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Scientists Have Figured Out How Our Brains Sharpen Our Memories While We Sleep

We snooze to lose.<p>We all know that if we want what we've studied during the day to stick, it's best to get a good night's sleep. And while scientists …

Our 9,000-Year Love Affair With Booze

Alcohol isn’t just a mind-altering drink: It has been a prime mover of human culture from the beginning, fueling the development of arts, language, and religion.<p>If you’re a beermaker in Germany, Martin Zarnkow is a guy you want to know. Students come to his department at the Technical University of …

The future of the US government's startup-inspired Digital Service looks less bright under tech-averse Trump

The top digital officers working for US president Donald Trump say they want to retain the prized tech talent recruited into the government under Barack Obama. Most staffers and officials have said they plan to continue their non-partisan mission, but Trump’s federal hiring freeze and polarizing …

The Human Toll of Protecting the Internet from the Worst of Humanity

Henry Soto worked for Microsoft’s online-safety team, in Seattle, for eight years. He reviewed objectionable material on Microsoft’s products—Bing, the cloud-storage service OneDrive, and Xbox Live among them—and decided whether to delete it or report it to the police. Each day, Soto looked at …

Inside the Yemen raid: Women al Qaeda fighters surprised US forces

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> New details have emerged surrounding Sunday's deadly joint US-United Arab Emirates counterterrorism raid on an al Qaeda compound in Yemen, shedding light on why the mission happened when it did -- and what went wrong.<p>The military said the operation was geared toward collecting as …

Al-Qaeda

California Prepares to Resist the President in Uncertain Times

Like many of the other nearly 9 million people in California who voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016, artist Eric Rewitzer reacted to Donald Trump's …

The Importance of Impasto in Painting

January 31, 2017<p>Alias of Ksenija Pantelić<p>Even though the <b>impasto</b> painting method has been around for as long as painting, for many years the goal was …

Art

Music’s Weird Cassette Tape Revival Is Paying Off

It turns out there’s a place for archaic physical media of questionable audio fidelity–even in the Spotify era.<p>For Andy Molholt, there’s something oddly special about hitting play on his boombox at the beach. The Philadelphia-based musician tours frequently with his band Laser Background and, …

Obama Team Gives Trump Advice: White House Survival Guide

It’s one thing to be elected President of the U.S. Learning how to do the job usually takes longer<p><b>A Presidential handoff comes with established rites</b> …

Michelle Obama: The Historic Legacy of the Nation's First Black First Lady

For the past two years, Michelle Obama has attended a ceremony in the East Room of White House honoring the country's school counselor of the year as part of her program encouraging students to pursue higher learning. On Friday, she will use the occasion to give her final remarks as first lady of …

Bill Perry Is Terrified. Why Aren’t You?

How an 89-year-old cold warrior became America’s nuclear conscience.<p>At this naked moment in the American experiment, when many people perceive civilization on the verge of blowing up in some metaphorical sense, there is an elderly man in California hoping to seize your attention about another …

Cold War

Micro-dosing: The Drug Habit Your Boss Is Gonna Love

What started as a body-tinkering, mind-hacking, supplement-taking productivity craze in Silicon Valley is now spreading to more respectable workplaces, maybe even to your office, where the guy down the hall might already be popping a new breed of brain-boosting pills or micro-dosing LSD—all in the …

Vladimir Putin: The Troublemaker

Russian President Vladimir Putin has always been a night owl, holding meetings into the early hours of the morning. He's also the proprietor of …

The Complicated History of Headscarves

Since ancient times, across so many cultures and for myriad reasons, women have covered their hair — an act tied up in competing notions of freedom and oppression.<p>In an auditorium in the heart of Dearborn, Michigan, a crowd gathers around Roseline Onwenu. She rolls red brocade fabric between her …

The Last Days at Standing Rock

On Friday, December 2, Bobby Robedeaux and seven other members of the Pawnee Nation left Pawnee, Oklahoma, hauling a trailer full of firewood 900 miles north to the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota. From the highway, Adrian SpottedHorseChief posted on Facebook: “Pawnee war party on …

Andrew Sullivan: My Distraction Sickness — and Yours

I was sitting in a large meditation hall in a converted novitiate in central Massachusetts when I reached into my pocket for my iPhone. A woman in …

Mind

A gap year could be the answer to the student mental health crisis

Malia Obama recently announced that she will take a gap year before attending Harvard University. Historically, American high school graduates have been less likely to take a gap year than their European and Australian counterparts.<p>A study of “The American Freshman,” for example, indicates that …

Mental Health

8 Triangulating Tactics of the Pathological Liar

Do you know people who engage in telling multiple lies, even when you or someone else has caught them? Do you know someone who seems to manipulate …

Playing The Long Game Inside Tim Cook’s Apple

iPhone sales have slumped, stock is down, and pundits insist Apple is a tech laggard. But the company may be stronger than ever.<p>Eddy Cue doesn’t look like a man in the midst of his toughest year in decades. Sporting an untucked apricot camp shirt and blue jeans over camouflage socks and a pair of …

Why I’m Not Scared to Travel Solo, Even After the Recent Terrorist Attacks

Next week I am ditching my SF digs for three weeks of backpacking around Europe and the UK. I’m headed to Prague, Vienna, Budapest, London, Edinburgh and Dublin. Oh ya, and I’m going solo. While I’ve done my fair share of international travel in the past, this is my first BIG solo trip. And it just …

We gave 44 Photoshop artists the same set of crazy files, here is what they came up with

Compositing is not easy, and having solid restraints make is even harder. A week ago we gave you a huge files package and asked to come up with …

Tulips Blossom in Germany: Pictures

Nutrition

The Selling of Obama

The inside story of how a great communicator lost the narrative.<p><b>President Barack Obama insists he does not obsess</b> about “the narrative,” the everyday media play-by-play of political Washington. He urges his team to tune out “the noise,” “the echo chamber,” the Beltway obsession with who’s up and …

Selling

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

When Ted Cruz Wanted to Be Part of the Establishment

He climbed over colleagues in search of W’s favor, only to be rejected—setting him on his outsider’s course.<p>Five years ago, as Ted Cruz plotted his path to the U.S. Senate, the anti-establishment crusader sought a private audience with and the backing of one of the faces of the modern GOP …

Two Companies Are Racing To Build The First Hyperloop

But both say first large-scale commercial version will be built overseas<p>The Hyperloop might be the brainchild of billionaire inventor Elon Musk, but if it is to become a reality it will be one of two other companies that first brings the futuristic transportation system to the world, reports the</i> …

Resolving the Paradox of Group Creativity

Researchers have been studying creativity for more than 150 years, yet it still remains elusive. We’re not much closer to understanding what it is exactly that sparks unique ideas. One reason for this lack of insight may be that so much research has looked at the wrong things. Until quite recently, …

The Best and Worst States for Rooftop Solar Panels

A new report tracks where consumers will get the most out of renewable installations.<p>If you’re going to install solar panels on your roof, you’ll want to know what it will cost and how much money you can save. The answers to those questions depend on two more complicated criteria: How difficult is …

How Liz Lambert Became the Hippest Hotelier in Texas

First Liz Lambert took over a seedy motel in Austin. Now she oversees some of the state’s coolest hotels—with even grander plans to come.<p>Set back in …