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Reading has been proven to help sharpen one extremely important emotion

"Fiction might be the mind's flight simulator," Keith Oatley wrote in a new review of the research on reading and mental health, published Tuesday in Trends in Cognitive Sciences.<p>Research into the psychological impact of literature suggests that when we read stories in which characters are rich and …

Psychology

Ancient bottom wipers yield evidence of diseases carried along the Silk Road

‘Personal hygiene sticks’ excavated from a 2,000-year-old latrine pit have preserved evidence of the transmission route for infectious diseases<p>Travellers on the Silk Road, the most famous trade route of the ancient world, were bringing more than the precious fabric with them out of China. Some …

Silk Road

12 Mug Recipes Every Incoming College Freshman Should Know

Learning some tasty microwave tricks is one way to make your freshman year of college easier! Discover Student Loans is also there to help, offering coverage of up to 100% of school-certified college costs.

Breakfast

A CEO shares 8 simple skills that will radically improve your life

We often focus only on learning skills that are directly pertinent to our job during the busy workweek.<p>Wealthy and successful people, on the other hand, know that there are some other skills outside of their job description that can also immensely improve their wealth and their life.<p>They may not …

BBC - Culture - Sculpture of ancient Rome: The shock of the old

The Romans loved art full of violence and sex. But where modern viewers see smut and gore, ancient eyes may have seen something different, writes Alastair Sooke.<p>It must have been bliss to be an archaeologist during the 18th Century, when the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum were rediscovered. …

Ancient History

The Subversive New Generation of Asian American Writers

Real talk between writers Jenny Zhang, Tanwi Nandini Islam, and Karan Mahajan on race, writing, parents, sex, and the ongoing creation of the Asian American canon.<p>Asian American writers occupy a weirdly marginal space in American letters: a few successes, like Jhumpa Lahiri or Amy Tan, go …

13 habits science shows will help you fall asleep faster and sleep better

But not sleeping, in addition to making you less efficient and more stressed, is terrible for your health.<p>Americans currently average 6.8 hours of sleep per night, down an hour from 1942. Four in 10 Americans don't even get the minimum of seven hours of sleep doctors recommend. That's a public …

‘I am gay – but I wasn’t born this way’

Is sexuality purely the result of our biology? Brandon Ambrosino argues that simplistic explanations have ignored the fluid, shape-shifting nature of our desires.<p>“You can’t be gay.”<p>She was on top of me.<p>It wasn’t a command — it was a challenge. <i>You so obviously cannot be gay</i>, was her implication,</i> …

LGBTQI

Innocent women tortured in Mexico to boost arrest figures, report says

Tailyn Wang was two months pregnant when federal police officers broke into her house in Mexico City, ripped off her nightgown and threw her to the ground. They groped her breasts while punching and kicking her in front of her terrified children, before taking her blindfolded to a police base – …

Human Rights

Apologize for Hiroshima and Nagasaki? First we need more empathy

President Obama laid a wreath at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial on Friday. It was a historic visit, the first of a sitting U.S. president to either Hiroshima or Nagasaki since the end of the Pacific War in 1945.<p>In both Japan and the United States, an emotional controversy had simmered over whether …

Hiroshima

My Impossible, Depressing Quest to Find the Right Depression Meds

One woman's not-uncommon journey through the land of On And Off And On Again.<p>I took my first psychiatric medication when I was 19 years old. I'd been diagnosed with depression and an eating disorder, and was handed a whole slew of drugs to try. It was like whack-a-mole with my brain chemistry.<p>To …

Mental Disorders

DNA from ancient Phoenician stuns scientists

A study of the first DNA obtained from an ancient Phoenician reveals that the man had European ancestry.<p>The research team, which was co-led by Professor Lisa Matisoo-Smith of the University of Otago in New Zealand, sequenced the first complete mitochondrial genome of 2,500-year-old Phoenician …

