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Anatomy Of An Earworm: What Makes A Catchy Song?

You could spend hours dissecting what turns a song into the perfect earworm. But we can cut the whole thing short by noting what happens when we say …

Universal Music

The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma

I never got any help, any kind of therapy. I never told anyone.<p><b>Audio:</b> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>X⁠—<p>Last week I returned to Amherst. It’s been years since I was there, the time we met. I was hoping that you’d show up again; I even …

Empathy

Beyond 'Blurred Lines': How Forensic Musicology Is Altering Pop's Future

Artists and experts discuss the science behind the recently upheld landmark copyright verdict, and why the business of pop may never be the same<p>When …

Fred'S

The 10 Hottest Coursera Courses of 2017 | Inc.com

There are more than 8,000 online courses available, in every subject from artificial intelligence to visual arts. More than 50 million students signed up for one this year.<p>This bounty is a gift for anyone who wants to learn a new skill -- you can learn basically anything from anywhere these days …

Machine Learning

A Tech Pioneer’s Final, Unexpected Act

Upon receiving a diagnosis of brain cancer, Eric Sun set out to achieve some lifelong musical goals.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Johannes Brahms wrote his first violin sonata for his muse, the pianist Clara Schumann. He presented …

Piano

How the Tax Bill Will Affect Eight American Families

If you’re confused by how the Republican tax bill will affect you, you’re not alone.<p>The final version rewrites the tax code in dozens of ways, …

Retirement

The enduring power of aunties

A collection of stories about the complex relationships we have with our aunts.<p>When I think of the word “aunt,” a few scenes come to mind, like …

What Amazon Echo and Google Home Do With Your Voice Data

Amazon Echo and Google Home—and other devices that have Alexa and Google Assistant built in—are some of the most promising new technologies to come …

Smart Homes

101. Hire an accountant

Without skipping your daily Starbucks run.<p>By <b>Alicia Adamczyk, Kaitlin Mulhere, Elizabeth O’Brien and Kerri Anne Renzulli</b><p>We’d all like to finish next …

Personal Finance

Why Are More American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety?

The disintegration of Jake’s life took him by surprise. It happened early in his junior year of high school, while he was taking three Advanced Placement classes, running on his school’s cross-country team and traveling to Model United Nations conferences. It was a lot to handle, but Jake — the …

Mental Health

This nuclear-explosion simulator shows where radioactive fallout would blow using today's weather

Imagine a 150-kiloton nuclear bomb exploded in the city closest to you.<p>Do you know how the city, its surrounding region, and its inhabitants would be affected? If you can't think of much more than "a lot of people would die," you're not alone.<p>"We live in a world where nuclear weapons issues are on …

North Korea

Why Aren’t There More Women Working in Audio?

Like with many STEM-oriented fields, music production and sound engineering are dominated by men—though that’s very slowly changing.<p><i>Updated on September 11, 2017</i><p>On a hot summer day in Nevada City, California, a group of teenage girls are scattered before a stage in the town’s cultural center. …

Women in Tech

Bernie Sanders's new Medicare-for-all plan, explained

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) will release a proposal Wednesday afternoon to transition the United States to a single-payer health care system, one where a single government-run plan provides insurance coverage to all Americans.<p>The Sanders plan envisions a future in which all Americans have health …

Wind and solar power are saving Americans an astounding amount of money

Not getting sick and dying from pollution is worth quite a bit, it turns out.<p>Wind and solar power are subsidized by just about every major country in the world, either directly or indirectly through tax breaks, mandates, and regulations.<p>The main rationale for these subsidies is that wind and solar …

How Baltimore Quietly Became the Coolest City on the East Coast

As you approach Baltimore on I-95, you pass through a ring of weathered smokestacks and mechanical stalagmites that tell the story of a town shaped …

HBCUs

In the future, your body won’t be buried... you’ll dissolve

The Resomator stands monolithic in the corner of a room in the bowels of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). It's as sterile as a …

