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The truth about free will - and more good reads

The best reads from around the web, including the language we’ll speak in 2115, and whether free will is an illusion.<p>A mile wide, an inch deep<p><i>Evan Williams | Medium | 5 January 2015</i><p>Quantity is easy to measure; quality much harder. Is Buzzfeed “bigger” than the New York Times? In page-views, perhaps …

Could a diet supplement supercharge your eyesight?

Researchers are claiming that taking supplements of a pigment found in food like spinach and eggs could sharpen vision. Douglas Heingartner looks at the evidence.<p>Eyesight is an easy thing to take for granted, but our ability to see is one of the human body’s most incredible senses. And there’s a …

Wellness

The High-Intensity Cardio Workout That's Easy on Your Knees

This low-impact routine will have a major impact on your calorie burn<p>If anyone knows how hard it is to lose weight while combating knee pain it's BJ Gaddour. He's a longtime <i>Men's Health</i> training advisor and the creator of <i>Bodyweight Cardio Burners,</i> a high-intensity fitness DVD that will give you the …

Your science questions answered

Q Given the fact that the atom consists mainly of empty space and glass has a much higher density than paper, why is it that I can’t look through a sheet of paper but easily through centimetre-thick glass? asks Thoralf Schubert<p>A As Professor Philip Moriarty from the University of Nottingham …

3 Genius Ways to Use a Medicine Ball

If you're not slamming it, hurling it, or throwing it, you're using it all wrong<p>Start building more muscle all over with our ballistic guide to one of the world's oldest and most effective power tools<p><b></b><b>Make an Impact</b><p>The ball should hit a wall or the floor on every rep. " Be explosive," says Sean De …

The Case Against Empathy

It’s hard to imagine empathy being anything but beneficial. It has become one of the most championed mental states in the neuroscience age: the …

Sam Harris: The Self is an Illusion

Consciousness

The Body-Weight Workout That Burns an Insane Amount of Fat

Transform your physique and send your fitness levels soaring with this fast and furious routine<p>During your next workout, draw maximum benefit from minimum time investment with this fast-paced bodyweight cardio routine.<p>It's simple, but effective: You'll perform an exercise for 20 seconds, rest 10 …

What to Do Every Hour to Drop Pounds All Day

Burn more calories, eat healthier, and boost your weight-loss efforts—today.<p><i>This article was written by Jenny Sugar and repurposed with permission from POPSUGAR Fitness.</i><p>Losing weight isn't about committing to one healthy choice—the journey is made up of lots lifestyle decisions that you make every …

Sand Mandalas Explained, with Losang Samten

Are You in Love or Lust? The Secret Lies Within Your Eyes.

<b>What's the Latest?</b><p>Burt Bacharach was right; the look of love <i>is</i> in your eyes. A new study validates all the avuncular advice you were given about love …

America Fails the 'Rule of Law' Test

The U.S. doesn't even come close to meeting the standards articulated by its own army. Why isn't establishment Washington alarmed?<p>The U.S. Army field manual* defines "the rule of law" as follows: "The rule of law refers to a principle of governance in which all persons, institutions and entities, …

10 Abs Exercises Better Than Crunches

10 abs exercises for women that are so much better than crunches.<p>If you still think that doing crunches will score you amazing abs, you're in for a rude awakening. Flattening your belly requires multi-muscle exercises that target all the regions of your core—upper and lower abs, obliques, …

Workouts

Ditch Your Belly for Good

The diet and exercise secrets for shedding pudge once and for all<p><b>Question:</b> I have been working out 5 to 6 times per week, (Thank You DeltaFit!!) and changed to a healthy diet, but I still have a layer of fat around my stomach. (Belly button area.) What do I have to do to get rid of this?<p><i>(from</i> …

The 10-Minute Arms and Abs Assault

Train your upper-body like you've never trained it before<p>We polled Men's Health readers on the body parts they want to work the most, and two areas topped the list: abs and arms. To give you what you want, we turned to BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S.— one of the top metabolic conditioning coaches in the …

