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Sleep deprivation seems to have opposite effects in healthy and depressed people

The first sign that something is happening is Angelina’s hands. As she chats to the nurse in Italian, she begins to gesticulate, jabbing, moulding, and circling the air with her fingers. As the minutes pass and Angelina becomes increasingly animated, I notice a musicality to her voice that I’m sure …

Sleep

The disturbing reason why so many baby boomers are being hit hard with this year's deadly flu

Baby boomers across North America are really sick this flu season. In the US and in Canada, experts who track the flu say people between the ages of 50 and 64 are being hospitalized at alarming rates, second only to the elderly.<p>That's unusual. In a typical flu season, babies in the 0-4 age group …

Public Health

Social media is giving us trypophobia

Something is rotten in the state of technology.<p>But amid all the hand-wringing over fake news, the cries of election deforming Kremlin disinformation plots, the calls from political podia for tech giants to locate a social conscience, a knottier realization is taking shape.<p>Fake news and …

Social Media

Too much stress can make you physically ill. Researchers now may know why.

It took a serious illness to remind me that no amount of achievement or money is worth losing one's health.<p>Jan.21.2018 / 9:40 AM ET<p>It’s not a surprise when cold and flu season strike once a year with aches, pains and bodily misery. However, something even more virulent has the ability to make us …

Immunotherapy

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 …

Security Breach and Spilled Secrets Have Shaken the N.S.A. to Its Core

WASHINGTON — Jake Williams awoke last April in an Orlando, Fla., hotel where he was leading a training session. Checking Twitter, Mr. Williams, a cybersecurity expert, was dismayed to discover that he had been thrust into the middle of one of the worst security debacles ever to befall American …

Security

Why and how to erase your browsing history

Cover your tracks in any web browser.<p>Web browsers keep track of your past activity for a reason. That history comes in handy if you want to find a funny article again, or return to your favorite photo of the kids, or if restore a tab that you accidentally closed. At the same time, some people find …

Is Rampant Narcissism Undermining American Democracy?

<i>This article first appeared on the London School of Economics site.</i><p>In 2009, Jean Twenge and W. Keith Campbell published “ The Narcissism Epidemic ”, …

Five building blocks of a data-driven culture

How can organizations leverage data as a strategic asset? Data comes at a high price. Businesses must pay for data collection and cleansing, hosting and maintenance, salaries of data engineers, data scientists and analysts, risk of breach and so on.<p>The line items add up. However, if done well, a …

Paul Theroux Picks ‘The Structures of Everyday Life’ as a Book He Can’t Live Without

The noted fiction and nonfiction author celebrates Fernand Braudel’s illuminating history of quotidian objects and practices, from coffee drinking to …

Books

3 Psychology-Based Tips for Attracting Customers to Try Your Product

It's not just the caffeine in its coffee that's creating a buzz.<p>Next month, Starbucks' Howard Schultz will be stepping down as Starbucks' CEO and taking on a leadership role for the company's Roastery and Reserves. Essentially reimagining "high-end coffee" for the second time (the first being when …

Coffee

Ask Ethan: What Is Spacetime?

When it comes to understanding the Universe, there are a few things everyone’s heard of: Schrödinger’s cat, the Twin Paradox and E = mc^2. But despite being around for over 100 years now, General Relativity — Einstein’s greatest achievement — is largely mysterious to everyone from the general …

Physics

Why Latin America and Africa Struggle to Grow

The reasons are very different, but the result is the same.<p>The great macroeconomist Robert Lucas once uttered a memorable quote about the mystery of economic development:<p>Is there some action a government of India could take that would lead the Indian economy to grow [more rapidly]. If so, what, …

Sub-Saharan Africa

'I fell out of bed laughing': writers on their favourite funny book

Nina Stibbe, David Nicholls, Bridget Christie and others reveal the books that made them laugh the most<p>Jonathan Coe: Will satire save us in the age of Trump?<p><b>At Freddie’s</b> <b>by</b> <b>Penelope Fitzgerald</b><p><b>Chosen by David Nicholls</b><p>So many of my early reading memories involve hysterical laughter. There was Adrian …

Mark Carney's history lesson shows we haven't learned on globalisation

The Bank of England governor’s look back at previous crises suggests action needs to be taken to stop capitalism from eating itself<p>History repeats itself. That was the message from Mark Carney as the governor of the Bank of England sought to draw some conclusions about the future of globalisation …

