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What Can Make You Happier, Increase Your Attention Span and Even Make You More Courageous?

Meditation.<p>I listed it as one of the 10 things should you do every day to improve your life. It can boost happiness.<p>Via Shawn Achor’s The Happiness …

Mindfulness

9 Signs an Employee Deserves a Promotion (Which Never Appear on Performance Evaluations)

If you want to get promoted, think more than skills, qualifications, and experience. The most promotable employees also have the right attitude -- and the right outlook on individual and team performance.<p>Along with, "How do I get a raise?" one of the most common questions that even exceptional …

Self-improvement

18 Bad Sleeping Habits To Break Now

From the editors of Cosmpolitan.com, correct these common sleeping mistakes for a better night's rest.<p>Even if you eat kale and exercise and somehow resist the office cupcakes, it won't matter much if you don't get a decent amount of sleep. Your body and mind desperately needs rest to function …

How to Parent like the Japanese Do

About a year after I moved to Tokyo with my husband and two boys, my 6-year-old vanished off the street. No, he wasn’t snatched, and he didn’t fall …

Japan

“There is just no such thing as God”: A physicist searches for meaning in the natural world

Why are we here? What is our purpose? Only science holds the answers, argues “The Big Picture” author Sean Carroll<p>Clara Moskowitz<p>May 12, 2016 9:45am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>It is time to face reality, California Institute of Technology theoretical physicist …

Statistics

11 TED Talks to watch when you're feeling totally burned out

If this sounds like you, odds are you're burned out.<p>Burnout isn't just the greatest challenge to the global health system or a drain on the American workplace — it's wreaking havoc on your well-being.<p>But with the help of TED's expansive online library of presentations, you can quickly learn what …

15 Chrome Extensions that will boost your productivity

Chrome extensions brought a lot of innovation into the browser market, every Chrome user knows and loves at least a few. Very often, you know what …

My atheist search for God: We’re debating science and religion all wrong

I’m not interested in believing in God. My God has to exist, like matter and gravity. Here’s what I found<p>For most of my life, a God that was “real” seemed a contradiction in terms. Every idea of God I had ever encountered seemed either physically impossible or so vague as to be empty. I was an …

Warp Drive & Transporters: How 'Star Trek' Technology Works (Infographic)

The original "Star Trek" television series featured technology that had first appeared decades earlier in science fiction stories. Pulp heroes had …

Children Internalize Parents' Guilt About Screen Time

My nine-year-old son’s teacher told me that when they talked about New Year’s resolutions in school he announced that he wanted to play less video games this year. Many parents would be thrilled. I’m not. His misplaced guilt and repentance troubles me.<p>Why does he want to play less video games? …

Parenting

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson angers Christians with Christmas tweet

Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson sparked an Internet supernova on Christmas Day when he took to Twitter to troll Christians.<p>"On this day long ago, a child was born who, by age 30, would transform the world," the "Cosmos" host tweeted Thursday. "Happy Birthday Isaac Newton b. Dec 25, 1642."<p>The …

These 5 Things Will Make You Smarter

<b>1) Get rid of the distractions</b><p>You can’t multitask.<p>Via Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School:<p>To put it …

University of London

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Women's desire for sex is complicated, not strictly hormonal, study finds

What makes a woman want to have sex isn't totally hormonal, as it can be with men.<p>Instead, women need a lot more to be turned on, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.<p>"Women's interest in sex is extremely complicated," said Dr. John Randolph, a …

Peak Water: United States Water Use Drops to Lowest Level in 40 Years

The most important trend in the use of water is the slowly unfolding story of peak water in the United States and elsewhere. Data on US water use are compiled every five years by the US Geological Survey, covering every state and every sector of the economy. The latest data -- for 2010 -- have just …

If the moon were only 1 pixel: an interactive guide that’ll show you how big space is

Finally, we can comprehend the vastness of space, thanks to something as small as a pixel. ‘If The Moon Were Only 1 Pixel’, is an interactive guide …

Students Who Turn in Work at the Last Minute Get Worse Grades, Study Finds

Procrastinators, you’ve been warned — a new study suggests that students who turn in homework at the last minute get worse grades.<p>Two professors at …

Research

An Amazing Smartphone App Just Saved A Baby's Life

As local TV station KXLY reports, it began at a store called Empire Dance Shop. A clerk was alerted about a baby "turning blue." She is actually a former lifeguard so she lept into action and started doing rescue breathing on the baby after calling 911.<p>That's when the magic happened.<p>A mechanic …

Growing up poor erodes a sense of control over life well into adulthood, study finds

More than a half century after Stanford University’s landmark marshmallow test, in which children who managed to defer the pleasure of eating a candy for a few minutes were rewarded with two, self-control is still said to be the key to success. And current educational thinking exalts the value of …

Psychology