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Magic mushrooms can 'reset' depressed brain

<b>A hallucinogen found in magic mushrooms can "reset" the brains of people with untreatable depression, raising hopes of a future treatment, scans suggest.</b><p>The small study gave 19 patients a single dose of the psychedelic ingredient psilocybin.<p>Half of patients ceased to be depressed and experienced …

Visually speaking: 14 podcasts that draw out the history of art

You might be surprised by how immersive, expressive and image-rich these visual art podcasts are<p>If writing about music is like dancing about architecture, where does that leave talking about visual art? You might be surprised by how immersive, expressive and image-rich these 14 art history podcasts …

Bottling Up Emotions Doesn’t Work, but Neither Does Brooding. Here’s a Different Approach. | Heleo

“How we deal with our inner world—our thoughts, our emotions, our stories—can drive everything.”<p><b>Gretchen Rubin</b> is the <i>New York Times</i> #1 bestselling …

Self-help

The New Atlas of Design Is Full of Stylish Maps Worth Framing Photos

The <i>Atlas of Design</i> is far from a traditional book of maps. Covering every corner of the globe (plus Mars and a few imaginary destinations), the soon-to-be-released Volume 3 features nearly 100 pages of exciting and unusual cartography. Contributors to the volume, which is published by the North …

Inside Muji's design philosophy for a 'pleasant life'

The Japanese company’s top household designer discusses the processes behind the product line<p>It may seem like a stretch to use the look of a company’s main office as a metaphor for how it operates, but in the case of Muji, the Japanese clothing and housewares company, it seems like fair game. As I …

Italy is having a referendum next week. It may spark a major European crisis.

With Brexit and the U.S. presidential election, 2016 has already contributed its share of major political upsets. Yet another upset may be in the making. The upcoming Italian referendum on constitutional reform could possibly have disastrous consequences for Europe and the world.<p>It may seem strange …

Europe

Fidel Castro, Cuba's longtime revolutionary leader, dies at 90

<b>(CNN) —</b> Fidel Castro, the Cuban despot who famously proclaimed after his arrest in a failed coup attempt that history would absolve him, has died at age 90.<p>Castro's brother and the nation's President, Raul, announced his death Friday on Cuban TV.<p>At the end, an elderly and infirm Fidel Castro was a …

Cuba

Fidel Castro: A Life in Pictures

Beijing

Google’s former happiness guru developed a three-second brain exercise for finding joy

Chade-Meng Tan, a former engineer, joined Google in 2000 as employee number 107. Though he played an instrumental role in building Google’s mobile search function, among other technological feats, he’s better known for the mindfulness classes he later led for employees. The role earned him the job …

Loyola University

The Composition Notebook Gets A Luxurious Redesign

A designer at Pentagram has redesigned the classic composition notebook to compete with the likes of Moleskine.<p>Dog-eared and covered in ballpoint doodles, the humble composition notebook has been a mainstay of teenager knapsacks for the better part of the last century. And not just students love …

46 Ways To Make Wearing Clothes So Much Better

Deodorant is meant to be worn by you, not your black shirt.

Over and over again, the military has conducted dangerous biowarfare experiments on Americans

On September 20, 1950, a US Navy ship just off the coast of San Francisco used a giant hose to spray a cloud of microbes into the air and into the city's famous fog. The military was testing how a biological weapon attack would affect the 800,000 residents of the city.<p>The people of San Francisco …

Military

Do You Listen to Music While Working? Here's What It Does to Your Brain (and It's Pretty Awesome)

Music has enriched people's personal lives pretty much since the beginning of time, but scientists today have uncovered how best to make music enrich your professional life, too.<p>When the office is almost too much to stomach, music can deliver much-needed relief on the job. Before you press "play", …

Nintendo Set To Relaunch Its Classic NES System

This week, Pokemon is the hottest thing around, a Clinton is running for president, and Blink-182 has a number one album on the <i>Billboard</i> charts. It …

Retrogaming

A Guide to Easy Japanese Home-Cooking

These six classic Japanese recipes are full of flavor, light on ingredients, good for you, and surprisingly quick to make.<p>Leave the pristine sushi to the restaurants. Japanese home cooking is full of flavor, light on ingredients, good for you, and surprisingly quick to make. In other words, <b>the holy</b> …

Whitefish

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Bonsai Tree Homes | Modern Art Movements To Inspire Your Design

For almost a decade for the reason that late Nineteen Seventies artist Takanori Aiba labored as a maze illustrator for Japanese vogue journal POPYE. …

4 Smart Ways To Plan Your Living Room Layout

How to arrange living room furniture based on the space and your personal style.<p>You've finally overcome the major design challenge of finding a cohesive group of living room furnishings you love. But now you're faced with an equally tricky task: Finding the perfect place to put it all.<p>If arranging …

Consumers could be facing biggest increase in ACA health premiums next year

Premiums for health plans sold through the federal insurance exchange could jump substantially next year, perhaps more than at any point since the Affordable Care Act marketplaces began in 2013.<p>An early analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation shows that proposed rates for benchmark silver plans — …

Health Care

Katherine Dunn, Author of ‘Geek Love,’ Dies at 70

Katherine Dunn began writing the comic novel “Geek Love” in the late 1970s after her young son refused to join her on a stroll through the famous hybrid rose garden in Portland, Ore. Inspired by the diverse blooms there, Ms. Dunn wondered, What if she could have bred a more obedient boy?<p>She wound …

Books

Katherine Dunn, Author of Geek Love, Has Died

<i>Geek Love</i> is one of the main reasons I rarely loan out books anymore—at least, not with the expectation that I’ll ever see them again. When I heard the news yesterday that its author, Katherine Dunn, had died at the age of 70, I looked to my shelves, found my copy once again absent, and found …

Feminism

This Biology Book Blew Me Away

Last year Trevor Mundel, who runs our foundation’s global health work, suggested that I read a book called <i>The Vital Question</i>. I had never heard of …

Biology

Why we have blood types and why they matter

If A+ was the top grade in school, then surely A+ was also the most excellent of blood types - a biological mark of distinction.<p>It didn't take long for me to recognize just how silly that feeling was and tamp it down. But I didn't learn much more about what it really meant to have type A+ blood.<p>By …

Kate Hudson Singing Prince's 'Nothing Compares 2 U' Will Blow You Away

Who knew?<p>Last night, Kate Hudson showed off her vocal chops—and I have to say, it was actually, really impressive. Sure, this isn't the first impromptu performance Hudson has given. The actress has been known to belt out a tune now and again when the occasion presents itself. (See here and here, …

We are all just this screwed: Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton and our muddled, perverted democracy

<b>Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders (Reuters/Brian Snyder/AP/Keith Srakocic/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Hillary will be the nominee this fall. Time to examine what Bernie achieved and how it might go different next time<p>Patrick L. Smith<p>May 1, 2016 9:58am (UTC)<p>The consensus is not complete, but it will be …

Middle-class

Pulitzer fiction prize winner: 'People fear refugees'

<b>Viet Thanh Nguyen, a former Vietnamese refugee to America, won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction on Monday for his debut novel, The Sympathizer.</b><p>The novel tells the story of a spy for the Viet Cong who ends up travelling to the US with fleeing members of the South Vietnamese military. From there, he …