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Eat This Carb and You Won't Gain Weight

Carbohydrates sound so innocent: mere starches, sugar and fiber that the body uses for energy. Yet health-conscious Americans despise them, designing …

14 Best Science-Fiction Books to Read

These days, it seems like the headlines being splashed across our TVs, phones, and computer screens seem more like they're from a book or movie than actual real life. It's all enough to make you think to yourself, "Wait, did they just... is this a science-fiction novel?"<p>Not quite — this is all very …

The Pit In Your Stomach is Actually Your Second Brain

The world is so much bigger and more interesting than we can see with our naked eyes. If we could, we could watch cells grow, morph, and split again over and over again on the backs of our own wrists--or the billions of foreign cells living in and among our own, forming what scientists are …

10 Profound Quotes From a Zen Buddhist Master on the Secret of Reaching Enlightenment

Do you also find that Zen Buddhist thought holds some fascinating insights that are relevant to the modern age?<p>You don’t need to be a practicing …

15 Quotes From the Father of Modern Zen That Will Open Your Mind

Ever heard of Hakuin Ekaku? If not, then you’re in for a major treat of wisdom today.<p>Ekaku lived in Japan in the 1700s and is considered one of the …

Meditation

7 mindful habits that are hard to adopt but will benefit you forever

I’m sure you’ve heard of ‘mindfulness’ before. From mental health experts to professional athletes, it’s being touted as the next big revolution in …

Mindfulness

15 Soothing Mindfulness Quotes That Will Calm Your Anxious Feelings

Anxiety is becoming a big problem for people in America. According to most recent estimates, anxiety Disorders affect 18.1 percent of adults in the …

6 novel-writing tips from one of the publishing world's top editors

<i>Lots of people have, at one point or another, harbored dreams of writing the next great novel. But where to begin? Luckily,</i> <i>MashReads</i> <i>went to the best</i> …

A Mindfulness Expert Reveals 7 Morning Rituals That Will Change Your Life

I think we can all agree that the morning is the most important part of the day. If you have a peaceful and productive morning, you’ll be ready to …

Meditation

Cacio e Pepe Biscuits

Basic baking powder biscuits get a cacio e pepe makeover with the addition of spicy, buttery Pecorino-Romano cheese and floral freshly cracked black …

Italian Food

Estrogen Deprivation Leads To Death Of Dopamine Cells In The Brain

Estrogen deprivation leads to the death of dopamine cells in the brain, a finding by Yale researchers that could have implications for …

Neuroscience

KFC China has another weird tech idea to get you to eat fast food

Kentucky Fried Chicken is once again showing how tech-savvy it is.<p>The fast food chain's Chinese division, reports <i>TechCrunch,</i> is partnering up with …

This Startup Will Sequence Your DNA, So You Can Contribute To Medical Research

Will the opportunity to contribute to disease-ending medical research convince more people to get their DNA sequenced?<p>The price to sequence the human genome has dropped from $100 million in 2001 to just a few thousand dollars today. It’s now cheap enough that some people are starting to get …

This scientific quest to find “missing” memories is changing the way we think about the brain

A new experiment finds you don’t need to activate neurons to store memories.<p>Neuroscientist Nathan Rose and his colleagues at the University of Wisconsin recently lost track of a memory.<p>I mean that literally. One minute, they saw a trace of a memory “light up” in an fMRI scan. In the next minute it …

We Now Have Scientific Evidence For Why You Should Never Go to Bed Angry

Forgetfulness is bliss.<p>We're always told to 'never go to bed angry', but is this just a relationship cliché, or wise words to live by? According to …

Tech billionaires convinced we live in the Matrix are secretly funding scientists to help break us out of it

Some of the world’s richest and most powerful people are convinced that we are living in a computer simulation. And now they’re trying to do …

When Freud Meets With Pop Culture Characters, Things Get Heavy (and Hilarious) Fast

Cartoonist Lee Gatlin regularly posts hilarious comics on his Tumblr, including a series of comics where Freud listens to the emotional woes of …

See How Studio Ghibli Brings the World’s Oldest Manga to Life

<b>WHO:</b> Studio Ghibli <b><br>WHAT:</b> An animation of the world’s oldest manga, <i>Choju Jinbutsu Giga</i> <b><br>WHY WE CARE:</b> Often considered the Japan’s version of Disney, Studio Ghibli has created some of the most stunning and critically acclaimed animated features of all-time, including <i>Howl’s Moving Castle</i>, <i>Princess …

Anime

The best science fiction and fantasy novels – reviews roundup

Eric Brown on Radiance by Catherynne M Valente, Eleanor by Jason Gurley, Empire V by Victor Pelevin, A Gathering of Shadows by VE Schwab and Immortals by Jordanna Max Brodsky<p>In <b>Radiance</b> (Corsair, £16.99), her first adult novel for four years, Catherynne M Valente posits an absurdist alternative …

Books

Top 100 Gadgets Trends in February

These February 2016 gadgets trends range from simplified smartwatches to connected clothing items like heated winter jackets and smart gowns. In …

We may Finally Know why a Flu Vaccine Triggered Narcolepsy

In an attempt to battle the 2009 swine flu pandemic, two separate pharmaceutical companies developed vaccines for the causative H1N1 strain: …

Immune System

Narcolepsy medication modafinil is world's first safe 'smart drug'

Increasingly taken by healthy people to improve focus before exams, after a comprehensive review researchers say modafinil is safe in the short-term<p>Modafinil is the world’s first safe “smart drug”, researchers at Harvard and Oxford universities have said, after performing a comprehensive review of …

The Brain

A Drug Meant For Narcolepsy Can Boost Brain Function

In addition to keeping you awake<p>In 1998, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the drug modafinil as a treatment for narcolepsy, a condition in which the brain has trouble regulating its sleep-wake cycle that results in sudden “sleep attacks” where a person falls asleep at unwanted or …

The Brain

Japanese fan recreates images from legendary horror manga master Junji Ito

<b>Horror manga cosplay</b> makes this fan look like she’s been <b>drawn in pencil</b>.<p>From vocaloids like Miku Hatsune to magical warriors like Sailor Moon, …

'Star Wars' and the coming holographic cinema revolution

"AR is going to hit us like a big bang," says ILMxLab creative director John Gaeta when I ask him whether augmented reality, as that holographic technology is known, has been undervalued by the public and press. "We're just trying to point out right from the beginning that there will be a form of …

14 Graphic Novels and Comics Every Twentysomething Woman Should Read

Do you like intrigue and dazzling illustrations? Here you go.<p>Comics and graphic novels are incredibly popular, but if you've never cracked one open yourself, it can be hard to know where to start. These days, we're spoiled for choice; there are so many awesome ones by and about women, online and in …

J.K. Rowling Reveals the American Wizarding School, Does Not Specify Whether It Complies to Common Core Standards

Finally, you have a place to blame for not sending you an acceptance letter to the world of magic — given, of course, that you live in North America, …

Books

Star Wars: Episode IX Director Wants to Shoot Parts of Film in Space

The director of the next Star Wars movie is taking authenticity to the next level by—hopefully—shooting parts of the film in space using IMAX …

Awesome Art Picks: Nightwing, Emma Frost, Deadpool, and More

Each week we search and gather up the coolest comic book art you won't see in actual comics. The reason you won't is because artists often draw sketches for fun or commissions and post them on their websites, blogs, and Tumblrs. Some artists even arrange commissions through their sites so be sure …

Drawing