Jessica Masters

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Israeli Scientists Uncover Therapy That Converts Cancer Cells Into Normal Ones

Cancer cells, by definition, are abnormal cells that divide with abandon and have the potential to spread throughout and wreak havoc on your vital …

Trillions Upon Trillions of Viruses Fall From the Sky Each Day

High in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Spain, an international team of researchers set out four buckets to gather a shower of viruses falling from the sky.<p>Scientists have surmised there is a stream of viruses circling the planet, above the planet’s weather systems but below the level of airline …

Biology

When do you know you're old enough to die? Barbara Ehrenreich has some answers

With her latest book, Natural Causes, Barbara Ehrenreich notes that there’s an age at which death no longer requires much explanation<p>Four years ago, Barbara Ehrenreich, 76, reached the realisation that she was old enough to die. Not that the author, journalist and political activist was sick; she …

Health

Empathy: Part Choice, Part Genetics

Empathy is widely agreed upon to be one of the most human emotions that we possess. Seriously, no one's ever complained about too much empathy. It …

How Psychopaths See the World

It’s not that they can’t consider other people’s perspectives. It’s that they don’t do so automatically.<p>It’s a rare person who goes out of their way to spend time with psychopaths, and a rarer one still who repeatedly calls a prison to do so. But after more than a year of meetings and negotiation, …

Psychology

The rapper Dessa scanned her brain to fall out of love

How the rapper Dessa’s turn to neuroscience inspired her new album, Chime<p>On a rainy night two years ago, the rapper Dessa pulled over on the side of the road to take a call. The name of a man she had dated on and off for years flashed across caller ID; they weren’t dating any longer, but the sight …

The Struggle to Predict—and Prevent—Toxic Masculinity

Terrie Moffitt has been trying to figure out why men are terrible for more than 25 years. Or, to calibrate: Why <i>some</i> men are really terrible—violent, …

When Poop Becomes Medicine

Once a weird, fringe treatment, fecal transplants have started becoming mainstream.<p>In 1957, a young microbiologist named Stanley Falkow started asking sick people to swallow their own poop.<p>Falkow was working as a technician in a hospital lab at a time when patients were besieged by a rogue strain …

Medicine

The Bottom of The Ocean Has Started Sinking Under The Weight of Melting Glaciers

Jeez.<p>Decades of measurements and predictions of sea level rise could have underestimated the scale of the problem, experts warn, due to scientists …

13 Science-Backed Signs You're Smarter Than You Realise

Don't underestimate yourself.<p>Everyone wants to be humble. Who me, smart? Nah, I'm just a good test-taker.<p>And anyway, it's kind of crass to go around …

Psychology

The Eight Basic Qualities in All Personality Disorders

From the earliest attempts by psychiatrists to diagnose longstanding deficits in adaptive functioning known as personality disorders to the most …

Psychology

Nine ways to make people like you without saying a word

Becoming more likable is easier than you think.<p>There's lots of research on the traits and behaviours that make people likable — that have nothing to …

Scientists say they can measure your charisma with only 6 questions

I have a select few friends I would call genuinely charismatic — the rest are kind, and/or funny, and/or outgoing, but aren't <i>quite</i> there yet.<p>The thing is, I can't tell you exactly how I made that distinction. It's more of an intuitive judgment.<p>But a team of researchers at the University of Toronto, …

Psychology

9 ways to make people like you without saying a word

Becoming more likable is easier than you think.<p>There's lots of research on the traits and behaviors that make people likable — that have nothing to do with what they're saying.<p>Below, Business Insider has rounded up some of the most fascinating pieces of research on the best ways to make friends and …

Self-improvement

What Your Dreams Actually Mean, According to Science

If dreams were movies, they wouldn’t make a dime. They’re often banal, frequently fleeting and they’re screened for an audience of just one. As for …

Sigmund Freud

Here Are the Ages You Peak at Everything Throughout Life

Here's what you have to look forward to.<p>Aging can seem like a scary prospect, but a wealth of scientific studies have found that youth isn’t all it’s …

Here's the strategy Navy SEALs use to persevere through impossibly tough conditions

That might sound like a ridiculous assertion: Seriously? You're underwater in scuba gear with your instructor tying your air hose in knots, 100% certain that you're going to die, and a key to success is telling yourself, <i>You can do it</i>?<p>That's what Barker — who runs a popular blog by the same name as …

Positive Thinking

"Get Out" And The Ineffectiveness of Post-Racial White Feminism

<i>Get Out</i>, the number-one movie at U.S. box offices this weekend, is a new horror film that portrays a young Black man’s journey into the segregated, …

Gloria Steinem: Women Have ‘Chick Flicks.’ What About Men?

