Trisha Baidya

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10 Learnings from 10 Years of Brain Pickings

Fluid reflections on keeping a solid center.<p>I remember my first awareness of mortality as a child in Bulgaria. I was nine and my father was relaying an anecdote from his youth. I asked him when it had taken place. With unconcerned casualness, he replied: <i>“About a decade ago.”</i> I was astonished that …

Creativity

20 Awesome Salads Without Lettuce

I don't care how health conscious you are; dressed up lettuce does not <i>excite</i> you, at least not year-round. And when you're trying to avoid bulking …

Are you a Dolphin or a Lion? The best time to wake, eat, sleep, exercise or go on a date

You’ve probably already seen a lot of tricks and tips about the “what” and “how” of success (how to lose weight; what to say to your boss to get a pay increase, etc). “What” and “how” are excellent and necessary questions – but there is another crucial question that must be addressed in order to …

Framing

Consciousness: What we can learn from altered states

Liar, liar<p>Why did you pick that outfit to wear this morning? What made you do your to-do list in that order today? In fact, how did you even end up …

Let’s Get Intimate: Virgins Need Love, too. {Adult Q & A}

<i>Do you have questions about creating intimacy or developing mindful relationships? Confusing questions? Awkward ones? Deep, dark scary ones?</i><p><i>I want</i> …

Depressing Paper Suggests Cancer's an Evolutionary Mechanism to 'Autocorrect' Our Gene Pool

We were never meant to live forever.<p>Two scientists have come up with a depressing new hypothesis that attempts to explain why cancer is so hard to …

The cure for cancer could be as simple as a vaccine

How cool would it be to stop cancer dead in its tracks using a vaccine that would work regardless of cancer type? It turns out that humanity is …

Immunotherapy

Why you can never tell what your friends really think of you

We like to think we can judge how we present ourselves to others – but psychology says we’re wrong.<p>If you’re like most people, you’ve probably got a firm idea about your own personality – whether you’re outgoing or shy, nervous or calm, and so on. But how far do you think other people’s impressions …

25 Simple Interior Designer Tips To Renovate Your Home On A Budget

Whether you have just purchased new furniture or you are looking for something to give you a little pick-me-up, you can transform your home with …

Home Decorating

How Much Sleep Is Required for Optimal Health? Age Matters.

Along with regular exercise and nutrition, sleep is one of the three fundamental lifestyle choices that are key to maintaining your psychological and …

Why a moderate amount of stress is good for you, according to a cognitive neuroscientist

Stress has been linked with a string of issues including depression, dementia and cancer.<p>But Professor Ian Robertson, the author of the book, <i>The</i> …

The Brain

How Did We Wind Up in Such an Unlikely Universe?

<b>By Michael Bass UCF Forum columnist</b><p>Not long ago the Public Broadcasting Service program NOVA presented an episode called "The Great Math Mystery." It dealt with the many ways mathematical relationships and special numbers crop up when investigating the physical and natural world.<p>Physicists have …

Earth - There are microbes that eat and poo nothing but electricity

Some microbes have developed the ultimate stripped-down diet. They do not bother with food or oxygen. All they need to survive is pure electrical energy.<p>They often live in muddy seabeds or along the banks of rivers. Finding them is easy: biologists can coax them out of hiding by sticking an …

How Napping Changes Your Brain That Makes You More Creative

Do you find that by the afternoon you are getting weary and losing focus? You may even find yourself starting to nod off. Chances are you need a good …

A Real-Life Jedi Mind Trick That Will Reprogram Your Co-Workers' Brains

Using applied neuroscience, you can immediately and easily alter other people's perception of past events.<p>Last week, I explained a simple neuroscience technique to reprogram your own brain in less than 60 seconds. Today, I'll explain a technique, based on the same principle, that allows you to …

Consciousness

A Harvard Psychologist Says This Trait Matters Most: 10 Ways to Make a Great First Impression

Amy Cuddy says people answer one question when they first meet you -- and that answer lays the foundation for a business relationship.<p>Say you meet a new potential customer, a potential employer, or anyone with whom you want to establish a business relationship.<p>Which matters more:<p>Showing that you're …

