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What We Remember on Memorial Day

Thu, 25 May 2017 12:47:54 EDT

The obligation to honor the war dead has often conflicted with the need to make distinctions among them and their causes.



Rules for Modern Living From the Ancient Stoics

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:43:26 EDT

Know what you can control, be in the moment and other tips from Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus.



Does Facebook Make Us Unhappy And Unhealthy?

Fri, 26 May 2017 01:44:24 EDT

Susan Pinker looks at new research that suggests Facebook makes us unhappy and unhealthy.



What's in a Scientific Name?

Thu, 25 May 2017 09:01:42 EDT

In science, just as in other fields, names matter. Physicist Frank Wilczek on the stories behind ‘axion,’ ‘time crystals’ and other terms.



Classical Music Isn't Just to Calm Cows Anymore

Thu, 25 May 2017 11:01:35 EDT

In the wake of reports about how classical music is being used to make milk cows more productive, Joe Queenan proposes other uses of calming music: on Capitol Hill, for example.



At MoMA, Frank Lloyd Wright, Built and Unbuilt

Thu, 25 May 2017 10:52:26 EDT

At New York’s Museum of Modern Art, a major exhibition looks at Frank Lloyd Wright’s memorable successes—and some notable misses.



A Cultural History of the Hamburger

Thu, 25 May 2017 13:35:10 EDT

A new book traces the history of the burger in the U.S. and beyond.



Federalism for the Left and the Right

Sat, 20 May 2017 19:27:52 EDT

People across the political spectrum are turning to states and localities to deal with contentious issues such as immigration, law enforcement and education.



Who's in Charge of Outer Space?

Fri, 19 May 2017 22:56:31 EDT

All extraterrestrial activity today is governed by a 50-year-old treaty drafted at the height of the Cold War. Will governments around the world agree on an update before the final frontier becomes the Wild West?



How to Psych Children Up to Perform

Mon, 22 May 2017 11:27:40 EDT

What’s the best way to encourage children to succeed in sports tryouts, auditions and exams? Talk about past accomplishments, reframe their anxiety and other science-tested tips.



A Booster for Young Entrepreneurs

Fri, 19 May 2017 12:56:58 EDT

Ankur Jain’s Kairos Society gives advice and big-name connections to entrepreneurs under the age of 26.



A Calder Exhibition Where the Mobiles Really Move

Fri, 19 May 2017 12:13:24 EDT

At New York’s Whitney, an exhibition of Alexander Calder’s mobiles will focus on making them run the way the artist intended them to.



When Victims Feel Most Victimized

Fri, 19 May 2017 13:12:28 EDT

Recent research on people’s reaction to mistreatment adds a twist to our knowledge about the limits of empathy.



Calculating a Faster Checkout Line

Fri, 19 May 2017 12:01:36 EDT

Are shoppers better off with one line for each cashier or with a ‘serpentine’ system of one big line feeding multiple cashiers?



At Work, Lights That Ward Off Interruptions

Fri, 19 May 2017 12:02:34 EDT

Researchers say that a new system can reduce intrusions and boost focus.



What a Really Smart Phone Would Tell Me

Thu, 18 May 2017 11:00:13 EDT

Yes, Joe Queenan’s smartphone tells him about nearby restaurants and sights. But what about when he needs a good loan shark?



Where 'King Arthur' Came From, and Why the Film Failed

Sat, 20 May 2017 22:47:15 EDT

Historian Amanda Foreman looks at what’s so special about Arthurian legends and why their latest Hollywood iteration failed at the box office.



'Blabber' Gets Its Own Scandal

Fri, 19 May 2017 12:34:18 EDT

The word is the latest to get a ‘-gate’ label, after Trump reveals classified information.



W. Kamau Bell on Living Colour's 'Pride'

Fri, 19 May 2017 11:57:17 EDT

W. Kamau Bell, who hosts ‘United Shades of America’ on CNN, talks about the influence of Living Colour’s ‘Pride.’



A Lasting Sigh Made Flesh

Fri, 19 May 2017 17:22:24 EDT

‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ was a rare narrative departure for dancemaker George Balanchine.



You're Picking the Wrong Team Leaders. Here's Why

Sat, 13 May 2017 16:54:19 EDT

The captains of history’s most successful sports teams relied on a range of unexpected traits, from dissent and rule-breaking to quiet communication and emotional self-control.



A Prom Survival Guide for Parents

Fri, 12 May 2017 16:33:55 EDT

Getting your son a date, preparing for the after party and other tips for parents to get through prom season.



Jeffrey Tambor Gets Transparent

Sat, 13 May 2017 09:43:51 EDT

The late-blooming actor on his career, his family and his role playing a transgender woman.



