How Smartphones Hijack Our Minds
Research suggests that as the brain grows dependent on phone technology, the intellect weakens
The trick to being successful could, in fact, be simple.
For one month, Madeleine Dore declined all in-person activities with friends to see if it would make her more productive – with surprising results.
Negative consequences, timeouts, and punishment just make bad behavior worse. But a new approach really works.
Visas for sale, skyrocketing housing prices, miles of condos.
An ethnically mixed and oil-rich province, Kirkuk has long been at the center of disputes between Baghdad and the autonomous Kurdish government.
What is fake news and can it really affect public opinion? DW investigates the phenomenon.
Sometimes it's not what you're reading on a web page. It's how you're reading it.
Everyone aspires to have purpose or meaning in their career but how do you actually do that? What practical steps can you take today or this month to make sure you’re not just toiling away at your desk but you’re doing something you genuinely care about?
The iconic plane revolutionized air travel. Now it is being retired. Here’s why I’ll miss flying them.
Running long distances is not enough to prepare the leg muscles for the great demands of an endurance event like the marathon.
Parents, therapists and schools are struggling to figure out whether helping anxious teenagers means protecting them or pushing them to face their fears.
Gretchen Reynolds on the science of fitness
I Don’t Know How to Say No to This Listen to the Sketch Guy’s Advice about Money and Your Life
There is only one comparison that does matter. Do you have enough for you? Not enough for someone else, the people on an imaginary app or even your neighbor, but for you. If the answer is yes, then it’s time to put away the yardstick and get on with life.
Science explains why so many of history's great thinkers have been obsessive walkers.
Ever wonder why you think more clearly after a walk? I certainly have. The New Yorker on the science behind why that is.
Writers stumbled on to this trick a long time ago. Throughout history, we’ve heard the stories of how writers used walking to help work through new ideas and deal with writer’s block
If your instinct is to feel compassion for brave people who try hard at something hard and fail nonetheless, consider granting yourself that same grace.
A century ago Albert Einstein changed the way humans saw the universe. His work is still offering new insights today
For the first time, the famous investment bank has more of a business than an image problem
Capturing the essence of a life in 1,000 words or fewer
Weekly column that sift pseudoscience from the neuroscience. The truth is in his eyes. Can you tell if someone is lying? Our ability to spot a lie is only just better than guessing with the flip of a coin. But, surprisingly, it’s easier to tell whether a person is fibbing if they are wearing a veil.
Intelligence project aims to reverse engineer the brain to find algorithms that allow computers to think more like humans
Behind neuroscientists' and machine-learning experts' joint effort to reverse-engineer the brain.
Some of the most important truths in life are contradictory on the surface. They seem like impossibilities, yet experience proves them to be obvious over and over again. It isn’t until you look a bit deeper, beneath the surface contradictions, that the real grains of wisdom emerge.
There is a lot of interest right now in the human microbiome (the populations of bacteria that live in various parts of the body, including the intestine, skin, and lungs). Research is exploring the connection between the brain and intestine and how they affect each other, and whether the use of probiotics can help treat depression or anxiety.
Salespeople can lure you into buying their products with simple psychological tricks. Tiffanie Wen explores how they work.
“Successful people wake up at dawn, basically,” he said. “I wanted to try that. After working all day, I didn’t want to want to work at night anymore.”
We spend a third of our lives doing it. Why do we sleep? So why do we sleep? This is a question that has baffled scientists for centuries and the answer is, no one is really sure. Some believe that sleep gives the body a chance to recuperate from the day's activities but in reality, the amount of energy saved by sleeping for even eight hours is miniscule - about 50 kCal, the same amount of energy in a piece of toast.
From eating “slumber foods” to playing the didgeridoo – David Robson looks at the tried and tested ways to get a good night’s sleep.
A book about the famous technology prediction tells a tale of innovation and collaboration, and how we can harness its power to think about the future
Listed below are the most common mistakes made by ESL Students...
BETWEEN vs. AMONG, MISS vs. LOSE, END vs. FINISH, ...DESPITE vs. IN SPITE OF....WHO vs. WHOM vs. WHOSE....WHATVER - WHENEVER - WHEREVER - WHICHEVER - WHOEVER....
Sleep scientist Matthew Walker reveals how many hours of slumbering you need, how to make up for a lack of it and gives tips on how to get a better night’s rest.
Innovation in genetic engineering is moving faster than ethical discussions about parents' choices. The Drive for Perfect Children Gets a Little Scary: "On one hand, the potential for improving human health is enormous. On the other hand, I am uneasy at the prospect of the power this gives parents. I don’t trust people to take so much control over the future of human nature."
It used to be banks, but now it is tech giants that dominate the US lobbying industry. Can money buy them what they want: less competition, less tax ... and more data?
"The only sensible conclusion is to acknowledge the right of territorial groups to some form of self-rule. The liberty of a democratic state to impede its own break-up is qualified by the right of its provinces to decide for themselves how they want to be governed and by whom."
Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet. Paul Lewis reports on the Silicon Valley refuseniks alarmed by a race for human attention. If the attention economy erodes our ability to remember, to reason, to make decisions for ourselves – faculties that are essential to self-governance – what hope is there for democracy itself?"
From tennis to the stock market, How to Predict the Unpredictable by William Poundstone aims to teach you how to overcome a universal human weakness
Given his success, it stands to reason that Buffett has an excellent understanding of how to spend his time each day. From a monetary perspective, you could say that he manages his time better than anyone else.
Many cancers are still preventable despite more research highlighting the role of unavoidable random DNA damage. It’s almost impossible to say what caused an individual #cancer. Competing narratives of chance and lifestyle often frame the debate about cancer’s underlying causes.
Many cancers are still preventable despite more research highlighting the role of unavoidable random DNA damage. It’s almost impossible to say what caused an individual cancer
Competing narratives of chance and lifestyle often frame the debate about cancer’s underlying causes.
How can you avoid a real life Dirty Rotten Scoundrel? Record numbers of people are falling prey to fraudsters. Snake oil salesmen have adapted well to the 21st century; con artists abound. They still run scams in the street, but they also exploit cellphones and the internet to reach victims more readily.
As a psychologist who's peered into the minds of psychopathic cheats and fallen victim to con artists, here's what to look out for.
Writer Joshua Foer immersed himself in the world of competitive memorisers to demystify their incredible feats of recalling vast strings of random digits or sequences of playing cards. Jon White asks him about his experience as a master memoriser
“When information goes ‘in one ear and out the other,’ it’s often because it doesn’t have anything to stick to.” — Joshua Foer
That’s a quote from the book Moonwalking with Einstein, the fascinating account of Joshua Foer’s journey investigating memory.
Human memory and recall works nothing like a computer, but that’s what makes it all the more fascinating to understand and experience. “If we remembered everything we should on most occasions be as ill off as if we remembered nothing.” ~William James It’s often said that a person is the sum of their memories. Your memory and recall is what makes you who you are.
IMPROVING MEMORY Want to remember, or forget things, at will? These tips will show you how.
MEMORY is a wonderful gift, but it’s clearly one that came without a user guide. Who hasn’t felt facts slip through their mind like sand through a sieve as they crammed for an exam? At other times, forgetting may be the difficulty, as we struggle to banish the memories of painful events. Thankfully, a growing understanding of the human mind offers many ways to help you make the most of your innate abilities.