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Feeling Anxious? This Simple Navy SEAL Trick Calms Your Nervous System in 5 Minutes Flat

If it works in combat, it will work for what you're going through.<p>Mark Divine is a U.S. Navy SEAL and the founder of SEALFIT, a fitness organization for those who want to push themselves to the max.<p>Divine is no stranger to stress and extreme circumstances. And there's one practice he says has risen …

Yoga

12 Hiking Destinations You'll Want to Add to Your Bucket List

The best travel advice always comes from people with firsthand experience—and that's especially true when it comes to hiking trips. When you're going …

Hiking

New MIT Computer System Can Transcribe Words Users Say in Their Heads

But don't worry, it's not reading your mind.<p>Researchers at MIT have developed a computer interface that lets users communicate without hands or …

26 hiking trails around the world that should be on your bucket list

Below is a list of breathtaking trails that span all difficulty levels.<p>From Japan's Yoshida Trail to Argentina's Fitz Roy Trek, here are 26 hikes worth traveling for.

11 of the best books you can read in a week

If you want to emulate some of the most successful people in the world, you can start by reading books — lots of them.<p>From Elon Musk to Mark Cuban to Oprah Winfrey, the most powerful innovators in the world all read several hours a day.<p>But starting a new book can be a daunting task if you don't …

The Science Behind What Naps Do For Your Brain–And Why You Should Have One Today

Studies of napping have shown improvement in cognitive function, creative thinking, and memory performance. Ready, set . . . snooze.<p>I’m a big fan of afternoon naps.<p>In fact, I was super excited when I joined Buffer to hear that the team is pro-napping. It’s not every day you come across a company …

Harvard Study Shows Smoking Marijuana Improves Cognitive Function | Inc.com

<i>Editor's note: This column has been updated to provide attribution to original sources.</i><p>Preliminary evidence from a new study led by Harvard Medical School Affiliate McLean Hospital's Staci Gruber, PhD, suggests that medical marijuana (MMJ) may not impair, and in many cases, may actually improve …

Cannabis

What Could a Mysterious U.S. Spy Know About the JFK Assassination?

John F. Kennedy buffs are awaiting the release of documents about June Cobb, a little-known CIA operative working in Cuba and Mexico around the time of the president’s assassination.<p>She may have been one of the bravest and best-placed American spies in the history of the Cold War, but few people …

Mexico City

How a Brain Researcher Discovered the Fountain of Youth in a 93-year-old Athlete

Olga Kotelko helped researchers discover just how beneficial exercise is for the brain.<p>Aga Burzynska is rock climbing on a bluff outside Fort Collins, CO, as she often does. While she reaches for craggy fingerholds in the veined surface, Burzynska, a neuroscientist, calculates and recalculates, her …

Training Your Brain So That You Don’t Need Reading Glasses

By middle age, the lenses in your eyes harden, becoming less flexible. Your eye muscles increasingly struggle to bend them to focus on this print.<p>But a new form of training — brain retraining, really — may delay the inevitable age-related loss of close-range visual focus so that you won’t need …

The Brain

A new study reveals that certain drugs may make us smarter than we thought

It's both appealing and disturbing to think that taking a pill could boost someone's brainpower to make them "smarter."<p>Films like "Limitless" and "Lucy" create fantasies of cognition-enhancing drugs that practically provide superpowers. In the real world, college students and finance workers have …

Listen with your eyes: one in five of us may 'hear' flashes of light

A surprising number of people experience a form of sensory cross wiring in which light flashes and visual movements are ‘heard’, research finds<p>One in five people is affected by a synaesthesia-like phenomenon in which visual movements or flashes of light are “heard” as faint sounds, according to …

The Brain

When The Brain Scrambles Names, It's Because You Love Them

When Samantha Deffler was young, her mother would often call her by her siblings' names — even the dog's name. "Rebecca, Jesse, Molly, Tucker, Samantha," she says.<p>A lot of people mix up children's names or friends' names, but Deffler is a cognitive scientist at Rollins College, in Winter Park, …

Pets

WATCH: What Happens When a Bullet Hits an 'Unbreakable' Prince Rupert's Drop

One of science's weirdest enigmas just got freakier.<p>For those of you who aren't familiar with the Prince Rupert's drop, this weird, scientific enigma …

British Columbia

The power of observation technique that Yale medical students practice on Victorian paintings

