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Scientists harvest 1st vegetables in Antarctic greenhouse

BERLIN (AP) — Scientists in Antarctica have harvested their first crop of vegetables grown without earth, daylight or pesticides as part of a project designed to help astronauts cultivate fresh food on other planets.<p>Researchers at Germany's Neumayer Station III say they've picked 3.6 kilograms (8 …

Space

Screentime Is Making Kids Moody, Crazy and Lazy

Source: pathdoc/fotolia<p>Children or teens who are “revved up” and prone to rages or—alternatively—who are depressed and apathetic have become …

The Brain

11 Best TED Talks For When You Feel Burnt Out

The signs are all there: you feel depressed, anxious, and detached; you keep getting head and back aches; your job performance and relationships are …

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You can avoid having a stroke by following these simple steps

Stroke is the third most common killer in Scotland and you can avoid it by being more pro-active with your health.<p>Strokes are the fourth biggest …

Japanese ‘Ikigai’ Philosophy Could Be the Secret Formula to a Long and Happy Life

Many of us spend our entire lives trying to achieve happiness and the perfect life balance to leave us fulfilled. So what is the key to living a full, fruitful life? In Japan, a concept called <i>ikigai</i> is central to finding one’s satisfaction and meaning in life. In fact, <i>ikigai</i> translates to “reason …

A Test With No Wrong Answers

Although one is preferred.<p>Back in your school days, you likely had tests that included multiple-choice answers. And sometimes the difficulty of those questions was compounded when one of the answers was "all of the above."<p>That's the situation workshop participants encounter during an exercise I …

Personal Finance

19 tiny habits that will have a big impact on your personal happiness

Success doesn't happen in an instant. It happens through the progression of lots of little successes, strung together over time.<p>If you want to build something big, if you have a vision, a dream, or even just a clearly defined end goal, the question is not how you can make that happen right now, or …

Time I

An Almost Guaranteed Way to Achieve Every Goal You Set This Year | Inc.com

New Year's resolutions: We love to make them. And, statistics show, we almost never keep them. (Eighty percent of people who make New Year's resolutions abandon them by the second week of February.)<p>Of course you could try using silence to accomplish a goal. Or you could try to sneak up on big …

Motivation

Richard Branson Says You Should Do 3 Things to Achieve More Happiness in 2018 | Inc.com

Every year, it is estimated that one in four people struggle with a mental health problem. In fact, according to <i>Psychology Today</i>, an estimated 15 million Americans a year struggle with depression.<p>One of my own family members has grappled with depression for decades, so I understand it firsthand. …

Happiness

The Best Books of 2017, According to Independent Bookstores

It’s been a banner year for books. Real Simple asked some of our favorite independent bookstores across the country to share their memorable reads of …

Books

16 Small Habits That Could Seriously Improve Your Life Within A Year

H/T Reddit<p>"If you read for 30 minutes every day, that's 3.5 hours a week, which is enough to finish a book every two to four weeks. Depending on what you choose to read, that's 12 to 24 books completed in a year!" —a_tame_zergling<p>"I used to (and still do) have a problem with over-apologizing in …

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Neuroscience Has a Lot To Learn from Buddhism

A scientist and a monk compare notes on meditation, therapy, and their effects on the brain<p>Can training the mind make us more attentive, altruistic, and serene? Can we learn to manage our disturbing emotions in an optimal way? What are the transformations that occur in the brain when we practice …

Meditation

Science Is Getting Closer to Explaining The Mystery of Déjà Vu

Like trying to remember a dream that's slipping away.<p>It's one of the oddest sensations. That feeling where you are in a new situation, or a …

9 simple ways to be happy every day

Cloud 9 isn't as far out of out of reach as you might think. We asked the experts for simple strategies to wake up with a smile each and every …

Happiness

California advises against keeping your phone in your pocket

The jury is still out on whether or not cellphone radiation is bad for you, but California's Department of Public Health isn't taking any chances. The agency just issued an advisory that suggests residents should take steps to limit their exposure to cellphones. The notice recommends avoiding phone …

17 Great Books You Won’t Be Able to Put Down

Some are new, some are staff favorites, but all are terrific—and you’ll love at least one.<p>If Oddball Families Make You Smile<p><b>The People We Hate at the</b> …

Books

Cell Phone Radiation Risks: California Issues Groundbreaking Guidelines

By Olga Naidenko<p>This week, California officially issued groundbreaking guidelines advising cell phone users to keep phones away from their bodies and …

How to hit your brain's 'kill switch' -- before it's too late

<b>(CNN) —</b> Many of us have found ourselves in the following situation at least once: You're driving down the road, approaching a traffic light, and it turns yellow.<p>Do you speed up to make it through the intersection before the light turns red, or do you slam on the brakes to stop behind the white line?<p>…

The Brain

Cannabis Linked to Bipolar Symptoms in Young Adults

Researchers reveal a link between adolescent cannabis use and an increased risk of bipolar symptoms, including hypomania.

The Brain

HIV directly affects the brain, Stellenbosch researchers discover

HIV directly affects the brain in the early stages of the infection‚ Stellenbosch University researchers have discovered.<p>It has long been known that …

If You Need To Memorise Something, This Trick Might Help

🤔 💡<p>You’re more likely to remember something if you read it out loud, a study from the University of Waterloo has found.<p>Researchers discovered that …

Addicted to Your Phone? It Could Throw Off Your Brain Chemistry

It's hard to escape screens; there is a roughly 100 percent chance you are looking at one right now. And though the long-term effects of screen time …

The 50 best books of 2017

5 toxic habits I've quit to be happier, smarter, and more productive

Do you want to know the honest reason why I study productivity?<p>I'm lazy. And I love life.<p>I also sincerely believe that productivity is the key skill that leads to a successful career and happy life. Why? When you're productive, you know how to get the <i>right</i> things done so you never have to worry …

Self-improvement

The number of teens who are depressed is soaring — and all signs point to smartphones

Around 2012, something started going wrong in the lives of teens.<p>In just the five years between 2010 and 2015, the number of U.S. teens who felt useless and joyless - classic symptoms of depression - surged 33 percent in large national surveys. Teen suicide attempts increased 23 percent. Even more …

Mental Health

Alzheimer’s may be able to spread through blood transfusions

Can you catch Alzheimer’s disease? Fear has been growing that the illness might be capable of spreading via blood transfusions and surgical …

An MIT psychologist who studies how tech infiltrates our brains reveals her own tech habits

If the highest praise for someone's expertise is that they've written the book on a subject, then MIT psychologist Sherry Turkle is an expert multiple times over.<p>Turkle is the author of "Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other" and "Reclaiming Conversation: The …

Top 10

Chronic Stress Drives You To Make High-Risk Decisions: MIT Study

Making tough decisions could make or break the outcome of important events in your life. It is never easy having to choose between two options with …

How Hollywood techniques and VR are changing the field of neuroscience

We’re all familiar with the CGI used in big-budget Hollywood movies. When used properly, this technology can help bring even the most fantastical of …

Virtual Reality