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Netflix codes: The secret numbers that unlock thousands of hidden films and TV shows

Netflix's incredibly niche, personalised subgenres have long captivated movie nerds, from "Steamy Crime Movies from the 1970s" to "Period Pieces About Royalty Based on Real Life".<p>The genres, based on a complicated algorithm that uses reams of data about users' viewing habits to recommend exactly …

The physics of brain folding

3D printing provides a new way of modelling the formation of cortical convolutions<p>The human brain is immediately recognizable by its cortex (meaning <i>bark</i> in Latin), the prominent outer layer of tissue, with its characteristic pattern of ridges and furrows, which sits atop the deep structures. The …

The Brain
Self-improvement

Everyone loves an a**hole: Science explains our attraction to creeps and deviants

Always falling for the wrong guy or gal? New research suggests it may actually be a part of the human condition<p>Are you a nice, well-rounded person, yet can’t seem to hit it off with the opposite sex? Maybe you need to embrace your dark side, according to a new study that shows people with certain …

Psychology

The greatest trick the satanists ever pulled: They may be truer to the words of Jesus than most Christians

The church is vital not just for its dogged pursuit of religious equanimity but how it exposes Christian hypocrisy<p>For those who think Christianity a fount of goodness and love, one of the more ironic images in recent weeks has been Christian youth loudly jeering a small group of Satanists who …

Religion

Russia Sent France A Puppy To Replace The Fallen Police Dog Lost In A Terrorist Raid

Last Wednesday, an extended raid in a Parisian suburb left several suspected terrorists (including ringleader Abelhamid Abaaoud) dead in the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks. One particularly touching casualty included cherished hero police dog Diesel. The mighty Belgian shepherd was killed when …

Tim Keller and the Problem of Suffering and Evil

Christian theology has wrestled since its inception with the problem of evil. Generally speaking, they believe that God is a being who is completely …

Faith

Can You Say to an Addict That You've Never Made a Bad Choice?

Chris Christie isn't the doctor in the GOP race for president, but suddenly he sure sounds like it.<p>Take, for example, the New Jersey governor's impassioned speech on drug addiction that has gone viral with more than 8 million views. Yes, you read that right. A speech about drug addicts has captured …

Drug Addiction

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 …

How anxiety scrambles your brain and makes it hard to learn

Levels of stress and anxiety are on the rise among students. Juliet Rix has tips to control the panic and thrive academically<p>Olivia admits she’s always been a worrier – but when she started university, her anxiety steadily began to build. One day she was simply too frightened to leave the house. …

Top 10

Generation meds: the US children who grow up on prescription drugs

Millions of US children are on medication for behavioural problems and depression – but what are the long-term effects? Photographer Baptiste Lignel followed six boys and girls to find out. Introduction by Sarah Boseley<p>In America, medication is becoming almost as much a staple of childhood as …

Oxford University

The Self-Help Syndrome: Navigating the Overload

Are you one of the many people who is regularly alternating between the piles of self-help books on your nightstand and the ones that are downloaded on your e-reader? Do you thrive on attending inspirational lectures in an attempt to facilitate your need to learn and grow, but come out feeling …

Meditation

When We Run Away From Our Strength

When Kate was 14, her classmate died by suicide on a Friday. On Sunday, Kate attended the funeral. The principal, however, announced that "Madeleine had left school."<p>Her friends couldn't openly mourn their loss; the issue of depression and suicide wasn't addressed. The atmosphere was a heavy grey …

Mental Health

Animal pictures of the week: 20 November 2015 - Telegraph

NASA Astronaut's Tweet Sends Alien And UFO Hunters Into A Frenzy

One of Scott Kelly's latest tweets is a causing a stir among alien hunters after they caught sight of something "strange" in the image he …

Paranormal

Scientists Have Grown Human Vocal Cords In The Lab For The First Time

Vocal cords grown from human cells in the lab showed promise in animal experiments, scientists reported on Wednesday. Down the line, these engineered tissues could help people with scarred voice boxes.<p>View this post on Facebook<p>In an experimental first, scientists reported Wednesday that they have …

Couples who have sex just once a week are happiest

For decades self-help books and therapists have advised couples that the key to a successful relationship is sex…and plenty of it.<p>But a new study suggests that behind closed doors, the happiest partners are actually making love just once a week.<p>According to the University of Toronto-Mississauga …

Did The FBI Transform This Teenager Into A Terrorist After Reading His Emails?

