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17 Days of Vegetarian Comfort Food

The trouble with some vegetarian recipes is the meat substitutes can look (and taste) scary. If seitan, tofu, and tempeh are a few of your not-so-favorite things, allow these meatless recipes to be a breath of fresh air. Nuts, legumes, mushrooms, and pseudograins (aka quinoa) sub in for meat in …

The Very Real Pain of Exclusion

The national debate over the burdens of free speech may be discounting the toll of emotional trauma.<p>The more Donald Trump and Ted Cruz talk about denying Syrian refugees and undocumented immigrants entry into the United States, the more their poll numbers rise. On Monday, Trump went so far as to …

The 200 Best Songs of the 1980s

Welcome to our list of the 200 best songs of the 1980s.<p>A great deal of today's music looks to the '80s for inspiration, but there are so many different ideas of what "'80s" as a descriptor can mean. Here we return to the source material.<p>As we did for the 1960s, the 1990s, and the 2000s, as well as …

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6 Scientific Facts About Happiness

Happiness. To some people, the emotion feels like a nebulous concept. And while happiness itself is a subjective experience, the ways in which we can …

15 Objectively Perfect Albums That Are Less Than Half an Hour Long

How about some authoritative records that could turn you onto an entire new thread of listening, in half the time it takes a Papa Johns pizza to arrive?<p>We read an article the other week, about the best books that can be read in one sitting. We’re talking life-changing, perspective shifting, skull …

17 Albums That Aren't as Deep as You Think They Are

In our pursuit of seeming like well-cultured individuals, maybe we all got a little carried away in deeming these to be super profound.<p>No one takes pleasure in being stupid. With the exception of people who buy TruckNutz for their car, we all go through life shamelessly trying to punch above our …

When Big Food buys your favorite organic yogurt brand, who wins?

Whole Foods is straight-up delicious, no question. But I rarely shop there, partly because it’s expensive (a 4.2 oz. jar of raw Manuka honey from New Zealand costs $31.99), and partly because it makes me feel guilty.<p>Wait. Isn’t the culinary Mecca of sustainability and fair trade supposed to make …

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Graffiti, The Iliad, and why art helps us laugh in the face of death

Jenny Valentine on why art has the power to save and change us, from reading The Iliad via a wall in Falmouth to Yves Klein’s Fire Colour One<p>There’s a quote at the very beginning of my new book Fire Colour One. My husband Alex took a photo of some graffiti on the Falmouth seafront and a clever …

Books

Seasonal Affective Disorder: The Fake-Sounding Sadness You Can Supposedly Cure By Looking at a Box

Seasonal Affective Disorder is a fake-sounding disorder with a fake-sounding treatment, but they're real.<p>Winter causes depression. If you're just someone who simply prefers it sunny, all that means is you're human. On the other hand, If you're one of the roughly ten million Americans with Seasonal …

A group of middle-aged whites in the U.S. is dying at a startling rate

A large segment of white middle-aged Americans has suffered a startling rise in its death rate since 1999, according to a review of statistics published Monday that shows a sharp reversal in decades of progress toward longer lives.<p>The mortality rate for white men and women ages 45-54 with less than …

Is It Harmful to Use Music as a Coping Mechanism?

Putting on headphones to regulate emotions may not always be beneficial.<p>Listening to music is aform of emotional self-care that many of us turn to every day, without much conscious thought. The streaming service Spotify, well aware of this, offers a collection of “Mood” playlists, from “Anthems of …

This Kardashian headline shows why two Nobel winners say the economy is broken

Most economists believe that markets work. They believe that to a large extent, markets are efficient, self-regulating, and they produce what is best for society. The idea is seductive because it seems to excuse greed, or even celebrate it — the alchemy of the invisible hand turning all of our …

The music you listen to may be affecting your mental health

We all know that music has an effect on our mood. It's why we put on Adele when we've been dumped, or Drake when we want to “dance”, or Lana Del Rey when our lovers have died under tragic circumstances. However, according to new research, music's mood-altering power may actually be a whole lot more …

