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Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and can't move — here's why

I wake up but can't move, except for my eyes, which dart frantically underneath fluttering, heavy lids. I feel a heavy presence on top of my chest, squeezing the air from my lungs and throat. Then a shadowy, cloaked figure starts looming just within the corners of vision.<p>I'm not dreaming. And no …

The science of how to successfully approach a woman in a bar

We've all been there. Several drinks in on a night out and you spot someone across the crowded bar. Your eyes meet and you realise that your body is moving on its own accord. Without really thinking about it, you're sidestepping between your fellow revellers, edging your way towards her. In fact, …

Relationships

The deepest 3-D map of the universe ever made confirms Einstein was a genius

This theory, among other things, stated that the speed of light in a vacuum is the same for all observers, regardless of the source.<p>In 1915, he followed this up with the publication of his theory of General Relativity, which asserted that gravity has a warping effect on space-time.<p>For over a …

The 11 most impressive social good innovations from April

If you want to take on the world's most pressing problems, creativity and innovation are essential.<p>Every month, countless inventions come to public …

Unraveling how obesity fuels cancer

“We are getting more and more precise about the different risk factors for the various subtypes of cancer,” said Stephen Hursting, PhD, MPH, …

Top 10 Brainwashing Techniques

The term “brainwashing” was invented by reporter Edward Hunter during the Korean War to describe the “re-education” techniques that the Chinese used …

List-Worthy

What to do when your PMDD won’t let you do anything.

I often joke that it’s hard to know what to place the blame of my emotional ups and downs on: My personality disorder, my zodiac sign, or my period? …

Are some people BORN killers?

Are some people BORN killers? Biggest ever brain imaging study of mass murderers reveals they are wired differently<p><b>Scientists have found chromosome</b> …

Neurology

Why Time Is One of Humanity's Greatest and Most Important Inventions

Without the pendulum clock, the Industrial Revolution doesn’t happen. Without the quartz clock, the technology in the digital revolution doesn’t …

Here’s How A Month Of Exercise Affected My Brain

It’s been long known that physical activity produces mental benefits, but are all exercises equal when it comes to brain boosts?<p>Recently the <i>New York Times</i> reported on a Finnish study published in the <i>Journal of Physiology</i> that found, as long thought, that physical exercise could have a positive …

The Daily Habits of 21 Highly Successful People | Inc.com

The most successful people I know make navigating business and life look easy, often because they have their crap together more than most people. They get up early, stay in front of health issues, and are smart about money. They know the value of a good night's sleep, a restorative vacation, and a …

Success

Brilliantly Simple Tower Collects Safe Drinking Water Out of Thin Air

The Warka Water tower literally pulls clean drinking water straight from thin air. First debuted in rural Ethiopia, and conceived as a way to help communities in the area that lack access to safe drinking water, the innovative design recently took home the World Design Impact Prize in Taipei. Each …

Drinking Water

7 Signs You're Not Mentally Strong, You're Just Acting Tough | Inc.com

Saying things like, "I'm not scared of anything," or, "I didn't want that promotion anyway," doesn't necessarily mean you're mentally strong. In fact, there's a good chance you might just be acting tough.<p>While acting tough may meet your needs in the short term by artificially boosting your ego or …

Self-help

We asked a sleep scientist if the iPhone's new Night Shift feature will actually help you sleep, and his answer surprised us

You've probably heard that the crisp blue light emitted by everything from TVs to tablets to smartphones is wreaking havoc on our health.<p>As far as the range of visible light goes, blue light — which is also given off by the sun — is near the brightest. (If our phones and tablets weren't also graced …

The Home Design That Could Change the Economics of Solar Forever

Portugal-based architectural project Houses in Motion has come up with a genius new design to make solar power much more cost-effective.<p>Turning sunlight into energy would be a lot easier if the Earth weren't constantly spinning.<p>Because solar panels work best when they're directly facing the …

‘It was like being buried alive’: battle to recover from chronic fatigue syndrome

‘It was like being buried alive,” Samantha Miller says matter-of-factly, fixing me with blue eyes as she munches on falafel. “I was exhausted, with terrible joint pains. It was like having flu all the time with no certainty of recovery. I couldn’t do anything. I was trapped.”<p>Today, she looks …

Medical Journals

His stress is not like her stress

Muscles tighten, the heart pounds and nausea takes hold: In the face of sudden stress, men and women respond alike. But when threats, scares or …

10 Weird Brain Disorders That Totally Mess With Your Perception of Reality

We don't all see the world the same.<p>Imagine being able to feel everything another person is feeling - their pleasure and their pain. Or being …

If She Leans This Way When She Kisses You, It Means You're in the Friend Zone

846<p>SHARES<p>Using psychology, you can read a person like a book and know exactly how they feel about you, without them saying anything to your face. You …

Male Personality Trait Sways Perception of Woman's Sexual Interest

New research suggests a man’s attachment style may influence his perception of whether a woman is interested in him sexually.<p>The finding helps to …

Why are men less happy than women?

Last week was not a good one for British men.<p>Two major papers released by the ONS drew dark clouds over our heads. First came the annual suicide statistics, which revealed that men are still more than three times as likely as women to take their own lives.<p>And then there was the so-called 'happiness …

Psychology

Shape-shifting polymer straightens out from body heat

There have been plenty of tries at shape-changing materials, but this one might be the most practical yet. The University of Rochester has created a polymer that returns to its original shape when subjected to body heat -- touch a curled mess of the stuff and it straightens out. The solution was to …

Kanye West Has A Video Game, And It Doesn't Look All That Bad

Last night, during a livestream for his new album The Life of Pablo, Kanye West dropped a bit of a surprise for both his fans and the video game community. We knew he was working on a video game, but it turns out he’s made enough progress on the thing to show off a trailer. The game is called <i>The</i> …

New Albums

John Kingston: The Psychology of a Lifestyle Portrait Photographer

<i>All images by John Kingston. Used with permission.</i><p>When it comes to lifestyle portrait photography, photographer John Kingston is one that lives the …

Photography