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Scientists ‘Inject’ Information Into Monkeys’ Brains

When you drive toward an intersection, the sight of the light turning red will (or should) make you step on the brake. This action happens thanks to a chain of events inside your head.<p>Your eyes relay signals to the visual centers in the back of your brain. After those signals get processed, they …

Cognitive Science

She was a force: A ‘Star Wars’ fan remembers Leia, and the complicated woman who played her

Carrie Fisher came to Boston for the last time in 2016. She was 20 minutes late to her own talk at Harvard University because she’d wandered into …

Star Wars

Active Trans Cofounder Randy Neufeld Weighs in on the Dockless Bike-Share Debate

The dockless bike-share trend continues to pick up speed in cities around the country. This new technology allows customers to use a smartphone app …

Sustainable Transport

Meet The Spreadsheet That Can Solve NYC Transit (and the Man Who Made It)

Charles Komanoff's 'Balanced Transportation Analyzer' is the most comprehensive accounting possible of how a congestion charge in Manhattan would affect New York City.<p>For the last 60 years, at the very least, New York City has been a pain to get around. It consistently ranks as one of the worst …

Cities

We'll Be Paying For Mark Halperin's Sins For Years To Come

Reports of sexual harassment destroyed his reputation and his career. But I want to talk about the deeper, subtler, more insidious effect Mark Halperin had on our politics.<p>In mid-2005 I packed two duffel bags and took a train to Washington, where I hoped, as a young reporter, to better understand …

Mark Halperin

Photos of the New Futuristic Library in China with 1.2 Million Books

China recently opened a new futuristic library that contains a staggering 1.2 million books. If you enjoy architectural photography, Dutch …

China

How to Reduce Shootings

It has happened yet again: Inevitably, predictably, fatefully, a gunman shot dead 26 people in a Texas church on Sunday.

Double Exposure: Film Noir Master Jean-Pierre Melville on his 100th Birthday

<i>I’m drawn to abstractions, and a name is the most abstract thing in the world. —Jean-Pierre Melville</i>Call him Melville. He picks his way through the …

Film Noir

Why 'Statistical Significance' Is Often Insignificant

Researchers who want professorships are sometimes driven to publish suspect findings.<p>The knives are out for the p-value. This statistical quantity is the Holy Grail for empirical researchers across the world -- if your study finds the right p-value, you can get published in a credible journal, and …

Research

This More Powerful Version of AlphaGo Learns On Its Own

At one point during his historic defeat to the software AlphaGo last year, world champion Go player Lee Sedol abruptly left the room. The bot had …

Prenup Is a Four-Letter Word

On the corner of my lawyer’s desk was a red button marked “No.” It was the type you might find in a display of gag gifts, next to the Whoopee cushions and boxing nun action figures.<p>My 18-month-old son, Jamie, was on my lap, fussing and squirming with enough force that I was struggling to remain …

"Explanations" of Male Dominance

<i>Published in 1986,</i> Women's Work, Men's Property: The Origins of Gender and Class<i>, edited by Stephanie Coontz and Peta Henderson, comprises five</i> …

Gender

Harasser Harvey and Neo-Nazi Milo Are a Study in Blog Rage Contrasts

Two controversies from last week — the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment accusations, and the exposure of Milo Yiannopoulos’s neo-Nazi ties — …

Harvey Weinstein

Cyberpunk Cities Fetishize Asian Culture But Have No Asians

The "Blade Runner" universe is visually Asian, so where are the Asian people?<p>The grimy, glitched-out world we saw in <i>Blade Runner</i> is back and beautifully remastered. As the title conveys, <i>Blade Runner 2049</i> picks up decades after the original film—a sort of post-post-apocalypse, more vividly, and …

Science Fiction

Seeing Through Police

One knows to walk toward where police are standing, where they mark the significance of something else: a parade, a concert, a demonstration, or an …

Justice

The Absurdity of the Nobel Prizes in Science

They distort the nature of the scientific enterprise, rewrite its history, and overlook many of its most important contributors.<p>This morning, physicists Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Barry Barish received the Nobel Prize for Physics, for their discovery of gravitational waves—distortions in the …

Christ in the Garden of Endless Breadsticks

The agony and the ecstasy of America’s favorite chain restaurant<p><b>In the fall of 1889,</b> when he was 41 years old, the painter Paul Gauguin was brutally, furiously alone. Famous now for his saturated, almost hallucinatory paintings of life in Tahiti, at the time he was living in Brittany, still two …

Paul Gauguin

Braves GM drama shows it's time to put an end to sports fans' sense of entitlement - CBSSports.com

The system is rigged to benefit ownership and punish labor, and that's unacceptable<p>The Atlanta Braves announced on Monday that general manager John …

The Coming Software Apocalypse

A small group of programmers wants to change how we code—before catastrophe strikes.<p>There were six hours during the night of April 10, 2014, when the entire population of Washington State had no 911 service. People who called for help got a busy signal. One Seattle woman dialed 911 at least 37 …

Microsoft Visual Studio

The Seven Pillars of Running Wisdom

After five years of Sweat Science, a summing-up of what really matters.<p>This will be my final Sweat Science column for <i>Runner’s World</i>, which has led me to spend a lot of time in recent weeks reflecting on the lessons of the past five years. Since February 2012, I’ve been diving into every new …

Malcolm Gladwell

Eight Things Cryptocurrency Enthusiasts Probably Won’t Tell You

<i>[Note: I neither own nor have any trading position on any cryptocurrency. I was not compensated by any party to write this. The views expressed below</i> …

Bitcoin

The Media Has A Probability Problem

The media’s demand for certainty — and its lack of statistical rigor — is a bad match for our complex world.<p><i>This is the 11th and final article in a</i></i> …

Elections

How Football Stopped Being Fun

We are living in the golden age of failed completions, a statistic as grim as it sounds. Tracked by Football Outsiders, failed completions occur when …

Lionel Messi

Whole Foods Shows What Economists Don't Know

Was Amazon's price cut a good idea? Econ 101 won't tell you.<p>Whole Foods is providing the world with a very interesting economics lesson. Immediately after Amazon bought the upscale grocery store chain, it cut prices substantially for many items on the shelves. As a result, sales have boomed by …

Economics

Game: Interrupted

How a teenage gamer in the hottest new esport, Overwatch, became a reluctant icon for South Korea's feminist movement.<p><i>This story appears in ESPN The</i> …

South Korea

The Making and Unmaking of Iggy Azalea

During the summer of 2010, Iggy Azalea lived free of charge in a guest house in Los Angeles, courtesy of Polow Da Don. As the producer behind …

Iggy Azalea

[FoR&AI] The Seven Deadly Sins of Predicting the Future of AI

<i>[An essay in my series on the Future of Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.]</i><p>We are surrounded by hysteria about the future of Artificial …

Science Fiction

Good Forecasting Takes Strong Nerves

1/ The Arthur Clarke hazards of forecasting principle says that forecasting can fail because of either failure of imagination, or failure of nerve.<p>2/ …

Philip K. Dick

Three wild speculations from amateur quantitative macrohistory

<i>Note: As usual, these are my personal guesses and opinions, not those of my employer.</i><p>In How big a deal was the Industrial Revolution?, I looked for …

Genghis Khan

Reconstruction of a Train Wreck: How Priming Research Went off the Rails

<b>Authors: Ulrich Schimmack, Moritz Heene, and Kamini Kesavan</b><p><b>Abstract:</b><br>We computed the R-Index for studies cited in Chapter 4 of Kahneman’s book …