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Want to Raise Your IQ by 23 Percent? Neuroscience Says Take Up This Simple Habit | Inc.com

There are two types of intelligence: crystallized intelligence and fluid intelligence.<p>Crystallized intelligence is your ability to utilize information, skills, and experience already learned -- basically, it's cerebral knowledge. This tends to build as you age, and is emphasized in most Western …

The Brain

Albert Camus on the Will to Live and the Most Important Question of Existence

“The body’s judgment is as good as the mind’s, and the body shrinks from annihilation. We get into the habit of living before acquiring the habit of thinking.”<p><i>“If the universe is meaningless, so is the statement that it is so… The meaning and purpose of dancing is the dance,”</i> Alan Watts wrote in …

Are Mood Disorders the Price We Pay for High Intelligence and Creativity? Scientists Say “Yes”

History is peppered with famous artists, actors and musicians who were highly intelligence and creative, and experienced significant mood swings. …

Meet the Silicon Valley-ites taking tiny hits of LSD to boost performance

It's 7am on a sunny Friday in a shared house in the sleepy San Francisco neighbourhood of Richmond. Flatmates buzz in and out of the kitchen as Lily …

Consciousness

Depression: A revolution in treatment?

<b>It's not very often we get to talk about a revolution in understanding and treating depression and yet now doctors are talking about "one of the strongest discoveries in psychiatry for the last 20 years".</b><p>It is based around the idea that some people are being betrayed by their fiercest protector. …

Depression

Intelligent people tend to be messy, stay awake longer, and swear more

Were you annoyed as a kid when your parents told you to clean your room, sent you to bed early and scolded you for cursing? There might be a reason …

Where Does Consciousness Come From?

<i>Part 4 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> What Makes Us ... Us<p><b>About John Searle's TED Talk</b><p>Philosopher John Searle argues that consciousness is what makes us human. He makes the case for studying consciousness and accepting it as a biological phenomenon.<p><b>About John Searle</b><p>John Searle has contributed to …

Consciousness

Hyperfocus: The other side of adult ADHD

Writers, entrepreneurs, and creative leaders of all types know that intense focus that happens when you're "in the zone": You're feeling empowered, productive, and engaged. Psychologists might call this flow, the experience of zeroing in so closely on some activity that you lose yourself in it. And …

Mental Health

To treat the heart, start with the gut

Blocking gut reactions could help defend against heart disease.<p>Intestinal microbes break down the essential nutrient choline, abundant in meat and …

Medical Research

WATCH: The World's Blackest Material Just Got Even More Black

Scientists can't even measure it.<p>Back in 2014, a team of British researchers made headlines for producing the blackest material known to science. …

Chemistry

Best of the visualisation web… January 2016

At the end of each month I pull together a collection of links to some of the most relevant, interesting or thought-provoking web content I’ve come …

Data Visualization

Could You Hack Your Brain To Get More Motivated?

We know we should put the cigarettes away or make use of that gym membership, but in the moment, we just don't do it. There is a cluster of neurons in our brain critical for motivation, though. What if you could hack them to motivate yourself?<p>These neurons are located in the middle of the brain, in …

The Brain

Honeybee antibiotics? Fresh honey ‘key’ to beating drug-resistant infections, scientists say

Swedish scientists have detected 13 bacterial components in raw honey that they say are more effective than conventional antibiotics in fighting …

This physicist has a groundbreaking idea about why life exists

Why does life exist?<p>Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning, and a colossal stroke of luck.<p>But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life …

Physics

Gorgeous Landscapes Reveal the Idyllic Tranquility of Japan

Photographer Hidenobu Suzuki has captured the idyllic landscapes of Japan in a remarkably tranquil light. Between the quiet foggy rivers, peaceful rice fields, and twilight at Mt. Fuji, there's something for everyone who's looking for a visually relaxing utopia. "My photographs are like Japanese …

Japan

Forget Brain Workouts—Chanting Mantras Takes Half the Time and Is More Effective

I read some disquieting news recently. Apparently, science isn’t sure that brain workouts work. This bothers me because it means that I will have to …

The DNA damage response goes viral: A way in for new cancer treatments

Researchers show how DNA repair proteins sound the alarm to threats, pointing to a novel cancer therapy.

Cancer

Medical marijuana for anxiety? — Here’s why

Despite a pop culture reputation for paranoia or the munchies, millions of anxiety patients worldwide are turning to modern formulations of medical marijuana.<p>Cannabis’ ingredients have been proven to act on nerve cells to dampen anxiety and provide relief to sufferers — no smoke or high required. …

Cannabis

The Power of Persuasion: Using Brain Science to Get Users to Act

This story originally appeared on KISSmetrics<p>Making fact-based, data-driven design decisions (say that five times fast!) is the mantra of Google, and who better to emulate than the Big Kahuna itself, right? That being said, utilizing data for web design isn’t always as easy as it sounds. But did …

Transparency

9 green giants: Billion-dollar businesses that are sustainable

What do America’s leading organic supermarket chain, Brazil’s top maker of beauty products, and the world’s most recognizable athletic brand have in …

Sustainability

Best of the Week: Tech News, Photography, Offices and more

It's time for our best news of this week. We have a lot of graphic and web design, a bit of architecture, ads, tech news, awesome reads and other …

New Jersey

Magnetic brain stimulation treatment shown to boost memory

Non-invasive transcranial technique leads to 24-hour-long improvement in memory function and could lead to new treatments for Alzheimer's and other conditions<p>Memory can be boosted by using a magnetic field to stimulate part of the brain, a study has shown. The effect lasts at least 24 hours after …

The Unaddressed Business of Filling Our Souls: Mood Science and the Evolutionary Origins of Depression

<i>“Depression is a disorder of the ‘I,’ failing in your own eyes relative to your goals,”</i> legendary psychologist Martin Seligman observed in his essential treatise on learned optimism. But such a definition of depression, while true, appears somehow insufficient, overlooking the multitude of …

The Bugs In Your Stomach Define You As Much–If Not More–Than Your Genes

At TED, microbial ecologist Rob Knight discussed the secret ecosystem of microbes within our bodies, and its potential to shape behavior and cause–or cure–disease.<p>Every creature on earth has their own microbial community. This internal ecology determines how we digest food and resist disease and …

As scientists watch, distant asteroid disintegrates | Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Patsy Cline’s classic country song “I Fall to Pieces,” has nothing on this one.<p>This series of Hubble Space Telescope images reveals the breakup of an asteroid over a period of several months in late 2013. Scientists said on Thursday they have observed for the first time an …

Duke ordered to stop groundwater pollution at North Carolina coal plants | Reuters

(Reuters) - A North Carolina judge ruled on Thursday that Duke Energy Corp must immediately stop the sources of groundwater pollution at its 14 coal-fired power plants in the state.<p>The Duke Energy coal-fired power plant is seen from the Dan River in Eden, North Carolina February 19, 2014. …

Norway will cut through an island in tribute to massacre victims

How do you adequately craft a memorial for one of the worst days in a country's modern history? That's the question that was posed to architects and artists as part of a competition for a dual-site memorial commemorating the attacks in Norway on July 22nd, 2011. On that day, 77 people were killed, …

Tech and Science

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12 killer apps that will crash GDP below 1% by 2100

SAN LUIS OBISPO, Calif. (MarketWatch) — Yes, the rise and fall of capitalism can be seen in these 12 “killer apps.” The first six of these …

Economics