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A pet’s death can hurt more than losing a fellow human

Social norms are wrecking your grief experience.<p>The perfect coffin for a gerbil is a Celestial Seasonings tea box. With the tea bags removed, the white wax-paper bag inside is the ideal size funeral shroud for a tiny body. This unfortunate factoid, like much of the information about how to dispose …

Emotions

How to Customize the Windows 10 Power User Menu

Don't like the commands in the Power User Menu? Here's how to modify them.<p>PCMag reviews products independently, but we may earn affiliate commissions …

Software

What Steve Jobs, Venus Williams, and the Dalai Lama Have to Say About Focus (Hint: It's Really Important)

Is your mind wandering off again? This will inspire you to find your focus again and get going.<p>Anytime is a good time to spring into action. But making the decision to get work done, start that project, or pursue that dream is only half the battle. You will need a deep reserve of commitment and …

Motivation

Why two brains are better than one

I do think of these brain organoids as 'mine', although not with any sense of ownership or pastoral duty<p>Last week, I was told my other brain is fully grown. It doesn’t look like much. A blob of pale flesh about the size of a small pea, it floats in a bath of blood-red nutrient. It would fit into …

Stem Cells

How to: Automatically mark archived emails as read in Gmail or Inbox

One of the things that most annoyed me when switching from Gmail to Inbox as my main email client was how you could no longer mark emails as read. My …

'The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind' Returns From Madness

One spring morning in 2015, Barbara Lipska got up as usual, dyed her hair and went for a jog in her suburban Virginia neighborhood.<p>But when she returned from a much longer than expected run, her husband Mirek was completely taken aback.<p>"I was lost in my own neighborhood," Lipska says. "The hair dye …

Mental Health

Alzheimer’s memories could be switched back on with implant

Alzheimer’s sufferers could once again remember the faces of loved ones, or find their way back home, after scientists developed a way to boost memories.<p>In a groundbreaking pilot study, US researchers recorded memories as they were being formed and then later played them back into the brains of 10 …

If Your Employees Can't Answer This 1 Simple Question, They're a Lot Less Productive Than You Think

Nothing is more powerful for tracking productivity than these 6 words.<p>Want to know a dirty little secret in business? Everyone loves being busy.<p>Don't believe me? Try walking into your office and asking all of your employees this one simple question:<p>"What results did you achieve today?"<p>More often …

simplequestion

This Man Has an Air Pocket in Place of His Right Brain

And he's fine!<p>After an especially tiring day or a serious lack of food, it’s not unusual to feel lightheaded. It is, however, unusual to discover …

Neurology

Beware 'Disease X': the mystery killer keeping scientists awake at night

Over two days in early February, the World Health Organisation (WHO) convened an expert committee at its Geneva headquarters to consider the unthinkable.<p>The goal was to identify pathogens with the potential to spread and kill millions but for which there are currently no, or insufficient, …

Racing: Top 10 most unbreakable records across Formula One, NASCAR and IndyCar

In racing, certain records across Formula One, NASCAR and IndyCar may never fall. Here are the top 10 most unbreakable records.<p>Records are meant to …

All 50 States Ranked for Retirement, From Worst to Best

Taking into account affordability, quality of life, and health care<p>On a global scale, the United States is 24th on the list of the best countries for …

Cost of Living

AI is helping seismologists detect earthquakes they’d otherwise miss

Using the same tools we use for voice detection, scientists are uncovering tiny earthquakes hidden in the data<p>Oklahoma never used to be known for its earthquakes. Before 2009, the state had roughly two quakes of magnitude three and above each year. (Magnitude three is when things shake on the …

An Introduction to Dog Intelligence and Emotion

How Smart Is Man's Best Friend?<p>We feed them, we let them sleep in our beds, we play with them, we even talk to them. And of course, we love them. Any …

Cognitive Science

Cubs Sign Drew Smyly… for Later

The task of assembling a pitching staff is as much about quantity as quality. With injury rates over 50% for most pitchers in the age of the ten-day …

What do the Cubs see in Alex Cobb?

As the Winter Meetings open, chatter surrounds the Northsiders and a former Ray.The most glaring difference between the 2016 and 2017 Chicago Cubs …

A Manny Machado Trade Would Be Historic

Manny Machado possesses a rare combination of youth and talent. (Photo: Keith Allison)The Orioles have seemingly come to their senses about their …

Pitcher Spotlight: The Tweak In Jose Quintana’s Approach

This offseason, I’m taking the time to study the arms that deserve a little bit of extra attention. Sure, every starter should get a bit more than …

The Science of Why We Deny Science and Reality - Chris Mooney

<b>Chris Mooney:</b> It’s great to be with you to dis­cuss the sci­ence of why we deny sci­ence and real­i­ty. In oth­er words what is it about our brains …

The world’s first nuclear fusion plant is now halfway to ‘First Plasma’

Earlier this month, the director-general of the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER) announced that construction of the project …

The Scars From ‘Bell-Ringing’ Football Tackles

As tens of thousands of football players, from professionals to peewee league children, head to summer training camps across the nation, there is new and compelling evidence linking the game’s head-snapping tackles to the degenerative brain diseases suffered in the declining years of men who played …

Mayo Clinic

Neuroscience Could Bring Us Eternal Bliss, But Is That a Good Thing?

What if the secret to eternal happiness is a brain implant?If you’re thinking that sounds like the premise of a <i>Black Mirror</i> episode, you’re not …

AI is now so complex its creators can’t trust why it makes decisions

Artificial intelligence is seeping into every nook and cranny of modern life. AI might tag your friends in photos on Facebook or choose what you see on Instagram, but materials scientists and NASA researchers are also beginning to use the technology for scientific discovery and space …

Artificial Intelligence

BREAKING: Engineers Just Unveiled The First-Ever Design of a Complete Quantum Computer Chip

The Moon landing of quantum computing.<p>Practical quantum computing has been big news this year, with significant advances being made on theoretical …

Quantum Computing

New York City has a charming 4,000-person island that most people have never heard of — here's what it's like

New Yorkers rarely explore the tourist destinations in their own city.<p>I've never been to the Statue of Liberty, for example, and have visited the Empire State Building only once, when I was barely old enough to walk.<p>But there's a destination in the city that New Yorkers and tourists alike have …

Microsoft Takes Path Less Traveled to Build a Quantum Computer

In the race to commercialize a new type of powerful computer, Microsoft Corp. has just pulled up to the starting line with a slick-looking set of …

This is the number one reason why women cheat

Settled, happy and still in love… so why risk losing everything? MARIA RAY explores female infidelity and decodes why women who have it all embark on …

Science! A cancer breakthrough, flat-earth flyer, fastest production car, and a back-flipping robot

Do you love science? Then you’ll love the news from this week!<p>Even if one story involves someone who said — unlike a character in <i>Nacho Libre</i> — “I …

Loss of the night: Light pollution rising rapidly on a global scale

<b>(CNN) —</b> Artificial lighting at night is contributing to an alarming increase in light pollution, both in amount and in brightness, affecting places all over the world, a new study has found.<p>Some regions have showed a steady increase in light pollution aligned with economic development, but more …

Breast Cancer

Cult leaders like Charles Manson exploit this basic psychological need

Know what to look out for.<p>Charles Manson, who died November 19, famously attracted a coterie of men and women to do his bidding, which included committing a string of murders in the late-1960s.<p>Manson is undoubtedly a fascinating figure with a complicated life story. But as someone who studies human …