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False memories and false confessions: the psychology of imagined crimes

In February 2016, Julia Shaw received a call from a lawyer regarding a criminal case. It involved two sisters who, in 2015, had given the police …

The Brain

Snap’s Spectacles are now available directly from Amazon

Remember when people waited in long lines for them?<p>After introducing them to the world with buzzy, pop-up vending machine drops and then eventually expanding to direct web orders, Snap has begun selling its Spectacles camera glasses through Amazon. All three colors — black, coral, and teal — are …

New York City

4 Simple Ways to Get Better Sleep

As we bet you’ve heard, sleep is quite the miracle drug — not only does it improve focus and creativity, but it can even help you live longer. But modern life means you’re juggling a lot of responsibilities, and being “productive” often means going on as little as four or five hours of sleep a …

Bedtime Stories

Veterans In Their Own Words: What It Means To Defend Our Country Against All Enemies, Foreign And Domestic

Donald Trump has been the president of the United States of America for less than one month. As of Feb. 9, nine out of 35 nominees to top cabinet positions have been confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Since his inauguration, Trump has taken no fewer than 20 presidential actions, one of which has …

Donald Trump

Trump slams intel officials, media over Flynn and Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday blamed the media and "illegally leaked" intelligence information for bringing down his national security adviser Michael Flynn, one day after the White House said Trump had asked Flynn to resign because he misled Vice President Mike Pence about …

Donald Trump

In J.K. Rowling's tribute, Muhammad Ali's words speak for themselves

LONDON — J. K. Rowling certainly knows the perfect words for a situation when she sees them.<p>The prolific Harry Potter author tweeted her tribute to …

Many scientific “truths” are, in fact, false

In 2005, John Ioannidis, a professor of medicine at Stanford University, published a paper, “Why most published research findings are false,” mathematically showing that a huge number of published papers must be incorrect. He also looked at a number of well-regarded medical research findings, and …

Psychology

Educating an Original Thinker

How teachers and parents can identify and cultivate children who think creatively and unconventionally<p>In his new book, <i>Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World</i>, the writer, Wharton professor, and erstwhile magician Adam Grant explores the circumstances that give rise to truly original thinkers. …

Teaching

Patrolling One of the World's Deadliest Drug Zones with Its Anti-Gang Cops

Policing the gangs of South Africa's Cape Flats is as much of a nightmare on a political level as it is on the ground.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE UK</i><p>Outside a café in Delft, a suburb of the so-called Cape Flats in the Western Cape province of South Africa, a security camera picks up a …

South Africa

Scientists say people can accurately judge how trustworthy you are just by looking at your face

The question is: When it comes to judging people by their looks, are those assumptions accurate?<p>A number of researchers have looked at how we determine people's trustworthiness based only on their face, and come up with different verdicts. Some scientists say it's possible to draw accurate …

Psychology

Americans Are Sick Of The 'Tough On Crime' Era

For decades, politicians have been celebrated -- sometimes even rewarded -- for spouting "tough on crime" rhetoric and supporting laws that have inflated the nation's inmate population and made the U.S. the world's leading jailer. But voters from both parties have grown weary of such policies and …

Crime

14 behind-the-scenes photos showing Bob Dylan joking around with his famous friends backstage

Regan, jolted awake and confused, couldn't believe what he was hearing. All of a sudden, Dylan was on the phone line, confirming that he wanted Regan to be the one photographer documenting the entire experience.<p>By that afternoon, he was at Studio Instrument Rentals in Manhattan, attending a Dylan …

New York City

The New York Times editorial board rips apart 'brazen tax dodgers'

The New York Times editorial board is taking aim at corporate tax dodgers.<p>Through a process called inversion, American companies merge with smaller companies located in regions where taxes are lower, like Ireland, to effectively change their "tax nationality," and pay lower rates while maintaining …

The White House

China Just Released True Color HD Photos Of The Moon

This month, the China National Space Administration released all of the images from their recent moon landing to the public. There are now hundreds and hundreds of never-before-seen true color, high definition photos of the lunar surface available for download.<p>The images were taken a few years ago …

Space Science

The real meaning of ISIS's expansion into Turkey, Afghanistan, and Indonesia

It is all too easy to react to each new terrorist attack by ISIS by focusing on that attack, on ISIS, and on terrorism, rather than the broader policy challenges involved. It seems equally easy to lurch from a concern on Syrian refugees to a focus on counterterrorism, excluding Muslims, treating …

