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MacArthur Foundation Fellows: Winners List

The MacArthur fellowships, awarded annually by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for exceptional “originality, insight and potential,” come with a no-strings-attached award of $625,000, distributed over five years. These are the 2017 fellows.<p>[More about the winners.]<p><b>Njideka Akunyili</b> …

Why We Miss Objects That Are Right in Front of Us

A new study highlights one of the many ways that expectations shape what we see in the world.

Diagnosing Donald Trump, and His Voters

The question is not whether the President is crazy but whether he is crazy like a fox or crazy like crazy. And, if there is someone who can know the difference, should this person, or this group of people, say something—or would that be crazy (or unethical, or undemocratic)?<p>Jay Rosen, a media …

Mental Health

How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds

Research suggests that as the brain grows dependent on phone technology, the intellect weakens<p>So you bought that new iPhone. If you are like the typical owner, you’ll be pulling your phone out and using it some 80 times a day, according to data Apple collects. That means you’ll be consulting the …

Psychology

'Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. <b>Paul Lewis</b> reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention<p>Justin Rosenstein had tweaked his laptop’s operating system to block Reddit, banned …

Social Media

'We're walking down a dark path': Biden hammers Trump in scathing speech

Receiving a prize from a foreign policy thinktank, the former vice-president did not mince words in describing a ‘disturbing and dangerous’ trend in Washington<p>Joe Biden, the former US vice-president, has taken off the gloves with a scathing denunciation of Donald Trump and the existential threat he …

Donald Trump

Nobel prize for medicine awarded for insights into internal biological clock

The 108th Nobel prize in physiology or medicine has been awarded to a trio of American scientists for their discoveries on the molecular mechanisms controlling circadian rhythms – in other words, the 24-hour body clock.<p>According to the Nobel committee’s citation, Jeffrey C Hall, Michael Rosbash and …

Nobel Prize

Liquid genocide: alcohol destroyed Pine Ridge reservation – then they fought back

For years, 11,000 cans of beer a day were poured into the Pine Ridge Indian reservation, causing untold damages. This summer, it finally stopped<p>Dashing through wild sunflowers and tall grass, Joe Pulliam slid through the barbed-wire fence that marks the state border. With two large wooden tipi …

Trespassing

'Sleep should be prescribed': what those late nights out could be costing you

Leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer’s – and what you can do about it<p>Matthew Walker has learned to dread the question “What do you do?” At parties, it signals the end of his evening; thereafter, his new …

Sleep

Are You a Hair-Twirler, Nail-Biter or Knuckle-Cracker?

Are you a toe-tapper, hair-twirler, eye-blinker, head-nodder, nail-biter, knuckle-cracker, skin-picker, lip-licker, shoulder-shrugger or a chin-stroker?<p>Call it a nervous habit or tic, almost everybody has at least one — whether they are aware of it or not.<p>Tics exist on a spectrum ranging from …

Neuroscientists have figured out why you can’t concentrate at work

Even though most people think about themselves as primarily visual beings, neuroscience reveals a complex “connectome” of brain cells that connects …

This is the one skill your child needs for the jobs of the future

Every child begins their journey through life with an incredible potential: a creative mindset that approaches the world with curiosity, with …

Is there such a thing as sugar addiction?

Given the choice, lab rats favour sugar over cocaine. Does that mean we are all hopelessly hooked – and what is eating too much sugar doing to our bodies?<p>It comes in a white, crystalline form and gives us a pleasurable high – but refined sugar is as habit-forming as cocaine or nicotine, according …

The New World Order Is Leaving the U.S. Behind

Of all the global consequences of President Donald Trump’s first half-year, surely one of the most surprising is the rise in multilateral diplomacy.<p>After all, this is the guy who came into office pledging to put America First. He downgraded the security guarantees of the North Atlantic Treaty …

‘I Worried More about Stanford Being Good Enough for Jim Plunkett’

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>In a recent</i> <i>interview</i> <i>with the</i> Mercury News, <i>fabled quarterback Jim Plunkett, ’71, revealed that he is struggling with the medical</i> …

