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Near-death experiences are 'electrical surge in dying brain'

<b>A surge of electrical activity in the brain could be responsible for the vivid experiences described by near-death survivors, scientists report.</b><p>A study carried out on dying rats found high levels of brainwaves at the point of the animals' demise.<p>US researchers said that in humans this could give …

Screw you! The psychology of anger and aggression

You can't have missed the latest Twitter debacle. Some deeply unpleasant individuals got very angry at women pursuing pro-female agendas publicly. People then got very angry at these individuals who were sending threats and at Twitter in general for not doing more to stop it. Some people then got …

Burnout Signs: The Invisible Ways Your Brain And Body Tell You They've Had Enough

<i>By Corrie Pikul</i><p>Even though you're not obviously melting down, your body and brain are trying to tell you that they've had enough.<p><b>During a quick nap, you had a crazy dream about your coworkers turning into mice wearing cardigans.</b><p>But wait (you're thinking): A short doze means I'm taking care of …

Inside Google’s culture of relentless self-surveying

When Google recently admitted that the baffling brainteasers it posed to interviewees were utterly useless at predicting which ones would make good employees, it was another example of the power of what Google calls “people analytics”—the mixing of Big Data with management science to come up with …

How Caffeine Can Cramp Creativity

Honoré de Balzac is said to have consumed the equivalent of fifty cups of coffee a day at his peak. He did not drink coffee, though—he pulverized coffee beans into a fine dust and ingested the dry powder on an empty stomach. He described the approach as “horrible, rather brutal,” to be tried only …

FYI: Could A 3-D Movie Improve Your Vision?

Maybe! Although you certainly wouldn't want to count on it.<p>Bruce Bridgeman, a psychology professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, couldn't see in three dimensions for most of his life. That was until he went to a 3-D showing of the movie <i>Hugo</i> and, amazingly, had his depth perception …

Machiavelli: Philosophy In An Hour

Niccolò Machiavelli’s name sends a shiver down the spine. More than 350 years after his death it remains almost synonymous with evil. Yet Machiavelli …

How Reading Makes Us More Human

A debate has erupted over whether reading fiction makes human beings more moral. But what if its real value consists in something even more fundamental?<p>A battle over books has erupted recently on the pages of <i>The New York Times</i> and <i>Time.</i> The opening salvo was Gregory Currie's essay, "Does Great …

This Glove Could Help Deaf-Blind People Communicate With Anyone, Anywhere

And the research behind it could change how we all interact with computers and with each other.<p>Michael Scaturro<p>On the hottest day of the summer so far in Berlin, Tom Bieling, a 32-year-old doctoral candidate, walked quickly down a corridor on the second floor of a science building mere blocks away …

My Favorite On-the-Road Apps

On recent trips, I’ve zipped around Belgium, Israel, and Ireland on foot and behind the wheel of a rented car without getting lost (okay, it happened once in awhile), all because of my phone, or what I like to call my third hand.<p>When I think back to traveling ten years ago, I can’t even imagine (or …

Our favourite images of the week

We pick the most striking photos from the past seven days – capturing Ecuador’s glacier-capped peaks, a horse festival in remote China and bungee jumping in British Columbia.

Hiking and houseboats in Sausalito

Combining the feel of a Greek fishing village and a glamorous French Riviera resort, the San Francisco suburb is home to quirky artistic communities and eucalyptus-framed views.<p>The Californian town of Sausalito often makes people feel as though they have crossed the Atlantic – even though they have …

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How to uncover closed-door restaurants when travelling

It’s like a dinner party with strangers. Closed-door restaurants, also known as underground restaurants or supper clubs, are private eateries tucked away in a chef’s home. And though they’re not widely advertised, they are often some of the most sought-after tables in town.<p>For travellers, these …

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4 Reasons to Go to Belgium

Bordered by France, Germany, and the Netherlands, little Belgium is often overlooked. Yet it manages to squeeze an amazing amount into a landmass …

How To Be An Optimist: 10 Habits That'll Help You Look On The Bright Side

It pays to have a sunny disposition.<p>Optimistic people have been shown to have healthier hearts, better stress-management tendencies and lower risk for stroke compared to their glass-half-empty-seeing counterparts.<p>Looking on the bright side is easier said than done, of course. Fortunately, there are …

Upscale Vienna

Collected by Chris Ciolli, AFAR Local Expert<p>List View<p>Map View<p>Popular Stories<p>1Air TravelThe World’s Best Travel Shoe Is a Slipper From Denmark<br>• 2Air …

Beyond the Bucket List: Opportunities for Personal Transformation

Gargoyle at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. Photo © S. Borisov.<p>When I hear the phrase “trip of a lifetime” I immediately think of THE ONE BIG TRIP, …

Italy's top attractions: taking the 'trap' out of tourist trap

Across the globe, lucky souls are packing for Italy to explore the famed marvels of ancient Rome, find romance along Venice's teal-blue canals – and well-meaning friends are still trying to talk them out of it. 'You're going where? When? But it's a tourist trap!' they gasp.<p>This popular wisdom may …

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The Best Definition of Success

<i>To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the approbation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty; To find the best in others; To give of one's self; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a</i> …

The Foundation of Love: Releasing Judgments and Expectations

<b>“Love is saying, ‘I feel differently' instead of ‘you're wrong.'” ~Unknown</b><p>We seek it, want it, need it, yet it eludes so many of us: genuine, …

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11 Moments of Zen

Many teachings from Zen-Buddhism are told in short and delightful zen stories. They are usually designed to develop the mind and to free it from …

Quiet Your Lizard Brain: Stop Feeling Pressured & Inadequate

<b>“Serenity comes when you trade expectations for acceptance.” ~Unknown</b><p>Damn lizard brain, I hate you sometimes. Why do you always have this thirst for …

6 Ways to Fall in Love with Yourself

I have been single for quite a long time now. This used to make me feel like I was a bad, or weird person. It even made me think that I was …