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The 10 most egregious U.S. abuses of psychology and psychiatry

From Project MKUltra to the CIA’s torture program, mental health professionals in the US have some explaining to do<p>Psychiatrists and psychologists have been used by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency to facilitate mind control and torture in Project MKUltra and in the American Psychological …

Human Rights

Here's what traveling to Mars does to your brain

Future Mars astronauts will have more to contend with than just the unforgiving, vacuumous expanse of space separating Earth from the Red Planet (140 million miles, on average).<p>In an experiment meant to simulate a journey to Mars, 18 months of isolation caused participants to have high stress …

The Brain

21 ways rich people think differently than the average person

That's what Napoleon Hill preached in his bestselling 1937 book "Think and Grow Rich," the culmination of his intensive study of more than 500 self-made millionaires.<p>Self-made millionaire Steve Siebold, who has interviewed 1,200 of the world's wealthiest people during the past three decades, …

Self-improvement

Scientists Create The First Magnetic “Wormhole” That Connects Two Regions Of Space

Wormholes are fascinating (but theoretical) cosmological objects that can connect two distant regions of the universe. They would allow one to create …

Smoking Doesn’t Kill Them: The Strange Science of the Longevity Gene

Why do some cigarette smokers live to old age while others die young? Scientists are getting closer to an answer.<p>It’s a well-established fact that …

The 'oldest galaxy ever found' is upsetting astrophysicists

Astrophysicists have discovered the oldest, most-distant galaxy ever observed. EGS8p7 is just 500 million years younger than the universe itself, and …

Illuminated Book Sculptures Form Highly Detailed Magical Worlds

Artist Su Blackwell utilizes beloved novels as an uncommon canvas and builds upward to create bewitching book sculptures. For her latest standout exhibition, she was inspired by how one's dwelling can act as an imaginative space. “The works include dwellings, such as lighthouses, wood cottages, …

Sculpture

The theory of parallel universes is not just maths – it is science that can be tested

The existence of parallel universes may seem like something cooked up by science fiction writers, with little relevance to modern theoretical …

Renowned scientist Oliver Sacks has died, but his stories continue to shed light on the mysteries of the mind

His case studies of patients with rare brain disorders revealed the human side of mental illness and imbued his readers with a sense of wonder rarely found in dry scientific prose.<p>Here are just a few of the ways Sacks changed the way we view the mind.<p>Unexpected awakenings<p>Sacks made some of his …

The Brain

4 Secrets to Being More Persuasive, Backed by Research

1) Give One Reason, Not 10<p>Via Brain Candy: Science, Paradoxes, Puzzles, Logic, and Illogic to Nourish Your Neurons:<p>At a Kinko’s, a customer asked to …

Puzzles

Stephen Hawking explains how to (sort-of) escape a black hole

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: You may die, but all traces of your existence may not be lost forever.<p>Current science suggests that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that absolutely nothing—not even light—can escape …

Black Holes

Here's How Much President Nixon Dicked Up The Name "Richard"

The 37th president of the United States receives blame for misdeeds as varied and sordid as throwing a monkey wrench in the 1968 Vietnam War peace talks to joking with Henry Kissinger in 1971 about the CIA's failure to assassinate the Chilean President. (We won't even mention the "W" word.)<p>But in …

Small man syndrome really does exist, US government researchers conclude

Men who feel the least masculine are nearly three times more likely to commit violent acts compared with those who are comfortable in their own skin<p>Small man syndrome really does exist, US government scientists have found, after research showed men who feel the least masculine are at risk of …

Oxford University

Creepy Cloaked Figure Is Seriously Freaking People Out

Police in North Carolina are investigating reports of a strange cloaked figure appearing at an apartment complex and possibly leaving behind raw meat near a local playground.<p>Images posted on social media claim the hooded figure was spotted at the Hudson Woods apartment complex in Gastonia, located …

In the future, iPad Smart Covers could have screens of their own

Apple wants to make the iPad an essential work tool. Now there's evidence the company is sprucing up the tablet's Smart Covers to give users faster …

Hyperloop startup adds partners — and inches closer to launch

Skeptics tend to view Elon Musk’s proposed “hyperloop” high-speed transportation system as a beautiful dream, unlikely to become real.<p>But apparently, it’s a dream many share.<p>Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, one of two startups formed to pursue the concept, announced today that its core team …

High-speed Rail

Florida Gun Range To Serve Booze, Because What Could Go Wrong?

Another round of shots, good sir!<p>Commissioners in Daytona Beach, Florida, approved a measure Wednesday that will allow the opening of a 12-lane gun range connected to a booze-filled restaurant. Commissioners were "leery" at first, because alcohol and guns don't mix, but they came around to the …

British Professor Is Ch-Ch-Changing Into David Bowie

A British professor's new project is requiring him to go through bizarre ch-ch-changes.<p>Will Brooker, a <b>film and cultural studies professor from Kingston University, is spending the next year becoming David Bowie in hopes of better understanding the music legend.</b><p>To do that, Brooker, 45, will <b>dress</b> …