Cold-water immersion has garnered a lot of attention lately, especially for its supposed mental health benefits. Photograph: iStock

In a TikTok video from January, self-help author Mel Robbins held a hammer in minus 11 degrees weather in her backyard in the northeastern US state of(...)

Controlling a person’s social life from the get-go may leave the person with nowhere to turn when a relationship sours. Photograph: iStock

Imagine you’re at a restaurant one night, and after dinner you decide to order not one but two slices of cheesecake for dessert. Many would say that’s(...)

A growing body of evidence suggests that Fluffy and Fido play little to no role in its spread – and rarely fall ill themselves. Photograph: iStock

Over the past year, coronavirus vaccines have gone into billions of human arms – and into the fuzzy haunches of an ark’s worth of zoo animals. Jaguar(...)

Demonstrator raises fist while marching on street during protest against Kyle Rittenhouse not-guilty verdict near the Barclays Center in New York. Photograph: Yuki Iwamura/AFP via Getty

Small groups of protesters angry over the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict demonstrated on Friday evening in Chicago, New York, Portland, Oregon, and a few ot(...)

Harvey Friedman: he has been searching for decades for a new theory, one that will introduce ‘natural’ ways for determining the best axioms

Mathematics is distinguished from the sciences by the freedom it enjoys in choosing basic assumptions from which consequences can be deduced by applyi(...)

The icy shoreline of Lake Michigan. The American Midwest has suffered significant environmental degradation and the loss of millions of jobs. Photograph: Shafkat Anowar/AP

In the first half of the 20th century, the American Midwest incubated a world-leading culture of innovation in science and technology. Orville and Wi(...)

Donald Trump has 232 electoral college votes while his opponent Joe Biden has 306. Photograph: The New York Times

The state of Texas, aiming to help US president Donald Trump upend the results of the election, said on Tuesday it has sued Georgia, Michigan, Pennsyl(...)

People stand in front of a digital screen displaying election coverage in Black Lives Matter Plaza in Washington DC. Photograph: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Given Donald Trump’s lifelong predilection for tying up opponents in the courts, and his long-stated threat to do the same with an election result tha(...)

US president Donald Trump and Joe Biden, the presmumptive Democratic candidate in November’s election. Photographs: Jim Watson, Dominic Reuter//AFP via Getty Images

It is a scenario that the US state department has warned about the world over: an incumbent politician in a democracy with weak institutions tries to (...)

Fake Tinder profile: Does she have a degree? Does he care?

This week in dating apps research: women on Tinder prefer highly-educated men and compulsive checking of dating apps can leave you feeling lonelier th(...)

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