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How does the body clock work?

Dr Stuart Peirson explains how our body clock keeps time and why we suffer from jet lag<p><b>Last month scientists</b> <b>discovered proteins within our cells</b> <b>that prevent us from drastically adjusting our body clock, leading to the familiar sensation of jet lag. We ask one of the study's authors,</b> <b>Dr Stuart …

Coaching your staff to coach themselves

<b>Coaching for Breakthrough Success</b><p><i>By Jack Canfield and Peter Chee</i><p><i>(McGraw-Hill, 271 pages, $24.95)</i><p>Managers are akin to coaches these days. But managers are also managers, and the style of some managers may not be the approach that is most effective for coaching.<p>In some, if not many, situations, …

8 Superpowers Brought to You by Technology

Advances in cybernetics, aviation, and other areas have created a convincing argument that one day we can read minds, turn invisible, fly, and live forever.<p>Superheroes are unbelievable, and that's the point. But technology is quickly closing the gap between what is human and superhuman. Advances in …

Just how connected do you want to be?

Advertisement<p>11 Comments<p>If all the connectivity efforts of today did in fact become successful, a decade from now, we are looking at connected …

Tapped Out: How Will Cities Secure Their Water Future?

Wildlife<p>Half of all cities with populations >100,000 are located in water basins in which more than half of available water supplies are being depleted during some portion of the year.<p>Today, global demands for food, energy, and shelter are putting unprecedented pressure on the resources of the …

You Can Now Print Any Food You Want, As Long As It’s Algae

More appetizing details: The algae is dispensed via inkjet-like printing, which Sawa has developed in partnership with Imperial College London. The …

Better Than Human: Why Robots Will — And Must — Take Our Jobs

Author: Kevin Kelly. Kevin Kelly Gear<p>Date of Publication: 12.24.12.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>Imagine that 7 out of 10 working Americans …

Time Travel Is Possible But Only To The Future, English Physicist Says

We may be able to book our ticket to the future someday -- it'll just be a one-way trip.<p>In a presentation at the British Science Festival, particle physicist Brian Cox said that time travel is possible but only in one direction.<p>"The central question is, can you build a time machine? The answer is …

Introducing Cool Infographics, the book

Today I’m excited to introduce my new book, <b>Cool Infographics: Effective Communication with Data Visualization and Design</b>! This project has taken up …

Trudeau's transparency ploy can't lose

The big news: The Liberal leader challenges his opponents to post expenses online.<p>Justin Trudeau’s clarion call for transparency on Parliament Hill, …

The left brain is rational, and other lies you've been told about neuroscience

Here now, for distributing far and wide, is a list of common misconceptions surrounding "Folk Neuroscience" — a term clinical and neuropsychologist …

Neuroscience

The 12 cognitive biases that prevent you from being rational

The human brain is capable of 1016 processes per second, which makes it far more powerful than any computer currently in existence. But that doesn't …

Critical Thinking

How typeface influences the way we read and think

Last summer, CERN was on the verge of announcing a discovery so critical to understanding the basic building blocks of the universe that it had been …

Typography

Out of sync with the world: Brain study shows body clocks of depressed people are altered at cell level

Every cell in our bodies runs on a 24-hour clock, tuned to the night-day, light-dark cycles that have ruled us since the dawn of humanity. But new …

Research

Liberals and conservatives approach moral judgments in fundamentally different ways

When it comes to topics like abortion or assisted suicide, there seems to be no common ground between conservatives and liberals. Why is there such a …

How Clutter Affects Your Brain (and What You Can Do About It)

A few years ago, I worked at a web design agency as a product manager. The part of the job I loved the most was working on product with our design …

Why Living in a City Makes You More Innovative

Scientists say population density promotes creativity. Photo courtesy of Flickr user caribb<p>I’d be the first to concede that the image of Archimedes …

John Cleese on the Five Factors to Make Your Life More Creative

Much has been said about how creativity works, its secrets, its origins, and what we can do to optimize ourselves for it. In this excerpt from his fantastic 1991 lecture, <b>John Cleese</b> (b. October 27, 1939) offers a recipe for creativity, delivered with his signature blend of cultural insight and …

Hijack! How Your Brain Blocks Performance

So there you are, when suddenly you hear <i>that song</i> that reminds you of <i>that person</i>. And you’re emotionally hijacked—just like that. Good or bad, the song interacts with your neural net and triggers the emotions you have associated with it. Emotional hijacks happen every day, often unconsciously, …

How To Influence Anyone, Any Time, Anywhere: 4 Subconscious Secrets

How many times have you tried to influence, enroll, engage someone in the past 2 weeks?<p>How many times were you successful?<p>Now more than ever leaders need to be able to influence outcomes. Good intentions are rarely assumed, people are on the lookout for manipulative tactics, and even subtle …

Stop Hating on Early Risers: It’s the Night Owls You Should Worry About

There’s not much you can do about whether you’re an early bird or a night owl. But researchers who looked for different personality traits among …

Full moon may mean less sleep

A full moon deprives people of sleep even when they are shielded from moonlight in a windowless lab, a new study suggests.<p>People snoozed less deeply …

Sleep

Clinically Dead Brains Are Highly Active

The near-death experience reported by cardiac arrest survivors worldwide may be grounded in science, according to research at the Univ. of Michigan …

We don't know if antidepressants work, so stop bashing them

Lately, it seems as if everyone is anti-antidepressants. In a recent CiF article, Giles Fraser bemoaned the apparent need to treat anything vaguely resembling unhappiness with a pill. Just a week earlier, Will Self launched a scathing attack on psychiatry along similar lines.<p>Both pieces sparked …