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Scientists think they have found the reason some people are left-handed — and it has nothing to do with the brain

Left-handed people haven't always been treated well throughout history. They've been persecuted for their disposition, being been labeled as evil — or even as witches — despite making up about 10% of the population. In fact, the word "sinister" comes from "left" or "left hand."<p>There have been a few …

How Breathing Calms Your Brain, And Other Science-Based Benefits Of Controlled Breathing

The science of breathing stands on quite ancient foundations. Centuries of wisdom instructs us to pay closer attention to our breathing, the most basic of things we do each day. And yet, maybe because breathing is so basic, it’s also easy to ignore. A brief review of the latest science on breathing …

Immune System

Homemade Poo-Pourri: How to make DIY No.2 spray (Printable labels included)

Everybody poops. That doesn’t mean you have to put up with the STANK that comes with it. Over the past 4 years I have made and perfected my own …

The detection of ripples in the fabric of spacetime just won a Nobel Prize

Making waves in the physics community.<p>Three American physicists won the 2017 Nobel Prize for work that enabled the first observation of gravitational waves—ripples in the fabric of spacetime. Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish, and Kip S. Thorne were each instrumental to LIGO, the massive pair of …

Nobel Prize

Three Americans win Nobel Prize in physics for gravitational wave discovery

By Ben Guarino<p>, Reporter<p>Rainer Weiss, Barry C. Barish and Kip S. Thorne have won the 2017 Nobel Prize in physics. The three Americans are members of the LIGO-Virgo detector collaboration that discovered gravitational waves. The prize was awarded “for decisive contributions to the LIGO detector and …

25 Writing Prompts for Fall, Because It's The Perfect Season To Get Your Creative Juices Flowing

Autumn is the perfect season for writing. I don't know if it's the cool weather or the sugar high from all the pumpkin spice, but the second the …

How Iowa is helping young people find their voice: BTN LiveBIG

It should surprise no one that we’re rather keen on writers. And when it comes to writing in the Big Ten, one university springs immediately to mind: …

The Gloom, Doom and Occasional Joy of the Writing Life

There are only two kinds of writers in the world, according to John McPhee: the overtly insecure and the covertly insecure. His new book, “Draft. No. 4,” a collection of essays on craft, is a sunny tribute to the gloomy side of the writing life: the insecurity, dread, shame, envy, magical thinking, …

Literature

The three principles of democracy [excerpt]

Whether or not true democracy can ever be achieved remains uncertain. Historian James T. Kloppenberg argues that while democracy can be defined as an …

Moses Mendelssohn’s Hebrew politics

How tolerant and diverse should a society be? Are there limits to the views that a society should accept? Can individuals from diverse backgrounds …

What Your Dreams Actually Mean, According to Science

If dreams were movies, they wouldn’t make a dime. They’re often banal, frequently fleeting and they’re screened for an audience of just one. As for …

‘BB19’ Compared To Milgram’s Electric Shock Study, Stanford Prison Experiment, With Paul As Authority Figure

This season of <i>BB19</i> began as a house divided, with those who dared oppose the power player in the game being quickly sent home. This type of game play …

Psychology

Zbigniew Herbert

"One of Poland's most honored and influential poets," as Robert Hudzik describes him in <i>Library Journal,</i> Zbigniew Herbert enjoys an international …

The One Essential Oil Science Actually Wants You to Use for Stress

Millions of Americans turn to essential oils as all-natural pain relievers, antidepressants, and anti-inflammatories. But which ones are …

White matter: The brain's flexible but underrated superhighway

Historically, gray matter was typically considered the brain's organ grinder, and white matter was just the monkey. But in recent years, it has …

Where to Submit in Aug/Sept 2017 by Entropy (filtered for no fee only!) – 250+ poetry markets

Entropy is a “website featuring literary & non-literary content. A website that seeks to engage with the literary community, that becomes its own …

Music - The Conqueror of Chronic Pain

In the brain, dopamine acts as a neurotransmitter and is released from nerve cells to send signals to other nerves – think of it as a neural messenger. Dopamine (DA, which is contracted from 3,4-dihydroxyphenethylamine) is an organic chemical of the catecholamine and phenethylamine families that …

Pain

Michiko Kakutani Steps Down from New York Times, Clinton Memoir, and More

StaffDaily NewsLesley Nneka Arimah on short fiction and the writing workshop; how the Trump presidency is affecting book sales; a diamond-shaped …

Book Reviews

Why This Old School Activity Is Beneficial to Your Brain

Research keeps showing why it's a good idea to hold on to your pen and paper.<p>In a constantly connected world, it may seem like there is no need to handwrite anything anymore. But despite living in a time where a legitimate summer movie offering is about the inner lives of emoji, it would appear …

University of Washington

Why poetry is the new rock and roll

Musicians used to be seen as the voice of the people – we were knee deep in protest songs and sweary attacks on authority.<p>But as programmes such as …

The human brain sees the world as an 11-dimensional multiverse

New research suggests that the human brain is almost beyond comprehension because it doesn’t process the world in two dimensions or even three. No, …

Archibald MacLeish

A poet, playwright, lawyer, and statesman, Archibald MacLeish's roots were firmly planted in both the new and the old worlds. His father, the son of …

Here Are the Ages You Peak at Everything Throughout Life

Here's what you have to look forward to.<p>Aging can seem like a scary prospect, but a wealth of scientific studies have found that youth isn’t all it’s …

6 books that transformed Dennis Lehane's thoughts on writing

<b>The Wanderers by Richard Price</b> (Mariner, $16).<p>My urtext as a writer. The members of an early 1960s Bronx street gang try to navigate their way to …

Learning to read and write alters brain wiring within months, even for adults

By Anil Ananthaswamy<p>Let’s hear it for the written word. Learning to read can have profound effects on the wiring of the adult brain, even in regions that aren’t usually associated with reading and writing.<p>That’s what researchers found when they taught a group of illiterate adults in rural India to …

The Brain

Bill Gates Reviews Homo Deus By Yuval Noah Harari

What gives our lives meaning? And what if one day, whatever gives us meaning went away—what would we do then?<p>I’m still thinking about those weighty …

14 foods you can eat as much of as you want and not gain weight

While there's no such thing as a zero-calorie food, there are foods you can enjoy freely without having to worry about packing on the …

Skillet Potatoes

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.<p>Heat a 10-inch cast-iron or nonstick skillet over low heat. Add the butter; when melted, add the garlic and cook …