Michelle Murphy

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The Fascinating Thing That Storytelling Does to Your Brain

A well-told tale causes fascinating changes in brain chemistry.<p>Here's a little piece of personal trivia for you -- my husband is a screenwriter. So around our house there's no shortage of talk about storytelling structure, and the bookcase is full of titles on the topic like Joseph Campbell's …

The Brain

9 Charts That Will Stop You From Botching a Recipe Ever Again

Simple Ways to Add 2 Hours More to Your Day

Of course, you cannot actually add more time to the 24-hour day or 168-hour week. But talk to productivity experts and highly productive sorts and …

Photo Essay: Kentucky’s Creation Museum

A walk through an alternate history.<p>The Creation Museum in Petersburg, Kentucky that lets visitors experience a version of the Earth's history in which dinosaurs roamed in the Garden of Eden.<p>You may remember the Creation Museum as the location of the infamous debate between pop scientist Bill Nye …

Is Your Partner Codependent?

Here's how to tell, and what to do if they are.<p>Having someone shape their whole life around you and cater to your every whim might sound great, at least in theory, but codependent relationships get unhealthy fast. The word "codependent" gets thrown around a lot, but a lot of people don't even …

How to Reflect on Your Year in an Actually Useful Way

Maybe this year was shiny, bright, and amazing. Maybe it was 12 months you’d rather forget. But as the New Year hovers just around the corner, …

7 Common Online Dating Mistakes Women Over 50 Commonly Make

<b>Mistake #1: Being boring or negative in your profile</b><p>How many times have you wanted to take a snooze reading a man's profile that continually says I like this and I like that. A lot of women's profiles start this way as well.<p>Now think of a party where you meet someone new and they start in with the …

Southern US storms leave a dozen dead

At least 11 people have been killed after severe storms hit several southern US states, damaging homes, cars and businesses. Forecasters have blamed …

Weather

The Hottest Space Porn of 2015

We got up close and personal with a bunch of beautiful space rocks this year.<p>If 2014 made space look easy, 2015 made it look hot.<p>Thanks to boundary-pushing missions that have taken us closer than ever before to a bunch of photogenic space bodies and increasingly high resolution imaging …

Astronomy

How To Ease Dating Anxiety

My friend called me the other day because she was feeling a ton of anxiety around a guy she went on a few dates with, and he seemed to be pulling away.<p>They had planned to catch up over the phone one weekend, and Sunday rolled around...with no phone call.<p>That's when she called me.<p>She asked, "What do …

14 Purrfect Gifts For Cat Lovers

Merry Catmas! 😽😸<p>Calling all cat people (or people who love people who love cats!), we have the ultimate <i>gift guide</i> for you! And the best part? It’s totally adorable and totally affordable. So hurry up and order your cat paraphernalia right <i>meow</i> or else, stores might sell out and that would be</i> …

The 38 Most Awkward Cats Of 2015

Cats are cool until they aren't.

Husband's Note on Mirror to Wife Struggling With Depression Is the Most Beautiful Thing You'll See All Day

"She's the kindest person I know."<p>An Imgur user posted a photo of the touching note her husband drew on their mirror, as a show of support while she was struggling with depression.<p>Mollywho wrote on Imgur that she's faced a lot of difficult times since marrying her husband, including not being able …

Better sleep may be the key to treating depression, anxiety and schizophrenia

We are only beginning to unravel the genetic and biochemical basis of mental illness—a vague term including conditions as diverse as anxiety, depression, and mood and psychotic disorders. With millions of people suffering from such conditions, it is crucial that we find ways to improve diagnosis …

Mental Health

What It's Like To Date When You Can't Have Sex

After how many dates do you bring up the medical condition that prevents you from having vaginal intercourse?<p>I was supposed to be at the restaurant in 30 minutes. I opened our text conversation and, for the fifth time in a half hour, typed then deleted my excuse for canceling on him. I scolded …

