Alex Schmid

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Gut feelings: the future of psychiatry may be inside your stomach

Her parents were running out of hope. Their teenage daughter, Mary, had been diagnosed with a severe case of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as ADHD. They had dragged her to clinics around the country in an effort to thwart the scary, intrusive thoughts and the repetitive behaviors …

Why a Great Wave of Nostalgia Is Sweeping Through China

At the No. 8 Hot Pot Restaurant in Beijing, a school bell rings at 5:30 P.M. sharp. Diners sit at old-style wooden desks rather than tables. The menu is a multiple-choice test. Instead of waiters, there are class monitors, who respond to raised hands. Not everyone can eat here, though. The …

Yummy Confection Goes to the ‘Dark Side’ for Star Wars Weekends at Walt Disney World Resort

Just in time for <i>Star Wars</i> Weekends, this designer cupcake is back – rich chocolate-peanut butter filling and chocolate frosting with Darth Vader and …

Concept Art: Diagon Alley Officially Announced for 'The Wizarding World of Harry Potter' – /Film

We knew this was in the works for a while now, it hasn’t exactly been a secret. But today Universal Studios has officially announced that they are …

The Money Shot

The sale of Instagram to Facebook for a cool billion in the spring of 2012 was the ultimate Silicon Valley fairy tale: 18 months from launch to offer. But, for co-founder and C.E.O. Kevin Systrom, it was more of a roller-coaster ride, with several missed opportunities, at least two “aha” moments, …

Boston Bombing Facebook Post About Drones Goes Viral in Pakistan | Public Radio International

Last Friday, Micah Daigle, a Rhode Island native who now lives and works in San Francisco, was (like the rest of America) glued to the TV set and internet for news about the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Watertown, MA.<p>Daigle was, of course, relieved when he heard the news that Tsarnaev had been …

Big Fun for Little Ones at Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World Resort

When my mom and sister told me that they wanted to spend the day at Downtown Disney during their Spring Break visit, my first thought was “Yes! I can …

Expanded BoardWalk Bakery Reopens at Walt Disney World Resort Friday with New Treats

Get ready for some super new taste sensations when the BoardWalk Bakery reopens bright and early Friday morning – 6:30 a.m. to be exact.<p>“The new …

Imagineers Offer a Sneak Peek Inside Seven Dwarfs Mine Train, Princess Fairytale Hall at New Fantasyland

Who’s ready for an update on the remaining construction in New Fantasyland at Magic Kingdom Park?<p>Walt Disney Imagineering just shared a new video …

Teenage sleep patterns: Why school should start later.

"Making teens start school in the morning is ‘cruel,’ brain doctor claims." So declared a British newspaper headline in 2007 after a talk I gave at …

AT&T finally brings its Digital Life home automation service to 15 markets

AT&T has been showing off and talking about its Digital Life home automation service for the better part of a year now, but after missing its March launch target, it's finally making the service available in 15 markets this week. AT&T has been testing Digital Life in Dallas and Atlanta since last …

31 Tips For Taking The Perfect Wedding Photo

Avoid disaster and embarrassment by following these simple rules.

How a fake CIA operative engineered failed bank heists and their cover-up

When Herson Torres nervously walked into a SunTrust bank in Alexandria, VA with a note demanding money, he thought he was working deep cover for an ultra-secret government mission meant to gauge the security of Washington-area banks. Owing to a combination of inexperience and nerves, Torres never …

Valve refunds gamer uncomfortable with forced baptism in BioShock Infinite

Breen Malmberg, a self-described Christian and "devout believer," received a refund for <i>BioShock Infinite</i> after requesting one from Valve based on his objections to an unskippable scene in the game, according to an interview with Malmberg published in Kotaku.<p>Malmberg objected to an early game scene …

Archer Season 4 Sealab finale: Jon Hamm’s deadpan brilliance and an intense underwater escape make for the perfect season finale.

<i>In Slate’s</i> Archer <i>TV Club, Jeremy Stahl IMed each week with a different fan of the FX spy comedy. This week he chatted with</i> TV Guide <i>senior writer</i> …

Google has a single towering obsession: It wants to build the Star Trek computer.

I first came across Google’s interest in <i>Star Trek</i> back in the summer of 2010. A company spokesman wanted to show me the firm’s rapidly improving …

Green Bank, W.V., where the electrosensitive can escape the modern world.

You can turn your phone on in Green Bank, W.Va., but you won’t get a trace of a signal. If you hit scan on your car’s radio, it’ll cycle through the …

From touch displays to the Surface: A brief history of touchscreen technology | Ars Technica

The beginnings of capacitive, resisitive, and multitouch screens.<p>It's hard to believe that just a few decades ago, touchscreen technology could only …

Come and get it: how sperm became one of America's hottest exports

I’d been friends with Chris for years when he mentioned, casually, that he’s a father.<p>Or probably is — as a sperm donor, he has no way of knowing when a woman decides to buy what he has to offer, much less where she is, whether she actually got pregnant, or whether her pregnancy was successful. His …

Mental Floss

David's Bookclub: Private Guns, Public Health

Adam Winkler's <i>Gunfight</i> documents how the Black Panthers asserted a radical new form of gun rights: fetishizing weapons as badges of freedom, carrying …

Why Is American Politics So Religious and Divisive?

A new book says the Founding Fathers didn’t pay attention to the Gospels. Jordan Michael Smith on how politics became about Jesus.<p>On March 15, former …

Here’s Why You Hate Your Cable Company

Hate your cable TV (or satellite TV, or telco TV) company? Here’s why — and why it’s not going to change anytime soon — explained in 98 concise …

Rufus Sewell: almost famous

There was a moment in the mid-1990s when Rufus Sewell's international stardom was assured. Before his 30th birthday, he had starred in two hugely …

NASA trailer reaches crowdfunding goal, will be shown before 'Star Trek: Into Darkness'

"We are the Explorers," an Indiegogo campaign that aims to create a 30-second trailer about the US Space Program, reached its crowdfunding goal of $33,000 this morning, just five days after launching. Created by the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) of America, the campaign was inspired by a …

Where Did The Easter Bunny Come From?

The Easter Bunny is an anthropomorphic, egg-laying rabbit who sneaks into homes the night before Easter to deliver baskets full of colored eggs, toys …

Game of Thornes: Are the lands of Westeros inspired by real-life countries?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora.</i><p><b>Answer by Lucas Mund, history teacher:</b><p>Advertisement<p>I love this question! As a history lover, I can see …