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Master of None Just Keeps Getting Better

Toward the end of the first season of Aziz Ansari and Alan Yang’s Netflix series, <i>Master of None</i>, Dev Shah (Ansari) and his father, Ramesh (played by Ansari’s real father, Shoukath), have a heart-to-heart about Dev’s failing relationship with his then-girlfriend Rachel (Noël Wells), and his …

TV

A neuroscientist explains why we can’t see the world objectively—and humanity is better for it

Humans have a primal, biological imperative to maintain the status quo, but seeking out answers to the unknown is also incredibly important to evolutionary innovation.<p>This dichotomy creates all sorts of kerfuffles. We’re taught to rid ourselves of implicit biases that don’t serve society and to …

Creativity

Keep It Clean at Every Meal With These Recipes

Following a meal plan to learn the basics of eating clean is a great way to jump-start your healthy life. But when the plan ends, you're going to need some extra recipes to keep your new habits going, especially if you commit to eating the 80/20 way. Just to review: that's eating clean 80 percent …

This genius cooking system will help you plan ahead to eat well all week long

In the new year, many of us resolve to cook more often—a habit that’s healthier, cheaper, and often more enjoyable than eating out or ordering Seamless. Yet it can be hard to find the time to devote to meal preparation, much less creative menu-planning.<p>It’s little wonder, then, that meal kits like …

Cooking

The Voices in Our Heads

Why do people talk to themselves, and when does it become a problem?<p>“Talking to your yogurt again,” my wife, Pam, said. “And what does the yogurt say?”<p>She had caught me silently talking to myself as we ate breakfast. A conversation was playing in my mind, with a research colleague who questioned …

Mental, physical effects of magic mushrooms

There's evidence that tripping on magic mushrooms could actually free the mind.<p>Several studies, including two promising recent clinical trials, suggest that psilocybin, shrooms' psychoactive ingredient, may hold the potential to help relieve severe anxiety and depression.<p>Still, because they're …

Consciousness

Health myths, misconceptions

Reuters<p>We all have them — habits we think are healthy because we heard them somewhere on the news or from a health-conscious friend. And no matter how much we hate them, we just keep doing them because we think they're good for us.<p>Take using BMI to tell whether you're a healthy weight. Is it really …

Nutrition

The Must-Read Brain Books Of 2016

The best of the brain books in 2016 featured deception, empathy, placebos, gaming, algorithms, microbes and that little voice in your head. Whether touching on psychology, neuroscience or the mind more broadly construed, the eight books on this list are top reads in a genre always popping with new …

Books

11 TED Talks That Show How Weird The Human Mind Really Is

You have less control over your decisions than you think.<p>We use our mind every second of every day, but it's safe to say no one understands exactly …

Watch This Rare Banksy Interview From 1995

“When you’re the only person out in the city you feel like you can get away with murder.”<p>Banksy fans will be thrilled to unearth this VHS clip from a BBC Channel 4 show called “Shadow People” from 1995. In this piece of rare footage, we get a glimpse of the British artist before he caught the …

Streetwear

The Trippy Theory of Consciousness at the Heart of Westworld

<b>Spoilers for season one of Westworld ahead.</b><p>Part of the fun of <i>Westworld</i> is the vague feeling that you, much like some kind of hapless host, are …

TV Series

Try This 21-Day Better Breakfast Challenge

Eating a balanced plate first thing gives you an energy surge to kick off your day and helps keep your hunger in check. “What you eat for breakfast …

1,500-Calorie Vegan Meal Plan

Vegan

Is your gut making you sick?

New research suggests that the range and quantity of microbes that live in our guts could have a powerful effect on a range of conditions including depression, MS and obesity<p>A gut full of diverse microbes – bacteria, viruses and fungi – is essential for a healthy mind and body. And evidence is …

From ketamine to cupboard therapy: the future of mental health treatment

With big pharma short on solutions, we talk to people pioneering new ways to beat conditions including anxiety, depression and schizophrenia<p>Once upon a time, the future of mental health treatment was drugs. The advent of Prozac and whole class of similar medication in the 1990s gave doctors an easy …

House Benghazi report faults military response, not Clinton, for deaths

Panel chair Trey Gowdy concludes $7m investigation with 800-page report that accuses US of being slow to respond after 2012 attack was already under way<p>House Republicans investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya, have found no new evidence to conclude that Hillary Clinton, …

The problem with slut shaming in schools

Mary “James” Salazar and her mother have always watched "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" together. That’s where they first encountered slut shaming. Victims on the TV show were blamed for their own sexual assault, or judged because of the clothes they're wearing.<p>Slut shaming wasn't a phenomenon …

Feminism

Smoking Pot Before This Critical Age Could Wreck Your Brain

Bad news if you lit up before graduating high school.<p>How bad is pot for your brain? The jury's still out on how it affects folks who take their first toke during adulthood. But a study recently published in the journal <i>Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience</i> suggests that lighting up prior to age 16 …

The Brain

Intelligent people are more easily distracted at work, study claims

Do you have trouble concentrating at work? It’s probably because of all those amazing ideas you have running through your head<p>Finding yourself easily distracted at work may sound like a bad thing but there could be a silver lining to your daily office woes.<p>Workers who have trouble concentrating on …

The BBC designed a fun quiz inspired by psychologists to test how dark your personality is — and you can take it now

Although the quiz was designed "solely for entertainment," it still offers an interesting (if unscientific) glimpse into your personality.<p>The BBC designed the quiz, which was inspired by questionnaires developed by psychologists Delroy Paulhus and Daniel Jones.<p>Psychologists have defined a "dark …

Warner Bros

Why College Students are Disappearing from the Workforce

Apparently, college students aren’t working like they used to.<p>A smaller share of both part- and full-time college students are working than 10 and …

Women will not earn as much as men for more than 100 years

The annual Global Gender Gap Index launched on Wednesday night, and the findings aren't hugely encouraging for female workers.<p>The report, which looks at the gender gap in health, education, politics, economics, and other factors, shows that the gap between men and women in terms of health, …

Demographics

Amber Rose interview: Even when I was a virgin, I was called a slut

The 32-year-old American model, actress and entrepreneur discusses feminism, the unfairness of being defined by relationships and her activism<p>Amber Rose makes no apologies. Not for her curves, not for her her sexiness, not for her signature peroxide buzz-cut.<p>Spend five minutes looking at Google …

How ISIS Spread in the Middle East

And how to stop it<p>“It is perfectly true, as the philosophers say, that life must be understood backwards. But they forget the other proposition: that it must be lived forwards.” This observation was made in 1843 by the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard in a journal entry, but it might have been …

Middle East

Major Study links Aspartame to Huge Problems. Could This Be the End for Diet Soda?

“One reason for the decline could be a growing awareness of the obesity epidemic in the US and growing health concerns surrounding sugar-sweetened …

How to Never Get Angry: 3 New Secrets From Neuroscience

They’re one inch from your face, boiling with rage, screaming and yelling at you.<p>And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that’s …

Could All Really Come From Nothing?

The origin of the universe is one of the most difficult realities we ponder.<p>It bends our logic, straining the words we have to describe it. If one is to say the universe started at the Big Bang some 13.8 billion years ago, the immediate reaction is: "But what came before that? What caused the Big …

Physics