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Do you genes determine your entire life?

Some scientists claim that new discoveries have proved free will is an illusion. Nonsense, says Julian Baggini<p>Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis …

Genetics

Scientists Have Created 'DNA Scissors' That Can Alter Your Genes, but Should They Use Them?

Biotechnology that can rewrite the genome heralds "a new era of human biology" and raises ethical questions for the medical community, experts in …

Science Communication Is Broken. Let's Fix It.

The first scientific journals appeared in the late 17th century, when exclusive groups of scientists in Britain and France began recording their results for posterity. Only select aristocrats could participate in the endeavor of research, and their social circles were formalized in organizations …

Attention: A Muscle to Strengthen

A doctor's recommendations for mental health evoke more philosophy than biology.<p>"Today is Thursday, the day of Meaning."<p>That's the message at the very top of the page. And from there down, almost everything about Amit Sood's website, stressfree.org, is couched in the self-help jargon that …

Mindfulness

The Real Story of How America Became an Economic Superpower

Adam Tooze's study of the two world wars traces a new history of the 20th century.<p>Very rarely, you read a book that inspires you to see a familiar story in an entirely different way. So it was with Adam Tooze’s astonishing economic history of World War II, <i>The Wages of Destruction</i>. And so it is …

How Scientists Are Learning to Write

"That's jargon-ish. Even some people in the sciences don't have an intuitive understanding of what that means."<p>The students tried not to look sheepish as their professor projected the article on the whiteboard, waiting for their work to be devoured by their classmates. It was the second class for …

Success at Work and Happiness at Home: Mutually Exclusive?

Many Americans are finding it increasingly difficult to balance grueling, but necessary, work schedules with family time.<p>It's a question that has fixated philosophers for generations: What are the ingredients of a successful life? It's also a question that Patrice H. wrestles with in far grittier …

How fast food targets you: The secret science — and sauce — behind McDonald’s, Snickers, Fritos and more

Technology and marketing have revolutionized desire — and made us crave salty, fatty foods<p><b>Supersized Soda and Overflowing Shopping Carts</b><p>Packaging has the prosaic but still astonishing ability to contain stuff that would otherwise decay, dissipate, or disappear, while also advertising contents to …

Buy Experiences, Not Things

Live in anticipation, gathering stories and memories. New research builds on the vogue mantra of behavioral economics.<p>Forty-seven percent of the time, the average mind is wandering. It wanders about a third of the time while a person is reading, talking with other people, or taking care of …

The Forever Battery

A Silicon Valley startup run by old-school technologists has invented an energy storage device that could take an entire neighborhood off the grid.<p>Imergy Power Systems’ headquarters in an office park in one of Silicon Valley’s less glamorous precincts is the type of place where the future used to …

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A brewing fight

EARLIER this year when a lawsuit accused Anheuser-Busch of selling watered-down beer, it caused only a minor buzz. America’s biggest breweries have …

Travels in the New Psychedelic Bazaar

A few years ago, on the West Coast, I made the acquaintance of a 32-year-old whom some people call “the Wizard.” He’s a nice guy, quiet, with a long …

I was a kept man

<b>(Graham Melling)</b><p>It sounds like a male fantasy: Free rent, great sex and lots of drugs. But I was wracked by guilt and inadequacy<p>Max Schwarz<p>April 8, 2013 1:00am (UTC)<p>To the beautiful woman at Bar 13, I probably looked like any other Brooklyn, N.Y., scenester in the winter of 2004: tight jeans, …