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Parenting In The Age Of Screens: Here's What The Experts Do

<i>A version of this piece ran in February 2018.</i><p>Parents today struggle to set screen time guidelines.<p>One big reason is a lack of role models. Grandma doesn't have any tried-and-true sayings about iPad time. This stuff is just too new.<p>But many experts on kids and media are also parents themselves. So …

Stony Brook University

Retail Credit Cards: The Correlation between Retailer Health and Payment Performance

<i>This is the first of a two-part blog series written by guest author,</i> <i>Cristian deRitis, senior director of Consumer Credit Analytics</i> <i>at Moody’s</i> …

Credit Cards

Seriously, Juice Is Not Healthy

Obesity affects 40 percent of adults and 19 percent of children in the United States and accounts for more than $168 billion in health care spending each year. Sugary beverages are thought to be one of the major drivers of the obesity epidemic. These drinks (think soda and sports drinks) are the …

Nutrition

Opposition to Breast-Feeding Resolution by U.S. Stuns World Health Officials

A resolution to encourage breast-feeding was expected to be approved quickly and easily by the hundreds of government delegates who gathered this spring in Geneva for the United Nations-affiliated World Health Assembly.<p>Based on decades of research, the resolution says that mother’s milk is …

Breast Feeding

Americans Are Having Fewer Babies. They Told Us Why.

Americans are having fewer babies. At first, researchers thought the declining fertility rate was because of the recession, but it kept falling even as the economy recovered. Now it has reached a record low for the second consecutive year.<p>Because the fertility rate subtly shapes many major issues …

Demographics

How Smart TVs in Millions of U.S. Homes Track More Than What’s On Tonight

The growing concern over online data and user privacy has been focused on tech giants like Facebook and devices like smartphones. But people’s data is also increasingly being vacuumed right out of their living rooms via their televisions, sometimes without their knowledge.<p>In recent years, data …

How to Clean Your Filthy, Disgusting Laptop

You know your laptop is filthy. You can see the dirt and grime on your keyboard. You can see that circle of skin oils on the middle of the trackpad. So when’s the last time you cleaned it?<p>Using a freshly cleaned laptop is almost as satisfying as getting a brand new one. The keys are clean, the …

Cleaning

36 years of bike race footage reveals how Belgium’s climate is changing

Green-thumbed grandmothers the world over have noticed a disturbing trend: Spring seems to be arriving earlier every year. But without hard data, …

Ecology

Why Are So Many Political Parties Blowing Up? (Part 1)

If you haven’t already noticed, let me be the first on your block to point it out: The big mainstream political parties across the industrialized world are all blowing up at once. It’s quite extraordinary.<p>The U.S. Republican Party has blown up in all but name, going overnight from an …

Political Science

The Supreme Court Devastates Antitrust Law

Obscured by the destructive chaos of the Trump administration, a far more chillingly efficient assault on America is underway: a hard march backward to laissez-faire economic policies of a sort not seen since the late 19th century. Last year, Congress did its part by cutting corporate taxes. And on …

Antitrust Laws

We Have a Crisis of Democracy, Not Manners

Last year, the white nationalist Richard Spencer was kicked out of his Virginia gym after another member confronted him and called him a Nazi. This incident did not generate a national round of hand-wringing about the death of tolerance, perhaps because most people tacitly agree that it’s O.K. to …

Donald Trump

Why We Are Leaving the G.O.P.

When the obituary for the Republican Party is written, the year 1980 will be cited as the beginning of the end. Reaganism was in full flower, but the big tent was already folding. Republican leaders endorsed a constitutional ban on abortion at the convention that summer, ending the party’s historic …

Family Planning

Suicides Have Increased. Is This an Existential Crisis?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently released startling new statistics on the rise of deaths by suicide in the United States, which are up 25 percent since 1999 across most ethnic and age groups. These numbers clearly point to a crisis — but of what kind?<p>Many argue that this is a …

Psychology

Coming soon to cities: one transit app to rule them all

For commuters in Chicago, Boston, LA, and New York, Cubic’s new app will let you buy tickets for multiple different transit systems in one place, so you can easily plan trips that don’t involve a car.<p>If someone living in Logan Square, the hip Chicago neighborhood in the northwest side of the city, …

Transportation

A Renewed View of Some of the World’s Oldest Trees

YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, Calif. — John Muir, the naturalist who was most at home sleeping outdoors on a bed of pine needles in the Sierra Nevada, called giant sequoias the “noblest of God’s trees.”<p>For three years, some of the most striking examples of these towering marvels were off limits to …

