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How America's Middle Class Compares to Europe's

The U.S. middle class is smaller, but richer. Still, income inequality is rising faster in Europe.<p>American pundits and politicians love to contemplate the state of the American middle class, but we rarely get a sense of how it compares to the middle classes in other countries. A new report from the …

What Freudian slips really reveal about your mind

Do our verbal stumblings unveil our unconscious desires – or are they simply an innocent glitch in the brain’s workings? BBC Future investigates.<p>It was 1988 and the then-vice president, George H. W. Bush, was on a routine visit to Idaho. He was supposed to give a dry speech on agricultural policy …

Behavioral Sciences

Netflix may soon let you download movies and shows for offline viewing

You may soon be able to download some of your favorite shows and movies from Netflix if rumors swirling around the streaming service are true.<p>Netflix …

7 qualities in men that women find attractive

Luckily for you, many scientists have wondered what women want. And they've done studies to figure it out. Here are seven traits that researchers have concluded women find irresistible.<p><i>Produced by</i> <i>Darren Weaver and Rebecca Harrington</i><p><b>Follow TI:</b>On Facebook<p><i>Sources:</i><i>Evolutionary Psychology, Journal of</i> …

Evolutionary psychology and why high school stays with us forever

For better or worse, many of us never forget high school: the unrequited romantic crushes, chronic embarrassment, desperate struggles for popularity, …

Psychologist Travis Langley on ‘Captain America vs. Iron Man: Freedom, Security, Psychology’

Psychology professor Travis Langley, PhD, is the editor of several works on popular culture and psychology, including <i>The Walking Dead Psychology:</i> …

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Schizophrenia Is 'An Illness Of The Brain': Sufferers And Their Carers Break Down Misconceptions

'Give me some dignity.'<p>Around one in every 100 people will experience schizophrenia in their lifetime, yet it continues to be one of the most …

Mental Health

These headphones mold to your exact ear shape in 60 seconds

Headphones are a major pain point for music and podcast lovers. Traditional headphones are clunky, while earbuds fall out and can't seem to stay untangled.<p>But a new kind of earbuds might just fit better than other headphones. That's because they're custom fit to your ears.<p>Revols, created by a …

Invisibilia: Is Your Personality Fixed, Or Can You Change Who You Are?

<i>Editor's note: This is an excerpt from the latest episode of the Invisibilia podcast and program, which is broadcast on participating public radio stations. This story contains language that some may find offensive.</i><p>This is the story of a prisoner who committed a horrible crime and says he's no …

Psychology

Scientists find clue to why mitochondrial DNA comes only from mom

Scientists have found a clue to why one type of DNA is passed down to children by their mothers — but not their fathers.<p>DNA inside energy-producing …

Genetics

A Protein That Moves From Muscle To Brain May Tie Exercise To Memory

Researchers have identified a substance in muscles that helps explain the connection between a fit body and a sharp mind.<p>When muscles work, they release a protein that appears to generate new cells and connections in a part of the brain that is critical to memory, a team reports Thursday in the …

The Brain

Earth - It took centuries, but we now know the size of the Universe

"Let us go rambling about the Universe." This is the invitation that American astronomer Harlow Shapley gave to an audience in Washington DC in 1920. He was taking part in the so-called Great Debate with fellow scientist Heber Curtis on the scale of the Universe.<p>Shapley believed that our Milky Way …

Universe

Scientists have detected colliding black holes for the 2nd time — and it’s going to revolutionize our perception of the universe

These gravitational waves were generated by two black holes — eight and 14 times the mass of the sun — merging together 1.4 billion light years away from Earth.<p>This produced a spinning black hole 21 times the mass of the sun. It also released enough energy to rival the mass of the Sun in the form …

Fascinating Psychological Effects that most of us don't know about

Psychology has been defined in numerous ways as it has grown and changed throughout the history. Here are some interesting different types of …

If You Think Building Habits Can Help You Reach Goals, This Will Change Your Mind

Usually when we want to achieve something, we try hard to build some habits, as we’re told that habits are the fundamentals of success. However, if …

Racist laundry detergent ad in China sparks outrage on social media

A Chinese commercial for laundry detergent has gone viral. Outrage across social media says the ad, which shows how to get the "black" out of dirty …

Social Media

Next Time You're Late To Work, Blame Dark Energy!

Ever since Lemaitre and Hubble’s first proposed it in the 1920s, scientists and astronomers have been aware that the Universe is expanding. And from …

Matthew McConaughey making funny sounds in movies: Here's a supercut

Matthew McConaughey‘s chant from <i>The Wolf of Wall Street</i> is just the tip of the inaudible iceberg.<p>Thanks to a new supercut, fans can appreciate all …

Wall Street

Tips from a former FBI hostage negotiator on how to get that raise

Who better to get workplace tips from than the FBI’s former lead international kidnapping negotiator? Because, as Chris Voss puts it, “hostage negotiation is often nothing more than a business transaction.”<p>With that intro, Mr. Voss, who later founded The Black Swan Group Ltd., provides some …

Powerful Cartoon Perfectly Illustrates What It's Like To Live With Borderline Personality Disorder

Mental health is slowly becoming part of national consciousness. But while depression and anxiety are taking centre stage, other lesser-known or …

Mental Health

6 Psychology Hacks You Need To Know To Be A Better Marketer

In order to be successful in marketing you have to be able to do more than learn a script, describe a product and use rebuttals. Your audience needs to understand how the product works and how it will make tasks easier. Showing your audience how a product will benefit them entices them to listen …

Marketing

Obama adviser admits public was 'misled' on Iran nuclear talks

Ben Rhodes, one of President Barack Obama's top advisers, has admitted that the dealings behind the agreement struck between Iran and world powers …

National Security

Searching for Signs of Hannibal’s Route in DNA from Horse Manure

More than two thousand years ago, thirty-seven elephants from heat-shimmering latitudes ascended Europe’s highest mountain range, tramped though snow and across ice, and breathed the thin air of high altitudes. Those that survived the perilous journey met with a bitter winter and war, as the …

Anthropology

Our DNA is 99.9% the same as the person next to us — and we're surprisingly similar to a lot of other living things

Our bodies have 3 billion genetic building blocks, or base pairs, that make us who we are.<p>And of those 3 billion base pairs, only a tiny amount are unique to us, making us about 99.9% genetically similar to the next human.<p>A recent TED talk by physicist and entrepreneur Riccardo Sabatini …

Genetics

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Scientists uncover fossils that show why humans did not evolve in Asia 34 million years ago

A treasure trove of fossils of six furry critters that inhabited the trees of southern China 34 million years ago is providing a deeper understanding …

Primates

By the year 2040, embryo selection could replace sex as the way most of us make babies

Human reproduction is about to undergo a radical shift. Embryo selection, in connection with in-vitro fertilization (IVF), will help our species eliminate many genetic diseases, extend healthy lifespans, and enhance people’s overall well-being. Within 20 years, I predict that it will supplant sex …

Genetics

Yeast Infections Linked To Schizophrenia And Bipolar Disorder In New Study

'Clinicians should make it a point to look out for these infections in their patients with mental illness.'<p>Yeast infections have been linked to …

Is There a Fountain of Youth in Our DNA? - MIT Technology Review

Nonie Hickle’s hair is coal-dark. Her husband, Vincent, marvels at it. He points to it and says, “No gray!” Nonie’s a little amazed too; she thinks …