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Why Names Are So Easy to Forget

Nice to see you again, Suuu...Sandra? Samantha? Jennifer. Sorry.<p>Once, at a party, I was introduced to a friend of a friend. We shook hands, I told her my name, she told me hers. Then she did something that I was ever so grateful for.<p>"Hang on," she said. "Can you say your name again? I wasn't really …

The 10 Most Important Things In The World Right Now

<b>1. The World Health Organization is holding a two-day emergency meeting in Geneva to discuss the Ebola epidemic in West Africa.</b> Summit members will determine whether the disease outbreak is a "public health emergency of international concern," the United Nations said in a statement. The outcome …

Multiple Lovers, Without Jealousy

Polyamorous people still face plenty of stigmas, but some studies suggest they handle certain relationship challenges better than monogamous people do.<p>When I met Jonica Hunter, Sarah Taub, and Michael Rios on a typical weekday afternoon in their tidy duplex in Northern Virginia, a very small part …

The Science Behind Our Urge To Procrastinate

Cranking out a final paper hours before the deadline. Putting off that trip to the supermarket until the refrigerator shelves are completely barren. Watching one, two, even <i>three</i> more episodes of "Orange Is The New Black" before finally shutting down Netflix and calling it a night.<p>We all …

The Emotional Boundaries You Need at Work

To develop meaningful and mature relationships at work or at home we need to develop <i>two</i> filters. The first filter protects you from other people. The second filter protects other people from you.<p><i>Filter 1: protect yourself from others.</i> I once worked with a manager who gave blunt feedback in …

Tiroteo en hospital EEUU tras ataque de paciente

DARBY, Pensilvania, EE.UU. (AP) — Un médico dijo a la policía que un paciente había matado a tiros a una trabajadora social en un complejo …

Being Powerful Distorts People's Perception of Time

With all the extra time they imagine they have, CEOs tend to experience less stress than those lower down the ladder.<p>Maria Konnikova, writing in the <i>New York Times</i>, made the point recently that there’s much more to poverty than just a shortage of money. Being poor, she said, brings with it other …

Forgetting and Remembering Your First Language

I recently spoke Russian for multiple days for the first time in more than a decade. It did not go smoothly.<p>Leaving Saint Petersburg for Moscow recently, I needed to determine whether our train tickets were for an assigned seat in a specific car, or if it was open seating. Unfortunately, I didn’t …

Is One of the Most Popular Psychology Experiments Worthless?

A trolley is careening toward an unsuspecting group of workers. You have the power to derail the trolley onto a track with just one worker. Do you do it? It might not matter.<p>Harvard University justice professor Michael J. Sandel stood before a lecture hall filled with students recently and …

The Effects of Music Before, During and After Running

New research finds interesting pre- and post-run results.<p>New research supports using music to get fired up before running, and suggests that listening to music after a run can speed recovery. The research, published in the <i>Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research</i>, also backs previous findings …

The Most Important Lesson for Young People in College

Don't drop out.<p>There's something you should know about those of us who write about higher education on the Internet: Behind the scenes, we're careful to coordinate our advice for young people to be as utterly confusing as is humanly possible.<p>Go to college, we advise. And don't go to college. Be …

Humans Already Use Way, Way More Than 10% of Their Brains

It’s a complex, constantly multi-tasking network of tissue—but the myth persists.<p>By now, perhaps you’ve seen the trailer for the new sci-fi thriller <i>Lucy.</i> It starts with a flurry of stylized special effects and Scarlett Johansson serving up a barrage of bad-guy beatings. Then comes Morgan Freeman, …

5 extensiones de Chrome para ser productivos

<b>Procastrinator</b>. Supongamos que pasamos demasiadas horas al día en, por ejemplo, Reddit. Hacia ahí dirigimos nuestra barra de direcciones de forma …

On Teen Sexting: Same Sexism, Different Technology

A new study finds adolescent girls and boys are equally likely to sext, but girls face harsher repercussions from their peers.<p>One of the oldest, most outrageously sexist ideas presents sex as a lose-lose for girls: girls who have sex are slutty, while girls who don't have sex are prudes. This was …

A Sound You Can't Unhear (and What It Says About Your Brain)

