Charlotte Mikrut

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‘Digital heroin’ is killing your relationship with your kids

Kids are more likely to snuggle when adults are reading real books to them than when they are reading tablets.<p>This is the result of a new, albeit …

Gene therapy is here, and it could radically change modern medicine

So what is gene therapy, anyway? The US Food and Drug Administration says it's any treatment in which a replacement gene is added to a person's body or a disease-causing one is inactivated. That's usually done by adding­­­­­­ new instructions to cells via billions of viruses stuffed with correct …

10 Unmistakable Habits Of Utterly Authentic People

Oscar Wilde said, "Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken." Wilde made it sound so simple, but living with authenticity is a real challenge.<p>To live authentically, you must own your actions and ensure that they align with your beliefs and needs. This can be a difficult thing to maintain when …

The astrophysicist searching for the Universe’s ‘dark stars’

Much of the Universe is made up of a strange substance that bears no resemblance to the atoms that make up life, the planets and our stars. What is this dark matter – and how do we find it? Astrophysicist Katherine Freese explains in the cinematic, mind-expanding video above.<p>It is the ultimate …

Dark Matter

Conflicts Between Science And Spirituality Are Rooted In Your Brain

"They are different kinds of insight, so there is really no reason for so much conflict to arise."<p>The standoff between science and religion -- between fact-based and faith-based ways of thinking and explaining the world -- is nearly as old as human thought itself.<p>In fact, the conflict may be rooted …

Turkish jets attack Kurds as Ankara bomb blamed on PKK

Targets in northern Iraq hit as Turkey’s President Erdoğan says terrorism ‘will be brought to its knees’<p>Turkey has scrambled fighter jets to attack Kurdish rebel targets, as security officials blamed the outlawed Kurdistan Workers party (PKK) for a car bombing that killed 37 people in Ankara on …

Middle East

A group of middle-aged whites in the U.S. is dying at a startling rate

A large segment of white middle-aged Americans has suffered a startling rise in its death rate since 1999, according to a review of statistics published Monday that shows a sharp reversal in decades of progress toward longer lives.<p>The mortality rate for white men and women ages 45-54 with less than …

Overlapping Photos Merge Historic Scenes from the Past with the Present

Esquire's fashion director Nick Sullivan demonstrates his perfectionistic eye for patterns by overlapping photos taken in the same location, decades apart. In doing so, he merges the past and present into a single frame. While we have seen this enlightening technique before, Sullivan's work stands …

The most stressful job? Waitressing, say scientists

Menial jobs like waitressing are far more stressful than professions like medicine or architecture, says scientists, as they warn of stroke risk<p>Ask anyone to name the most stressful professions and they might guess neurosurgeon, bomb diffuser, miner or even stockbroker.<p>But a new study suggests that …

Don't Make These 8 Classic Tax-Filing Fails

These common mistakes can keep you from getting the refund you're owed.<p>Slipping up on your taxes can exact a high price. Some of the most frequently …

Retirement

Sleep a lot? You might have a heightened risk of stroke, study says

There's no way to diagnose a stroke before it happens, but researchers say they've identified a clue to help doctors predict who's at risk – the amount of sleep they get at night.<p>Older adults who said they slept more than eight hours were 46% more likely to suffer strokes in the next decade than …

Pain Really Is All In Your Head. Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

How Impulsiveness Can Boost Your Creativity

The key may lie in a belief that slightly negative traits have silver linings.<p>Everyone who’s ever prepared for a job interview knows how to turn a personal weakness into a character strength. The flipside of being a little stubborn might be extra persistence. A bit of impatience, properly directed, …

Psychology