The Best Albums of 2017

Clockwise from top left: J. Cole; nothing,nowhere.; Taylor Swift; Moses Sumney; Lorde; and Jaimie Branch. Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images; Greta Rybus for The New York Times; John Salangsang/Invision, via Associated Press; Elizabeth Weinberg for The New York Times; Nicole Fara Silver for The New York Times; Mark Abramson for The New York Times Our critics Jon …

Best of Late Night: Stephen Colbert Taunts the ‘Failed’ New York Bomber

“I’ve got something to say to this guy,” Stephen Colbert said of the bomber. “Seriously? You tried to terrorize New York subway commuters?” CBS Welcome to Best of Late Night, a rundown that lets you sleep — and lets us get paid to watch comedy. What do you think of it? What else are you …

Review: In This ‘Cruel Intentions,’ High School Schemers Sing the Best of the ’90s

Lauren Zakrin portrays a manipulative teen queen with a taste for goth fashion in “Cruel Intentions — The ’90s Musical Experience.” Jenny Anderson It’s no “Clueless,” but “Cruel Intentions” has endured better than most 1990s teen movies. Partly this has to do with its cast, especially Reese Witherspoon, just as good playing saintly as she …

Basics: Precious Gems Bear Messages From Earth’s Molten Heart

Around 1920, Justo Daza, an experienced mine worker, and Fritz Klein, a mining engineer, were scrambling over the steep mountainside terraces of Chivor, a legendary emerald site in northeast Colombia. They were breaking rocks apart with long iron poles and explosives packed into drill holes. They were hunting for new emerald veins and not finding …

Personal Health: How Loneliness Affects Our Health

Paul Rogers The potentially harmful effects of loneliness and social isolation on health and longevity, especially among older adults, are well established. For example, in 2013 I reported on research finding that loneliness can impair health by raising levels of stress hormones and inflammation, which in turn can increase the risk of heart disease, arthritis, …

Global Health: The Next Flu Pandemic Will Appear When You Least Expect It

A typist wearing a mask to protect from the Spanish influenza in 1918. The great flu pandemics of history were first detected between late March and early July, not the midwinter flu season. PhotoQuest/Getty Images If a new flu pandemic emerges, it may be easy to spot. The epidemic is most likely to appear in …

Golden eagles released in Scotland with hope they will fly south

Conservationists hope golden eagles will start reappearing over northern England and the Lake District as part of a project to release up to 10 eagles in southern Scotland. The birds will start to be released at a secret location south of Edinburgh from next year in a £1.5m programme by conservationists and landowners to restore …