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MSI's mini gaming PC is VR-ready, yet quieter than a library

Running an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1070, the little 7-pound desktop is now available in a special Arctic edition.<p>MSI claims its Trident 3 desktop is the world's smallest VR-ready gaming PC. And now it's available in white.<p>A black version of the petite 4.7-liter system was originally announced at CES …

Why Not Everyone Is Worth Forgiving

Have you ever seen two kids have an argument? As a teacher, I mediate kid arguments all the time, and man, is it a fast process. Usually, I just …

Fighting Depression? Neuroscience Says This May Reduce Symptoms by 40 Percent (in Just 8 Weeks)

Anyone can do it, and it doesn't involve prescription medication.<p>Depression is one of the most common mental health disorders in the United States. It affects over 15 million adults annually, or 6-7 percent of the entire adult population. It is so common, in fact, that nearly everyone has either …

The Brain

Weekend Reading: Roald Dahl for Adults

With <i>The BFG</i>, Steven Spielberg’s CGI-enabled adaptation of Roald Dahl’s 1982 children’s book, hitting theaters this weekend, you’ll forgive me for waxing nostalgic about the pleasures of childhood reading. If you’re planning to see the movie or not (I’m leaning toward not—current reviews are meh), …

Books

12 Albums You Need to Listen to in July

Tune in to this month's best new releases.<p>Although it's not as packed as last month, July still has a promising set of new music premieres in store. Some artists couldn't wait for the new month to hit and made surprise releases earlier in the week, but those drops are equally worth a listen. (We're …

People Are Sharing Photos of Their Shoplifting Hauls on Tumblr

Yikes.<p>I might be naive, but when I stumbled upon an online community of shoplifters giving advice to one another about how to be better shoplifters, I nearly shut my laptop and gave up on the world.<p>ICYMI: Some Tumblr users have created full-on blogs about everything there is to know about …

Who's Afraid of a Banksy & Co. Street Art Exhibition?

As expected, not everyone is pleased.<p>A retrospective attempting to comment on the influence of street art's two greatest tools—the aerosol can and the internet—have had on urban space opened in Bologna, Italy on Friday, gathering the work of Banksy, Invader, Daniele Perra Parian, and more into a …

Why We Act Irrationally: A Harvard Psychologist Reveals the One Word That Drives Our Senseless Habits

It was 1977 and, although nobody knew it at the time, psychologist Ellen Langer and her research team at Harvard University were about to conduct a study that would change our understanding of human behavior.<p>It all started when Langer asked her research assistants to cut in front of innocent people …

Iggy Pop: Post Pop Depression review – Josh Homme-produced departure from raw power

(Rekords Rekords)<p>Rock beasts rarely come as urbane as Iggy Pop (68) and Josh Homme (42), producer of Pop’s 23rd record – his last major outing, Pop avers. Sure, Iggy invented punk in the late 60s, strutting and fretting over the brutalist guitar shapes of the Stooges, slashing his chest and …

Can nicotine be good for you?

There was something odd about my new patient. She was elegantly dressed and self-possessed, and yet she was slowly, rhythmically chewing gum, …

Nicotine

Knowing Yourself Is The Key To Beating Depression

I like to analyze things. My desire to dissect what I'm thinking and feeling stems from growing up in a confusing environment fueled by alcoholism, …

Russia and the Arts: The Age of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky review – not to be missed

<b>National Portrait Gallery, London</b><br>This once-in-a-lifetime show of portraits on loan from Moscow is like seeing Chekhov, Tchaikovsky, Tolstoy et al for the first time<p>In the spring of 1881, the composer Mussorgsky sat for his portrait in the St Petersburg hospital where he was being treated for …

Literature

Therapy can actually make things worse for some people

For all the talk about dangerous side effects from medication, you rarely hear about negative consequences from psychological treatment. But researchers have found a significant minority of people who feel they are worse off after therapy.<p>A team led by mental health research professor Mike …

Imperial College London

His stress is not like her stress

Muscles tighten, the heart pounds and nausea takes hold: In the face of sudden stress, men and women respond alike. But when threats, scares or …

