Michael Finn

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The Science of Swearing

Why would a psychological scientist study swearing? Expertise in such an area has different practical significance inside and outside the community …

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Can music make you smarter?

James May finds out if listening to music, or playing it, is really good for your brain.<p>The Mozart effect suggests that children will become more intelligent if they listen to music composed by Mozart. But is it true? James May delves into the mysteries of music in his own inimitable way.<p><i>For more</i> …

Flute

The changing face of psychology

After 50 years of stagnation in research practices, psychology is leading reforms that will benefit all life sciences<p>In 1959, an American researcher named Ted Sterling reported something disturbing. Of 294 articles published across four major psychology journals, 286 had reported positive results – …

Evangelicals Are Winning the Gay Marriage Fight—in Africa and Russia

Long be­fore Pres­id­ent Obama se­lec­ted three gay ath­letes to lead the Amer­ic­an del­eg­a­tion to the So­chi Olympics, long be­fore Pres­id­ent …

LGBTQ

The Food Lab: How to Roast Fall and Winter Vegetables

I associate different appliances with different times of the year. The vacuum cleaner comes out in the summer as the dogs start to shed their fall coats. (Ironically, the vacuum cleaner <i>also</i> comes out around November when my building decides to kick in its …

Google Wants To Make Your Passwords Obsolete

<i>Update to add comment from Google on U2F technology.</i><p>If there’s one thing that decades of computer use have taught security experts, it’s that most of us are really bad at creating good passwords. After the recent data breach involving Adobe’s customer accounts, security researcher Jeremi Gosney …

Obamacare Is The Chance Of A Lifetime For Venture Capitalists

"This is the greatest opportunity I've seen in my lifetime. It's the first time we are seeing really fundamental changes happen. And there's a lot of money that can be made as this chaos is sorted out," said Lisa Suennen, the co-founder and managing member of Psilos Group, a health-care-focused …

Health Care

Google's Self-Driving Cars: A Quest for Acceptance

Robots can already outdrive humans. Now everyone needs to get out of their way.<p>Every morning, at about 8 a.m., Anthony Levandowski walks out of his house in Berkeley and folds his six-foot-six-inch frame into the driver's seat of his white Lexus. Levandowski is embarking on his daily commute to …

Jimi's Last Ride

Epic plans, earthly troubles and sweet music: the guitar god's frenetic final months and lost recordings<p>On the evening of August 26th, 1970, Jimi …

Guitar

Curiosity rover's methane result challenges life theory

The Tuneable Laser spectrometer sits inside the body of the rover<p><b>The Curiosity rover's failure to detect methane on Mars is a blow to theories that the planet may still host some types of life, say mission scientists.</b><p>Telescopes and satellites have reported seeing small but significant volumes of …

Space

Thar She Drones: Are the High Seas Ready for Robots?

Companies hoping to build autonomous marine robots—and those at the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard hoping to use them—are toiling to make sure unmanned boats will be able to sail the seas safely.<p><b>If the idea of unmanned aircraft tracking targets from above is unsettling</b>, imagine how a future Chinese or …

Military

Dave Grohl And Krist Novoselic Share Memories, Unreleased Tracks From 'In Utero'

Few bands ever reach the popularity, influence and status of the early-'90s rock group Nirvana. Anyone who's old enough to remember knows that the trio from Aberdeen, Wash., helped pioneer grunge rock. But more than that, Nirvana became a symbol for an entire generation of ideas and popular …

Elegy of a race car driver

Sometime after 10:30 on a Thursday morning in May, after he'd had his cup of coffee, Dick Trickle snuck out of the house. His wife didn't see him go. He eased his 20-year-old Ford pickup out on the road and headed toward Boger City, N.C., 10 minutes away. He drove down Highway 150, a two-lane road …