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Scientists Have Found the Brain Cells that Tell You When to Stop Drinking

Science is finally starting to grasp why the human brain, which is designed to protect us from making stupid decisions, continues to whisper “one more,” when we are already in the throes of hardcore drinking.<p>"One more, just one more," the little voice tells you. You're out boozing and you hit that …

Modern Day Pharisees Make Jesus an Idol

My last HuffPost piece, Refrocked and Ready: Franklyn Schaefer, LGBTQ Faith Hero, provoked debate on a Facebook Christian Blogger group, which isn't much of a surprise. A goodly number of Christians refuse to include the handful of scriptures which mention same sex behaviors in the huge batch of …

Is It Dangerous to Drink Too Much Green Tea?

Coffee’s competition boasts tons of health perks—but you do need to sip wisely.<p>If you’ve ever worried that you’re a slave to Starbucks, you’ve likely considered going green.<p>And why not? Research suggests that—thanks to good-for-you antioxidants called catechins—green tea boasts a slew of health …

This Week’s Night Sky: New Year’s Comet and a Meteor Shower

Try out a new telescope or binoculars with these celestial sights.<p><b>Lion’s Heart and Luna.</b> In the morning twilight of Tuesday, December 29, look toward the western sky for the bright waning gibbous moon hanging below the constellation Leo, the celestial lion.<p>To the upper left of the moon is Leo’s …

The Religious Fundamentalists Are Losing

Terrorists and hardliners may grab the headlines, but overall the world’s faithful are becoming more open-minded and liberal, not less.<p>This past …

Sapiens: Can Humans Overcome Suffering and Find True Happiness?

Can history offer us clues on happiness? Yes, argues Yuval Noah Harari, if we're willing to listen.<br>Read More

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Psychedelics, Consciousness, and the Birth of Civilization

I’ve been very lucky; I feel I’ve been blessed; I’ve lived a blessed life. I’m grateful to the universe for giving me the chance to live this …

Does low-alcohol wine taste better than stronger bottles?

New research shows that we react more positively to weaker wines<p>You might think that the stronger a wine, the more intense it tastes, but according to Spanish researchers, it's actually weaker wines that have the best flavour.<p>Neuroscientist Ram Frost and his colleagues from the Basque Centre of …

Apple's iPhones Have Better Availability In Just Launched Countries

Every few days I have been tracking the lead-times for Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus similar to what I did starting with the iPhone 4S. I do this via Apple’s websites, Verizon AT&T and Sprint and three Vodafone sites and have created a Google Doc to keep track of all my lead-time observations. …