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Lee Kuan Yew, the Leader Who Lasted

Why the passing of a 91-year-old Singaporean is attracting such notice<p>By the time of his death on Monday at age 91, Lee Kuan Yew had been out of the Western limelight long enough that some people may wonder why his passing deserves such notice.<p>I'd offer these reasons:<p>• <b>A post-colonial leader who</b> …

The Age of Never-Ending Internet Chats

What happens when running dialogue with a friend who’s always online replaces solo reflection?<p>A few years ago, I moved across the country from my friend Phoebe. I missed her a lot—but it helped that I was talking to her on Gchat multiple times a day.<p>Instant messaging turned out to offer each of us …

Why painful memories linger with us

If we didn’t forget pain, women would never go through childbirth twice – or so says the myth. But the truth is that agonising memories don’t always diminish.<p>If you visit someone with a newborn baby, their description of the pain of childbirth often includes the phrase “never again”. One friend …

Don’t Sell a Product, Sell a Whole New Way of Thinking

We all know the story. A team creates a groundbreaking new innovation only to see it mired in internal debates. When it is eventually launched in the market, there is an initial flurry of sales to early adopters, but then sales cycles become sluggish. Pilot customers are enthusiastic, but broader …

Women's Self-Esteem and What Men Want

In a new study, female participants felt better about their bodies when told that men are attracted to plus-sized models.<p>Last summer, Meghan Trainor’s doo-woppy single “All About That Bass” was seen by a lot of people as a body-positive empowerment anthem, with its condemnation of magazine …

Why the Ministry of Defence is killing Singapore’s ambition of becoming an IP hub

<i>Since the publication of this article, Tech in Asia has received notice that the following statements made by Dr. Ting are false:</i><p><i>(i) MINDEF had</i> …

Asia

The Four Undramatic Plot Structures

The recruitment of Giuliani looked like part of a White House effort to promote the narrative that Robert Mueller’s investigation is entering its final stages.<p>Apr. 20, 2018

11 Things Every Woman Should Tell Her Gyno

Your feet are already up in stirrups—how much more awkward can it really get?<p>There are some things that you'd barely consider telling your best friend—let alone your gynecologist. But the truth is, they've heard and seen it all. Plus, there are some things that, while embarrassing, could be really …

Glitterbombs Are Back

As the 2016 election cycle begins, a favorite tactic of the 2012 race makes a return.<p>Matthew Carpenter was already hard at work at 4:30 this morning, at his home in Australia, filling the orders pouring in at ShipYourEnemiesGlitter.com. “The house looks like it’s 1975 and Donna Summer has just hit …

What Ruth Bader Ginsburg Taught Me About Being a Stay-at-Home Dad

A young lawyer puts his former boss’s ideals into practice.<p>This past summer, on the last day of my clerkship with Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, she rose from her cavernous desk and, following a hearty goodbye hug, asked me what was next. I told her that the next morning marked the start of my new …

What Happens to a Woman's Brain When She Becomes a Mother

From joy and attachment to anxiety and protectiveness, mothering behavior begins with biochemical reactions.<p>The artist Sarah Walker once told me that becoming a mother is like discovering the existence of a strange new room in the house where you already live. I always liked Walker's description …

Group Projects and the Secretary Effect

How team assignments in school reinforce traditional gender roles in kids and adults<p>Remember the group project? That horrible amalgamation of weird middle school pressures combined with some random assignment meant to foster both learning and teamwork? Maybe you had to design and build a …

Education

The Anti-Tolkien

This month, the author Michael Moorcock celebrated his seventy-fifth birthday, which, as fate would have it, fell in the same month that Peter Jackson closed out his hexology of films that began with “Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship the Ring” and ended with “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five …

How Do You Say 'Sex'?

