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Science: Talking Sh*t Is Great For Your Health

If you’ve ever heard that old chestnut that “great minds discuss ideas, while small minds discuss how ugly their new friend’s baby is,” and felt bad because you find it much more fun to talk about how an infant looks like a lopsided old man than Plato’s lesser works, then today is your day to feel …

Psychology

Lose weight without dieting: simple 10-minute game retrains brain to avoid junk food

A game which trains the brain to avoid unhealthy food such as cakes, biscuits and chocolate can lead to ‘pain free’ weight loss and cut energy intake by more than 200 calories a day, scientists have said.<p>Psychologists at the University of Exeter showed that less than ten minutes a day of ‘brain …

Trump Denies Allegations Of Secret Ties, Collusion Between Campaign And Russia

<b>Updated at 9:24 a.m. ET on Wednesday</b><p>Top U.S. intelligence officials have briefed leaders in Washington about an explosive — but unverified — document that alleges collusion between Russia and President-elect Donald Trump, NPR has learned.<p>The brief, which NPR has seen but not independently verified, …

Donald Trump

How To Ditch The Bad Habits That Will Hold You Back This Year

You can’t hope to make progress on your goals if you keep practicing these common bad habits.<p>Before you can have any hope of following through on your New Year Resolutions, you need to get rid of the bad habits that are holding you back at work.<p>Here are eight beliefs and actions you should cleanse …

Employment

Scientists say your “mind” isn’t confined to your brain, or even your body

You might wonder, at some point today, what’s going on in another person’s mind. You may compliment someone’s great mind, or say they are out of their mind. You may even try to expand or free your own mind.<p>But what <i>is</i> a mind? Defining the concept is a surprisingly slippery task. The mind is the seat …

Consciousness

9 podcasts that will change how you think about human behavior

Fortunately, there are no shortage of podcasts designed to cater to that interest — whether it's a short one-one-one chat about building good habits or an hour-long compilation of novel ideas.<p>Here are some of the best podcasts that help put life in perspective.

Self-improvement

Eye Contact Can Be Really Intense For Your Brain

If eye contact has always felt a bit overwhelming for you, it’s not all in your head.<p>Maintaining direct eye contact really is strenuous for the brain, according to new research, and it uses up scarce cognitive resources that we need for things like reasoning and verbal processing.<p>There are many …

Humanity

When Mental Illness Is Mistaken for Demonic Possession

When Nadia was 18, her parents took her to a Muslim faith healer who claimed to be able to exorcize her depression.<p>Throughout her adolescence in Saudi Arabia, Nadia* struggled to find joy in life.<p>"As time went on, I felt like I couldn't hold myself together," Nadia said. "It feels like my life is …

Mental Health

Being fat is 'all in the brain' and that's why you can't lose weight

"Eat less, move more" must rank among the most misleading pieces of dieting advice ever offered. Not only does the adage minimise the difficulties of …

Nutrition

What It Feels Like To Have Anxiety And Depression At The Same Time

<i>YourTango writer Rebecca Jane Stokes shares what it feels like to have both anxiety and depression.</i><p>Anxiety and depression are two mental illnesses …

Self-help

How break-ups change your personality

Some people cope with splits better than others – and it may reflect some fundamental truths about the way you view yourself.<p>In a long-term relationship, your own identity becomes increasingly intertwined with your partner’s. As Elizabeth Barrett Browning is reported to have said to her husband …

Psychology

11 mind-blowing psychology findings that explain the baffling choices you make every day

Decades of psychological research suggest that people behave in ways that are mysterious and perplexing — even to themselves.<p>We sifted through the Quora thread, "What are some mind-blowing facts about social psychology?" and pulled out the most fascinating findings. (Some fall outside the realms of …

Psychology

Russia Is Super Happy Donald Trump Has Been Elected US President

Russian politicians are jubilant and say they expect a more "constructive" relationship with the US with Trump as president.<p>Russian politicians are expressing hope for a better relationship with the United States now that Donald Trump has been elected president.<p>President Vladimir Putin was among …

7 Morning Routines That Will Spark Your Productivity

Follow these simple steps and watch your productivity and wellbeing skyrocket.<p>The problem with morning routines is that most people don't have one.<p>For many individuals, waking up in the morning is a chaotic experience, full of terrible alarm clock noises, scrolling through email, and sprinting out …

Time Management
Martial Arts

Janet Waldo, Voice of Judy Jetson, Dies at 96

Janet Waldo, a voice-over actress who played sprightly teenagers for decades on popular cartoon shows, most notably “The Jetsons,” died on Sunday at her home in Encino, Calif. She was 96.<p>The television historian Stu Shostak, a friend, said the cause was an inoperable brain tumor.<p>Ms. Waldo broke …

University of Washington

Margaret Heldt, Hairdresser Who Built the Beehive, Dies at 98

Margaret Vinci Heldt, a Chicago beautician who, with the aid of hair spray and a favorite hat, redefined coiffure for women of the 1960s and the decades beyond when she created the sky-scraping hairdo known as the beehive, died on Friday in Elmhurst, Ill. She was 98.<p>The cause was heart failure, …

Hair

Sometimes I wake up in the middle of the night and can't move — here's why

Every few months I have a terrifying experience in the middle of the night.<p>I wake up but can't move, except for my eyes, which dart frantically …

How a Sexist Prank Elected America’s First Female Mayor

Susanna Madora Salter just wanted the men in her town to stop being drunks. They just wanted to humiliate her.<p>Hillary Rodham Clinton’s video this …

Feminism

This is the Duty God assigned to your zodiac sign

” …And it was morning as God stood before his twelve children and into each of them planted the seed of human life. One by one each child stepped …

Time I

How to Lose Fat, not Just “Weight”

“Weight” is a measurement of the force of gravity pulling down on your body. So if you really wanted to...The post How to Lose Fat, not Just “Weight” …

Paleo Diet

User-Friendly Diet Apps : weight loss app

'My Calorie Limit' is a weight loss app developed by Ove Tammer that is designed for iPhone and iPad users.<p>According to the company, 'My Calorie …

Can sipping aloe juice help you lose weight?

This summer, people aren’t just slathering aloe vera on their sun-scorched skin. They're chugging it in hopes of losing weight, too.<p>Aloe juice or aloe water—which can be found at health food stores—isn't as goopy or neon green as the stuff from the drugstore, but it’s marketed as being equally …

8 Oddly Effective Weight Loss Tips That Are Backed By Science

Shutterstock<p>In the game of weight loss, the deck is stacked against you. Food marketers have spent millions researching colors, flavors, scents, and packaging in order to find the best ways of getting you to eat more.<p>But in the past few years, brain researchers have discovered some tricks to help …

The Worst Salad Ingredients for Weight Loss

Dieters often choose salad as a meal option because they think it will help them to lose weight. But many times the salad that they make at home or …

Dairy Helps Prevent Weight Gain

Grab some string cheese listen up—we've got news to share about why it's time to embrace this calcium-boosted food group<p>Dairy's reputation has taken a bit of a hit lately. Between almond milk mania and trendy dairy-free diets like the Whole30 and Paleo plans, cow products aren't getting much …

Holistic Medicine

What’s the Best Way to Lose Weight and Keep It Off?

<i>This article is based on a Science Friday interview and was originally published on PRI.org.</i><p>Contestants on the reality TV show <i>The Biggest Loser</i> put …