Self-improvement

Earth - It took centuries, but we now know the size of the Universe

"Let us go rambling about the Universe." This is the invitation that American astronomer Harlow Shapley gave to an audience in Washington DC in 1920. He was taking part in the so-called Great Debate with fellow scientist Heber Curtis on the scale of the Universe.<p>Shapley believed that our Milky Way …

26 Stories You Need To Read On Mother's Day

These are stories by and about mothers, mothers-in-law, and grandmothers: the women who gave us our lives and taught us how to live them.<p>"It was disorienting to realize that I had reached adulthood without really getting to know my own mother. But over a year I spent at home after a bad breakup, I …

New study claims to find genetic link between creativity and mental illness

Results imply creative people are 25% more likely to carry genes that raise risk of bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. But others argue the evidence is flimsy<p>The ancient Greeks were first to make the point. Shakespeare raised the prospect too. But Lord Byron was, perhaps, the most direct of them …

Mental Disorders

One thing we urgently need after the Maggi mess: a better understanding of food labels

To understand the food we buy, we need to first look at what goes into it.<p>Everyone’s talking about lead contamination in Maggi, but there is so much …

Nutrition

Lightning’s a bigger killer in India than you think

Lightning kills more people in India than any other natural calamity. In a country where thousands of people die each year because of floods, …

Weather

What would you pay to be happy?

The source of our happiness is closer than ever to being located, measured and commodified. Alex Renton meets the ‘psychoeconomists’ and asks, have they created a monster?<p>The happiest man in the world is a 67-year-old Buddhist monk called Matthieu Ricard. He starts his day sitting in a meadow in …

Meditation

Why shaking hands is still a big deal

Researchers find the gesture creates better cooperation and trust between humans - even when it is carried out by a robot<p>Shaking hands before negotiations results in a better deal for both parties - even when one is represented by a robot, a study has found.<p>The act of shaking hands at the start of …

Why do men exist? Scientific study offers an explanation

LONDON (Reuters) - Since in many species, sperm is males’ only contribution to reproduction, biologists have long puzzled about why evolutionary selection, known for its ruthless efficiency, allows them to exist.<p>A shop worker rests in the shade along the beach in Recife June 10, 2014. REUTERS/Brian …

Biology

The mind-bending effects of foreign accent syndrome

A little-known condition causes people to adopt a new accent – and lose a part of their identity in the process, finds David Robson.<p>Julie Matthias’s family have a game they sometimes like to play after she comes home, disappointed, from another doctor’s appointment. During dinner, they pick a …

How Humans Are Still Evolving To Avoid Extinction

As humans accelerate our impact on the earth and on ourselves, will 50,000 years of self-evolution both destroy and save us?<p>Humans may be approaching …

What a Happy Cell Looks Like

A growing field of research is examining how life satisfaction may affect cellular functioning and DNA.<p>“What is the truest form of human happiness?” Steven Cole asks.<p>It’s a question he’s been considering for most of his career—but Cole is a genomics researcher, not a philosopher. To him, this …

Sexy times for minifigs: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' trailer remade in Lego

One of the most highly anticipated movies coming out on Valentine's Day weekend, "Fifty Shades of Grey," gets its own toy tribute with "Fifty Shades of Bricks."<p>The real film features the erotic exploits of Anastasia "Ana" Steele (Dakota Johnson) and Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan). The Lego version …

Movies

Artist Turns DNA From Chewed Gum Into Sculptures

Plus, a perfume that can cover your genetic tracks<p>Two years ago, artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg caused a stir in both the art and biosecurity worlds when she displayed busts of people she’d never met. She determined the facial features for her “Stranger Visions” show using DNA found in the streets …

Great Blue Hole off Belize yields new clues to fall of Mayan civilisation

Research supports theory that drought and climate conditions reduced Mayans from a regional power to survivors abandoning cities to virtual extinction<p>A massive underwater sinkhole surrounded by reefs, caves and sharks has provided archaeologists with clues in the mystery of the fall of the Mayan …

Belize