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Shortcuts to Addiction

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:25:17 EST

Big Pharma, the author argues, has inflated the number of Americans with chronic pain to 100 million when 25 million would be more realistic. Sally Satel reviews “Drug Dealer, MD” by Anna Lembke.

Why Lessons From Chimp Mothers Last a Lifetime

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 18:15:20 EST

New research on how chimp mothers pass on their style of socializing to their children highlights the importance of females (humans, too) in transmitting culture.

Sticker Books for Grown-Ups: Inside a Publishing Incubator

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 00:20:44 EST

How a children’s publisher is making Beyoncé, Madonna and the Mona Lisa into paint-by-number sticker books.

Bernard Cornwell: Bringing History to Life

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 11:33:50 EST

The historical novelist talks about his prolific output, his passion for the Napoleonic Wars and why he likes writing about long-ago events.

Can a Death-Predicting Algorithm Improve Care?

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 10:16:07 EST

A startup says it can tell which patients will die in the next year and lower their medical costs by providing palliative care in their homes.

Laughter Is Packed With Social Clues

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 20:58:01 EST

People can tell a lot about two people laughing at the same time--“co

The Perils of Empathy: Feeling the Pain of Others Can Be a Bad Idea

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 19:32:11 EST

In politics and policy, trying to feel the pain of others is a bad idea. Empathy distorts our reasoning and makes us biased, tribal and often cruel.

When Wisdom Is Just a Search-Engine Click Away

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:16:57 EST

The Google search engine can give us the best advice on almost anything. Or is there a electronic fly in the ointment?

The Art of Partying, From Socrates to Truman Capote

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 13:18:07 EST

Last week marked the 50th anniversary of Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball. Amanda Foreman on what makes a great party. (Hint: It helps to invite Socrates.)

'Sanctuary Cities,' From Shakespeare's Day to the President-Elect

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 23:55:21 EST

Donald Trump has vowed to block federal funding for “sanctuary cities.” But many dictionaries haven’t defined the term.

In Paris and Washington, a Forgotten Friend of Impressionists

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 14:03:11 EST

Frédéric Bazille, the largely forgotten friend of Monet and other impressionists, is getting his own show in Paris and Washington.

Rorschach Religious Architecture

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 16:24:00 EST

Among the structure’s many oddities is a Renaissance church built in the middle of the mosque’s prayer hall

Novelist Jonathan Lethem on Stevie Wonder

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 10:57:10 EST

The song “I Wish” helped the novelist through his mother’s illness and family disruptions.

The Trials of a Pro Snowboarder

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:00:53 EST

Travis Rice talks about the need for fear, the joy of nature and the challenges of filming his sport.

The Need to Read

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 08:03:52 EST

Reading books remains one of the best ways to engage with the world, become a better person and understand life’s questions, big and small.

How Latin America Pays the Price of Protectionism

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 17:12:07 EST

As Donald Trump talks of tariffs, Argentina and Brazil show the costs that consumers and taxpayers pay for barriers on trade.

Civility at Work Helps Everyone Get Ahead

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 23:24:07 EST

A respectful workplace pays off in many ways, including greater productivity, engagement and creativity.

The Brain Machinery Behind Daydreaming

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 23:29:56 EST

New research shows how our brains make—and profit from—wandering thoughts.

Who Needs Luggage Anyway?

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 22:24:02 EST

United Airlines’ new subeconomy fare limits carry-on bags, prompting Joe Queenan to ponder the future of luggage.

How to Enforce Your Own Bedtime

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 11:53:27 EST

Dan Ariely answers readers’ questions on sleep hygiene, gas lines and holiday deeds.

Does Poor Air Quality Hurt Stock-Market Returns?

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 18:30:33 EST

Scientists at Columbia University and the University of Ottawa find that higher morning levels of tiny air-polluting particles in New York City tend to suppress stock prices.

After the Election, the Concept of 'Flyover Country' Rises

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 13:37:29 EST

Sen. Ted Cruz was among those seeing the election of Donald Trump as “vindication” of the areas of America known as “flyover country.” Where the phrase comes from.

Astro Teller, 'Captain of Moonshots'

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:19:08 EST

The head of Alphabet’s research-and-development lab X talks about encouraging creativity at work, embracing failure and his company’s latest projects.

When President Trump Goes to War

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 18:02:31 EST

A new commander in chief will soon face hard decisions about how and when to deploy America’s military might. What principles should guide him?

A New U.S. Front in Afghanistan?

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 13:12:20 EST

A battle in Kunduz suggests a looming choice: escalate American involvement or risk letting the Taliban capture several Afghan provinces

A More Effective Way to Complain

Sat, 19 Nov 2016 22:50:31 EST

Not all complaints are created equal. The most effective are concise, fact-based and focused on a particular goal.

Brain Surgery Takes On Tremors Without a Drill

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:39:08 EST

A new procedure that uses focused ultrasound to destroy a spot in the thalamus may help people with tremor.

Does Chess Make You Smarter?

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 12:58:45 EST

Chess players tend to score higher on intelligence tests than do nonplayers. The question is: Why?

Much Ado About Stuffing: A History

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 19:54:23 EST

Should Thanksgiving stuffing be cooked inside the bird or beside it? Amanda Foreman looks at the history of both methods.

Cleaning Asia's Debris Off Alaska's Shores

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:21:09 EST

Chris Pallister and the Gulf of Alaska Keeper are still clearing away detritus from Japan’s 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

Talk of a 'Whitelash' Revives a 1960s Term

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 09:51:16 EST

Political commentator Van Jones talked about a “whitelash” after the election. Where the word comes from.

The Art of Covering Crime: Letizia Battaglia's Photos

Fri, 18 Nov 2016 12:13:41 EST

A Roman museum celebrates the art of Letizia Battaglia, famous for her chilling photos of Mafia killings.

Novelist Harlan Coben on Steely Dan

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 12:23:09 EST

As a suburban teenager, mystery novelist Harlan Coben discovered the band Steely Dan. Here’s how the song ‘Deacon Blues’ influenced him.

The Fall of the Unions Paved the Way for Trump

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 21:10:26 EST

Working-class whites once had a political home at the union hall; now they’ve found solidarity in a new populist movement.

Donald Trump as Nixon's Heir

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 17:09:08 EST

The clearest precedent for Trump is the anti-elite, big-government conservatism of Nixon.

The Jacksonian Revolt

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 08:34:32 EST

Andrew Jackson’s brand of populism—nationalist, egalitarian, individualistic—remains one of the most powerful forces in American politics.

Tony Bennett's Musical Life

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 14:37:26 EST

The 90-year-old singer talks about his biggest hit, his long career, his rocky times and his love of painting.

Empathy by the Book: How Fiction Affects Behavior

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 00:10:34 EST

The mental calisthenics required to live inside a fictional character’s skin foster empathy for the people you meet day-to-day. And, surprisingly, not all types of reading have the same effect.