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This painting might be sexually disturbing. But that’s no reason to take it out of a museum.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has made the right decision, to reject the demands of an online petition calling for the removal of an erotically charged work by the Polish French artist Balthus. The 1938 painting, “Thérèse Dreaming,” shows an adolescent girl sitting on a chair, with one leg raised …

Sigmund Freud

Chris Pratt Warns About "Pervy Dude" Pretending To Be Him

Chris Pratt often uses his Instagram to stay in touch with his fans, but rather than making jokes about his snacks or posting humorous photos from …

Scientists have found an exciting new clue about how 'super-agers' stay sharp as they age

So much for not being able to teach an old dog new tricks.<p>Some older people can remember things just as well as peers who are nearly half their age. Scientists are calling them "super-agers" for their unique ability to stay sharp into old age<p>Several months ago, researchers discovered at least one …

The Brain

Mayonnaise is disgusting, and science agrees

Do you side with science on this important issue?<p>For much of the past year, I have fought a one-sided battle with a popular fast casual restaurant chain that we’ll call “Ready.” Unlike most restaurants, Ready doesn't make sandwiches, assemble salads, or otherwise perform acts of cookery upon …

Food

Sleep Deprivation Is Surprisingly Effective as an Antidepressant

But we don't know why.<p>For those who suffer from clinical depression, there could be an unexpected source of solace.<p>While long-term sleep deprivation …

Sleep
High School

How to trick your brain into thinking a small animal is hopping up your arm

Our brains have some pretty inaccurate maps of our body.<p>Everyone hates awkward pauses, and your brain is no exception. The mind’s eye will attempt to fill in dead spaces—though it’s not always very accurate. Try this: Have a friend give a few taps to your forearm, first near the wrist and then the …

Numb

Scientists discover a new way the brain forms memories

A team of scientists announced Thursday they have discovered a new way the brain learns and stores information that may explain why people remember …

UC San Diego

The 10 Steamiest Sex Scenes That Have Landed On Netflix In 2017 (So Far!)

Netflix truly does have a little something for everyone.<p>If you’re into true crime, the streaming service has a unique combination of old shows — …

Entertainment

Finally, Someone's Prioritizing the Female Orgasm

It’s 4pm, and I’m on a date in a Fremont brewery in Seattle<b>.</b> Our conversation has just taken a turn for the intimate as we start talking occupation; …

Peaky Blinders

Evolutionary psychologists are very butthurt about the new Scientific American

<i>Scientific American</i> dedicates its September issue to The New Science of Sex and Gender, and sociobiologists haven't been in this kind of tizzy since …

Bill Nye

Need A Happiness Boost? Spend Your Money To Buy Time, Not More Stuff

Money can't buy happiness, right? Well, some researchers beg to differ. They say it depends on how you spend it.<p>A recent study published in the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> suggests that when people spend money on time-saving services such as a house cleaner, lawn care or grocery …

Personal Finance

According to a New Study Early Life Stress Can Change Genes in Brain

According to a new study from the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, stress experienced early in the critical development of a …

7 ways to multitask better with Windows 10

Be more productive -- or at least more efficient -- with these tips.<p>Windows 10 has a handful of features that you may be overlooking that can make you a more effective and efficient multitasker. Learn how you can better juggle multiple windows and apps with these tips.<p>Snap Assist<p>If you are tired of …

Apps

Welp, Even Occasional Happy Hour Drinks Muck Your Brain

Moderate alcohol consumption causes long-term brain changes.<p>There’s no harm in going to happy hour each day, or enjoying a cold, crisp beer, maybe …

Alcohol

30 Surefire Ways to Lose Your Gut for Good

Typically, when someone aspires to having a better six-pack -- or a six-pack, period -- he or she does it with a sense of urgency. We assume this …

Mandy Moore & Milo Ventimiglia Say This Is The Most Shocking Thing About This Is Us

<i>This is Us,</i> the runaway hit drama, occupies a unique space in television because it's a character-driven show about a family, but it feels every bit …

TV

U.S. Gender Confirmation Surgery Up 19% in 2016, Doctors Say

<i>Editor’s Note: Reuters has withdrawn this story because of questions surrounding the data supplied by the American Society of Plastic Surgeons.</i><p>Gender confirmation surgeries rose 19 percent in 2016 from the previous year, a survey of plastic surgeons said, an increase some doctors attribute to …

LGBTQI

This Mood-Recognizing Algorithm Just Might Save Your Relationship

Wearable devices are pretty good at letting us know how many steps we’ve taken or how much quality sleep we got last night. Wouldn’t it be great if wearables could keep each member of a couple informed of changes in the other’s mood — and send alerts when it might make sense to tread lightly to …

Artificial Intelligence

PTSD medications may increase dementia risk

Patients with post-traumatic stress disorder may be at increased risk of dementia, particularly if they are taking psychotropic medications, a new …

TV Is Finally Starting to Get Polyamory Right

We chat with the creators of 'Unicornland' and 'You Me Her' about the importance of showing realistic depictions of polyamory.<p>Recently, New York Magazine reported that a 2016 study of two nationally representative groups of single Americans found 20% of respondents practiced some form of …

TV

Are you a 'SuperAger'? Why some brains age twice as slowly.

At 89, Donald Tenbrunsel is a bit of a phenomenon. He surfs the internet with ease, happily converses on a broad range of timely topics, volunteers and reads regularly.<p>Known as a "SuperAger," Tenbrunsel was part of a study that helped researchers discover what factors might set these super-sharp …

The Brain

Brain Stimulation May Alter Gut Microbes, Aid Weight Loss

Emerging research discovers that noninvasive electromagnetic brain stimulation may help obese people lose weight.<p>Investigators believe some of the …

A New Study Suggests Watching Porn Before a First Date Might Help You Get a Second

So there's that.<p>A new study from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzilya in Israel has found that watching pornography before a first date might increase your odds of getting a second date. No, it's not because your sweaty post PornHub glow makes you naturally irresistible; it is because it "gets you …

Research

Brain Cells We Thought Were Just Fillers Might Actually Be The Key to Our Body Clocks

Neurons aren't everything.<p>Scientists have discovered that brain cells that were once considered to be simple place-holders for neurons could actually …

The pickiest of kids ate dozens of new foods after a two-week training devised by a psychologist

If a child is a fussy eater, there’s probably not one single reason why. It could be genes. It could be the subtle hints the child—or small baby—has learned by watching their family at the table. It could be the psychological connections that their parents have helped forge between certain foods …

Nutrition

How emotions are 'made': why your definition of sadness is unlike anyone else's

Lisa Feldman Barrett says we need to revamp our thinking on emotions. She’s a professor of psychology at Northeastern University in Boston, where she …

Psychology

The Curious Case of the Quantum Theory of Humor - MIT Technology Review

Time flies like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana.<p>For psychologists who study humor, this statement is a classic. It embodies the ambiguity of …

Quantum Mechanics

Cracking the Brain’s Codes - MIT Technology Review

In <i>What Is Life?</i> (1944), one of the fundamental questions the physicist Erwin Schrödinger posed was whether there was some sort of “hereditary …

Neurophilosophy