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Forceps Delivery Crushed Baby's Skull, Caused Death, Family Alleges

Olivia Marie Coats lived for five days after her parents allege a forceps delivery crushed her little skull and caused brain death. Now, they have …

Spain fines Google $1.2 million for breaching privacy laws

Earlier this year, the French independent administrative authority CNIL advised six European countries to take action over Google's privacy policies. Now Spain has become the first of the six to fine the search giant, demanding €900,000 ($1.24 million) for breaching the nation's privacy laws. <i>The</i> …

The 45 Best Travel Films of All Time

Get ready for some serious wanderlust.<p>It's arguable that, more than any other piece of pop-culture ephemera, movies have the power to transport—to sweep you away on a European adventure (<i>Before Sunrise</i>), cross an African desert (<i>Out of Africa</i>), even send you to the never-before-seen Paradise Falls …

Europe Swings The Body Electric

When I first found out that a new style of dance music had conquered whole clubs in Europe, particularly France, I was put off by the name: electro-swing. Immediately, I thought of the so-called swing revival of the 1990s. Not only is swing a term with a notoriously slippery definition, the swing …

'12 Years A Slave' Was A Film That 'No One Was Making'

The new movie <i>12 Years a Slave</i> has been receiving high praise — critic David Denby recently described it in <i>The New Yorker</i> as "easily the greatest feature film ever made about American slavery." The film is adapted from the 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup, who had been a free black man in upstate New …

Historian Says '12 Years' Is A Story The Nation Must Remember

"We love being the country that freed the slaves," says historian David Blight. But "we're not so fond of being the country that had the biggest slave system on the planet." That's why Blight was glad to see the new film <i>12 Years a Slave,</i> an adaptation of an 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup. Northup …

Billy Crystal Finds Fun In Growing Old (But Still Can't Find His Keys)

Billy Crystal isn't happy about turning 65, but at least he's finding a way to laugh about it. His new memoir — <i>Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys?</i> — is on the best-seller list, and he'll be back on Broadway in November.<p>Crystal got his start in …

Toyota Is Recalling More Than 800,000 Cars Because of Spiders

It started with webs, and ended with spontaneously inflating airbags.<p>Toyota has announced that it is recalling 870,000 of its vehicles, among them Camrys, Venzas, Avalons, and hybrids with owners spread across the U.S., Canada, Mexico, and 16 other countries. Airbags, it seems, have been …

Pioneering 'Masters Of Sex' Brought Science To The Bedroom

<i>This interview was originally broadcast on</i> July 30, 2013<i>.</i><p>William Masters and Virginia Johnson became famous in the 1960s for their groundbreaking and controversial research into the physiology of human sexuality. Instead of just asking people about their sex lives, Masters and Johnson actually …

This Opera Will Eat Your Heart Out

The British composer George Benjamin has quietly developed a reputation for serious, meticulous work. His creative output is limited because he proceeds very slowly. I first heard his music in 2000, when no less a conductor than Pierre Boulez led a piece of his at Carnegie Hall. But after the …

Elizabeth Smart Says Kidnapper Was A 'Master At Manipulation'

Elizabeth Smart has the kind of fame no one would want: In the summer of 2002, at the age of 14, she became one of the nation's most famous kidnap victims when she was abducted from her bedroom in Salt Lake City, where she lived with her devout Mormon family.<p>Her kidnapper, Brian David Mitchell, saw …

Two Bluegrass Truths From James King And Alan Jackson

On <i>Three Chords and the Truth</i>, bluegrass musician James King picks from the canon of country music to rearrange its songs as bluegrass. On <i>The Bluegrass Album</i>, country star Alan Jackson has recorded his first collection of bluegrass music — some classics, some originals.<p>King takes the title of his …

From Child Actor To Artist: Radcliffe Reflects On Post-Potter Life

Many child stars find themselves washed up by the time they reach adulthood, but Daniel Radcliffe's career is going strong — and that's no accident.<p>"There is never a moment's doubt in my mind that this is what I want to do," he tells <i>Fresh Air</i>'s Terry Gross. "If I die on a film set when I'm 80, I'll …

Meet Ben's Sister Jane, History's Forgotten Franklin

"Her days were days of flesh." That's just one of a multitude of striking observations that Jill Lepore makes about Jane Franklin, the baby sister of Ben. What Lepore means by that line of near-poetry is that Jane Franklin's life, beginning at age 17 when she gave birth to the first of her 12 …

Parenting A Child Who's Fallen 'Far From The Tree'