National Parks

How the Koch Brothers Are Killing Public Transit Projects Around the Country

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — A team of political activists huddled at a Hardee’s one rainy Saturday, wolfing down a breakfast of biscuits and gravy. Then they descended on Antioch, a quiet Nashville suburb, armed with iPads full of voter data and a fiery script.<p>The group, the local chapter for Americans for …

Urban Design

Donald Trump Goes Rogue

In half a week, between Quebec and Singapore, Trump showed that the liberal order is hateful to him, and that he wants out.<p>When President Trump walked out early from the meeting of the Group of Seven in Charlevoix, Quebec, on June 9th, he left the group’s collective statement without an American …

I Was Fired for Making Fun of Trump

After 25 years as the editorial cartoonist for The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, I was fired on Thursday.<p>I blame Donald Trump.<p>Well, sort of.<p>I should’ve seen it coming. When I had lunch with my new boss a few months ago, he informed me that the paper’s publisher believed that the editorial cartoonist was …

Donald Trump

Your Wi-Fi Security Is Probably Weak. Here’s How to Fix That.

Chances are that when you bought a Wi-Fi router, you probably did not prioritize strong network security.<p>After all, when we think about wireless connectivity in our homes, most of us generally care more about speed of data transmissions and how much range the router can cover.<p>But it’s time to …

Wi-Fi

Trump was right. The rest of the G7 were wrong | George Monbiot

He gets almost everything wrong. But last weekend Donald Trump got something right. To the horror of the other leaders of the rich world, he defended democracy against its detractors. Perhaps predictably, he has been universally condemned for it.<p>His crime was to insist that the North American Free …

NAFTA

An Investigative Arsenal: Power Chargers, Document Analysis Tools and More

<i>How do New York Times journalists use technology in their jobs and in their personal lives? Eric Lipton, an investigative reporter in Washington, discussed the tech he’s using.</i><p><b>What are your most important tech tools for staying on top of your beat?</b><p>My single most important tool? Backup power.<p>It’s …

All the people Apple just pissed off to better protect your privacy

Apple is turning its oft-expressed stance on privacy into features that are bad news for everyone from other tech companies to government agencies.<p>When Apple previewed the upcoming iOS 12 and MacOS Mojave at this week’s WWDC keynote, the killer new features that got both developers and users most …

Privacy

How the Ice Age Shaped New York

At the start of the last ice age, 2.6 million years ago, a sheet of frozen water formed atop North America that kept expanding and thickening until it reached a maximum depth of roughly two miles.<p>At its southern edge, the vast body deposited tons of rocky debris — from sand and pebbles to boulders …

No One Really Understands the South

“Why do black people still live in the South?” a black friend from Chicago asked me last year, genuinely bewildered. She had just seen the film “Mudbound,” which tells the story of a black family and a white family living intimately, side by side, in post-World War II Mississippi.<p>It was …

Facebook Back on the Defensive, Now Over Data Deals With Device Makers

Facebook endured a new wave of criticism from lawmakers and regulators in the United States and Europe on Monday after disclosures that the social media giant had allowed dozens of hardware manufacturers access to its trove of personal user data.<p>Just months after being forced to explain its privacy …

The Californization of America

SOQUEL, Calif. — Across the country, Democrats are winning primaries by promoting policies like universal health insurance and guaranteed income — ideas once laughed off as things that work only on the “Left Coast.”<p>At the same time, national politicians from both sides are finally putting front and …

Hillary Clinton

New Rules for Bats Leave Youth Baseball Parents With the Bill

WAUPACA, Wis. — John Zeamer invested his life savings into a new baseball bat this spring. He paid $250 for a sleek DeMarini Voodoo bat, a model he hopes will help him live up to the nickname Big Country, which he earned for the long balls he hit deep into the outfield.<p>The investment was not …

University of Illinois

One Reform to Save America

There are a bunch of different ways to do democracy. In Western Europe, most countries have proportional representation and a lot of different parties representing voter interests. In this country we’ve gone with a two-party system and winner-take-all elections.<p>During the middle of the 20th …

Political Science

Your Recycling Gets Recycled, Right? Maybe, or Maybe Not

Oregon is serious about recycling. Its residents are accustomed to dutifully separating milk cartons, yogurt containers, cereal boxes and kombucha bottles from their trash to divert them from the landfill. But this year, because of a far-reaching rule change in China, some of the recyclables are …

The Strange Failure of the Educated Elite

Once upon a time, white male Protestants ruled the roost. You got into a fancy school if your father had gone to the fancy school. You got a job at a white-shoe law firm or climbed the corporate ladder if you golfed at the right club.<p>Then we smashed all that. We replaced a system based on birth …