Youssef Sleiman

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How Positive Thoughts Build Skills, Boost Health, and Improve Work

Positive thinking sounds useful on the surface. (Most of us would prefer to be positive rather than negative.) But “positive thinking” is also a soft …

Happiness

How electrical brain stimulation can change the way we think

HAVE YOU EVER wanted to take a vacation from your own head? You could do it easily enough with liberal applications of alcohol or hallucinogens, but …

Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryIt’s Time to Forgive <i>The Joy Luck Club</i> Inkoo Kang The landmark film beautifully portrayed the Asian American experience. Then Asian …

How To Electrify Your Brain To Be Smarter With a 9-Volt Battery (Updated)

Transcranial direct current stimulation can make your brain work better. DARPA proved it can make you better at video games, the U.S. Air Force has …

DIY: How to Overclock Your Brain with a 9Volt Battery + Other Brain Hacks

So much research has been done lately on cognitive enhancement and other therapeutic practices with a small direct current through the brain. …

The Boy Who Played With Fusion

Taylor Wilson always dreamed of creating a star. Now he’s become one<p>"Propulsion," the nine-year-old says as he leads his dad through the gates of the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. "I just want to see the propulsion stuff."<p>A young woman guides their group toward a full-scale …

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If your brain were a computer, how much storage space would it have?

The comparison between the human brain and a computer is not a perfect one, but it does lend itself to some interesting lines of inquiry. For …

TV shows

Butterflies remember a mountain that hasn't existed for millennia

Geology is what we look to when we want enduring monuments. Rock and metal outlast anything made of living tissue. Or do they? In another example of …

13 Post-Apocalyptic Stories That Actually Teach Valuable Lessons

A lot of post-apocalyptic tales look really awesome with their explosions and rotting monsters, but they don't have a lot of philosophical depth. …

Science Fiction

Screenwriter and author John August

A reader forwarded a link to this structural analysis of Big Fish, which attempts to break down my screenplay down into five plot points:<p>Inciting …