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This Incredible Urban Park Will Be Inside One Of The World’s Busiest Airports

“We crave nature in these places,” says architect Moshe Safdie, who won a competition to design the space. “When you think of passengers, they’re …

UC Berkeley

Researchers read and write brain activity with light

Neuroscientists at UCL have developed an ‘all-optical’ method for simultaneous recording and alteration of nervous impulses in the living brain.<p>A team of neuroscientists at University College London has developed a new way of simultaneously recording and manipulating the activity of multiple cells …

What the 'marshmallow test' can teach you about your kids

<b>(CNN) —</b> The premise is simple: You can eat one marshmallow now or, if you can wait, you get to eat two marshmallows later.<p>It's an experiment in self-control for preschoolers dreamed up by psychologist Dr. Walter Mischel. While the rules of his experiment are easy, the results are far more complex …

Our brains are being 'continuously reshaped' by smartphone use

Extensive use of smartphone touchscreens is changing the sensory relationship between our brains and our thumbs, a study published in <i>Current Biology</i> …

Psychology: Why boredom is bad... and good for you

Being bored could hinder our lives in ways we don’t realise – but it may also have helped shape one of our most productive characteristics, says David Robson.<p>I’ve met lots of people with a talent to bore in my time, but Sandi Mann is one of the few to have honed it as a craft. Eager volunteers …

The World’s Largest Clairvoyance Experiment Has Begun

I met with Hunter Lee Soik, the 33-year-old behind Shadow—an app that lets you record your dreams upon waking and enter them into a massive database.<p>Icelanders call it <i>Berdreymin—</i>the ability to see the future in dreams. On my travels collecting dreams from around the world, clairvoyance has been one …

Why Buddhist Teacher Pema Chödrön Says There's No Need For Self-Improvement (VIDEO)

The start of a new year is a natural time to reflect on where you've been and where you want to go. But before you start making a resolution list of self-improvements, watch this "Super Soul Sunday" clip with world-renowned Buddhist teacher and best-selling author Pema Chödrön. As one of the first …

Fighting Distractions Should Be Top Resolution For 2015

BING the head of Sony Pictures is talking about CLICK my friend just uploaded a photo to Face BING the wreckage of the AirAsia flight PLOP Danny, are you around for dinner? We are thinking DING Try out the new version of our app CLICK the weather today will be PING Danny, we have a brilliant idea …

Florida Couple Spent Days In Unlocked Closet, Thought They Were Trapped: Cops

A pair of hapless accused trespassers spent two days in a closet, thinking they were trapped inside.<p>John Arwood and Amber Campbell told police that someone had chased them into the closet at Daytona State College's Marine and Environmental Science Center on Sunday. Once they were inside the …

Crime

Lying, cheating bankers

“IF YOU can only be good at one thing, be good at lying…because if you’re good at lying, you’re good at everything.” Thus a wag imagined one …

Witness to a landslide

<b>2014: The Election that Changed India.</b> By Rajdeep Sardesai. <i>Penguin Viking; 372 pages; $20 and £16.</i> Buy from Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk<p>WITH a couple of …

The power of self-belief

“IF ECONOMISTS could manage to get themselves thought of as humble, competent people, on a level with dentists, that would be splendid!” said John …

Boozing it up

<b>Who really drinks the most alcohol?</b><p>TO JUDGE by national averages, Belarus, Moldova and Russia are the biggest drinkers in the world, quaffing between …

Holy Mary, drenched in symbolism

THE final canto of Dante’s “Paradiso” opens with euphoric praise not for the Son or the Father or even the Spirit, but the Mother:<p>Virgin mother, …

The uses of history

THE great bronze doors of America’s Supreme Court are decorated with eight panels depicting seminal moments in legal history. One of them shows a …

The light therapeutic

Every summer when he was a boy, Satchin Panda would stay on his grandparents’ farm near Chandipur on the east coast of India. He lazed in a hammock, …

Benjamin Voyer on the psychology of teamwork

<i>BENJAMIN VOYER is a marketing and psychology professor at ESCP Europe Business School in London and the London School of Economics. He is an</i> …

Seeing through fire

<b>There Was and There Was Not.</b> By Meline Toumani. <i>Metropolitan Books; 304 pages; $28.</i> Buy from Amazon.com<p>ANNIVERSARIES have become the party theme of …

Getting hooked

CICERO once said that “Nature has planted in our minds an insatiable desire to see the truth.” These days it would be truer to talk of an insatiable …

Saintly or sinful? - History

Special report<p>HistorySaintly or sinful?<p>LUXURY HAS A long pedigree. Homer’s warriors slaughtered each other for booty as much as for glory. Priam, the …