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This Surreal Alien World Is Full of Monsters, Robots, and Pinups

Pascal Blanché takes a break from art directing video games to create darkly beautiful science fiction illustrations.<p>For the past 12 years, Pascal Blanché has worked as an art director at one of the AAA gaming industry’s most successful studios, Ubisoft (<i>Assassin’s Creed, Watch Dogs</i>), all the while …

Can hipsters stomach the unpalatable truth about avocado toast?

Are avocados now toast, at least for the thoughtful eater? There was only ever one way for avocado adulation to go, and that was down. Just have a look at Instagram: avocado “roses”, avocado brownies, guacamole 100 ways, and avocado smoothie (again?) Even though the hipster diet deifies the avo as …

Fair Trade

If you think your brain is more than a computer, you must accept this fringe idea in physics

One of the most intriguing speculative arguments in physics and computer science isn't really about physics or computer science at all. It's about the brain — or more precisely, about consciousness — and it's been going on for decades. Its central question: Is the brain fundamentally like a …

17 Kitchen Skills You Should Master by the Time You're 30

<i>By: Julianne Feder</i><p><i>Credit: Cole Saladino/Thrillist</i><p>When you're younger, it's perfectly acceptable if your kitchen skills are limited to hitting a couple buttons on the microwave or asking mom what's for dinner. By the time you're 30, though, it's time to step it up by mastering a few legitimate …

10 Reasons why we keep dating the wrong people

Jo Warwick writes a piece for Female First on why some people go out with the same type of person who's wrong for them over and over again.

Keeping A Journal Can Make You Mentally Stronger, Science Explains Why

Some people might think journaling is just for recording bits of daily life. But usually it’s more than that. Science has proven that keeping a …

Netflix’s ‘Cooked’: Michael Pollan Takes on Vegetarians and the Gluten-Free Movement

Food writer Michael Pollan talks about taking his message to the masses in the new Netflix documentary series Cooked. Plus watch an exclusive clip …

40 Absolutely Delicious Easter Desserts

The refreshing flavors of spring star in these impressive confections.<p>From extra-large, sugary cinnamon buns to Victoria sponge cake with limoncello and balsamic strawberries (try to say that three times fast), these Easter treats are fit for celebrating all day long.

Dessert

Why documentarian Robert Greene was drawn to the real-life story about a Florida newscaster who killed herself on the air

Robert Greene makes documentaries that turn themselves inside-out. Rather than straightforward storytelling, his films such as "Kati With an I," "Fake It So Real" and "Actress" become explorations of the very idea of truth and reality on film, asking viewers to continually question what they are …

Is Organic More Nutritious? New Study Adds To The Evidence

It's often a split-second decision.<p>You're in the produce aisle, and those organic apples on display look nice. You like the <i>idea</i> of organic — but they're a few bucks extra. Ditto for the organic milk and meat. Do you splurge? Or do you ask yourself: What am I really getting from organic?<p>Scientists …

Holistic Medicine

Onetime party drug hailed as miracle for treating severe depression

It was November 2012 when Dennis Hartman, a Seattle business executive, managed to pull himself out of bed, force himself to shower for the first time in days and board a plane that would carry him across the country to a clinical trial at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in …

Depression

Who Controls Your Mind? (Hint: It's Not Your Brain)

One of the easiest bets to win is to offer a million dollars to anyone who can accurately predict their next thought. It would be foolhardy to accept such a bet. As we all experience every day -- and yet rarely notice -- our thoughts are unpredictable and spontaneous. They come and go at will, and …

A 5-Minute Exercise That Will Boost Your Mood

Try these guaranteed mood boosters, created by game designer Jane McGonigal, PhD, author of the forthcoming book Superbetter.<p><i>On left: Positive emotions, On right: Negative emotions</i><p>Look over the emotional states above and on a separate piece of paper write down any you've felt in the past 24 hours. …

8 Fascinating Things We Learned About The Mind In 2015

Memory erasing is just the beginning.<p>As the New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight to Pluto and some scientists explored the far reaches of our solar system, others were making some incredible advances in their exploration of the inner workings of the mind.<p>Studies published this year shed …

8 Signs You Have A Strong Personality That Might Scare Some People

When people encounter someone with a strong personality, they don’t understand the kind of person they are dealing with.<p>Some people think you …

Will we ever get a truly car-free city?

