How ‘scatterfocus’ can improve focus and attention span

Congratulations! You have read two sentences of this article without getting distracted. And now three. And now four. And now five. And now, according to a study in The Journal of Science and Healing, your mind is ready to find something pleasurable, threatening, and novel to focus on right about now. It’s not your fault. […]

State-backed hackers target Gmail of U.S. senators, aides

State-backed hackers are still trying to break into the personal email accounts of U.S. senators and their aides — and a lawmaker focused on cybersecurity says the Senate’s security office should stop refusing to help defend them. Sen. Ron Wyden, an Oregon Democrat, said in a Wednesday letter to Senate leaders that his office discovered […]

Former Canadian ’keeper Karina LeBlanc has bigger goals in mind

Former Canadian women’s national team goalkeeper Karina LeBlanc laughs when asked how it is that she retired from professional soccer three years ago but seems more involved in the game than ever. “It’s been crazy,” she said. “It’s been about reinventing who I am. I knew myself as Karina LeBlanc the soccer player, but what […]

Berlin Pride: More politics than partying

Patricia is standing with her husband at a traffic light in central Berlin. All of a sudden, a man next them says: “You should be shot — you shouldn’t be alive.” Patricia can’t believe her ears. She thinks she must have misheard, so she asks him to repeat himself. He does: “You should be shot.” Patricia […]

Of space and time: a new opera in Bayreuth

The tale can be read out loud in four minutes. In the version with music, choreography, video production and singing, it takes one hundred minutes. A flurry of gentle, rapid notes envelop listeners seated in an old movie theater as musicians perform to the audience’s left and right. A dancer shares the stage space with video projections that […]