Ahmad Waqas Bashir

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No, modesty won’t protect you from the Harvey Weinsteins. But this might.

When I was in high school, we had a teacher, a long-bearded rabbi, who spent weeks of class time focusing on the intricacies of <i>yichud</i>, the Jewish …

You are living in a unique time on planet Earth — mineralogically speaking

You are living in an amazing time on planet Earth — mineralogically speaking.<p>Scientists say there are more unique minerals on our planet than ever before in its 4.5-billion-year history, and it's thanks in part to us.<p>In a paper published this week in American Mineralogist, a team of researchers …

Earth Science

Gossiping might actually be good for you

Gossip can be toxic for relationships. When we share negative information about others, we risk hurting our peers’ feelings, eroding trust, and destroying friendships. But, counterintuitively, research suggests that this social behavior may not be entirely negative.<p>Tantalizing talk is nothing new. …

Psychology

Multivitamins a waste of money and just create 'very expensive urine'

Vitamins are useful for treating specific deficiencies but most people who use multivitamins just have very expensive urine, the Australian Medical Association president, Michael Gannon, says.<p>Seven out of every 10 Australians take some form of vitamin or supplement but experts have questioned their …

Diets

7 surprising benefits of eating more ginger

Give your pantry and fridge a quick scan. Do you see powdered or fresh ginger? If not, it's time to plan a trip to the grocery store—stat! That’s because this medicinal marvel, long touted in <b>Chinese medicine</b> and Ayurveda as a healing spice, actually has a significant amount of science to back it …

Eating Toward Immortality

Diet culture is just another way of dealing with the fear of death.<p>Knowing a thing means you don’t need to believe in it. Whatever can be known, or proven by logic or evidence, doesn’t need to be taken on faith. Certain details of nutrition and the physiology of eating are known and knowable: the …

Heroism

10 foods and beverages that boost brainpower

Olive oil<p>If you’re a devotee of the Mediterranean diet your brain may be in luck. One foundation stone of this esteemed healthy eating plan is extra …

3 Reasons Email Campaigns Remain the Best Marketing Tool

Mobile phones have made email inboxes portable, so that no one is ever really offline. Take advantage of that.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I used to think that email marketing’s days were numbered. But, as a recent study from marketing technology pioneer Zeta Global …

Eczema Treatment: What You Can Do To Stop The Incessant Itch

Unidentified bumps and rashes can be caused by anything from allergies to keratosis pilaris, but eczema is one of the most common culprits. Also …

How to Stay Forever Young, Really

Are you ready for the Purposeful Aging Movement?<p>I am.<p>And on a cold day in January, I can’t think of anything, well, more positive, to let my mind dwell on. First, let me explain what got me mulling this swelling movement.<p>It wasn’t the lovely snow falling from the sky in Washington, D.C., but it was …

Alzheimer's Disease

The secret of taste: why we like what we like

If you had asked me, when I was 10, to forecast my life as an adult, I would probably have sketched out something like this: I would be driving a Trans Am, a Corvette, or some other muscle car. My house would boast a mammoth collection of pinball machines. I would sip sophisticated drinks (like …

Sydney Opera House

These 4 Factors Help Explain Why Turkey Is Coming Under Increasing Terrorist Attack

Turkey was rocked on Tuesday night by yet another deadly terrorist attack. Officials say at least 36 people were killed and more than 150 wounded …

The more we lie, the easier it is for our brains to be increasingly more deceitful

There is no such thing as a harmless lie. One self-serving lie leads to another, and the lies get bigger and bigger. This could be blamed on a …

The history of Mosul, in five maps

In 1165, Benjamin of Tudela, a medieval Spanish Jewish traveler, approached the city of Mosul on the banks of the Tigris. A visitor, even a thousand years ago, could marvel at its antiquity. "This city, situated on the confines of Persia, is of great extent and very ancient," he wrote in the …

Middle East

Are God and chance compatible?

