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  • The truth about France's 'far-right' electoral surge

    The truth about France's 'far-right' electoral surge
    Are the French getting their Tea Party on? That's what an outsider looking at the country's first-round presidential voting results might have been led to believe. But, as with many things French, the reality is très compliquée.
  • A Botox gap in understanding emotion

    A Botox gap in understanding emotion
    Botox may be famous for erasing frown lines, but it also may disrupt an important chain of communication between the face and the brain. Not only do our facial expressions reflect our emotional ups and downs, they appear to send crucial feedback to our...

    Botox gap in understanding emotion

    Botox gap  in understanding emotion
    In a recent study of women undergoing cosmetic treatment with Botox, researchers found that the treatment, which blocks facial nerve impulses, seemed to slow the ability to comprehend emotional language. "We know that language moves us emotionally," said...

    'Going Rogue: An American Life' by Sarah Palin

    'Going Rogue: An American Life' by Sarah Palin
    A particularly shrewd political analyst once remarked that Ronald Reagan's great strength as a candidate was that he was "a sincere phony." In the world of electoral realpolitik, that's a compliment. What the analyst meant was that Reagan had the ability...

    Off the Shelf: Trouble seeing the line between fact and fiction

    Off the Shelf: Trouble seeing the line between fact and fiction
    A new biography of the Polish war correspondent Ryszard Kapuscinski alleges that he frequently forged details, invented images and claimed to have witnessed events that he didn't, in fact, witness. Gerald Posner resigned from the Daily Beast after...