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Why being bilingual works wonders for your brain

In a cafe in south London, two construction workers are engaged in cheerful banter, tossing words back and forth. Their cutlery dances during more emphatic gesticulations and they occasionally break off into loud guffaws. They are discussing a woman, that much is clear, but the details are lost on …

Language Learning

The greatest Olympic opening ceremonies of all time, ranked

From hundreds of riders on horseback dramatically galloping into the stadium to the thunderous beats performed meticulously by 2,008 tightly ranked drummers, host cities pull out all the stops to set the right tone for the Olympic Games.<p>The opening ceremony provides host cities the opportunity to …

Drums

Neil Gaiman on Why We Read and What Books Do for the Human Experience

“Truth is not in what happens but in what it tells us about who we are.”<p>The question of why we read and what books actually do for us is as old as the written word itself, and as attractive. Galileo saw reading as a way of having superhuman powers. For Kafka, books were “the axe for the frozen sea …

Your favourite US national parks – and how to visit them

This week's winning entry<p>A taste of the Old West in Big Bend<p>Big Bend National Park in Texas is well off the tourist trail, unheard-of by many Americans and miles from the nearest settlement. It is a green desert landscape, dotted with exotic vegetation that thrives in a dry climate. Century plants …

Stop Adding Stuff To Your Life, It's Time To Declutter Your Soul Now

We live in a society that always tells us to get more.<p>You may be doing this unconsciously, because you’ve always been living this way and that’s your …

Minimalism

8 Easy Ways to Kill Bad Habits, According to Research

Bad habits; we all got’em. You know what they are. You know you should stop. But… it’s hard. In fact, sometimes you feel downright powerless. And …

U.S. Road Trip: 50 States 50 National Parks

<b>In 2015 I took a 10 month solo road trip through all 50 states and to every national park in the lower 48, and what a long strange trip it was.</b><p>Exotic travel, especially among millennials, has become an increasingly romanticized "life-experience" milestone, and for a good reason, no doubt. Who …

5 meditation experts to relax with on YouTube

Experts of all kinds take to YouTube to share their wisdom. From makeup to video games, viewers can find coaches on virtually any topic.<p>Meditation …

9 Things Mentally Tough People Always Do

Talent is important, but success is also based on persistence, focus, and standing fast in the face of criticism. Fortunately, mental toughness is something you can develop.<p>Let's get this out of the way: Mental toughness is not a quality you either do or don't have.<p>Sure, some people may have …

Self-improvement

Six Habits of The Best Conversationalists

Becoming a good conversationalist requires having a certain set of skills in your communication toolbox.<p>Some people have the gift of gab, and can talk to anyone about anything. And some people struggle to make small talk. What separates the two isn’t knowing what to talk about; it’s polishing up …

Planet discovery fuels interest in mythical world of deep space

When astronomers at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena announced in January that they’d discovered a giant planet in our distant solar system, they ignited a frenzied debate over whether it was really out there, far beyond Neptune.<p>But the conversation hasn’t been limited to …

Text in lost language may reveal god or goddess worshipped by Etruscans at ancient temple

"We know how Etruscan grammar works, what's a verb, what's an object, some of the words," Warden said. "But we hope this will reveal the name of the …

Ancient History

9 Sleeping Habits That Could Make You A Smarter Person

Would you believe it if I said you could sleep your way to success? Turns out, you can! Research has shown that the functioning of our brain is …

The Downsides of Being the Family Favorite

Science says you're more likely to be depressed.<p>Maybe Freud was onto something when he said your mother is at the root of every issue. According to a new study, adults who felt they were Mom's favorite—and adults who felt they had the most issues with Mom—are more likely to be depressed as …

Parenting

Jared Leto’s description of playing The Joker is horrifying

The picture painted by numerous co-stars is one of an actor so dedicated to the performance that he never broke character. Now we have the first word from the man himself about what it was like playing the clown prince of crime and the picture he paints is twisted and weird.<p>Speaking with Empire …

Comic Books

25 roads that everyone should drive in their lifetime

Some provide incredible views and others are works of art in their own right.<p>From an oceanside cruise in Hawaii to treacherous hairpin turns in the Swiss Alps, these roads prove that sometimes the journey is much more captivating than the destination.<p><i>An earlier version of this post was written by</i> …

25 Habits That Will Make You Smarter

Want to expand your mind? A little bit of effort every day goes a long way.<p>In the Quora thread, “What would you do to be a little smarter every …

A List of Books that May Change your Life

I started off 2015 with a 10-day silent Vipassana meditation course, one of the hardest things I’ve ever chosen to do. I wasn’t a meditator. I had …

Books

10 Amazing Benefits of Mindfulness Backed by Science

Mindfulness, the practice of staying aware and in sync with yourself and your surroundings often characterized by sitting in total silence with legs …

Mindfulness

Does the language you speak change your view of the world?

Bilinguals get all the perks. Better job prospects, a cognitive boost and even protection against dementia. Now new research shows that they can also …

Language

See the 50 Best Images Taken by Hubble

Pillars of Creation: Originally taken on April 1, 1995, this image has become one of the most iconic to come from the Hu<p>... VIEW MORE<p>NASA/ESA/Hubble …

Hubble Telescope Celebrates 25 Years of Space Photography - NBC News

Hubble Space Telescope

National Parks Road Trip: Northern Rockies

Grand Teton > Yellowstone > Glacier<p><b>Gateway Airport:</b> Jackson, Wyoming<p>Explore the three crown jewels of the Northern Rockies on this tour spanning some of the continent’s most stunning alpine scenery and explosive geologic wonders. This trip takes you into the beating heart of wild America, from the …

National Parks

Super-Fun Protestor Jumps on Table During Bank’s Press Conference

Mario Draghi was glitter-bombed.<p>A press conference held by the European Central Bank on Wednesday suddenly erupted in what appears to be the most cheerful protest in recent bank press conference protest history.<p>A protestor jumped on the table from which <b>Mario Draghi</b>, the bank’s head, was speaking. …

European Central Bank

Editors’ Picks: 19 Favorite Spring DIYs in Our Own Homes

Spring sunshine gives us the DIY design bug, bad. Here are 19 easy DIY projects our editors swear by–we’ve done them all at least once, outdoors or …

DIY

What’s the most we can remember?

People with extraordinary memory talents suggest that your mind may be capable of retaining more than you think, says Adam Hadhazy.<p>Unlike digital cameras with full memory cards that cannot snap any more pictures, our brains never seem to run out of room. Yet it defies logic that one adult human …

Humanity

Does Stress Make Us Forgetful? (Is That Why We Can’t Find the Car Keys?)

An expert sorts through the effects of stress on memory, and its troubling relationship to dementia<p>Stress can be memory’s best friend. But when you forget where you put the car keys, stress can also make you feel stupid. One expert, Rajita Sinha, a professor of psychiatry and neurobiology at Yale …

Dementia