Why Norovirus Is Such a MenaceThe amazing little pathogen does so much more than cause cruise-ship disease.
Alcoholics Anonymous vs. the DoctorsCould new addiction medications replace mutual-help groups?
Would James Madison Have Agreed With Edward Snowden?What the Fourth Amendment originally meant.
Should We Hold Thanksgiving Earlier?The economic impacts of this year’s shortened holiday season.
How Long Can You Hold Your Breath?The physical effects of training for world records and freediving.
Ricky Schroder Tries to Be Erin BrockovichOrdinary people cannot detect cancer clusters. We should stop trying.
Why Are So Many Kids Getting Myopia?Spending too much time indoors may impair children’s vision.
A Dog’s LifeAn infectious disease forces us to consider how many dogs a human life is worth.
The Case Against the Annual CheckupGoing to the doctor when you’re not sick does more harm than good.
1,776 Feet. What a Letdown.The Manhattan skyline is a monument to competitive spirit. So why did One World Trade Center settle for fourth place?
Do Other Countries Have “Stand Your Ground” Laws?Or do they require you to slowly back away?
Do Whales Kill People?Most collisions between boats and whales are accidental. But not all.
Paul Ryan Is the Early, Early Favorite in IowaWhat do polls years before an election really tell us?
Was Brittany Murphy Poisoned?An iffy new autopsy report shows she had heavy metals in her hair.
In Sickness and in HealthMarriage may extend your life, but it also contributes to obesity.
Where Are All the Miracle Drugs?The human genome was sequenced about 13 years ago. We were supposed to have major medical advances in a decade.
Ditch Your Loyalty CardsLong receipts filled with coupons and free sandwich giveaways are a crutch for bad businesses.
Bring on the Foreign DoctorsThey’re just as good as the homegrown variety. So why don’t we let them practice here?
What Happens in Racial Sensitivity Training?How counselors will try to talk the racism out of Riley Cooper.
I Wish I Was a Little Bit ShorterThe research is clear: Being tall is hazardous to your health.
The New York Times Teaches the ControversyBoth sides are not equal when it comes to chronic Lyme disease.
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Naomi Klein Is Wrong
Multinational corporations are doing more than governments to halt climate change.
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The Strange History of Wives Gazing at Their Husbands in Political Ads
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Mad About Modi Why the controversial Indian prime minister drew 19,000 cheering fans to Madison Square Garden.
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