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Why the Calorie Is Broken

<i>Calories consumed minus calories burned: it’s the simple formula for weight loss or gain. But dieters often find that it doesn’t work. The calorie is</i> …

Puerto Rico's debt crisis just got worse

Puerto Rico's debt crisis keepsgetting uglier.<p>The island has even less money than everyone thought, according to the latest figures out Monday, and it's having to resort to "extraordinary measures" to pay its bills.<p>The cash crunch is so bad that Puerto Rico's prison system is no longer paying the …

Caribbean

It’s time we dispelled these myths about autism

These four misconceptions about autism are damaging and in desperate need of debunking, says Steve Silberman.<p>The history of autism is, in part, a history of myths: of myths enshrined as facts by medical experts, of myths shaping societal attitudes towards a highly complex condition, and eventually, …

Autism

People weighed in on the most common regrets in life, and some of their answers will make you cry

Some people have the philosophy that everything happens for a reason, so there is no point in having regrets.<p>But for so many of us, looking back on our lives can lead us to linger on one poignant moment or period when we wish we had done things differently, and that nagging question — "What if ... …

How the ‘body map’ connects babies to other people

“Body maps” show how the parts of the brain associated with touch map the surface of the body. Although researchers have studied the body maps of …

The Brain

How Friendship Fights Depression

A new study shows that a healthy mood can spread through friend groups.<p>“As everyone knows, depressed people are some of the most boring people in the world,” Mindy Kaling writes in her book <i>Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?</i> “I know this because when I was depressed, people fled. Except my best …

Can we reverse the ageing process by putting young blood into older people?

A series of experiments has produced incredible results by giving young blood to old mice. Now the findings are being tested on humans. Ian Sample meets the scientists whose research could transform our lives<p>On an August morning in 2008, Tony Wyss-Coray sat in a conference room at the Veterans …

Medicine

Daily Edition Top 10 (Week of July 6, 2015)

This week ended with a number of big stories, including the lowering of South Carolina’s Confederate flag and the news that 22.1 million people were hacked. Stories on these topics were among those covered in The Daily Edition.<p>1. Confederate flag’s half-century at South Carolina Capitol ends – CNN, …

Brain development in children could be affected by poverty, study shows

Scans show that brain regions crucial for the development of language, memory and reasoning skills tend to be smaller in those from poorer backgrounds<p>Brain scans of children and young adults have revealed that specific brain regions tend to be smaller in those from poorer backgrounds than those …

Of mice and old men: is the elixir of youth finally coming of age?

It is generally accepted as one of life’s unfortunate, but inevitable facts: we might be able to disguise the wrinkles for a time, but ageing will get us all in the end. Except scientists are now questioning whether it has to be thus, or whether age is simply another disease that might one day be …

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Why An Immigration Deal Won't Solve The Farmworker Shortage

The Salinas Valley in Northern California grows about 80 percent of the country's lettuce, and it takes a lot of people to pick and pack it. In a field owned by Duda Farm Fresh Foods, a dozen <i>lechugueros,</i> or lettuce pickers, are bent at the waist, cutting heads of iceberg lettuce. They work …

Call Immigration Chuck Schumer's Legacy-Defining Issue

Chuck Schumer set his alarm clock early each morning to fly back to Washington D.C. from New York in late 1986. At the Capitol, he was immersed in …

The GOP may kill immigration reform over gay rights. The Supreme Court could stop them.

Though some members of the Republican party have been moving rapidly to support LGBT rights and in particular equal marriage, the shift has been far from universal. And as my colleague David Nakamura reported the other day, that could pose a problem for immigration reform. Senate Judiciary …

Why Getting Comfortable With Discomfort Is Crucial To Success

In an increasingly competitive, cautious and accelerated world, those who are willing to take risks, step out of their comfort zone and into the discomfort of uncertainty will be those who will reap the biggest rewards.<p>When I first left my parents’ small farm at eighteen to move to “the city” for …