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'There is no such thing as past or future': physicist Carlo Rovelli on changing how we think about time

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics sold over a million copies around the world. Now Rovelli is back to explore the mysteries of time. He tells Charlotte Higgins about student revolution and how his quantum leap began with an acid trip<p>• Extract from Carlo Rovelli’s new book: on the elastic concept of …

Quantum Mechanics

Ancient Humans Had Sex With More Than Just Neanderthals, Study Shows

There's another mysterious species in our ancestry.<p>We rarely portray Neanderthals, our close relatives, as telegenic. Museum exhibits give them wild …

The literature debate tearing apart Paris: should Céline's racist pamphlets be published?

Louis-Ferdinand Céline was one of France’s greatest novelists – but plans to republish his anti-Semitic writing has dramatically divided Paris.<p>On a …

Here’s what happened the last time the living things in our oceans and lakes died

On January 5, 2018, a paper published in the journal Science delivered a sobering message: The oxygenation of open oceans and coastal seas has been steadily declining during the past half century. The volume of ocean with no oxygen at all has quadrupled, and the volume where oxygen levels are …

17 books Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg think everyone should read

Gates, the former CEO of Microsoft, reads 50 books a year, he told The New York Times. In 2015, Zuckerberg, the CEO of Facebook, created an online book club in which he read a book every two weeks.<p>Here are some of the titles the pair have recommended over the past few years.

An exceptional new film about Jane Goodall unearths a remarkable love story

Mary Wakefield talks to Brett Morgen about his latest Oscar-worthy documentary about the chimp lady and her lover<p>There are times when our national passion for cutting people down to size is a little tiring. I left Brett Morgen’s new documentary about Jane Goodall, the chimpanzee expert, in a rare …

How Do Stress Exposure and Stress Regulation Relate to Borderline Personality Disorder?

Introduction<p>Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a complex personality disorder which affects 2% of the adult general population. Ten percent of …

Sex, disease, and extinction: what ancient DNA tells us about humans and Neanderthals

Three new studies uncover details about the sex lives of human ancestors, and the DNA modern humans inherited<p>Two new genetic analyses help explain the unexpected roles Neanderthals play in modern human life — influencing everything from hair color to mental health. The new research also adds to …

Humanity

New Neanderthal ancestor is introduced by scientists

Sign up for our Morning Rounds newsletter<p>Please enter a valid email address.<p>Wait. Why would evolution not have eliminated bad variants from the human …

Mammoths

Who Benefits From the Expansion of A.P. Classes?

Laura Fuchs has been teaching Advanced Placement U.S. government and politics at H.D. Woodson High School in Washington for six of her 10 years there. She is in her early 30s, wears her hair pulled back in a bun and has a no-nonsense way of dealing with her students. But that apparent sternness …

Education

A Teenager Won $250,000 For His Video Explanation Of Einstein's Special Theory Of Relativity

What were you doing when you were 18 years old? If we had to guess, we'd say you probably weren't winning hundreds of thousands of dollars for a …

Plumbing discovery reveals the rise and fall of the Roman Empire

Ancient lead pollution in a Roman harbor shows the city’s fortunes grew with its pipes.<p>The ancient Roman plumbing system was a legendary achievement …

Ancient History

The Forgotten Racial Massacre in America’s Heartland

It’s a harrowing eyewitness account of the bloodiest episode of racial violence in American history, but not one that you will find in many U.S. …

Don’t be fooled again: That huge crowd photo is not a Trump rally

Size matters to President Trump. From hyping the grandeur of his signature border project (“I will build a great wall”) to limning his own attributes (“My fingers are long and beautiful”), issues of scale and proportion are never very far from his thinking.<p>This became abundantly evident on …

Donald Trump

Student Achievement Depends Upon Faculty Relationships and Trusted Leaders

Trust has a role in student achievement greater than the attention it receives.

