Tech & Science


Crying, Sex, and John Boehner: Not So Fast

It’s probably not going out on a limb to say that John Boehner’s waterworks—the man cries when his party wins control of the House, when he thinks about kids, when he walks down the House aisle to take the Speaker’s gavel—are not meant to reduce sexual arousal in women.

Probiotics: Panacea or Just a 'Big Fad'?

Could something as simple as a probiotic drink stop a colicky baby from crying so much? What about reports that probiotics started during pregnancy can prevent babies from developing asthma?

Making Sure Net Advertisers 'Do Not Track' You

Here is how Jon Leibowitz, chairman of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, describes the current state of affairs on the Internet: “Say I’m walking through a mall. And there’s a guy following me."

'The 4-Hour Body': Tim Ferriss's Latest Book Wows

Tim Ferriss is one of those personalities you want to hate, a guy so wildly successful it’s almost comedic. His productivity manifesto, "The 4-Hour Workweek," was an instant New York Times bestseller when it debuted in 2007, despite Ferriss’s not knowing the first thing about publishing.

Getting Info on Breast-Cancer Surgeons Isn't Easy

To any woman having surgery for breast cancer, the words she most wants to hear in the recovery room are, “We got it all.” But if she wants to find the surgeons who have the best track record on the most important measures, she might as well throw darts at a printout of oncologists.

Can You Build a Better Brain?

Blueberries and crossword puzzles aren’t going to do it. But as neuroscientists discover the mechanisms of intelligence, they are identifying what really works.

Money: The Link Between Autism and Vaccines

My wife and I first noticed our friends’ preoccupation with autism and vaccines in late 2007, right around the time former TV star and Playboy Playmate Jenny McCarthy published the first of several bestsellers in which she claimed that the measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine had probably given her son autism.

2011 a Surprise Year for Renewables?

Even before their midterm debacle, Democrats couldn’t pass an energy-climate bill worth the name. Prospects for legislation to free the country from dependence on petro-dictators—and put it on a path to a renewable energy-based economy—would seem, therefore, about as likely as John Boehner introducing a $700 billion stimulus bill. So why are renewable-energy advocates smiling?

Francis Collins Talks About Science and Faith

In terms of being the director of NIH, I don’t think anybody who’s worked with me would be able to identify a circumstance where my personal beliefs about faith have in any way interfered with my role as a scientific leader.

How Teen Experiences Affect Your Brain for Life

Thanks to sophisticated imaging technology and a raft of longitudinal studies, we’re learning that the teen years are a period of crucial brain development subject to a host of environmental and genetic factors.

Bullying: Can Schools Teach Kids Empathy?

After a grim year of bullying and its tragic consequences, schools are wondering if it's possible to instruct students on empathy and kindness. Some programs are working—but experts aren't sure why.

The Future According to Tim O'Reilly

In 2003, after the dotcom bubble burst, technology guru Tim O’Reilly threw a party. His company, O’Reilly Media, hosted a free “un-conference” to celebrate technology—and declare that it wasn’t over. This was the first of the much-hyped Foo (Friends of O’Reilly) camps, a sort of Woodstock for technophiles like Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Google cofounder Larry Page.