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Without Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness Doesn’t Work

Mindfulness has become the corporate fad <i>du jour</i>, a practice widely touted as a fast-track to better leadership. But we suspect that not all the benefits laid at its feet actually belong there. Our research and analysis has revealed a complicated relationship between mindfulness and executive …

Emotional Intelligence

10 Best Herbs For Flushing Belly Fat, Removing Toxins And Skyrocketing Metabolism

Weight loss is one of the most difficult things you will ever do because it requires that you completely revamp your entire lifestyle. However, this …

What It Feels Like to Die

Death comes for us all here on Earth at a rate of nearly 7,000 people every hour. Yet, despite its inevitability, most of us know very little about …

The psilocybin in magic mushrooms is an insect repellant

The psilocybin in magic mushrooms is a potent psychedelic for animals. But what good is the psilocybin for the shrooms? New genetic research from …

The hidden stories of medical experimentation on Caribbean slave plantations

In the natural course of events, humans fall sick and die. Patients hope for miraculous remedies to restore their health.<p>We all want our medicines to …

Why do cephalopods produce ink? And what's ink made of, anyway?

Cephalopods such as octopuses and squid have been known for their ink since antiquity. But what do we know about the evolution of ink and inking?<p>Cephalopods, the group of molluscs that includes octopuses, cuttlefish, squids, ammonites, nautiluses and belemnites, are a weird bunch. Not only are they …

Zoology

Scientists successfully used CRISPR to fix a mutation that causes disease. This is huge.

CRISPR/Cas9 is a gene editing technology that’s revolutionizing science at a breathtaking pace.<p>One of its most exciting, taboo, and controversial applications is tweaking the genes of eggs, sperm, or early embryos to alter a human life. This could one day mean the ability tocreate smarter or more …

See NASA’s Most Detailed Map of Where the Total Solar Eclipse Will Be

Wondering where the upcoming total solar eclipse can be seen in America? Look no further than this NASA video, which shows the most detailed map yet …

Crazy Tests Reveal if Stoners Really Have More Chill Than The Rest of Us

Duuuude.<p>Recreational marijuana use is now legal in eight states plus the District of Columbia, giving public health researchers more leeway than ever …

Cannabis

Hypersomnolence: What you need to know

Hypersomnolence is a condition where a person experiences significant episodes of sleepiness, even after having 7 hours or more of quality …

World War I: Role of Indian Army in Britain's victory over Germany

Soldiers from Indian Army served in World War I for Britishers. As many as 74,187 soldiers lost their lives in order to win the war for them who in …

What was the Warsaw Uprising?

On the afternoon of August 1, Varsovians stop to remember the city's 1944 uprising against its Nazi occupiers. The failed insurrection was either …

Human Sacrifice: A Practice as Old as Time

A discovery of skulls in Mexico City was just the latest in our obsession with Mesoamerican human sacrifice. But Native Americans were far from the …

Study Suggests Link Between Perfectionism and Suicide

“Perfectionists are their own worst critics—good enough is never enough."<p>Perfectionism can be easy to dismiss as harmless—from the outside it can look like talent, ambition, and high standards. But psychologists have long suggested another perspective: that excessive drive and self-criticism can …

Depression may alter brain's white matter structure

Depression has been shown to alter the structure of the brain's white matter, which contains the circuitry that allows brain cells to communicate …

Accepting your darkest emotions is the key to psychological health

Rumi, the 13th-century Sufi poet, famously compared emotions—”a joy, a depression, a meanness”—to “unexpected visitors.” His advice was to let them in laughing, but that’s not what we do. Instead, we pretend not to notice, or even hide. We want to bury resentment and anger, or trade loneliness in …

Psychology

Neo-McCarthyism and the Radical Professor

It is never easy to be a critical intellectual in a bourgeois democracy—a society that professes egalitarian values while aggressively defending the …

Want to Be Happier? Answer These 34 Essential Life Audit Questions

Unless you figure out where you are, you won't get to where you want to go.<p>Audits are standard in both personal and business finance, but in many ways, life audits are much more crucial. That's because life audits evaluate well-being not just in one area but in basically everything. They can mean …

Personality

Researchers Now Know How Cancers Force Other Cells to Make Fake Viruses

An awfully clever disease.<p>Some types of cancer have a rather cunning way to give themselves a boost by tricking healthy cells inside tumours into …

The cognitive trick that elite athletes use to achieve seemingly impossible goals

In July 2011, I was crawling down the aisle of a plane on my hands and knees while passengers screamed around me. We were on a flight from Spain to the US, and we thought our number was up.<p>The plane had hit a bout of extreme turbulence just as I’d left the restroom, causing the aircraft to shake …

Mind

Aliens from another dimension might have created our universe, according to a speculative new study

Does humanity exist to serve some ultimate, transcendent purpose?<p>Conventional scientific wisdom says no. As physicist Lawrence Krauss puts it in his latest book, our evolution on this planet is just a "cosmic accident". If you believe otherwise, many would accuse you of suffering from some kind of …

Dark Matter

The Moral Question That Stanford Asks Its Bioengineering Students

It’s about the capacity to print a human genome.<p>When students in Stanford University’s Introduction to Bioengineering course sit for their final exams, the first question that they have to answer is about our ability to write DNA.<p>Scientists have fully sequenced the genomes of humans, trees, …

Stanford University

Teotihuacan

The Mayan city in today's Mexico has mysterious origins.<p>It was massive, one of the first great cities of the Western Hemisphere. And its origins are a mystery.<p>It was built by hand more than a thousand years before the swooping arrival of the Nahuatl-speaking Aztec in central Mexico. But it was the …

Scientists Modify Viruses with CRISPR to Kill Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

by Karla Lant June 24, 2017 Hard Science 25156<p>CRISPR-Powered Viruses<p>Earlier this month, the annual CRISPR 2017 conference was held at Montana State …

CRISPR

Could Party Drug Ketamine Be a Treatment for Depression?

Anne McNealis tried at least a dozen medications to manage her depression before turning to ketamine. Prozac, Paxil, Zoloft, Cymbalta – you name it, …

16 of the best historical documentaries to watch on Netflix in 2017

While every moment that leads up to the present could be considered history, there are certain events throughout time that truly stand out among the …

Minamoto Clan

The Minamoto clan was an extended family group which dominated Japanese government and the imperial court in the 12th and 13th centuries CE. The clan …

Scientists Watch DNA Copy And Paste Itself For The First Time

Scientists have watched DNA being copied up-close for the first time, and they say their new window into the replication of genetic material shows it …

The Mereological Fallacy Revisited

Understanding Of A Classic Logical Fallacy Is Needed Now More Then Ever<p><i>Authors note: I am reposting a piece I wrote some time ago discussing the</i> …

Gene-editing firms take issue with report suggesting CRISPR/Cas9 too dangerous for human use

Editas Medicine (EDIT -3.3%) and Intellia Therapeutics (NTLA -0.1%) have sent letters to the editors of the journal <i>Nature Methods</i> sharply criticizing …