Pedagogy

Wind and solar power are saving Americans an astounding amount of money

Not getting sick and dying from pollution is worth quite a bit, it turns out.<p>Wind and solar power are subsidized by just about every major country in the world, either directly or indirectly through tax breaks, mandates, and regulations.<p>The main rationale for these subsidies is that wind and solar …

God, opium, and alcohol: How British civil servants coped in colonial India

When India gained independence from Britain on August 15, 1947, the majority of Anglo-Indians had either left or would leave soon after. Many within the Indian Civil Service would write of the trauma that they experienced from witnessing the violence of the years leading up to the end of British …

World History

In 1939, I didn’t hear war coming. Now its thundering approach can’t be ignored

As a teenager I would just laugh at newsreels of Hitler and other fascists. I hope what happened next is not witnessed again by my grandchildren’s generation<p>• Author Harry Leslie Smith, 94, is a second world war RAF veteran<p>A chill of remembrance has come over me during this August month. It feels …

Saudi Arabia

How an Iroquois Chief Helped Write the U.S. Constitution

History has largely forgotten Canasatego, the Iroquois chief who eloquently introduced American colonists to the federalist ideas that would shape …

History

The Great American Eclipse Is 2 Weeks Away. Are You Ready?

There are only two weeks until the total solar eclipse of Aug. 21, 2017. If you're traveling into the path of totality, it's time to make sure your …

The big lesson from the world's best school system? Trust your teachers

Finnish education policies are highly praised, but the real success is the level of responsibility and autonomy given to teachers to do their jobs<p>Finnish education is rarely out of the news, whether it’s outstanding Pisa results, those same results slipping, the dropping of traditional subjects, …

Education

Losing Gloria

<b>Disponible En Español</b><p>It was just after school got out, on one of those blinding, bright days in Phoenix, when 10-year-old Angel Marin learned that …

Rulers, Religion and Riches by Jared Rubin – why the west got rich

Getting religion out of politics was the key to Europe’s success, this work of economic history argues. The turning point was the Reformation<p>Why are some parts of the world rich, and other parts poor? In the west many of us live in conditions almost unimaginably more comfortable than billions of …

Religion

Why Is Donald Trump Still So Horribly Witless About the World?

Max Boot, a lifelong conservative who advised three Republican Presidential candidates on foreign policy, keeps a folder labelled “Trump Stupidity File” on his computer. It’s next to his “Trump Lies” file. “Not sure which is larger at this point,” he told me this week. “It’s neck-and-neck.”<p>Six …

Ancient DNA analysis reveals Minoan and Mycenaean origins

An analysis of ancient DNA has revealed that Ancient Minoans and Mycenaens were genetically similar with both peoples descending from early Neolithic …

Anthropology

Controversial New Theory Suggests Life Wasn't a Fluke of Biology—It Was Physics

The biophysicist Jeremy England made waves in 2013 with a new theory that cast the origin of life as an inevitable outcome of thermodynamics. His …

Biology

Why Stalin is causing a classroom storm in Russia

A heated debate has broken out in Russia over Stalin's legacy. Is teaching children about crimes committed under Stalin's rule "dangerous to their …

Sunscreen made from DNA would last forever

Earth's yellow sun is the source of its power.<p>A DNA-based sunscreen that not only stops harmful ultraviolet (UV) light, but also becomes more protective the longer you expose it to UV rays? That’s the dazzling premise behind a recent study published in the journal <i>Science Reports</i>.<p>While sunscreen …

Sunscreen

The death of reading is threatening the soul

I am going through a personal crisis. I used to love reading. I am writing this blog in my office, surrounded by 27 tall bookcases laden with 5,000 books. Over the years I have read them, marked them up, and recorded the annotations in a computer database for potential references in my writing. To …

Bill Gates

Why there’s no such thing as a gifted child

Even Einstein was unexceptional in his youth. Now a new book questions our fixation with IQ and says adults can help almost any child become gifted<p>When Maryam Mirzakhani died at the tragically early age of 40 this month, the news stories talked of her as a genius. The only woman to win the Fields …

Education