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Your 7 chakras, explained—plus how to tell if they’re blocked

Odds are, if you’ve attended a yoga class, group meditation, or indulged in an hourlong reiki session, your instructor or practitioner most likely …

Spirituality

How to Exponentially Improve Your Performance

But thanks to the (newly discovered) plasticity of our brains, we can raise that bar higher than ever—and consistently reach it. How? By pushing …

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 …

The surprising downsides of being clever

Can high intelligence be a burden rather than a boon? David Robson investigates.<p>If ignorance is bliss, does a high IQ equal misery? Popular opinion would have it so. We tend to think of geniuses as being plagued by existential angst, frustration, and loneliness. Think of Virginia Woolf, Alan …

Evidence of liquid water found on Mars

<b>Nasa's Curiosity rover has found that water can exist as a liquid near the Martian surface.</b><p>Mars should be too cold to support liquid water at the surface, but salts in the soil lower its freezing point - allowing briny films to form.<p>The results lend credence to a theory that dark streaks seen on …

Edward Snowden Is Acting Very Strange Inside Russia

Russian spy-watcher Andrei Soldatov on Snowden’s strange behavior in Russia, the Nemtsov assassination, and signs of a power struggle in Putin’s …

New telescope will be a high-resolution window to the universe

That 3D rendering up there is a new telescope from the National Science Foundation that promises to solve the mysteries of the universe -- or at least take some truly big pictures. Fitted with a 3,200 megapixel camera, the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope will be the largest digital camera in the …

Mindfulness: The Power of “Thinking About Your Thinking”

Dan Harris from ABC News contacted me out-of-the-blue a few years ago to discuss the power of mindfulness and meditation. His book, <i>10% Happier,</i> which …

Mindfulness

Mindfulness Training and the Compassionate Brain

There is a gamut of recent neuroscientific studies that support the transformative power of mindfulness and compassion meditation. Different types of …

Mindfulness

Colliding galaxies show the limits of dark matter

Dark matter may not be part of a "dark sector" of particles that mirrors regular matter, as some theories suggest, say scientists studying collisions …

Arizona Legislature Passes Deep Cuts To Public Universities

WASHINGTON -- If you don’t like it, you can leave.<p>That’s essentially what three University of Arizona students said state Sen. Kelli Ward (R) told them during a private discussion over a proposed $75 million state funding cut to higher education.<p>“To paraphrase her, she told me I was acting entitled …

Higher Education

The twisted morality of climate denial: How religion and American exceptionalism are undermining our future

<b>James Inhofe (C-Span)</b><p>Despite overwhelming scientific consensus, Americans remain split on climate change. Here’s why<p>Edward L. Rubin<p>March 8, 2015 4:00pm (UTC)<p>James Inhofe, the senior Republican senator from Oklahoma and author of "The Great Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your …

Climate

Earliest reference describes Christ as 'magician' - Technology & science - Science - DiscoveryNews.com | NBC News

A team of scientists led by renowned French marine archaeologist Franck Goddio recently announced that they have found a bowl, dating to between the late 2nd century B.C. and the early 1st century A.D., that is engraved with what they believe could be the world's first known reference to Christ.<p>If …

Noted Physics Prodigy Homer Simpson May Have Predicted The Mass Of The Higgs Boson Particle In 1998

In that <i>The Simpsons</i> is nearing 600 episodes, 73,000 guest stars, and their 27th season, it isn’t necessarily surprising that a bit of ground breaking scientific discovery made it into an episode — at a certain point, everything and everyone will be Simpsonized — but it’s still pretty neat.<p>According …

Why the right hates American history

<b>(White House Historical Association)</b><p>Thomas Jefferson knew that education is vital to a functioning Democratic Republic. Conservatives have other ideas<p>Thom Hartmann<p>February 26, 2015 7:25pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>Sure, the war on education helps Republican lawmakers destroy …

Rights & Freedoms

Liquid Media: Hawaii Design and Marketing

Our servers are hosted and maintained by Liquid Web. Hosting costs are billed anually at in the first week of the year, we like to keep it simple, …

Web Servers

What speaking two languages does to the brain

There is increasing evidence that bilingualism can affect how the brain works. Older, lifelong bilinguals have demonstrated better cognitive skills …

The secret philosophy of language: Searching for the origins of human thought

<b>(Wikimedia)</b><p>Since the time of Socrates and Plato, humans have pondered the origin of our words. Now we’re closer to an answer<p>Daniel Cloud<p>January 11, 2015 11:58am (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “The Domestication of Language”<p>How did all the various things in the world get their names?<p>And out of the ground the …

Why is the financial industry so afraid of this man?