Music that does a good job of exploring mental illness

Music does not always adequately articulate mental illness. Just like Hollywood films, songs often perpetuate negative stereotypes, sensationalise conditions, or are full to the brim with inaccuracies. Somewhat unsurprisingly, the music that seems to express mental illness in the most meaningful …

News Channel Mistakenly Uses Photo of Music Vlogger to Identify Gunman in Oregon Shooting

A photo of Anthony Fantano (The Needle Drop) was used in a report about Umpqua Community College shooter Chris Harper Mercer.<p>Anthony Fantano is a music vlogger who posts video reviews of albums under the moniker The Needle Drop. Like most people who dare to have an opinion about music on the …

Oregon

Punks: Please, Hate the Police

Things are just as bad as they've ever been, so why are our punk bands more outraged?<p>Here's a story: an openly gay man fronts a rights-minded punk band in Austin, Texas. That could be 50 different groups in 2014. But in 1979, before Austin needed to be kept weird, you could count the open rock …

Dissonant Joy: A Guide to Europe's Punk Foremothers

Early punk histories tend to focus on New York and London, with hardly any credit given to the movement’s mainland European acts—and even less so when the creative forces behind those bands were women. Additionally, the continental identities of relatively celebrated female UK punk cornerstones …

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The Wolf's Return: Watch Black Metal God Abbath Keep It Grim in a New Video from His Solo Debut

The blizzard beast is back.<p><i>Photo courtesy of Season of Mist</i><p>Abbath's had a busy year, what with officially (and acrimoniously) parting ways with his longtime bandmates in Norwegian black metal institution Immortal and striking out on his own to launch a solo career. Joined by his new cohorts, …

PREMIERE: SoCal Hardcore Band Response Find You All "Guilty"

Check out a track from their upcoming EP being released on Ned Russin of Title Fight’s new label<p>Southern California has seen a significant resurgence as of late in regards to producing some very fine and very pissed off Hardcore. In the past few years, we’ve seen bands such as Fury, Drug Control, …

The “five-second rule”—a scientist evaluates whether your eating habits could make you sick

When you drop a piece of food on the floor, is it really OK to eat if you pick up within five seconds? This urban food myth contends that if food spends just a few seconds on the floor, dirt and germs won’t have much of a chance to contaminate it. Research in my lab has focused on how food and food …

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Why Do I Sweat More Than Everyone Else?!

It’s halfway through the first plank series in barre class, and you’re sweating so much it looks like you just jumped in a pool—yet your friend is …

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Why do we intuitively believe we have free will?

Free will experiments may not explain whether we are in charge of our destinies – but they can nevertheless reveal just how little we know about our own minds, says Tom Stafford.<p>It is perhaps the most famous experiment in neuroscience. In 1983, Benjamin Libet sparked controversy with his …

Consciousness

7 Buddhist Teachings That Will Help You Overcome Life’s Most Difficult Challenges and Find Peace

Buddhaimonia.Growing up in the U.S. (California), almost all of my friends were either Christian or Catholic. My family wasn’t. My parents were …

How to Slow Your Racing Mind

By Charles A. Francis<p>Do you ever find it difficult to slow down your mind? For some of us, a <b>racing mind</b> is a serious problem. When we’re agitated, we …

What Your Favorite Music Reveals About Your Brain

If you like R&B but hate heavy metal, a new study explains why—and what it means about the way your mind works.<p>Hate punk rock? Despise country? …

How Early-Life Stress Could Increase Risk Of Anxiety And Depression Later In Life

Being a stressed-out kid can affect the bacteria in your gut -- which can set you up for mental health problems down the line.<p>The trillions of organisms living in your digestive tract can literally change the way your brain works.<p>Scientists continue to find more and more evidence of the significant …

Overcoming Fear – 6 Steps that will Change Your life!

Fear can be paralyzing. <b>Fear can also be motivating.</b><p>The key to overcoming fear is to ultimately see it as an opportunity, and once you are able to do …

The 99 Greatest Dance Albums of All Time

From the well-known to the unexpected, these 99 LPs span five decades and countless BPMs in the name of dancefloor greatness.<p>In the world of dance music, the single is the thing. Still, not everyone is a DJ and sometimes a playlist just won't do. Even in a time when the record industry is satiating …