Internet dating: 10 things I’ve learned from looking for love online

Online dating has made meeting new people easier than ever, but getting to know them has only got tougher. One 34-year-old singleton shares her tips for swiping right<p>Well, I don’t remember his name and I only vaguely remember what he looked like – he had eyes, I suppose he wore trousers. But I’ll …

12 Things Men Do That Make Women Fall Deeper in Love

Men -- we love them. Like <i>really, really</i> love them. We can't live without them and we certainly don't want to. We enjoy all of the little things they do that make them so much hotter. Here are 12 things men do that women really adore.<p><b>1. Planning is amazing.</b><p>When a man plans, it's almost as exciting …

5 Freaky Facts About Nightmares

Science demystifies your creepiest nighttime visions.<p>Edgar Allan Poe was known for his bone-chillingly terrifying stories.<p>Many of these tales were influenced by the horrific nightmares that plagued him for most of his life. Poe explored the mysteries of these chilling dreamscapes in poems like …

The best way to learn math is to learn how to fail productively

Singapore, the land of many math geniuses, may have discovered the secret to learning mathematics (pdf). It employs a teaching method called productive failure (pdf), pioneered by Manu Kapur, head of the Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education of Singapore.<p>Students who are …

Pedagogy

17 pets who did not want to be dressed up for Halloween

<br> It's that time of year again, when women dress up as cats and cats are dressed up against their will.<p>Pets don't usually enjoy being stuffed into tutus - though, admittedly, it is very cute.<p>This is not a good time of year if you are a furry creature. Pets are groped by the sticky fingers of …

Pets

Stress Symptoms Make You Less Attractive

Long Story Short<p>As well as being linked to a higher risk of stroke, scientists have found that stress makes you less attractive. But if you show that you can handle it with a cool head then you might just be able to redeem yourself.<p>Long Story<p>Forget working on a six-pack – you need to get out of the …

6 scientifically proven ways to have a better day.

We all experience stress, and it can actually be a good thing. But too much can take a pretty big toll.<p>A recent video from TED-Ed explains what …

17 Things Only People With Mental Health Issues Know

It’s a flaw in your chemistry, not your character.<p>We've all heard someone use one of those terms to describe another person's behavior, or even said it ourselves. As harmless as the words seem, they carry a lot of weight, especially for people living with a mental health condition — around 1 in 5 …

A giant asteroid flying past Earth on Halloween is the least of our nightmares

Although 310,000 miles away may not sound close, the giant space rock is zooming by only a little farther away than the moon is from the Earth — close enough to spot with an amateur telescope, says NASA. It's also important to remember the 1,300-foot-wide asteroid, called 2015 TB145, is moving …

A major scientific organization just refuted NASA's 99.9% prediction that an earthquake will hit LA before 2018

When the news of this disturbing statistic hit headlines, the US Geological Survey took action. Established in 1979, the USGS has major offices across the country that focus on policies related to Earth sciences including risk from earthquakes and damage from fracking.<p>In a rare event, the …

Emergency Medicine

A scientist found a bird that hadn’t been seen in half a century, then killed it. Here’s why.

For Christopher Filardi of the American Museum of Natural History, there is nothing like the thrill of finding a mysterious species. Such animals live at the intersection of myth and biology — tantalizing researchers with the prospect that they may be real, but eluding trustworthy documentation and …

Five Signs that You've Lost Yourself (and Your Integrity) in Your Relationship

If you are like me (and most women around my age), the memory of Carrie Bradshaw giving up her entire life to move to Paris with Aleksandr is a bittersweet one. I was so hopeful when she first arrived in that beautiful hotel in the city of lights to start a new life with Mikhail Baryshnikov. As I'm …

Lying awake at 3am? Perhaps you should try biphasic sleeping

Poor sleep and insomnia can make you less effective, but it’s still not necessary to stay in bed for eight hours<p>Madonna, Margaret Thatcher and Donald Trump all claim to have thrived on four hours or less of sleep. If it’s good enough for the queen of pop and the Iron Lady, should entrepreneurs be …

Sleep