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The Key to Weight Loss Is Diet Quality, Not Quantity, a New Study Finds

Anyone who has ever been on a diet knows that the standard prescription for weight loss is to reduce the amount of calories you consume.<p>But a new study, published Tuesday in JAMA, may turn that advice on its head. It found that people who cut back on added sugar, refined grains and highly processed …

Nutrition

In a land of workaholics, burned-out South Koreans go to 'prison' to relax

'The true prison is the world outside,' says founder of jail-themed retreat<p>Suk-won Kang recently spent a week occupying five square metres of …

South Korea

I turned my ancient car stereo into a Bluetooth-powered modern stereo with an amazing $30 device

My partner and I just bought a car, against my better logic as a New Yorker. It's this glorious old Volvo station wagon:<p>Buying a 13-year-old car means buying a 13-year-old car stereo, as I recently learned. And a 13-year-old car stereo is very likely to mean no Bluetooth, and no auxiliary port for …

Tech Trends

Can Planet Earth Feed 10 Billion People?

Humanity has 30 years to find out.<p>All parents remember the moment when they first held their children—the tiny crumpled face, an entire new person, emerging from the hospital blanket. I extended my hands and took my daughter in my arms. I was so overwhelmed that I could hardly think.<p>Afterward I …

Agriculture

Vegan Sourdough Blueberry Pancakes • Holy Cow! Vegan Recipes

The night before you make your pancakes, mix the nondairy milk with the vinegar and set aside for a couple of minutes to curdle.<p>In a large bowl, mix …

Europe’s solution to the drug crisis is working. Why won’t America follow it?

In 1986, at a community HIV prevention meeting in New Haven, Connecticut, an injection drug user spontaneously brought a bundle of clean syringes to freely hand out. By this time, the correlation between injection drug use and HIV had been made. This gave Jon Parker, a former injection drug user …

Drug Addiction

Wisconsin's Welfare Overhaul Is Almost Complete

The Trump administration could soon approve a proposal from Governor Scott Walker to drug test food-stamp recipients.<p>If Scott Walker has his way, poor people in Wisconsin will have to undergo drug testing, one way or another.<p>Last week, the Republican governor forged ahead with a plan to require …

Health Care

Palestinians Are Facing Their Worst Fears About America

No help is coming.<p>President Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the U.S. embassy there stunned many observers. Who would’ve thought we’d see such a dramatic break from U.S. policy on the city’s status? What about the implications for the two-state solution, the …

Israel

The Ignorance of Mocking Mormonism

It’s precisely the beliefs of Latter-day Saints that critics dismiss as strange which produce the behaviors those same critics often applaud.<p>“What the Mormons do, seems to be excellent,” according to Charles Dickens’s 19th-century journal <i>Household Words</i>, “what they say, is mostly nonsense.”<p>Since …

Religion

Do Pesticides Get Into the Flesh of Fruits and Vegetables?

<b>Q. Do pesticides get into the flesh of conventional fruits and vegetables like cantaloupe, apples and cucumbers?</b><p><b>A.</b> Pesticides sprayed on fruits and vegetables accumulate on the outer peel or skin, but the skin does not form an impermeable barrier, and some pesticides are actually designed to be …

Environmental Health

Here’s what Trump’s opioid commission wants him to do

The commission just released its final report.<p>If President Donald Trump is serious about dealing with the opioid epidemic, we now have an official checklist by which to judge his administration’s actions.<p>On Wednesday, Trump’s opioid commission, led by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, put out its …

The Myths That Fuel the Catalan Crisis

Flawed, oversimplified narratives are driving both sides.<p>In the hours after their parliament declared independence, thousands of Catalans streamed into the Plaça Sant Jaume, a medieval square in Barcelona that serves as the seat of Catalonia’s regional government. They waved the Catalan flag, sang …

Europe

'Ikigai' is the Japanese art of finding one's purpose in life

<b>You will find your ikigai at the intersection of what you are good at and what you love doing.</b><p>The quest for happiness is part of being human, and …

Ikigai

Health care prices are the problem - Vox

Opaque and sky high bills are breaking Americans — and our health care system.<p>On September 28, 2016, a 3-year-old girl named Elodie Fowler slid into an MRI machine at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Palo Alto, California. Doctors wanted to better understand a rare genetic condition that was …

Trump promises evangelical conference he’ll save Christmas, kill poor people 

Because you can’t bring the world to the brink of nuclear war on Twitter all the time, Donald Trump took a break from eroding the public discourse …

