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A Cosmic Quest for Dark Matter

Scientists are hunting one of the biggest prizes in physics: tiny particles called wimps that could unlock some of the universe’s oldest secrets<p>A mile under Italy’s Gran Sasso mountain, scientists are seeking one of the smallest objects in the universe—and one of the biggest prizes in physics: a …

Dark Matter

The contagious thought that could kill you

To die, sometimes you need only believe you are ill, and as David Robson discovers, we can unwittingly ‘catch’ such fears, often with terrifying consequences.<p>Beware the scaremongers. Like a witch doctor’s spell, their words might be spreading modern plagues.<p>It’s a consistent phenomenon, but …

Multiple Sclerosis

Chaos of the human brain: How our random thoughts inspire genius — and self-destruction

Visionaries throughout history reported that intrusive ideas helped them create and caused them anguish. Here’s why<p>The obsessive thoughts of OCD are different to those that tend to dominate other types of mental anguish. Recurring and distressing thoughts are not always an obsession – at least not …

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Teens can't control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?<p>Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.<p>"Teenagers are not …

The Brain

'I don't think God exists': Conservative pastor who gave up religion for a year in social experiment confirms he is no longer a believer despite falling for a woman who's a devoted Christian

• <b>Former Seventh Day Adventists pastor Ryan Bell, 43, set out in January to live a year without religion</b>• <b><br>After 12 months, he's revealed there is 'no</b> …

Same-sex Marriage

Personality Trumps Intelligence When Learning

Personality traits like conscientiousness and openness are better indicators of long-term academic success than traditional, standardized ways of …

We’re putting an end to religion: Richard Dawkins, Bill Maher and the exploding new American secularism

Religious right extremism, new atheists & late-night mockery have religion on the run. American secularism’s rising<p>What is going on? How do we explain this recent wave of secularization that is washing over so much of America?<p>The answer to these questions is actually much less theological or …

India Hindu group to press ahead on conversions in challenge to PM Modi | News Home | Reuters

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - The head of India’s most powerful Hindu group vowed to press ahead with a campaign to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism, stoking a sensitive debate that has stalled parliament and threatened the prime minister’s economic reform agenda.<p>Indian Prime Minister Narendra …

India

Indian Hindu groups banned from holding Christmas conversions

<b>Police in India's Uttar Pradesh state have said they will not allow Hindu nationalist groups to hold a religious conversion ceremony on Christmas Day.</b><p>Mohit Agarwal, senior police official in Aligarh town where the ceremony is planned, said "strict action" would be taken against the …

India

'60 Minutes' Explores The Rise Of Mindfulness, From Google To Congress

While the world is getting more and more technologically connected, a lot of people seem to be feeling more mentally disconnected—from others, and from themselves.<p>“I’m on mobile devices all day long,” said Anderson Cooper on tonight’s <i>60 Minutes</i> (which you can watch here). “I feel like I could go …

RSS says it converted 200 Muslims into Hindus in Agra

Picture for representation only. (Photo: PTI)<p>An offshoot of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) on Monday claimed to have converted at least 57 …

India

Mindfulness Meditation Physically Changes the Brain

While practitioners have long touted the emotional and physical benefits of meditation, a new study by Harvard-affiliated researchers has shown that …

Q&A: Bodybuilding Happiness Coach Paul Dolan

Paul Dolan is one of the world’s foremost experts on happiness research. The 46-year-old holds a chair in behavioral science at the London School of …

The strange case of the man with two hearts

When a man was fitted with a new heart, his mind changed in unusual ways. Why? The answer reveals a surprising truth about all our bodies, says David Robson.<p>Every second or so, Carlos would feel a small “bump” hitting his tummy. It was the beating of his “second heart”.<p>The small mechanical pump was …

Psychology

Hundreds In Germany Mourn Student Killed Defending Teen Girls From Harassment

Most of the mourners gathered outside a German mosque Wednesday never met Tugce Albayrak when she was alive. But hundreds of them came out anyway to pay their final respects to the 23-year-old college student, who was killed after she stepped forward to defend two teenage girls from harassment.<p>"I …

In my expeditionary learning school we build fires to teach metaphors

Teacher Kate Wright discusses how her school’s cross-curricular approach to teaching equips students with essential life skills<p><i>Kate Wright teaches at the Glen Burnie campus at the</i> <i>Monarch Academy</i> <i>in Baltimore, US. She works at an expeditionary learning school where students learn through in-depth</i> …

The Rise of Daddy Daycare

Even though the burden of cultural expectation still generally falls on mothers, fathers now spend almost five more hours on childcare each week than they did in 1965.<p>What scene comes to mind when you envision a dad left in charge of his kids for the day? Is it a room with fresh crayon marks all …