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Addicted to porn? That's unlikely, according to researchers

Although we've been told that pornography is an addiction, it turns out that isn't the case at all. A new study says the brain activity of “porn …

Women's World Cup: Success measured by competition and ticket sales

A Women's<p>World Cupthat started with a record 24 teams three weeks ago is now down to four. And once again, they have rounded up the usual suspects with Germany and the U.S., the only two-time winners, and defending champion Japan among the survivors.<p>The only interloper is England, which made it …

17 Facts About Time That Will Hurt Your Brain

"Time is an illusion. Lunchtime doubly so."<p><b>1.</b> Time passes faster for your face than for your feet (assuming you're standing up). Einstein's theory of relativity dictates that the closer you are to the centre of the Earth, the slower time goes – and this has been measured. At the top of Mount …

Faith

How 15 highly successful people stay in shape

Numerous studies have found exercise to be one of the most important habits you can develop to transform your life. Working out can make you healthier, happier, and better able to sleep; it can boost your memory, concentration, and mental sharpness; and you don't need to spend a lot of time doing …

Success

US Army funds horrifying morphing robot cockroach

Not content with hover bikes, jetpacks and exoskeletons, the US Army has contributed funding to a study which developed a robot modelled on a …

Robotics

Programmers are copying security flaws into your software, researchers warn

Many software developers are cribbing code, and its flaws, that someone else created. And the problem is only getting harder to keep up with.<p>It's easy to assume that hackers work way above our pay grade. Electronic intruders must be able to exploit vulnerabilities in the software we use because …

Affordable Care Act

Surplus food for the homeless is just an app away

On-demand smartphone apps are known for addressing the whims and desires of the comfortable. It turns out they can also serve the greater good.<p>"Imagine a football stadium filled to its brim. That's how much food goes wasted every single day in America."<p>Komal Ahmad, CEO of Feeding Forward

Silicon Valley

The Way Humans Get Electricity Is About to Change Forever

The renewable-energy boom is here. Trillions of dollars will be invested over the next 25 years, driving some of the most profound changes yet in how …

Fossil Fuels

5 Reasons Why Facebook Can Be Dangerous for People With Depression

Last week I fell into panic mode. It started with intense chest pains each time I logged onto Facebook to check the groups I belong to as well as scroll through my main feed. Each visit became shorter as the physical symptoms of anxiety and depression overwhelmed rational thought. By Tuesday I had …

UAlberta research helps youth cope with anxiety, depression, and suicidal thoughts

Pilot study in Red Deer Public Schools shows impressive early results<p>Peter Silverstone knows that, of all his professional accomplishments, none are …

Mental Health

Light-based battery makes its own power

Sure, you can make solar-powered devices that store their excess energy in a battery, but what about the battery itself? Unfortunately, it's still behind the times -- the lithium-ion cells you see today have to be connected to another device to charge, and they're occasionally very dangerous thanks …

The Story In Japan Is Not That Blacks Are Excluded But That Truth Has Been Swept Under The Carpet

The other day the <i>New York Times</i> highlighted anti-black discrimination in Japan. Focusing on the experiences of Ariana Miyamoto, a half-black/half-Japanese beauty queen who was born in Japan and enjoys full Japanese citizenship, the <i>Times</i> presented a troubling and convincing account of a degree of …

Japan

'Inside Out' Is Something Truly Special, Even For Pixar

<i>Inside Out</i> is the kind of movie that usually only gets made by some small, art-house indie studio. And even then, an artsy movie anthropomorphizing our emotions made for adults would likely be a grimmer, more cloying affair. Or a snoozefest. Or maudlin and depressing like the film adaptation of</i> …

Animation

Colorado teen dies from rare case of plague

A 16-year-old boy in Colorado who appeared to have the common flu has died from a rare case of the plague, officials said.<p>Taylor Gaes' illness didn't present with the telltale sign of the infection – swollen lymph nodes – which would have alerted officials to the illness sooner, said Katie …

Quantum Experiment Confirms: If You Don't Look At Something It Does Not Exist

The idea of reality and what exists remains an extremely difficult topic to discuss on as only a select number of experts can comment on such. …

