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The Nastiest Feud in Science

A Princeton geologist has endured decades of ridicule for arguing that the fifth extinction was caused not by an asteroid but by a series of colossal volcanic eruptions. But she’s reopened that debate.<p><i>Updated and corrected on September 7, 2018</i><p>1.<p>Gerta Keller was waiting for me at the Mumbai airport …

Extinction

The five universal laws of human stupidity

In 1976, a professor of economic history at the University of California, Berkeley published an essay outlining the fundamental laws of a force he perceived as humanity’s greatest existential threat: Stupidity.<p>Stupid people, Carlo M. Cipolla explained, share several identifying traits: they are …

Evidence Mounts That Germs May Cause Alzheimer's

In the end it will be microbes—bacteria, viruses and fungus—found to be at the root of all disease and aging, and specifically Alzheimer’s, contends geneticist Dr. Rudolph “Rudy” Emile Tanzi.<p>“The two biggest threats to healthy aging have had to do with dealing with infection,” said Tanzi, who …

Alzheimer's Disease

People Who Say These 5 Words Have Very Low Emotional Intelligence

They mean the exact opposite of what you think. But only emotionally intelligent people understand why.<p>The words hit me like a hurricane: "I know how you feel."<p>They're right there on pages 80 and 81 of my colleague Justin Bariso's new book about emotional intelligence. They're simple words, and …

The Listings of the Week: A Heritage Home in Toronto, Houston Mansion and More

A video tour of homesin London; Houston; Toronto; Costa Del Sol, Spain and Nyack, New York.

Real Estate

This 75-year Harvard study shows how to have lifetime joy

For over 75 years, Harvard’s Grant and Glueck study has tracked the physical and emotional health of two groups:<p>456 poor people in Boston from 1939 …

Relationships

Curious Questions: Why is a day divided into twenty-four hours?

We've been counting things in convenient chunks of ten for thousands of years, so why on earth is a day divided into 24 hours? Martin Fone, author of …

The internet is enabling a community of men who want to kill women. They need to be stopped

The man who killed 10 people in Toronto this week said “the Incel Rebellion has begun!”<p>In 1989, a man armed with a hunting rifle and a knife entered a Montreal university and systematically killed 14 women, before killing himself. “I have decided to send the feminists, who have always ruined my …

Something weird is happening to the Gulf Stream current

And that could mean trouble.<p>The ocean currents that help warm the Atlantic coasts of Europe and North America have significantly slowed since the 1800s and are at their weakest in 1,600 years, according to new research my colleagues and I have conducted. As we’ve set out in a new study in <i>Nature</i>, …

‘I made Steve Bannon’s psychological warfare tool’: meet the data war whistleblower

For more than a year we’ve been investigating Cambridge Analytica and its links to the Brexit Leave campaign in the UK and Team Trump in the US presidential election. Now, 28-year-old Christopher Wylie goes on the record to discuss his role in hijacking the profiles of millions of Facebook users in …

Steve Bannon

In Winston Churchill, Hollywood rewards a mass murderer

By Shashi Tharoor<p><i>Shashi Tharoor is author of “Inglorious Empire: What the British Did to India.” He chairs the Indian Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee.</i><p>“History,” Winston Churchill said, “will be kind to me, for I intend to write it myself.” He needn’t have bothered. He was one of the great …

Winston Churchill

AI Scientists Via Their 'Aging Clock' May Have Discovered How To Rewind Our Biological Clocks

“I never went through a biological clock experience. I never even heard it ticking.”~Jane Lynch<p>Well laughing it off may have worked for Comedian Jane Lynch, but for most of us, our biological clocks are not just ticking. They’re pounding.<p>Every single one of us is on the clock. And we are comprised …

Blood Tests

How DNA Testing Botched My Family's Heritage, and Probably Yours, Too

My grandfather was caramel-skinned with black eyes and thick, dark hair, and until he discovered that he was adopted, he had no reason to suspect …

The Case Against Civilization

Did our hunter-gatherer ancestors have it better?<p>Science and technology: we tend to think of them as siblings, perhaps even as twins, as parts of <i>STEM</i> (for “science, technology, engineering, and mathematics”). When it comes to the shiniest wonders of the modern world—as the supercomputers in our …

Every successful relationship is successful for the same exact reasons

• Criticizing your partner’s character (“You’re so stupid” vs “That thing you did was stupid”)<br>• Defensiveness (or basically, blame shifting, “I wouldn’t have done that if you weren’t late all the time”)<br>• Contempt (putting down your partner and making them feel inferior)<br>• Stonewalling (withdrawing from an …

