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How to Pick Music for People on LSD, From a Scientist Whose Job That Is

Neuroscience PhD student Mendel Kaelen researches the relationship between psychedelics and music. He explains how he picks the songs.<p>Since its 60s counterculture heyday, LSD has been closely associated with music. But it's not just artistic proclivities that link them: Researchers have found that …

Unprecedented access to the White House to relive the bin Laden raid

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Americans' memories of the killing of Osama bin Laden will forever be tied to a few iconic images.<p>CNN's Peter Bergen was given unprecedented access to the White House to talk about this monumental mission and the war on terror with President Barack Obama on the fifth anniversary …

How LSD Makes Your Brain One With The Universe

Some users of LSD say one of the most profound parts of the experience is a deep oneness with the universe. The hallucinogenic drug might be causing this by blurring boundaries in the brain, too.<p>The sensation that the boundaries between yourself and the world around you are erasing correlates to …

7 Maps That Explain The United States' Strategy

What is striking about American strategy is its paradoxical nature: The fact that each solution to a threat poses a new threat.<p>Since its birth, the United States has sought to defend itself. The US approaches each threat with a constant outward movement of attention and resources… and now, it …

Five Ways Working More Slowly Can Boost Your Productivity

You know all about why multitasking is bad and meditation is good. Here’s the cognitive case for why slower might be better.<p>Whatever mix of foreboding, cautious optimism, denial, and indifference with which you greet the prospect of your job being handed over to robots in the future, one thing …

How long would the US military last in a war against the rest of the world?

Not just its traditional rivals, but what if it had to fight off its allies like the UK, France, and South Korea as well?<p>In short, America would stomp them.<p>Especially if it pulled back to the continental US and made its stand there.<p>First, the US has the world's largest Navy, by a lot. With ships …

19 Seriously Scary Documentaries That’ll Scare The Hell Out Of You

You'll never relax again.<p><b>WARNING: Many of the films on this list are incredibly disturbing. Please continue and watch each film with discretion.</b>

How Russia May End Up Controlling 73% of Global Oil Supply

Russia has played a master stroke in the current oil crisis by taking the lead in forming a new cartel, but it’s a move that could spell geopolitical …

Clinton Voters Like Obama More Than Sanders Supporters Do

And other divisions between Clinton and Sanders supporters.<p>A month ago, the talk about Hillary Clinton’s campaign was of deja vu, with Bernie Sanders …

Bill Clinton Eases Up on Bernie Sanders Attacks

OMAHA, Neb. – One sign that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is feeling better about its prospects these days: Bill Clinton is laying off her Democratic rival, Bernie Sanders. Campaigning for his wife Friday on the eve of the Nebraska caucuses, Mr. Clinton made the barest mention of the Vermont senator …

Is binge-watching bad for your mental health?

Our research shows that binge-watchers are more likely to report higher stress, anxiety and depression. What we don’t know yet is whether the link is causal<p>With the release of the fourth season of House of Cards, all 13 episodes are available for Netflix subscribers. Some fans might space each …

Mental Health

Why Silence Is So Good For Your Brain

In a loud and distracting world, finding pockets of stillness can benefit your brain and body. Here are four science-backed reasons why.<p>We live in a loud and distracting world, where silence is increasingly difficult to come by ― and that may be negatively affecting our health.<p>In fact, a 2011 World …

When Terrorists First Attacked the U.S.

A hundred years ago this month, the nation was blindsided by the first act of terrorism on U.S. soil—at the hands of Mexican troops commanded by the …

How To Be Emotionally Intelligent Like A True Leader

It’s Monday again.<p>The annoying alarm breaks the piece of silence you are enjoying. You keep pressing snooze and don’t want to leave your bed. As the …

The CIA’s Front Page

The President’s Daily Brief, also known simply as ‘the Book,’ is designed to meet the interests and reading tastes of exactly one reader.<p>Mention “the Book” to any CIA officer and he will know exactly what book you are talking about. Every analyst sees writing for the Book as the pinnacle of his …

National Security

Marco Rubio’s campaign for the White House is running on fumes

SENATOR Marco Rubio of Florida, a young Cuban-American with a stirring, up-by-the-bootstraps life-story, was once called the future of the Republican …

Government

Christian Bale follows Terrence Malick's train of thought in 'Knight of Cups'

