Dealing with the Four Kinds of Fear

By Heather Plett / 07.05.2016 This is what the self-help books might be missing Fear. It shows up in nearly every coaching conversation I have. Sometimes it’s bold and in-your-face and can’t be denied, and sometimes it’s sneaky and disguised as anger or laziness and has to be coaxed out into the light. Fear fills[…]

Busted: False Positive Roadside Drug Tests Landing Thousands in Jail

Tens of thousands of people every year are sent to jail based on the results of a $2 roadside drug test. Widespread evidence shows that these tests routinely produce false positives. Why are police departments and prosecutors still using them? Graphics by Fathom  |  Photography by Todd Heisler, The New York Times Story Co-Published with the[…]

Unlocking the Secrets of Ancient Egyptian Funerary Portraits through Modern Technology

Mummy Portrait of a Woman (detail), A.D. 100–110, attributed to the Isidora Master. Encaustic on wood; gilt; linen, 18 7/8 × 14 3/16 in. The J. Paul Getty Museum, 81.AP.42 Using a database built at the Getty, conservators, scientists, and scholars are assembling new information on 2,000-year-old funerary paintings By Marie Svoboda Associate Conservator Department[…]

Freaks, Geeks, Norms, and Mores: Why People Use the Status Quo as a Moral Compass

Does what’s most usual seem inherently good to you? / Shutterstock By Christina Tworek / 07.07.2016 Doctoral Student in Developmental Psychology University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign The Binewskis are no ordinary family. Arty has flippers instead of limbs; Iphy and Elly are Siamese twins; Chick has telekinetic powers. These traveling circus performers see their differences[…]

Faced with Trump and Clinton, Americans Yearn for a Third Choice (Reuters/IPSOS Poll)

A combination photo shows U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton (L) and Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump (R) in Los Angeles, California on May 5, 2016 and in Eugene, Oregon, U.S. on May 6, 2016 respectively. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (L) and Jim Urquhart/File Photos By Chris Kahn / 07.09.2016 / New York (Reuters): Americans’ demand[…]

The Resurgence of Black Farmers

Crockett, Texas, landowner Cather Woods gets conservation advice from Angie Osborne, USDA soil conservation technician. / Photo courtesy USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service What the USDA had to do with the near-extinction—and now surprising turnaround—of Black farmers. By Sylvia Harvey / 07.08.2016 Cather Woods, 74, rises early to start the day before the Texas heat has[…]