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LSD's impact on the brain revealed in groundbreaking images

First modern scans of people high on psychedelic drug has given researchers unprecedented insight into neural basis for its effects<p>The profound impact of LSD on the brain has been laid bare by the first modern scans of people high on the drug.<p>The images, taken from volunteers who agreed to take a …

Consciousness

11 (Free) Easy Ways to Quickly Increase Your Credit Score

Here's how to significantly increase your credit score within one or two months--all without spending a dime.<p><b>Editor's note:</b> <i>"The First 90 Days" is a series about how to make 2016 a year of breakout growth for your business. Let us know how you're making the first 90 days count by joining the</i> …

Personal Finance

Our weird sleep pattern might be why we are the top species on the planet

There’s much that we share with our primate ancestors: opposable thumbs, ability to eat many kinds of food, living in large social groups, and so on. Yet, it is perhaps one trait we don’t share with them that has made us the top species of the planet: a weird sleeping pattern.<p>Across populations and …

Biology

26 incredible innovations that improved the world in 2015

From the start, 2015 was ripe for world-changing innovation.<p>In early January, we saw Bill Gates drink clean water converted from sewer sludge and …

UC San Diego

Rep. Steve King challenges Muslim American Congressman’s allegiance to the U.S.: “Which is superior, the Constitution or Sharia law?”

King not only targets his colleague, Rep. Keith Ellison, but also parrots an Alex Jones conspiracy theory on MSNBC<p>Two weeks after his last appearance on "All In with Chris Hayes," Iowa Republican Congressman Steve King returned to the MSNBC show to, once again, attempt to convince viewers that …

Religion

Leading NASA official says we're abandoning our post on the International Space Station for a very good reason

After leaving its post on board the ISS, NASA hopes to return to a destination that NASA astronauts haven't visited since 1972: the moon.<p>It's unclear whether astronauts will set foot on the moon. What is clear, however, is that NASA's looking to send manned missions in orbit around the moon — to a …

Space Science

Here’s that $2.2 million Bugatti yacht you didn’t know you needed

Ultra-exotic car maker Bugatti doesn't currently have any cars in production, and it's months away from showing its next model — the Chiron — to the public. But that doesn't mean you can't buy Bugatti-branded stuff right now. Very expensive Bugatti-branded stuff, in fact.<p>Meet the Niniette, a series …

Bugatti

Scientists Reveal The Secret Key To Charisma

Scientists may have just have figured out how charisma -- that indefinable quality of people who can captivate a room -- works.<p>Charisma may rely on quick thinking, according to new research. In other words, people who can respond speedily to general knowledge questions or tasks tend to be seen as …

Psychology

Scientists say left-handed people may be smarter in one key way

As is so often the case with social science research, the frustrating answer is "it depends."<p>But there are certain cognitive domains where left-handed people do seem to excel. One such area is called "divergent thinking," or the ability to generate new ideas based on existing information.<p>That's …

The Brain

Ranking the Best Viral Memes of 2015

A look back at the Internet’s most shared, Instagrammed, tweeted, and intensely scrutinized moments of the year.<p>chrissy teigen<p><b>11. Chrissy Teigen’s cry face</b><br>The year started off strong, with Chrissy Teigen launching the first viral meme of 2015 during January’s Golden Globe Awards. The model was …

3 Stocks That Could Make You Rich

Source: Flickr via user Steven Depolo.<p>The stock market is perhaps the most powerful wealth-building instrument in existence today. History has shown that investors who have simply plowed money into even broad-based index funds over long periods of time have enjoyed big returns.<p>Having said that, a …

Where the Super Rich Live in America in 2015

The United States is the richest, and most unequal, country in the world. And the money keeps rolling in, according to Capgemini’s new U.S. Wealth …

Demographics

Here's what Wall Street is predicting for the stock market in 2016

Wall Street steadily lowered its expectations for the market as 2015 unfolded.<p>On Thursday December 24, the S&P 500 closed near 2,061. Last December, the median year-end target for 2015 among the top strategists was higher at 2,213 according to Bloomberg.<p>Based on the forecasts we've received so far, …