The Impotence of Blaming 'Evil'

If guns aren’t a problem, why does the U.S. have so many more shootings than any other country?<p>For all its use, “thoughts and prayers” doesn’t appear to have produced a quantifiable reduction in the rates of gun violence. Over years of mass murders in the United States, the aphorism has become a …

Guns

White American men are a bigger domestic terrorist threat than Muslim foreigners

Since Trump took office, more Americans have been killed by white American men with no connection to Islam than by Muslim terrorists or foreigners.<p>When President Donald Trump signed his since-revised executive order banning people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United …

Extremism

America’s unique gun violence problem, explained in 17 maps and charts

In the developed world, these levels of gun violence are a uniquely American problem. Here’s why.<p>America is an exceptional country when it comes to guns. It’s one of the few countries in which the right to bear arms is constitutionally protected. But America’s relationship with guns is unique in …

Guns

Rex Tillerson Must Go

“If he does remain, it will be yet another sign of the collapse of self respect among those who are now willing to serve in senior positions in government.”<p>There is nothing more to be said about the depth of Donald Trump’s ignorance or his more consequential lack of character—his selfishness, his …

North Korea

We Expect Too Much From Our Romantic Partners

A new book explores how marriage has changed in recent years, and why that’s made staying married harder.<p>Tall, dark, handsome, funny, kind, great with kids, six-figure salary, a harsh but fair critic of my creative output ... the list of things people want from their spouses and partners has grown …

Northwestern University

Bribery and kickbacks: the FBI's college basketball sting has only just begun

Hall of Fame coach Rick Pitino has become the first high-profile victim in the FBI’s investigation into college basketball corruption, but he won’t be the last<p>Rick Pitino, the Hall of Fame college basketball coach who over his 31-year head coaching career has led his teams to seven Final Fours and …

What's Lost When Only Rich Kids Play Sports

The income disparity in youth athletics has effects on health and success that stretch far into adulthood.<p>As a child in the 1970s, Kathleen Castles lived across the street from her elementary school, and most mornings she got up at dawn to horse around the playground. She loved sports. The gym …

Income Inequality

7 African Recipes Vegans Will Love

African cuisine has not always been linked with vegetarian or vegan diets and lifestyle choices. However the idea that vegan or vegetarianism is …

The Japanese concept of Ikigai could be the secret to a long, meaningful life

Just trying to answer such a big question might make you want to crawl back into bed. If it does, the Japanese concept of ikigai could help.<p>Originating from a country with one of the world's oldest populations, the idea is becoming popular outside of Japan as a way to live longer and better.<p>While …

Ikigai

Family's home is two tiny houses connected with a central sun room & deck

Many have pointed out that tiny houses aren't for everyone: families with kids might come to mind, for example, though we have seen more than a few …

The Bad Science Behind Campus Response to Sexual Assault

Assertions about how trauma physiologically impedes the ability to resist or coherently remember assault have greatly undermined defense against assault allegations. But science offers little support for these claims.<p><i>This is the second story in a three-part series examining how the rules governing</i> …

Psychology

The Uncomfortable Truth About Campus Rape Policy

At many schools, the rules intended to protect victims of sexual assault mean students have lost their right to due process—and an accusation of wrongdoing can derail a person’s entire college education.<p><i>This is the first story in a three-part series examining how the rules governing sexual-assault</i> …

Joe Biden

The Rise Of Mock Meat: How Its Story Reflects America's Ever-Changing Values

Monday is Labor Day — the last hurrah of grilling for much of America. And at many of these summertime cookouts, you'll find veggie burgers alongside (or instead of) the traditional beef and brats. Whether for health, environmental or ethical reasons, more people are tossing veggie burgers on the …

To Understand Rising Inequality, Consider the Janitors at Two Top Companies, Then and Now

ROCHESTER — Gail Evans and Marta Ramos have one thing in common: They have each cleaned offices for one of the most innovative, profitable and all-around successful companies in the United States.<p>For Ms. Evans, that meant being a janitor in Building 326 at Eastman Kodak’s campus in Rochester in the …

Income Inequality

Study: a universal basic income would grow the economy

A universal basic income could make the US economy trillions of dollars larger, permanently, according to a new study by the left-leaning Roosevelt Institute.<p>Basic income, a proposal in which every American would be given a basic stipend from the government no strings attached, is often brought up …

Income Inequality