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8 Ways Sex Affects Your Brain

Inventions

Video games can be good for you, new research says

Imagine a hardcore video game fanatic, and the picture you summon probably won't resemble Roman Rivera.<p>He grew up captivated by games from "Pokemon" to "Call of Duty," and evaded his mom's screen time limits by covertly playing his Game Boy after lights out. Now that he's 21, he spends up to four …

11 Ways Science and Technology Are Waging War on Winter

Fighting snow with sugar beet juice, snow-pooping robots, geoengineering and more<p>Here in New York City, we've just been hit with yet another round of snow, and it got us thinking: There must be somebody working on a way to get rid of this fluffy white menace. As it turns out, there are lots of …

Right Now, Apple Risks Missing Out On The Next Big Thing In Technology

The initial reactions to the HoloLens have been overwhelmingly positive.<p>Business Insider's Matt Rosoff got to try it for himself on Wednesday. He says he's "convinced personal computing is on the verge of a major change," predicting head-mounted displays like these will "be a huge leap over the …

Augmented Reality

How Men And Women Process Emotions Differently

Are women "wired" to be more emotional? Not exactly -- but new research provides more evidence that the male and female brain may have very different ways of processing emotion.<p>Previous research has shown that women generally experience higher levels of emotional stimulation than men. Now, a new …

Gender

Japan’s Abe Faces Great Risk, Little Reward in ISIS Hostage Crisis

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has pledged to do all he can to secure the safe release of two Japanese citizens facing death threats at the hands of …

Japan

State of the Union 2015 analysis: What he said, what he meant

He has messages for his GOP and Democratic critics.<p>President Barack Obama used his State of the Union speech Tuesday night to set an optimistic tone for the rest of his presidency — but also to drop big hints about the fights that lie ahead.<p>He targeted lines at his Republican critics and talked …

Republicans

Secrets of seeing God: The long, strange history of divine revelation

For millennia, people have claimed to bear witness to divine beings. Their visions come in all shapes and sizes<p>Author C. S. Lewis was an atheist for the first three decades of his life. Then, after much soul searching, he concluded that God exists. This wasn’t, however, the end of his religious …

Faith

New Snowden documents show that the NSA and its allies are laughing at the rest of the world

'I drink your milkshake'<p>A team of nine journalists including Jacob Appelbaum and Laura Poitras have just published another massive collection of classified records obtained by Edward Snowden<i>.</i> The trove of documents, published on <i>Der Spiegel,</i> show that the National Security Agency and its allies are …

Surveillance

President Obama and Prime Minister Cameron Address Terrorism

Combating the threat of terrorism topped the agenda of Friday’s joint press conference with President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David …

Barack Obama

Your Smartest, Most Creative Employees May Also Be Liars | Inc.com

As a CEO, you need to know when employees are lying to you. For many companies it's an all-too-common occurrence, given that research shows that Americans lie twice a day on average. In a Harvard Business Review article, Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, a professor of business psychology at University …

Psychology

8 Things Your Pet Says About Your Personality

1) Researchers have established some general conclusions about pets and their owners personalities:<p><b>Fish owners are happiest.</b>• <b><br>Dog owners are the most</b> …

Pets

The 5 most important announcements from CES today

LAS VEGAS— The International CES doesn't officially kick off until Tuesday, but Monday was filled with some of the biggest announcements from the …

Does chilly weather really cause a cold?

Maybe Mom was right all along.<p>Although generations of parents have warned their children that venturing into the cold without a hat will make them sick, scientists have long understood that viruses cause the common cold, and that they can strike in all seasons.<p>Now, however, new research suggests …

The Kindness Diet

A new study found that women whose friends and romantic partners were accepting of their size lost more weight than those whose loved ones were critical.<p>The greatest aphrodisiac, according to pop culture, is to be told never to change. Everyone from Bobby Vinton to Billy Joel to Bruno Mars loves …

Weight Loss

Intel’s 5th Gen Core processors are finally, really here

Better graphics and much better battery life are leading to the best laptops we've yet seen<p>The Broadwell codename has been on Intel's lips for many months now. The big chipmaker's move to 14nm production has proven bumpy and delayed the anticipated launch of its latest processor family, but today …

Computer Hardware

These Are the Most Ingenious Gadgets From CES 2015

Aya Brackett—Nest<p>DJI<p>Apple<p>Osmo<p>Tesla<p>Jawbone<p>Square<p>Hasbro<p>Oculus VR<p>Qualcomm

Gear & Gadgets

Tech Q&A: Cellphone spying, what Facebook knows, toolbars and more

<b>Is cellphone spying possible?</b><p><b>Q.</b> I went through a really bad divorce, and my ex- seems to know a lot about my current life. It’s like he’s reading my text messages. Could he be doing this?<p><b>A.</b> Yes, and it’s not very difficult. There are plenty of spy apps that a snooping ex or significant other can …

The 10 Best Books of 2014

Perhaps no novel this year was more feverishly anticipated—or more frequently stolen from my desk—than **Elena Ferrante’**s <i>Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay</i> (Europa), the third installment of the enigmatic Italian author’s Neapolitan novels, which tell a single story with the possessive force of …

Music: new talent for 2015

On the eve of the BBC Music Sound of 2015 poll, the Observer’s music critics pick out the young contenders set to grab next year by the horns<p>While the rest of the world is looking forward to Christmas and perhaps thinking back over the highlights of 2014, in the relentlessly forward-looking world …

10 useful Chrome extensions to try in 2015

Beste Chrome extensions<p>I’m a huge fan of adding functionality to my browser, and we’ve featured some great extensions to supercharge Chrome in the past. Here are a few more Chrome extensions that you might not have heard of, but are certainly worth a try.<p>Jot<p>If you’re constantly working in your …

The Best DIY Projects Of 2014

From hacked beer cans to drivable fish tanks, these are the coolest, craziest projects of the year<p>Makers enjoyed a particularly fruitful year in 2014. They created projects ranging from the simple to the complex, the small to the large, and the useful to the bat$&*t crazy. In celebration of that …

How to Read People Like Sherlock Holmes: 4 Insights From Research

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to just look at someone and tell what they’re <i>really</i> like?<p>Sherlock Holmes does this all the time and it’s incredibly …

Psychology

Pictures of the Week 1.1.15

Shanghai Seeks Answers After the New Year's Eve Disaster

The New Year’s Eve stampede in Shanghai that killed 36 people and wounded 47 others has prompted urgent questions about crowd control in China, now …

China

Most cancer types 'just bad luck'

<b>Most types of cancer can be put down to bad luck rather than risk factors such as smoking, a study has suggested.</b><p>A US team were trying to explain why some tissues were millions of times more vulnerable to cancer than others.<p>The results, in the journal Science, showed two thirds of the cancer types …

Cancer

The 25 easy resolutions to transform your health: Put your toothbrush in the dishwasher, drink four coffees a day and blow one nostril at a time

• <b>Surveys suggest that most resolutions have bitten the dust by February</b>• <b><br>Cancer Research UK found 4 in 10 ditch resolutions within two weeks</b>• <b><br>Here are 25</b> …

The Best of Brain Pickings 2014 – Brain Pickings

After the annual reading list of the year’s best books overall, it’s time for the annual summation of the best <i>Brain Pickings</i> articles of the year — “best” meaning those most read and shared by you, as well as those I took the most pleasure in writing. Please (re)enjoy and have an inspired, …