I was on a flight from New York to Seattle when a long delay on the tarmac prompted the airline to offer us a free movie. As the flight attendant read the choices aloud, a young man across the aisle said, “I don’t watch chick flicks!”<p>I knew what he meant, and so did the woman sitting next to me. A …

A teen feminist guide to the world right now

As the world is right now, feminism is more important than ever. Period. The right to safe, legal abortion access in the United States, Ireland, Poland and beyond are threatened. Young women are most at risk when it comes to experiencing depression and anxiety. Our governments are rolling back …

Feminism

The word hysterical no longer silences women. Nice try, Chancellor | Mary Creagh

I enjoy the cut and thrust of politics. But I was disappointed to find myself the subject of Philip Hammond’s tired old sexist jibe<p>I asked Philip Hammond, the chancellor of the exchequer, a fairly routine Treasury question on Tuesday. Would he give policy and regulatory certainty to the 100,000 UK …

How to make your kid good at anything, according to a world expert on peak performance

K. Anders Ericsson has spent 30 years studying people who are exceptional at what they do, and trying to figure out how they got to be so good. His conclusion: in most cases, talent doesn’t matter—practice does.<p>The practice he advocates is not hitting 100,000 golf balls or spending 10,000 hours …

Ericsson

Want to Be an Exceptional Leader? Science Says Think This Way (Because Most Bosses Don't)

To develop high performers, praising effort achieves way more than praising results.<p>Praise can be incredibly motivating. Praise can be extremely encouraging. Praise can be hugely inspiring.<p>If you do it the right way. Take the wrong approach, and praising an employee can actually have the opposite …

What happens to your brain when you give up sugar

Anyone who knows me also knows that I have a huge sweet tooth. I always have.<p>My friend and fellow graduate student Andrew is equally afflicted, and living in Hershey, Pennsylvania -- the "Chocolate Capital of the World" -- doesn't help either of us.<p>But Andrew is braver than I am. Last year, he gave …

Nutrition

The Psychological Research That Helps Explain the Election

At the end of most years, I’m typically asked to write about the best psychology papers of the past twelve months. This year, though, is not your typical year. And so, instead of the usual “best of,” I’ve decided to create a list of classic psychology papers and findings that can explain not just …

A researcher discovered how cavemen cleaned their teeth. It will make you want to brush yours.

The earliest known toothbrushes date back to 3500 B.C., found in Egyptian tombs next to their owners. They're pieces of stick, really, with frayed ends to whisk away debris. But the fact that the Egyptians thought to pack a toothbrush on their trip to the afterlife hints at one of the most vexing …

Anthropology

Beads found in 3,400-year-old Nordic graves were made by King Tut's glassmaker

Stunning glass beads found in Danish Bronze Age burials dating to 3400 years ago turn out to have come from ancient Egypt – in fact, from the …

Islamic State: An invincible force?

<b>In June 2014, so-called Islamic State (IS) took over the Iraqi city of Mosul. Within weeks, the organisation had swept through large swathes in Iraq and Syria, seizing a territory the size of the United Kingdom.</b><p>The territory IS controls has shrunk in the two years since a US-led multinational …

'Islamic State': Raqqa's loss seals rapid rise and fall

<b>Abu Anis only realised something unusual was happening when he heard the sound of explosions coming from the old city on the western bank of the Tigris as it runs through Mosul.</b><p>"I phoned some friends over there, and they said armed groups had taken over, some of them foreign, some Iraqis," the …

Middle East

There’s no space for today’s young Einsteins | Philip Ball

The gravitational waves theorist saw physics as no one else did, but if he was around today his time would be spent chasing grants or tenures<p>The discovery of gravitational waves has been hailed as yet another vindication of Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity, unveiled a century ago. …

Physics