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Want to Raise Your IQ? Neuroscience Says to Take Up This Easy Habit | Inc.com

Most of us think of IQ as a fixed thing, like an SAT score. You take a test, they tell you how smart you are, and that's that.<p>Turns out that's wrong.<p>Neuroscience is demonstrating that brain functioning is actually far more fluid than previously believed.<p>For example, research out of the University …

The Brain

The Coming Genetic Editing Age of Humans Won’t Be Easy to Stomach

In the transhumanist age, the human being should be looked at more like a machine—something that comes out a particular way, but then can be heavily modified.<p>Some futurists believe humans will eventually become all ones and zeroes, a result of a total merger with machines and the microprocessor, …

Singularity

Mistakes are easy to make when investing your money. Here are some of the major blunders to be wary of. 1. Having too much in cash With savings rates so low, holding cash could be one of the

Mistakes are easy to make when investing your money. Here are some of the major blunders to be wary of.<p>1. Having too much in cash<p>With savings rates …

Investing

Dogs Have A Very Special Way Of Seeing Human Faces

Brain scans indicate the animals consider people more important than other objects.<p>Ever wonder if Rover really loves you -- or if he's just in it for the kibbles?<p>Alas, scientists haven't figured out exactly how our dogs <i>feel</i> about us. But a study published this week in the journal PLOS One has …

Pets

Scientists are finding out that some genes thought to be ‘essential’ for human health actually aren't

If they aren't able to code proteins properly, then we simply won't survive — or will be saddled with the symptoms of any number of serious diseases.<p>That's been the conventional thought. But geneticists are beginning to question that idea.<p>They're finding more and more people who are perfectly …

Why Are Scientists SO Excited About This New Cancer Drug?

It’s shown impressive results in clinical trials to treat leukemia<p>Every year, more than 14,000 Americans are diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), a cancer that starts in the bone marrow and creates a lot of white blood cells that stick around in the body too long. It often doesn’t …

Cancer

Fossil Daddy Longlegs Sports a 99-Million-Year Erection

The unfortunate harvestman, the first found fossilized in amber with a fully erect penis, also belongs to a new arachnid family.<p>On a tree in what's now Burma some 99 million years ago, a cousin of today's daddy longlegs had the best and worst day of his life.<p>After a months-long puberty, the male …

Paleontology

The 20 Best Documentaries Of 2015

While putting together our Best of the Year coverage, the documentary list has been possibly the one most tussled-over amongst The Playlist staff, …

The 10 most popular free online courses for professionals

Your education shouldn't stop when you leave the classroom.<p>Learning new skills is a great way to expand your mind and get ahead in your career — and it's easier than ever with a plethora of online classes just a click away.<p>A good place to start is with this year's most popular Coursera courses from …

Online Education

The Strangest Places on Earth (Are Also the Most Sublime)

Technicolor mountains, otherworldly forests, and glow-in-the-dark beaches: These unusual places around the world prove that weird can also be wonderful.<p>Rakotzbrücke (Rakotz Bridge): Kromlau, Germany<p>Salar de Uyuni: Bolivia<p>Valle de Cocora: Quindío, Colombia<p>Mendenhall Ice Caves: Juneau, Alaska<p>Angel …

National Parks

Did my black life matter?: When I was roughed up in front of my house, I was surprised by who helped — and who didn’t

<b>A photo of the author</b><p>In my gentrified neighborhood, a minor scrape escalated, putting me in danger. Why didn’t my black neighbors help?<p>Chuck Nwoke<p>December 5, 2015 11:30pm (UTC)<p>I was 16 when I had my first run-in with police. I was behind the wheel of my ’85 Mitsubishi Mirage hatchback with my close …

Here’s What Dermatologists Said About Those DIY Pinterest Face Masks

<b>Here's who we talked to:</b><p>• Dr. David E. Bank, the director for the Center for Dermatology, Cosmetic & Laser Surgery.<p>• Dr. Doris Day, a New York City dermatologist and author of <i>Forget the Facelift</i>.<p>• Dr. Michele S. Green, a New York City dermatologist.<p>In some cases, the dermatologists disagreed with …

This Is Why No One Should Ever Breed White Tigers

"These are not a species, they are not endangered ... they shouldn't exist."<p>One look at Kenny and it's clear why white tigers shouldn't be bred.<p>Kenny …

Wildlife

Leishmaniasis - Epidemiology & Risk Factors

Leishmaniasis is found in people in focal areas of more than 90 countries in the tropics, subtropics, and southern Europe. The ecologic settings …

Costa Rica