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The Director of 'Operation Avalanche' Explains the Power of Conspiracy Theories

Matt Johnson discusses the passion and personal history behind his moon-landing mockumentary.<p>Matt Johnson doesn't believe in conspiracy theories, but his latest film makes a hell of an argument for one of America's most mythical ones. <i>Operation Avalanche</i> follows Matt (played by Johnson), a 1960s CIA …

Moon Landing

Listen to J Dilla's Unreleased Back to the Crib Mixtape

<i>Back to the Crib</i> is an unreleased J Dilla mixtape that was made between 1999 and 2000. It weaves together songs from Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, the Doobie Brothers, Fela Kuti, and many more. Today, it's been released by BBE Records. You can stream it below.<p>In a press release, Peter Adarkwah, …

Michael Jackson

What is bipolar disorder? You asked Google – here’s the answer

Every day millions of internet users ask Google life’s most difficult questions, big and small. Our writers answer some of the commonest queries<p><i>“When you are high, it is tremendous. Shyness goes, the right words and gestures are suddenly there, the power to seduce and captivate others a felt</i> …

Mental Health

3tags.org

Scientists get first look at supermassive black hole 'eating' gas clouds

The observation, made accidentally by astronomers in Chile, provides the first direct evidence for the theory that black holes feed on clouds of gas<p>Astronomers in Chile have caught the first-ever glimpse of a “supermassive” black hole preparing to gorge itself on gas clouds about a billion light …

Black Holes

Stephen Hawking Just Published a Mind-Bending Theory About Black Holes

Legendary physicist Stephen Hawking just published a possible solution to one of the biggest paradoxes in physics. His theory explains how it might …

Physics

This 18-Year-Old Prodigy Is the Future of Hip-Hop

Lil Yachty has already collaborated with Kanye West and Chance the Rapper. Now he's about to blow up on his own.<p>It's one in the afternoon when Lil Yachty and I meet up in the Times Square hotel where the Atlanta resident is staying during his almost weekly trip to NY— but he's still half asleep. …

Rap & Hip-Hop

A California club bans DJs who use laptops … but why?

When DJs started to use CDs, purists were up in arms – and now an even more recent piece of kit has been declared verboten. Yet, like dance music itself, technology moves on – so why not embrace it?<p>Outrage among dance music fans on the internet this week – I know, newsflash! – as a club in …

Audio Mixing

3tags.org

How to Lose Weight with Exercise During Menopause

Hot flashes, irritability, fatigue, depression, insomnia, dry skin, feeling crazy, hating everyone and everything and last, but not least, weight …

Food For Thought: The Subtle Forces That Affect Your Appetite

What do large tables, large breakfasts and large servers have in common? They all affect how much you eat. This week on Hidden Brain, we look at the hidden forces that drive our diets. First we hear from Adam Brumberg at Cornell University's Food and Brand Lab about how to make healthier choices …

Holistic Medicine

Career advice: How can I stop my relationship break-up affecting my job?

<b>I broke up from my boyfriend a few weeks agoand am really struggling to focus at work. I’m in the middle of a really busy patch, but I can’t concentrate, am constantly emotional and have dropped the ball on a couple of projects. All I can think about is what happened (after five years together, he</b> …

Self-improvement

Psychologists say a simple strategy can help you get over a rough breakup

I suspect a lot of people can relate to this desire — something about heartbreak makes us feel poetic and creative — like pouring our psychic guts out all over the page.<p>But how effective is this strategy, really, in terms of helping us cope with the dissolution of the relationship?<p>Back in 2012, …

Psychology

Here's the Secret Brain Math That Makes People More Confident

Whether it's applying for a job, hitting on someone at a bar or picking vanilla or chocolate, confidence dictates every decision you make. But that …

The Brain
Stereotypes

Science-Based Secrets for Reading Other People's Minds

<i>This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to refine and reach their goals by providing research-based content to help improve thinking, feeling, and behavior patterns.</i><p>Imagine you're really excited about a new idea for a …

Psychology

Barnet voting failures: Zac Goldsmith most likely to lose out from Tory borough blunders

Zac Goldsmith has most to lose from the failures at Barnet polling stations given the borough's 236,000 registered voters tend to back the Tories.<p>The north London borough elected three Conservative MPs at last year’s general election including Theresa Villiers, the Northern Ireland Secretary.<p>The …

Morgan Freeman Explains How God Can Be Real And An Invention

Morgan Freeman has played God on the big screen, but in real life he sees the Almighty as an invention of the human mind.<p>It might seem curious, then, for the 78-year-old actor to star in a National Geographic Channel show all about God and religion. But "The Story of God with Morgan Freeman," which …

Why Did the Genetic Code of All Life on Earth Suddenly Stop Evolving?

Around 3,000 million years ago, something stopped the genetic code from growing.<p>All life on Earth exists thanks to a universal genetic code. This biological rulebook tells our cells how DNA should be translated into life-supporting proteins, without which we couldn't survive.<p>Even though the genetic …

Genetics

Free will could all be an illusion, scientists suggest after study shows choice may just be brain tricking itself

Free will might be an illusion created by our brains, scientists might have proved.<p>Humans are convinced that they make conscious choices as they live …

The Brain

INFOGRAPHIC: How To Write Screenplay Outlines, Beat Sheets And Treatments

As any long term Bang2writer knows, I’m a big fan of planning. But yeah, I get why *you* might not be. Planning can be boring. You don’t want to do …

Writing

Watch Tupac Discuss Income Inequality and Donald Trump in This Unaired 1992 Interview Clip

"There's no way that these people should own planes and there are people that don't have houses."<p><i>Screenshot via MTV News</i><p>Income inequality. Giving people a level economic playing field. Donald Trump.<p>You'd be forgiven for assuming that someone bringing these topics up was talking about the 2016 …

Donald Trump
Biomedicine

Treatments for cancers and Alzheimer's on the verge of a breakthrough

Greater understanding of genetics and characteristics of diseases are driving the development of new medicines<p>The practice of medicine can be hit-and-miss: however good a drug is, it is unlikely to work well on everybody with that condition, whether it’s breast cancer or depression. But new …

Alzheimer's Disease

The Cognitive Origins of Religion

To understand the human brain we often turn to neuroscientists and psychologists. Two decades ago, Professor of Archaeology Steven Mithen decided to …

How Does The Human Brain Create Consciousness?

<i>How does the brain create consciousness? originally appeared on Quora –</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights</i>.<p><b>Answer by Yohan John, Ph.D in Cognitive and Neural Systems, on Quora:</b><p><i>Does</i> the brain create consciousness? I’m not so sure. At …

Consciousness

One Way The Paris Climate Pact Is Already Having A Huge Effect

Big businesses’ message to lawmakers is clear: We’re doing our part to slash carbon emissions, now you do yours.<p>On Wednesday, two days before world leaders are scheduled to sign the historic climate treaty reached in Paris last December, more than 100 businesses -- including corporate titans like …

Climate

Conflicts Between Science And Spirituality Are Rooted In Your Brain

The standoff between science and religion -- between fact-based and faith-based ways of thinking and explaining the world -- is nearly as old as human thought itself.<p>In fact, the conflict may be rooted in the very structure of our brains, according to research published last week in the journal …

Research

The Best Exercises for Inner and Outer Thighs

Looking for more ways to work your thighs than endless squat and lunge variations? It's your lucky day. While you may already know spot toning …

Workouts