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Books to Read This Spring That Will Make You More Productive

<b>How to Have a Good Day: Harness the Power of Behavioral Science to Transform Your Working Life,</b> by Caroline Webb<p>The title <i>How to Have a Good Day</i> might …

Hard Exercise Can Boost Brain Chemicals Sapped by Depression

A new imaging study shows that intense exercise boosts two critical neurotransmitters — glutamate and gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) — resulting in …

The Brain

Neuroscience reveals 4 rituals that will make you happy

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the internet from people who don't know what they're talking about. Don't trust them.<p>Actually, don't trust …

We exist in a sea of radiofrequency radiation never before seen in human history. Are we lab rats in an experiment with no controls?<p>Do mobile phones cause brain cancer?<p>This has been an ongoing debate for decades, but whenever someone asks this question, it’s usually met with scepticism and the …

Al Gore

Watch This Hypnotic Yearlong Timelapse of the Sun in Ultraviolet

The Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) rings in its sixth year in space with a gorgeous, high res timelapse.<p>This week, the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) celebrated its sixth year in space. No longer a wide-eyed noob when it comes to staring down the Sun, the satellite has yielded fascinating …

Smoking Pot Before This Critical Age Could Wreck Your Brain

Bad news if you lit up in high school.<p>How bad is pot for your brain? The jury's still out on how it affects folks who take their first toke during adulthood. But a study recently published in the journal <i>Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience</i> suggests that lighting up prior to age 16 could handicap …

Self Control

Does the discovery of gravitational waves foretell the end of physics?

It took us 100 years to confirm the last big puzzle of Einstein’s theory of relativity. On Feb. 11, scientists announced that they have detected gravitational waves, which are created when two accelerating masses generate “ripples” in the curvature of spacetime—just like frolicking children on a …

The only company launching civilians into orbit says space travel is nearing the 'bounds of affordability'

Perhaps within the next five to ten years, an average Joe could check off "experience space travel" from their bucket list, according to Tom Shelley, the president of Virginia-based company Space Adventures.<p>That's all due to a number of factors, including the increase in companies working on …

The first specific genetic link to schizophrenia has been found

A person's risk of schizophrenia depends to some extent on their genes, a study of over 65,000 people has found.<p>It's the first time a biological …

Einstein's genius changed science's perception of gravity

Albert Einstein opened humankind’s eyes to the universe.<p>Before Einstein, space seemed featureless and changeless, as Isaac Newton had defined it two …

Scientists Find a Supernova So Bright It Tests the Laws of Physics

There is a thing in space that's 10 miles in diameter and powering an explosion 20 times brighter than every star in the Milky Way galaxy—combined. …

It's about time: how sci-fi has described Einstein's universe

A century after Albert Einstein formulated general relativity, the theory holds a profoundly strange place in modern life. On one hand, it underwrites all the marvels of technology today, from smartphones to space probes. We wouldn’t be tweeting from orbit around Mercury without the physics …

Science Fiction

The 'Soft Hair' on Stephen Hawking's Black Holes

A step toward solving the black hole information paradox.<p>On Tuesday, Stephen Hawking and friends posted a new paper to the arXiv server. It has a great, or at least peculiar, title: "Soft Hair on Black Holes."<p>What in the great wide universe could that possibly mean? Glad you asked.<p>The subject of …

20 Pictures Of Small Tips To Live A Satisfying Life

What does it mean to live a satisfying life? It means living a life in balance. It means making sure that your emotional, mental, physical, and …

Happiness

2015: the year in science - in pictures

From the excitement of the Pluto flyby to the discovery of new dinosaurs, we take a look back at some of the biggest science stories of the past 12 months

Dinosaurs

College happiness clubs spread joy, random acts of kindness

College students often get stereotyped as stressed out and sleep-deprived. But at universities across the country, students are aiming to change that as they join clubs dedicated to a common, joyful purpose: spreading happiness.<p>Northwestern University is home to one of the country's oldest college …

Meditation May Boost Happiness: The New Coloring for the Mind!

The ultimate goal for some of us is happiness. Are you happy yet? Happiness is often contradicted and taken for granted. The science behind what really makes us happy is no surprise with 40 percent of our daily activities making up our happiness levels. People are fascinated by defining what makes …

35 Reasons People Take Medication For Their Mental Health

Mostly? Because it makes them feel better.<p>(Always consult with your doctor about your personal health and wellness. BuzzFeed posts are for informational purposes only and are no substitute for medical diagnosis, treatment, or professional medical advice.)<p>I've battled generalized anxiety disorder …

Does Trying to Be Happy Make Us Unhappy?

As we muddle through our days, the quest for happiness looms large. In the U.S., citizens are granted three inalienable rights: life, liberty, and …

Scientists Capture Image Showing What Dolphins See With Echolocation

Researchers claim to have captured an image that shows how dolphins perceive the world around them using echolocation. Jack Kassewitz, founder of the Speak Dolphin research organization, created a complicated process to replicate the reflected pulses of sound.<p>"When a dolphin scans an object with …

Google's Ambitious Biology Lab Gets A New Name: Verily

Goodbye, Google Life Sciences.<p>Google's Life Sciences team, the arm of the company working on biology projects like a "smart" contact lens for diabetics, has a new name as of Monday: Verily.<p>The Shakespearean-sounding moniker is part of a wave of rebranding that began this summer when Google …

15 habits that can make you happier

But advice on exactly how to boost your happiness is often not backed by science, even though there's a whole field devoted to studying it.<p>While everyone has different things that make them happy — a taco stuffed with cilantro is joyful for some and miserable for others — research on well-being has …

The DNA of Happiness

We all know that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree. And yes, in this scenario, you are the apple and your family is the tree. In order for you to design a beautiful relationship with yourself in all areas of your life, you have to deal with the tree.<p>Not what you wanted to hear? I get it. …

Understanding Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

What if we lived in a world where, if you imagined something, it actually came to life? What would you wish for? Money? World peace? A new career? But, what if I told you that we already live in a world like this? And the key to unlocking this ability is you, yes You! You have all the control.<p>If …

Associated Press News

How to Be Happier Without Really Trying

You are already a happiness expert. Seriously. You’re just a bit inconsistent.<p>You already do a lot of things that researchers recommend for increased …

World's Most Powerful Camera Will Map The Universe

The Department of Energy has given the go-ahead for construction to begin on the world’s largest and most powerful digital camera. Forming the digital ‘eye’ of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope (LSST), to be built at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University, the camera will …

Cameras

Happiness Isn’t the Absence of Negative Feelings

Happiness feels intolerably elusive for many of us. Like fog, you can see it from afar, dense and full of shape. But upon approach, its particles loosen and suddenly it becomes out of reach, even though it’s all around you.<p>We put so much emphasis on the pursuit of happiness, but if you stop and …