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The Newest Epidemic Among College Kids: 'Sleep Texting' Syndrome

Mittens, to protect herself from her phone. To render her fingers unable to send those unconscious messages that are as embarrassing as they are senseless.<p>Yup: She's a sleep texter.<p>"It's a phenomenon occurring with the younger generation," says Elizabeth Dowdell, a nursing professor at Villanova …

Text Messaging

Manning complicates Snowden saga

The Obama administration’s struggle to bring leaker Edward Snowden home to justice keeps running into a daunting hurdle: the international fallout over Pfc. Bradley Manning’s experience in U.S. custody after his own round of secret spilling.<p>Snowden’s family and his supporters around the world have …

Pentagon Papers Leaker Daniel Ellsberg Praises Snowden, Manning

Daniel Ellsberg, the military analyst who in 1971 leaked the top-secret Pentagon Papers detailing the history of U.S. policy in Vietnam, tells NPR's <i>Weekend Edition Saturday</i> that unlike Bradley Manning and Edward Snowden, he "did it the wrong way" by trying first to go through proper channels — a …

China's Infamous 'One-Child Policy' Is About To Become A 'Two-Child Policy'

The country just completed a once-in-a-decade leadership transition earlier this year, though, and the new management is eager to show its reform-minded stripes amid a slowdown in the Chinese economy.<p>As a result, the "one-child policy" may be set to become a "two-child policy" fairly …

Worms' Bright Blue Death Could Shed Light On Human Aging

Last year, researchers at University College London's Institute of Healthy Ageing were looking through their microscopes when they saw something amazing.<p>David Gems, professor of biogerentology, was part of the team looking for answers to big questions about human aging in small, squishy little …

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Debates

Representing the sides<p>Moderator<p>Lena Schipper, The Economist<p>Lena Schipper is Seoul bureau chief for <i>The Economist</i>. Previous to this role she worked as …

Mind games

<b>Wreaking.</b> By James Scudamore. <i>Harvill Secker; 389 pages; £16.99.</i> Buy from Amazon.co.uk<p>JAMES SCUDAMORE, a British author, is not afraid of the dark and …

A tale of two women

EVER since Eve wheedled Adam into eating that apple, women have known how to get what they want from men. That does not mean it is easy. In …

Vamos a la playa

AT LAST, August is upon us. The summer fruit is plump and the sea is warm. You can almost hear the warbling melody of “<i>La Mer</i>”, Charles Trenet’s ode …

Economics

The industry can no longer simply focus on the benefits of shale gas

George Mitchell, the pioneer of extracting shale gas economically, who died on July 26th, rarely talked to the press. In May 2012 The Economist …

Will The Grass Be Greener In Obama's Second Term?

One of the chief expectations of those who voted for President Obama is that he moves assertively to pass climate change legislation, whatever the political climate in Washington.<p>"We have a bipartisan common interest in moving away from fossil fuels towards clean energy," says Michael Brune, the …

Why US soda consumption has fallen so dramatically

Ten years ago, Americans drank enough soda every year to fill a small aquarium. Fifty-three gallons of the stuff per person. That’s half a liter of Diet Coke <i>on an average day</i>. Compare that to our other favorite liquid-caffeine companion. For every cup of coffee we consumed in 2003, we drank two …

Teenager Reportedly Used AR-15 to Kill Five in New Mexico

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>A 15-year-old was arrested Sunday for allegedly killing a family Saturday evening just outside of …

The Second Inauguration of President Barack Obama

Inside Flipboard / January 20, 2013<p>Thousands of people will gather on the west front lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Monday morning to watch President …

Who Would Take A One-Way Trip To Mars? This Woman.

Katrina Wolfe, a 24-year-old video game designer, wants to live and die on Mars.<p><i>Mars One, a Netherlands-based private spaceflight project, announced April 22 that it would begin accepting applications for a one-way mission to colonize Mars; three weeks later, 78,000 people had already signed up. We</i> …

Kickstarter bans project creators from giving away genetically-modified organisms

Kickstarter is clamping down on genetically-modified organisms following the success of a project to genetically engineer glowing plants for use as additional lighting in people's homes. Earlier this week and without explanation, the crowdfunding website quietly altered its guidelines for project …

Scientist to eat lab-grown beefburger

On Monday, just after lunchtime, Dr Mark Post will make culinary (and scientific) history by cooking a beefburger and eating it. Which sounds mundane except that this burger cost €250,000 to make and has been painstakingly assembled from meat grown in his laboratory at Maastricht University.<p>Post's …