It has long been the unquestioned assumption of many religious believers that the God who created the world also acts in it. Until recent scientific …

Two diet drinks a day could double the risk of diabetes, study finds

Two fizzy drinks a day could double the risk of diabetes - even if they are diet versions - a Swedish study has found.<p>Research by the Karolinska Institute on 2,800 adults found that those who consumed at least two 200ml servings of soft drinks daily were 2.4 times as likely to suffer from a form of …

Diabetes

The term 'superfood' is meaningless — here are the most nutritious foods you should add to your plate

At least that's what the term makes it sound like they do. In reality, there is no legal or medical definition for what counts as a "superfood." Nutritionists and public health experts rarely use the term.<p>But that doesn't mean it's completely bogus. In fact, there is some scientific basis for …

Here's How Your Body Knows You Found the Perfect Sexual Partner

It's all about your immune system, apparently.<p>One of the real secrets of white-hot attraction to someone isn't terribly sexy, according to a recent study published in <i>Nature</i>: It's a part of your genetic coding.<p>All humans have their own unique human leukocyte antigen (HLA) complex, which helps the …

Immune System

Get Smart: 6 Brain-Boosting Activities to Add to Your Day

I have two uncanny skills: catching items that come flying my way, and remembering names. I take a certain pride in the latter, and can even recall the names of people whom I haven’t met but who played a part in an anecdote—my husband’s new intern, Sophie, my mother’s Move & Groove teacher, James. …

Do we have a ‘preferred style’ of learning?

Many of us have a preference for the way we learn – either by watching an expert or having a go ourselves. Is this the easiest way for us to learn things?<p>When you trying are something new, do you learn more easily from diagrams, from someone telling you how to do it, or by having a go yourself? You …

Pedagogy

How Focusing On Your Mind And Body Can Be The Best Antidepressant

Eat well, feel well, be well<p>Two years ago, it made sense, to put it lightly, for me to go on antidepressants. I was in a rut, a miserable hole of self-loathing darkness with a sprinkling of social anxiety, and so my therapist suggested Wellbutrin. It helped; it gave me just enough energy to face …

Foods That Can Naturally Lower Your Cholesterol | Men's Health

All whole oat grains contain a particular type of fiber, called beta-glucan. Multiple scientific studies show that consuming beta-glucan can help lower LDL cholesterol, sometimes by as much as seven percent.<p>(For more ways to live your healthiest, happiest life, read <i>The Better Man Project</i>—2,000+ …

The Science of Making Friends

Our number of friends starts to decrease steadily in adulthood; there are ways to reverse the tide<p>I’ve been going on a series of dates lately.<p>I exchanged numbers with the person sitting next to me at a Cabernet tasting at my favorite wine bar and went for a coffee with a neighbor I met walking my …

Relationships

Should You Run Before You Lift? - Women's Running

<i>*Courtesy of POPSUGAR Fitness</i><p>If you ask 100 people if you should do cardio before or after strength training, chances are that you’ll get an even …

Exercise

Improve Your Posture with These Exercises from the Army Field Manual

Posture can affect a lot of things, including our confidence and how other people feel about us. Teach yourself good posture by practicing these …

Military

How to spot a liar: it’s not what you think

If someone looks you in the eye and gives a straightforward answer, they may be lying, a new study suggests<p>If you think you can spot a liar by their shifty gaze and hesitant manner you might need to think again.<p>New research suggests that the most untruthful people are likely to look you straight in …

University of Michigan

11 Foods You Need for a Healthy Immune System

Ramp up your diet to fend off sick days.<p>In the dark and cold winter months (snow or not!), give your immune system a boost with these foods so you have fewer sick days and more run days.<p><b>Living Foods</b><br>A healthy gut is your strongest ally when it comes to fending off viruses and the not-so-good …

What's the Least Amount of Running You Need to Do to Be Healthy?

<i>By: Candace Nelson</i><p><i>Credit: Shutterstock</i><p>You've seen those people who wake up early, pep already in their step, to go for a five-mile run before work. They're successful, generally happy, and take care of their bodies, because they know they could eventually die of a heart attack if they don't.<p>You are …