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Pictures of the Week 11.20.14

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay--Part 1

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I<p>We gave it a <b>B-</b><p>The biggest problem with the new <i>Hunger Games</i> movie is right there in the title: <i>Part 1</i>. <i>Mockingjay</i>, …

Robots spent six years acting like humans in three Tennessee homes

For six years, a group ofrobotslived in three houses on a street in Campbell Creek, Tennessee. No humans resided there with them. The house was solely occupied by robots, fake sweat machines, and a bunch of electronic appliances, which turned on every day — right on schedule.<p>The Tennessee Valley …

The Persistent Myth of the Narcissistic Millennial

People are still lobbing the same accusations at Millennials, even though evidence shows they're not any more self-absorbed than their predecessors.<p>A few months ago, the news went viral that the American Psychiatric Association had classified “taking selfies” as a sign of a mental disorder. It lit …

Why Green Design Companies are Overhauling the Home Industry

For years, the idea of building and designing green spaces only held popularity within certain niche interest groups – agriculturalists, …

Money Doesn't Buy Happiness, But Time Can | Inc.com

Philosophers and other thinkers have been trying for thousands of years to get a grip on the elusive emotion of happiness, which arises with a rush of endorphins and can dissipate just as quickly.<p>Cassie Mogilner, a professor at The Wharton School, is one of those people who has been trying to tie …

Happiness

The 14 Stages of Starting a Healthy Lifestyle

FYI, you’ll set yourself up for success if you follow this easy goal-setting tip.<p><b>2. Loss.</b> First things first, you’ve got to make room for healthy living. That mean’s the junk food has got to go. You begrudgingly throw out your pizza delivery coupons, stash your chocolate in a hard-to-reach cabinet, …

Quantum Physics and Evolving Consciousness

(The following discussion is based on David Bohm's theory of the 'Implicate Order', developed in the 1980s in order to explain the strange behavior …

Quantum Mechanics

'Billionaires' Book Review: Money Can't Buy Happiness

<i>Billionaires: Reflections on the Upper Crust</i> by Darrell M. West (Brookings)<p>When I was fourteen I met a man with a talent for restoring a sense of …

A Quick Way to Calm Down in Stressful Situations | Inc.com

When you feel anxious, the only thing on your mind is whatever is stressing you out. But there may be a way to push those feelings aside, according to new research published in the journal <i>Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience</i>.<p>Researchers found when people viewed pictures of others being …

Imaging

10 Home Decorating Mistakes Everybody Makes

From the editors of ELLEDecor.com, the most common interior design mistakes to avoid.<p><b>1) The Looks-Great, Feels-Uncomfortable Piece Of Furniture</b><br>The decor world equivalent of the Stiletto heel: Beautiful, but oh-so-impractical. It ultimately taught you that no matter how good-looking something is, if …

Supreme Court lifts hold on gay marriage in Kansas

The U.S. Supreme Court said Wednesday that same-sex marriages can go ahead in Kansas.<p>The nation's highest court denied the state's request to prevent gay and lesbian couples from marrying while Kansas fights the issue in court. The state constitution includes a provision banning gay marriage, …

Is a Bad College Education Illegal?

When the University of North Carolina was recruiting Michael McAdoo, Tar Heels head coach Butch Davis made a pledge that helped lure the high school …

New York City

Here's One Thing The U.S. Does Export To China: Carbon Dioxide

Yesterday marked a historic climate change agreement between the U.S. and China, which together account for about 45% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions.<p>The U.S. promised to reduce its carbon emissions by 26-28% from 2025 levels, while China said it would refigure its energy mix so that its …

Seeking The Secrets Of A Super-Long Life, Scientists Sequence The Genes Of The Oldest Americans

Supercentenarians have somehow managed to live past 110–and are often surprisingly healthy. How do they do it? Scientists are searching their genomes for clues.<p>The secret of an incredibly long, incredibly healthy life eludes us still.<p>That’s the main finding of a major multi-year effort, led at …

This Innovation Will Change Camping Forever

Although many of us have fond memories of loading up in the station wagon and pitching a tent for the weekend, the nostalgic experience hasn’t quite kept up with modern technology. But you have a chance to Kickstart a product that could change that. The Camp Caddy is a camp kitchen on wheels set to …

Outdoors Gear

Thermal Solar Energy -- Some Technologies Really Are Dumb

The largest solar energy facility in the world is already irrelevant and has cost a lot more to construct than any other form of energy. The Ivanpah Solar Electric Generating System is a 5-square-mile, 392 MW array that cost $2.2 billion. It is located in the Mojave Desert, where the Sun always …

“Christianity was my entire world. Then I stepped off a cliff”: Meet the minister who started an atheist church

“My goal is to help non-believers find connections,” says Teresa MacBain<p>On the last Sunday in September, fifty or so people trickled into an old classroom in North Seattle. Classic rock played in the background, and greeters pointed parents to a table at the back where young children could …

The Brain May Compensate For Heavy Pot Smoking -- Until It Can't Anymore

Another study adds to the growing but controversial pile of evidence that heavy marijuana use over the years can lead to changes in the brain. The research, published in <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i>, found that an area in the front of the brain called the orbitofrontal cortex …

Happiness Based on Science and Positive Psychology

Can we increase our happiness quotient? Research in the science of Positive Psychology has identified factors that influence our happiness. See the …

Why Are Millennials Unfriending Organized Religion?

Physicist Lawrence Krauss thinks religion could go the way of homophobia with the next generation, largely disappearing.<p>On April 8, 1966, <i>Time</i> …

The 10 Dirtiest Spots in Your Kitchen

Use this cleaning checklist to kill all the germs in your cooking zone.<p>Think your kitchen is squeaky clean? Not so fast. "Moisture and food particles make it the perfect environment for growing germs that can make you sick," says Kelly A. Reynolds, PhD, an environmental microbiologist at the …

E.coli

The Science of Fatherhood: Why Dads Matter - Technology & science - Science - LiveScience | NBC News

For decades, psychologists and other researchers assumed that the mother-child bond was the most important one in a kid's life. They focused on studying those relationships, and however a child turned out, mom often got the credit — or blame.<p>Within the last several decades, though, scientists are …

Parenting

Pictures of the Week 11.6.14

5 Creative Ways to Cook with Spaghetti Squash (There Will Be Funnel Cake)

Stop! Don't douse that spaghetti squash with marinara sauce—try one of these recipes, instead.<p>Here's the thing about spaghetti squash. We don't actually want it to be spaghetti-like. We'll just use plain ole spaghetti for that one; there's no use trying to re-fashion squash to act like pasta.<p>And …

Cooking

Inhabitat's Week in Green: flying cars, solar paint and a needle-free vaccine

<i>Each week our friends at Inhabitat recap the week's most interesting green developments and clean tech news for us -- it's the Week in Green.</i><p>In recent months Ebola has ravaged West Africa, and there are currently more than 13,000 confirmed cases around the world. But medical workers may soon have a …

Europe Was a Melting Pot From the Start, Ancient DNA Reveals

Genetic analysis of a 37,000-year-old human bone from Russia suggests widespread intermingling during Paleolithic times.<p>Modern Europeans have genetic ties that bind them together much further back in time than once thought, scientists report after analyzing a prehistoric Russian man's DNA.<p>Scraps of …

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