Health

Your Gullible Brain

How our senses influence our thoughts

A Stethoscope That Can See

A new tool lets doctors turn sound waves into graphs.

Why Rich Women Don't Get Fat

Sorting weight by demographic group reveals complex and surprising patterns.

Does Getting Drunk Make You Funnier?

Depends on if you're drunk.

The Overprotected Kid

A preoccupation with safety has stripped childhood of independence, risk taking, and discovery—without making it safer. A new kind of playground points to a better solution.

The War on Reason

Scientists and philosophers argue that human beings are little more than puppets of their biochemistry. Here's why they're wrong.

The Inflatable Helmet

Swedish engineers have invented an air bag for your head.

Why You Can't Keep a Secret

How to Make a Simple Cup of Coffee

It's subtler business than you might think.

Letting Go of Asperger’s

Months after our son was diagnosed, the label officially disappeared. And that turned out to be a good thing.

We're Running Out of Antibiotics

Libraries Are the New Homeless Shelters

A very short book excerpt

The Good-Luck Charm That Solved a Public-Health Problem

Warding off anemia with small iron fish

Performance Anxiety in Great Performers

What Hugh Grant, Gandhi, and Thomas Jefferson have in common

The Archaeology of Beer

Dogfish Head’s ancient, hybrid brews embody a past before ale and wine became separate categories.

Surviving Anxiety

I've tried therapy, drugs, and booze. Here’s how I came to terms with the nation's most common mental illness.

The Hospital Is No Place for the Elderly

Medical treatment for aging, chronically ill patients is costly and often ineffective. Can they get better care at home?

The Quest to End the Flu

The methods used to make flu vaccines are slow and sometimes unreliable, and new viruses threaten to outrun them. Can researchers find a way to stay ahead?

Why Can't We All Just Get Along? The Uncertain Biological Basis of Morality

Squaring recent research suggesting we're "naturally moral" with all the strife in the world

Why You Look Like Your Dog

Behind the phenomenon of pet/owner resemblance

Why We Live 40 Years Longer Today Than We Did in 1880

The golden age of medicine—in one chart

This Is a Condom

How Long Can You Wait to Have a Baby?

Deep anxiety about the ability to have children later in life plagues many women. But the decline in fertility over the course of a woman’s 30s has been oversold. Here’s what the statistics really tell us—and what they don’t.

The Worst Time to Have Surgery

By the month, day, and hour

How Junk Food Can End Obesity

Demonizing processed food may be dooming many to obesity and disease. Could embracing the drive-thru make us all healthier?

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Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more

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Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.

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What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world

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