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The best books of 2016 list you get when you combine 36 “Best Books of 2016” lists

Slavery. Racism. Urbanism. Disease. While 2016 may not have been a banner year for liberal democracy in the world at large, it should definitely go down as a woke time in book publishing.<p>For dedicated bibliophiles, the low thrum of literary FOMO that bubbles up around May has by mid-December …

Give Up

New research shows that grit can be costly and unnecessary.<p>Grit is good. At least, that’s the advice most college counselors, middle managers, Spelling-Bee coaches, and most anyone who’s ever advised someone will give you. American culture, in particular, esteems the Jobs of the world (both the …

What You Can Learn From Hunter-Gatherers' Sleeping Patterns

It’s not what you think.<p>Here’s the story that people like to tell about the way we sleep: Back in the day, we got more of it. Our eyes would shut when it got dark. We’d wake up for a few hours during the night instead of snoozing for a single long block. And we’d nap during the day.<p>Then—minor …

You Can Grow New Brain Cells. Here's How.

Sex, dark chocolate, and aerobics are all encouraged.<p>Can adults grow new neurons? Until relatively recently, experts believed the answer was no.<p>But as neuroscientist Sandrine Thuret explains in a new TED Talk, humans can indeed generate new brain cells, a process called neurogenesis. More …

What Happens In Your Brain During The Two Critical Stages Of Sleep

We shouldn’t wear lack of sleep like a badge of honor. Our brains are actually doing important work to make us more successful as we snooze.<p>The average person spends one-third, or 36%, of their lives sleeping. That means if you live to be 90, you spend about 32 years asleep.<p>“What that 32 years is …