Temple University

I Said Mean Things to an Apple for Weeks to See if It Rotted Faster

We spent a month saying horrible and nice things to some apples to see if it would really make them decompose quicker.<p>Are you a pseudo New Ager? Do you wear rose-quartz point pendants? Have you seriously considered a short course in reiki? If so, you may have heard about Dr. Masaru Emoto, the …

Mind

When This Boy With A Colostomy Bag Said He Was Sad There Were No Superheroes Like Him, Marvel Told Him It’s Absolutely Crucial For Superheroes To Have A Functioning Anus

Eight-year-old Malcolm Bauer is so enthusiastic about his love of superheroes, you may not even notice that he has to wear a colostomy bag due to a …

17 Things to Never Say to a Girl With Borderline Personality Disorder

One woman with Borderline Personality Disorder opens up.<p><b>1. Nothing.</b> Going to bed in an argument isn't our style. Even when you've casually dismissed it as a minor disagreement and all but forgotten about it, we're worrying that you hate us and will never speak to us again. So please, stay awake …

The gendered way we’ve learned to ask questions is terrible for both men and women

“Thank god you picked up,” I whispered to my best friend. I was huddled in the sticky, single-stall bathroom of an Asian fusion restaurant in Washington, DC, just one closed door away from the dating equivalent of Chernobyl.<p>I had met the guy–Chernobyl–on Tinder. A few minutes later, my friend …

Relationships

Xbox One update will let you buy Xbox 360 games and chat in 16-person parties

Xbox 360

The Science Behind Cuddling

How and why bromantic cuddling triggers the same neurochemical response as sex.<p>This past Sunday, four NFL teams competed for a spot in the Super Bowl, but only two ended their games with the big celebratory hugs, chest bumps, and by dumping buckets of Gatorade on old men. We're all used to seeing …

12 Longreads To Get You Through A Snow Day

Snowed in? Fend off cabin fever with these fascinating stories.<p>If you live in the Northeast or Mid-Atlantic, a gigantic winter storm is about to screw up your weekend plans.<p>On the bright side, a snow day is one of the best excuses for finally getting around to tackling your Pocket or Instapaper …

!!! | Features

“I would say this is actually the year I re-embraced rock,” says !!! frontman Nic Offer over a crystal-clear line from Japan. Perhaps not surprising …

Indie Music

How what we wear affects our mood

Sporting an outrageous feathered hat will make you act differently than if you’re wearing jeans and a T-shirt<p>Dressing up for Christmas parties can make you feel sexier, more confident or just very self-conscious. Social and sartorial pitfalls abound, but what you may not realise is that your choice …

The Brain

Star Wars The Force Awakens: Billie Lourd dons Leia buns in first look at her character

Billie Lourd’s role in the upcoming <i>Star Wars: The Force Awakens</i> has been kept tightly under wraps, and the only thing the real-life daughter of …

Toxoplasma Parasite Alters Host's Personality and Brain Behavior

<b>Melbourne researchers have discovered how a common parasite hijacks host cells and stockpiles food so it can lie dormant for decades, possibly</b> …

Why Buying Stuff Isn't Going to Make You Happy -- And What Will

I used to be in credit card debt...<p>... and that's really hard for me to admit to because I had always been diligent about budgeting and money stuff prior to getting into debt.<p>Fortunately now it's long gone, but I've since been focusing more of my energy into budgeting, my spending habits and …

Huge Xbox Live Sale Begins This Month, Includes 200-Plus Offers

Microsoft will launch a huge digital game sale on Xbox Live later this month, the company has announced. It's called a "Countdown" sale, but it actually extends beyond the start of the new year.<p>The promotion runs December 22 through January 7, and Microsoft is calling it the "biggest digital game …

The Year Heroin Went Mainstream

The media’s ‘new face of heroin’ game is lazy—not to mention racist.<p><i>Heroin is so passé</i><i>.</i> Portland-based rock band The Dandy Warhols have been singing …

Man 'Rents' Fake Family, Sends Hilarious Photo to Relatives for Christmas Prank

“Seasons Greetings from the Brassows. Josh and Patty ‘Bone-Crusher’ Johnson, and the boys Blade & Thor.”<p>That was the simple line emblazoned on the …