12 of the Most Inspirational Commencement Speeches of All Time | Inc.com

Now and then we all need something to pick us up when we're feeling down, to give us clarity when we're confused, to inspire us when we don't feel motivated.<p>These lines, excerpted from a dozen of the best commencement speeches in recent years, can help.<p><b>1. President Barack Obama, Rutgers …

Motivation

The Long History Behind the Reburial of 'Kennewick Man'

A mysterious set of 9,000-year-old bones, unearthed nearly 20 years ago in Washington, is finally going home. Following bitter disputes, five Native …

What life is like when you don’t feel real

<i>This week (May 16-22) is Mental Health Awareness Week, with “relationships” as the theme. We’ll be running features all week about the mental health of those close to you, the mental health of the artists that inspire you and the different ways that communities and individuals deal with the issue.</i> …

Mental Health

Find your moment of Zen with our selection of the best meditation apps

It’s no secret that stress takes a serious toll on your body and psyche. In our constantly connected lives, it’s important to take a little time each …

This woman, a self-described cyborg, can sense every earthquake in real time

Moon Ribas might just be the most normal looking cyborg you’ll meet. Unlike the contingent of extreme biohackers or “grinders,” the 30-year old Spanish avant-garde artist’s superpower—or self-imposed aberration—is not immediately obvious. Ribas has a tiny magnet near the crook of her elbow that …

Singularity

3 strategies to fund your child's college education

Bills to pay, retirements to be funded, big purchases to be saved for: The financial demands most families face can make saving for a child's college education seem overwhelming or even unattainable. But with some planning, it doesn't have to be.<p>Here are three flexible strategies that can help you …

Personal Finance

For Mother’s Day, 12 Too Cute Pictures of Animal Moms

Enjoy these adorable pictures of mothers and their babes.<p>To celebrate Mother’s Day in the U.S. this Sunday, we’ve collected incredible pictures of animal moms with their offspring. All of them come from Photo Ark—photographer Joel Sartore's project to document the world's captive species. (Find out …

15 Motivational Quotes To Help You Keep Going When Times Are Tough

If you think that by reading this article these 15 motivational quotes are going to be the answer to you overcoming the tough times in your life then …

Motivation

18 Chickpea Recipes That Go WAY Beyond Hummus

When chickpeas first come to mind, you <i>might</i> think of your favorite food-truck falafel or vegan Moroccan curry, but most likely the first thing you crave is hummus. News flash… chickpeas are SO much more than hummus! By now you may have dabbled with a chickpea dessert or two, and even embraced …

5 websites to find a job in international development

Based on her own experiences, Malaika Neri offers some sound advice for first-time job seekers in the international development sector. The post 5 …

How The Bacteria In Your Gut Could Be Used To Treat Mental Illness

New research finds that altering gut bacteria in mice changes the way their brains work.<p>The trillions of bacteria living in the human gut influence how our brain functions, our mood and behavior. Scientists have linked imbalances in this community of microbes to a range of psychiatric conditions, …

Multiple Sclerosis

How to Handle Your Stress So You Can Be Successful | Inc.com

Today most of us are expected to do more with less. We lead lives that are more demanding on every front--work, family, social, health--with little time left over to unwind. Stress affects our mental health, our well-being and our performance at work.<p>But there are ways you can help yourself. Here …

Mindfulness

Emotional viral video empowers China's 'leftover women'

Unmarried women in China have been stigmatized as "leftover women" in recent years. But in a new commercial video, some of them speak out on their …

Studying the relation between spring and spiking suicide rates

Every spring, the days get longer and warmer. Birds chirp. Trees blossom. And suicide rates spike.<p>Contrary to popular belief, suicides don't occur more often during the dark, cold days of winter. Rather, numerous studies over the years have shown a baffling but consistent springtime peak in …

A New Study Claims People With Higher IQs Don't Require Large Social Circles

Maybe that's why you're such a homebody.<p>While the average person is happier with a large friend circle, new research reveals those with higher IQs are better off with a small one.<p>Evolutionary psychologists Satoshi Kanazawa of the London School of Economics and Norman Li of Singapore Management …