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This unusual test reveals how smart you are

Last summer, a couple of researchers ran a funny experiment about honesty. They went to an Israeli shopping mall and recruited people, one-by-one, …

Editor's Note

A psychiatrist says this is the best way to break a bad habit

No matter that you're embarrassed to shake people's hands or that you can't concentrate on work tasks — in the moment, the bad behavior feels so <i>good</i>.<p>Or does it?<p>During a recent TEDMed Talk, Judson Brewer, a psychiatrist at University of Massachusetts Medical School, proposed that the key to breaking …

Mindfulness

5 research-backed ways to tell if someone is lying

We're going to see what the research has to say on detecting lies, avoiding deception and more. And this is the industrial strength package. We'll look at how to avoid being deceived by the pros in this arena: con artists.<p>To get the real answers, I called an expert. Maria Konnikova is a …

Psychology

Recipe: Sparkling Espresso with Mint

Learn how to make this refreshing, iced coffee drink<p>Meet your new favorite chilled espresso drink.<p>01<p>Fill cocktail shaker with ice.<p>02<p>Add classic or …

A Stanford psychologist explains why spacing out and goofing off is so good for you

When we fail to come up with the results we were hoping for, we wonder whether we just aren't working or concentrating hard enough. We've come to consider focus and being on as "good," and idleness—especially if it goes on for too long—as "bad" and unproductive. We feel guilty if we spend too much …

Creativity

10 Best Backpacking Trips in U.S. Parks

This year the National Park Service (NPS) celebrates its 100th birthday. Over the past century, the agency has protected and managed a system that has grown to now include 59 parks in 27 states and ranges from famed summer-vacation destination icons like Yellowstone and Yosemite to the remote 8.4 …

National Parks

Moraga Pear Pie

This blue ribbon recipe comes from 82 year-old Jean Podell who won Moraga, California's pear recipe contest. The town, which was built in the last …

Baking

47 Comfort Foods for Cold Nights, Broken Hearts, and Tuesdays

Cooking

Better Tomorrow Vegan Chili

<b>(Hot soup)</b><p>The story of chili always ends with the statement that it’s better the second day. So why don’t we just make it ahead of time and consider …

Recipes

Sangrita is Back and Here's Where to Drink It

Sangrita will revolutionize your tequila-drinking life.<p>A recent edition of the <i>New York Times</i> Sunday crossword puzzle featured this clue: Spicy fruit …

Extra-Spicy Super Bowl Recipes

The best game day recipes for those who like it super-spicy.<p>Break out the water (or milk if you’re really nervous). These fiery recipes will make you …

Supper Bowls for the Super Bowl

Sure, supper bowls are a thing.<p>So, you misspelled Super Bowl and you got here. Whoops! But wait! Don’t go! As long as you’re here, make the most out …

63 Healthyish Super Bowl Snacks

Cooking

Italian Soups

These delicious recipes include a Sicilian meatball soup and a Tuscan-kale-and squash minestra.