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How to Protect Your Money From an Older You

In his early 70s, recently divorced and diagnosed with terminal cancer, one of my clients withdrew over $90,000 in his last year of life. Considering …

Cognition

More Than 100 Exceptional Works of Journalism

This fantastic nonfiction from 2016 is still worth discovering and pondering today.<p>Each year, I keep a running list of exceptional nonfiction that I encounter as I publish The Best of Journalism, an email newsletter that I curate weekly for its subscribers. This is my annual attempt to bring …

Journalism

8 Books That Help Parents Explain All the Things We Don’t Know How to Explain

When you become a parent, there’s an expectation that you’ll be able to answer a whole lot of difficult questions for your kids. Which isn’t really …

Parenting

How Donnie Darko Captures the Spirit of Lent

The 2001 cult film is a surprisingly ideal movie for the Christian time of reflection leading up to Easter Sunday.<p>In 2004, my future wife and I went to see <i>The Passion of the Christ</i> after it opened in theaters on the first day of Lent. Our experience seeing Mel Gibson’s epic drama about the final …

Drew Barrymore

How many LEGO combinations can be made with 6 standard bricks?

Inspired by the stop motion work of PES Film, Brick Bros Productions makes a LEGO breakfast of sunny side up eggs and toast with jelly: LEGO in Real …

'Male brains' linked to higher autism risk in women, study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Brains, like faces, have features seen as either more masculine or more feminine. One feature of brain anatomy that is characteristic of males is associated with an increased risk of autism, according to a study published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association's …

Autism

Caffeine Dreams: 13 Books for the Coffee Obsessed

According to legend, the coffee bean began shaping culture since its effect was discovered by a goatherder in 11th-century Ethiopia.<p>Then the drink spread and spread fast, first through mostly Muslim areas and then gripping Europe by the 1600s. Its effect on human imagination took hold quickly, too, …

Coffee

Researchers seek evidence on gardens and well-being

<b>A project aims to investigate the social case for gardens and what impact they have on health and well-being.</b><p>There is growing evidence for the environmental and health benefits of gardens and gardening.<p>Access to green spaces has been linked to reduced depression, anxiety and stress, as well as …

Research

50 Children's Books You Should Definitely Reread as an Adult

Some stories become better and sweeter over time.<p>Some stories become better and sweeter over time.

Can the Catholic Church help an addicted generation?

GREENWICH – Young Americans are dying at a rate not seen since the Vietnam War.<p>But they are not dying in combat – they’re dying of the effects of …

Leonard Cohen, Judaism's Bard

Throughout his career, the singer’s heritage and faith suffused his music.<p>Robert Zimmerman became Bob Dylan, Allen Konigsberg became Woody Allen, but Leonard Cohen stayed Leonard Cohen. Coming of age at a time when showbusiness demanded Jews not make their background too obvious, Cohen was happy to …

Yom Kippur

A record-setting ultrarunner says the thing people don't get about 100-mile races is the role of the brain

At mile 90.5 of the 2013 Desert Solstice race in Phoenix, Arizona, Zach Bitter knew he was on track to set the American record for a 100-mile race, but he knew he was pushing his body to the limit. He'd run four hours around a track going one direction, four hours around that same track going the …

World Records

4 Ways to Become a Better Parent, According to Science

Every parent asks it at some point: <i>What is going on in my kid’s brain?</i><p>And if you don’t understand kids it can be hard to give them what they need to …

The Book on Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift, who is now twenty-six, has been famous since before the Obama Administration. Her last tour sold two and a half million tickets, at an average price, in the U.S., of three hundred and eighty dollars. The past decade in pop music has been marked by Swift’s shrewd, thrilling …

Taylor Swift

What did Bobby Kennedy do when the going got rough? He read.

Feeling stressed about US politics? Maybe you should take a break and read. RFK would have.<p>In one of the most hotly contested political seasons in …

Want to Raise Down-to-Earth Kids? It Helps to Know a Little Psychology

Know the psychology of how kids become brats so you can effectively fight back.<p>The rap on young people is that they're entitled and narcissistic. They think the world revolves around them and owes them something. They're brats, basically.<p>Is this true?<p>Absolutely not, reply a whole host of …

Parenting

The Amazing Adolescent Brain

It appears that the brain changes characteristic of adolescence are among the most dramatic and important to occur during the human life span.<p>There …

Free Will or Free Won't? Neuroscience on the Choices We Can (and Can't) Make

Do you have free will? This question has been on the minds of philosophers for millennia. More recently, neuroscientists have attempted experiments …

Your internal monologue during a workout determines success: study

If you exercised outdoors this summer, there's a good chance you cursed the record-breaking heat – and in doing so, you made it feel worse.<p>According to a new study from environmental physiologists at Brock University, the internal monologue running through your head as you struggle through a …

The Brain

What It Feels Like to Die

Science is just beginning to understand the experience of life’s end.<p>“Do you want to know what will happen as your body starts shutting down?”<p>My mother and I sat across from the hospice nurse in my parents’ Colorado home. It was 2005, and my mother had reached the end of treatments for metastatic …

Mind

Researchers identify method of creating long-lasting memories - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

DALLAS – Sept. 7, 2016 – Imagine if playing a new video game or riding a rollercoaster could help you prepare for an exam or remember other critical …

Is Your 'Self' Just an Illusion?

<i>Robert Lawrence Kuhn is the creator, writer and host of "</i><i>Closer to Truth</i><i>," a public television series and online resource that features the world's</i> …

The Book That Taught Me What I Want to Teach My Daughter

Long before I had my daughter, I began collecting the books I thought would be important to our life together: “Goodnight Moon” and “Eloise” and “Frog and Toad” and “Owl at Home” and “Mouse Soup.” I stockpiled picture books by Cynthia Rylant and Patricia Polacco and Ezra Jack Keats. These were the …

Parenting

The Women Succeeding in a Men’s Professional Baseball League | The New Yorker

On Friday night, at Albert Park, in San Rafael, California, the Sonoma Stompers ran onto the pitching mound, hugged one another, laughed, and sprayed champagne. Jose Flores, their six-foot-four closer, had just sailed a fastball by the San Rafael Pacifics slugger Brent Gillespie, leaving the bases …

Cal State Fullerton

Want Your Kids to Love the Outdoors? Put Them In Forest Kindergarten

The outdoor industry wrings its hands while trying to figure out how to get more kids outside. Maybe it should look at supporting programs that teach …

Want to hike Point Reyes? Try this four-day backpacking trip

In the late 16th century, British explorer Sir Francis Drake is thought to have stopped at Point Reyes during a round-the-world journey. The ship's chaplain wrote a description of the landscape and complained about "the stinking fogges" that shrouded the headlands in summer.<p>That hasn't changed.<p>The …

National Parks

Parents and Inheritance

A two-part primer for parents and their children.<p>With an unprecedented transfer of wealth under way, many parents fret that the younger generation may not be ready for it. Here’s a look at how both generations might alleviate concerns and best prepare for the responsibility that comes along with …

Sojourner Truth, Photography, and the Fight Against Slavery

Sunday, July 31, 2 PM<p>Create your own personal carte de visite inspired by those on view in <b>Sojourner Truth, Photography, and the Fight Against Slavery</b>.<p>…

Photo History: How Sojourner Truth Used Photography to End Slavery

It's history month at Pro Photo Daily.A number of articles and exhibitions concerning photo history have been turning up lately, and we will be …

Black History