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How Accurate Is Alpha’s Theory of Dog Domestication?

Long ago, before your four-legged best friend learned to fetch tennis balls or watch football from the couch, his ancestors were purely wild animals …

Princeton University

5 Groundbreaking Craft Beers Worth Traveling For

Forty years ago, America was at its beer nadir, with the lowest number of breweries since Prohibition: a mere 89. Today, there are more breweries …

Beer

'A tour de force': wildcard novel completes Not the Booker prize shortlist

We now have a complete shortlist for the 2018 Not the Booker prize. Our excellent panel of judges from last year have added Three Dreams in the Key of G by Marc Nash, as our wildcard entry. It sounds like a daring experimental novel that should add considerable interest to our list – but don’t take …

Books

BRAGG V1

• <b>Author:</b> Jack Lynch<p><b>THE FIRST THREE, POWERHOUSE NOVELS IN JACK LYNCH’S EDGAR AWARD-NOMINATED AND TWO-TIME SHAMUS AWARD-NOMINATED BRAGG SERIES…NOW IN ONE VOLUME!</b><p>Private investigator Peter Bragg learns that <b>"The Dead Never Forget</b>" when he’s hired by a retired mobster to find out who is threatening his …

Schizophrenia's the Price of Neural Evolution?

Being human isn't all complex tool use and introspection. We also have to live with the side effects of our evolutionary ascent.<p>For instance, walking …

Neuroscience

iPhone Not Working Properly? Here's How to Calibrate It

iPhones are prized for their reliability. However, some of their features can become less accurate or responsive over time, making it difficult to …

IPhone 7

Thirty micrometres a minute: scientists discover the speed of death

<b>Name:</b> The speed of death.<p><b>Age:</b> Not sure that is entirely relevant.<p><b>Appearance:</b> Cellular.<p><b>You’re talking in riddles.</b> I’m bracing myself for some seriously hard science.<p><b>Stop beating about the bush and get on with it.</b> OK, here goes. Two Stanford University systems biologists, Xianrui Cheng and James …

Stanford University

Why Humans Are the Only Primates Capable of Talking

Compared to humans, most primates produce a limited range of vocalizations: At one end of the spectrum, there’s the Calabar angwantibo, an arboreal …

Evolution

Your brain stays half-awake when you sleep in a new place

Sleep with one brain hemisphere open.<p>If you’ve ever slept in a hotel, gone camping, or even slept over at a friend’s pad, chances are you’ve woken up the next day feeling groggy and bleary-eyed. Even if you don’t remember tossing and turning, you probably felt pretty tired the next day. Well, …

Hemisphere

The hottest new board games from Gen Con 2018

A giant list of cool games from America's biggest tabletop convention.<p>Late summer is the time for barbecues, concerts in the park, and (most …

Board Games

The Nastiest Feud in Science

A Princeton geologist has endured decades of ridicule for arguing that the fifth extinction was caused not by an asteroid but by a series of colossal volcanic eruptions. But she’s reopened that debate.<p>1.<p>Gerta Keller was waiting for me at the Mumbai airport so we could catch a flight to Hyderabad …

Extinction

How Leonard Cohen Employed Biblical Metaphors to Truly Convey the Beauty, Power and Pain of Love

In a brilliantly detailed analysis, the knowledgeable music essayist Polyphonic takes a deep dive into the way in which the late, great Leonard Cohen …

Leonard Cohen

Amazon’s Ordeal By Innocence is a gloriously trashy take on an Agatha Christie classic

For all her gifts as a master of the modern detective novel, Agatha Christie was never terribly comfortable with the insides of the human head. In …

Books

CONTROL FREAKS

<b>BRIDGETON, NEW JERSEY—</b>In a peach orchard down a rural road here, an uninvited guest has run amok. The brown marmorated stinkbug (<i>Halyomorpha halys</i>) …

New Jersey

Hear Aaron Lee Tasjan’s Punchy New Song ‘The Rest Is Yet to Come’

Aaron Lee Tasjan just released “The Rest Is Yet to Come,” a new punchy piano-rock single from the Nashville singer-songwriter’s upcoming rock-leaning …