41 Superfoods, Ranked By How Healthy They Are

Jennifer Di Noia, associate professor of sociology at William Paterson University, did the work for us and reported her results in the Centers for …

The End of the Universe: A Search Between Rising Disorder and Complexity

In his new book, <i>The Beginning and the End: The Meaning of Life in Cosmological Perspective</i>, philosopher Clement Vidal (@clemvidal) explores the two main trends of the universe: rising disorder and complexity. As a result, his investigation takes us to the most extreme conditions possible in our …

CIA will not use vaccination schemes for spying, says White House official

A top White House official has promised that the Central Intelligence Agency will never again use vaccination programs as a cover for spying, three years after the agency set up a fake immunisation program in Pakistan in its hunt for Osama bin Laden.<p>Lisa Monaco, a senior counterterrorism and …

First Look at the Microbes of Modern Hunter-Gatherers

Science & InnovationNot Exactly Rocket Science<p>It is now abundantly clear that the microbes that live in our bodies are critical parts of our lives and our health. The study of these microbes and their genes—the so-called microbiome—has never been more popular. It’s also very WEIRD.<p>That’s not to say …

Brain Size Influences Development of Individual Cranial Bones

<b>Brain Size Influences Development of Individual Cranial Bones</b><p>In mammals, embryonic cranial development is modular and step-wise: The individual cranial bones form according to a defined, coordinated schedule. The typical increase in the size of the brain in mammals in the course of evolution ultimately triggered changes in this developmental plan, as a study conducted on embryos of 134 species of animal headed by palaeontologists from the University of Zurich reveals.<p>The research is in <i>Nature</i> …

We Want Your Pictures for Earth Day

Earth doesn’t do ugly. There’s virtually no place you can live on the planet that at some point can’t knock you out with its flat-out …

When to Boycott A Destination

TravelIntelligent Travel<p>I’ve traveled all around the world, including six trips to Africa, and <b>Uganda</b> remains perhaps the most beautifully arresting place I have ever visited. So, when my husband and I began thinking of dream trips we could take this year, the prospect of getting to introduce him to …

New Finding Suggests a Way to Block Stress' Damage

<b>New Finding Suggests a Way to Block Stress' Damage</b><p>Ketamine, an anesthetic sometimes abused as a street drug, increases the synaptic connections between brain cells and in low doses acts as a powerful antidepressant, Yale researchers have found. However, stress has the opposite effect, shrinking the number of synaptic spines, triggering depression.<p>The research is in <i>Nature Medicine</i>. (full access paywall)<p><b>Research:</b> “REDD1 is essential for stress-induced synaptic loss and depressive behavior” by …

Darwin on Prevailing

"In the long history of humankind (and animal kind, too) those who learned to collaborate and improvise most effectively have prevailed." - Charles …

An Early Link to Motion Perception

<b>An Early Link to Motion Perception</b><p>Human perceptual motion bias in low-contrast scenes is encoded within a part of the brain that is the first to receive visual information.<p>The research is in <i>Journal of Neuroscience</i>. (full access paywall)<p><b>Research:</b> “Cortical Correlates of Human Motion Perception Biases” by Brett Vintch and Justin L. Gardner in <i>Journal of Neuroscience</i>. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2809-13.2014<p><b>Image:</b> Humans have the ability to accurately estimate the speed of moving objects under good light …

You're Not Highly Evolved

Here's where our bodies still mess up<p>As humans, it’s tempting to think of ourselves as the pinnacle of evolutionary progress. But evolution can only work with what’s available, resulting in a body that’s a bundle of compromises.<p>FEET<p>Our ankles and feet started out as flexible tree-climbing tools …

Taming the Mind

<b>Dan Harris</b> is a co-anchor of <i>Nightline</i> and the weekend edition of <i>Good Morning America</i> on ABC News. He has reported from all over the world, covering …

Scientists Baffled by Mysterious Force Tossing Stars Out of Our Galaxy

Something is hitting stars in our Milky Way galaxy with such force that they are reaching the million-plus mile-per-hour velocity needed to break …