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Scientists Just Identified The Physical Source of Anxiety in The Brain

And they can control it with light.<p>We're not wired to feel safe all the time, but maybe one day we could be.<p>A new study investigating the …

Neuroscience

I tried this trippy healing modality for mental clarity—and still can’t believe how it made me feel

A few years ago, a friend told me about an underground breathwork circle she’d attended in Venice Beach—back when breathwork outside of yoga studios</i> …

The Outdoor Industry and Republicans Are Going to War Over America’s National Parks. Here’s What You Need to Know.

<b>In this report:</b><p><b>•</b> Members of the outdoor industry are clashing with Republican lawmakers over recent efforts to shift federal lands to the states. …

The Truth About Sugar

What’s good? What’s bad? How much sugar is too much? Here’s what the latest science says.<p>On a steep, wet hillside near the equator, two hands place …

Diabetes

Zen Philosopher Alan Watts Explains Why You Need to Stop Trying to Improve Yourself

I think we’ve all tried to improve ourselves at some point, whether through therapy, mindfulness, reiki or all manner of new age fads. In fact, …

Alan Watts

15 Profound Quotes From Lao Tzu That Will Open Your Mind Wide Open

Have you ever heard of Lao Tzu?<p>If not, then my word you’re in some wisdom today.<p>Lao Tzu was the founder Taoism, the highly influential philosophy …

Want to Make a Lie Seem True? Say It Again. And Again. And Again

You only use 10 percent of your brain. Eating carrots improves your eyesight. Vitamin C cures the common cold. Crime in the United States is at an …

Psychology

A Buddhist monk explains mindfulness for times of conflict

“Compassion is not sitting in your room; it’s actually very active and engaging,” a senior disciple of Thich Nhat Hanh says.<p>Thich Nhat Hanh is one of the world’s most renowned Buddhist leaders, second only to the Dalai Lama in fame and influence.<p>With his 100+ books, he’s been an advocate for …

This 1995 Hubble Photo Changed Astronomy Forever

And most people have never seen it.<p>In its 26 years in space, the Hubble Space Telescope has taken thousands of incredible, awe-inspiring images in …

The first pop song ever written by artificial intelligence is pretty good, actually

We already know that artificial intelligence systems can work in law firms and beat the world champion at a game of Go. Now it turns out that AI can write some pretty good pop songs, too.<p>Researchers at Sony have been working on AI-generated music for years, and has previously used AI to create …

Artificial Intelligence

What Climate Change Skeptics Aren’t Getting About Science

Isn't it great when people get together to reasonably discuss ideas? Sadly, this recent Australian Broadcasting Corporation1 clip isn't that. It …

Kristen Stewart on Her Relationship with Robert Pattinson: "It Stopped Being Real Life, and That Was Gross to Me"

The actress opens up about why she was so closed during that relationship—and what changed when she started dating women.<p>In 2012, a press-shy Kristen Stewart released a public apology to Robert Pattinson, her <i>Twilight</i> costar and boyfriend of nearly four years, after she was photographed kissing <i>Snow</i> …

The Looming Extinction of Humankind, Explained

Fortunately, advanced technologies could give us a way out, if we let them.<p>For most people, driving with a seat belt tightly strapped around their bodies is a smart habit. Not only is racing down the highway without it illegal—"click it or ticket," as the slogan goes—but seat belts also "reduce …

Could You Travel In A Straight Line In Space And Return To Earth?

Back when people thought the Earth was flat, it was almost heretical to suggest that traveling in a straight line for a long enough distance would eventually bring you back to your starting point. But it’s true: travel about 40,000 kilometers (or 25,000 miles) in any one direction — over the …

Universe

I was a Minuteman III nuclear launch officer. Take it from me: We can't let Trump become president

Since the first atomic bomb was dropped on Hiroshima in 1945, American presidents have thought of their nuclear responsibilities as the heaviest burden one could shoulder.<p>Harry Truman wrote, "We have discovered the most terrible bomb in the history of the world." Dwight Eisenhower, no stranger to …