Matthew Lawson

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How Neuroscientists Explain the Mind-Clearing Magic of Running

<i>By Melissa Dahl</i><p>A good run can sometimes make you feel like a brand-new person. And, in a way, that feeling may be literally true. About three decades of research in neuroscience have identified a robust link between aerobic exercise and subsequent cognitive clarity, and to many in this field the …

The Brain

Pot is power hungry: why the marijuana industry's energy footprint is growing

The $3.5bn industry is one of the nation’s most energy intensive, often demanding 24-hour indoor lighting rigs, heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems at multiplying grow sites<p>Marijuana might look and smell natural<i>,</i> but its ecological footprint is anything but green. Pot is power …

Cannabis Industry

4 creepy psychological tricks companies use to get you to buy things

The human brain is a powerful reasoning machine, but it has its Achilles' heels. These mental shortcuts help us navigate the enormous amount of information we're exposed to at any given time, without feeling paralyzed.<p>And companies are aware of these pitfalls.<p>Here are a few of the ways marketers …

Psychology

Evaluating Our Importance In The Universe

For the past two weeks we've been exploring some of the questions related to life's origin on Earth and possibly elsewhere.<p>We know life was present on Earth at least 3.5 billion years ago. It may have been present even earlier, but results remain controversial. The window of opportunity for life to …

Planetary Habitability

Yes, pot is stronger today, but not for the reasons you think

Taboos about drugs are lying shattered across the U.S., like broken debris after a party. But even as some states have begun to decriminalize or legalize marijuana, there is an argument that is making some Americans hesitate.<p>They ask: Aren't many drugs, even pot, much more potent today than they …

Cannabis

Baltimore psychologist pioneers team using psychedelics as ‘sacred’ medicine

William Richards, who began studying psychedelics in Germany in 1963, is convinced LSD and psilocybin drugs can transform people’s lives for the better<p>Baltimore is known to many as the heroin capital of the US. If William Richards has anything to do with it, it may also become the nation’s most …

Consciousness

New data on 2 Bay Area faults cause worry about next big quake

The Hayward Fault, which ruptured in a devastating Bay Area earthquake nearly 150 years ago, could be linked to the quieter Rodgers Creek Fault deep beneath San Pablo Bay, and that would pose the threat of a far more powerful quake in the future, a new seismic study has found.<p>Traces of both faults …

There's a disorder that makes it impossible to feel pleasure, and scientists are just beginning to understand how it works

In a study published Thursday in the journal Science, scientists stimulated the brains of rats to induce feelings of anhedonia, helping to explain how the phenomenon arises in the brain.<p>Hopefully, this understanding could one day lead to better treatments for depression and other related mood …

Neuroscience

10 Things Therapists Wish Everyone Would Do

There's no question that life is difficult. And even if you don't suffer from depressionor anxiety, just managing the day-to-day can take a toll. Between hectic schedules, balancing work and family responsibilities, and everything else in between, we all could use a little help. Here, therapists …

Cameras capture never-before-seen footage of wild crows building tools

By Elahe Izadi<p>, Staff writer<p>Tiny cameras attached to wild New Caledonian crows capture, for the first time, video footage of these elusive birds fashioning hooked stick tools, according to researchers.<p>These South Pacific birds build tools out of twigs and leaves that they use to root out food, and …

Research

Scientists say these 2 'dark' personality traits can help you succeed at work

It's a question that's plagued researchers for years, and unfortunately, there's no clear answer.<p>Now, new research suggests that jerks can sometimes be more successful, depending on the specific traits they display.<p>For the study, cited by the Association for Psychological Science, psychologists at …

Psychology

17 Jiddu Krishnamurti Quotes That Will Turn Your World View Outside In

<b>“The ability to observe without evaluating is the highest form of intelligence.” ―</b>Jiddu Krishnamurti<p>A sage is someone who can put into words the …

Well-being is a network of characteristics we can build for ourselves, argues a philosopher

Everyone wants a good life, but half the battle is figuring out just what that entails. Should we aim for professional success, romantic relationships, or exciting experiences? Michael Bishop, philosophy professor at Florida State University and author of recently published book <i>The Good Life,</i> …

Happiness

Ask A Scientist: How Much Do Toddlers Know About Logic?

Part One: Alison Gopnik, a professor at the University of California at Berkley, takes big philosophical questions and answers them scientifically. …

University of California

Neuroethics

Interview by Richard Marshall.Kathinka Evers is a philosopher working at the cutting edge of neuroethics. She thinks about what neuroethics is and …

Consciousness

Why Is It Easier to Organize Evil Than Good?

<b>Introduction</b><p>History teaches that organizing evil is easier than organizing good. The simplicity of evil and complexity of good appear rooted in human …

What is Your Design Philosophy?

<i>What is your design philosophy?</i> — I was asked this question by a candidate during a recent job interview. Oddly, it was the first time I’d ever been …

A new way to think about race

<i>The modern concept of race has its roots in science no more rigorous than phrenology. So why is it still so widely used? The Philosopher's Zone looks</i> …

Edward Spoon Hands

Featured Article<p>First of all, let’s explore the exact meaning of this word: “FOREX”.<p>FOREX is the international currency exchange, where every single …

This Google Employee Has A Brilliant Time Management Strategy

Create and protect your Make Time, people.<p>I recently wrote an email to our team that posed a simple challenge in time management. The response I got was unexpected, and I was urged to share it with more people—so here we are. Some of my fellow Googlers went so far as to make a video for those of us …

Time Management

Can we prove that God exists? Richard Dawkins and the limits of faith and atheism

<b>God, Santa Claus (Wikimedia/Milles Studio via Shutterstock)</b><p>Atheists sometimes argue the case against God is the same as the case against Santa Claus. Let’s test the logic<p>Gary Gutting<p>November 29, 2015 3:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “What Philosophy Can Do”<p>Our first concern will be Richard Dawkins’s …

Easter Bunny

Smoking high-strength cannabis may damage nerve fibres in brain

Study suggests high levels of skunk use may affect the brain’s white matter, making communication between the right and left hemispheres less efficient<p>High-strength cannabis may damage nerve fibres that handle the flow of messages across the two halves of the brain, scientists claim. Brain scans of …

Cannabis

Why don't we just throw all our garbage into volcanoes?

Because it's a long way to the top if you want to rock and roll<p>Great question. Glad you asked. While volcanoes might seem like the ideal natural incinerator for our massive amounts of garbage, there are a few obstacles between us and a magical geological trash chute to the center of the …

Geology

Genes play an important but overlooked role in how our brains work

The brain is a body's decision-maker, the pilot of its actions and the engineer that keeps all systems going. The brain suits the body's actions to its surroundings, taking in sensory details and sending out appropriate and timely responses.<p>We've long attributed the marvelous workings of the brain …

Neuroscience

How To Accurately Judge Someone’s Intelligence

A psychologist explains why “real life is the ultimate IQ test.”<p>What is the essence of intelligence? Answers vary, but it comes down to how well you adapt to your environment—to the degree of skill and ingenuity you bring to that challenge. And in a world dominated by abstract concepts, complex …

Neanderthals were not 'grunting, ignorant cavemen' and they kept our early ancestors out of Europe

The discovery of a hoard of ancient human teeth in a Chinese cave has forced scientists to reconsider our species’ relations with our closest …

3. Vimanas

Vimana are a type of ancient flying craft said to possess lights and powerful weapons that appear in Hindu texts and Sanskrit epics. The crafts are …