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10 Psychological Studies That Will Change What You Think You Know About Yourself

Why do we do the things we do? Despite our best attempts to "know thyself," the truth is that we often know astonishingly little about our own minds, and even less about the way others think. As Charles Dickens once put it, “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted …

The Psychology of Getting Unstuck: How to Overcome the “OK Plateau” of Performance & Personal Growth

<i>“Any sequence of mental action which has been frequently repeated tends to perpetuate itself,”</i> William James wrote in his influential meditation on habit, <i>”so that we find ourselves automatically prompted to think, feel, or do what we have been before accustomed to think, feel, or do, under like</i> …

7 Not Safe For Life Photos That Will Convince You Never To Try The Horror Drug Krokodil

<b>Krokodil: A great drug to use if you want a grossly realistic costume for Halloween -- and then to die.</b><p><i>(GRAPHIC WARNING: The photos below are extremely disturbing, much like this drug.)</i><p>The extremely dangerous drug that is three times more addictive than heroin has finally made its way from Russia …

Pristine "Islands in the Sky" Are Window on Evolution

Into the Mind: Ski Film Director Dave Mossop on Fear, Happiness, Mortality

Adventure<p>Only at the San Sebastián film festival can the director of a ski film sit down for an interview in a hotel lobby directly in between Oliver Stone and Diego Luna. That was where Dave Mossop found himself ahead of the world premiere of his latest visual feast, <i>Into the Mind</i>. Coming hot off …

Water Wars: Egyptians Condemn Ethiopia's Nile Dam Project

As the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam takes shape, tempers rise.<p><b>"Ethiopia is killing us," taxi driver Ahmed Hossam said, as he picked his way through Cairo's notoriously traffic-clogged streets. "If they build this dam, there will be no Nile. If there's no Nile, then there's no Egypt."</b><p>Projects on …

Rangewide Conservation Program for Cheetah and Wild Dog

Changing Planet<p>When it comes to space, both the African wild dog and the cheetah should be classed as “very needy,” and to add to this they almost always occur at low density. And therein lies one of the greatest challenges for their conservation: viable populations are rarely found exclusively …

Patagonian Corals Expedition 2013: Peering Into the Darkness

Having found a drysuit that fits me well enough not to leak, we’ve moved on fast and furious from the technical issues of day 1. In fact this morning (Saturday 21st) is the first morning we’ve had a few hours to take stock of samples, catch up on dive and expedition logs and look through the …

4 Weird Legless Lizard Species Found

<b>Four new species of legless lizard have been hiding in plain sight in gritty parts of southern California, including a railroad track, vacant city lots, oilfields, and even an airport runway, a new study says.</b><p>Researchers don’t know much about the unusual reptiles—which can grow up to 8 inches (20 …

Bullying Under Attack – book review | @GrrlScientist

Although I hope a day comes when such a book will not be necessary, this one should be required reading for school officials, parents and students<p>"Sticks and stones will break my bones<br>But words will never harm me."<p>Despite the assurances of this old schoolyard verse, the truth is that words <i>do</i> cause …

New High-Tech Laboratory in Kazakhstan to Fight Plague Outbreaks

$102 million biosecurity facility will open in 2015.<p><b>In a dusty suburb near Almaty, Kazakhstan, where the Soviet-era buildings still hint at a different time, a slice of high-tech modernity has arrived—in the form of a $102 million biosecurity laboratory.</b><p>The Central Reference Laboratory (CRL) will …

New Plant and Insect Species Found in Tepui Paradise

<i>Andrew Short is a National Geographic Grantee and assistant professor of
 Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. An entomologist by training, Short is currently in Suriname, South America searching for aquatic insects to study patterns of freshwater biodiversity that will</i> …

Typhoon, Hurricane, Cyclone: What's the Difference?

Hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons are all the same weather phenomenon.<p>Typhoon Lan has left over nintey injured and three dead after making landfall in Shizouka, Japan in late October 2017.<p>If you've never lived in Asia, you might be wondering what it feels like to experience a typhoon. But if …

Island Hopping by Traditional Dhow in Mozambique

Skimming across the ocean in a traditional dhow on our way to a desert island felt like living out a castaway fantasy. Dhows are a common sight on the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, where the seafaring vessels have been used for centuries to ship goods and slaves across the sea. These days, …

Fomalhaut had first visible exoplanet

How to see the star Fomalhaut in your sky and a word about Fomalhaut b, the first planet beyond our solar system visible to the eye in photographic …

How to trek to Everest Base Camp

Mount Everest has captivated intrepid men and women since the 1920s. The exploits of legends such as George Mallory, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay put the mighty mountain on the map; thousands have followed, making huge sacrifices – many with their lives – in their own attempts to the …

New Brain Scans For Alzheimer's May Mean Earlier Diagnosis

After a number of major letdowns in Alzheimer’s research in recent years, a promising new study reports that PET imaging may have the capacity not only to diagnose the disease in a living person, but also to track its progression. Many diagnostic methods have targeted amyloid-beta, and with good …

Goodbye Big Bang, Hello Black Hole? A New Theory Of The Universe's Creation

Could the famed “Big Bang” theory need a revision? A group of theoretical physicists suppose the birth of the universe could have happened after a …