When Oslo revealed plans to ban all private vehicles from the centre by 2019, it joined a lengthening list of cities seeking to shift the focus away from cars and towards greener, citizen-focused mobility solutions.<p>Around 7 million people globally are estimated to die from air pollution every year, …

Urban Design

What Ayahuasca Taught Me About Taking Care of My Health

A case for psychosomatic medicine.<p>Right now, I am undergoing what ayahuasca users call "integration." Following a ceremony, there's an indefinite period, maybe days or weeks, when the plant's lessons continue to seep in. People often tout taking part of an ayahuasca ceremony, or experimenting with …

Researcher Claims Small Doses Of LSD Can Alleviate Anxiety And Depression

Anxiety and depression are serious mental health problems, both of which are severely disruptive at the best of times and incredibly dangerous to the …

Psychedelic Drugs

Silicon Valley workers are using 'microdoses' of LSD to boost their creativity

Recently, he has discovered a new way to enhance his productivity and creativity, and it's not Five Hour Energy or meditation.<p>Ken is one of a growing number of professionals who enjoy taking "microdoses" of psychedelics - in his free time and, occasionally, at the office.<p>"I had an epic time," he …

Your Turn! Pick The Best Science Visualizations Of The Year

Select the People's Choice winners for the 2016 Vizzies<p>Announcing the finalists in the 2016 Vizzies competition! Engaging interactives, amusing videos, eye-catching photography—we winnowed a huge field of entrants to these 50 finalists. It was very hard to choose 50, and we don't envy you your task …

EarthSky’s 2018 meteor shower guide

Plan ahead now for an awesome year of meteor-watching. Good news! In 2018, the year’s 2 most reliable showers – August Perseids and December Geminids …

Insoles That Let You Charge Your Phone With Every Step

These boots were made for charging<p>What if you could save the Earth, just by walking on it? That's the idea behind SolePower, which released a new video yesterday. The device is a insole for shoes that convert the kinetic energy of a person's steps into electricity that can be stored in a battery …

Mobile Devices

Playful Winter Ski Masks Delightfully Transform Wearer into an Animal

The frigid winter temperatures provide the perfect excuse to bundle up and have some fun with your wardrobe. And with these playful balaclavas, dressing for cold weather has become even more exciting. Russian tattoo model Teya Salat created a series of animal-themed ski masks that transform you …

Garlic gets the girl: Forget aftershave - just eat garlic to attract women, study finds

Scientists finds that sweat of men who had eaten the bulb smelt more attractive to women because it suggests the person is healthy<p>It might sound like the most unlikely of dating tips, but a study has found that men should forget the aftershave and try eating some garlic instead.<p>Garlic has …

Ask E. Jean: Why Am I Still Single?

I'm good on paper, so what am I doing wrong?<p><b>Dear E. Jean:</b> Let me start off by explaining that I'm not a woman with outrageous expectations. But the thought that I'll never find a man to be happy with is so frustrating, I've resorted to casual sexual encounters. And it's not like I'm …

Relationships

3 Ways to Go from “I’m Still Single” to “I’m in Love!”

If you’re a bright, attractive and eligible single person, especially in your 20s, 30s or 40s, one of the most frequently asked questions you’ll …

The No. 1 Most Important Relationship Skill -- And How to Learn It

I received an outpouring of feedback on my recent blog, "What We Really Want and Almost Never Get," about the profound importance of listening in relationships. The comments confirm that what men and women alike most desire in our relationships is to be heard without judgment and understood where …

Everything you think you know about happiness is wrong

For many of us, happiness is the ultimate goal in life, worth pursuing above all else. If you’d asked me a few months ago, I would have agreed. But recently, I’ve been thinking about the kinds of mistakes we make when pursuing happiness. I’ve been wondering whether the biggest mistake might be …

Happiness

Creating Change in Your Life Isn't Always About 'Doing'

The other day I was working with a client who was very frustrated because she felt like she wasn't making a lot of progress in her life.<p>"There's all these things that I know I need to do for myself," she said, "but I just can't ever get myself to do it."<p>What followed were more self-critical …