Why English has 1,750 slang words for the simple act of sexual intercourse<p>What we now regard as the first glossaries of English slang—they were actually collections of criminal jargon—appeared in the 1500s. Looking back, some of the details may be blurred, but the themes that would characterize …

The Mysterious Rise of the Non-Working Man

The economy is not leaving men behind. But it is perhaps leaving manliness behind.<p>In 1974, the radio broadcaster Studs Terkel published a book of profiles to have "people talk about what they do all day and how they feel about what they do." The title of the book was, simply, <i>Working</i>.<p>That was …

'A Risk of Harm': Catholic Hospitals' Ban on Tube-Tying

Sterilization is forbidden in Catholic doctrine—but many doctors in systems affiliated with the Church believe the restriction runs counter to their patients' best interests.<p>Imagine you’re an OB/GYN doing a C-section on a woman who’s had six previous C-sections. She says she’s done having kids and …

'Shipping' and the Enduring Appeal of Rooting for Love

The joys of championing the often-fictional romances of others<p>It was an electric June night in Flushing. Star-crossed Mets phenom Dwight Gooden made his first start following a drug suspension handed down that April, and the Amazin’s beat the Pirates 5-1. But what made that evening in 1987 truly …

Ceausescu’s children | Wendell Steavenson

Photograph: Michel Euler/AP<p>The palace built by Nicolae Ceaușescu is now the largest civil administration building in the world.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2014/12/9/1418144714561/c8d53e58-f5e7-48b6-bc87-6e027a0a000b-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Michel Euler/AP<p>The …

No Phones in Bed

Or, the health case for books. New research looks into how screens tell our brains to stay unnaturally alert.<p>The bed must be reserved as a place for sleep and sex only. That was the decree of psychologist Richard Bootzin in his influential 1972 proposal for a "stimulus-control" approach to better …

Jane Austen in quotes: 30 tips for a successful life

Who needs modern self-help gurus when a 19th-century novelist had it all worked out? Fortify yourself for the first Jane Austen day with quotes from her novels – and let us know the ones we have missed<p>It’s no longer universally acknowledged that “a single man in possession of a good fortune must be …

Toys Are More Divided by Gender Now Than They Were 50 Years Ago

Even at times when discrimination was much more common, catalogs contained more neutral appeals than advertisements today.<p>When it comes to buying gifts for children, everything is color-coded: Rigid boundaries segregate brawny blue action figures from pretty pink princesses, and most assume that …

FDA Warning: Stay Away From 'Keepsake' Ultrasounds

The medically unnecessary scans peddled by businesses—often set up in malls and administered by people with no healthcare training—may pose a health risk to both fetus and mother.<p>Despite repeated warnings by the Food and Drug Administration over the years, commercial ultrasound businesses—often set …

Mothers breastfeed outside Claridge’s in support of woman told to cover up

Mass ‘nurse-in’ protest targets five-star London hotel after staff ask Louise Burns to hide her baby under a napkin<p>Mothers staged a mass “nurse-in” outside Claridge’s hotel in London on Saturday afternoon in protest against an incident in which a woman was asked to cover herself up while …

Foreskin: Keep or Cut?

New CDC guidelines hint at the cultural tension surrounding male circumcision in America.<p>The foreskin is "like some of the evil genii or sprites in the Arabian tales," wrote the physician Peter Charles Remondino in his 1891 book, <i>History of Circumcision from the Earliest Times to the Present.</i> Left …

Men Got the Whole Bible, and All Women Got Was This Red Tent

Lifetime has made the story of Jacob's wives and daughters into a two-part mini-series. Retelling the Old Testament through the eyes of women is noble—but fraught.<p>The men of The Bible are many: Adam, Cain, Abel, and Noah; Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; Moses, Aaron, Joshua, and Caleb; Ezekiel, Isaiah, …

Do We Live in a Time of Narcissism

No, we don't live in a time of Greek Mythology but we use words of past historical and mystical figures and gather images of centuries past. "Narcissus fell in love with his own image in a pool of water and finally changed into a flower." This flower bears his name "Narcissus" to this day. Many …

The Rise of Daddy Daycare

Even though the burden of cultural expectation still generally falls on mothers, fathers now spend almost five more hours on childcare each week than they did in 1965.<p>What scene comes to mind when you envision a dad left in charge of his kids for the day? Is it a room with fresh crayon marks all …

The Topics Dystopian Films Won't Touch

Movies like The Hunger Games imagine society's present problems getting worse—except for sexism and racism, which magically disappear in the future.<p>Since the release of <i>The Hunger Games</i> in 2012, dystopian cinema has enjoyed sustained interest in American culture. Popular young adult novels are being …

Social, Mobile and Cloud Capabilities are Transforming the Future of the Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Industries

The recent webinar co-hosted by Salesforce.com and Accenture on how social, mobile and cloud are transforming health and pharma was attended by over …