This story, about a study purporting to trace the evolutionary roots of altruism and cooperation, was eye-opening– and darn cute. According to the study, the average 18-month-old’s seemingly innate desire to help actually signals pretty sophisticated brain development. Over and over, whether Warneken dropped clothespins or knocked over his books, each of 24 toddlers offered […] Continue reading

I never envisioned myself as a mother. As a child, I had zero interest in dolls. I prefered to read or watch TV, and when well-meaning relatives gave me Barbies, I ended up giving them punk-rock hairdos or throwing them in the air as high as I could. I distinctly recall one ending up in […] Continue reading

The Winter Olympics aren’t my cup of tea, but I happened to be watching last night when Russian speed skater Svetlana Zhurova won the women’s 500-meter sprint. Girlfriend ZOOMED around that rink. Pretty impressive. What really grabbed my attention? The announcers mentioning that at age 34, she became the oldest woman to win a gold […] Continue reading