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Vaping Helped an Estimated 6.1 Million Smokers Quit, Study Says

The estimation, based on survey responses, shows how little we understand vaping as a smoking cessation tool.<p>An estimated 6.1 million Europeans have quit smoking by switching to vaping, according to a paper published online this week in <i>Addiction</i>.<p>Though only an estimation, the study highlights the …

How Does Intuition Work?

Humans love a good battle. Red versus blue. Religion versus spirituality. Yankees versus Red Sox. Being a champion implies someone need to finish …

'Pronoia' and other emotions you never knew you had

In recent years, neuroscience has introduced a new way of thinking about our emotions. The scientists behind the latest brain-imaging studies say they can now pinpoint with precision where these feelings are located within our heads. In 2013, for instance, a team of psychologists published a study …

University of London

Let's Talk About Your Litost, And Other Emotions We Feel But Can't Quite Explain

Many social scientists think that humans only experience six basic emotions. From a research standpoint that makes sense–obviously it’s easier to study a few tidy categories than many messy ones, but it still <i>feels</i> to me like we could be missing out on a range of ways to express feelings that elude …

How to Know When You Need to End a Friendship

<i>By: Lodro Rinzler</i><p>Friends are essential in life, yet there are times when we need to reassess how certain people contribute to our personal growth and happiness.<p>True friendship is essential to our spiritual journey, yet there are times when we may need to discern who actually is a true friend and …

Why Different Sex Drives Can Be a Relationship Deal-Breaker

It’s no secret that a good sex life is an important factor in a healthy relationship, but new research has shown just how important synching up in the sack can be.<p>The study, which was published in the journal <i>Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin</i>, analyzed data from six different studies to …

The Real Reason Heroin, Cocaine and Other Drugs Are Really Illegal

<b>By Tessie Castillo</b><p>Looking out at the trail of devastation and death that the heroin epidemic has left in its wake, it's hard to imagine that not long ago one could purchase the drug from a Sears catalogue.<p>Heroin was created by German chemists during the late 1890s and marketed through Bayer, the …

Politician proposes unleashing 500,000 cats to combat Roman rat invasion

A politician in Rome is letting the cat out of the bag – 500,000 cats, that is.<p>Mayoral candidate Antonio Razzi announced plans Tuesday to deploy an army of hungry felines to solve the city’s rat infestation, The Local reports.<p>Razzi claims “time is running out” to battle the “rat invasion,” the …

Children born to older mothers are 'smarter, taller and healthier' says study

Children born to older mothers tend to be taller, healthier and better educated than siblings who were born before them.<p>Those were the findings of new study by Mikko Myrskylä of the Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research and Kieron Barclay of the London School of Economics, published this …

Siblings

How It Feels When the Person You Love Has Depression

I'd never dated anyone who hadn't been on antidepressants, or spent time in a psychiatrist's office. That dark, brooding, introspective type: It draws me in.<p><i>This article originally appeared on VICE Australia.</i><p>I used to joke that only men with depression were attracted to me. It was the only …

New 'Time Slice' Theory Suggests You're Not as Conscious as You Think You Are

Our conscious perception of the world feels like a continuous and uninterrupted flow, but a new study suggests that it’s actually more like the …

Sugar Cravings Can Be Treated—Because Sugar Addiction Is Like Any Other Drug Addiction

You need a nicotine patch to resist that candy.<p>If you feel bad because you simply can’t help eating that next cookie, don’t. Scientists have found that drugs used to treat nicotine addiction could also be used to treat sugar addiction. By treating sugar cravings as we treat other drug addictions, …

This Wristwatch Has No Hour Hand–Just A Subtly Shifting Color Gradient

Color gradients were one of the earliest computer design tools in programs like PowerPoint and Paint, offering amateurs an opportunity to channel their inner Albers. Now, Jiwoong Jung—a young Seoul-based industrial designer—has applied gradients as a clever time-telling tool in a watch concept …