Markets

Why No One Will Implement the Best Solution to Economic Stagnation

The other day, something remarkable happened. One of the most beloved brands in the world attributed its poor results not to competition, innovation, or talent…but to flat incomes. The average person, Hershey said, was simply too poor to keep buying its products, and so allow the company to …

Economics

50 enterprise startups to bet your career on in 2016

For those who are dreaming of a new job at an up-and-coming young company, we've compiled this list to help.<p>All of these companies specialize in making tech for work and business use, a $3.5 trillion worldwide market.<p>All of them had spectacular years in 2015, by launching great new technology or …

Startups

Silicon Valley tech workers are taking LSD to increase their productivity

But for a growing number of Silicon Valley professionals looking to add that extra productivity edge, the drug of choice is LSD, Rolling Stone reports.<p>The practice is called "microdosing."<p>Users take LSD at roughly a tenth of the normal amount to avoid the drug's mind-bending hallucinogenic effects …

Silicon Valley

17 top secret spy locations around the world

The Only Thing You Need To Consider Before Starting a Business

<i>The Leadership Insider network is an online community where the most thoughtful and influential people in business contribute answers to timely</i> …

Startups
Basketball
Basketball

Brussels schools reopen, manhunt ongoing for Paris suspects

As police armed with automatic weapons stood guard, schools and some subway stations in the Belgian capital reopened Wednesday for the first time since emergency measures were imposed four days ago in the wake of the Paris attacks.<p>Belgian and French authorities continued a manhunt for at least two …

Extremism

Protesters to target Chicago shopping area on Black Friday

CHICAGO (AP) — Small groups of demonstrators gathered throughout the day Wednesday to protest the death of a black teen shot 16 times by a white police officer, and they urged supporters to join them in trying to shut down Chicago's famous Michigan Avenue shopping district during the Black Friday …

Law Enforcement

3 scientific ways to prevent awkward conversations

You’re in the middle of a conversation, about to chime in but then…you <i>totally blank</i>. A conversation that should have flowed easily turns awkward, your conversation partner looks at you like you’re an alien and your confidence sinks.<p>Has that ever happened to you?<p>It’s common to feel nervous during …

Autos

Can the $7,000 Stromer ST2 E-Bike Replace Your Car? We Spent 30 Days Riding One to Find Out.

Earlier this fall, I performed an of-the-moment transportation experiment. Several days every week for a month, I ditched my beloved hauler of a minivan for an electric bike. Aside from an e-bike’s tailpipe-less upsides, I wanted to find out if such a device could satisfyingly replace both van and …

Electric Vehicles

Student gets top marks for 'perfect' answer to critical thinking question

You don’t always get what you want in life<p>A young student with a strong sense of realism has won plaudits online for a brilliant answer to a question on critical thinking.<p>“Suppose you want to build a house on this land and still protect its natural resources. What could you do? How would it protect …

Critical Thinking

Stephen Curry has become even more unguardable by mastering one of his biggest weaknesses

He owns the single-season three-point record, and he's on pace to shatter it this season while shooting a ridiculous 45% from three-point range.<p>However, what makes Curry so unstoppable from beyond the arc is not just his accuracy.<p>Curry is helped, of course, by his unbelievable range and masterful …

Sports Analytics

There's a mission to this mysterious water world that could detect the first alien life

Their spacecraft, called the Europa Multi-Flyby Mission, would orbit Jupiter, taking frequent passes by Europa for a close look at its surface.<p>But there is another important piece of the puzzle that NASA is exploring, and in a recent conversation with US Rep. John Culberson (R-Texas), Ars …

Astronomy

Astronomers saw a black hole wake up after 26 years and do something extremely violent

Such events are very rare, but astronomers managed to record incredible footage of the aftermath this summer.<p>The black hole is part of star system called V404 Cygni. The black hole is about 12 times more massive than the sun and is nearly 46 quadrillion miles away from Earth. Over at least the last …

Universe

12 investing books to read if you want to get rich

"On average, millionaires invest 20% of their household income each year. Their wealth isn't measured by the amount they make each year, but by how they've saved and invested over time," writes Ramit Sethi in his New York Times bestseller, "I Will Teach You To Be Rich."<p>To help you get started, we …

Investing