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Harmony Space wins top prize at MIT Hacking Arts for music learning app that feels like Pokémon GO

In Boston this weekend, software developers, hardware engineers, artists and entrepreneurs gathered for the Hacking Arts 2016 conference and hackathon at MIT.<p>Of twelve finalists, the following teams took top honors.<p>Best All-Around Hack: Harmony Space<br>• Best All-Around Hack, First Runner-Up: Revive<br>• Best …

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Dharma Parenting

Each child is born with his or her own personality, talents, likes and dislikes. How can parents create and maintain family flow and unity while respecting and caring for children who sometimes have wildly different needs?<p>A new book, <i>Dharma Parenting</i>, by Dr. Robert Keith Wallace and Dr. Fred Travis, …

Google's 'DeepMind' AI platform can now learn without human input

DeepMind is now capable of teaching itself based on information it already possesses.<p>In a significant step forward for artificial intelligence, Alphabet’s hybrid system — called a Differential Neural Computer (DNC) — uses the existing data storage capacity of conventional computers while pairing it …

Doctors Can Predict If Antidepressants Will Work For You

Antidepressants can be very effective in treating depression, but the drugs are often a hit or miss; of the 10% of Americans diagnosed with …

The Brain-Gut Connection

If you’ve ever “gone with your gut” to make a decision or felt “butterflies in your stomach” when nervous, you’re likely getting signals from an …

Scientists Set a New Distance Record for Quantum Teleportation

We're another step closer to an "unhackable" internet.<p>Scientists have teleported the quantum state of a light particle over six kilometers (roughly 3.7 miles), setting a new distance record for quantum teleportation—and taking another step towards creating an internet that's secure from hacking …

Watching sad films boosts endorphin levels in your brain, psychologists say

Traumatic films may boost pain tolerance and feelings of group bonding by increasing levels of feel-good chemicals produced by the brain, study reveals<p>Tyrannosaur, Breaking the Waves and Schindler’s List might make you reach for the tissues, but psychologists say they have found a reason why …

Microsoft will 'solve' cancer within 10 years by 'reprogramming' diseased cells

Microsoft has vowed to “solve the problem of cancer” within a decade by using ground-breaking computer science to crack the code of diseased cells so they can be reprogrammed back to a healthy state.<p>In a dramatic change of direction for the technology giant, the company has assembled a “small army” …

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The 20 best new TV shows this fall you need to watch

There are remakes like Fox's "Lethal Weapon" and "The Exorcist." There are spins on what worked last year, such as true-crime docuseries like CBS's "The Case of: JonBenét Ramsey." Or quirky niche comedy like FX's "Atlanta."<p>We've watched all the premiere episodes made available to press or we've …

Take the Pledge: No More Indulging Porn

Anthony Weiner isn’t alone. We need an honest dialogue on the dangers of pornography.<p>If anyone still had doubts about the addictive dangers of pornography, Anthony Weiner should have put paid to them with his repeated, self-sabotaging sexting.<p>And if anyone still doubted the devastation that porn …

Report: Google is turning Waze into a ride-sharing platform

According to the <i>Wall Street Journal</i>, Google is planning to launch a carpool-based ride-sharing service using Waze in the Bay Area. The new feature would connect drivers and potential passengers going along the same route via the navigation app.<p>The new Waze Commute will launch this fall and unlike …

7 foods to reset your body

We’ve all been in that dark place. You know, the place where everything about your lifestyle is anti-wellness. Your eyes are bleary from not sleeping well and your hands are shaky from trying to combat that with too much caffeine, your belly is bloated and your fingers puffy from products that are …

An MIT Scientist Claims That This Pill Is the Fountain of Youth

I recently received in the mail a small cardboard box, solidly constructed and colored a subtle metallic gray, from the future. ELYSIUM HEALTH was …

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3-Week Plan To Help Eliminate Sugar From Your Diet

Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to …

Your Eyes Are a Window Into the Inner Workings of Your Brain

Every morning, I wake up hoping there will be breaking news that helps us better understand the inner workings of the cerebellum (Latin for "little …

The Brain

7 Foods That Pack More Iron Than a Serving of Red Meat

Because you can't live purely on hamburgers.<p>Sure, you might pump iron at the gym. But that’s not the only kind of iron your bod needs. Iron helps your red blood cells carry oxygen throughout your body, while also supporting immune function and cognitive performance, according to Lauren …

Why Is Suicide On The Rise In Women — & What Can We Do About It?

<i>This story was originally published on Jul. 19, 2016.</i><br>Several months ago, a woman I’m very close to checked herself into a hospital because she’d been …

A Better Kind of Happiness

Nearly two and a half millennia ago, Aristotle triggered a revolution in happiness. At the time, Greek philosophers were trying hard to define precisely what this state of being was. Some contended that it sprang from hedonism, the pursuit of sensual pleasure. Others argued from the perspective of …

This Neuroscience Hack Can Make You Unstoppable

Because your brain recreates your memories, you can train it to automatically create memories that propel you forward.<p>Successful people always find ways to manage their emotions and thoughts. Steve Jobs, for example, used mindfulness meditation to remain centered and focused. Many CEOs have …

6 research-backed secrets to permanently changing your habits

We all want to get to the gym, be more productive, be kinder to our loved ones… and then we don't do it. Why?<p>Well, building solid personal habits can be hard.<p>In fact, research shows it takes an average of 66 days to build a new good habit.<p>From Oliver Burkeman's Help! How to be slightly happier and …

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Why IQ matters more than grit

How to think about intelligence — a conversation with an IQ researcher.<p>Intelligence quotient — or IQ — can be an awkward topic.<p>As I wrote yesterday, there's a mountain of research showing that it's a genuinely powerful predictor of your health, prosperity, and well-being. But because IQ is …

Emotional Intelligence

Alzheimer's Disease May Stem From Infections

Alzheimer’s disease may be the result of byproduct that builds up in the brain when it fights infections, according to a new study.<p>The new study, if …

Become a Health and Happiness Addict

The brain uses complex patterns of nerve cell firings and chemical releases to represent sensory experiences, thoughts, feelings, attitudes, beliefs, …

Neuroscience

Sleeping With Technology: Harming Your Brain One Night at a Time

Here is an all-too-common scenario: <i>Jeff and Mary put the kids to bed and settle down for the night to watch television. Jeff has his smartphone at his bedside and keeps checking email, social media, texts and the baseball scores while Mary checks her work emails, plays Words With Friends and checks</i> …

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Personal cooling units on the horizon

Firefighters entering burning buildings, athletes competing in the broiling sun and workers in foundries may eventually be able to carry their own, …

Our brain suppresses perception related to heartbeat, for our own good: Not being aware of the pulse of our heart might prevent anxiety, scientists found

Not being aware of the pulse of our heart might prevent anxiety, scientists found<p>Researchers have discovered that the human brain suppresses the …