<b>(Reuters/Natalie Behring/Ana Martinez/Keith Bedford)</b><p>Joseph Stiglitz has won a Nobel Prize for economics. So why has he apparently been blacklisted by regulators?<p>Sean McElwee • Lenore Palladino<p>January 11, 2015 11:59am (UTC)<p>If the government were creating a new panel to advise on financial …

Administrative Law

Could Our Own Fear Of Death Be Affecting The Way We Treat Animals?

With shelter euthanasia rates going down, major companies moving toward more humanely-produced food, and the prospect of legal "personhood" for primates being litigated in court, you might have thought things were going pretty well for animals.<p>But authors of a new paper would disagree.<p>"There's …

The Holocaust film that was too shocking to show

Photograph: Peter Stackpole/The Life Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>Alfred Hitchcock in 1939.<p>276<p>http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2015/1/9/1420820797055/6aee9df2-2852-4f84-8d63-4d864a601c28-460x276.jpeg<p>460<p>Photograph: Peter Stackpole/The Life Picture Collection/Getty …

New Theory Suggests That We Live In The Past Of A Parallel Universe

Whether through Newton's gravitation, Maxwell's electrodynamics, Einstein's special and general relativity or quantum mechanics, all the equations that best describe our universe work perfectly if time flows forward or backward.<p>Of course the world we experience is entirely different. The universe …

Dark Matter

SpaceX Plan to Send Astronauts to Space Station Gets NASA's OK

SpaceX's Dragon capsule is one step closer to flying astronauts to and from the International Space Station.<p>SpaceX has passed NASA's "certification baseline review," which required the California-based company to outline exactly how it plans to ferry crews to and from the orbiting lab using the …

Rep. Kevin Yoder Claims Spurring More Risky Bets Will Make Banking Safer

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-Kan.) has finally chosen to defend his role in passing a bill to subsidize Wall Street derivatives trades after going politically MIA when the issue exploded in mid-December.<p>The controversial measure eliminated a key rule from the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform …

The NYPD’s mini-rebellion, and the true face of American fascism

<b>Patrick Lynch (AP/John Minchillo/Salon)</b><p>The NYC cop crisis taps into a vein of authoritarian longing — but the real risk of fascism may be harder to see<p>Andrew O'Hehir<p>January 3, 2015 5:01pm (UTC)<p>In 1935, with Hitler and Mussolini forging a historic alliance in Europe and the world sliding toward war, …

Political Science

Horrible Histories blamed for 'dumbed down' textbooks

An education expert accused the popular series of encouraging youngsters “not to think about the past but to laugh at it”<p>Schoolchildren are being fed a dumbed down version of the past by “cartoonish” schoolbooks inspired by the Horrible Histories series, an education expert has warned.<p>Robert Peal, …

10 Energy Breakthroughs of 2014 That Could Change Your Life

Hoverboards aside, 10 technologies debuted to save energy—and the planet.<p><b>From a new kind of light bulb to a carbon-removing power plant, a dazzling array of new technologies debuted this year that promise to save energy and help fight global warming.</b><p>They're not just gee-whiz hoverboards—levitating …

Our scary new Congress: Meet 5 Tea Party extremists taking office this month

<b>Jody Hice, Cory Gardner, Joni Ernst (AP/John Amis/Brennan Linsley/Charlie Neibergall)</b><p>These five hard-right Republicans promise to make the 114th Congress a spectacularly awful one<p>Luke Brinker<p>January 2, 2015 3:00pm (UTC)<p>Come next week, a few of Congress' most notorious Tea Partyers will no longer be …

Tea Party

Exposing the charter school lie: Michelle Rhee, Louis C.K. and the year phony education reform revealed its true colors

<b>Arne Duncan, Louis CK, Michelle Rhee (AP/Jacquelyn Martin/Mary Altaffer/FX)</b><p>Charter schools promised new education innovations. Instead, they produced scam after new scam<p>Jeff Bryant<p>January 1, 2015 12:00pm (UTC)<p>Since it’s the time of the year when newspapers, websites and television talk shows scan …

Education

Corporate America’s 5 most despicable acts of 2014

<b>(Shutterstock)</b><p>Sony wasn’t the only multinational to embarrass itself. Who can forget Comcast’s nightmare customer service?<p>Lynn Stuart Parramore<p>December 30, 2014 1:00pm (UTC)<p>This article originally appeared on AlterNet.<p>It’s that time of year, when we look back over the past 12 months to remember …