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Does depression drive creativity? The myth of the struggling artist & how Stefan Sagmeister stays creative.

<i>by</i> <i>Tobias van Schneider</i><p>Somewhere between van Gogh cutting his ear off and Virginia Woolf walking into a river, we got the idea that true artists are …

Creativity

Why We Act Irrationally: A Harvard Psychologist Reveals the One Word That Drives Our Senseless Habits

It was 1977 and, although nobody knew it at the time, psychologist Ellen Langer and her research team at Harvard University were about to conduct a …

BrightSide — Inspiration. Creativity. Wonder.

The Chemistry of Seasonal Affective Disorder

For the millions of Americans with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), it’s the darkness, not the cold, that makes winter so difficult.<p>SAD affects at …

High Blood Pressure

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Gene editing treats disease in mice

<b>Researchers in the US have used gene editing to treat mice with Duchenne muscular dystrophy.</b><p>A team at Duke University used a system known as CRISPR-Cas9 to delete DNA that was preventing cells from producing a protein essential for muscle function.<p>And a virus was used to deliver DNA alterations …

This Tree Is So Toxic, You Can't Stand Under It When It Rains

The Tree of Death.<p>In 1999, radiologist Nicola Strickland went on a holiday to the Caribbean island of Tobago, a tropical paradise complete with …

Scientists Unveil the World's First Cyborg Plant

The concept of “green energy” got a whole lot more literal this week, when scientists announced they’d successfully turned living roses into …

Are Bananas Really Worth the Calories?

<b>5/5 experts say yes.</b><p>Last year, a zoo in the U.K. attracted international attention when it banned bananas from its primates’ cages. The reason? …

Nutrition

What Happens When You Get Your Period In Space?

Hundreds of you sent in questions for Skunk Bear's live conversation with three astronauts and NASA's chief scientist on Tuesday. Thanks! The most common question was: "What happens when you get your period in space?"<p>I didn't end up asking them this question because:<p>a) The question itself has a lot …

4 unbelievable chemical substances humans have discovered

NASA/JPL-Caltech<p>Scientists create and discover new materials all the time. But few are so jaw-droppingly cool that they deserve to be recognized.<p>From …

Why Water Tastes Weird When You Leave It Out Overnight

It's not your imagination. It's chemistry.<p>Ever sip a glass of water left out overnight and think it tastes funny? There's a reason for that, Discovery News explains. Since the water was exposed to air, it absorbed some CO2 and a "tiny portion of that" was converted into carbonic acid. When carbonic …