Renata Kovalski

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The Science of Making Friends

Our number of friends starts to decrease steadily in adulthood; there are ways to reverse the tide<p>I’ve been going on a series of dates lately.<p>I exchanged numbers with the person sitting next to me at a Cabernet tasting at my favorite wine bar and went for a coffee with a neighbor I met walking my …

Relationships

Palestinian professor: no regrets over taking students to Auschwitz

Mohammed Dajani knew he was on sensitive ground when he took a group of students to visit the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland in March. But it took the furore that followed to make the Palestinian academic realise that he had entered a political and psychological minefield.<p>Dajani …

Russian bombers fly near California

U.S. fighter jets intercepted Russian bombers off Alaska and California this month, the latest incidents in a string of recent aerial encounters over the Pacific.<p>On June 4, according to U.S. defense officials, four long-range Russian Tu-95 Bear-H bombers, accompanied by an aerial refueling tanker, …

Pope enters Scottish independence debate with warning against division

A papal warning about the consequences of national division has been interpreted as a guarded intervention in the debate on Scottish independence. Speaking about Spain's conflict with Catalonia in an interview with Barcelona-based La Vanguardia newspaper, Pope Francis said: "All division worries …

Kerry urges end to sexual violence in conflict, says it's time for world to act

Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday told an international summit on ending sexual violence in conflict that it was time for the world to banish the crime "to the history books where it belongs."<p>"It's time for us in an age where we see enough of chaos, failed and failing states, to write a new …

World's Largest Elephant Poached in Kenya

After weeks of speculation, Kenya Wildlife Service has confirmed that Satao, the world's biggest elephant, was killed with a poisoned arrow to his left flank on May 30. The death has shaken Kenya and unleashed a countrywide conversation about what went wrong with anti-poaching efforts.<p>"Today I had …

Wildlife

Africa elephants face 'threat of extinction'

Entire elephant populations are dying out in many African countries due to poaching on a massive scale, wildlife regulator CITES has warned, while also hailing the continent for improving its crackdown on ivory smuggling.<p>More than 20,000 African elephants were poached last year alone for their …

California declares whooping cough epidemic

California is being hit hard with a whooping cough epidemic, according to the state's public health department, with 800 cases reported in the past two weeks alone.<p>The agency says that there were 3,458 whooping cough cases reported between January 1 and June 10, well ahead of the number of cases …

Texas Border Overrun by Unaccompanied Children

Immigration

Daniel's journey: How thousands of children are creating a crisis in America

Daniel Penado Zavala was 17 when he made a heart-wrenching decision to leave his family behind in San Salvador and try to make a new life where it was safer.<p>He saw gang members target and kill young people like him. After his stepfather was slain, Daniel's mother was left to support him and his …

One Of Kenya's Legendary 'Tuskers' Is Killed By Poachers

Kenya is mourning the death of one of its legendary elephants.<p>Satao was known as a tusker, one of the few remaining elephants whose tusks are so big they almost touch the ground. Unfortunately, Satao faced an end many others have faced before: He was killed by poachers, who mutilated his head to …

Apple says some European iPhone USB adapters ‘may pose a safety risk’, announces free replacement program

Apple has today announced a replacement program for some European iPhone USB adapters. The company says that it has identified that some USB adapters bundled with iPhones (as well as sold separately) may overheat and ‘pose a safety risk’. The adapter shipped with European models of the iPhone 3GS, …

Judge calls out LinkedIn over spammy invitations, says emails can harm reputation

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>LinkedIn(s lnkd) users who are suing the company over its aggressive marketing practices got a big boost on Thursday, when a …

How to Get Single-Digit Body Fat

If you want to get leaner than lean, every bite counts<p>At a fitness conference last Spring, I joined some friends for breakfast. It was a normal breakfast up until the moment Spencer Nadolsky, D.O., pulled a scale out of his gym bag to weigh a banana.<p>I knew Dr. Nadolsky was preparing for a …

Fitness

When your Mac runs slow, give it a tuneup

Macs are solid machines, but just like their owners they have a tendency to get lethargic as they age. Launching and switching programs takes longer, simple tasks become arduous, and the dreaded beach ball of doom appears more often than it did when your machine was new. The operating system just …

Operating Systems

Does It Really Matter if You Eject Disks Properly?

Your computer nags you if you don't hit "eject," but there's a good reason.<p>We've all yanked external disks out of computers in a hurry, skipping the step of properly ejecting them. If you have a Mac, then your machine probably nags you about it. But are you actually doing any harm? The answer is …

Operating Systems

Federal bill calls for new rules for killer whales, others at SeaWorld

The political and scientific dispute over killer whales at SeaWorld San Diego and other marine parks is not over.<p>In April, a legislative committee in Sacramento tabled a bill that would have outlawed orca shows at SeaWorld. The bill, by Assemblyman Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), was delayed …

4 Reasons That Young Adults Won't Sign Up for the Affordable Care Act

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released data showing that 55 percent of Americans who enrolled in plans under the Affordable …

WHY THE ECONOMY SUCKS: Because American Companies And Their Owners Are Greedier Now Than At Any Time In History

Why is the recovery so slow and weak?<p>One of the main reasons is that average American consumers, who account for the vast majority of the spending in the economy, are still strapped.<p>Five years after the recovery began, unemployment remains high. And the Americans who are lucky enough to be working …

You call this a middle class? “I’m trying not to lose my house”

Welcome to the new America where good people with honest jobs are losing money each month — and scrambling to live<p>It took less than two years for Kim Brown to go from middle class to minimum wage.<p>In the fall of 2011, Brown was a Web support technician for an electronics distributor in Chicago, …

Look Where The US Is On This Chart Of Life Expectancy vs Healthcare Spending

In this OECD chart of life expectancy vs. per-capita healthcare spending (tweeted by Conrad Hackett), one nation is clearly different than all the rest: The United States.<p>The U.S. has by far the highest per-capita healthcare spending... and one of the lowest life expectancies of any of the world's …

Use a Task Map to Improve Your Team’s Performance

If you’ve noticed your team is functioning unevenly and its esprit de corps isn’t what you’d hoped, it’s time for you to ask yourself whether your people are deployed optimally.<p>Employees’ skills and interests can evolve over time, as can the goals of your group, so misalignment can happen without …

Mindfulness in the Age of Complexity

Photography: Webb Chappell<p>Over nearly four decades, Ellen Langer’s research on mindfulness has greatly influenced thinking across a range of fields, from behavioral economics to positive psychology. It reveals that by paying attention to what’s going on around us, instead of operating on …

Who Can You Trust?

Imagine that you’re negotiating a multiyear deal to provide outsourcing services to a large company. The client tells you that her firm wants to sign on for a certain level of services, but she’d like you to be willing to deliver more on the fly, trusting that you’ll be able to work out terms for …

Take a Walk, Sure, but Don’t Call It a Break

Every weekday morning, I take a three-and-a-half mile walk around my neighborhood, in pretty much whatever weather my New England town throws at me. I split an apple and give half to each of the horses at the corner of Cross Street. The sounds of their chomps and slurps fill me with vicarious …