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Why Are We So Fascinated by Cults?

In March, I sent an announcement around to friends and colleagues: watch out for my new novel, <i>Buddhism for Western Children</i>. It’s a spiraling story of a powerful, manipulative guru versus a boy who must escape to recover his will, I wrote, and it profiles Western lust for Eastern spiritual mystique …

Books

8 bold and quirky downstairs toilet design ideas, as seen at Grand Designs Live

Including a design inspired by the upcoming royal wedding!<p><b>Cloakroom, downstairs toilet, lavatory... whatever you call it, this room in the home is often the least thought about when it comes to decorating, but isn't it about time that changed?</b><p>The Lavatory Project by Anna-Maria Casas at this year's …

The No. 1 TED Talk of All Time Teaches a Remarkably Important Lesson in Intelligence

It has close to 50 million views ... and infinite wisdom.<p>The most-viewed TED Talk of all time is more than a decade old. This is not just a testament to its popularity at the time, but the longevity of its relevance.<p>It's called "Do Schools Kill Creativity?" and it has been viewed over 49 million …

24 Documentaries To Watch If You Want To Be ~Changed~

"Are you still there?" — Netflix, this weekend<p><i>Submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.</i>

How chilly water might change emergency medicine forever

Surgeon pioneers procedure that sends body temperature plummeting.<p>For more than 50 years, doctors have sought to exploit the protective effects of cold on the human body, and therapeutic hypothermia to chill a patient's body temperature by a few degrees is now used for conditions ranging from heart …

Medicine

14 of the Best Morning Routine Hacks Proven to Boost Productivity

These morning rituals will give you a boost toward success.<p>Developing the perfect morning routine that maximizes your lifestyle and predilections while squeezing the most productivity out of your days is a trial-and-error process. One size doesn’t fit all. You have to know yourself in order to …

Time Management

Exclusive: First U.S. Baby Born After a Uterus Transplant

For the first time in the United States, a woman who was born without a uterus gave birth to a baby. The landmark birth took place at Baylor …

Dying man with ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ tattoo leaves doctors scrambling for ethical guidance

When a patient is suffering a life-threatening condition and is rushed to the hospital, doctors are supposed to do everything in their power to save …

Expanding DNA's alphabet lets cells produce novel proteins

WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists are expanding the genetic code of life, using man-made DNA to create a semi-synthetic strain of bacteria — and new research shows those altered microbes actually worked to produce proteins unlike those found in nature.<p>It's a step toward designer drug development.<p>One of …

Protein

The Getting Things Done (GTD) Method Promises Stress-Free Productivity

"The most effective way to do it is to do it," said Amelia Earhart. That's basically the methodology behind the aptly named Getting Things Done (GTD) …

Time Management

ISS will carry artificial organs in hope of medical breakthrough

In the near future, the International Space Station (ISS) will serve as home to five organs-on-chips research experiments. Each one will tackle a different issue, but all of them are expected to shed light on the effects of microgravity on the human body and could lead to better treatments and …

Implant infections could be banished thanks to scaffold breakthrough

Researchers in Ireland have taken a major step forward in the battle against medical implant infections.<p>They developed a new type of implant scaffold …

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Dozens arrested as South Korean military conducts 'gay witch-hunt'

<b>Seoul (CNN) —</b> "Sergeant A" doesn't want to give his real name, his exact rank or show his face.<p>Speaking to CNN, he said he was afraid the South Korean military would find out he was talking to the media. He faces charges for having sexual relations with another man, a crime within the South Korean …

An extra organ or body part is more common than you think

Doctors thought they were operating on a malignant tumour when they set about removing an unusual oval lump on the right side of a 40-year-old …

The psychological benefits of being in a bad mood

<i>Homo sapiens</i> is a very moody species. Even though sadness and bad moods have always been part of the human experience, we now live in an age that ignores or devalues these feelings.<p>In our culture, normal human emotions like temporary sadness are often treated as disorders. Manipulative advertising, …

Psychology

Knowing how others see us is the key to happiness | Tasha Eurich

The relentless ‘me’ focus of our lives misses a crucial step<p>The most important, and yet least examined, determinant of success or failure – at work and in life – is self-awareness. The ability to understand who we are, how others see us, and how we fit into the world.<p>Plato instructed us to “know …

Self-awareness

New type of cell that clears waste from the brain discovered

Scientists have found a previously unknown type of cell that clears waste away from the brain. They suggest that their findings will increase our …