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The FBI looked into suspected bomber Ahmad Rahami in 2014 and found no ‘ties to terrorism’

By Ellen Nakashima<p>, Reporter<p>Matt Zapotosky<p>, Reporter<p>Mark Berman<p>, Reporter<p>NEW YORK — Federal prosecutors on Tuesday charged Rahami, who remained hospitalized after a shootout with police, with four counts, including bombing and attempted bombing of a public place.<p>Earlier on Tuesday, the FBI had …

Extremism

Texas has highest maternal mortality rate in developed world, study finds

As the Republican-led state legislature has slashed funding to reproductive healthcare clinics, the maternal mortality rate doubled over just a two-year period<p>The rate of Texas women who died from complications related to pregnancy doubled from 2010 to 2014, a new study has found, for an estimated …

A top Harvard professor says this is how to trick your brain into conquering fear

But, the TED Talk is only one of Cuddy's defining moments.<p>In her book, "Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges," Cuddy discusses how to feel liberated and perform at your best.<p>She defines presence as "the state of being attuned to and able to comfortably express our true …

TED Talks

Why is Africa so poor while Europe and North America are so wealthy?

By Andrew Gelman<p>, Contributor, Monkey Cage<p>(AFP Photo/Handout/NASA )<p>A few years ago, two economics professors, Quamrul Ashraf and Oded Galor, published a paper, “The ‘Out of Africa’ Hypothesis, Human Genetic Diversity, and Comparative Economic Development,” that drew inferences about poverty and …

Genetics

A New Study Claims People With Higher IQs Don't Require Large Social Circles

Maybe that's why you're such a homebody.<p>While the average person is happier with a large friend circle, new research reveals those with higher IQs are better off with a small one.<p>Evolutionary psychologists Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics and Norman Li of Singapore Management …

6 Simple Strategies for Being Happy Alone

Most American adults have spent a non-trivial amount of time being untethered to other people. Almost everyone has spent at least a few years being …

Happiness

One simple practice that will dramatically increase your emotional intelligence

This is often a good thing. Think about it: Good reflexes can help you avoid a car accident or jump to a friend's aid without hesitation.<p>But we get into trouble when we let emotions rule those reactions. For example, how do you typically respond when:<p>You read an email that implies you dropped the …

The Jesuit Priest Who Believed in God and the Singularity

Pierre Teilhard de Chardin’s ideas may have been ahead of his time.<p>In 1915, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin was serving on the front lines of World War I. Somewhere in the blood, sweat, and death of never-ending trench warfare, Teilhard glimpsed something that would haunt him: the vast …

Here's Why Your Late Night Eating Habits Are Ruining Your Health

Rethinking your dinner time could be a major game changer.<p>Whether it's a late dinner after a long day at the office, or some light nighttime snacking, you've probably found yourself munching away and thinking, "I can justify this late meal — I'm so hungry!" Or, "this quick nighttime snack won't …

Neuroscience reveals 4 rituals that will make you happy

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don't know what they're talking about. Don't trust them.<p>Actually, don't trust …

What does a scientist think of "right brain/left brain" tests?

<b>Maybe you've noticed the recent spate of "brain tests" making the rounds online.</b><p>There are different versions - several have been shared hundreds of thousands of times on Facebook - but most of them take the form of a quiz which purports to show how "left-brained" or "right-brained" you are. The …

A Stanford psychologist says these 6 things are the keys to happiness and success

But that notion is completely wrong, according to psychologist Emma Seppala, science director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University.<p>As Seppala explains in her new book "The Happiness Track: How to Apply the Science of Happiness to Accelerate Your …

Happiness

How to Reprogram Your Subconscious for Success

Our subconscious minds run the mental "programs" that govern our beliefs. In her new book, Ariana Ayu shares why and how vision boards can help reprogram your subconscious mind.<p><i>In her new book,</i> <i>The Magic of Mojo: The Creative Power Behind Success</i><i>, Ariana Ayu teaches entrepreneurs and other</i> …

Cancer Breakthrough: New Therapy Produces 'Unprecedented' Results In Terminally Ill Patients

A new therapy for cancer patients has been hailed as a breakthrough after doctors in the US found "unprecedented" results in terminally ill …

The Strange Way LSD Both Mimics Psychosis And Improves Mental Health

The drug can cause a temporary psychosis-like state, but can also lead to improved well-being.<p>Psychedelic drugs like LSD have the power to radically alter consciousness, giving rise to a number of psychological effects that are positive, negative, mystical and just plain weird.<p>Research in recent …

Mental Health

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How We Entered a New Era of Astronomy

It all began with a chirp.<p>Last week, a new era of astronomy began as Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory executive director David Reitze stood before a packed room at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, uttering the words we've been waiting a century to hear: "We've detected …