Christian Bale has a long history with Terrence Malick. The Oscar winner first met the director when he read for a part in the filmmaker's 1998 World War II drama "The Thin Red Line" –— he wasn't cast.<p>But he was cast in Malick's 2005 historical film "The New World." Now he's in the latest Malick …

Los Angeles

Bale almost quit 'Knight of Cups,' and every movie

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Christian Bale plays a screenwriter who has lost his own narrative in Terrence Malick's "Knight of Cups" (out Friday in limited …

Bale

Video: How one team created a VR documentary in South Sudan

On the Brink of Famine, filmed in South Sudan, will be distributed on Facebook 360.<p>Managing civil war, excruciating heat, and a ton of GoPro …

How the BBC is using virtual reality to help audiences engage with history

The broadcaster is producing a virtual reality documentary about the 1916 Easter Rising to make learning about historical events more accessible

Virtual Reality

Clinton must make Elizabeth Warren her vice president

By Dana Milbank<p>, Columnist<p>Hillary Clinton has a knack for turning triumph into tedium.<p>On Tuesday night, after her Super Tuesday wins all but guaranteed her the Democratic presidential nomination, she served up a victory speech that was a bowl of mush.<p>“We know we’ve got work to do, but that work is …

Middle-class

3 Scientifically Proven Ways to Optimize Your Brain

If your meetings are sputtering, rewiring the gray matter may help get employees reconnected.<p>The co-founders of Aditazz, which uses software to design and construct hospitals and other specialized buildings, were beyond frustrated. Zigmund Rubel, an architect, wanted to design buildings in one …

The Democratic Party Got Crushed During The Obama Presidency. Here's Why

The GOP may be in the midst of an identity crisis, but the Democratic Party is also facing a political crisis that could be made a lot worse if it doesn't win the White House in November.<p><b>Here's why:</b><p>Part of President Obama's legacy is the health of his party. He's had many successes in office — …

UK documentary "The Mad World of Donald Trump" (2016)

One of the many interesting items in Channel 4's documentary, <i>The Mad World of Donald Trump</i>, is TV presenter Selina Scott's account of how Trump began …

How political science helps explain the rise of Trump: the role of white identity and grievances

By Michael Tesler<p>John Sides<p>, Contributor, Monkey Cage<p>This is the second of three posts describing how political science helps explain the success of Donald Trump. In the first post, we discussed the research showing that most voters are not ideologues, and, in particular, that many Republicans have …

How Paying Off All My Debt Changed My Life

Here’s what debt is doing to our well-being and how it feels to pay it all off.<p>The average American has a lot of debt: $15,355 in credit card debt, $26,530 in auto loans, and a mortgage of $165,892, according to the financial website NerdWallet. And those who carry student loans have an average …

Hillary Clinton's email scandal, 'the greatest wild card' of the election, just got even more unpredictable

In early 2009, Clinton reportedly paid Bryan Pagliano, the IT director, $5,000 to divert all of her emails to a new private server.<p>The server set up by Pagliano replaced one used by Clinton's husband, former President Bill Clinton, and was handed over to the Denver-based company Platte River in …

Government

Parents furious as school calls social services after son said he wanted to 'fight terrorists'

Eight-year-old Rhys Atkinson is the latest child to get caught in schools' new duties to report suspicious behaviour<p>The parents of an eight-year-old schoolboy who wrote he wanted to 'fight terrorists' after learning about the Syrian refugee crisis in class claim they were grilled by his head …

This simple 10-3-2-1-0 formula could make your days more productive

Better sleep and more productivity during the day could be just around the corner using this very simple technique<p>Finding peace and quiet in today’s 24-hour society can be tricky but a simple technique could help boost your productivity, it is claimed.<p>The 10-3-2-1-0 formula can help you sleep …

“My goal is to destroy the Republican Party”: Former Reagan adviser Bruce Bartlett explains his vote for Donald Trump

<b>(MSNBC)</b><p>The GOP is “just a coalition of cranks, and racists and bigots and religious kooks” that will lose big with Trump<p>Sophia Tesfaye<p>March 3, 2016 2:48pm (UTC)<p>Historian and former Ronald Reagan aide Bruce Bartlett has been a longtime critic of the right-wing conservatism that has taken hold of the …

Republicans