Not so long ago, people like my Aunt Muriel thought of sunburn as a necessary evil on the way to a “good base tan.” She used to slather on the baby oil while using a large reflector to bake away. Aunt Muriel’s mantra when the inevitable burn and peel appeared: Beauty has its price.
In 1904, Lizzie Magie patented “The Landlord’s Game,” a board game about property ownership, with the specific goal of teaching players about how a system of land grabbing impoverishes tenants and enriches property owners. The game, which went on to become the mass-market classic “Monopoly,” was the first widely recognized example of what is today called “persuasive play.”
Meditation is marketed as a treatment for pain, depression, stress, and addiction, but it can leave some people more distressed than at peace.
Scientists have created a material that functions similarly to naturally occurring enzymes and could have a wide variety of potential applications from cleaning products to disposal of chemical weapons.
Many different factors influence our choice of emoji when sending messages online or via smartphone text, including their popularity, perceived semantic meaning, and location on the smartphone touch keyboard, a new study finds.