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Blocking the 'love hormone' may reduce social anxiety

A new study in the journal <i>Biological Psychiatry</i> suggests that inhibiting the hormone oxytocin may help people to recover from unpleasant, stressful, …

'Sleep should be prescribed': what those late nights out could be costing you

Leading neuroscientist Matthew Walker on why sleep deprivation is increasing our risk of cancer, heart attack and Alzheimer’s – and what you can do about it<p>Matthew Walker has learned to dread the question “What do you do?” At parties, it signals the end of his evening; thereafter, his new …

Ronald Reagan

Scientists have discovered a potentially suicidal problem with going to Mars

NASA is dead-set on sending astronauts to Mars within the next 15 to 20 years. China has said it hopes to send people there between 2020 and 2030, and even Russia is floating plans to put boots on the red planet.<p>Meanwhile, SpaceX founder Elon Musk is trying to cut the cost of spaceflight enough to …

Space Exploration

Poll: Most Americans say Trump’s behavior ‘not what I expect from a president’

President Donald Trump promised to bring a fresh, outsider approach to the Oval Office, but about 7 in 10 voters nonetheless say the commander in chief’s behavior “is not what I expect from a president,” according to a poll released Thursday.<p>The George Washington University poll found that 71 …

Donald Trump

13 gorgeous car-free cities around the world

Ditch the rental car and get ready to explore<p><i>Editor's Note: This post was originally published in May 2017 and has been updated with the most recent information.</i><p>Some of the world’s most popular cities are facing a manmade crisis: Cars are wreaking havoc, snarling streets, and contributing to …

European Travel

Hikes of a Lifetime

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania<p>Early European explorers who claimed to have seen a snow-capped mountain in Equatorial Africa were dismissed as delusional. …

Searching for Civility

A Google Memo and the Summer of Hate<p>While much of the world gripped armchairs in white-knuckled horror as nuclear tensions escalated between the U.S. and North Korea, last week <b>Silicon Valley</b> was melting down over an incendiary Google Memo.<p>After an engineer named <b>James Damore</b> argued that biology …

Silicon Valley

I Paid $35/Hour To Outsource My Life For A Week

Magic is a personal assistant app aimed at coastal tech types. How would it do with the mundane tasks of my regular-guy life?<p>You may have heard about Magic, the “personal assistant on demand” that acts like a 24/7 concierge for your over-scheduled life.<p>The basic idea behind Magic is to make it seem …

The Future Of The Sun: Massive Black Holes Dwarf The Entire Solar System

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora. Answer by Matthew Clifford.</i><p>This is a comparison of the Sun’s diameter versus the diameter of Earth.<p>The …

The rise of Trump has led to an unexpected twist in Germany’s election: A resurgent left

BERLIN — The unconventional administration of President Trump may be causing consternation among American liberals. But here in Germany, the anchor of the European Union, Trump’s rise is helping fuel an unexpected surge of the left.<p>What is happening in Germany is the kind of Trump bump perhaps …

George W. Bush

Trump Campaign Aides Had Repeated Contacts With Russian Intelligence

WASHINGTON — Phone records and intercepted calls show that members of Donald J. Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and other Trump associates had repeated contacts with senior Russian intelligence officials in the year before the election, according to four current and former American …

Donald Trump

How to Build a Wall Without Being Politically Divisive (or Breaking the Bank)

Need an extra room and wondering how to build a wall? Throwing up just one extra barrier in your home can save you the hassle and expense of building …

Woodworking

NASA launched an unprecedented study of Greenland’s melting. Now, the data are coming in

In 2015, in a moment of science communication genius, NASA created a mission called “OMG.” The acronym basically ensured that a new scientific mission — measuring how quickly the Oceans are Melting Greenland — would get maximum press attention.<p>The subject is actually extremely serious. OMG amounts …

Global Warming

'Bathroom bill': NC could lose more NCAA events, sports group says

<b>(CNN) —</b> The NCAA might move all championship events through 2022 out of North Carolina if the state doesn't repeal its "bathroom bill," the North Carolina Sports Association says in a letter sent to state legislators.<p>"Our contacts at the NCAA tell us that, due to their stance on HB2, all North …

LGBTQI

No Big Bang? Quantum Physicists Discover The Universe Has No Beginning

The universe may have existed forever, according to a new model that applies quantum correction terms to complement Einstein’s theory of general …

Quest to settle riddle over Einstein's theory may soon be over

Astronomy experiments could soon test an idea developed by Albert Einstein almost exactly a century ago, scientists say.

