Book Review

The Bitch Is Back

Are menopausal women mad, bad, and dangerous? Yes—but they’re really just returning to normal.

Gluttony Without Gluten

It’s easy, with the help of good new products and even better books.

Building a Better Bug

Can scientists beat malaria by reengineering the mosquito?

The High-Tech Highball

At the Aviary, in Chicago, bartenders experiment with cocktails that evolve as you sip them

Home Remedy

A small town solves its physician shortage.

Bug Nuggets

Is the world ready for soy-glazed mealworms?

How to Land Your Kid in Therapy

Why the obsession with our kids’ happiness may be dooming them to unhappy adulthoods. A therapist and mother reports.

The Triumph of New-Age Medicine

Medicine has long decried acupuncture, homeopathy, and the like as dangerous nonsense that preys on the gullible. Again and again, carefully controlled studies have shown alternative medicine to work no better than a placebo. But now many doctors admit that alternative medicine often seems to do a better job of making patients well, and at a much lower cost, than mainstream care—and they’re trying to learn from it.

Chef City

Famous Las Vegas restaurateurs are finally making meals to match the hype.

Perverse Incentives

Gynecologists cash in on an intimate new market

Can the Manhattan Go Suburban?

Chain restaurants embrace the high-end cocktail.

Hear Me Now?

The Verizon Guy gets his life back.

Valencia Is Burning

Each spring, Spanish artists construct masterpieces—and then set them ablaze at the party
of the year.

Sister Schmuck Takes a Stand

A nun fights to recover her good name.

The Nostalgia Trap

In Brooklyn and London, the future is losing to the past.

The Joy of Not Cooking

High-end retailers are counting on us to spend more money on our kitchens— even as we spend less time in them.

Phosphate With a Twist

A long-forgotten soft drink is helping create surprising new cocktails.

The Moral Crusade Against Foodies

Gluttony dressed up as foodie-ism is still gluttony.

Rebirth of the Guinea Hens

The author’s fowl defy the blogosphere and stage a comeback.

The Hangover Cure

A review of alleged remedies, ancient and modern

“God Help You. You're on Dialysis.”

Every year, more than 100,000 Americans start dialysis. One in four of them will die within 12 months—a fatality rate that is one of the worst in the industrialized world. Oh, and dialysis arguably costs more here than anywhere else. Although taxpayers cover most of the bill, the government has kept confidential clinic data that could help patients make better decisions. How did our first foray into near-universal coverage, begun four decades ago with such great hope, turn out this way? And what lessons does it hold for the future of health-care reform?

Gunpowder on the Rocks

A New Zealand bartender learns what pirates and sailors knew long ago: explosives and liquor mix just fine.

A More Perfect Union

In San Francisco, two dominant trends of the cocktail world are converging, with exquisite results.

Who Invented the Cocktail?

That depends on how you define invented. And cocktail.

Outback Steakhouse

Australia’s bush meat is tasty, healthy, and enviro-friendly. But can you get people to eat it?


Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more


Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.


What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world



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