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4 Science-Backed Ways to Increase Your Motivation

Feeling unfocused and uninspired? Take a cue from science and prepare to conquer that to-do list.<p>We're all probably a little too familiar with this feeling: You know you have piles of stuff to get done, but you can't quite bring yourself to get started.<p>Your inbox is overflowing and your to-do list …

Here’s how to get out of a bad mood, according to science

Much like being sucked into a black hole (we imagine), bad moods after arguments can seem like a crushing vortex from which it is impossible to …

7 things health experts said were bad for you in 2016

<i>Every year, scientists gain a little more insight into what's good for us and what we need to stay far, far away from. Here are some of the biggest</i> …

Cognitive Impairment

The Science of Willpower: 15 Tips for Making Your New Year’s Resolutions Last from Dr. Kelly McGonigal

This weekend, millions of New Year's resolutions will go into effect, with the most common ones being lose weight, get fit, quit drinking and …

How to Get People to Say Yes to What You Want, According to Science

Researchers have been studying the art of persuasion for years. Here's what they've found.<p>The ability to persuade others is a valuable skill. It can translate into making a huge sale, convincing people to follow your leadership, getting a raise, or countless other successes in the business realm. …

The Biggest Scientific Discoveries of 2016

2016 was an insane year across the board, and the world of scientific discovery is no exception. Science saw some serious setbacks this year, but …

The 12 key science moments of 2016

Andrea Sella, Sophie Scott, Helen Czerski, Mark Miodownik, Adam Rutherford, Martin Rees, Kevin Fong, Sue Hartley, Georgina Mace, Vaughan Bell, Peter Piot, Tamsin Edwards

Peter Piot

Humans Just Killed Off These 12 Animals, And You Didn't Even Notice

Over the past decade, we've wiped out mammals, birds, amphibians and more. And it's all to our own detriment.<p>For thousands of years, the Bramble Cay melomys, a small, mouse-like rodent, eked out a living on a tiny coral island in Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. It was the reef’s only endemic mammal …

Entire chunk of feathered dinosaur discovered in amber

There are times – good times – a biologist may experience the overwhelming urge to use an obscenity. This is one such time. That’s because scientists …

Our Favorite Photographers Tell Us Exactly What Gear To Splurge On For The Holidays

I’m a big proponent of saying “It’s the wizard, not the wand,” with regards to camera gear. I firmly believe it, too. Unless you focus your efforts on understanding light, framing and general composition, you’ll be hard pressed to capture something enticing. You could have a top of the line $50,000 …

11 Signs Someone Is Lying To You

Are you bad at spotting a lie?<p>New research by Dr. Leanne ten Brinke, a forensic psychologist at the Haas School of Business at the University of …

Googling our medical symptoms is making us sicker

Every year, Americans spend at least $20 billion on unnecessary medical visits in the US. This is one of the drivers behind the spiraling cost of …

Medicine

28 Pictures That Prove That Nothing Really Matters

It's freeing in a way.

Universe

Newly discovered spider looks just like a dried-up leaf

In the animal kingdom, sometimes the best survival strategy is to pretend to be something you're not — either to ambush unsuspecting prey or to …

Zoology

Narwhals Can 'See' Unlike Any Other Animal on Earth

Scientists just unlocked the secret of the unicorn whales.<p>It doesn't get much better than a narwhal. These bizarre creatures are a species of toothed …

Six Reasons Why Walking Is The Daily Brain Medicine We Really Need

Sometimes science jibes with ancient wisdom on simple but deceptively powerful things. Case in point: walking. A wealth of research bolsters the Zen of putting one foot in front of the other, with stronger science than any supplement marketer or brain trainer could hope for. Walking is potent mood …

The Brain

13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do

It's fascinating how mentally strong people set themselves apart from the crowd. Where others see impenetrable barriers, they see challenges to overcome.<p>We all reach critical points in our lives where our mental strength is tested. It might be a toxic friend or colleague, a dead-end job, or a …

Emotional Intelligence

7 memory skills that will make you smarter

Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of "Make It Stick: The Science Of Successful Learning."<p>"We need to keep learning and remembering all our lives," they write. "Getting ahead at work takes mastery of job skills and difficult colleagues. ... If you're good at …

Washington University in St. Louis

This Amazing Little Bird Can Fly for Nearly a Year Straight

Bird lovers, let’s hear it for the little guy. Researchers have just discovered evidence that common swifts (a small type of bird) can spend <i>10</i> …

Birds

13 Subtle Signs You Might Be Coming Off As Unapproachable Without Realizing It & How To Fix The Problem

There exist some people who are endlessly approachable. It doesn't matter if they are out at the bar, milling about at a networking event, or simply …

9 Ways for You to Keep Your Personal Power

As the author of <i>13 Things Mentally Strong People Don't Do</i>, I often hear from people about which of the 13 things they struggle with the most. The …

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Frog goes extinct, media yawns

Is the loss of a unique life form on Earth big news? Not according to most media outlets. But how can the public care about global mass extinction if they aren’t even told about its victims?<p>On 26 September, staff with the Atlanta Botanical Garden found a frog dead in his enclosure. The frog had big …

Whenever you lie, your brain adjusts to make telling bigger whoppers easier, study finds

Telling small lies causes changes in the brain that lead people down a “slippery slope” towards increasingly large acts of dishonesty, according to a …

Psychology

This Is How to Overcome Social Anxiety: 5 Tips Backed by Research

Your mind races. Your palms sweat. The words don’t come out of your mouth right, if they come at all. We’ve all been there at one time or another. …

23 Things Everyone Can Do To Create A Life-changing Morning Routine

Imagine a door in front of you.<p>As you open them, you find yourself in a room with only a desk and a chair.<p>You approach towards, you see a book, which …

Daily habits that sabotage your peace of mind

I used to wake up each morning and, before I'd even brushed my teeth, I would check my email. This often meant that the first thing I saw every day was a frantic message from my boss. Eventually, I realized I had to set a rule: I wouldn't check my email until after I finished my morning workout. …

Self-improvement

What You Can Do When You Can't Stop Thinking About Something

There are only two things you can truly control—your thoughts and your behavior. No one else can choose either one of those for you. But sometimes …

16 daily habits that are easy to practice and can significantly improve your life

In the Quora thread "What are some good 'mini habits' to practice each day?" readers shared the simple habits you should follow every day to become a happier, healthier, or more productive person.<p>The best part is, each one takes only about five minutes to complete.<p>Here are some of our favorites:<p>1. …

Mental Disorders

How to Learn Something and Actually Retain It

<i>This article is part of</i> Tools of the Trade<i>, a weekly series in which a variety of experts share actionable tips for achieving fast and effective</i> …