Carney warns about popular disillusion with capitalism

<b>Bank of England Governor Mark Carney has warned that people will reject free and open markets unless something is done to help those left behind by the financial crisis and globalisation.</b><p>In a speech, he said: "Globalisation is associated with low wages, insecure employment, stateless corporations …

Economics

These are the best books Bill Gates read in 2016

The world’s richest man is studying up on tennis and electrical grids this year.<p>Bill Gates, philanthropist and cofounder of Microsoft, has kept up his reading and book reviewing. Today he released an annotated list of his favorite books from 2016. They include David Foster Wallace’s essays on …

Bill Gates

Don't Worry. Don't Wait. Write.

You’re busy. I’m busy. We’re all overwhelmed, stressed, and frustrated — and in this hurricane of life, our writing is often put last. The danger of …

Creative Writing

The Message of Thomas Friedman’s New Book: It’s Going to Be O.K.

<i>Editor’s note: Books written by New York Times employees are always reviewed by individuals outside The Times.</i><p><b>THANK YOU FOR BEING LATE<br>A</b><b>n Optimist’s Guide to Thriving in the Age of Accelerations</b><br>By Thomas L. Friedman<br>486 pp. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $28.<p>From Donald Trump to Brexit to Marine Le Pen, …

9 Tips For Communicating Science To People Who Are Not Scientists

Many of the most complex and divisive topics of the day involve science. While deep ideological chasms cloud some discussions, the reality is that large segments of the American public are simply not trained as a scientists. For this reason they may tune out when scientists try to explain difficult …

Science

DIVIDED AMERICA: Easy retirement? Only for a privileged few

NEW YORK (AP) — The American dream of a blissful retirement, free of financial worries, is dying.<p>Most U.S. households are heading for a worse lifestyle in retirement than they had while they were working, because they simply aren't saving enough, experts say. Thirty-five percent of households in …

A Teen's Guide to Modern Manners: Sam Norman Talks About His Witty Poems

Sam Norman's new book, A Teen's Guide to Modern Manners, is a witty, hilarious, and completely delightful collection of poems featuring cautionary tales about teenagers whose poor choices, from leaving clothes on the floor to making a catastrophically rude comment about a girlfriend's hair, lead to …

Million Dollar Pound Cake

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Beat butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy. (The butter will become a lighter yellow color; this is an …

Want to Be a Lot Happier? Science Says Do Any 1 of These 9 Things

Or do them all. They work. Science says so.<p>Everyone wants to be happy, but many people aren't (especially people who live in Burundi.)<p>So how can you be happier?<p>If you want to be happier, there's good news and bad. Unfortunately, approximately 50% of your happiness, your "happiness set-point," is …

A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived review – popular science at its best

Adam Rutherford’s elegant account of the Human Genome Project brings a note of realism to our dreams of a medical revolution<p>Sixteen years ago, British researcher Ewan Birney launched an unusual sweepstake. At the time, scientists were completing the Human Genome Project, the international effort to …

A Wharton professor recommends 8 new books to read this year

<i>This post from LinkedIn Influencer Adam Grant originally appeared on LinkedIn.</i><p>I have two rules for a great book: Make me think and make me smile. I spent part of the summer reading advance copies of the fall's top nonfiction releases, and here are eight that sail over the bar:

Books

The Multiverse Idea Is Rotting Culture

What looks at first glance like an opening up of possibilities is actually an attack on the human imagination.<p>You might not like what I’m about to say about the multiverse. But don’t worry; you’ve already had your revenge. If there are an infinite number of parallel universes, there will be any …

Nelson Mandela

Josh Brown Case Proves That the NFL Learned All the Wrong Lessons from Ray Rice

Imagine that you are a top executive in a major industry that also happens to be a cultural institution—you are a Roger Goodell type, in other words—and you want to address domestic violence in the most ineffective, superficial and counterproductive way possible.<p>We will address why on Earth anyone …

Fear of the light: why we need darkness

Light pollution conceals true darkness from 80% of Europe and North America. What do we lose when we can no longer see the stars?<p>Every civilisation we know of has devised a system – scientific, religious, what have you – to make sense of the night sky. The mystery of what’s up there, where it came …