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Building an Empire Along the New Silk Road

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 16:15:10 EST

China recently completed a railway service to Tehran that delivers goods via Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan. Such projects abound. Benjamin Shull reviews “China’s Asian Dream” by Tom Miller.



That's the Way the Party Crumbles

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 19:56:58 EST

As grass-roots activism intensifies, both the Democrats and the Republicans are facing identity crises—and the prospect of a wild new era of independent actors in American politics.



Farewell to Kenneth Arrow, a Gentle Genius of Economics

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:32:07 EST

Lawrence H. Summers remembers his uncle, Nobel Prize-winning economist Kenneth Arrow.



High Altitudes, Violent Lands

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 00:56:06 EST

Mountainous regions are home to just 10% of the world’s population—and many of its ugliest and most persistent wars.



Robert George's Conservative Thinking in the Age of Trump

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 13:50:51 EST

The Princeton legal scholar on America’s refugee policy, Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch and his ‘I told you so’ moment with liberal friends over the recent flood of executive orders.



The Grim Truth Behind the 'Winner Effect'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 10:13:02 EST

Why do winners keep on winning? Two recent studies examine the neurobiology of aggression.



The Chinese Origins of 'Paper Tiger'

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 21:32:40 EST

The phrase, popularized by Mao’s writings, is one of a handful of Chinese idioms that have been translated directly into English.



Is Art Market Recovering? London Auctions May Tell

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 22:02:31 EST

In London, auctions with works by Picasso, Le Corbusier and Barceló could give evidence whether the ailing art market is finally turning around.



Can an Algorithm Detect a Speaker's Mood?

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:36:50 EST

Young scientists at MIT are pushing the boundaries of artificial intelligence by training a computer to consider a range of factors when assessing emotions.



Offloading Will Liberate Our Minds

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 13:34:02 EST

We are now revolutionizing three key cognitive functions: calculation, translation and recognition.



A Brief History of Sledding

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:17:01 EST

The sled symbolizes the all-American way of life. Amanda Foreman on why that’s odd, given the sled’s long history including Egyptian pyramids.



Rare Chess Sets Through History

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 14:16:48 EST

A new book showcases striking boards and pieces from the past five centuries.



Painting a Passage Out of Grief

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 15:50:20 EST

John Constable’s despair following the death of his wife may have shaped the dramatic tenor of his ‘Salisbury Cathedral From the Meadows.’



Wary of Modern Society, Some Christians Choose a Life Apart

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:05:50 EST

Longing to lead more religious lives—and wary of the wider culture—a growing number of traditional Christians are creating their own small communities.



Stop Freaking Out About Body Fat

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:30:38 EST

Fat is a vital organ that our bodies work hard to protect—so instead of battling fat, we should focus on maintaining a healthy level of it.



Vladimir Putin's Political Meddling Revives Old KGB Tactics

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:47:38 EST

Russia is returning to the playbook of the Cold War in its covert efforts to interfere with elections in the West.



Octavia Spencer in the Spotlight

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 23:43:49 EST

The Oscar-nominated actress discusses her role in the film “Hidden Figures,” diversity at the Academy Awards and why she’s been cast as a nurse 16 times.



When Children Beat Adults at Seeing the World

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 21:28:53 EST

Adults see more of the world than children do, right? Not always. Alison Gopnik on new experiments showing children of 4 and 5 paying more attention than adults.



A Resignation Puts a New Spin on the Phrase 'In Like Flynn'

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 19:23:54 EST

Mike Flynn’s resignation as national security adviser brought headlines recalling the phrase “In Like Flynn.” Ben Zimmer on where the phrase comes from.



Johannes Vermeer: Just One of the Boys

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 14:33:12 EST

A new exhibit at the Louvre shows the Dutch painter as part of a dense network of painters cribbing from and riffing off each other.



The Wisdom of Even Wiser Crowds

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:08:32 EST

Researchers at MIT and Princeton have found a new way to tap into the insights of the minority of experts within a large group.