The Opening of the Liberal Mind

Fri, 12 May 2017 11:43:41 EDT

Wesleyan president Michael S. Roth on why universities need affirmative action for the study of conservative, libertarian and religious ideas.



How Much Do Toddlers Learn From Play?

Thu, 11 May 2017 12:19:24 EDT

Although it’s hard to study play in a lab, a new wave of research is showing how important it is to children’s learning.



Where Does All the Water Go When You Water a Plant?

Fri, 12 May 2017 09:43:47 EDT

A physicist explains the intricate hydraulic system inside plants.



The Shifting Meaning of 'Fulsome'

Wed, 17 May 2017 10:09:17 EDT

The meaning of the word, popular in Washington, D.C. lately, has gone from positive to negative and back again.



Russian Hackers Are Coming After Us All

Thu, 11 May 2017 11:15:47 EDT

Found a bad cheesecake recipe or faulty financial advice online? Joe Queenan writes: Blame Russian disinformation.



How to Turn Anything Into a Touchpad

Fri, 12 May 2017 12:51:12 EDT

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University say they have developed a low-cost way to make everyday objects touch-sensitive.



Picasso's Print Partnerships

Sat, 13 May 2017 12:31:20 EDT

Picasso collaborated with largely unsung artists—printers in France. A Williamstown, Mass., museum casts a spotlight on them.



Paul Theroux on Kenya's Fadhili William

Sun, 14 May 2017 17:21:35 EDT

Travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux (“The Mosquito Coast”) recalls starting to learn Swahili from a song by Kenya’s Fadhili William.



The Summer of Love Turns 50

Thu, 18 May 2017 15:14:33 EDT

An exhibit at San Francisco’s de Young Museum looks back at posters, fashion and other artifacts from the 1960s.



Hiding From Our Troubles in Shangri-La

Fri, 12 May 2017 12:28:08 EDT

James Hilton’s ‘Lost Horizon’ captures the cultural apprehension widely felt in the early 1930s.



How to Raise an American Adult

Fri, 05 May 2017 20:14:39 EDT

Many young Americans today are locked in perpetual adolescence. Nebraska Sen. Ben Sasse on how he and his wife are encouraging their own children to become fully formed, independent grown-ups.



The Protestant Legacy of Liberty

Fri, 05 May 2017 11:33:28 EDT

The heirs of Martin Luther’s revolution have changed the world with their demand for spiritual space free of political authority



For Arab Gulf States, Israel Is Emerging as an Ally

Fri, 05 May 2017 13:26:07 EDT

Sunni monarchies, led by Saudi Arabia, increasingly see the Jewish state as a partner in a common struggle against Shiite Iran.



A Twins Study Shows ADHD Isn't Just Genetic

Sat, 06 May 2017 01:18:17 EDT

Research of twins suggests that Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder isn’t just genetic.



Sam Zell Looks Back

Mon, 08 May 2017 09:10:33 EDT

The notoriously blunt real-estate magnate on being contrarian, not taking yourself too seriously and other business lessons he’s learned.



In the Netherlands, Mondrian Across the Decades

Sat, 06 May 2017 04:17:38 EDT

The Gemeentemuseum in The Hague will feature an exhibition of Piet Mondrian’s work, from student art to his last masterpiece in New York.



The Sinister History of 'Going Left'

Fri, 05 May 2017 22:24:10 EDT

From Greek omens to the last week’s disastrous Fyre Festival, Ben Zimmer on the sinister history of the phrase ‘going left.’



The Art of Portrait Medals

Fri, 05 May 2017 14:00:25 EDT

‘The Pursuit of Immortality,’ at New York’s Frick Collection, showcases intricately made medals starting from the Renaissance.



Saving Lives Through Safer Buildings

Fri, 05 May 2017 11:47:08 EDT

Build Change, founded by Elizabeth Hausler, says it has helped create more than 51,000 earthquake-resistant homes and schools in developing countries



The Mystery of Genius

Wed, 03 May 2017 10:56:52 EDT

As a miniseries on Albert Einstein makes its debut, Amanda Foreman looks at the idea of genius, from classical writers to IQ testing.



More Nasties of History Get a Novel Makeover

Sat, 06 May 2017 16:38:07 EDT

Now that a novelist has humanized the depraved emperor Nero, Joe Queenan imagines renovations are in store for more bad guys. A traumatized Jack the Ripper, anyone?



Paula Poundstone on 'Chuck E's in Love'

Fri, 05 May 2017 12:40:04 EDT

Comedian Paula Poundstone recalls how the Rickie Lee Jones song ‘Chuck E’s in Love’ mystified but cheered her as she planned her stand-up career.