A clear wallet and its contents used in a study of how people in 40 countries decided to return, or not return, lost wallets. Photograph: Christian Zünd/Science/AFP/Getty Images

It’s obvious: someone finding a lost wallet is less likely to return it if money is inside, right? That’s what top economists, as well as regular peop(...)

Men need to step up to the plate and do their fair share of housework. Photograph: Getty Images

We need to talk about housework. To be honest, I’d rather not. In common, I suspect, with the vast majority of the population (with the exception of (...)

US supreme court justices Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, both appointed by President Donald Trump, arriving for Mr Trump’s State of the Union address in Washington in February 2019.  Photograph:  Sarah Silbiger/The New York Times

US president Donald Trump’s two supreme court appointees went to the same Jesuit high school in the Washington suburbs – at the same time. After atten(...)

The Flint river which city authorities began using as a water supply in 2014. Photograph: Stephen Starr

Five years ago this month, the US city of Flint began its descent into water hell. In April 2014 emergency administrators, charged with saving the cas(...)

Lillian Li: particularly good on character

Two brilliant novels in recent years, Stephanie Danler’s Sweetbitter and Merritt Tierce’s debut Love Me Back, are both set in the service industry in (...)

Three out of every 10,000 people report ‘undesired awareness’ from non-general anaesthesia. Photograph: iStock

The doctor ordered a “push” on my sedative, and I succumbed to the sweet blackness. But then something went wrong, and I was awake too soon, flailing(...)

“Not an hour went by without some kind of disruption. It’s a terrible way to start recovery.” Photograph: iStock

If part of a hospital stay is to recover from a procedure or illness, why is it so hard to get any rest? There is more noise and light than is conduc(...)

Almost all free and paid-for apps aimed at children aged between 12 months and five years of age contain advertisements of varying levels of intrusive(...)

One night about five years ago, just before bed, I saw a tweet from a friend announcing how delighted he was to have been shortlisted for a journalism(...)

When it comes to exercise, we think about how to “get” fit. But often, starting out is not the problem. “The big problem is maintaining it,” says Falk(...)

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