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Brain Scan Study Suggests Mental Math Exercises Could Boost Emotional Health

Engaging a specific part of the brain during mental math exercises is connected with better emotional health, according to a new brain-scanning study …

A delicate balance between positive and negative emotion | Brain and Cognitive Sciences

Neuroscientists identify two neuron populations that encode happy or fearful memories.<p>Our emotional state is governed partly by a tiny brain …

If You Run Fast Enough You Can Shut Your Mind Up for a While

When I run, I think about everything. My mind wanders here and there and by the time I’m done, it often feels like I’ve found solutions for every …

How to Prevent the 7 Most Common Nutrient Deficiencies

1 of 8<p>Nutrient Deficiencies Are More Common Than You Think<p>Nutrient deficiencies didn’t just plague pirates and medievalers; in fact, you probably …

Do We Have Left or Right Brain Personalities?

Is it true that some people are more 'right brained' or 'left brained?' Certainly some people are more creative and free-thinking, while others are …

You are almost definitely not living in reality because your brain doesn’t want you to

Every cognitive bias exists for a reason—primarily to save our brains time or energy.<p>I’ve spent many years referencing Wikipedia’s list of cognitive biases whenever I have a hunch that a certain type of thinking is an official bias but I can’t recall the name or details. But despite trying to …

The coolest container house you'll ever see

Today we will see a project where sustainability equals sophistication! <i>Christina</i> <i>Menezes Architects</i>, based in Brazil, came with the beautiful concept …

Green Design

Developers, projects knocking on national park gates

<b>To the editor:</b> Author Jacques Leslie rightly calls attention to the threat massive energy projects pose to America's national parks.<p>( "An assault on our national parks," Opinion, Aug. 14)<p>Historic sites on public lands across the country are threatened by large-scale, shortsighted projects that …

The 3 Body Types, Explained

Learn your somatotypes to better understand your weight loss potential.<p>Most of us can slot our overall build into one of three general categories (recognizing that there are a wide variety of shapes and sizes even within these categories).<p>Body composition is liberating because it gives you …

The 'ecosystem canaries' which act as warning signs of collapse

The Earth’s biodiversity is under attack. We would need to travel back over 65 million years to find rates of species loss as high as we are witnessing today.<p>Conservation often focuses on the big, enigmatic animals - tigers, polar bears, whales. There are many reasons to want to save these species …

Ecology

Scientists just discovered a secret American manuscript that was hidden under paint for 500 years

Medieval scribes scraped the ink off sheets of animal hide to reuse the pages. Plenty of artists have painted over one image with another.<p>And now scientists have an example from the Americas as well, as reported in a new study in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports.<p>There are only a …

5 Underrated Countries Where You Should Take Your Next Adventure

Where to travel when you've already traveled to all the typical places.<p>So you've already climbed Kilimanjaro, hiked the Inca Trail, and trekked to Everest base camp. And now that those trips are off your bucket list, you're looking for some off-the-beaten-path suggestions on where to go next. …

Travel

Neuroscience Reveals The Easy Ritual That Will Make You Happy

You drastically underestimate the power of touch. Actually, I’m wrong…The research says we’re really big on touching — our phones, that is. People …

This Data Scientist Has Mapped the Ultimate National Parks Road Trip

Just in time for the National Park Service's 100th anniversary.<p>We already know the most efficient and sight-packed route to drive to see all the continental states, but what if you only wanted to focus on seeing the most beautiful nature in America? A map for that exists now too.<p>Randy Olson, senior …

National Parks

7 Morning Routines That Will Spark Your Productivity

Follow these simple steps and watch your productivity and wellbeing skyrocket.<p>The problem with morning routines is that most people don't have one.<p>For many individuals, waking up in the morning is a chaotic experience, full of terrible alarm clock noises, scrolling through email, and sprinting out …

Earth - What is the point of saving endangered species?

In 1981, mountain gorillas were at rock-bottom. Confined to a small mountain range in central Africa, with humans encroaching on their habitat bringing poaching and civil war, their population was estimated at just 254. They would all have fitted into a single Boeing 747.<p>Today things look a little …

Ecology

10 Super Foods to Help You Quickly Build Muscle and Lose Weight

In order to build muscle and lose weight you need a variety of veggies, carbs, fruits, proteins, and healthy fats. In order to quickly build muscle …

How Running and Lifting Make Your Bones Stronger

Research suggests that you can slow skeletal aging with exercise<p>You’re probably not worried about your bones. Osteoperosis and broken hips only affect men decades older than you, right?<p>But you should be concerned, because it’s what you do now that could determine whether you’ll become an old guy …

Exercise

Marathon Training | Runner's World

So you want to run a marathon? Completing 26.2 miles is an awe-inspiring accomplishment that requires commitment and dedication and that provides many rewards, not least of which is joining the .5 percent of the U.S. population who have run a marathon. Most training plans call for 16 to 20 weeks of …

One More Year to Recklessly Gorge on Pizza Without the FDA-Required Calorie Counts

If you're an "ignorance is bliss" kind of person, there's good news. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is delaying its mandated calorie labels for restaurants, cafes, and convenience store menus until December 1, 2016. According to CBS News, the FDA says it's extending the deadline to give more …

Science, Policy, and Decision Making

I started my professional career at the U.S. EPA and even though I was in a "policy shop," analyzing policies to develop regulations, I was struck by how few of us had expertise in environmental science. One of my areas of doctoral study was environmental policy, and in the late 1970s I worked with …

Florida's Department of Environmental Protection bans term 'climate change'

Climate change is not so much a threat to parts of Florida, as much as it is a real and present problem; Miami already incurs regular street flooding …

Millennials: Not environmentalists and support environmental protection, for health. Me too.

At the KPCodeYourHealth Code-a-Thon, part of Millennial Week DC (@MillennialWeek), and in prepararing to represent Kaiser Permanente at the National …

About Half in U.S. Say Environmental Protection Falls Short

Nearly half of Americans (48%) say the U.S. government is doing too little to protect the environment, while 16% say it is doing too much. These …

Swooping Hoover Dam Re-Design Creates Spectacular Views for Visitors

The Hoover Dam is one of the world's most impressive man-made structures. A staggeringly large concrete barrier measuring 222 meters high and 379 …

Aging population could drive Obama's climate change policies

<b>(CNN) —</b> The world's population is aging at the very time that immediate action on climate change has become crucially important. And we ignore the shared link between these two global patterns at our own risk.<p>Consider: The number of people 60 and older on Earth has doubled since 1980, and is …

States consider defying Obama climate rule

Governors of some conservative states are threatening to disregard President Obama’s signature climate rule for power plants, potentially creating a …

More Americans will be able to afford solar energy in their homes soon. Thanks, Obama.

Sunshine. You'd think — because it's free — we should all get a share.<p>But solar power seems to be one of those awesome things that only rich people …

We can learn a lot about clean energy from Scandinavian nations

Scandinavia has managed to reduce its carbon emissions and achieve considerable economic growth. As a result, countries like Denmark and Sweden have …