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According to Neuroscience, These Are the 10 Most Relaxing Songs Ever

Sure to both stir your soul and calm your nervous system.<p>Everyone knows they need to manage their stress. When things get difficult at work, school, or in your personal life, you can use as many tips, tricks, and techniques as you can get to calm your nerves.<p>So here's a science-backed one: make a …

The Brain

10 Things Mentally Strong People Won't Do

Life has a way of testing your mental strength (also known as emotional intelligence) when you least expect it. The true sign of mental strength doesn’t lie in what you do; it’s what you don’t and absolutely <i>won’t</i> do. The greater the challenge, the more difficult it is to respond with mental …

Self-help

An Event-Related Potential Study on the Effects of Cannabis on Emotion Processing

by Lucy J. Troup, Stephanie Bastidas, Maia T. Nguyen, Jeremy A. Andrzejewski, Matthew Bowers, Jason S. NomiThe effect of cannabis on emotional …

Cannabis Use Can Elicit 'Autistic-Like' Behavior

According to a new report, smoking weed may affect your ability to empathize with people and process emotions. We spoke to the study's author, who says researchers have already approached her about the use of cannabis to treat autism.<p>Following a new report published in the scientific journal <i>PLOS …

Nanorods Of Photocatalysts Achieve 100% Conversion From Solar Energy To Solar Fuel

There are many reasons that I love working in materials chemistry, and particularly in artificial photosynthesis – splitting water using sunlight to generate hydrogen and oxygen gases. You’ve heard me ramble on about this, my most favourite example of nature-inspired nanotechnology in previous …

Clean Energy

11 Tweaks to Your Morning Routine Will Make Your Entire Day More Productive | Inc.com

I don't know anyone who couldn't use a little boost in energy and self-control.<p>Researchers at the University of Nottingham recently published findings from their exploration of 83 studies on energy and self-control. What they found will change the way you start your day.<p>The researchers found that …

Time Management

World's first sonic tractor beam | Reuters

British researchers have built the world’s first sonic tractor beams that lift and move objects using soundwaves.<p>A team from the universities of Bristol and Sussex, in conjunction with Ultrahaptics, a spin-off set up by Sussex Professor of Informatics, Sriram Subramanian, used high-amplitude …

4 Daily Habits That Lead To Success

Yes, making your bed every morning can help you live a more successful and productive life.<p>Can making your bed in the morning and keeping a to-do list get you closer to the life you want to lead? Sociologist Dr. Randall Bell, author of the upcoming book <i>Rich Habits Rich Life: The Four Cornerstones</i> …

Neuroscientist discovers brain's visual cortex makes it own decisions

The part of the brain responsible for seeing is more powerful than previously believed. In fact, the visual cortex can essentially make decisions …

The Brain

4 body language moves that will change your life for the better

The answer to these problems may be as simple as changing body habits or adjusting your body language.<p>I like to call them body language boosts. It turns out that what the body does and how the brain responds are very closely connected.<p>As more and more studies prove, there are some easy ways to …

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 …

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Scientists think they’ve found the reason you’re overeating

Do you ever realize that you’re full, but finish that burger and fries anyway? There may be a scientific reason for that: too little of a hormone called GLP-1, which is thought to play a role in obesity (paywall).<p>Researchers from Rutgers University have found that when GLP-1 is released in the …

14 Things You Should Do When You Move to a New Town

Moving to a new town is exciting, but it also can be intimidating. The physical move and subsequent unpacking is stressful enough; then you have to …

10 Things Successful People Do To Maximize Their Time

Out of Work . . . Seeking a Job?

When you are out of work, a lingering recession can take a psychological toll on you and your family. Under these adverse conditions, you may feel …

Your love of the Sex Pistols or Norah Jones says more about your personality than you think

Is your Spotify collection a compilation of mellow melodies and soft rock? Or do you have Apple Music playlists full of heavy metal and punk? Your answer could be an indicator of whether you are more of an emphatic or analytic person, according to a new study.<p>A team of psychologists at the …

Here's the morning routine that experts recommend for peak productivity

Laura Vanderkam studied the schedules of high-achievers. What did she find? Almost all have a morning routine.<p>I've interviewed a ton of top experts about their productivity secrets: Tim Ferriss, Cal Newport, Dan Ariely, Charles Duhigg, and others.<p>But you're busy. You don't have time to read all …

Why It's So Hard For Americans To Talk About Science

Talking about science is a lot harder than it should be. We talk all the time about things we don’t fully understand: the polar vortex, how footballs can get underinflated during games, why the Kardashians still get so much attention. We’re not experts in these areas, but we’re happy to weigh in …

This Four-Acre Indoor Web Was Home To 107 Million Spiders

Where there's poop, there's flies. Where there's flies, there's spiders.<p>But what if there's a lot of flies? Like at a sewage treatment plant?<p>Then, this could happen:<p><b>More photos below</b><p>This is a photo of a section of a four-acre web that was found in 2009 at the Baltimore Wastewater Treatment Plant in …

Want To Learn, Remember, And Create Better? Science Says Dick Around A Bit More

A New York Times science writer explains why daydreaming, napping, and web surfing are the best ways to learn.<p>From an early age, students are taught a series of study skills to enhance learning. Teachers extol the virtues of highlighters and flash cards, memorization and dogged concentration. They …

The Worst Places To Seek Refuge During The Zombie Apocalypse

If and when the zombie apocalypse is nigh, we will all have to make one monumental decision: Where to seek refuge?<p>Steer clear of the 25 cities on the map below, produced by real-estate website Trulia. Unless you're a zombie, in which case, live it up! (Oh wait, you can't.)<p>When the undead rise up, …

5 Memory Strategies for Learning Anything Fast

This story originally appeared on Business Insider<p>If you want to do get to the top of your class or climb the ladder at work, you give yourself a gigantic advantage over everybody else if you can recall more information at a faster speed.<p>Developmental psychologists and cognitive scientists have …

Why Introverts and Comedians Make Great Leaders

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Talking about success in the business world -- whether it's making it to the corner office or founding a tech startup -- often revolves around a series of well-worn tropes: "Think outside the box," "Grow or die," and maybe the worst, …

Woman Tries to Sell Imaginary Friend on eBay

On the advice of her shrink, 22-year-old Londoner Georgia Horrocks is trying to declutter her mind by selling her imaginary friend on eBay!<p>“I have …

Halloween Candy May Contain Marijuana, Denver Police Warn

With marijuana now legal in Colorado and cannabis candy a big part of the scene, Denver police are issuing an unusual warning ahead of Halloween<p>. In short, they want people to know that not all candy is for kids.<p>“With edibles gaining in popularity we thought it was important to alert the community …

The Science of Why Beer Is So Delicious

We know that yeasts produce the molecules that make ales and lagers so aromatic. But why do they do it?<p><b>Whether you're catching a whiff of banana</b> from a tall glass of Hefeweizen or enjoying the subtle floral aromas in your favorite American IPA, you have yeast to thank for it. Yeast imbues beer with …