150, 50, 15, 5. Those are the magic numbers in the sociology of friendship, according to University of Oxford professor Robin Dunbar.
“If you love someone,” pop star Sting sang years ago, “set them free.” Sometimes the first rule of love is forgetting all the rules that constrain the object of one’s affection, while trusting that the beloved will return on their own. Nineteenth century British artist J.M.W. Turner knew all the ...
Let me start by saying that I love this month's Atlantic cover story, "The New Science of Old Age." I'm not raising it up just to knock it down. The piece, by Gregg Easterbrook, adroitly addresses an issue that needs far more attention—the promise of biotech research to lengthen our lives. It also ...
A peek at Manhattan before the skyscrapers (though not before the relentless hustle-bustle).
A new piece in Car and Driver details the awful corporate situation that birthed one of recent memory's most spectacular automobile industry failures.
"The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown."
To what degree are you allowed the privacy to grieve the loss of a family member? Christos Catsouras found out in October 2006. His 18-year-old daughter, Nikki, died after slamming her father’s car into a concrete tollbooth in southern California. The police thought the official photos so gruesome ...
Favorite sports teams become outlets for fans' personal frustration. Sometimes this can be seen as a healthy way to channel dissatisfaction. Too often though, this channeling gets ugly.
One way to understand a nudge—a government policy that inclines you to make a particular choice, often without your awareness—is that it makes it easier for you to do what you really would have wanted despite your fallible human nature. But how do you know what you really want? You want to lose ...
According to writer Libby Nelson, the reason kids shouldn't get Columbus Day off isn't political -- it's practical. Only 15% of businesses close on the holiday, meaning working parents have to scramble to mind their children during the day.
Some industry prognosticators question whether legalized weed will compete with alcohol for Americans' tightening recreation budgets.
"Nobody’s going to pay for smart in the future because the smarter the doctor, the smarter the lawyer, the smarter the engineer, the smarter the financier, that’s all going onto software.
So we move up the ladder and we say that what we really value and what will rise to the top is intelligence. And what is that? That’s the ability to figure things out that you’ve never learned before."
The findings of a new study reveal that killer whales have the keen ability to learn the vocalizations of other species. Researchers came to this conclusion after observing a group of orcas adopt the songs and sounds of neighboring dolphins.