'If I burn out, I burn out': meet Taylor Wilson, nuclear boy genius

He fused the atom at 14, has advised the US government on counter-terrorism and plans to beat cancer – and he’s still only 21. What scares Taylor Wilson? Asking a girl for her number ...<p>Taylor Wilson has a Geiger counter watch on his wrist, a sleek, sporty-looking thing that sounds an alert in …

Imperial College London

How We Discovered The Dark Side Of Wearable Fitness Trackers

Wearable technologies like fitness trackers are becoming hugely popular, leading many to speculate about the potential for implantable technologies …

Wearable Tech

North Korea Has Found The Cure For AIDS, Ebola, Cancer, And Bird Flu

It’s a miracle! Just kidding, it’s propaganda.<p>Great news, guys. A company in North Korea has developed a cure for everything.<p>North Korea’s state-run news agency is reporting that Kumdang-2, a type of ginseng grown in “rare-earth molecular fertilizer” can “prevent different malignant epidemics.” The …

North Korea

Voicing 'Inside Out' stirred emotions for Amy Poehler and Phyllis Smith

Joy and Sadness often can be found sharing moments together, even an entire lifetime, but if you want them to share a hotel room for an afternoon, it takes Pixar and the Cannes Film Festival to make that happen.<p>Amy Poehler, who plays Joy, and Phyllis Smith, who embodies Sadness, managed only three …

Toddler playing with fruit bat sparked Ebola outbreak

The first victim of the Ebola epidemic may have contracted the virus after playing with a bat he found in the hollow of a tree<p>The devastating Ebola outbreak which has killed more than 11,000 people was sparked by a two year old boy playing with a fruit bat, scientists believe.<p>Experts at Public …

Disease

5 surprising lessons a psychologist learned from interviewing killers

Which is to say, he interviews criminals before appearing as a witness to give expert testimony in their trials.<p>Earlier this year, the Loyola University psychologist published a book tying these experiences together, entitled "Listening to Killers: Lessons Learned from My Twenty Years as a …

Psychology

Google's artificial intelligence interprets photos as animal faces, with creepy results

Engineers run photos through neural network that interprets them as disturbing collections of animal faces<p>Google has been one of the world's biggest backers of artificial intelligence development, investing heavily in machine learning technology, including with last year's acquisition of British …

Theater shooting defense lawyer clashes with psychiatrist

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Attorneys for Colorado theater gunman James Holmes pointedly questioned a psychiatrist Thursday on whether he did enough to diagnose and treat Holmes before the deadly attack.<p>In the most heated exchange of the two-month trial, defense attorney Rebecca Higgs suggested …

Psychiatry

5 Ways to Read More

“I just sit in my office and read all day.”<p>This is how Warren Buffett, one of the most successful people in the business world, describes his day. …

Productivity

'You rape our women and are taking over our country,' Charleston church gunman told black victims

The suspect, Dylann Storm Roof, 21, was captured 14 hours after the massacre of nine people in a Bible study group, the United States' bloodiest hate crime in decades<p>A white supremacist gunman told his black victims "you rape our women and you’re taking over our country" as he massacred nine people …

Why Rachel Dolezal’s Hair Is Actually a Big Deal

<i>MIMI is a Time Inc. property.</i><p>If you’ve turned on any connection to the outside world in the past week, you’ve heard the name Rachel Dolezal. If not, …

Hair

Deadly Nepal earthquake was so powerful it moved Mount Everest

The quake, which hit Nepal on April 25, devastated the city of Kathmandu and caused an avalanche on Everest. But the shaking also shifted the massive peak about an inch to the southwest, reversing the direction it was naturally and slowly moving. That's all according to a survey by China's National …

Mountaineering

There’s a Massive Security Flaw in the iPhone and Mac

Apple devices are often thought to be more secure than open platforms such as Windows and Android, but a recent study shows there are still …

Georgia Tech

The Internet responds to #TheNew10: “Let’s put a woman on the 78¢”

A woman will appear on U.S. paper currency for the first time — but she’ll have to share the spot with Hamilton<p>Earlier this year, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) introduced a bill that added currency to an online campaign (sorry) to replace Andrew Jackson's portrait on the $20 with that of a woman. …

Alexander Hamilton