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Edward Snowden's Real Motive

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:58:39 EST

In ‘How America Lost Its Secrets’ a picture emerges of Snowden as an odd, deeply resentful young man driven less by high moral purpose than personal revenge.

The Legend of the President's First Hundred Days

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 17:03:39 EST

Franklin D. Roosevelt invented the idea of an activist sprint from the start of a presidency, and many successors have followed his example. Will Donald Trump make an early splash?

Using All Our Senses in an Age Obsessed With Sight

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 12:52:01 EST

The Paris market Les Halles operated in almost total darkness for six centuries—reminding us not to rely on vision alone.

How to Treat an Opioid Epidemic

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 22:23:02 EST

Addiction isn’t an illness like any other. Patients need not just the right medicines but therapy, support and, in some cases, tough supervision.

Pinterest's Ben Silbermann Looks Ahead

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:57:07 EST

The chief executive of the image-sharing site on building the company, his ‘dorky’ childhood collection and wasting time online.

How Mobile Banking Gives a Big Boost to Kenya's Poor

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:18:20 EST

A new study in Kenya points to an innovation that is lifting many people out of extreme poverty: mobile banking. And it is especially benefiting women.

A Week in the Life of Physicist Helen Czerski

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 13:29:25 EST

Physics shows up everywhere in daily life, even at breakfast.

The 2016 Word of the Year: 'Dumpster Fire'

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:09:14 EST

A colorful metaphor for an exceedingly disastrous or chaotic situation caught fire last year, especially in politics.

How I Help Businesses Save the Planet

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:52:17 EST

Are coarse, unfeeling businesses masquerading as environmentally sensitive stewards of the Earth? Of course not. How Joe Queenan helps them save the planet.

Sold! Historic Items at Auction

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 17:20:56 EST

A new book, “Going Once,” showcases 250 notable sales from auction house Christie’s International on its 250th anniversary.

A New Way to Detect Fake Medicines

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 11:53:27 EST

Bioengineer Muhammad Zaman hopes that a new device will help tackle a deadly global problem.

Juries, From the Ancient Athenians to the '12 Angry Men'

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 15:30:52 EST

As the classic film “12 Angry Men” reaches its 60th birthday, a look at juries—starting at the one that convicted Socrates in Athens.

Management Expert Adam Grant on Billy Joel

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 10:20:50 EST

Management expert Adam Grant recalls how the historical lists in Billy Joel’s ‘We Didn’t Start the Fire’ gave the future author his first research project.

A Drive To Destroy Themselves and Others

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:19:00 EST

Richard Brooks’s screen adaptation of Truman Capote’s ‘In Cold Blood’ is a portrait of waste, loss and spiritual emptiness.

A New Concert Hall Rises on the Seine

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 22:10:44 EST

Designed by architects Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines, the Seine Musicale is an ambitious new concert hall in western Paris. But can the venue thrive in an already crowded classical-music market?

We Are Not the World

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 23:48:44 EST

From Brexit to Trump to the rise of nationalist parties across Europe, the old division between left and right is giving way to a battle between self-styled patriots and confounded globalists.

Detained in Turkey: A Journal Reporter's Story

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 08:50:20 EST

Foreign correspondent Dion Nissenbaum describes being jailed at a detention center for 2½ days, with no contact with his wife or colleagues.

The Wrong Way to Speak to Children

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 19:48:54 EST

Parents often use phrases like ‘Good job!’ and ‘Say thank you’ when they talk to their children. But what do those phrases really mean?

A Week in the Life of Justice Don Willett

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:22:08 EST

A member of the Texas Supreme Court has become ‘the tweetingest judge in America.’

What You Just Forgot May Be 'Sleeping'

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 10:41:38 EST

Can’t remember what you were just thinking about? A new study amends our understanding of how memory works.

Award-Winning Package Design

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 11:55:09 EST

A new book showcases winning products from the Pentawards, an international competition that recognizes creativity in packaging.

In Rome, Restoring a Vast Repository of the Jewish Past

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 13:06:52 EST

After years of delay, the ancient Jewish catacombs under Rome’s Villa Torlonia are set for restoration.

When Digital 'Personal Assistants' Go Rogue

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 11:39:19 EST

Alexa, Siri and the like may be impressive, but how much can we trust them? Joe Queenan ponders the potential disasters.

'Persona non Grata': The Diplomatic Way to Say 'You're Unwelcome'

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 10:54:03 EST

The phrase, used during the recent expulsion of Russians from the U.S., is a ‘Neo-Latin’ invention.

Would the End of Tipping Mean the End of Good Service?

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:23:38 EST

Dan Ariely answers readers’ questions on insecure incomes, compelling conversations and marriage models.

A Solar Panel Implanted Inside Your Body?

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:24:19 EST

Scientists in Switzerland have developed a prototype that soaked up enough sun through a skinlike filter to power a cardiac pacemaker with ease.

Nancy Silverton on Eric Clapton's Acoustic Version of 'Layla'

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 15:25:24 EST

Chef/restaurateur Nancy Silverton (the Mozza chain) recalls the night she and her friends enjoyed an unusual after-dinner jam to the strains of ‘Layla.’

Peter Berg's Tales of Heroism

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:37:00 EST

The director of ‘Patriots Day’ is drawn to real-life stories of courage.

Why Putin's Economy Survives

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 03:06:35 EST

Conservative fiscal and monetary policies, plus an autocrat’s ability to impose austerity measures, keep Russia afloat where the Soviet Union sank.

A History of Dubious Hangover Cures

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 10:58:31 EST

Suggested morning-after remedies from the past three millennia include wearing necklaces of laurel leaves and eating deep-fried canaries.

It Was a Big, Big Year for Cleveland

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 11:06:55 EST

For Cleveland, 2016 was the year it did astonishingly well in basketball and baseball. OK, there were some questions about that Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction....

Global Stereotypes Are Off the Mark, a Trust Test Shows

Thu, 29 Dec 2016 16:35:40 EST

A recent study of stereotypes of foreigners shows just how wrong they can be.

Newspaper Rivalry Bred the Modern Use of 'Scoop'

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:28:32 EST

Newspaper wars of the 1870s spurred the use of “scoop” as a word for an exclusive news story.

High-Tech Hidden Messages From Low-Cost Products

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:29:32 EST

Researchers used a $60 inkjet printer to produce sets of small rods with markings that can only be decoded with a specific type of electromagnetic radiation.

Football's Steve Spurrier on Kris Kristofferson's 'Why Me'

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:31:32 EST

Longtime football coach and Heisman winner Steve Spurrier on close calls, the fragility of life and Kris Kristofferson’s ‘Why Me.’

Josef Frank's Freewheeling Designs

Fri, 30 Dec 2016 22:47:00 EST

The artist’s textiles, going on exhibit at London’s Fashion and Textile Museum, are a colorful take on modernism.