Warning: The '60s Are Breaking Out Again

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:29:57 EST

As Carnegie Hall announces a new series, Joe Queenan raises a health warning: The ’60s are breaking out again.



Protecting Young Athletes from Abuse

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 12:08:58 EST

Former Olympic swimmer Katherine Starr aims to prevent misconduct of all kinds in youth sports.



The Power of Default Settings

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 10:10:24 EST

Dan Ariely answers readers’ questions on built-in incentives, cheap tippers and intimidated diners.



Event Planner David Monn on Regina Belle

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 09:59:38 EST

“Dream in Color,” a Regina Belle ballad, inspires David Monn, a high-concept event planner, to free his imagination.



Mexico's Nafta Defenders

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 11:00:02 EST

The U.S.-educated Mexican economists who negotiated the trade pact in the 1980s are worried more about their own country’s protectionist tendencies than about Donald Trump.



The Logic of Our Fear of Flying

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 10:11:27 EST

Why are we so afraid of getting in an airplane when, statistically, flying is so safe? A mathematical explanation.



What Comes After the Next Terrorist Attack

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 17:36:56 EST

Sometime soon jihadists will likely carry out a terrorist attack against the U.S. How President Trump should handle it.



'Hidden Figures' Days: When Computers Were People

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 14:48:51 EST

In the early space-race days depicted in the film “Hidden Figures,” a job title was “computer.” Ben Zimmer on why.



Philanthropist Nicolas Berggruen's Big Bet on Philosophy

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 13:16:18 EST

The financier discusses expanding his Berggruen Institute and why the world needs more big ideas.



I Don't Care That My Sports Heroes Are Pro-Trump

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 13:06:34 EST

The Patriots appear to have fallen in love with President Trump. But that shouldn’t affect football, says fan David Oshinsky.



How Israelis See the Settlements

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 09:35:48 EST

Some want to annex the West Bank, others to separate from the Palestinians—and all view Jerusalem as anything but a settlement.



The Myth of the Trigger-Happy Cop

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 12:34:14 EST

Contrary to public perception, fatal shootings by police officers are relatively rare and have gone down dramatically in recent years in places such as New York City.



An Expert Take on Performing Under Pressure

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 17:44:58 EST

Psychology professor Sian Beilock studies how people think in stressful situations—and why they choke.



Slow Progress on an Intimate Women's Problem

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 22:46:27 EST

As many as half of American women report intimate problems. Melvin Konner on why the remedies are far more challenging than they are for men.



From Horse Racing to 'Extreme Vetting'

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 15:36:15 EST

President Trump’s term for part of his antiterrorist strategy comes from 19th-century horse racing, Ben Zimmer says.



Using 'Now' to Get Students to Think About the Future

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 15:34:45 EST

Dan Ariely answers readers’ questions on college counseling, Uber anger and ambiguous emoticons.



Could This Pair of Eyeglasses Mean the End of Bifocals?

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 15:33:09 EST

Researchers are using tunable lenses that can instantly provide the optimal correction for different distances while taking account of your prescription.



Toys Need to Tell More Stories. How About 'John Wick'?

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 10:26:35 EST

As ‘The Lego Batman Movie’ shows, toy-cast motion pictures are the wave of the future. Joe Queenan is hoping to see “The Nerf Hacksaw Ridge.”



In Germany, a Wave of New Works by Gerhard Richter

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 04:47:32 EST

A German museum is celebrating Gerhard Richter’s 85th birthday by showing a flurry of his new work.



Churchill's Underground War Rooms

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 15:01:38 EST

A new book takes readers on a tour through Winston Churchill’s World War II headquarters in London.



The Road to 'Hidden Figures'

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 12:40:13 EST

Nina Simone’s ‘To Be Young, Gifted and Black’ inspired ‘Hidden Figures’ author Margot Lee Shetterly during NASA’s glory days.



Redemption at the Very End

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 14:54:53 EST

Leo Tolstoy’s ‘The Death of Ivan Ilyich’ tells the story of a wasted life capped with a moment of grace.