How the case of conflicted teenager Mohamed Mohamud — convinced by the FBI he was bombing a Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Portland, Oregon — could determine whether the American government is allowed to spy wholesale on its citizens.<p><b>On Nov. 4, 2010,</b> a small cell of al-Qaeda operatives …

Paris attacks suicide bomber 'drank, smoked and ran drugs den'

Neighbours of Ibrahim Abdeslam, who blew himself up outside a Paris cafe, say he enjoyed activities shunned by observant Muslims<p>A Paris suicide bomber drank, smoked and ran a drug den, friends who visited the bar he ran have said.<p>Ibrahim Abdeslam, who blew himself up outside the Comptoir Voltaire …

Rob Zombie shares the ultimate Halloween playlist

Rob Zombie knows a thing or two about getting spooky — peep these album names from his time as White Zombie frontman as well as a solo act:</i> …

What Higher Consciousness Really Means, How We Attain It, and What It Does for the Human Spirit

“At such moments, the world reveals itself as quite different: a place of suffering and misguided effort … but also a place of tenderness and longing, beauty, and touching vulnerability. “<p><i>“[Leonardo da Vinci’s] unique brain wiring … allowed him the opportunity to experience the world from the</i> …

8 Tips for Dealing With Stress and Overwhelm

In today's modern world, distractions are growing, busy-ness is increasing, stress is climbing and people are feeling more overwhelmed than ever before. Information overload, the rapid rate of change and increased role expectations are all contributors. These trends are unlikely to slow down so …

Time Management

How to Never Get Angry: 3 New Secrets From Neuroscience

They’re one inch from your face, boiling with rage, screaming and yelling at you.<p>And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that’s …

Self-help

The biggest myths about marijuana—debunked by an addiction expert

The march of marijuana legalization continues, and so do the questions about its effect on the health of smokers. Kevin Hill, an addiction psychiatrist at McLean Hospital in Harvard Medical School and author of <i>Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth about the World’s Most Popular Weed</i>, recently took to …

Cannabis

Anxious people have one big thing in common when it comes to an important social skill

People are pretty good at judging whether a crowd is friendly, but anxious people may be worse at this task, a new study finds.<p>The research, which was presented Monday at a meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, could point toward a better way to diagnose anxiety and other mental-health …

Psychology

What Are the Odds of an Alien Megastructure Blocking Light From a Distant Star?

A strange star located 1,500 light-years from Earth is exhibiting strange flickering behavior that’s leading some scientists to speculate that an …

Universe

The Ethics of Exercise Pills

Medications designed to mimic the health benefits of exercise could help the disabled or immobile—but they might also keep the rest of us on the couch.<p>In his 1932 novel <i>Brave New World</i>, Aldous Huxley described a fictional drug called Soma. In the novel, a soma was something akin to an opiate, which …

British Columbia

'Alien megastructure' could surround giant star baffling scientists looking for new planets

A series of mysterious objects surrounding a giant star millions of miles away could be an alien megastructure, experts believe.<p>Planet spotters …

Penn State

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Does expat life really make you healthier, wealthier and happier?

It’s official: living overseas is good for your health, wealth and happiness. Or at least, that’s the case if the latest survey on the topic is to be believed.<p>An online poll of 1,000 people was carried out for international relocations company MoveHub. Half the respondents (located in the UK and …