Evan Johnsen

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“A First-Rate Girl”: The Problem of Female Beauty

I have a friend who dates only exceptionally attractive women. These women aren’t trophy-wife types—they are comparable to him in age, education level, and professional status. They are just really, notably good looking, standouts even in the kind of urban milieu where regular workouts and healthy …

The 4 Biggest Fat Loss Myths Around Today

Science proves these popular diet theories wrong, and shows you what to do to start rapidly burning fat.

Nutrition

Master Your Running Form

Stick to the basics:<br>• Increase your cadence to roughly 170-180 steps per minute.<br>• Land with your foot underneath your body, as opposed to “reaching” …

Most Popular Articles of August (Top 5)

Is possible to get bigger while maintaining leanness?<p>I think, yes, but it's not easy.<p>This post assumes you are generally eating right, doing …

Protein Will Not Make You Fat

Here's what you need to know...<p>While it's biochemically possible for protein to turn into fat by ingesting extremely high numbers of calories or …

Nutrition

The Big Ten: 10 Nutrition Rules For An Athletic Diet

Nutrition

Energy System Need to Know: Clarifying the Cardio Confusion and the Fat Burning Conundrum

You don’t have to wander long before hearing words like “cardio,” “endurance,” and “in shape” used in training lingo. Not a day goes by when I don’t …

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Sending the wrong smoke-signal

SMOKING tobacco sends perhaps half of its long-term addicts to an early grave, and inflicts chronic diseases on many of the rest. The filthy habit is …

Public Health

Why do the French tolerate such high taxes?

THE French are steeling themselves for yet more tax increases when the finance minister, Pierre Moscovici, unveils the 2014 budget on September 25th. …

Blood on the tracks

MAXINE TARNOW is riding the subway when this novel finally hits its stride. It is the year 2001 in New York City, not long after 9/11; Maxine, a …

Debt and demand

HERE is a very common narrative about the American economy (or, for that matter, the Anglo-American or Atlantic economy):<p>Our current episode of …

A brief history of a man

STEPHEN FINNIGAN was apprehensive about making a documentary about Stephen Hawking, a world famous cosmologist. "I was definitely worried that I’d …

Wanting more

AT a press conference on September 23rd as she was about to leave Singapore after her first-ever visit, Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of Myanmar’s …

Why is Brazil so expensive?

TRAVELLERS have long known that the richer a country, the more likely a visit is to burn a hole in their wallets. A recent survey by Tripadvisor, a …

Sovereign doubts

ECONOMISTS are an argumentative bunch. Yet before the crisis most found common ground in the notion that fiscal stimulus was an obsolete relic. …

Economics

Data suggest guns do in fact kill people

PREPPING for an appearance on Dutch TV this week to talk about the new gun-control measures that take effect in Maryland starting October 1st has …

Why does the debt ceiling matter?

THIS WEEK much of America’s government shut down when Republicans and Democrats failed to agree on a budget. Soon, America will hit a more disruptive …

Blood money

LAST month Rodney Leon, a Haitian-American architect, won a competition for a memorial to victims of the slave trade. His white marble “Ark of …

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela

Hot air

MODELS simplify. They are supposed to. It is a feature, not a bug. Their formulae may be complex but models deliberately omit some things in order to …

Climate Change

Apple is sitting on 10% of all US corporate cash

Don’t be surprised if the next rumor out of Cupertino is that the new gold iPhones are forged from the company’s own melted-down ingots: Apple is richer than ever. It is holding onto $147 billion, which amounts to 10% of all corporate cash.<p>Non-financial companies are collectively holding onto $1.48 …

Wall Street

Have We Reached Peak Sprawl?

Tom Clancy's Powerful Foresight Into a Post-9/11 World

The late author helped America anticipate for this era of war, but he also gave hope.<p>And so the techo-thrillers of Tom Clancy gave us a globe without restraints. He took the map of the world and our weapons of war and he put them to the test. The joy of his fiction was that, with the turn of the …

'Drones Might Be the Future of Food'

Former Wired editor Chris Anderson on why data will revolutionize agriculture<p>Ralph Orlowski/Reuters<p>When Chris Anderson started building drones, he had no idea what a crop survey was. He had never even been on a farm - at least, not "professionally." But about a year and half ago, he found out that …

The Syria Deal That Could Have Been

Last year, the UN envoy had carved a path for a government "transition." But the White House and Hillary Clinton rejected it.<p>Despite Secretary of State John Kerry’s frenetic efforts, preparations for the “Geneva II” peace conference on Syria’s civil war are already foundering. The rebel movement …

One Company's Quest to Circumvent Chinese Internet Censorship

FreeWeibo has launched a service allowing anyone to read censored Sina Weibo tweets—something it hopes won't be necessary in the future.<p>I can’t give you that much background. I can’t say where I am based or what I’ve done before, all I can say is there are three co-founders and we all have close …