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Science Says 92 Percent of People Don't Achieve Their Goals. Here's How the Other 8 Percent Do

If you're serious about goal-setting, here's what the high-achievers know that you may not.<p>Did you know that a staggering 92 percent of people that set New Year's goals never actually achieve them? That's according to research by the University of Scranton.<p>I've done it many times, and if you're …

Success

Want a Better Memory? Science Says Do This

A study suggests this dead simple trick can double the amount you recall.<p>What do you do when you need to commit some sort of information to memory?<p>Let me guess: You take notes.<p>It's a habit most of us learned way back in school when some teacher stuck her lecture notes up on an overhead projector …

Doodling

Science-Based Secrets for Reading Other People's Minds

<i>This article first appeared on the blog of Intentional Insights, a nonprofit organization that empowers people to refine and reach their goals by providing research-based content to help improve thinking, feeling, and behavior patterns.</i><p>Imagine you're really excited about a new idea for a …

Psychology

Ivy League professor shares 'CV of failures' to show even geniuses mess up sometimes

Perhaps there is hope for us all. Johannes Haushofer, who has a PhD from Harvard and teaches at Princeton, has released a 'CV of failures' to show that even the most intelligent and academic people fail sometimes.<p>Sometimes, when we fail at something, we think we will never get our dream job, or …

The 18 best science movies and shows streaming on Netflix right now

From shows that delve into the tasty science of gastronomy to those that unmask the mysterious depths of the ocean, there's no shortage of mind-expanding titles to indulge in.<p>But there's a downside to all of that choice: It's <i>a lot</i> to choose from.<p>I polled the Tech Insider team and came up with 18 of …

National Parks

Virtual reality is helping scientists to protect endangered jaguars

While gamers are definitely excited about the March release of the Oculus Rift headset, virtual reality could do a lot more. For example: Helping …

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

Why Your Next Breakthrough Won’t Happen at Your Desk | Inc.com

<i>This is a guest post by</i> <i>Matt Johnson</i><i>, a lead consultant at</i> <i>The Frontier Project</i><i>, an Inc. 5000 company that designs and hosts experiential off-sites for Fortune 500s, global nonprofits, and fast-growth startups.</i><p>Ludwig van Beethoven was probably the best desk worker in history. It's true--his …

Creativity

Planet Nine: Mysterious planet is to blame for mass extinctions of life on Earth, scientist claims

A mysterious, hidden planet that could be sitting on the edge of our solar system might be linked with periodic extinctions on Earth, according to a …

Study demonstrates possibility of simultaneous improvement in all mental, physical functions

There's an Intact Ancient Virus Lying Dormant in Human DNA

Don’t worry. It probably won’t come back to life.<p>Research has shown that our DNA houses the ghosts of viruses fended off by your ancestors, and some …

Genetics

These could be the first science textbooks students actually want to read

If you were bored to tears in high school science classes, these could be the books you wish you had.<p>On March 21, the New York Times reported that …

New York Times

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Books

The One Thing You Need to Stop Procrastinating

A brain hack to get yourself going.<p>We can try to psych ourselves up to be motivated all we want, but it's often easier said than done. But recent research suggests that it can be scientifically crafted. All you need is a little of your own motivation. And an fMRI scanner.<p>The research, published in</i> …

The Brain

Scientists Say Your Ability To Ignore Is Part Of Your Ability To Pay Attention

Henry David Thoreau once said <i>‘Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves’</i>. That phrase now has renewed meaning thanks to a study from a group of scientists from Johns Hopkins University who have been studying how the mind visually processes difficult information.<p>The general …

The Brain

Here's What Fruits And Vegetables Looked Like Before We Domesticated Them

The original genetic modification.<p>Next time you bite into a slice of watermelon or a cob of corn, consider this: these familiar fruits and veggies …

Nerve Agents

Self Reliance: How Addiction Affects the Brain

Dr. Kevin McCauley, of the Institute for Addiction Recovery, has been helping people with addiction for fifteen years. He has studied the brain and …

Drug Addiction

Nine in 10 cancers caused by lifestyle

Environmental and external factors such as smoking, drinking, sun exposure and air pollution account for nine in 10 cancers, new study shows<p>Up to nine in 10 cancers are caused by environmental and external factors such as smoking, drinking, sun exposure and air pollution, a new scientific study has …

The 10 Incredible Ways Your Cat Shows You Love

<i>By Phil Mutz, writer at LittleThings.com</i><p>Even though my cat can't speak aloud, she is constantly trying to find ways to communicate with me.<p>Whether my cat is "meowing" because she's hungry, or pawing at my legs because she wants attention, she finds ways to let me know exactly what she is …

Pets

10 Brain Myths Busted

It's going to take more than 10 percent of your brain to read this story<p>In the Hollywood action-film <i>Lucy</i>, actor Morgan Freeman—playing a world-renowned neurologist— speaks to a packed auditorium. “It’s estimated most human beings only use 10 percent of their brains’ capacity,” he says. “Imagine if …

The Brain

Why I No Longer Keep an Open Mind

I'm assuming if you are reading this, you have a front door in your home; perhaps some windows as well? Do you leave your front door wide open? If not; why not? What about your windows? I'll bet you have screens on your windows. Probably to keep out things that you don't want to get in. I'm …

Plant-Based Diet

Chrome Canary shows how secure your web browsing really is

If you think that your browser's little padlock icon isn't enough to verify a website's security (but don't want to install a full-fledged app), you now have a better solution. Google has released a new Chrome Canary build that includes a security panel in amidst the usual developer options. Open …

Brain teasers: 5 puzzles to keep your mind sharp

Remember when a certain dress took the internet by storm? Well,<p>there are so many more games that can mess with your head.<p><i>Brain Twisters: The Science</i> …

Optical Illusions

How To Become A Genius

Whether you’d like to admit it or not, you probably have an average IQ. Luckily, there’s a lot you can do to increase your intelligence.<p>You probably think you’re pretty smart. Most people believe they’re smarter than the average American, according to a study from YouGov. Yet when it comes to IQ, …

The Brain

7 Books That Will Train Your Brain to Overachieve | Inc.com

The human brain is the most powerful tool you can possibly possess. Are you training and using your brain to its full potential? These seven books will help you achieve the peak performance you’ll need to compete, today and in the future.<p>1. Curious<p><b>Subtitle:</b> The Desire to Know and Why Your Future …

London School of Economics

The Ten Most Important Books to Expand Your Brain

Books suck. No question about it, almost everyone who writes a book is a crappy writer.<p>And this is a good thing.<p>It's because the writer spent his life getting GOOD at what he was writing about. He didn't spend his life being good at writing.<p>He didn't spend his life typing. He ran a country. Or …

Self-improvement

Scientists find the brain’s missing ‘pipes’

“Throw out the textbooks” and “missing link” are words rarely heard anymore in science, but that’s what researchers around the world are saying about the recent discovery of microscopic lymphatic vessels connecting the brain to the immune system.<p>That physical link was long thought absent, …

Immune System

Great reading strategies: ‘First lines’ for developing comprehension

<b>Throughout the summer I’ve been posting a series of posts looking at communicative classroom reading strategies. I’ve started each post with this</b> …

Teaching