Caitlin McKenna

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The Monks Who Spent Years Turning Themselves into Mummies — While Alive

The Japanese climate is not exactly conducive to mummification. There are no peat bogs, no arid deserts, and no alpine peaks perennially encased in ice. The summers are hot and humid. Yet somehow a group of Buddhist monks from the Shingon sect discovered a way to mummify themselves through rigorous …

2016 National Geographic travel photographer of the year

National Geographic is inviting entries to its annual travel photographer of the year award. You can find details of how to enter here and the competition closes on 27 May 2016. Here is a small selection of photographs already submitted.

Sanders Shouldn’t Drop Out For Clinton’s Sake

There’s little evidence a prolonged primary hurts a nominee.<p>We’re getting to the point in the primary season when people turn their focus to the …

There's a Buzzy New Cancer Treatment That's Showing Promising Results

Could this finally lead to a cure?<p>The immune system is your body's very own superhero: It hunts down infections and other illnesses that show up uninvited and attacks them like a boss. But every great superhero has an arch nemesis—and for your immune system, that villain is cancer. That’s because …

NASA stitched together thousands of Hubble images to create this mesmerizing galaxy zoom

Do you ever think about how small we are in comparison to the rest of the galaxy? How about the universe? This week, NASA released a time lapse video …

Universe

Yeast Infections Linked To Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder In New Study

'Clinicians should make it a point to look out for these infections in their patients with mental illness.'<p>Yeast infections have been linked to …

5 True Stories Where If You Heard Them You'd Be Like "Nah"

Soap operas are like professional wrestling for housewives, full of outlandish characters and convoluted plots too crazy for real life. But not …

Congressional Committees

The Anatomy of a Personality

In the Enneagram system of personality, one of the 9 types is our main one. We also have a special connection to four other types: our two wings and …

10 Interesting facts about human brain you may not know

The human brain is the command center for the human nervous system. It receives input from the sensory organs and sends output to the muscles. The …

Gender

What It's Like to Be Inside the Head of Someone Who's Losing His Mind

This powerful short film from Paul Trillo puts the camera behind a man named Terry as we follow him through the streets of New York City. We see …

15 Amazing Tattoos That Challenge the Stigma of Anxiety and Depression

Around one in five U.S. adults experiences mental illness in a given year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Health. But, despite it being …

Inflammation May Hold Key to Cognitive Decline in Alzheimer's Disease

A new study poses an intriguing question: Does gum disease accelerate cognitive decline in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease? The answer may be found in inflammation.<p>Aging affects our immune system, and inflammation is a normal part of the body's immune response to infection or injury. …

Dead could be brought 'back to life' in groundbreaking project

A groundbreaking trial to see if it is possible to regenerate the brains of dead people, has won approval from health watchdogs.<p>Indian specialist Dr Himanshu Bansal, working with Biotech companies Revita Life Sciences and Bioquark Inc, has been granted ethical permission to recruit 20 patients who …

China's military appeals to younger generation with 'kill, kill, kill' video

Three-minute recruitment film features aircraft carriers, tanks and fighter jets, set to a soundtrack warning that ‘war can break out at any time’<p>China’s military is appealing to the younger generation with a slick new recruitment video featuring aircraft carriers, rocket launchers, tanks and …

These Illustrations Show What It's Like To Live With Anxiety

Catherine Lepage makes emotions digestible with quaint illustrations.<p>If you know someone who suffers from anxiety but are yourself calm and collected, imagining his inner life poses a particular challenge. You may know about his side effects -- that he has trouble sleeping, say -- but can you place …

Books

Medical errors are No. 3 cause of death in the U.S., after heart disease and cancer

Heart disease, cancer ... and medical errors?<p>A new tally of mistakes made in American hospitals suggests that medical errors are the No. 3 cause of death in the U.S. At least 250,000 deaths each year can be attributed to medical care that has gone awry, according to a report published Tuesday in …

Medicine

Photographer Captures An Underwater Dance Of Colors

<p>Luka Klikovac’s light movements render incredible records of water-immersed colored fluids.</p><p>The shapes displayed in Luka Klikovac's work look like colored smoke, or maybe strange deep-sea creatures, but they're actually mixtures of colored and black liquids immersed in water. The …

Cool It With The Sushi, The Bluefin Tuna Population Is Down 97 Percent

Yeah, we get it. Sushi is delicious. We Americans love it so much that we’ve started to turn it into burrito and burger form, and we’re not judging—it’s just that, at some point, the fish are going to run out. Or, more specifically, the Bluefin tuna are going to run out. Last January, after a …

Here's What It's Actually Like To Live With Bipolar Disorder

"I'm not crazy. Something in my head just works different than yours."<p><b>"It became clear that this wasn't the case.</b> I started a new medication regimen a few months ago and my mood has been stable since then. There are still difficulties, but I try to take them in stride."

Mental Health

Exploring the Myth of the Scientific vs. Artistic Mind

It’s a stereotype, but many of us have made the assumption that scientists are a bit rigid and less artistic than others. Artists, on the other hand, …

Creativity

The Shakespeare Version of Drake's "Hotline Bling" Is Amazing

We already knew <b>Drake</b> is a talented wordsmith in his own right with a talent for hooks and a master at the art of subliminal diss lines. Now, someone …

Watch Stevie Wonder’s Heartfelt Reflection on Prince

Throughout Thursday, Prince‘s countless fans, friends and peers were still trying to make sense of the icon’s untimely death, taking to media, social …

The 1 Lesson That Will Sharpen Your Emotional Intelligence

Understanding the difference can help you get the most out of everyone.<p><i>Before you criticize someone, try walking a mile in his or her shoes.</i><p>Chances are, you've heard that proverbial advice in one form or another. One could say it perfectly illustrates the quality of empathy, a hallmark trait of …

A Long Life Is Genetically Different From A Healthy One

They’ve made it far in life, 80 years and counting. Yet they’re conspicuously free of the afflictions that often crop up in old age: diabetes, heart disease, cancer, dementia. They are a rare breed, the “Wellderly.”<p>That’s the name researchers have given a group of older adults who could unlock the …

Genetics

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

What I Wish I'd Known About Mental Health Before My Best Friend Committed Suicide

After she shot herself, I realized there were so many questions I had failed to ask.<p>It was a sunny Friday morning in Los Angeles. I was up early running errands and had just pulled into my garage when I received her text:<p><i>"Julie - you have been my best friend for almost 20 years. Thank you for all</i> …

How to Raise Emotionally Intelligent Kids: 7 Important Things to Teach Them

Emotional intelligence is the prerequisite to great relationships. Here's how to teach kids to develop them.<p>We all want our kids to be happy and successful, so it makes sense to work backward and figure out how to make that happen.<p>Step 1: <i>To be happy and successful, they need to develop great</i> …

Sorry, but you can’t blame your children’s genes | Oliver James

From intelligence to mental health, nurture is the crucial influence on human development<p>Are poor people poor because of inferior genes? This notion is especially popular with members of the ruling elite, who like to think their position is the result of genetic superiority rather than the fact …

Mental Disorders

Buddhism and Science Agree: There is No Consistent Self

It's rare that science and religion see eye to eye on anything, but Buddhism and neuroscience both say there is no "you" or "me."<p>Neuroscience and …

Bat finding may provide clues to human limb development, malformations

An international team of scientists, including groups from UC San Francisco, Gladstone Institutes, and the University of Cape Town (UCT), South …