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8 Fascinating Things We Learned About The Mind In 2015

Memory erasing is just the beginning.<p>As the New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight to Pluto and some scientists explored the far reaches of our solar system, others were making some incredible advances in their exploration of the inner workings of the mind.<p>Studies published this year shed …

The Hateful Eight

No one's better at raising hell at the movies than Quentin Tarantino. And no one's creative motor runs hotter than the man whose eighth feature aims …

Pulp Fiction

20 destinations you must visit in 2016

1. Park City, Utah<p>Park City has always provided an excellent base for exploring Utah’s best ski areas and enjoying the epic quantities of light, fluffy powder snow for which the state is renowned.<p>This season the resort town, chock full of lively bars and restaurants, becomes an even better hub for …

The Best Travel Apps For 2016

Not all trips are about unplugging. For adventurers who consider their smartphone a second appendage, explorers who are interested in documenting their every move or solo-travelers who need some guidance with language or maps, this list features the best apps for travel in 2016. It’s time to get …

Apps

Mystery of swirling Northern Lights finally solved

Scientists from Japan's Kyoto and Kyushu Universities have identified the cause of auroral surges, the dancing polar lights that have endured as one …

How This Scientist Discovered Coffee Was Reorganizing His Brain

His 18-month study uncovered a lot about how his brain -- and others -- works.<p>Stanford University neuroscientist Russell Poldrack is the proud owner of the most studied brain in the world.<p>During an 18-month period, Poldrack underwent a 10-minute fMRI scan every Tuesday and Thursday morning, and …

12 Rarest Medical Conditions The World Has Ever Seen

It's mind-boggling how much luck goes into creating a healthy human being.<p>With only a slight mutation of a very small strand of genetic information, …

Change Your Sex in Virtual Reality

This installation lets you see the world through someone else's eyes.<p>After creating its Music Village last year, the Les Arcs European Film Festival, currently taking place in the Savoie region of France, has added a new element for its seventh incarnation. The festival's Interactive Village offers …

A Series Of Unfortunate Tech Predictions - The Smartphone Is Dead

This one is so plainly obvious it can’t even be classed as a prediction anymore. At the time of writing, Ericsson has also released a report which surveyed 100,000 consumers on their own predictions for the top tech trends in years to come. Unsurprisingly, the smartphone will no longer be seen as …

Artificial Intelligence

11 Things People With Anxiety Want You To Know

It doesn't make you weak, and it doesn't make you damaged goods.<p><i>To learn more about depression and anxiety, check out the resources at the National Institute of Mental Health here and here.</i><p>* 13 Graphs That Will Speak To You If You Suffer From Anxiety<p>* Here's What No One Tells You About Having Both …

Best Trips 2016

National Geographic Traveler presents the New Year's must-see places. Whether it’s Botswana's Okavango Delta or Brazil's beaches, these 20 go-now destinations will get you packing.

Travel Photography

50 Best Songs of 2015

2015 was the year Drake made our hotlines bling, the Weeknd made sure we couldn't feel our faces, Adele said "Hello" again and Fetty Wap made us all …

Music

The US Senate just voted to block gun control, defund Planned Parenthood, and gut Obamacare

It was a busy day on Capitol Hill.<p>The US Senate voted 52 to 47 on Dec. 3 in favor of “Restoring Americans’ Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act of 2015,” a bill that repeals the “core pillars of Obamacare,” as The Hill explains, by “repealing authority for the federal government to run healthcare …

Planned Parenthood

Love can get you high: New research reveals its incredible effect on the brain

Roxy Music was onto something. The Kinsey Institute finds love generates the same feelings of euphoria as cocaine<p>There are thousands of songs about the narcotic effects of falling in love. One of the most obvious examples that comes to mind when reading about Helen Fisher’s brain scans of the …

Pictures of the Week 11.26.15

Livestock

Don't let the Paris climate talks ignore people displaced by global warming

Increasing numbers of people are predicted to migrate as a result of rising sea levels and extreme weather events. We must treat them as victims not threats<p>We are all entering uncharted waters as the effects of climate change begin to create categories of migrants that have no precedent: migrants …

Climate

50 trips everyone should take in the US in their lifetime

America has been called a lot of things: beautiful, majestic, wild, and great. It's all those and more.<p>Whether you're driving down the Pacific Coast Highway, whale watching in Cape Cod, or embracing your inner child at Orlando's Disney World, the US is full of incredible surprises.<p>From the East …

National Parks

The blind woman who switched personalities and could suddenly see

It had been more than a decade since “B.T.” had last seen anything.<p>After suffering a traumatic accident as a young woman, doctors diagnosed her with cortical blindness, caused by damage to the visual processing centers in her brain. So she got a seeing eye dog to guide her and grew accustomed to …

Psychology

Lessons From The Ancient Chinese Text You Never Knew You Needed

What is "the Tao," exactly?<p>The Tao Te Ching is an ancient Chinese text that puts forth a set of practices and guidelines for living in utter flow with the universe. What that means in practice, though, is not always clear. And the text, itself, contains some confounding gems of wisdom.<p>Consider this …

10 completely legitimate lost pages from Charles Darwin's seminal journals

Charles Darwin famously kept a journal that held his notes, sketches and details of his personal life. Much of the important work recorded in his …

Drawing

33 books everyone should read before turning 30

While the only way to learn is to survive the inevitable cycle of successes and failures, it is always useful to have some guidance along the way.<p>To help you out, we've selected some of our favorite books that likely never made your high-school or college reading lists.<p>It's an eclectic selection …

Humai Wants To Resurrect Humans Within 30 Years

A new quest to defeat death--or at least make it optional<p><i>Spoilers ahead for those who aren’t caught up,</i>​ but last season of Game of Thrones ended with a true Caesar ​outcome​ for all-around-hero (and potential Azor Ahai) Jon Snow. But unlike Caesar, today HBO teased the ​apparent​ resurrection of …

Two experienced business travelers reveal their favorite packing tips

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>To help address the troubles of work travel, we spoke to two veterans of the field, asking them for the essential items they don't …

The 7 Hottest Travel Destinations of 2016

We've got holiday getaways on the brain. But not just any old getaways. We're looking for something out of the ordinary, a place to fuel our passion for travel but that's yet to be affected by mass tourism.<p>From the Mexican beach hardly anyone has discovered to the Mediterranean city that's …

Top 10 Adventure Trips

Travel Photography

Astronomers have observed for first time a planet taking shape out of microscopic dust particles 450 light years from Earth<p>The primordial process that turns enormous clouds of cosmic dust into newborn planets over millions of years has been observed directly for the first time.<p>Astronomers caught …

Universe

The 42 Best Science Memes On The Internet

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Seven Key Facts About Cassini’s Oct. 28 ‘Plume Dive’

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will sample the ocean of Saturn’s moon Enceladus on Wednesday, Oct. 28, when it flies through the moon’s plume of icy spray.<p>…

Your smartphone can detect bipolar disorder

Sensors in any smartphone can monitor mood changes and diagnose mental health issues like bipolar disorder<p>Italian researchers have found that smartphones can be used to diagnose and manage mental health illnesses such as bipolar disorder, just by using their inbuilt sensors as a proxy for sudden …

Mental Health