Feel your brain at work as it transforms gibberish into an intelligible sentence<p>Just listen to this radio clip. It's only takes 50 seconds for the Franklin Institute's chief bioscientist, Jayatri Das, to demonstrate something fundamental about your brain.<p>She starts with a clip that's been digitally …

The Most Popular Social Network for Young People? Texting

Yes, it's a social network. Also: Just a third of high school seniors place a call each day, and more teens report using Pandora than Instagram or Snapchat.<p>What are the most popular social networks, apps, and websites for high schoolers? Niche asked. Seven thousand teenagers answered. Here are the …

Why Dads Matter

A third of American children are growing up in homes without their biological fathers.<p>MIDVALE, Utah — Jordan Ott was the third of his mother’s six children, born over the course of four marriages.<p>By age 8, he’d had two step-dads; his brothers and sisters had more or fewer based on birth order. Each …

Toward a Universal Theory of 'Cool'

The concept of "cool" seems to resist definition. In a paper published this week, two business and psychology professors just defined it.<p>What makes things cool? What penumbral principle explains not only the marketing campaigns of Harley Davidson, Apple, and Dos Equis, but also the appeal of …

Would You Want Therapy From a Computerized Psychologist?

DARPA-funded technology says it can diagnose anxiety, depression, and PTSD—no human necessary.<p>A veteran is having a virtual therapy session. His counselor is named Ellie, and she is, among other things, a very good listener. She's responsive to the soldier's comments. She reads the subtleties of …

Frank O'Hara's Lunch Poems: 21st-Century Poetry Written in 1964

The collection broadcasts snark, exuberance, lonely earnestness, and minute-by-minute autobiography to a wide, vague audience—much like today's Twitter and Facebook feeds.<p>Some poets shape how we speak. Others use an idiom that, through some combination of chance and insight, anticipates changes in …

The Inhumanity of the Death Penalty

In America, the history of the criminal justice—and of executions—is inseparable from white supremacy.<p>Fifteen years ago, Clayton Lockett shot Stephanie Neiman twice, then watched as his friends buried her alive. Last week, Lockett was tortured to death by the state of Oklahoma. The torture was not …

The Tortured Statistical Debate Over the Death Penalty

A productive policy conversation after a botched Oklahoma execution depends on rigorously supported claims. Those can be tough to come by.<p>The botched execution of Clayton Lockett in Oklahoma a few weeks ago has prompted a new round of debate over the value and morality of capital punishment, and …

The Ethics of Erasing Bad Memories

Though the emerging possibility of deleting traumatic memories could provide some people relief, the question remains whether it would fundamentally change who they are.<p>Electricity has been used in medical treatments all the way back to 46 C.E. when Scribonius Largus treated the Roman Emperor …

Should Paid 'Menstrual Leave' Be a Thing?

Some countries mandate a legal right to leave for women during their periods. Is that reverse sexism or the right thing to do?<p>For most American women beyond the age of high school gym class, “I’ve got my period” isn’t considered much of an excuse for anything. We’re meant to pop an Advil and get on …

This Is How People Once Measured the Blueness of the Sky

The origins of quantitative meteorology<p>After their daughter was born, the linguist Guy Deutscher and his wife decided to try an experiment. The new parents taught little Alma all the colors of the rainbow and beyond, in the way most parents teach most kids those colors: they pointed to objects—an …

Science Breaks Down Facebook Jokers

How and why people turn to medical issues to elicit electronic laughs<p>In an especially unsettling example of bad medical humor on Facebook, Kansas radiologist Dr. Milton Wolf recently admitted to posting several graphic images of patients. In one case, he uploaded an image of a man who had been shot …

The New Math of Subways

New software can take simple data and infer exactly what's going on across a transportation system.<p>An urban transportation system is a messy, hard-to-track thing.<p>Despite planning surveys and increasing data aggregation, it's hard for the people who run city transit to know precisely what is …

What If U.S. Cities Just Stopped Participating in the War on Drugs?

An idea whose time may have finally come.<p>Spring means budget season for local governments across the United States, and Steve Novick, a city commissioner in Portland, Oregon, has a proposal he thinks could save his city a nice chunk of change: slashing funding for the Portland Police Bureau's Drugs …