Rachel Wolin

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It’s Really Easy to Get Your Genetic Results. But Good Luck Making Sense of Them.

A ge­net­ic test a few years ago told Cath­er­ine Afar­i­an and her hus­band that their fu­ture child would have a 50 per­cent chance of …

Pushing Back ‘Double Down’: ‘The Gamble’ Shows How Obama Really Won

Mitt Romney’s chief strategist looks at ‘The Gamble,’ the other new book about the 2012 presidential race, and the cold, hard data on why President …

Preschoolers, Sequestered

Budget cuts have devastated early education funding, even though we know childhood is an important period of development.<p>But according to Miller, upcoming budget negotiations aren’t going to make things any better for the low-income children. If Congress fails to authorize continued spending by …

8 Things To Know About A Government Shutdown

In seven days, the federal government runs out of money.<p>While the Republican-controlled House of Representatives passed a resolution Friday that keeps the government funded through Dec. 15, the measure also defunded President Obama's signature health care law — which means it has virtually no …

Why do people want to eat babies? Scientists explain.

If you're like most normal people, you've briefly considered eating a baby or two.<p>Not literally, of course. That would make us no better than …

I Quit Teach for America

Five weeks of training was not enough to prepare me for a room of 20 unruly elementary-schoolers.<p><i>I am sitting in a comfortable gold folding chair inside one of the many ballrooms at the Georgia International Convention Center. The atmosphere is festive, with a three-course dinner being served and</i> …

Associated Press News

Americans Oppose House GOP’s Obamacare Strategy

Re­pub­lic­ans, take note. Amer­ic­ans might not like Pres­id­ent Obama’s sig­na­ture health care law, but they don’t dis­like the massive pro­gram …

Republicans

The 100 best novels: an introduction

If lists are a guilty pleasure, then book lists are a sinful addiction. That's an observation for which the <i>Observer</i> can adduce empirical evidence.<p>Ten years ago, on 12 October 2003, in a headline-grabbing stunt, writing as literary editor, I compiled (with a lot of help from colleagues) a list, …

In Life, Man Immune To HIV Helped Scientists Fight Virus

Stephen Crohn, a man best known for staying alive during the early days of the AIDS epidemic, died Aug. 23 at age 66. Throughout his lifetime, the New York artist helped researchers uncover vital clues about HIV and how to stop it.<p>Crohn's partner was one of the first people to die from AIDS in …

I asked for all this pain

<b>(DoctorKan via iStock/Salon)</b><p>I experimented in the S/M scene to cede control and test my own limits. What I never expected was to feel safe<p>Brian Moylan<p>September 22, 2013 7:00pm (UTC)<p>There aren't many men who can control someone just with their eyes, like some sort of Batman supervillain with an …

In Push For 'Common' Standards, Many Parents Left Uneducated

Forty-five states have adopted the Common Core State Standards, the first-ever national academic standards for students. But opposition is growing, and some lawmakers are having second thoughts about their states' support.<p>Meanwhile, proponents of the standards are still struggling to explain the …

Researcher finds way to calm fears during sleep

Fear may be the most powerful of all human emotions, but according to a study released today in the journal Nature Neuroscience, sleep can be its enemy.<p>In a first-of-its-kind experiment, specific emotional memories of human beings were deliberately altered during sleep. The complicated small study, …

The Brain

The Best Emmys Speech of All Time Just Happened

[There was a video here]<p>Here's Merritt Wever winning for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series for her work on <i>Nurse Jackie</i>. They should …

Mother Of School Shooting Victim Writes Powerful Letter To Teachers

"It takes guts to be a teacher," Nelba Marquez-Greene, the mother of one of the children killed in the Sandy Hook elementary school shooting, writes in an open letter to all teachers.

7 Dining Secrets in Boston

The Post-Lecture Classroom: How Will Students Fare?

A new study finds moderate student gains in courses where lectures take place at home and "homework" happens in the classroom.<p>If college professors spent less time lecturing, would their students do better?<p>A three-year study examining student performance in a “flipped classroom” — a class in which …

The 11 Paint Colors That Will Be Hot Next

The most popular paint colors now.<p>We went straight to the source — the paint companies — to find out what's happening now. Find out the popular paint color trends before anyone else does.

Google's Trojan horse: how Chrome Apps will finally take on Windows

The web alone is not enough<p>Today, on Chrome's fifth birthday, Google is announcing the rollout of what it's calling Chrome Apps. Don't feel bad if you're confused by the name. Chrome has been serving up web apps since 2010 when the Chrome Web Store opened up alongside the launch of the Chrome OS. …

NSA and UK spy agency regularly crack encryption

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>Efforts to protect privacy are subverted by U.S. and British spy programs, often with cooperation within services<p>Natasha Lennard<p>September 5, 2013 8:00pm (UTC)<p>Encryption services -- promising privacy to email users -- are regularly surveilled and cracked by both the NSA and the U.K.'s …

The Good Lord Bird

Books

These Spiky Shoes Literally Put A Spring In Your Step

The Adidas Springblade uses springs to give athletes better verticality<p>Cushioned sneakers can help athletes jump higher—a compressed sole returns energy vertically. Adidas has now developed a shoe that could also help runners go faster. Sixteen slanted plastic springs on the sole of the Springblade …

Your brain is wired to quiet voices in your head

Nerve circuits let the brain turn down sounds that come from our own actions, and turn up other sounds we need to pay attention to, say …

Neuroscience

Certain bacteria may help ward off obesity

Bacteria in the human gut may play a key role in who is obese or lean and could lead to treatments for obesity, a study finds.<p>September 05, 2013|By Melissa Healy<p>For people whose gut organisms are not equipped to fight obesity, it may… (Sean Gallup, Getty Images )<p>The microorganisms in the human gut …

Microbiology

Want to Move Kids Out of Poverty? Then Protect the Middle Class

A new analysis shows that regions with a healthy middle class also have more upward mobility for the poor.<p>The Center for American Progress is out with a new bit of research showing that in parts of the country that are more heavily middle class, there also tends to be more upward mobility for the …

The Evolutionary Case for Great Fiction

Might reading literature help with species survival?<p>Picture this: It’s 45,000 years ago and a small Pleistocene clan is gathered by a campfire. The night is bone cold and black and someone—let’s call him Ernest—begins telling a story.<p>Lips waxy with boar grease, Ernest boasts of his morning hunt. He …

Fall Books Preview: 22 Notable New Releases

Pack your reading list with big names and new voices in both fiction and non-fiction alike.<p>Urwand’s decade of archival research uncovers rampant cinematic censorship, but it also brings to light some more horrifying history: MGM not only helped fund Nazi weaponry, but its top Germany executive …