FROM Benedict Carey
How We Learn Pop quiz! What’s the best way to prep for a test? Is it: a) study in a quiet place, b) avoid distractions, c) repeatedly study the information until you understand it, or d) all of the above? Actually, the answer is none of the above. That’s according to a new book , which claims much of our common wisdom about how to best absorb information is just plain wrong.
Emotional Resiliency Training for Military Can the Army accept training in how to handle emotions? Chief of Staff General George Casey says he's not sure, but classes are set to begin for 1500 sergeants. Depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and suicide are just some of the issues facing about one-fifth of the soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Now the Army plans to require training in emotional resiliency for all of its 1.1 million personnel. Benedict Carey reports for the New York Times .
Securing Public Spaces, Super Wealthy Asians Vehicles are increasingly being used as weapons, as seen in the London Bridge attack over the weekend and in New York’s Times Square last month. The Compton-based company Calpipe is designing security bollards to help make public spaces safer. And novelist Kevin Kwan satirizes the “crazy rich” Asian jet set and their luxurious tastes in his latest book, “Rich People Problems.”
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."