Unwinding the Secret of ‘Lethal Dreams’ Syndrome

Unwinding the Secret of ‘Lethal Dreams’ Syndrome

In December 1981, the Centers for Disease Control (the name was amended to add “Prevention” in 1992) published a report detailing sudden, unexpected deaths during sleep among mostly young, male, Southeast Asian refugees in the United States. Thirty-three of those who died were from Laos, four were from Vietnam, and one was from Cambodia. “The…
On Pot and Psychosis: 5 Concerns for Alex Berenson

On Pot and Psychosis: 5 Concerns for Alex Berenson

When Alex Berenson’s wife, a psychiatrist in New York responsible for evaluating criminals with mental illness, told him “they all smoke” marijuana, he wasn’t convinced. As a former journalist who spent years reporting on the prescription drug industry for The New York Times, he says he was skeptical that cannabis could be linked to mental…
These Are the very best Parenting Books

These Are the very best Parenting Books

New parenthood is equally exciting and overwhelming, joyful and terrifying. There’s no shortage of advice out there: If you search for “parenting books” on Amazon, more than 60,000 results will appear. On one hand, it’s nice to live during a time in which information is so readily available. On the other hand, how would you…
Want Lewis or Rowling-like worlds however more horrible? Snag In a Missing Dream

Want Lewis or Rowling-like worlds however more horrible? Snag In a...

Mild spoilers ahead. Tor Publishing If you're looking for a grittier, dream-edging-on-nightmare version of a world created by C.S. Lewis or J.K. Rowling, author Seanan McGuire has you covered. McGuire explores worlds that are simultaneously fascinating and frightening in her award-winning Wayward Children novella series. It's a dark-fantasy version of a conceit you might have…
The Very Best Parenting Books Out There

The Very Best Parenting Books Out There

New parenthood is equally exciting and overwhelming, joyful and terrifying. There’s no shortage of advice out there: If you search for “parenting books” on Amazon, more than 60,000 results will appear. On one hand, it’s nice to live during a time in which information is so readily available. On the other hand, how would you…
A Guided Trip of Human Blood: Past, Present, and Future

A Guided Trip of Human Blood: Past, Present, and Future

In China’s Henan Province in the mid-1990s, “blood heads” offered rural peasants an enticing deal: they would extract their blood for cash, take only the plasma and give back the red blood cells. But unhygienic equipment and the pooling of blood from multiple sellers resulted in epidemic levels of HIV and hepatitis infection. Some estimate…
Let’s start 2019 by contemplating the disappointing future potential customers for mankind

Let’s start 2019 by contemplating the disappointing future potential customers for...

Enlarge / Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees speaks at Stephen Hawking's memorial service at Westminster Abbey on June 15, 2018 in London, England. Ben Stansall/WPA Pool /Getty Images Human kind has long harnessed the fruits of scientific research into revolutionary technologies, with a few tradeoffs along the way. The benefits have generally outweighed the risks.…
Schedule informs the scoop of how Reddit became the Web’s “id”

Schedule informs the scoop of how Reddit became the Web’s “id”

Enlarge / Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian Getty Images Entrepreneurs Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman famously founded Reddit as college roommates in 2005. Tech journalist Christine Lagorio-Chafkin's recent book, We Are the Nerds: The Birth and Tumultuous Life of Reddit, the Internet's Culture Laboratory, follows their sometimes rocky relationship as Reddit grew from a simple, user-directed front…
The Must-Read Brain Books Of 2018

The Must-Read Brain Books Of 2018

The must-read brain books of 2018 featured perception, emotion, hormones, psychedelics, culture, time, technology, addiction, and the biological roots of consciousness. The eight books on this list all reveal important, timely insights about who we are, what we do and why we do it. This is part one of a two-part list; the second installment…
Without concern, these are 2018’s finest area books for kids

Without concern, these are 2018’s finest area books for kids

Enlarge / Computers, they're just like us! Cyrus Farivar Every time I take my kids to the library, I gravitate toward the non-fiction section and, in particular, the space books. (Hey, it's a good primer for Star Trek!) This year, there have been some amazing new children's books that I've loved reading and have read…
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