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Depressing Paper Suggests Cancer's an Evolutionary Mechanism to 'Autocorrect' Our Gene Pool

We were never meant to live forever.<p>Two scientists have come up with a depressing new hypothesis that attempts to explain why cancer is so hard to …

Meet Mycroft, the open source AI who wants to rival Siri, Cortana, and Alexa

Could it be that when it comes to AI, Holmes is where the smart is?<p>It might bear a passing resemblance to ET, but Mycroft's smart home system is more …

Artificial Intelligence

Donald Trump is taking a beating in college commencement speeches

Commencement is about the graduates. But it also often becomes about the celebrity speaker and their personal story. Sometimes, it's about their personal politics, too.<p>Perhaps naturally in this election season, several speakers have been taking the momentous occasion of college graduation to …

Donald Trump

Movie written by algorithm turns out to be hilarious and intense | Ars Technica

For Sunspring's exclusive debut on Ars, we talked to the filmmakers about collaborating with an AI.<p>Ars is excited to be hosting this online debut of</i> …

Vocabulary

The Ancient Origins of Consciousness by Todd Feinberg and Jon Mallatt review – how the brain created experience

An evolutionary history shows how consciousness is key to human survival<p>What does it mean to say that I am conscious? For sure, consciousness is a protean term, with multiple meanings. Among its features are some or all of the following: trivially, that I am awake and not asleep or “unconscious”; …

Biology

This Neuroscience Hack Can Make You Unstoppable

Because your brain recreates your memories, you can train it to automatically create memories that propel you forward.<p>Successful people always find ways to manage their emotions and thoughts. Steve Jobs, for example, used mindfulness meditation to remain centered and focused. Many CEOs have …

The Brain

24 Things You Need to Do to Heal Your Life From Anxiety

1. The opposite of addiction isn't sobriety, it's connection. The same is true for anxiety. Anxiety is being disconnected from the present moment, other people, or yourself. Usually all three. You must reconnect with your life.<p>2. You must give yourself permission to want what you really want. There …

Self-help

I Think I Invented A New Psychological Test, But I’m Not A Psychologist And I Don’t Know What Any Of It Means…

Back in early 2005 my young music startup was just starting to gain some real traction. As we closed deals we needed to staff up with talent: …

People Who Constantly Point Out Grammar Mistakes Are Pretty Much Jerks, Scientists Find

But you probably already knew that.<p>Scientists have found that people who constantly get bothered by grammatical errors online have "less agreeable" …

Psychology
Biology

6 ways you unintentionally reference one of psychology's most controversial figures

Whether you like it or not, every time you use terms like this you are giving a small nod of approval to the field of psychology known as psychoanalysis.<p>These are terms originating right from Sigmund Freud's couch, yet most of us only have limited appreciation of what they actually mean.<p>I'm not the …

Psychology

Microsoft deletes 'teen girl' AI after it became a Hitler-loving sex robot within 24 hours

A day after Microsoft introduced an innocent Artificial Intelligence chat robot to Twitter it has had to delete it after it transformed into an evil Hitler-loving, incestual sex-promoting, 'Bush did 9/11'-proclaiming robot.<p>Developers at Microsoft created 'Tay', an AI modelled to speak 'like a teen …

Artificial Intelligence

Microbes can play games with the mind

The 22 men took the same pill for four weeks. When interviewed, they said they felt less daily stress and their memories were sharper. The brain …

Microbiology

Horror movies do something strange and incredible to your brain

That's a powerful effect.<p>Think of the last time you jumped, yelped, or gasped during a horror film.<p>"Usually when we're watching something we've shut down the motor regions of the brain, and yet those stimuli [from a shocking scene] are so strong that they overcome the inhibition to the motor …

The Brain

His stress is not like her stress

Muscles tighten, the heart pounds and nausea takes hold: In the face of sudden stress, men and women respond alike. But when threats, scares or …

Study Skills

Men are suffering from a psychological phenomenon that can undermine their success, but they're too ashamed to talk about it

Common symptoms include worrying that your success in life has been the result of some kind of error and thinking that everyone around you is more intelligent than you.<p>For years, the scientific community believed that the phenomenon was largely confined to high-achieving women. But many of those …

Self-improvement

These illustrations perfectly sum up the reality of living with anxiety and depression

LONDON — Anyone who suffers from anxiety will know that the condition is far from amusing. But British illustrator Gemma Correll has created comical …

The Night My Daughter Discovered Our Family’s Legacy of Depression

Story by Mary Knobbe<br>Illustrations by Haejin Park<p>12.14.15<p>Share:<p>I always knew mental illness was hard-coded into our family’s DNA. But it really hit …

Mind

Now You See It: Neuroscientists Reveal Magicians’ Secrets

NEW YORK — There is a place for magic in science. Five years ago, on a trip to Las Vegas, neuroscientists Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde …

Can you think yourself into a different person? | Ars Technica

“You may be given certain genes but what you do in your life changes your brain..."<p>We used to believe our brains couldn’t be changed. Now we believe …

The Brain

3 scientific ways to prevent awkward conversations

You’re in the middle of a conversation, about to chime in but then…you <i>totally blank</i>. A conversation that should have flowed easily turns awkward, your conversation partner looks at you like you’re an alien and your confidence sinks.<p>Has that ever happened to you?<p>It’s common to feel nervous during …

How Your Genes Influence What Medicines Are Right for You

Julie A Johnson, <i>University of Florida</i><p>You have a headache. Do you reach for Tylenol or Advil? Most people have a preference because they have learned over time that one works better than the other at relieving their pain. This type of variability from person to person is true for nearly every …

Medicine

Anxious people have one big thing in common when it comes to an important social skill

People are pretty good at judging whether a crowd is friendly, but anxious people may be worse at this task, a new study finds.<p>The research, which was presented Monday at a meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, could point toward a better way to diagnose anxiety and other mental-health …

Psychology

Psychologists conducted a survey to find out exactly what makes 'creepy' people creepy — and they had a few things in common

A recent study currently under review for publication by Knox College social psychologist Francis McAndrew and his student Sara Koehnke takes a stab at unpacking exactly what creepiness is.<p>Feeling creeped out is a "universal human response," McAndrew writes, that developed in response to an …

Psychology

10 Thoughts Anxious People Have Throughout The Day

One of the <i>splendid blessings</i> (read: annoying symptoms) of anxiety is having to deal with rapid-fire thoughts that turn into constant worry. Sometimes these thoughts are warranted (“Did I leave the oven on?”), but often they’re totally unfounded (“Does my boss hate me?”) ― and the brain doesn’t know …

Self-help

7 Horrible thoughts that hinder success

Getting control of your mind is one of the toughest challenges entrepreneurs face and something you will likely work on your whole life. It’s normal …

The 55 Best Ways to Boost Your Metabolism

Metabolism. It’s the set of life-sustaining chemical transformations within the cells of living organisms. It’s such a big concept that it’s …

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Hurry - once it's sold this opportunity will be gone!<p>Besides being memorable, .com domains are unique: This is the one and only .com name of it's …

15 books successful people read to their kids

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, reading aloud to your children and talking about pictures and words in age-appropriate books can strengthen language skills, literacy development, and parent-child relationships.<p>What's more, a study conducted this year by a number of pediatricians …

Books

What Human Fights Would Look Like In Pokemon

Thanks to the Pokemon anime, manga and Nintendo 64 video games, we have a pretty good idea of what a Pokemon battle would look like in real life. …

Pokémon