17October2017

‘Dece’, ‘Jank’ or ‘Jelly’… Lost? Look up this dictionary

I am well ‘jelly’ of my ‘ill’ kids. What on earth are they saying to their ‘bros’? How’s your day so far? Is it ‘dece’, ‘savage’ or ‘rare’? If so, lucky you. Beverley Turner decodes the digital [...]

Mars One: The psychology of isolation

Mars One: The psychology of isolation, confinement and 24-hour Big Brother Those sent to live and die on the red planet face untold risk of mental illness Colonizing Mars will be as much a challenge of psychology as engineering. Since April, [...]

Parenting with Pets: Cat cures young boy with selective mutism

The seven-year-old boy trapped in a silent world… until his cat Jessi taught him to speak When Lorcan Dillon uttered the words ‘I love you’, for the first time, his mother Jayne was understandably elated. ‘I was so moved, but I had [...]

Learning in your sleep

Sleeping and learning go hand in hand, studies have shown for years. Even a brief nap can boost your memory and sharpen your thinking. But the relationship goes deeper than that. In a new study, scientists report that the brain can actually [...]

Fooling the mind’s eye

If you’ve been to a magic show, you’ve almost certainly witnessed the mesmerizing trick in which a showman saws his female assistant in half. The woman lies down, her body seeming to extend the length of the table or some box. The magician [...]

Pinki Pramanik’s privacy violated

If of late you have been sickened by the way the West Bengal Police have treated Pinki Pramanik, then think again. The extreme voyeurism exhibited in the leak of her video (that is how she identifies herself) medical ‘screening’ [...]

Gender bender: Not just Pinki Pramanik

Pinki Pramanik burst onto the scene with her performances at the South Asian Games in 2006, which she ended with three gold medals. The glittering performance in the 400m, 4x400m and 800m racwas followed up by another gold” this time at [...]

The great sexual continuum: What Pinki teaches us all

These issues speak of the sexuality ignorance prevailing in the world, and the need of the hour to accept the other forms off sexuality other than female or male. Hermaphroditism is a sex development disorder in which a person birthed can have [...]

International AIDS Candlelight Memorial held Speaker bats with House Forum

The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day was observed today at Lamyanba Shanglen, Palace Compound and Manipur Dramatic union hall, Yaiskul Police Lane under the aegis of different organisations. As chief guest of the Lamyanba Shanglen [...]

From Cubicles, Cry for Quiet Pierces Office Buzz

Jennifer S. Altman for The New York Times. Barrie Berg, the chief executive of American operations for What If, in one of the diner-style booths the firm installed in its Manhattan office. “There’s something very satisfying about a booth,” [...]