Teresa Aoki

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New Insights About the 'Darkness Hormone,' Melatonin

Melatonin is central to our sleep and to our cycles of rest and activity. As much as we've learned about melatonin and its importance to sleep, there's a great deal we still don't yet know about the hormone's biological functions and purpose. In the past few years, there have been some important …

Secret Teacher: brilliant eccentrics are a dying breed in education

As I look around the staffroom I am struck by the fact that, among the piles of exercise books and unwashed coffee cups, there is an endangered species, dwindling to the point of extinction.<p>I’m not talking about the semi-corporate teachers who look like they’d be more at home in a boardroom than a …

Books

Here’s what happened when a group of friends built a scale model of the solar system in the desert

But in reality, the solar system is extremely vast.<p>To get an idea of just how far that is, it would take about 4 hours to reach the furthest planet from the sun at the speed of light.<p>In the words of James Irwin, an astronaut on Apollo 15:<p>As we got farther and farther away, the Earth diminished in …

12 books you should read to impress your boss

Not only that, it improves your vocabulary, expands your world, and generally makes you a more educated and interesting person to be around.<p>Below, 12 entrepreneurs from YEC suggest books that they themselves have loved and passed on to their employees.<p>Read just one and you'll find yourself ahead of …

Self-improvement

People around the world are eating banana peels because they know something that Westerners do not

If you live in the US, you're probably used to tossing banana peels in the trash. But people in other countries, including India, have been taking advantage of their nutritional benefits for decades.<p>While a banana's flesh is soft and sweet, the skin is thick, fibrous, and slightly bitter. To eat …

Check this map to see if you can watch the 'supermoon' total lunar eclipse on Sunday

But not everyone will be able to see the rare astronomical event, which will culminate with a moon that appears larger than usual and blood red.<p>The map below shows the areas of the globe that should be able to see it (barring cloudy weather).<p>Regions in white can see all phases of the eclipse, but …

10 Halloween Punch Recipes to Get the Party Started

It’s All Hallows’ Eve, and you’re in charge of making a punch that is deviously delicious and more fun to look at than a big bowl full of ice cubes. Revel in the spooky spirit and make your boozy beverage come to life with a few twisted tricks. From adding dry ice for a creepy effect to glowing …

Decorations

7 Keys To A Happy, Healthy Brain

Take care of your noggin and you'll be sharp as a tack at age 95!<p>Why are some people sharp as a tack at 95 years old, while others begin struggling with mental clarity in their 50s?<p>A lot of it has to do with genetics, but certain lifestyle factors also play an important role in how our brain ages. …

2 American companies told us everything you need to know about China's economic divide

Namely: Construction activity is on the decline, and consumer spending is soaring.<p>On Thursday morning, industrial giant Caterpillar announced that it would lay off up to 10,000 employees amid a decline in its core businesses.<p>Caterpillar said the current market was displaying, "a convergence of …

This chef, who lives in a 100-square-foot apartment, is proof that kids will do anything to live in New York

Fresh from Madison, Wisconsin, Chef Grayson Altenberg is overjoyed to have found a studio apartment he can afford in pricey Manhattan.<p>The average rent for a studio in New York City, as of this March, was $2,108 per month. Altenberg's rent is $1,100.<p>There's just one catch: at 100 square feet, it's …

Living Rooms

7 Harsh Truths That Will Make You A More Powerful Person

1. Nobody is actually too busy to respond to you.<p>That guy or girl isn’t too busy to answer your text. That employer isn’t too busy to answer your …

Your Brain Isn't a Computer. It's a Quantum Field.

By examining our minds at a quantum level, we change them, and by changing them, we change the reality that shapes them.<br>Read More

The Brain

Swedish McDonald's is conducting an experiment that could rock fast food

Beginning this Friday, September 25, 31 McDonald's restaurants in Sweden will become the first locations to take reservations in addition to their normal fast food service.<p>In a country where US chain Burger King and the Swedish competitor chain Max dominate over McDonald's, the added service is …

10 Habits That Can Unlock Your Inner Awesomeness

Here's a list of 10 habits that could take your life into the stratosphere of greatness.<p><i>What habits have changed people’s lives? originally appeared on Quora: The best answer to any question.</i><p><b>Answer by Nelson Wang, founder of www.CEOLifestyle.io, on Quora:</b><p>When I was 17, I was fired from my job as a …

