban idea of stacking people's homes one on top of the other is very old: The Romans thought of it; so did the Egyptians. In European cities and in New York, by the early 1800s, the constraints of space meant squishing rooms for the lower …

Mormon Underwear, Revealed

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints released an informational guide to "temple garments" on their website. Why have these clothes been such a source of fascination in American culture?<p>Mormonism has long been a source of cultural fascination—and sometimes suspicion—in America. From <i>Big</i> …

Does England Have the Solution to the Grade-Inflation Problem?

In America, more and more universities are imposing strict grading curves or abolishing grades altogether. The UK takes an entirely different approach, and it's working.<p>At the beginning of this school year, Princeton University changed its contentious grading policy. The university had previously …

Insane Makeup Turns Models Into 2-D Paintings Of Famous Artists

Facepainting isn’t just for kids anymore, and one talented Russian makeup artist is elevating it to an artform.<p>When we think of face painting, we usually think of clowns, county fairs and this turtle-loving zombie kid. We certainly tend not to respect it as an art: instead, it’s considered a …

A Portrait of the Whistleblower as a Young Man

Laura Poitras's new documentary captures the moment when Edward Snowden told the world that the NSA was watching.<p>The world will never see Mark Felt's body language as he told Bob Woodward about the Nixon administration's illegal behavior or hear the timbre of Daniel Ellsberg's voice when he handed …

Dating Is a Numbers Game

Sam Yagan, CEO of Match and a founder of OkCupid, explains the proliferation of dating sites and why he thinks everyone should be looking for love online.<p>It sometimes seems like there are as many online dating sites as there are fish in the sea. But actually, most of the services are owned by just …

When Yogurt Affects the Brain

Gut bacteria play a role in mood and emotion. Are probiotics the key to a better antidepressant?<p>English is rich with idioms that connect our bellies with our behavior. We get “butterflies in our stomachs” or just have a “gut feeling” about things. But increasingly, there’s scientific evidence that …

The Awful Reign of the Red Delicious

How the worst apple took over the United States, and continues to spread<p>At the supermarket near his home in central Virginia, Tom Burford likes to loiter by the display of Red Delicious. He waits until he spots a store manager. Then he picks up one of the glossy apples and, with a flourish, scrapes …

B.J. Novak Proves That Kids' Books Don't Need Pictures

The former actor and writer for The Office has found a mischievous way to entertain preschoolers through the written word alone.<p>Sooner or later, every parent learns a difficult lesson: There are a lot of truly boring children’s books out there. B.J. Novak’s <i>Book With No Pictures</i> is not one of them. …

The Future of Iced Coffee

At its cafes, Blue Bottle might make one of the best iced-coffee drinks in America. But are artisan businesses doomed to fail when they try going mainstream?<p>I have seen the future of iced coffee.<p>There I was, wandering the grocery-store aisles—when suddenly, next to the kombucha, opposite the …

What Happens To A Human Who Spends A Month Under The Sea?

Fabien Cousteau and his team are setting out to break the record for living in an underwater habitat.<p>On June 1st, Fabien Cousteau, grandson of Jacques Cousteau, swam down to the last existing undersea habitat research lab in the world, Aquarius, in the Florida Keys. He'll live there for 31 days, …

The Poetics of the Psyche: Adam Phillips on Why Psychoanalysis Is Like Literature and How Art Soothes the Soul

<i>“A writer is someone who pays attention to the world — a writer is a professional observer,”</i> Susan Sontag once said. The object of the writer’s observation isn’t just the outer world but also — and perhaps even more so — the inner. In that regard, the writer bears a striking similarity to another …

A New Goal for Colleges: No One Moves Back Home After Graduation

Many schools are overhauling their career centers to help students survive in a bad economy.<p>At the end of four years of college, graduates can write a well-researched thesis paper, present a group project and, on occasion, procrastinate with the best of them. What they haven’t been taught is the …

Edward Snowden Shouldn't Have Gone to Hong Kong

While the territory does have free speech and political dissent, it's still very much a part of China.<p>In a comment about the case published this morning, my colleague James Fallows brought up a salient point about Hong Kong: it isn't a sovereign country, and remains very much a part of the People's …