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Top 10 family adventure holidays in Europe

These family-friendly adventure holidays answer the call of the wild – but are perfectly doable for a wide range of ages<p>Top 10 UK hostels, cabins and farmstays for families<p>Cycling, Austrian Tyrol<p>With dramatic mountains all around, this self-guided cycling holiday with Saddle Skedaddle starting in …

Top 10

What Is Your Mindfulness Personality Type?

If you told me that I had the personality of a sea slug, would I fire you for insulting me, or would I promote you to head of marketing because you demonstrated that you really know how humans think and behave?<p>Single celled organisms like protozoa have simple, binary mechanisms for survival: they …

Mindfulness

Look out for your mental health before joining mindfulness bandwagon

The practice is as mainstream as yoga and pilates – but the lack of regulations or minimum requirements for trainers can be dangerous<p>Richard Pierson, co-founder of the Headspace app, became interested in mindfulness when searching for a way to overcome his crippling anxiety. “I couldn’t go outside …

Mindfulness

Shape Your Thoughts to Shape the Life You Want

<i>by Susi Amendola</i><p>Sitting quietly, I hear the sound of chimes that mark the end my meditation session. As I open my eyes, I say a phrase to myself without uttering a sound. "May joy fill my heart and may peace fill my life." I say it several times as if it were a mantra or a prayer. I let the feeling …

Meditation

Liquid water elsewhere in our solar system?

If so, where are we likely to find it? Could we ever get to it? Would we be able to drink it? A planetary geoscientist explains.<p>Science fiction …

Look Up! There’s an Invisible Zombie Highway Right Above You

Step outside on a clear day this summer and look up.<p>What do you see? Blue. Nothing more. Or so you think.<p>But surprise! In July and August, an enormous herd of animals is passing directly over our heads. There are so many creatures up there, creatures that are so busy, so athletic, so tiny, so …

11 Important Things You Should Know About Yourself

Do you go through life accepting things as they are? You try to get through one day at a time never really knowing what’s beyond that, you just don’t …

Why the science manuscript must also have literary merit

Quoting poetry in a science paper does not add to its research, but as the Wellcome Trust book prize reveals, our dry format benefits from well-written ways to gain wider readership<p>The manuscript is the currency of science. It is the point of conclusion, the quantitative, accepted measure of …

Science

Scandals prompt return to peer review and reproducible experiments

High-profile fraud has galvanised scientists to urge a return to a crucial element of the scientific method<p>Diederik Stapel, a professor of social psychology in the Netherlands, had been a rock-star scientist – regularly appearing on television and publishing in top journals. Among his striking …

Science

Futuristic Wind Turbines Take the Form of Sleek Minimalist Trees

The <i>Wind Tree</i>, developed by the French <i>New Wind</i> group, is a prototype battery of small wind turbines in the form of a minimalist tree that seamlessly blends in with urban environments. Standing 26 feet tall, plastic pods resembling leaves, with miniature turbine blades inside, hang from the tree's …

Renewable Energy

Record Drought Reveals Stunning Changes Along Colorado River

Lake Powell is at historic lows, offering kayakers new channels to explore but raising the alarm about water.<p>LAKE POWELL, Utah—In early September, at the abandoned Piute Farms marina on a remote edge of southern Utah's Navajo reservation, we watched a ten-foot (three-meter) waterfall plunging off …

Blessed or Cursed? Child Prodigies Reveal All

Are child prodigies genuinely gifted? And, if they are, do they become even more gifted as time goes on? We track the fortunes of a clutch of child …

Tiny Batteries Could Revolutionize Green Energy

Nanotechnology could dramatically improve energy storage for electronics, cars, and buildings.<p><b>Tiny is big in the quest to build batteries that store more energy for cars, buildings, and personal electronics.</b><p><b>Nanosize batteries that are 80,000 times thinner than a human hair represent a promising new</b> …

Meet 5 "Zombie" Parasites That Mind-Control Their Hosts

Hairworms turn crickets suicidal, wasps make spiders spin their last web, and more.<p>Zombies may still be a thing of fiction, but some parasites more or less turn their hosts into the walking dead.<p>These masters of mind control manipulate their hosts from within, causing them to act in …

Ice loss sends Alaskan temperatures soaring by 7C

Scientists analysing more than three decades of weather data for the northern Alaskan outpost of Barrow have linked 7C rise to the decline in Arctic sea ice, reports Climate News Network<p>If you doubt that parts of the planet really are warming, talk to residents of Barrow, the Alaskan town that is …

Why It's Awesome These Scientists Failed To Replicate Their Research

Sarah Brown-Schmidt and Sid Horton published results damaging their earlier work. And their peers are praising them for it.<p>Science chases progress. Researchers live under pressure from grant agencies, their peers, and the public to produce exciting results. New finds make headlines; checking old …

Science

Six new ways to teach children more effectively

Six groundbreaking new projects will aim to discover how neuroscience can help pupils learn more effectively in the classroom. Here are the experiments:<p><b>Learning Counterintutive Concepts, Birkbeck University of London</b><p>Around 9,000 pupils across 100 primary schools in London, the North West and the …

Previous Sex Partners' Semen Can Influence Fly Offspring

So far, the phenomenon has only been seen in flies, but it’s possible it could be happening in other animals.<p>Even after a breakup, past boyfriends can still have a hold over your future relationships (usually by providing a negative point of comparison). But for some types of flies, ex-lovers can …

Biology

Plastic Microparticles Found In Beers

Pollution shows up at the pub.<p>Beer lovers: there may be more to your brew than dazzling citrus overtones or a subtle chocolatey aroma.<p>The authors of a new study went to a local supermarket in Germany and picked up 24 brands of beer, including the 10 most popular in the country. In the lab, they …

12 Common Lies Mentally Strong People Don’t Believe

<i>“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.”<br>―Albert Camus</i><p>We live in turbulent times. There are fewer …

New Research Confirms Multiple Benefits of Yoga on Your Body and Mind

By: Dr. Mercola, Guest | Exercise is one of the most important factors for optimal health, and there are countless ways to get your exercise each …

Study: Zen Meditation Really Does Clear the Mind

The seemingly nonsensical Zen practice of "thinking about not thinking" could help free the mind of distractions, new brain scans reveal.<p>This …

Meditation

Manmade or natural, tasty or toxic, they're all chemicals …

The terms 'chemical' and 'poison' have become interchangeable in the popular consciousness and as a result the whole subject of chemistry has become tainted with unpleasant connotations<p>Chemicals are bad, right? Otherwise why would so many purveyors of all things healthy proudly proclaim their …

Scientists can trace your ancestors to within 30 miles using DNA

You might know where your forebears lived a few generations prior, but how about the exact village they came from -- <i>1,000 years</i> ago? Thanks to DNA sequencing, it's now possible to find that out in many cases according to researchers from the University of Sheffield in the UK. The aptly-named GPS or …

Using Pen And Paper, Not Laptops, Boosts Your Memory

Note-taking using pen and paper has quickly become obsolete, at least in college classrooms. In the digital age, using laptops, or “notebooks,” to …

7 Ways to Clear Your Mind of Negative Thoughts

Negative thinking can be a habit of mind. Thoughts sink in and linger there until you take action to get rid of them.<p>When you first start thinking …

Self-help

Serenity Now: Clear Your Tabs, Clear Your Mind (With One Glorious Click)

The Chrome extension for the overly tabbed<p>Is your computer running at a turtle's pace because you have just way too many tabs open? Can you not see the Gchat alert blinking because your tab has been compressed to the size of pinky toenail? Does it sometimes feel like your brain has too many tabs …