Physics

See NYC Dance Icons And More At 45th Dance on Camera Festival

<i>From 'Anatomy of a Male Ballet Dancer'</i><p>Sure, <i>La La Land</i> may be an Oscar favorite with its charmingly unprofessional dancing, but if you were wanting …

This Dance Video To Ed Sheeran's "Shape Of You" Will Make You Feel Things

Help I can't stop watching.<p>h/t PopSugar

Silencing Elizabeth Warren backfires on Senate GOP

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The Senate has silenced Elizabeth Warren.<p>And by doing so, majority Republicans just handed the liberal firebrand a megaphone -- further elevating President Donald Trump's fiercest and most prominent critic in the Senate and turning her into a Democratic hero.<p>The rebuke of Warren …

Rights & Freedoms

Pentagon leader assumes new role: Turning down the temperature on Trump

https://videos.posttv.com/washpost-production/Reuters/20170202/58932590e4b01b43312d9c30/5893451be4b03735090c27e4_1439399835595-cf9g26_t_1486046519359_1280_720_2000.mp4<p>As President Trump’s new Pentagon chief, Jim Mattis has a long list of tasks ahead, including devising a more aggressive campaign to …

Foreign Policy

Trump fires Justice Dep't head over clash on refugee ban

WASHINGTON (AP) — In an extraordinary public showdown, President Donald Trump fired the acting attorney general of the United States after she publicly questioned the constitutionality of his refugee and immigration ban and refused to defend it in court.<p>The clash Monday night between Trump and …

Scorecard For A Departing President: Assessing Obama's Successes And Shortcomings

President Obama will address the nation for what's likely to be the last time Tuesday night. He says the prime-time address from his adopted hometown of Chicago will be a chance to celebrate the successes of the past eight years and to offer some thoughts on where the nation goes from here.<p>The …

Obama Administration

Trump Cabinet nominees meet growing ethical questions

Three of Donald Trump’s Cabinet picks came under growing fire Wednesday on ethical issues, potentially jeopardizing their nominations.<p>The most serious concerns surround personal investments by Trump’s health and human services nominee, Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.), in health-care firms that benefited …

Donald Trump

Trump vows ‘insurance for everybody’ in Obamacare replacement plan

President-elect Donald Trump said in a weekend interview that he is nearing completion of a plan to replace President Obama’s signature health-care law with the goal of “insurance for everybody,” while also vowing to force drug companies to negotiate directly with the government on prices in …

Health Care

More Than Half of Americans Are Concerned About Russian Election Interference

More than half of Americans are concerned by reports of Russian hacking during the 2016 election, according to a new national NBC News/Wall Street …

What Are the Medical Benefits of Psychedelics?

I sat down with Professor David Nutt to find out.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Sweden</i><p>After LSD became illegal in many countries in the late 1960s, scientific research into its potential benefits to mental health largely stalled. It's only recently that this topic has become subject to …

The Red Road: Picturing Modern Native American Identity

<i>The powerful set of portraits at the basis of this project were selected as a finalist in the LensCulture Portrait Awards</i> <i>2016</i>. <i>Discover more inspiring work from all 39 of the winners and finalists.</i><p>The "Red Road Project" is a collection of photographs and stories exploring the relationship between …

18 incredible European destinations that haven't been discovered by tourists

Some of these places are difficult to access, while others remain local secrets.<p>We've put together a list of 18 European destinations that you can enjoy without hordes of travelers, from one of France's most majestic villages to a breathtaking hiking trail in Sweden.<p><i>Sarah Schmalbruch wrote an</i> …

Virginia teen speaks out through photography

Razan Elbaba recently made a statement about attitudes toward religion in the United States, but she didn’t need to say a word.<p>The 17-year-old from Vienna, Virginia, photographed friends and relatives wearing head scarves that are customary in the Muslim faith. She added newspaper clippings, bits …

New York City

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