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Is everything you think you know about depression wrong?

Johann Hari took antidepressants for 14 years until a shocking realisation – the drugs don’t work. In this extract from his new book, he calls for a new approach<p>• Johann Hari Q&A: ‘I was afraid to dismantle the story about depression and anxiety’<p>In the 1970s, a truth was accidentally discovered …

São Paulo

USA Today just ran the most anti-Trump editorial of the year

“Rock bottom is no impediment for a new president who can always find room for a new low.”<p>USA Today’s editorial board had some scathing words on President Donald Trump Tuesday: He is a “uniquely awful” figure whose “sickening behavior is corrosive to the enterprise of a shared governance based on …

Music only helps you concentrate if you’re doing the right kind of task

If the task requires creativity or mental rotation, music can increase performance.<p>Many of us listen to music while we work, thinking that it will help us to concentrate on the task at hand. And in fact, recent research has found that music can have beneficial effects on creativity. When it comes …

We may finally understand the speed of gravity

Advent of Astronomy<p>The ability to detect gravitational waves is rapidly propelling us into a new era of both astronomy and physics. New instruments …

7 things science says predict divorce

No one can say with 100% certainty that a couple is heading for disaster.<p>But social scientists have gotten pretty good at predicting who's <i>most likely</i> to wind up there. These couples share certain commonalities — in the way they fight and the way they describe their relationship, but also in their …

Psychology

The Top 10: Scottish Words

Bonus edition this week, a Top 20 because there are so many good Scottish words – and even more nominations that didn’t make it. This list was …

A neuroscientist who studies decision-making reveals the 6 most important choices you can make

Turns out, humans are pretty lousy decision-makers. We fall victim to bias, let emotions cloud our judgment, and tire of making choices pretty quickly.<p>But Cerf has also learned that making a handful of really smart choices at the right moment can eliminate the need to make hundreds of smaller, …

Self-improvement

To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Voyager missions, NASA made these stunning, free posters

The US spacecrafts Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 were launched 16 days apart in August and September of 1977. Both the missions took advantage of a once-in-175-year alignment of planets that allowed between them to visit all the gaseous planets of the solar system.<p>PBS last month released a documentary to …

Space

How Scottish history inspired Game of Thrones

THE Iron Throne is to be given a tartan trim. The Scottish inspiration behind Game of Thrones, the best-selling series of fantasy novels adapted into …

The One Supplement You Need to Prevent Fine Lines, According to a Dermatologist

Wrinkles are our biggest foe as we hit our mid-20s. Fine lines form where smooth, crease-free skin once existed. These new skin residents ignite a …

Skin Care

7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2016

There’s no shortage of misinformation in the world — particularly around health and science topics.<p>Sometimes that’s just because the research can be a little contradictory (nutrition, for instance, is famously hard to study). Sometimes that’s because there are quacks or vested interests trying to …

Want to Be a Better Dad in 2017? Science Says Do This

Truly great dads have these traits.<p>Many dads will set out to be better fathers in 2017 than they were in 2016. However, sometimes the parenting resources for dads are lacking, and they're left guessing as to how to improve.<p>All the studies show that the influence fathers have in the lives of their …

Parenting

3 Simple Steps to Mastering Any New Subject, According to a Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist

Learn anything faster using the Feynman Technique.<p>As we get older, learning something new becomes more complex, tedious, and time-consuming than …

How the Enormous Field of Physics All Fits Together

Physics has a bit of an image problem. To some, it’s a fascinating and diverse field of study. To others, it’s a trigger word for math anxiety, or an …

Humans Are So Insignificant When the History of the Earth Is Laid Out on a Football Field

Humanity gets served up a nice slice of humble pie in this NPR video that lays out the history of our planet on a football field. Even in a giant …

We're Probably Imagining Aliens Wrong

Humans have always had the impulse to cast alien life in our image, says British science writer Philip Ball. It’s a tendency that goes back centuries, and has only been propagated by modern science fiction. In this video by Adam D'Arpino for Aeon, Bell argues that this tendency could actually be …

Paranormal

When Was the First Light in the Universe?

The speed of light gives us an amazing tool for studying the Universe. Because light only travels a mere 300,000 kilometers per second, when we see …

According to Neuroscience, These Are the 10 Most Relaxing Songs Ever

Sure to both stir your soul and calm your nervous system.<p>Everyone knows they need to manage their stress. When things get difficult at work, school, or in your personal life, you can use as many tips, tricks, and techniques as you can get to calm your nerves.<p>So here's a science-backed one: make a …

No, The Universe Is Not Expanding at an Accelerated Rate, Say Physicists

This could change everything.<p>Back in 2011, three astronomers were awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery that the Universe wasn't …

How to Learn Something and Actually Retain It

<i>This article is part of</i> Tools of the Trade<i>, a weekly series in which a variety of experts share actionable tips for achieving fast and effective</i> …

Learning

When Inspirational Quotes Don’t Cut It: 3 Scientific Motivational Principles to Reach Big Goals (Without the Clichés)

<i>We all love a clever quote. But when it comes to long-term, daunting, unsavory goals, we need more than a flash-in-the-pan heartstring tug to keep us</i> …

The Top Six Dinosaur Myths, Debunked

We've all believed at least one of these...<p>When the first dinosaur bone was described in 1676, it was thought to come from an elephant or perhaps a …

WATCH: This Simple Triangle Will Change The Way You Think About Maths Forever

Because logarithmic notation is bad.<p>Okay, let's get something straight right off the bat - logarithmic notation in maths is bad and doesn't make a …

16 accidental inventions that changed the world

Other stumble upon a brilliant innovation purely by luck.<p>We should all be grateful that the universe gifted us with these world-changing, accidental inventions.<p><i>Alyson Kreuger and Drake Baer contributed additional research to this article.</i>

Culinary Arts

How to Keep Your Brain Young and Healthy

Learn how mindfulness can protect your brain from aging, make you more productive, and improve your overall happiness.<p>The death of Muhammad Ali is a somber reminder of what can happen when we take our neurological health for granted. A magical and iconic figure, Ali, the most eloquent of pugilists, …

Britain's crumbling colonial heritage laid bare in shocking pictures

From former colonial splendours of the Raj to whaling stations in the South Atlantic, they are far-flung and fast crumbling outposts of Britain’s centuries-old overseas heritage.<p>The dilapidated and decaying legacies range from mansions and parks that were the pride of imperial India and Burma to …

Here's the Memory Trick That Science Says Works

If the brain could brag that’s pretty much all it would do. It’s easily the most complicated organ in your body, and, more than that, the nimblest …

The 50 Best Movies On Netflix UK

Ever sat down for a nice pleasant evening of Netflix-and-chilling – only to buckle under the pressure of choice? Fear not! Your friends at <i>Empire</i> have …