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​The Science of Vastly Different Teens: Introverts and Extroverts

Personality is more than just how we act around others. There are deeply ingrained elements to who we are that impact every single aspect of our …

Psychology

Psychologists say they can make you remember a murder you didn't commit — and it's raising some interesting questions

Historically, the kind of false memories induced in volunteers by psychologists have been relatively mundane. For example, a seminal study used leading questions and the encouragement to confabulate, to apparently implant in participants the memory of getting lost in a shopping mall as a child. …

Psychology

New report details misuse of antipsychotics in nursing homes

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. nursing homes have significantly reduced the use of powerful antipsychotic drugs among their elderly residents, responding to pressure from many directions. Yet advocacy groups insist that overmedication remains a major problem, and want the pressure to intensify.<p>According to …

Pharma
Wildlife

Kabul attack: Taliban kill 95 with ambulance bomb in Afghan capital

<b>A suicide bombing has killed at least 95 people and injured 158 others in the centre of Afghanistan's capital, Kabul, officials say.</b><p>Attackers drove an ambulance laden with explosives past a police checkpoint in a secure zone, home to government offices and foreign embassies.<p>The target is believed …

Afghanistan

A mental health expert explains how she overcomes the tricks her mind plays on her when she's feeling anxious

If you're anxiety-prone like I am, you'll have some specific anxiety-driven thinking patterns that hold you back and cause you unnecessary distress.<p>There are lots of generic lists of the thinking errors that people with anxiety and/or depression make. While it's good to start with these, you can …

Self-help

Italian Student in Cairo Was Murdered Over His Research, Prosecutor Says

ROME — An Italian doctoral student brutally killed in Cairo had been in the cross hairs of Egyptian surveillance services until the day of his disappearance, and he was murdered over research he had been carrying out into Egypt’s independent labor unions, a senior Italian prosecutor has said.<p>The …

Crime

Congressional leaders refuse to budge on shutdown’s first day, but negotiations continue

Congressional leaders in both parties refused to budge publicly from their political corners Saturday on the first day of the government shutdown, avoiding direct negotiations and bitterly blaming each other for the impasse in speeches. President Trump joined the fray with a series of charged …

Republicans

Smashed-Banana Bread


Smashed-Banana Bread<p>How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Preheat the oven to 350°. Grease a 9-by-5-inch metal loaf pan with nonstick spray and line the bottom with …

What Makes Some of Us Left-Handed? Hint: Nobody Knows

A neuroscientist (and a lefty himself) offers a short but meaty survey of the science, sociology, and enduring mysteries of handedness.<p>All human …

Arrest in decades-old murder of 14-year-old California girl

After 37 years, authorities in Northern California said they arrested a suspect in the cold-case murder of a 14-year-old girl that drew national attention at the time, The San Francisco Chronicle reported.<p>Mitchell Lynn Bacom, 63, has been held on charges in the murder and rape of Suzanne …

Crime

The Sandy Hook Mass Shooting Has Now Been Linked to Even More Gun Deaths

Children are especially at risk.

Lemony Butter Cookies

Lemony Butter Cookies<p>How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Make the Cookies<p>Preheat the oven to 350° and position racks in the upper and lower thirds. In a large bowl, …

How to Make Pancakes

Follow these five tips for superior short stacks.<p>Golden Pancakes<p>Whether you like them old-school plain or buttermilk, jazzed up with fruit or …

Breakfast

Mexican Hot Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe

Mexican Hot Chocolate Mug Cake Recipe<p>Step 1<p>For each cake, combine all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, kosher salt, unsweetened cocoa, chopped …

Dessert

Herbed Potato Stacks Recipe

Herbed Potato Stacks Recipe<p>How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Preheat oven to 375°F. Coat a 12-cup muffin pan with cooking spray. Cut potatoes into 1⁄16-inch-thick …

Recipes

A Single Heartbreaking Photo Shows The Horror Elephants Face in India

Can capturing such cruelty bring about change?<p>The back legs of the baby elephant are consumed by fire as it chases after its startled mother, …

Wildlife

The Fungus That Turns Ants Into Zombies Is More Diabolical Than We Realized

Carpenter ants of the Brazilian rain forest have it rough. When one of these insects gets infected by a certain fungus, it turns into a so-called …

Biology

How to make “Papal” Cream Cake — Pope John Paul II’s favorite dessert

Papieska Kremowka is a creamy delight that's easy to make.<p>Pope St. John Paul II usually ate a simple, early lunch and dinner, since his day began at …

A Man Failed Paternity Test Because Genetically, He’s 2 Different People

A couple years ago, a couple from Washington had concerns when they found out that their son’s blood type wasn’t a match to either of theirs, …

Pumpkin Muffins

How to Make It<p>Step 1<p>Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a standard 12-cup muffin tin with nonstick spray or line with paper liners.<p>Step 2<p>Whisk flour, …

Cutting-edge immunotherapy treatment approved for another deadly cancer

The Food and Drug Administration approved a second version of a groundbreaking treatment Wednesday that genetically alters patients' cells to attack cancer — this time, to fight aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma.<p>The treatment is for adults with certain types of large B-cell lymphoma who have not …

Immunotherapy

The Surprising Psychology Behind Using Natural Colors

"Nature captures your attention in a way that is not urgent or oppressive. In other words, you don't have to pay attention to the wind in the trees, …

Body, heal thyself

The frontier of science is looking inward to fix what ails us.<p>Ever since a savanna dweller first slapped mud on a wound to ward off flies—and infection—our frail human bodies have relied on creative intervention to survive. Science has since come up with all manner of potions and procedures (from …

E.coli

Maslow’s hierarchy of needs is the source of our self-obsession

Whether you know it or not, a powerful cult is recruiting you. Cults display unwarranted admiration for a person or thing, and this one has chosen an especially irresistible figurehead: you.<p>The Cult of Self lulls us into believing that we’re better than others, that our needs matter more, and that …

Psychology

Kim Kardashian West Says She Has Body Dysmorphia, but What Does That Really Mean?

This article originally appeared on Health. For more stories like this, visit health.com.<p>Kim Kardashian West is all about a perfectly posed selfie …

Mental Health

California fires: 31 killed; weather stays dry

<b>(CNN) —</b> The misery and heartbreak caused by the one of the deadliest wildfire outbreaks in California's history aren't going to end anytime soon, officials said Thursday.<p>"We're not even close to being out of this emergency," Mark Ghilarducci, the director of California's Office of Emergency …

Natural Disasters
Military

Utah officer fired after nurse's arrest caught on video

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah police officer was fired Tuesday after being seen on video roughly handcuffing a nurse because she refused to allow a blood draw in an incident that became a flashpoint in the national conversation about use of force.<p>Salt Lake City Police Chief Mike Brown made the …

Law Enforcement