Video games improve the visual attention of expert players

Action real-time strategy video games such as World of Warcraft, Age of Empires, and Total War are played by millions. These games, which can be won through strategic planning, selective attention, sensorimotor skills, and teamwork place considerable demands on the brain. Research has shown that experience of playing games can improve cognitive development such as…

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E.U. Officials Agree to Deal to Soften Coronavirus’s Economic Blow: Live Updates

Here’s what you need to know: ImageDeserted streets this week in Milan, Italy’s commercial capital. The European Union has agreed to an aid package for countries like Italy that have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.Credit…Alessandro Grassani for The New York Times E.U. officials agreed to spend heavily to shore up economies, but only…

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Hospitals Warn Nurses and Doctors Not to Speak Out on Coronavirus

It was the fliers bearing his photo that made Adam Witt suspect something had gone deeply wrong. Last week, Jersey Shore University Medical Center, where he worked as a nurse, posted the fliers at two security stations, declaring that he was persona non grata. “Mr. Witt is not allowed on property at JSUMC,” the writing…

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Patagonia Is the Bernie Sanders of Fashion

It all started because DeRay Mckesson was cold. In 2014, when the school administrator–turned–activist set out to drive from his home in Minneapolis to Ferguson, Missouri, to protest the police shooting of Michael Brown, he threw on a blue vest he’d bought five years earlier on a trip to New York City. Soon, images of…

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Even Karen Elson Is Wearing Sweatpants Right Now

Every night around 7 P.M. Nashville time, Karen Elson beams onto Instagram. “A song a day keeps the blues away,” types the redhead, before launching into acoustic covers of jazz, rock n’ roll, and folk. The 41-year-old leans against custom wallpaper by the artist Costanza Theodoli-Braschi and wears all kinds of things—a T-shirt from the…

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What’s the Point of a Fashion Magazine Now?

Last week, Vanity Fair Italy’s cover star was not a supermodel lounging on a yacht in an Etro caftan, or a movie star in Gucci, but rather a lung specialist in a starched white lab coat. In Britain, front line workers from the National Health Service graced four special edition covers of Grazia magazine. The…

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At the Center of a Storm: the Search for a Proven Coronavirus Treatment

OMAHA — Beginning every morning at 5:30, Dr. Andre Kalil makes himself a double espresso, runs 10 kilometers, makes additional double espressos for himself and his wife, and heads to his office at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. A deluge awaits him. Calls and insistent emails pile up each day. Patients and their doctors…

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Flying via a Smaller Airport? It May Take a While

Cathy Cichowski was trying to get from Halifax, Nova Scotia, to San Antonio, where her job in a hospital involves workplace safety. She came to Canada to say goodbye to her terminally ill mother but was desperately needed back at the hospital, where one of her tasks is helping make sure nurses’ masks are appropriately…

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