AlphaGolem

Asterion the Minotaur prowls the streets of Toulouse in the show ‘Le Gardien du Temple’ by La Machine street theatre company, France, 4 November 2018. Photo by Alain Pitton/NurPhoto via Getty Images When we pit ourselves against machines, the game can only end in tears. It is in our gift to imagine another way by John Cornwell is director of the Science & Human Dimension Project at Jesus College, Cambridge. His writing has been published in the Sunday Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, the Financial Times, and the journal Brain, among others. His latest book is The Dark Box: A Secret History of Confession (2014). Edited by Marina Benjamin The game of … Continue reading AlphaGolem

The act of drawing something has a “massive” benefit for memory compared with writing it down

By Emma Young A picture is worth a thousand words…. When it comes to conveying a concept, this sentiment can certainly be true. But it may also be the case for memory. At least that’s the message from Myra Fernandes and colleagues at the University of Waterloo, Canada – writing in Current Directions in Psychological Science, they argue that their research programme shows that drawing has a “surprisingly powerful influence” on memory, and as a mnemonic technique, it could be particularly useful for older adults – and even people with dementia. Fernandes and her colleagues first established what they call the “drawing effect” – … Continue reading The act of drawing something has a “massive” benefit for memory compared with writing it down

Breathing dirty air takes years off people’s lives. This tool shows just how much.

A motorcyclist and his son ride through haze as fire burns peatland and fields in South Sumatra, Indonesia, in 2015. Indonesia has struggled with air pollution for years, which takes a huge toll on health.Ulet Ifansasti/Getty Images How improving air quality could add years to people’s lives around the world. By Umair Irfan California’s ongoing Camp Fire, the state’s most destructive and deadliest wildfire on record, has for nearly two weeks shrouded huge swaths of Northern California in smoke, making the air unhealthy and even dangerous to breathe. On November 16, California briefly had the world’s dirtiest air. View image on Twitter Peter … Continue reading Breathing dirty air takes years off people’s lives. This tool shows just how much.