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8 Must-Read Mindfulness Books From Thich Nhat Hanh

Thich Nhat Hanh is a Buddhist monk and a peace activist. Uniquely his teaching is so straightforward and practical; as you can easily connect with …

Meditation

WATCH: Skateboarding Cat Is Your New Spirit Animal

We would all do well to draw inspiration from Boomer, a Bengal cat that skateboards better than you do, well, anything.<p>The cat, who lives in …

The best night sky photos of 2016 have been officially announced

The central western region of NSW Australia plays host to some of the darkest skies in the southern hemisphere, making it an astronomer's playground …

I Am Setsuna is a wonderful throwback to the golden age of Japanese RPGs

If <i>I Am Setsuna</i> had come out 20 years ago, it’d be the kind of story-driven role-playing game that would’ve stuck with me throughout my life. Years later I’d listen to the stirring piano-driven soundtrack and reminisce, or flip through an art book to remind myself just how amazing the character …

Mashups

This Is The Real Life People With Anxiety Experience Every Day

People with anxiety have minds that are so clouded by worry and fear that they are unable to distinguish a real threat from one that is only …

A New Equation Estimates the Chances of Life Arising on a Given Planet

An astrobiologist and a chemist team up on a new equation to describe the conditions needed for life to arise on a planet.<p>A pair of researchers have come up with a new equation to help estimate one of the great unknowns in our Universe: the probability of life arising on a given planet.<p>They hope …

James Webb Space Telescope

Sony May Be Preparing To Finally Let You Play PC Games With Your PlayStation Controllers

For years now, people who wanted to play action-heavy games on a PC basically had two choices – use an Xbox controller, or take your chances with some sort of sketchy third-party option. But what about folks who (rightfully) prefer the feel of a PlayStation controller? The ol’ DualShock is the way …

This Is Your Brain on Silence - Issue 38: Noise

One icy night in March 2010, 100 marketing experts piled into the Sea Horse Restaurant in Helsinki, with the modest goal of making a remote and …

Fish

Nettie Stevens discovered XY sex chromosomes. She didn't get credit because she had two X’s.

At the turn of the 20th century, biologist Nettie Stevens was driven to solve a scientific mystery that had perplexed humanity for millennia. The mystery was so simple but daunting: Why do boys become boys and girls become girls? In her pioneering work at Bryn Mawr College, Stevens — whose birthday …

Genetics

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Hubble Space Telescope captures most detailed image of Crab Nebula to date

Astronomers have taken a breathtaking journey deep into the Crab Nebula, the famous remnant of an exploding star that dazzled Chinese astronomers in …

Cosmology

It suddenly seems like life could be found almost anywhere in the universe

Researchers suggest we may need to expand our horizons when it comes to the search for life beyond Earth.<p>Science still has no solid proof that life exists beyond Earth. But the more we look around the universe, the more we see the <i>potential</i> for life just about everywhere, including in some really …

Universe

Data Mining Reveals the Six Basic Emotional Arcs of Storytelling - MIT Technology Review

Back in 1995, Kurt Vonnegut gave a lecture in which he described his theory about the shapes of stories. In the process, he plotted several examples …

Creative Writing

This Cyborg Stingray Is the Coolest Thing You'll See All Day

An international team of researchers has developed an eerily realistic robotic stingray that blurs the line between animal and machine. Fueled by …

A Better Kind of Happiness

Nearly two and a half millennia ago, Aristotle triggered a revolution in happiness. At the time, Greek philosophers were trying hard to define precisely what this state of being was. Some contended that it sprang from hedonism, the pursuit of sensual pleasure. Others argued from the perspective of …

Happiness

Human brain treats rejection in a similar way to the way it processes pain

The human brain treats rejection in a similar way to the way it processes physical pain, according to scientists. According to a scientific study …

Researchers stored an OK Go music video on strands of DNA

Researchers just figured out how to squeeze 200 MB of data onto some strands of DNA.<p>That's right, the same stuff that's inside all of us, the …

Puppy Falls In Love With Shelter Kitten And Refuses To Go Home Without Him

Raven, a beautifully mischievous Tamaskan puppy, went home from the shelter with her human Christina in July 2015. She didn’t know it yet, but she …

A Bug in FMRI Software Could Invalidate 15 Years of Brain Research

This is huge.<p>There could be a very serious problem with the past 15 years of research into human brain activity, with a new study suggesting that a …

Engineering

Photographer pilot captures stunning snap of storm over the Pacific Ocean

A talented photographer has captured the exciting moment a lightning flash lights up a colossal Cumulonimbus cloud.<p>This stunning image was captured from the cockpit by pilot and photographer Santiago Borja while en route to South America recently. The picture displays the breath-taking power of a …

Photography

The visualizations transforming biology

Inventive graphic design and abstract models are helping researchers to make sense of a glut of data.<p>A smart visualization can transform biologists' …

Biology

Keep your cat away from fireworks

And your dog! But most importantly, my cat Ghost<p>This is my first Fourth of July as a pet-owner, so forgive me for what I'm about to say: I had no idea that my cat would hate fireworks.<p>I suppose it makes sense — what creature does like the sound of nearby explosions? Definitely not me. But I didn't …

Pets

Neural connections mapped with unprecedented detail - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

A team of neuroscientists at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown, in Lisbon, has been able to map single neural connections over long distances …

Scientists Have Discovered a Brand New, "Near-Perfect" Shade of Blue

And soon, you'll be able to paint it all over your house!<p>"Serendipitously," in 2009, Oregon State University chemist Mas Subramanian created the gorgeous blue pigment you see above, the university reports. Now, the "near-perfect" pigment has been perfected and will be sold as commercial coatings …

Chemistry

What A Little-Known Brain Region Can Till Us About Depression

A tiny brain region, called the habenula, has been proposed to drive the symptoms of depression, which can have a devastating impact on people’s …

Neuroscience

The holy grail of living room PC gaming is up for preorder

If you're looking to use a mouse and keyboard in the living room, then your best option is usually to use some sort of TV tray, balancing your chosen …

Living Rooms

Discovering the Tsaatan People

<i>The first of these strong portraits was selected as a single image finalist in the LensCulture Portrait Awards 2016</i><i>. Here, we present a fuller selection from the body of work. You can discover more inspiring portraits from all the 39 winners, finalists and Jurors' picks.</i><p>This is a series of …

Reindeer
Gaming Industry

Why forgiving others will improve your physical, emotional health

Your spouse cheated on you. Your business partner swindled you, or you had a falling out with a friend. When you’re profoundly hurt or betrayed, it …