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Top 3 Things to Include in Your Employee Wellness Program

Are you constantly searching for the next best thing to include in your employee wellness program? Search no further! Extensive research now provides us with proven interventions that give us the health results and cost-savings we have been waiting for. Here are the top three things you should be …

What Steven Spielberg's science fiction tells us about America

Not just fantasies, Steven Spielberg’s visions of alien landings and artificial intelligence are also a barometer of a nation’s hopes and fears<p>There is a moment in Steven Spielberg’s <i>Empire of the Sun</i> (1987) when an American plane strafes the Japanese camp where young Jim (Christian Bale) is …

The Human Fear of Total Knowledge

Why infinite libraries are treated skeptically in the annals of science fiction and fantasy<p>Libraries tend to occupy a sacred space in modern culture. People adore them. (Perhaps even more than that, people love the <i>idea</i> of them. A Pew survey last year found that while people report feeling strongly …

Books

Where beauty knows no bounds

Photographer Mihaela Noroc has travelled the length and breadth of the world to discover the true meaning of beauty.<p>For photographer Mihaela Noroc, connecting with people (and more specifically, women) is the most important part of travelling. With her blog The Atlas of Beauty, Noroc photographs …

Humanities

Watch: Short videos that TED says will recharge your brain

With more than 100 speakers over five days, attending TED conferences can be an emotional roller coaster ride, as attendees flit from talks on virtual reality to racial prejudice, climate change to Google art, incarceration to drones. TED uses brief videos in between talks to reset the mood and …

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Breaking Up With My Old Friend -- The Wine Bottle

Let's say you have this longtime friend. You know all each other's secrets and stories. She stops by your house every evening for a visit, and once she arrives, you sit around at the kitchen together, sharing the experiences of your day.<p>And oh boy, do you ever look forward to her visits. You may …

Living in harmony with musical neighbours

Tolerance is a wonderful British quality, but it can be sorely tested by the budding genius next door<p>What do you consider an acceptable decibel? Last week an Essex couple lost a costly two-year legal battle with a neighbour whose garden pond, they said, trickled too loudly and made them constantly …

Pets

How Studying The Minds Of Cultural Icons May Combat Mental Illness Stigma

Marilyn Monroe had "textbook characteristics" of borderline personality disorder, a new book claims.<p>Marilyn Monroe lives in our cultural imagination as one of the most iconic actresses in Hollywood history. But underneath the famous blonde curls and sex-kitten voice, there's a complex woman who …

18 Habits Of Highly Creative People

Great artists, writers and innovators may have "messier minds."<p>Creativity works in mysterious and often paradoxical ways. Creative thinking is a stable, defining characteristic in some personalities, but it may also change based on situation and context. Inspiration and ideas often arise seemingly …

Hear All of Mozart in a Free 127-Hour Playlist

"You can't have Bach, Beethoven, and Mozart as your favorite composers," said conductor and San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson …

Mozart

Music lessons spur emotional and behavioral growth in children, new study says

Parents who have patiently sat through countless music recitals and questioned their sanity at encouraging all those trumpet or violin lessons need do so no longer. Even ear-splitting dissonance has an upside.<p>Music training not only helps children develop fine motor skills, but aids emotional and …

Piano

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Funerals

What the music you listen to could say about your mental health

The music people listen to could give a clue as to their mental health.<p>Researchers tested the neural activity of participants as they tuned in to …

Why You Keep Getting a Pimple in the SAME Exact Spot

Show that zit who's boss—for good.<p>Can you predict the location of your next zit as accurately as the date of your next period? If you said yes, we feel your pain. Luckily, there are steps you can take to end the vicious cycle of super stubborn, frustrating pimples, says Joshua Zeichner, M.D., …