Pew Research Center

STRATEGIST: There's a decent chance the US government will bail out the oil industry

In a note to clients on Thursday Greg Valliere, chief global strategist at Horizon Investments, wonders if the oil industry won't get lifeline similar to what Washington gave the banking industry during the financial crisis.<p>Here's Valliere:<p>"If Washington can bail out big banks and the auto …

Oil & Gas Industry

David Bowie: Blackstar review – a spellbinding break with his past

Taking a headlong plunge into electro-acoustic jazz, Bowie’s 25th album is lyrically inscrutable and thrillingly strange<p>As he reaches his 69th birthday, David Bowie finds himself in a rarefied position, even by the standards of the rock aristocracy. He does not give interviews, make himself …

David Bowie

In 2016, Bernie Sanders Will Defeat Clinton and Dominate Trump to Become President

On November 8, 2016 Bernie Sanders will achieve a dominant victory over Donald Trump. Already, Sanders defeats Trump in the polls by a wider margin than Hillary Clinton, as illustrated in a December 22, 2015 <i>Hill</i> article titled "In blockbuster poll, Sanders destroys Trump by 13 points":<p><b>Stop the</b> …

Middle-class

We are surrounded by tiny particles, and scientists have no idea how they are affecting us

In recent years, efforts to develop the Next Big Thing—whether in medicine, computer technology, pollution prevention, or high-performance materials—have turned to some really, really small things: nanomaterials.<p>Working at the nanoscale—which can mean the near-atomic scale, with substances a …

Nanotech

Outrunning the Demons | Runner's World

The demons were chasing me.<p>I could hear their screeching howls through the canopy of oak and red maple trees that enshroud Lower Road in Brewster, Massachusetts, on the Lower Cape. They were gaining, ready to pounce—I had to sprint to avoid capture at sundown. I felt them closing in as the spring …

Alzheimer's Disease

Thomas Jefferson and the fascinating history of Founding Fathers defending Muslim rights

<i>This post has been updated with President Obama's comments. The Fix originally wrote about Thomas Jefferson and Muslims in December.</i><p>Muslims are at the center of a roiling debate over religious freedom in the United States. But they've actually been a part of that heated conversation from the very …

Religion

Want to be more charismatic? Science finds out how

It doesn't matter how smart you are - as long as you're quick<p>Want people to think you're charismatic? Then think fast - and don't worry too much about accuracy.<p>According to a new study by researchers at the University of Queensland, an ability to think, and act, quickly plays a vital part in …

Australia's gun-control solution

Reutres<p>A man and woman dressed in tactical gear — what police called "prepared" — shot and killed 14 people on Wednesday at a Southern California center for the mentally disabled.<p>This massacre comes just five days after three people died at a shooting that targeted a Planned Parenthood. And it …

Guns

What Our Reaction to the Planned Parenthood Shooting Says About Us

Friday’s shooting at Planned Parenthood is the ultimate political Rorscharch test. Was the shooter motivated by anti-abortion rhetoric or was he just …

Planned Parenthood

Friends for Life: How Good Bugs Keep You Healthy (Op-Ed)

<i>Jeremy Taylor is author of "</i>Body by Darwin: How Evolution Shapes Our Health and Transforms Medicine<i>" (University of Chicago Press, 2015), a former</i> …

Safer way to do gene editing

<b>Scientists say they have fine tuned a gene editing method to make it safer and more accurate - vital if it is to be used in humans to cure inherited diseases or inborn errors.</b><p>The advance, outlined in Science Magazine, comes as world leaders in the field gather to debate the ethics of altering human …

Genetic Engineering

Everyone loves an a**hole: Science explains our attraction to creeps and deviants

Always falling for the wrong guy or gal? New research suggests it may actually be a part of the human condition<p>Are you a nice, well-rounded person, yet can’t seem to hit it off with the opposite sex? Maybe you need to embrace your dark side, according to a new study that shows people with certain …

Psychology

Norman Reedus motorcycle series: Actor talks having 'knees in the breeze'

Daryl Dixon lost his motorcycle on this past Sunday’s episode of <i>The Walking Dead</i>, but star Norman Reedus will still be spending plenty of time riding …