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What Does the World’s Oldest Surviving Piano Sound Like? Watch Pianist Give a Performance on a 1720 Cristofori Piano

Imagine your favorite works for the piano---the delicate and haunting, the thundering and powerful. The minimalism of Erik Satie, the Romanticism of …

Piano

We dedicated a year to self-improvement: here’s what it taught us | Carl Cederström and André Spicer

From brain and body to money and sex, we optimised aspects of our lives to see if self-help culture works<p>On 1 January last year we began a new research project called “Optimised”. We had published a book called The Wellness Syndrome the year before, questioning the growing pressure to become …

Self-improvement

How Do Connectomes Contribute to Human Cognition?

The human brain is an extraordinarily complex network, comprising an estimated 86 billion neurons connected by 100 trillion synapses. A connectome is …

The 5 Biggest Questions About the Universe (and How We're Trying To Answer Them)

From the discovery of gravitational waves to locating our nearest Earth-like planetary neighbor, 2016 was a banner year for astronomy. In fact, it’s not only been a good year for space science, but a great few decades. Many of the biggest puzzles in astronomy and cosmology have been solved.<p>Take the …

12 Negative Habits You Should Give Up If You Want to Be Successful

The sooner you can ditch these, the better.<p>When it comes to "achieving success," the hardest thing for people to wrap their heads around tends to be the idea that small wins add up to big victories. It's a whole lot easier to imagine the end goal, the big celebration, than to think about each tiny …

Beyond ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’: Audrey Hepburn’s Style Through the Years

Audrey Hepburn might be best remembered for her style in the 1961 film “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.” Her dress, designed by Hubert de Givenchy, is one of …

Disturbing Study: Contrary to Previous Assumptions, Spiders Can Hear You

Afraid of spiders? We have some disturbing news for you.<p>Contrary to previous assumptions, a new study conducted at Cornell University has concluded …

“The Widening Racial Wealth Divide” Is Such An Important – & Accessible – Article

Once of my goals during the winter break has been to catch-up on reading back issues of The New Yorker.<p>Today, I got to the last issue in my stack – …

High School

The Voices in Our Heads

Why do people talk to themselves, and when does it become a problem?<p>“Talking to your yogurt again,” my wife, Pam, said. “And what does the yogurt say?”<p>She had caught me silently talking to myself as we ate breakfast. A conversation was playing in my mind, with a research colleague who questioned …

Literature

8 Natural Remedies to Prevent Kidney Stones

By Hrefna Palsdottir<p>Kidney stones are a common health problem for many people.<p>Passing these stones can be incredibly painful. And, unfortunately, …

The Physics of Ballet's Hardest Move

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Netflix Originals 2017: Over 40 New Series And Specials To Premiere In The New Year

Netflix is gearing up to bring its viewers even more originals in 2017. January is full of new series and stand up specials for the streaming service …

DC Court of Appeals’ global warming decision threatens First Amendment

As Americans were preparing to trade Christmas presents last week, the DC Court of Appeals was moving to take a gift away: Americans’ right to free …

5 Success lessons from Do Won Chang - "Self-made Billionaire" for entrepreneurs

Share11<p>Tweet<p>Share13<p>+11<p>Shares 25<p>Do Won Chang is the famous face behind Forever 21, who much earlier immigrated to the United States from South Korea, …

The rhythm that makes memories permanent

Every time we learn something new, the memory does not only need to be acquired, it also needs to be stabilized in a process called memory …

Brainwaves

Save Money by Making Your Own Dishwasher Detergent

Are you ready to trade your over-priced and chemical-laden dishwasher detergent for something better? Then, try this simple recipe for homemade …

Cleaning

True to Our Feelings: What Our Emotions Are Really Telling Us // Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame

Robert C. Solomon died suddenly in early January of 2007, shortly before the official publication date of this book. After some forty other books, …

Philosophy

Inconvenient truths of mental illness: More people take medication, but progress has stalled | Salon.com

The 1990s and 2000s were glorious decades to be a psychiatrist. It seemed as though each year several new, potentially life-changing medications were brought to market. Options became available to tackle long-standing, treatment-resistant disorders. It did not hurt that big pharma had deep pockets …

Mental Health

13 meditation apps for a chill New Year

by Jeremy Glass and Amy Eisinger<p>There are tons of reasons to meditate: it's good for your heart, helps you sleep better, creates better eating habits …

Inside New York’s $4.5 billion art museum: the Second Avenue Subway

New York has been waiting almost a century for the city’s Second Avenue subway line. And on Jan. 1, the dream officially became a reality.<p>With the $4.5 billion first phase of the project complete, the city’s Q line will now stop at three new stations along the East Side of Manhattan, running up to …

Andrew Cuomo

Actor And Activist Jesse Williams: 'I'm Certain I'm Making A Difference'

As 2016 comes to a close, we wanted to take the time to hear from a few people whose words and actions influenced the nation this year.<p>One such person is actor and activist Jesse Williams. Many may know him as Jackson Avery, one of the many good-looking doctors on Shonda Rhimes' long running …

Orgasmic Meditation Can Break Your Sex Rut

If you've been hearing a lot about orgasmic meditation lately, you're not alone: In recent years, the technique has gone from something of a taboo to a pretty commonly used (and talked about) form of alternative meditation. But what is it, and what (if anything) can it do for you?<p>Orgasmic …

Meditation

Former Atheist Mark Zuckerberg Gets Religion

"I went through a period when I questioned things," he posts on Facebook.<p>Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg has eschewed his atheist beliefs and now asserts that “religion is very important.”<p>Zuckerberg, whose Facebook profile once identified him as an atheist, revealed his change of heart …

9 Doable Ideas to Make 2017 Your Most Stylish Year Yet

>As exciting as it might be to think that come January 1, your closet will be color-coordinated, you’ll wake up at 6 a.m. every day to do Pilates, …

10 Famous entrepreneurs with unusual hobbies

Share19<p>Tweet<p>Share26<p>+11<p>Shares 46<p>There’s work, there’s fun, and then there’s the misconception that the two must be exclusive of one another. More and …

Hobbies