Hung Up

13 gorgeous car-free cities around the world

Ditch the rental car and get ready to explore<p><i>Editor's Note: This post was originally published in May 2017 and has been updated with the most recent information.</i><p>Some of the world’s most popular cities are facing a manmade crisis: Cars are wreaking havoc, snarling streets, and contributing to …

READ: Jared Kushner's statement on Russia to congressional committees

<i>Bolding below included as submitted in statement</i><p>STATEMENT OF JARED C. KUSHNER TO CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES<p>July 24, 2017<p>I am voluntarily providing this statement, submitting documents, and sitting for interviews in order to shed light on issues that have been raised about my role in the Trump for …

Foreign Policy

The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates

<i>This story was co-published with NPR’s Shots blog.</i>The box of prescription drugs had been forgotten in a back closet of a retail pharmacy for so long …

Pharma

Playlists for the summer: musicians and DJs choose their favourite tunes

Whether your summer is a beach, a boat trip, a roof party or just throwing stones at bottles on a warm night, we have the perfect seasonal soundtrack – thanks to Rag’n’Bone Man, Charli XCX, Ezra Furman, Kesha and others<p>Rag’n’Bone Man’s playlist for a boat trip<p>This summer’s been absolutely amazing …

New Albums

10 Gmail Shortcuts Everybody Ought to Know

If you're anything like me, you spend a lot of time each day clicking through your inbox. (And, admittedly, if you're anything like me you also walk …

Apps

How Congress Failed to Plan for Doomsday

What would happen if some crazed gunman or terrorist massacred Congress? We don’t really know—and that’s bad news for our democracy.<p>Sen. Rand Paul was blunt about what would have happened Wednesday morning during an attack on a congressional softball practice without the coincidental presence of …

Rand Paul

Six Degrees Of Trump Opposition

You can tell how much trouble Trump is in by how many groups are lined up against him.<p>Many of the early struggles of Donald Trump’s presidency appear …

Donald Trump

What to Know About Trump’s Order to Dismantle the Clean Power Plan

President Trump signed an executive order Tuesday that calls on Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, to take steps to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, a set of rules regulating energy plants powered by fossil fuels.<p><b>What was happening with the Clean Power Plan until</b> …

Fossil Fuels

The Quest to Kill the Superbug That Can Survive in Outer Space

After the tiny survivors returned from orbit, they showed greater resistance to antibiotics.<p>Highbay 1 at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) is one of the most sterile cleanrooms on Earth. Not long from now, NASA’s next big Mars mission, the life-hunting Mars 2020 rover will have its parts …

What's inside the Republican health care bill?

House GOP lawmakers are preparing to fulfill their promise to repeal Obamacare ... or major portions of it, anyway.<p>The House will vote on the legislation, called the American Health Care Act, on Thursday. Republican leadership has already made several changes to placate both conservatives and …

Health Care

Buried Alive: Stories From Inside Solitary Confinement

It is brutal. It is torture by definition. It destroys the mind, body, and soul, making rehabilitation next to impossible. It is also outrageously expensive, and it doesn't work. Yet at the end of the Obama era, and the dawn of Trump's, isolation is as widely used as ever in the American penal …

Human Rights

It’s Cheap Flights Season — Here Are Some Insane Deals You Can Book Right Now

It may be hard to accept, but the truth is that travel doesn’t have to be more expensive than life at home. It can even be <i>less</i> expensive, depending on where you go and when. You spend money everyday at home, don’t you? That cash could easily be spent seeing someplace new. Yet, cost is often cited …

Travel Industry

Republican Health Plans Have Winners And Losers, Just Like Obamacare

Last week, Republican members of the House put forward the outline of a replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act, President Barack Obama’s …

Health Care

The uneasy truth about human-animal hybrids

Merging animal and human forms brought terror to our ancestors – and this fear persists right the way into our modern age.<p>In Greek mythology, the Chimera is a monstrous fire-breathing creature, typically described as having the head of a lion, with a snake as a tail and the head of a goat emerging …

Biotechnology