Slate: Anthony Weiner’s extramarital sexting, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s love child, and the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal has led to a lot of handwringing about the prevalence of philandering among politicians and to speculation about why politicians risk their families and their careers to cheat. Is it possible that politicians are more prone More
The Express: This just in: People can be irritating. But did you know that there are scientific reasons that we get annoyed? In “Annoying: The Science of What Bugs Us” ($26, Wiley), NPR science correspondents Joe Palca and Flora Lichtman explain why everyday things can drive you into a homicidal More
U.S. News & World Report (Healthday): Reading a book can satisfy the crucial human need for belonging, a new study has found. The research involved 140 university students who were given 30 minutes to read a selected passage from either the vampire novel Twilight or the wizard novel Harry Potter More
TIME: Worldwide surveys have consistently ranked the Scandinavian countries — with their generous family-leave policies, low crime, free health care, rich economies and, yes, high income taxes — as the happiest places on earth. But this happiness has always been accompanied by a paradox: the happiest countries also seem to More
MSNBC: Does misery really love company? An intriguing new study suggests that may be the case. Researchers who study how people’s sense of well-being varies from place to place decided to compare their findings with suicide rates. The surprising result: The happiest places sometimes also have the highest suicide rates. More
“We read to know we are not alone,” wrote C.S. Lewis. But how do books make us feel we are not alone? “Obviously, you can’t hold a book’s hand, and a book isn’t going to dry your tears when you’re sad,” says University at Buffalo, SUNY psychologist Shira Gabriel. Yet More
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