How children learn
The mortality rate flattens among the oldest of the old, a study of elderly Italians concludes, suggesting that the oldest humans have not yet reached the limits of life span.
The miracle material has made modern life possible. But more than 40 percent of it is used just once, and it’s choking our waterways.
It’s hard to imagine now, but a little over a century ago, hardly anyone knew what plastic was. Today plastic is everywhere, and it makes modern life possible, from life-saving medical devices to the lightweight materials used in our cars, computers, phones, spaceships, shopping bags, and on and on.
For all the convenience it provides, plastic has become a plague on the environment—particularly our oceans, Earth’s last drainage sinks
For online retailers, the fight against the practice known as “review brushing” is now a major part of the business.
The “Laurel or Yanny?” phenomenon was the logical endpoint of 300 years of American media.
Your guide to buying an air conditioner
The financial world is a theatrical production, abundantly lubricated by that magical elixir of illusionists: confidence
In the past few decades, the ‘leisure class’ has declined and the category of the ‘working wealthy’ has exploded.
Twitter’s effort to address its bogeyman is long overdue, but years of neglect will make it tough to eradicate these menacing machines
From a Rs 7,000-crore Satyam scam in 2009 to a Rs 13,000-crore PNB scam in 2018, corporate frauds in India are getting bigger and far more complex. But common to both is the question of the quality of auditing in India.
"Evidence of a flight from reason is as old as human record-keeping: the fact of it certainly goes back an even longer way. Flight from science specifically, among the forms of rational inquiry, goes back as far as science itself... But rejection of reason is now a pattern to be found in most branches of scholarship and in all the learned professions."
We all want to be better at something. After all, self-improvement is necessary to getting ahead at work. But once you know what you want to be better at — be it public speaking, using social media, or analyzing data — how do you start? Of course, learning techniques will vary depending on the skill and the person, but there are some general rules you can follow.
How much do you read?
Myths abound about standardized tests, but the research is clear: They provide an invaluable measure of how students are likely to perform in college and beyond
Why is it so hard for people to deal with probabilities in everyday life?
Harvard, Hawaii and others, pressed to improve returns, made risky bets that depended on low stock-market volatility.
Well-meaning parents can sometimes dwell too long on a child’s difficulties with friends and school, doing more harm than good
Research suggests several ways we can all become more virtuous
Misery over real estate hasn’t ended—2.5 million homes are still worth less than their mortgages. Here’s the story of one Wall Street Journal reporter’s upside-down American dream.
Established, traditional order is under assault from freewheeling, networked disrupters as never before. But society craves centralized leadership, too.
New research suggests that even weekend athletes can dramatically extend their physical and psychological limits
Most top performers in business have one thing in common: They accept fewer tasks and then obsess over getting them right
Don’t listen to the gloom-sayers. The world has improved by every measure of human flourishing over the past two centuries, and the progress continues, writes Steven Pinker.
It’s not the paradise that germophobes might imagine.
Sudden stock crashes are notoriously difficult to explain. But rising wages and incipient inflation seem to be scaring investors.
"The true critical thinker accepts what few people ever accept -- that one cannot routinely trust perceptions and memories." --Jim Alcock, "The Belief Engine"
Memory is the retention of, and ability to recall, information, personal experiences, and procedures (skills and habits).
More than half of all Americans believe we can heal each other by psychic or spiritual means. About one-third believe in telepathy and about one-fourth believe in clairvoyance. More than one-fourth believe that the dead can communicate with us. More than one-third believe houses can be haunted. More than 40% accept demonic possession as real.
Last year Samsung hired 800 engineers for its R&D facilities, out of which 300 were from IITs and this year too it would be hiring a similar number from IITs. It would be hiring the talent from IITs, NITs, Delhi College of Engineering, BITS Pilani, Manipal Institute of Technology and IIITsamong others. "Samsung is extremely bullish on R&D in India. We have been here for over 22 years. The three R&D centres in India work on several cutting edge technologies,"
Inside social media’s black market: Celebrities, athletes and politicians are buying millions of fake followers, while social media companies struggle to stop them. Everyone wants to be popular online. Some even pay for it.
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“the fiber we eat feeds billions of bacteria in our guts. Keeping them happy means our intestines and immune systems remain in good working order”
Experts at Sneaker Con offered strategies for identifying counterfeit shoes, gave advice on how to choose investment sneakers and said what they would be willing to pay for the right kicks ($30,000).
There are a host of recent books on battling forgetfulness. Just in time for the new year — and a fresh start — our writer spent a month testing out some of their solutions.
Apple should give parents more tools to curb technology use by children and study the health effects of excessive screen time, two big funds said.
A powerful way to establish trust is to employ one of the mind’s most basic mechanisms for determining loyalty: the perception of similarity. If you can make someone feel a link with you, his empathy for and willingness to cooperate with you will increase.
You’ve lost your supervisor’s trust. Now what? That pit in your stomach likely stems from the uncomfortable realization that your status and chances for advancement have taken a sudden and unwelcome hit. After all, trustworthiness is the currency of most workplaces.
Contrary to popular wisdom, there’s no single “tell” that will help you detect untrustworthiness. Rather, you need to look for these four clues together to more accurately predict whether someone is worthy trusting—or not.
In turbulent times, it’s hard enough to deal with external problems. But too often people and companies exacerbate their troubles by their own actions. Self-defeating behaviors can make any situation worse. Put these five on the what-not-to-do list.
From the locker room to the living room to the boardroom—how winners become winners . . . and stay that way.
Is success simply a matter of money and talent? Or is there another reason why some people and organizations always land on their feet, while others, equally talented, stumble again and again?
To get rid of phones and tablets, parents need to embrace untidiness, quiet time and not going out so much
A digital-media maven on why she can’t quit the charms of old-fashioned datebooks, sales of which are up $50 million in the last two years
On 'Notes On China' this weekend, hiding in plain sight is a Shanghai - and China - that is struggling to take care of its migrant population.
There's an argument you see around sometimes about Henry Ford's decision to pay his workers those famed $5 a day wages. It was that he realised that he should pay his workers sufficiently large sums to that they could afford the products they were making. In this manner he could expand the market for his products.
In 1914, Henry Ford made a big announcement that shocked the country. It caused the financial editor at The New York Times to stagger into the newsroom and ask his staff in a stunned whisper, “He’s crazy, isn’t he? Don’t you think he’s crazy?”
It’s time to call the housing crisis what it really is: the largest transfer of wealth in living memory.