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How We Killed Expertise

(And why we need it back.)<p><b>Average Americans have never much liked</b> eggheads. That’s not a bad thing in itself: Americans are a skeptical but level-headed people—or were until recently—whose common sense and ingenuity allowed their nation to achieve great heights in science, diplomacy and the arts, …

Political Science

If U.S. Attacks North Korea First, Is That Self-Defense?

President Trump’s apocalyptic admonishment to North Korea over its threats to annihilate America suggested that he might be closer than ever to ordering an attack — without waiting for Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, to strike first.<p>Mr. Trump’s supporters have said that such a strike, should …

6 Ways To Rewire Your Brain For Greater Happiness

Wouldn’t it be awesome if we could hack into our own brains and rewire them to be happier?<p>Science has shown we actually can thanks to a phenomenon …

Happiness

9 Highly Effective Treatments For Mild Depression

Depression can be triggered by stressful experiences and may accompany chronic illnesses or pain. Older people who are socially isolated are more …

Stand up for nature. Don't starve EPA and conservation programs.

I worry about the health of our people, our natural resources and our government institutions. Investing in nature would put us on a stronger path.<p>Earlier this month, my wife Tracy and I explored on horseback for three days the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area — a gem of the …

National Parks

5 Rare Qualities of Truly Happy People, According to Science

It takes a lot of work to train your brain for this, but when you arrive, welcome to the happy life.<p>I have been writing on positive psychology ever since I read the masterful <i>Happiness Advantage</i> by one of the movement's current poster boys -- Shawn Achor.<p>The beauty of this field is found in the …

Happiness

11 Scientific Advances Of The Past 100 Years Gave Us Our Entire Universe

Exactly 100 years ago, our conception of the Universe was far different from what it is today. The stars within the Milky Way were known, and were known to be at distances up to thousands of light years away, but nothing was thought to be further. The Universe was assumed to be static, as the …

Universe

These are the top 5 books you must read to be successful

I post about a lot of books. Most people don’t have the time to read them all, so here are a few of my must-reads.<p><b>1.</b> <i>Influence</i><p>What is it?<p>Most consider …

Self-improvement

The Best Small Town to Visit in All 50 States

The paradox of big-city travel is that you never really get a break. You ditch work in New York, LA, or Chicago to go visit your buddies in New York, …

Motivation Doesn't Work: Here's What Does

When people hear ‘motivation,’ they often think of classic incentives like bonuses, extra paid time off, and maybe the occasional pep talk. In truth motivation is elusive, because it so often depends on the individual and what makes them tick at any given moment. So how can leaders begin a more …

Employee Engagement

You Need to Do These 2 Hard Things to Be Happy

There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.Deep down you know this is true.You have to do hard things to be happy in life. The things most …

Walking

Could CRISPR Sniff Out Viruses?

The gene-editing tool known as CRISPR is fast becoming known for its potential to treat disease by snipping genetic mutations from DNA.<p>But genomic …

Genetics

What to plant in your garden: a year-round guide

<b>It's not impossible to achieve a beautiful, colourful garden all year round – all it requires is a little bit of planning.</b><p>While maintaining a …

Landscaping

Plantstagram Is a Haven for People Who Bring the Outdoors Inside

Earlier this month, Coral Barreto-Costa bought herself a houseplant. The Portland, Oregon, resident had spent weeks searching her local nurseries for …

Social Media

14 Protein-Packed Dinners Made With A Can Of Chickpeas

Did you know chickpeas have 15 grams of protein PER CUP?! That's about 30% of your daily intake!

Living with Houseplants: Four Years Later in a Brooklyn Apartment

The first time we visited Summer Rayne Oakes in 2013, the wellness author and houseplant enthusiast was living in Brooklyn with more plants than we’d …

Why the shade garden is so underrated — and how to create your own

Shade gathers from year to year in the garden like the wrinkles on your face, growing more pronounced with time.<p>Small bushes develop into large shrubs, young patio trees shift from skinny to broad, newly planted trees rise to the rooftops and beyond. This is a direct consequence of our love of …

Gardening

Doctors Are Now Fighting Depression by Targeting the Brain's Wiring, Not Its Chemical Balance

The Damage of Depression<p>Depression is becoming an epidemic that is damaging individuals, society, and the economy. Its has become the leading source …

Neuroscience

The 11 best botanical gardens in the United States

Beat the heat in these urban paradises<p>Summer is in full swing, which means there’s no better time to play outdoors. But even diehard city lovers sometimes tire of the incessant urban annoyances in the summer months: the long commutes, the endless pavement, and the oppressive heat.<p>Luckily, nearly …

The best foods to eat if you have depression

Healthy eating won't fix everything but it could help.<p>'It's your diet that's the problem, you just need to eat better.' I'll never forget those …

9 lessons in growing the perfect peonies

<b>Claire Austin is an award-winning plantswoman, a specialist in herbaceous peonies, irises and perennials, and the current Chair of the Peony Society.</b> …

Cut Flowers

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Container gardeners are a creative lot, but one plant that stymies many of them is sweet corn. The extremely tall stalks are almost impossible to grow successfully in any normal container garden. Blue Jade corn (Zea mays) solves that problem with its miniature stalks that grow no more than 3 feet …

Gardening

Link discovered between immune system, brain structure and memory

The body's immune system performs essential functions, such as defending against bacteria and cancer cells. However, the human brain is separated …

Neuroscience

Study Shows Gut-Calming Effects Of Chili Peppers And Marijuana

Spicy!<p>A common link between chili peppers and marijuana could have implications for how we treat diabetes and colitis, as well as other conditions in the digestive tract, according to a new study from the University of Connecticut.<p>The study was published in the April 24 issue of the journal …

13 Habits of Exceptionally Likeable People

Too many people succumb to the mistaken belief that being likeable comes from natural, unteachable traits that belong only to a lucky few—the good …

We've Lost Sight Of The Most Important Rule In Debating Science

It was almost 100 years ago that the most famous debate in science history took place. The topic up for consideration was the nature of the spiral objects in the sky: were they proto-stars in the process of forming, or were they island Universes, similar to and far outside of our own galaxy? …

Universe

FINALLY: A Simple Trick That Will Keep You from Killing Your Houseplants

You'll wonder why you've haven't tried this shortcut before!<p>Are you one of those people that loves the look of decorating your house with plants but …

Landscaping Ideas: The Case for Camellias

Too flouncy, too loud, too fussy; the flowers die badly and the leaves look sickly. Camellias: are they worth the bother? Away from pots of …

Michigan Dog Hospice Gives Unwanted Senior Pups a Place to Be Loved and Adored

The name Silver Muzzle Cottage offers a hint about the kind of dogs this program is dedicated to.<p>Senior canines can find a warm and welcoming home …