<i>This interview was originally broadcast on</i> Nov. 12, 2012<i>.</i><p>When Andrew Solomon started his family with his husband, John Habich, he says, people were surprised that he wasn't afraid to have children, given the topic of the book he was writing. That book, <i>Far From the Tree: Parents, Children, and the</i> …

A Pirate Saga More Sobering Than Swashbuckling

<b>Captain Phillips</b><p>Director: Paul Greengrass<br>• Genre: Action, drama<br>• Running Time: 134 minutes<p><i>Rated PG-13 for sustained intense sequences of menace, some violence with bloody images, and for substance use</i><p><i>With:</i> Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Catherine Keener<p><b>(Recommended)</b><p>Most kidnapping melodramas have final …

On 'Days Are Gone,' Three Sisters HAIM It Up

The three HAIM sisters are in their 20s with plenty of experience, including years spent playing in a band with their parents. Each is a multi-instrumentalist; each sings. They write their own material. Here ends the questions-of-authenticity part of the review. Not that questions of being musical …

"The Lawbreaking is Ongoing": Louisiana Levee Board Sues BP, Exxon, Shell, Chevron For Coast Damage

Gordon-Levitt's 'Don Jon' Is An Openhearted Directorial Debut

<b>Don Jon</b><p>Director: Joseph Gordon-Levitt<br>• Genre: Romantic comedy<br>• Running Time: 90 minutes<p><i>Rated R for strong graphic sexual material and dialogue throughout, nudity, language and some drug use</i><p><i>With:</i> Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza<p>In phe last decade, Joseph Gordon-Levitt …

How Our Stone Age Bodies Struggle To Stay Healthy In Modern Times

If you got sick, you probably wouldn't go to an evolutionary biologist to get treated. But Daniel Lieberman, professor of evolutionary biology at Harvard University, says that his field can help you understand why you got sick, and make you more aware of healthy and harmful behaviors.<p>He joins <i>Fresh</i> …

When Choirs Sing, Many Hearts Beat As One

We open our hymnals to Hymn 379, and we begin to sing. "God is Love, let heav'n adore him / God is Love, let earth rejoice ..."<p>Lifting voices together in praise can be a transcendent experience, unifying a congregation in a way that is somehow both fervent and soothing. But is there actually a …

The Trippy New Era: Returning to Hallucinogens as a Treatment for Addiction

2<p>SHARES<p><i>This post originally appeared on</i>The Fix<i>, a</i> Pacific Standard <i>partner site.</i><p>“The room instantly lit up in a blinding glare of white, white light. …

Consciousness

Study: Generosity Is More Evolutionarily Advantageous Than Selfishness

The Prisoner’s Dilemma is the gift that keeps on giving, to researchers<p><b>Problem:</b> It’s a problem, or a dilemma, as old as time. Let’s rehash, quickly. Your classic prisoner’s dilemma involves two prisoners being interrogated separately. If both deny committing the crime, they serve a short prison …

The Neuroscience of Social Influence

Before I wrote this article, I went through two stages. In the first stage, I cruised the academic journals for interesting papers. Once I found a …

Men and Women Think on Family Matters Equally, But Women Get More Stressed

As mothers balance work and family, they might feel more stress than fathers. Photo by Kate Mitchell via Corbis Images.<p>You’re at work, typing away at …

Scientists Discover Brain Activity Beyond A Deep Coma

A new study has found that EEG activity is possible beyond the point normally considered brain death.<p>With the help of one man and 26 cats, scientists from the University of Montreal and the Medical Centre Regina Maria in Romania say they've discovered a new frontier in brain function: activity …

This Is How Your Brain Becomes Addicted to Caffeine

Within 24 hours of quitting the drug, your withdrawal symptoms begin. Initially, they’re subtle: The first thing you notice is that you feel mentally …

Small Animals See The World In Slow Motion

This is why it's so hard to catch a fly bare-handed.<p>Ever wonder how a fly or a chipmunk can evade your clumsy human grasp so easily? A new study published in Animal Behavior finds that, generally, the smaller the animal, the more information it can see in a small amount of time. That means certain …

'Afternoon naps' aid children's learning

<b>Getting young children to take an hour-long nap after lunch could help them with their learning by boosting brain power, a small study suggests.</b><p>A nap appeared to help three-to-five-year-olds better remember pre-school lessons, US researchers said.<p>University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers …

Sleep

The Religious Alternative To Obamacare's Individual Mandate

The Affordable Care Act requires nearly every American to have health insurance or pay a penalty, beginning Jan. 1. The so-called "individual mandate" has been controversial ever since the law was passed.<p>But for people who fall into a few select categories, the mandate doesn't apply. Like Native …