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Finally, a cure for insomnia?

We live in a golden age of sleeplessness. The buzz of the all-night streetlamps, the natter of 24-hour news anchors, the scrolling Niagaras of social media feeds have built a world that is hostile to sleep. Night is no longer clearly delineated from day. The bedroom is no longer a refuge from the …

The untold good news story of America today

<b>Political bickering has long been a roadblock to getting big things done in the US but a grassroots movement getting few headlines could yet herald a new American age of change.</b><p>A green giant in a loin cloth would seem an unlikely indicator for what some describe as a revolution under way in the …

Entrepreneurship

They Sat in Hypocrisy

They sat in seats of honor, near the front of Washington National Cathedral. They bowed their heads when appropriate. They looked up pensively and listened.<p>By all appearances, they were honoring their departed colleague, Senator John Sidney McCain III, during a majestic ceremony on Saturday. And by …

Republicans

The Untold Story of NotPetya, the Most Devastating Cyberattack in History

It was a perfect sunny summer afternoon in Copenhagen when the world’s largest shipping conglomerate began to lose its mind.<p>The headquarters of A.P. …

Maersk

Taylor Swift’s reputation: can the new album save her name?

From spats over white privilege to her failure to speak out against Trump, the singer’s position as peerless pop princess has been seriously damaged in recent years. Will this be the week she wins back her detractors?<p>In August, Taylor Swift released Look What You Made Me Do, the first single from …

Music

Read this and you may never eat chicken again

Most meat animals are raised with the assistance of daily doses of antibiotics. By 2050, antibiotic resistance will cause a staggering 10 million deaths a year<p>Every year I spend some time in a tiny apartment in Paris, seven storeys above the mayor’s offices for the 11th arrondissement. The Place de …

French Revolution

Why do we feel so guilty all the time?

Food, sex, money, work, family, friends, health, politics: there’s nothing we can’t feel guilty about, including our own feelings of guilt. By Devorah Baum<p>I feel guilty about everything. Already today I’ve felt guilty about having said the wrong thing to a friend. Then I felt guilty about avoiding …

David Simon: ‘If you’re not consuming porn, you’re still consuming its logic’

Alongside longtime collaborator George Pelecanos, The Wire’s creator talks about their new TV drama, The Deuce, which examines porn’s impact on US society<p>Amid rows of houses and a sprinkling of bars, coffee shops, convenience stores and restaurants in Riverside, an unpretentious corner of …

This is how your world could end

In an extract from his book Ends of the World, Peter Brannen examines mass extinction events and the catastrophic outcome of rising temperatures for all the world’s population<p>Many of us share some dim apprehension that the world is flying out of control, that the centre cannot hold. Raging …

Sea Level

When Will the Planet Be Too Hot for Humans? Much, Much Sooner Than You Imagine.

<i>To read an annotated version of this article, complete with interviews with scientists and links to further reading, click</i> <i>here</i><i>.</i><p><b>I.</b> ‘Doomsday’<p><i>Peering</i> …

The Greatest Fitness Tips. Ever.

Three decades ago, endurance training consisted of pretty much one workout: all-out, all the time. Then fitness went mainstream, CEOs started wearing spandex, and "sports scientist" became a legitimate career goal. The result? Periodization, VO2 max, functional strength, and more. Herewith, a …

Why I Won’t Be Reading Avirook Sen’s Book

At 7 pm last Thursday, I reached a packed hall at Delhi’s India International Centre (IIC) to attend <i>Speak For Aarushi—</i>an event organised by the …

The Truth About Addiction: We're All Junkies Now

Isn’t it time we start telling the truth about addiction?<p>What is that truth? That we are all addicts and all the time.<p>For this to make sense, it helps to first understand that our ideas about addiction are built atop a deeper fallacy—the idea of normalcy—the notion that there is an unadulterated …

How smog is killing thousands daily in China

A new US study found that air pollution kills about 4,000 Chinese people a day. But what are the main contributors and is Beijing doing enough to …

Serena Williams Is Eyeing a Fashionable Post-Court Life, But First She’s Got Tennis History to Make

The Unretiring<p>Serena<p>Williams<p>She’s eyeing a fashionable post-court life, but first she’s got tennis history to make.<p>Photographs by Norman Jean Roy<p><b>It’s</b> …

How to Land Your Kid in Therapy

Why the obsession with our kids’ happiness may be dooming them to unhappy adulthoods. A therapist and mother reports.<p>If there’s one thing I learned in graduate school, it’s that the poet Philip Larkin was right. (“They fuck you up, your mum and dad, / They may not mean to, but they do.”) At the …

Cameron Crowe’s Reactionary Nostalgia

Classic Hollywood is as much Una Merkel as it is Katharine Hepburn, as much Joe E. Brown as Humphrey Bogart, yet the high road of memory gives pride of place to terse men who breeze bravely through tough situations without a grumble or a frown, energetic women who blast blithely through …

Meet The Dread Pirate Roberts, The Man Behind Booming Black Market Drug Website Silk Road

An entrepreneur as professionally careful as the Dread Pirate Roberts doesn’t trust instant messaging services. Forget phones or Skype. At one point during our eight-month preinterview courtship, I offer to meet him at an undisclosed location outside the United States. “Meeting in person is out of …

Overkill

An avalanche of unnecessary medical care is harming patients physically and financially. What can we do about it?<p>It was lunchtime before my afternoon surgery clinic, which meant that I was at my desk, eating a ham-and-cheese sandwich and clicking through medical articles. Among those which caught …

David Lynch: surreal purveyor of the evil that lurks within

Last year, the celebrated American film maker David Lynch expressed the view that “television is way more interesting than cinema now… it seems art house has gone to cable”. Just last week it was announced that Lynch, the one-time prince of the art house, is heading the same way.<p>He and Mark Frost …

Can you read a novel in three hours?

Last week, I decided to perform an experiment. At midday precisely, I sat on my couch to see if I could knock off a Man-Booker-shortlisted novel by teatime.<p>That’s not as easy as it sounds. The book I picked was To Rise Again at a Decent Hour by Joshua Ferris – at 110,000 words or so, it’s not …

David Mitchell or Martin Amis: who is the bitter writer?

David Mitchell’s The Bone Clocks has become one of the talking points of the literary year, and not just because this widely-tipped novel somehow didn’t make it on to the Booker shortlist.<p>One of the most animated conversations revolves around Crispin Hershey, the fading “wild child of British …

Poem of the week: Mock on, Mock on, Voltaire, Rousseau

"We are led to believe a lie /When we see not thro' the eye," wrote William Blake (1757-1827) in his compendium of radical aphorisms, Auguries of Innocence. The couplet could be read as a warning against blind credulity. But perhaps there is a deeper interpretation.<p>For the visionary American poet, …

Finding Flow

We all are capable of reaching that stateof effortless concentration and enjoyment called "flow." Here, the man who literally wrote the book on flow …

Songs of Innocence

No other rock band does rebirth like U2. No other band – certainly of U2’s duration, commercial success and creative achievement – believes it needs …