A curious thing happens to medical students shortly after they enter clinical training. As explained in an evocative essay in the New York Times, the students begin to stop trusting their own ability to examine a patient. They instead start to lean on the machines that create medical imagery—MRIs, …

Medical School

There might be an algorithm that explains intelligence

The human brain is the most sophisticated organ in the human body. The things that the brain can do, and how it does them, have even inspired a model of artificial intelligence (AI). Now, a recent study published in the journal <i>Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience</i> shows how human intelligence may be a …

Studio Anne Holtrop Wins 2016 Challenge of the Time Prize

Dutch firm Studio Anne Holtrop has won the 2016 Challenge of The Time, an international architectural prize named by architect and artist Iakov …

Architecture

Harvard Scientists Think They've Pinpointed The Physical Source of Consciousness

This is where awareness lives.<p>Scientists have struggled for millennia to understand human consciousness - the awareness of one's existence. Despite …

Consciousness

This Gene Mutation Causes Some People to Feel Naturally High

Anandamide is named for the Sanskrit word for bliss.<p>Who needs weed when you're naturally high? As it happens, some people are genetically predisposed to feel good.<p>About 20 percent of Americans have a genetic mutation responsible for allowing them to feel less anxious than everyone else. (Today on …

Meet the 'super-recognizers,' an elite squad of police officers who are paid to never forget a face

It turns out Eliot Porritt, a detective sergeant with London's Metropolitan Police, is looking for people like me.<p>Porritt leads a police task force called the Super Recognizer Unit. Officers in his unit are believed to have an uncanny ability to place a familiar face, a skill that some researchers …

How the 'war on drugs' actually encourages drug addiction

Since Richard Nixon famously called for an 'all-out offensive' on the war on drugs in 1971, the U.S. government has funnelled a trillion dollars into …

Consciousness

How Headphones Can Make You a Better Athlete

If it’s true that 90 percent of performance is mental, then your brain needs all the help it can get. Fortunately, a new edge has arrived: the Beats-inspired Halo Sport headphones, which emit a mild electric current.<p>The brainchild of neuroscientist Daniel Chao and biomedical engineer Brett …

University of Oxford

Fatigue Is All in Your Head

Samuele Marcora, the 47-year-old director of research at the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences at England’s University of Kent, doesn’t consider himself an endurance athlete. But he’s fast becoming one of the most talked-about researchers in the field. Marcora, who is originally from Italy, …

The Brain

Why some people are wired to be lightweight drinkers

The mystery of how some friends end up tipsy after a single glass of wine, while others can drink pint after pint without seeming any worse for wear has finally been solved by scientists.<p>Scientists at Washington State University have found that, for some people, a receptor in the brain overreacts …

Alcohol

An Italian Architect's Wild American Dream

Renzo Picasso wanted to build seven-layer "superstreets" through American cities.<p>Renzo Picasso shared his last name with legendary Spanish artist Pablo Picasso and his first name with another, more well-known Italian architect: Renzo Piano.<p>But Renzo Giovanni Battista Picasso<b>,</b> born in 1880 in Genoa, …

Urbanism

13 apps that can make you smarter

In fact, there are ways your phone might actually be good for you.<p>We've compiled a list of apps to boost your brainpower, hone your memory, and even improve your emotional intelligence.<p>The science of how exactly our brains work — and how much we can train them — is constantly evolving, but one …

How Happy Brains Respond to Negative Things

cienpiesnf/Dollar Photo ClubYou drop a glass while making breakfast. You get stuck in traffic on your way to work. Your boss yells at you for being …

Psychology

Microbes can play games with the mind

The 22 men took the same pill for four weeks. When interviewed, they said they felt less daily stress and their memories were sharper. The brain …

12 eerie images of enormous Chinese cities completely empty of people

Throughout China, there are hundreds of cities that have almost everything one needs for a modern, urban lifestyle: high-rise apartment complexes, developed waterfronts, skyscrapers, and even public art. Everything, that is, except one major factor: people.<p>These mysterious — and almost completely …

Your Brain Is Hardwired to Snap

The same group of neurons could make you a hero—or a rage-filled aggressor.<p>We’ve all been there: Some jerk cuts you off on the highway. You lean on the horn, scream abuse. You want to get out the car and kick the @#$% out of the bozo’s SUV.<p>Road rage is just one example of what neurobiologist …