New Singles

The Mets Are So Bad They Killed the Win

Baseball’s analytics community has long derided the humble statistic of pitcher wins. The data wonks and eggheads who now control the sport have taken one of the game’s most fundamental numbers, chewed it up and spat out its tattered remains like a bag of sunflower seeds.<p>But, somehow, the win has …

Baseball

Portland, Maine, Is the 2018 Restaurant City of the Year

From the butteriest croissants to outstanding pho, it’s never been a better time to hit up Portland, Maine.<p><b>Full disclosure: I’ve got a thing for Maine.</b> I went to college there, I got married there, I regularly vacation there. And I’ve always believed that Portland has one of the more vibrant, …

New England

Children's Book Review: The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge by M.T. Anderson, illus. by Eugene Yelchin. Candlewick, $24.99 (544p) ISBN 978-0-7636-9822-5

The Assassination of Brangwain Spurge<p>M.T. Anderson, illus. by Eugene Yelchin. Candlewick, $24.99 (544p) ISBN 978-0-7636-9822-5<p>More By and About This …

Chinese Scientists Used CRISPR to Make a New Species With 'One Giant Chromosome'

For the last 20 million years, the species of yeast used to brew beer has had 16 chromosomes. Now scientists have created a new species with just one.<p>Chinese scientists used CRISPR to create a new species of yeast, according to recent research published in <i>Nature</i>. This marks the first time the …

Genetics

David Quammen Turns Tough Science Into Page-Turning Pleasure

Love a writer — read him carefully and closely — and you’ll pick up on his pet words, the ones he reaches for repeatedly, like a baseball player with a trusted bat.<p>Nabokov famously had “mauve.” Elizabeth Hardwick had “motive.” Edward St. Aubyn has “gasp.” The statistician Ben Blatt has called these …

Books

Henry Miller: Reflections of a Cosmic Tourist

Henry Miller — “confused, negligent, reckless, lusty, obscene, boisterous, thoughtful, scrupulous, lying, diabolically truthful man that I am”; …

Literature

Let's Get Started - A Beginners Guide to Layers in Photoshop

Perhaps the standout feature that Photoshop has over Lightroom is layers. The problem is that, for many, Photoshop’s layer tools can be a daunting …

Tutorials

Jack Bruce

Jack Bruce (1943-2014) was a visionary who created music to express his own unique, passionate worldview. The importance, the depth, the very spice …

Guitar

10 Essential Watercolor Techniques All Painters Need to Know

Watercolor painting has long been a favorite medium of expression for enthusiasts and professional artists alike. Although you only need a brush and pigments to get started, watercolor is a material with many creative possibilities. By incorporating household supplies into your painting, you can …

Watercolor Painting

New Alzheimer’s Drug Slows Memory Loss in Early Trial Results

The long, discouraging quest for a medication that works to treat Alzheimer’s reached a potentially promising milestone on Wednesday. For the first time in a large clinical trial, a drug was able to both reduce the plaques in the brains of patients and slow the progression of dementia.<p>More …

Dementia

Why CBT should stop being offered to people with schizophrenia

Cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT, has in the past decade become a standard tool for helping people with schizophrenia deal with their symptoms. …

Schizophrenia

Fluid drainage system in brain linked to Alzheimer: Study

New York, July 27 (IANS) Scientists have identified a fluid drainage system in the brain that sheds light on the underlying mechanisms of brain …

Alzheimer's Disease

This Is The Fastest Rotor Humans Have Ever Built, And It's Bending Our Understanding of Physics

Mind-boggling.<p>Scientists have created a tiny rotor that rotates at speeds of up to 60 billion revolutions a minute – the fastest-spinning human-made …

Physics

Scientology's $5,000 E-meters are surprisingly well-engineered

The E-meter is a quack device used by Scientologists in a religious ritual called "auditing" in which changes in skin potential are said to indicate …

Church of Scientology

Google Translate's deep dream: some translation requests yield weird religious prophesies

Feed 19 repetitions of the word "dog" to Google Translate and ask it for a Maori conversion and you get this: "Doomsday Clock is three minutes at …

Google Translate