Living Rooms

Brain Structure Is Different In People Who Have Insomnia

It’s not just anxiety keeping you up at night<p>Everyone has trouble falling or staying asleep from time to time. But for the three to five percent of the general population with primary or chronic insomnia, the issue persists for a month or more, for no clear reason. Having insomnia for that long can …

Review: Dell's XPS 13 is a nearly perfect ultraportable

Apple’s MacBooks have long been the gold standard all laptops are measured against. What’s ‘best’ obviously varies according to individual needs, but critics and college lecture halls alike seemed to agree for the past several years.<p>Mainstream Windows laptops then usually went one of two routes: …

Why Pre-Shampooing Your Hair Is Actually an Amazing Idea

It's like retinol for your strands.<p>I hate washing my hair. My thick, curly texture makes it super tedious, time-consuming, and I'd even go as far as to say soul-sucking. Me in the shower = Flossie Dickey at her 110th birthday party.<p>At first, I thought the hair scientists at Living Proof were out of …

Hair

Why Creating A To-Do List Is Derailing Your Success

Most of us make them, but to-do lists make us more stressed and don’t account for how long tasks take. Here are three things to do instead.<p>Nearly two-thirds of professionals write to-do lists, but 41% percent of all to-do list items never actually get done, according to research from the …

Time Management

How to Make Learning More Automatic

The new year is here, and for many of us, that means resolutions. At work, it often translates into a vague desire to broaden our horizons or learn new things. But to really make consistent progress, we need to make learning a habit. Habits are freeing because they save us from the difficult, …

Faceted Classification

Meet your next favourite internet celebrity - the mysterious cat who lurks in Brockley Sainsbury's

Charmed residents have been sharing pictures of the cat on social media<p>Staff and shoppers in a Sainsbury's in Brockley have been mystified and charmed by a cat who has made the shop his home.<p>The cat, who is reportedly called Olly, was first spotted in November by a Twitter user who uploaded an …

7 Toxic Money Habits You Need to Quit Now

Ignoring financial problems will only make them worse.<p>Bad money habits can be exceptionally hard to break, whether they’re ingrained from your …

Personal Finance

10 things in tech you need to know today

<b>1. Yahoo is prepping to lay off 10% or more of its workforce.</b> Sources familiar with the matter say the company is planning to reduce its headcount by more than 1,000, and cuts may start this month.<p><b>2. Snapchat is closing down its Lens Store after just two months and focusing on its ads business.</b> It …

Remix OS is Android for the desktop, and it works with nearly any PC

But this isn't plain Android on a plastic box; instead, it's Remix OS, a customized fork of the software that looks more like Windows or Chrome OS than it does Android. There's a start menu. You can swipe in from the right side for a notification tray a la Windows 10 and OS X. You can right click! …

Apps

New Dietary Guidelines for Americans: Watch your sugar, but enjoy the eggs and coffee

For all you health-conscious eaters who have your eggs and coffee with a side order of guilt, get ready to celebrate the latest government advice: It's OK to eat foods rich in cholesterol, drink as many as five cups of joe daily and enjoy a range of long-disparaged fats.<p>That pronouncement is part …

Nutrition

Learning to Accept I Need Medication

I’ve been having a great couple of weeks. I’m still having intrusive thoughts, but they’re not sticking around and they’re much easier to ignore. I’m …

OCD and Spouses

Regardless of whether you knew your partner had obsessive-compulsive disorder before you married, my guess is life together hasn’t always been easy. …

Understanding OCD

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is a surprisingly common psychological problem. Only 25 years ago, it was believed to be a relatively rare …

12 awesome jobs for people who love science

If so, you might have a thing for science.<p>To find the top 12 jobs for science lovers, we used data from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET), a US Department of Labor database full of detailed information on almost 1,000 occupations.<p>One of the many things O*NET analyzes is how important …

Giving thanks could be the key to lasting relationships

Now think about how you <i>reacted</i> to that little act of kindness.<p>Research suggests that people who are grateful — not just by saying a quick "thanks" but also by internally processing that gratitude — get a happiness boost.<p>More importantly, they also tend to feel more connected to their significant …