How Your Perception of Health May Extend Your Life

Stanford researchers found that U.S. adults who believed that they were less active than their peers died younger than those who believed they were …

Are You a Carboholic? Why Cutting Carbs Is So Tough

I’ve been eating a high-fat, carb-restricted diet for almost 20 years, since I started as an experiment when investigating nutrition research for the journal Science. I find it’s easy for me to maintain a healthy weight when I eat this way. But even after two decades, the sensation of being on the …

Gurney holding deceased person falls from van into traffic

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Police say a gurney holding a dead body fell from the back of a coroner's van into Olympia traffic<p>The Olympian reports (https://goo.gl/Yq3vid ) the van was heading back to the county coroner's office Monday after responding to a home death.<p>Olympia Police Department Lt. Paul …

Vote count begins in Kenya's fiercely contested election

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Polls closed across Kenya after millions voted peacefully Tuesday in a fiercely contested election pitting President Uhuru Kenyatta against challenger Raila Odinga in the East African country known for its stability but also its divided ethnic allegiances.<p>Long lines formed at …

Photo: Vermont boy reels in a record-setting carp

FERRISBURGH, Vt. (AP) — A 10-year-old who reeled in a giant carp says he knew it was a record contender before he ever got it ashore.<p>Chase Stokes' fish did indeed set a state record in Vermont. It weighed in at 33.25 pounds (15.08 kilograms).<p>The Rutland Herald reports (http://bit.ly/2vE7GQE) the …

Woman saves piglet from traffic, raises cash for its surgery

LANCASTER, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania woman who rescued a piglet that was darting in and out of rush-hour traffic is getting help from local businesses to fund a surgery it needs to survive.<p>Francesca McAndrews tells LNP (http://bit.ly/2vzKMKz ) she was driving to work when she saw the tiny swine …

This Japanese doctor lived to 105. Here's his advice for a long life

Dr. Shigeaki Hinohara, credited with building the foundations of Japanese medicine and helping make Japan the world leader in longevity, often …

The Meditation Cure

A basic practice of Buddhism turns out to be one of the best ways to deal with the anxieties and appetites bequeathed to us by our evolutionary history<p>Much of Buddhism can be boiled down to a bad-news/good-news story. The bad news is that life is full of suffering and we humans are full of …

Meditation

What Attracts Other People to You, Based on Your Myers-Briggs Type

There are many things that breed attraction, and energy is certainly one of them. It’s that new guy’s reserved, super-chill vibe that gives you the …

Why the middle-aged ‘dad bod’ could be deadly instead of sexy

The “dad bod” has been lauded as the new shape of sexy. But the more overweight you are, new research suggests, the more likely you are to die …

Technology is impairing our ability to be alone, research shows. Here’s how to reap the benefits of solitude

As our lives become ever more connected, there are so few places we can go to truly be alone anymore.<p>Take airplanes. Airplanes were once disconnected sanctuaries where you had nothing to do except read, daydream, or doze off—“a retreat in the sky,” in the words of one Buddhist monk. But that’s no …

Go inside the enormous New York museum that's home to some of the most famous watches in history

Situated in a two-story structure inside Cipriani's flagship location on 42nd Street, "The Art of Watches, Grand Exhibition New York 2017" is 15,000 square feet of sparkling and historic watches.<p>Visitors walk through rooms that build on each other with "a different experience and a different …

Patek Philippe

When Dinosaurs Roamed North Dakota

On a blisteringly hot June day in the North Dakota Badlands, there are very few signs of life outside of birds, snakes and wandering livestock. The landscape is tall, stark and punishing, with loose rocks to trip you and serrated cliffs to cut you when you fall. Conical peaks rise from the ground, …

America Today, in Vision and Verse

The long days of summer offer an opportunity to reflect. We selected six poems by contemporary American poets and asked six photographers to let the poems inspire them.

Get a closer look at Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

While Juno passed Jupiter's Great Red Spot at an altitude of some 9,000 km it snapped these close-up shotshttp://bit.ly/2t5nZ8d<p>4 replies 101 retweets …