• February 22, 2018
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  • The power of human touch
    02:01 pm By David Brooks
    Empathetic physical contact is essential for life as intimate touch engages our emotions
  • Food sources might affect how we describe scent
    Feb 14, 2018 Nicola Davis, Guardian News & Media Ltd
    Humans have long been considered poor at describing smells, but research on hunter-gatherers shows this is not the case for everyone
  • It’s time to modify our brains
    Feb 07, 2018 By Laurent Alexandre
    Some people are smarter than others. Soon, robots will be smarter than all of us. We can ignore all of that, or start using brain sciences to level the playing field
  • Unplanned obsolescence
    Jan 31, 2018 By Calvin Trillin
    Calvin Trillin reflects on the idioms lost in the age of the smartphones
  • Your face will give you away
    Jan 24, 2018 By Karen Kaplan
    People can judge whether someone is sick by looking at a photo for just a few seconds
  • Inside the life of a hypochondriac
    Jan 17, 2018 By Nicola Erdmann
    For hypochondriacs, travelling presents enormous challenges
  • It’s OK to turn away from screens
    Jan 10, 2018 By Vivek Wadhwa
    Remember when we would just pick up the phone and call someone rather than emailing them?
  • Why trying new things is so hard to do
    Jan 03, 2018 By Sendhil Mullainathan
    Most people make relatively few personal experiments, in both small and big things, and the cost of passivity can be enormous
  • Teach kids to let go of stuff
    Dec 27, 2017 By Christopher Willard
    Set limits on buying toys and reserve gifts only for special occasions. This builds patience, enhances their appreciation and makes them happier
  • The joys of a handwritten letter
    Dec 20, 2017 By Kiran Sidhu
    When a woman rediscovered her aunt’s old letters, it transported her to a precious time in her life
  • Floating cities begin to take shape
    Dec 13, 2017 By David Gelles
    Over the years, the core idea behind seasteading has steadily attracted more adherents
  • Revenge doesn’t taste so sweet
    Dec 05, 2017 By Alla Dreyvitser
    A growing body of research suggests getting even may make you feel worse in the long run
  • So, what’s the problem with ‘so’?
    Nov 29, 2017 By David Shariatmadari
    BBC Radio 4 listeners (and John Humphrys) are fuming over an ‘unwelcome linguistic epidemic’. In fact, it goes back as far as Beowulf
  • Confronting the generation gap on a trip
    Nov 22, 2017 By Johanna Leggatt
    Nothing prepares one for how rigidly parents will adhere to old habits even as the world is screaming at them to change
  • To complain is to truly be alive
    Nov 15, 2017 By Samantha Irby
    It’s like casting off the oppressive wool coat you have been buried under since October on that first truly beautiful warm April day
  • Being empathetic may hurt your health
    Nov 08, 2017 By Jennifer Breheny 
    People who prioritise others’ emotions over their own are susceptible to anxiety or depression