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The minds of plants

From the memories of flowers to the sociability of trees, the cognitive capacities of our vegetal cousins are all around us By Laura Ruggles Read ...

How Orwell used wartime rationing to argue for global justice

‘We are the 99 per cent!’ Many of us who have applauded those stirring words, beginning with the Occupy Wall Street movement in 2011, knew ...

Academic Journal Devotes an Entire Issue to Prince’s Life & Music: Read and Download It for Free

Image by Ann Althouse, via Flickr Commons For decades now, academics have made popular culture a worthy area of study, from hip hop, comic books, ...

Brian Eno Presents a Crash Course on How the Recording Studio Radically Changed Music: Hear His Influential Lecture “The Recording Studio as a Compositional Tool” (1979)

The rapid development of studio technology in the 1960s could seem like something of an avalanche, started, say, by Phil Spector, expanded by Brian Wilson, ...

5 Easy Ways to Incorporate Self-Care Into Your Everyday

There’s been a lot of talk about the importance of self-care lately and for good reason. Looking after yourself can have

How To Tell If You Have A Cold Or Allergies

The early symptoms can be tricky.

The Worst Accents And Best Props From Movies In 2017

It’s the time of year when you start hearing superlative lists — best of, worst of, least, most, etc. This week on All Things Considered ...

Christopher Plummer Nominated For Golden Globe After Replacing Kevin Spacey

The 75th Golden Globe nominations were announced on Monday. Among the nominees is actor Christopher Plummer, for his role replacing Kevin Spacey in All the ...

Kurt Vonnegut: the shape of stories

Although his master’s thesis on the topic was rejected by the University of Chicago’s anthropology department, it’s hard to discount the acuity of the US ...

Even if genes affect intelligence, we can’t engineer cleverness

First, let me tell you how smart I am. So smart. My fifth-grade teacher said I was gifted in mathematics and, looking back, I have ...

Depression & Melancholy: Animated Videos Explain the Crucial Difference Between Everyday Sadness and Clinical Depression

“Depression,” the TED-Ed video above informs us, “is the leading cause of disability in the world.” This may be a hard fact to swallow, the ...

Watch “The “Art of Flying,” a Short Film Capturing the Wondrous Murmurations of the Common Starling

In the tradition of Andrew Sullivan’s Dish, we start the week–before it even gets a bit hectic–with a Mental Health break. Above, watch The Art of ...

Stories Of Syria's Uprising, And Its Backyard Funerals, In 'Gardens Speak'

In Miami Beach, visitors were lying down in freshly-dug graves 10 at a time. It was part of Tania El Khoury’s interactive artwork, which tells ...

On The Hunt For The 'Love' In Granola: A Story About Loving Yourself

The FDA infamously sanctioned a bakery for listing “love” as an ingredient, but our writer wanted that recipe. She found a treasure of another sort, ...

Giant Clown Sings a Creepy Cover of Radiohead’s “Creep”

You can’t unsee this. You can’t get it out of your head. Tonight, in your dreams, you’ll see Puddles Pity Party, the 6’8″ clown, singing a creeped ...

Doctors And Patients To Congress: Don't Sacrifice Health Care For Wealth Care In The GOP Tax Scam

My patients are struggling to survive the Trump Administration and the GOP Congress. That is not hyperbole or exaggeration

This Doctor Wants To Transform Transgender Care In America

More transgender surgical centers mean more options for patients.

What About Sexual Harassment On Wall Street?

Many of the recent sexual assault allegations have surfaced in industries dominated by men. NPR’s Michel Martin talks to Wall Street executive Sallie Krawcheck about ...

'Desert Bus': Even In Virtual Reality, It's Still 'Boring'

Desert Bus may be the world’s most boring video game. Players drive a bus from Arizona to Nevada in real time, an eight-hour trip. Now ...

This Is The Healthiest Way To Browse Instagram

Psychologists give their top five tips for using the app.📱

Investors See Big Money In Infertility, And They’re Transforming The Industry

By Rebecca Robbins Investors searching for a new way to make big money in medicine have hit upon an age-old problem: infertility

Biopic About Figure Skater Tonya Harding Reviewed

NPR film critic Bob Mondello reviews I, Tonya. The film depicts the life of Tonya Harding who’s controversial figure skating career was marked by her ...

'I, Tonya' Offers A Sympathetic Second Act To A Disgraced Figure Skater

In January 1994, skater Nancy Kerrigan was struck on the leg with a police-style baton by a man linked to skating rival Tonya Harding. A ...

Stop boycotting SeaWorld if you care about marine conservation

In 2010, the death of Dawn Brancheau, a trainer at SeaWorld Orlando, focused attention on the entertainment groups’ orca (or killer whale) shows. The subsequent ...

Are university admissions biased?

Simpson’s paradox is a statistical phenomenon in which a trend appears in small data sets, but differs or reverses when those sets are combined into ...

Why People So Many People Adore The Room, the Worst Movie Ever Made? A Video Explainer

Not since the height of the Rocky Horror Picture Show’s midnight screenings have I seen a crowd go so nuts for a film, but 2003’s ...

The “True Size” Maps Shows You the Real Size of Every Country (and Will Change Your Mental Picture of the World)

We all understand, on some level, that as adults we must go back and correct the oversimplifications we learned as schoolchildren. But for a sense ...

How To 'Break Up' With A Narcissistic Parent

First, don’t blame yourself for the state of the relationship.

The Next Frontier for Protecting Newborns

Having spent my career dealing with the scientific complexities of developing and delivering vaccines to people  of all ages

Mystery Solved: Saudi Prince Is Buyer Of $450M DaVinci Painting

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is the buyer, according to U.S. intelligence sources who talked to the Wall Street Journal. It will be ...

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