‘America’s Got Talent’: Thank You For Sharing Brandon Rogers’ Gorgeous Voice With The World

Just one month after ‘America’s Got Talent’ contestant Brandon Rogers died in a tragic car accident, the talent show honored his life and incredible …

“Positive thinking” has turned happiness into a duty and a burden, says a Danish psychologist

Everyone wants you to be happy: Self-help books dish out advice on how to stop worrying, boost happiness, and banish negative thoughts; bosses want to see smiling enthusiasm in the workplace; and the only way to respond to “how are you?” is with a joyful “great!” But according to Svend Brinkmann, a …

Austin Mayor Responds To Man Angry About 'Wonder Woman' Screening

As the Two-Way reported earlier this week, some men are quite perturbed about a women-only screening of <i>Wonder Woman</i> at an Alamo Drafthouse movie theater in Austin, Texas.<p>The theater responded with some finely crafted posts on Facebook and Twitter, and by scheduling women-only screenings in Brooklyn …

39 science fiction, fantasy, and horror books to read this June

Military science fiction, gods, and space operas<p>I have a confession to make: I like books. This shouldn’t be a surprise to anyone who’s followed this monthly list, but I don’t mean just reading them. I’m fascinated by the <i>form</i> of a book, the book as a technology, and an object that’s changed how we …

Curling is way more watchable when the stones are replaced with Soviet-era cars

Curling is not the most riveting sport in the world to watch. The fact that you can earn an Olympic medal for sliding a heavy stone across some ice seems a little ludicrous, but I’m sure it has its finer points. (Scrubbing the ice with those brooms looks pretty athletic, I guess.) Leave it to a …

23 science fiction and fantasy novels to read this March

Stories of robots, revolutions, and space empires<p>It’s March, which means that there’s a whole new slate of books ready to crowd our bookshelves — books about robots, revolutions, and vast space empires to tear into.<p>Earlier this year, I mentioned that I’m trying to expand my reading horizons in …

Is squalor the solution to domestic gender politics?

Fatherhood is now a status symbol for men, better than driving a Mustang. Mansplaining is women's fault because they pushed men to talk about their feelings more. Feminism is capitalist, not political or intellectual. Hardcore online porn is instructive, at least as far as blowjobs go.<p>That's a …

There are more new science fiction and fantasy novels than you can handle this February

Stories of revenge and revolution<p>One of the things that I like about the winter months here in Vermont is the cold. It’s a bit of a stereotypical thing, I realize, but every time I end up going to my parents, I find myself sitting in a comfortable chair, inching closer and closer to their cast iron …

Fortress at the End of Time is a brilliant throwback to classic science fiction

A multilayered and thoughtful short novel<p>When a soldier is stationed at the furthest human outpost in the galaxy, he’s confronted with an incredible challenge: staying alive in a meaningless existence, hoping to one day be promoted to a better location.<p>Joe M. McDermott’s new short novel <i>The Fortress</i> …

The Concussion Diaries: One High School Football Player’s Secret Struggle with CTE

Zac Easter knew what was happening to him. He knew why. And he knew that it was only going to get worse. So he decided to write it all down—to let the world know what football had done to him, what he'd done to his body and his brain for the game he loved. And then he shot himself.<p>My Last …

High School Football

Incredible Photos Capture The World's Biggest Cities From Space

Our love of travel photography is well documented. From the pros at NatGeo to the wanderlust-worthy snaps that light up our Instagram feeds, few …

Starting over at age 213: St. Lawrence Market North redevelopment gets underway this week

Boarded up and fenced off, the once-bustling north building of St. Lawrence Market awaits one more burst of energy: a demolition crew that's set to …

CANADIANS’ MORAL COMPASS SET DIFFERENTLY FROM THAT OF OUR NEIGHBOURS TO THE SOUTH

By Bruce Anderson & David ColettoRecently, the Gallup organization in the US updated a series of questions they have asked over the years about what …

Scientists have solved an ancient Peruvian mystery from space

The mystery centers around a series of carefully built, spiraling holes called puquios, burrowed into the ground in the Nazca Desert of southern Peru.<p>These peculiar formations could not be dated using traditional carbon dating techniques, and the Nazca people didn't leave behind any evidence of …

A researcher may have found a way to treat sleep-paralysis, the terrifying experience of waking up unable to move

Annalia first heard the creature slip into her bedroom when she was six years old. It — whatever <i>it</i> was — jumped onto her sleeping body, stifling her movement and speech with its weight. She awoke frightened, seeking an explanation.<p>Everyone in Abruzzo, a small city in southeastern Italy, told said …