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Can psychological treatments be harmful?

The mind is a delicate thing, so can therapies actually have a negative effect? The evidence points to some cause for concern<p>The side effects of antidepressants are well known – nausea, dry mouth, constipation and loss of interest in sex. But what if your depression is being treated by a …

If You Want to Lose Weight, Quit the Gym

Healthy living doesn’t start with Crossfit. It starts in the kitchen.<p>Have you heard the adage “you can’t out-exercise a bad diet”?<p>What you eat …

10 Signs You're Experiencing More Than Just Stress

Here's how to tell if your issues are deeper than everyday angst.<p>Nobody's perfect. And the stressors we all face on a regular basis can bring out the worst in pretty much everyone. But some people's emotional turmoil runs a bit deeper than your average, everyday angst.<p>The National Alliance on …

How to Be Happy: 10 Science-Backed Ways to Become a Happier Person

A boatload of research offers practical advice you can use to start being happier today.<p>Science has landed a probe on a comet hurtling through space, wiped smallpox from the face of the earth, and split the atom. Surely research can come up with a few ways to make humans happier.<p>Thanks to the …

America's Whites-Only Weed Boom

Black Americans were disproportionately targeted in the "war on drugs." Now state laws and steep regulatory costs have left them far more likely to be shut out of America's profitable marijuana boom<p><b>When Colorado’s first</b> medical marijuana dispensaries opened in 2009, Unique Henderson was psyched. …

17 Martin Luther King Jr. Quotes You Never Hear

While best known for his "I Have a Dream" speech, King's legacy included much more than that.<p>If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don't want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. Every now and then I wonder what I want them …

Live tapeworm, 'still wiggling,' removed from California man's brain

Luis Ortiz can't remember much about his nearly three-month hospital stay this fall. He said his brush with death started with an intense headache.<p>After suffering debilitating pain that spurred fits of vomiting, Ortiz was taken to a Napa Valley hospital, where doctors found a live tapeworm trapped …

Medicine

3 Cognitive Biases That Affect Our Decisions Every Day

We are all guilty of procrastinating from time to time—there’s <i>always</i> something more interesting than the work in hand. We usually think it’s no big …

Mindfulness in the mainstream: an old solution to modern problems

Leading mindfulness expert Mark Williams will brief MPs on how meditation could drastically improve the UK’s wellbeing and productivity<p>The Attlee Room in parliament will fall quiet on Tuesday to hear one of the country’s leading meditation teachers explain the basics of the 2,400-year-old tradition …

It looks like Obama fell for 'the biggest myth out there' in Syria

"The biggest myth out there is the existence of 'state institutions' separate from Assad," Badran said in an interview.<p>"The reality is, once you concede the regime, you inevitably concede Assad."<p>Months after the Syrian civil war erupted in 2011, Obama called for Assad to step down to hasten an end …

Middle East

15 healthy eating habits that work according to scientists

But as fun as the diets may seem, it's often difficult to stick with them for more than a few weeks, and as a result few people actually see any long-term results.<p>Rather than trying one of those, here are 15 science-backed habits that can help boost your health and may help with weight loss as well.

Weight Loss

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience

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 …

Physicist David Bohm and Philosopher Jiddu Krishnamurti on Love, Intelligence, and How to Transcend the Wall of Being

“One cannot accumulate love.”<p>“If we ever reach the point where we think we thoroughly understand who we are and where we came from,” Carl Sagan wrote in his meditation on science and spirituality, “we will have failed.”<p>Between April and September of 1980, as Sagan’s <i>Cosmos</i> was making its debut and …

Jiddu Krishnamurti

The 15-Step Guide to Acing Any Job Interview

You’ve made it past the resume robots and the critical eyes of the recruiter to land an in-person interview. This is your chance — perhaps your <i>one</i> …

Employment

4 scientifically proven methods to increase your productivity

The way we are working isn’t working anymore, and hasn’t been for some time. Checking email in bed the moment we awake, chugging too much coffee, hour-long commutes twice each day…they all take a toll on the quality of our work and our lives.<p>Not to mention that when we get to the office, many of us …

3D Printed Fish Can Detect And Remove Toxins From Liquid

And could one day become medicine that you swallow<p>We all know that eating fish is good for your health, but what about fish shaped robots?<p>In a study published this month in <i>Advanced Materials</i>, researchers from UC San Diego announced that they'd figured out a way to 3D print tiny microrobots in the …

UC San Diego

Guitarists Can Sync Their Brains With Other Players, Forming A Giant Hyperbrain

The neuroscience of jamming is a giant mind meld.<p>Guitarists perform a kind of mind-meld when they play together, syncing their brainwaves to the extent that they can anticipate each other’s moves. They also switch off the outside world while playing, leaving them in a tiny universe of them and …

Ashley Madison insists it’s not a scam

Ashley Madison says that women do in fact use its website and are even continuing to sign up, rejecting an analysis last week that said only a few thousand women ever used the site to send a message. It says that during the first half of 2015, the ratio of paying male members to active female …

Ashley Madison

25-minute walk could add seven years to life

New research shows that exercise can delay the ageing process, with experts suggesting one walk a day could halve the risk of heart attack death and add seven years to the lifespan<p>Just 25 minutes of brisk walking a day could add to seven years to your life, heart experts have said.<p>Researchers said …

Biomedicine

You’re probably doing email introductions wrong

If you are introducing two people without using a double opt-in intro, you have a high likelihood of being a terrible person. Yup–I said it.<p><b>First, what’s a single opt-in intro?</b><p>Very simply, a single opt-in intro is where you are introduced to someone via email without them giving you a heads up …

Countertops

Marijuana Startup Leafly Takes Out Full-Page Ad In The New York Times

Hailed as the Yelp of weed, marijuana startup Leafly is running a full-age ad in the Sunday edition of <i>The New York Times</i>.<p>“Our advertisement in <i>The New York Times</i> is a responsible, mainstream message that elevates the conversation about cannabis in the U.S.,” Leafly CEO Brendan Kennedy said in a …

Cannabis

Are You Ready for Self-Driving Cars?

You may not be, but they're still on their way.<p><i>(Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)</i><p>Self-driving cars sound wonderful: A computer program can ferry you to work while you kick back and read a book. But are they safe? Many Americans have mixed feelings and don't entirely trust software to take …