Motivation

7 Powerful Ways to Turn Every Failure Into Success

How much you learn when you fail determines how far you go in creating success.<p>Failure is part of life, and most certainly part of business. We don't often acknowledge it, but failure is also a fundamental element of our success.<p>Our instinct is to be ashamed of failure, maybe because we don't like …

personaldevelopment

4 Scientifically Proven Ways to Have a Happier Morning

In the past, I would have never described myself as a "morning person." In fact, I used to hate mornings. I would often begin the day by hitting the snooze button on my cell phone alarm. When I would finally wake up, it was usually a race to get out the door. I would rush to shower, do my hair and …

12 Signs You're In An Unhealthy Relationship

<i>By Lizzy Smilez for DivorcedMoms.com</i><p>There are pretty much universal signs that you are in an unhealthy relationship. If this sounds like yours, it is time to make some huge changes. Perhaps therapy is in order and your relationship is fixable. And in some cases, the only way to save yourself is by …

Cheap robots may shift car making from China to U.S.: Magna CEO

Rising wages in China and the cost of importing heavy components like electric car batteries into Europe may lead established car makers to introduce more highly efficient automated manufacturing closer to home, Walker told Reuters in an interview at the Frankfurt auto show.<p>"If you have a high …

92-year-old man sings a love song to his dying wife in touching video

Erin Solari uploaded the footage of her grandparents Laura and Howard, who were at a hospice, making peace with the 93-year-old woman's final days<p>Erin Solari was so touched by the love between her grandparents, who have been married 73 years, that she filmed Howard, her granddad, as he sang to his …

Here's the best time to take a coffee break for maximum productivity

But should your boss question your work ethic, tell her you're acting in the interest of your own productivity.<p>That's according to new research, which found that mid-morning breaks are significantly more restorative than mid-afternoon ones.<p>The study, led by Emily Hunter, Ph.D., and Cindy Wu, Ph.D., …

This Man's Comics About The Reality Of Depression Are So True

Sad but true.<p>Each person with a mental illness experiences it differently -- and for Kristian <b>Nygård</b>, the only way he could make sense of his personal plight was to illustrate it.<p>The 38-year-old artist from Norway created a series of comics for his website to explain to others what it's like to …

These Foods Will Determine How Successful You Are

Hint: the most successful people in the world don't get ahead by eating a cheeseburger and fries every day.<p><i>"One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well." -</i><i>Virginia Woolf</i><p>Being successful is the culmination of many different types of efforts. There are the efforts to be …

Nutrition

7 Tips to Improve Your Memory

Learning ability is probably the most important skill you can have.<p>Take it from Peter Brown, Henry Roediger, and Mark McDaniel, authors of <i>Make It</i> …

Holistic Medicine

Australian student’s ion space drive reportedly beats NASA’s fuel efficiency record

Space engines might soon become far more resourceful: An Australian PhD student has claimed to have beaten NASA’s fuel efficiency record and …

4 Rituals That Will Make You Happy, According to Neuroscience

You get all kinds of happiness advice on the Internet from people who don’t know what they’re talking about. Don’t trust them.<p>Actually, don’t trust …

Self-improvement

Mark Zuckerberg said this genius is his favorite scientist

A Scottish mathematical physicist who lived during the 1800s, James Clerk Maxwell is widely considered one of the greatest scientists of the 19th century. He was voted third greatest physicist of all time in the millennium poll of 100 scientists, putting him just behind Albert Einstein and Isaac …

The best way to colonize Mars is crazier than Elon Musk's idea of dropping nukes on the planet

Yet the Red Planet holds great promise, and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk recently discussed its future with comedian and television host Stephen Colbert.<p>Musk, who hopes to build a colony of 1 million people on Mars, told Colbert that there are two ways to warm the global temperatures on Mars, which would …

5 signs you're overworked — and what to do about it

The more dedicated you are, the more solid your standing with your boss and employer.<p>Add to the mix never-ending, pervasive technology and a gadget-centric world that cannot disconnect, and you have the makings for a very un-relaxed society.<p>Did you stay home this summer? In a recent Allianz survey, …

NASA's wild new plan to hunt for life on Mars would test SpaceX in ways never done before

So far, all efforts to answer this question have painted a picture of an ancient Mars once covered in water with a thicker atmosphere and warmer temperatures — a world similar to Earth. But no signs of past or present life have been found, yet.<p>That's why a team of scientists at NASA's Ames Research …