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ISPs

Pro-pot Mother’s Day billboards hit Arizona

Want to have an awkward conversation with your parents this Mother’s Day? A new ad campaign suggests opening up about your pot use.<p>Backers of a marijuana legalization initiative in Arizona launched an ad campaign this week that hopes to open dialog about cannabis use on Mother’s Day, ABC …

Cannabis

Three Ways To Stop Procrastinating

If your middle school years were anything like mine, a typical weekend night consisted of pizza, prank calls, and Dance Dance Revolution pads. …

The Sooner You Expose A Baby To A Second Language, The Smarter They’ll Be

A new study shows that babies raised in bilingual environments develop core cognitive skills like decision-making and problem-solving -- before they …

Language Learning

9 TED talks that can help you become insanely productive

Reaching optimal productivity is about working smarter, not harder, and making the most of each day.<p>The following TED talks offer valuable lessons in doing just that.

TED Talks

Is Marijuana Addictive?

The facts, as best as science knows them.<p>First, the bad news.<p>Yes, marijuana addiction exists, and it might have a lot to do with our genes. According to <i>Time</i>, researchers have singled out specific genes associated with pot addiction, giving us an important biological clue to understanding the …

Cannabis

“There is no recipe to create the perfect child”: Controversial child-rearing expert Amy Tuteur has fascinating chat with Reddit users about “skeptical parenting”

“Natural parenting treats children as products, not people,” Tuteur wrote<p>How many times have you sat across from your friends, and started a playful rhetoric on parenting, which turned into a heated debate on raising superior beings? Perhaps you're on the side of natural parenting, which …

Parenting

What Procrastination Does To Your Happiness?

In September 2014, two British professors wanted to find out what happens when students do not hand over their assignments on time. Their study threw …

I trained my cat to cuddle with me. Is his love real?

As is often the case with cats, Fuzz picked me, rather than the other way around. I was walking down a hall at the Washington Humane Society when a white paw reached out and tapped me gently on my face. Fuzz, a skinny tuxedo cat with a teardrop goatee, peered through the wire grid of his cage. …

Pets

Why babies all over the world are now sleeping in boxes

<b>Nearly three years ago, the Magazine reported on the Finnish baby box - a starter kit of clothes, sheets and toys the state gives to expectant mothers. The story went viral and was read by 10 million people in 18 months. Now the box idea itself is spreading around the world.</b><p>It's a tradition that …

Pregnancy

Kids' Grades Can Suffer When Mom Or Dad Is Depressed

When parents suffer depression, there can be a ripple effect on children. Kids may become anxious, even sad. There may be behavior problems. Health may suffer.<p>Recently, a large Swedish study showed that grades may decline, too, when a parent is depressed.<p>Using data from 1984 to 1994, researchers …

Parenting

The Genes for Pot Addiction Have Been Identified

For what may be the first time, specific genes associated with marijuana addiction have been identified— and some of them are also linked to …

Neuroscience

8 Surprising Reasons Young People May Suffer from Depression

A friend of mine approached me the other day in tears. The 9-year-old son of a close friend of hers tried to kill himself.<p>“He’s 9!!??!!” she said. …

Why Babies Born to Women in Their 30's Reap the Benefits

There are pros and cons of giving birth at any age. In your 20’s your fertility is high and your body is much more resilient to the physical demands …

Microbes can play games with the mind

The 22 men took the same pill for four weeks. When interviewed, they said they felt less daily stress and their memories were sharper. The brain …

Microbiology

Here's More Evidence That Depression Affects The Entire Body

Here's yet another friendly, scientific reminder that mental health conditions are not within your control. Depression is an illness that can affect your entire body -- potentially on a cellular level, according to a recent study.<p>Researchers from the University of Granada conducted a meta-analysis …

University of Michigan

One simple practice that will dramatically increase your emotional intelligence

This is often a good thing. Think about it: Good reflexes can help you avoid a car accident or jump to a friend's aid without hesitation.<p>But we get into trouble when we let emotions rule those reactions. For example, how do you typically respond when:<p>You read an email that implies you dropped the …

Self-help

Mastering the Art of "Just Start"

For most of us, there is nothing more daunting than coming face-to-face with a blank page. Sure, a <i>tabula rasa</i> means you can take a project in any …

Japanese cat finds its own exercise wheel after watching hamster friend

You'd think that if a cat and hamster lived under the same roof, the former will be spending most of its days trying to catch the latter.<p>Not Japanese …

Children born prematurely are disadvantaged at school and into adulthood but delaying school entry may not be the answer

Children born before 34 weeks gestation have poorer reading and maths skills than those born at full term, and the difficulties they experience at …

Demographics

How to help a child who worries too much.

“Mommy, I wish I was never born,” my 4-year-old said to me last week. Crushed, I tried to keep from grimacing as I asked him why. “Because then, I …

Depression

Little bastard immune to good parenting

<b>A TODDLER threw a tantrum purely because he is a little bastard, it has emerged.</b><p>Three-year-old Tom Logan had a meltdown in Sainsbury’s, causing …

British Humour

What If Physical Illness Were Treated Like Mental Illness?

What if you were sick in bed for three days? You’re popping Advil like candy to keep your fever down. You feel like you are going to die. Well-meaning friends offer to swing by the store if you need anything. Your mother brings over chicken soup and tells you to rest up and take it easy. Everyone …

The Brain

Men of Color on What It's Like Getting Busted for Weed in Today's New York City

The NYPD has softened penalties for possessing pot, but law enforcement still hits some people harder than everyone else.<p>One morning last October, Bill Bratton, the commissioner of the New York Police Department, bumped into a young woman smoking a joint in Lower Manhattan.<p>"I come up to one side, …

Cannabis

The neuroscience of ADHD

<i>Mitch Blunt</i><p>Half of the American preschoolers diagnosed with ADHD are given drugs to treat the symptoms. Is that necessary? Is there another …

15 Free Resources To Get You More Organized In 2016

So, it’s 2016 and you’re ready to get your life organized, once and for all. The question is <i>how</i>? There’s only so much that you can manually manage …