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Bonnie Tsui

Bonnie Tsui
Bonnie Tsui writes frequently for the New York Times. She is working on a collection of essays about swimming.

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Bathing Suits Over Baghdad

Swim lessons in international waters.

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Friends With Benefits: Inside Facebook’s Compassion Research Day

Psychologists, sociologists, and neuroscientists like Facebook—and Facebook likes them back.

Life in the Data

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The Odds on My Baby

How much is enough certainty to make a decision about life or death, sickness or health?

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NASA Attempts to Conquer One of the Great Challenges of Space Travel: Menu Fatigue

Meet the six-person team working high on the dry, volcanic terrain of Mauna Loa—an area remarkably similar to the Martian landscape—to develop new foods for astronauts.

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Why Do You Hoard?

Most of us have a friend, a relative, or a neighbor who seems to pack his or her home with unnecessary stuff. Researchers are just beginning to understand why.

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It’s 10 P.M. Do You Know What Your Avatar Is Doing?

The psychologist Jeremy Bailenson’s quest to prepare us for the coming virtual world

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Speak, Memory

How the science of recall is finally helping us to learn other languages.

 

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Free Your Mind: Experience Awe, Have More Time

If it feels like the day isn’t long enough to do everything you’d like, research suggests adding a dash of wonder to stretch out the moment.

 

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Freeing Tangled Leviathans: The Whale Wrangler

The world’s largest animals get snarled in every kind of sea gear that has rope—mooring lines, gillnets, shrimp pots, anchors. Scott Landry figures out how to wrestle them free.

 

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Do Heritage Grains Hold Promise for the Gluten-Sensitive?

The cultivation of ancient grains whose makeup hasn’t been amended as much as modern wheat could allow the gluten-intolerant to have their bread and eat it, too.

 

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Let My People Surf… and Eat Salmon Jerky

Patagonia Clothing founder Yvon Chouinard almost became a food guru instead of an outdoor gear guru, but as his new enterprise shows, he’s never given up on changing how the world eats.

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Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

A Word of Caution to the Holiday Deal-Makers

Repeat customers—with higher return rates and real bargain-hunting prowess—can have negative effects on a company’s net earnings.

Crowdfunding Works for Science

Scientists just need to put forth some effort.

There’s More Than One Way to Be Good at Math

Mathematical ability isn’t one single skill set; there are indeed many ways to be “good at math,” research shows.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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