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Here's what 8 weeks of mindfulness training does to your brain

What are the neural correlates of these effects? A new systematic review in <i>Brain and Cognition</i> has looked at all studies published prior to July this year that investigated brain changes associated with eight weeks of Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction or Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy.<p>The …

Mindfulness

5 Powerful Mantras to Help You Quiet Anxiety and Beat Stress

What if you could stop worrying (or feel more confident, or less stressed) with just a few simple words? That’s the premise behind <i>Habit Changers: 81</i> …

Self-help

Cardiogram raises $2 million to predict heart health issues using wearables

Health tech startup Cardiogram has raised $2 million in a seed round led by the a16z Bio Fund for an app that screens users’ cardio health and gives them help improving or maintaining it.<p>The company started out with an Apple Watch integrated app, initially. But it is ultimately planning to be a …

Digital Health

I went through Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and am now a completely different woman

<b>In honor of World Mental Health Day, we’re highlighting stories from voices that deserve to be heard. These voices remind us that we are not alone.</b> …

Report: Google Search Bias Protecting Hillary Clinton Confirmed in Experiment

In a report published by Sputnik News, psychologist Robert Epstein reveals evidence that Google is manipulating search results related to Hillary …

If Our Universe Is Just a Random Occurrence, Science Has a Big Problem

According to theoretical physicist Alan Lightman, scientists — and in particular, physicists — have long assumed that they’d someday be able to work …

Brain experiments on primates are crucial, say eminent scientists

Two Nobel laureates among 400 scientists who sign letter rejecting claims that use of primates is no longer medically useful<p>More than 400 scientists including two Nobel laureates have signed a letter stating that brain experiments on primates are crucial to medical advances, in response to claims …

Primates

Crew Member on World’s Largest Cruise Ship Dies During Safety Exercise

One crew member has died and four others have been injured during a safety exercise on the world’s biggest cruise liner, the Harmony of the Seas.<p>The …

Royal Caribbean

Project Fi app update teardown reveals upcoming group plans

Since its launch, Google’s Project Fi network has made some major advances. After dropping invites, Fi has added new carriers and awesome features such as data-only SIMs, but one thing it has always lacked is a family plan. That feature has been highly requested by many users, and according to some …

Diagnose your plant’s health with your smartphone camera and Plantbot

There’s plenty of information online to help people figure out whether their plants are healthy and what they need to do to make them better. But they can be distributed far across the Internet and sometimes hard to find, and aren’t necessarily available on demand, according to Martín …

Disrupt NY

Arrest warrant issued for Amy Goodman for filming Dakota Access Pipeline protests

Journalist Amy Goodman recently filmed the Dakota Access Pipeline company turning dogs on protesters; now, there's a warrant out for her arrest in …

Meet Todd Rider, the Man Who Maybe, Probably Cured Most of the Viruses on Earth

"I believe that DRACO has the potential to completely revolutionize the treatment and prevention of viral infections in the 21st century."<p>Todd Rider, …

Medicine

An MIT Scientist Claims That This Pill Is the Fountain of Youth

I recently received in the mail a small cardboard box, solidly constructed and colored a subtle metallic gray, from the future. ELYSIUM HEALTH was …

Audi's new suspension turns rough roads into electricity and saves fuel

Carmakers have already figured out how to capture the energy lost to slowing a car. It's called regenerative braking.<p>Rather than slow a vehicle with …

Want to Be Happier? Science Says Do These 11 Things Every Single Day

Try them. They work. (If you can't trust science, what can you trust?)<p>Obviously, we all want to be happier. But there's another reason to wish to be more lighthearted and content: Happiness is definitely a result, but happiness is also a driver.<p>While I'm definitely into finding ways to improve …

Happiness

The 1 Foolproof Way to Achieve Your Goals, Backed by Science

We all have goals. Here's an easy way to make sure you achieve yours.<p>Anyone can be <i>good</i> with a little effort. Anyone can be <i>really</i> good with a little more effort.<p>But no one can be <i>great</i>--at <i>anything</i>--unless they put in an incredible amount of focused effort. There are no shortcuts. There are no …

Notepads

The Earth is warming at scary rates, and this GIF proves it

The steady rise of Earth’s temperature as greenhouse gases accumulate in the atmosphere and trap more and more heat is sending the planet spiraling …

The perfect apology, according to science

The gold standard includes six components, though some are more important than others, according to researchers.<p>Ever had an apology fall flat? Well, there may be a logical explanation. You may not have given enough emphasis to the most important elements, or you may have even left them out …

Ohio State University

Google just released powerful new artificial intelligence software — and it's open source

On Monday, the tech giant released TensorFlow, a new AI system that's used in everything from recognizing speech on a noisy sidewalk to finding photos of your pet dog Fluffy.<p>And in a rare move for Google, it's making its software open source, meaning anyone can access and edit the code.<p>The software …

Artificial Intelligence

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 …

Biomedicine

33 Newer Pop Punk And Emo Albums You Definitely Need To Check Out

There's so much good new stuff out there!

Rhode Island

Volkswagen emissions scandal could kill 200 Britons, warns MIT and Harvard

The Volkswagen emissions scandal could lead to the deaths of 200 Britons if cars are not recalled quickly, academics have warned.<p>Volkswagen’s use of defeat software to evade emissions standards will cause the early deaths of more than 60 people in Britain and could kill up to 200, a study by MIT …

Super-Sensitive Techniques Make DNA Evidence Lie Sometimes, Expert Says

A 2013 murder case shows just how dangerous it can be to rely on DNA evidence, an expert said Wednesday.<p>DNA found under the fingernails of murdered California millionaire Raveesh Kumra led police to Lukis Anderson of San Jose. But after Anderson spent five months in jail, investigators found out …

DNA

The latest 'gay gene' study gives no comfort to homophobes

The likes of Vladimir Putin might welcome a study which finds sexual orientation may not be fixed from birth. But they are ignoring the science<p>Vladimir Putin, Robert Mugabe, Pope Francis and other anti-gay world leaders may well rejoice at new scientific research that points to homosexuality as …

Every Android device is vulnerable to newly discovered bugs

With two new "Stagefright" vulnerabilities discovered, almost every Android device ever released is vulnerable to malicious hackers. Fixing the bug isn't simple.<p>Two major vulnerabilities have been discovered in Google's Android mobile software by the same security company that found a whole series …

Information Security

What’s in all that e-cig vapor?

Wander into a vape shop in the mall or online, and you can find a smorgasbord of flavors: cotton candy, vanilla custard, even Unicorn Milk or Katy Perry’s Cherry.<p>Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an estimated $3.5 billion …

Public Health

Pants 'for superheroes': Underwear that protects sperm count by blocking smartphone radiation

Described as 'underpants for superheroes', underwear created by British inventor shields against 99.9 per cent of electromagnetic radiation<p>Smart underwear designed to protect male fertility from radiation emitted by smartphones and laptops has been unveiled by a British scientist.<p>Described by Sir …

Urine acidity may influence odds of U.T.I. - Futurity

The acidity of urine—as well as the presence of small molecules related to diet—may influence how well bacteria can grow in the urinary tract.

Is our universe ringing like a crystal glass?

Two physicists say the universe’s expansion has sped up, then slowed down, 7 times since time began. They describe this oscillation as the universe …

Vote For Zoltan If You Want To Live Forever

The founder of the Transhumanist party plans to upgrade humanity, and he’s running for president in 2016<p>Zoltan Istvan didn’t see the half-buried bomb. He was reporting on a story about Vietnam’s forgotten landmines when he wandered off the path to look at the scar of an explosion on the jungle …