- Jan 6 201720 minutes
U.K. Scientists Are Deciding The Future Of Humanity
Pioneering gene editing research has put the U.K. at the forefront of the next scientific revolution—whether the rest of the world is ready for it or not.
- Dec 21 20166 minutes
Virtual Reality Can Leave You With An Existential Hangover
After exploring a virtual world, some people can’t shake the sense that the actual world isn’t real, either.
- Dec 19 20165 minutes
How People Power Is Splitting Europe
DONALD TRUMP MET WITH HIS FIRST FOREIGN ally just a few days after winning the U.S. presidency. But it wasn’t one of the world’s leading statesmen who got the invitation to Trump Tower. It was Nigel Farage, a man once considered a footnote in British
- Oct 24 20161 minute
Our Addiction Crisis Can Be Solved—With Hardwork
The prescription-opioid epidemic is one of the most urgent public-health challenges of our time. Since 1999, overdose deaths have quadrupled, which parallels the quantity of opioids prescribed. The majority of prescription opioids that are being misu
- Sep 19 201610 minutes
The New Science of Exercise
Doctors, researchers, scientists—even ancient philosophers—have long claimed exercise works like a miracle drug. Now they have proof
- Nov 11 20161 minute
The Cow Defense
A cow can produce 30 to 60 liters of antibodies per month. Humans, on the other hand, are not as industrious.
- Oct 31 20161 minute
The Social Cost of Solitary Confinement
ACCORDING TO ESTIMATES FROM FEDERAL agencies, there are tens of thousands of prisoners in solitary confinement—put there not by judges or juries but at the discretion of prison administrators. Often the conditions are extreme: one California prisoner
- Jul 4 20161 minute
The Liberal Hypocrisy of ‘Free Speech’
LIBERALS TEND TO THINK OF THEMSELVES as open-minded and supportive of free speech. But recent examples show otherwise—and prove that many on the left are not above using intimidation and harassment to silence dissenting voices. Consider the fight ag
- Dec 19 20161 minute
Best Friends For A Cure
AS 2 LITTLE GIRLS FIGHT A DEADLY DISEASE AFFECTING ONLY 11 KNOWN PEOPLE WORLDWIDE, THEIR FAMILIES LOOK FOR ANSWERS TOGETHER
- Dec 25 20164 minutes
The National Interest: Jonathan Chait
Donald Trump’s Shiny Marxism A strategy for ruling after losing the popular vote.
- Jul 1 20161 minute
Snuff Out Smoke Damage
THE MONEY LINK: Lighting up burns a big hole in your wallet. Buy a $7 pack of cigarettes a day, and you’re spending $2,555 a year. Over 20 years your tab skyrockets to $93,987, assuming prices rise by 6% a year. (Calculate your own bill at smokefree.
- Jan 9 20173 minutes
The Patriotic Response To Populism
Demagogues hijacked patriotism last year. It’s time to take it back
- Jan 5 20178 minutes
Donald Trump’s Asymmetric War On The Establishment
There may come a day when we look back at the intense, instantaneous interest that Donald Trump’s tweets once produced and we chuckle, noting how President Trump’s Twitter postings, now shorn of their novelty, generate roughly as much attention as a
- Dec 11 20164 minutes
Maybe The Internet Is Just Terrible After All
Fake news is the easiest of the problems to fix.
- Dec 8 20166 minutes
Is Fermented Tea Making People Feel Enlightened Because Of ... Alcohol?
The ethanol in kombucha has some regulators concerned about the popular microbial drink.
- Dec 30 20165 minutes
What Would Change Your Mind About President Trump?
An exercise for his supporters and critics
- Nov 21 20162 minutes
Trump’s Foreign Policy Is Unilateral—And Worrying
DONALD TRUMP’S FOREIGN POLICY? STILL UP IN THE AIR at this point. With Hillary Clinton, we would have known exactly what we were getting. That was her biggest selling point—and a big part of the problem. But Trump is the ultimate black box. Much of t
- Oct 24 20162 minutes
4 Steps For The Next President
Racism should be a core concern for all Americans, in every area of our lives. Implicit bias—our subconscious associations of race—permeates everything that we do. And we must pursue systemic accountability to fix it. The next President must apply th
- Dec 1 201611 minutes
Autism's Placebo Problem
People on the spectrum—and their families—can be more easily swayed in their responses to treatments than previously thought.
- Jan 6 20174 minutes
Vaccine Shortage Threatens Polio Eradication Efforts
An unexplained shortage of the injectable version of the vaccine slows attempts to kill polio in Afghanistan, Nigeria and Pakistan.
- Jan 6 20173 minutes
Searching For A Vaccine For The Plague
The scourge of the Middle Ages survives
- Jan 2 20171 minute
New Frontiers In Medicine
Look for major progress in these key areas
- Oct 10 20162 minutes
Seattle Breaks New Ground on Opioids
Officials sanction public spaces for shooting heroin | “We need to do what the science tells us to do”
- Dec 1 201614 minutes
The High Cost Of Coping
ANXIETY. DEPRESSION. EATING DISORDERS. PHOBIAS. EVERY YEAR TENS OF MILLIONS OF AMERICANS FACE A MENTAL-HEALTH CHALLENGE—OFTEN AT GREAT EXPENSE. HERE’S HOW TO EASE THE FINANCIAL STRAIN.
- Jan 6 20174 minutes
Tillerson's Moscow Ties Chill Kremlin Critics' Hopes
Some in Russia are lauding Trump's nomination of the Exxon CEO for secretary of state, although opponents say it 'would take a miracle for Tillerson to criticize Russia on human rights.'
- Nov 27 20163 minutes
The Republic Repeals Itself
An experiment in democracy that may not reach its 250th birthday.
- Nov 21 20163 minutes
IN THE BEST OF TIMES, A PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN ACTS as a quadrennial checkup for the body politic, a series of tests that measure our health and national well-being. In the worst of times, we discover we’re sicker than we knew. Donald Trump has trium
- Nov 28 20164 minutes
The Arc Of Trump
For the templates of his presidency, look to the experience of Thailand, the Philippines, and Italy
- Jan 13 20172 minutes
A Woman Was Killed By A Superbug Resistant To All 26 American Antibiotics
Yesterday morning, I published a story about the silent spread of resistance against the antibiotic of last resort, colistin—a major step toward the emergence of a superbug resistant to all antibiotics. While reporting this story, I interviewed Alex
- Dec 9 20164 minutes
Profanity's Roots In Brain Chemistry? Damn Right
Swearing has its own home in our brains, separate from where we generate polite conversation.