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Virgin Olive Oil Protects Brain Tissue Against Alzheimer's In New Study

This has been a fantastic month for olive oil. A recent study showed that it stops brain cancer tumors in lab tests, and now a new study shows that it protects brain tissue from the toxic substances thought to cause Alzheimer’s disease.<p>The experiment used a well-verified Alzheimer’s mouse model to …

Neuroscience

They Say - Alex Maes

The psychology of punishment is key to why people vote against their own interests, says an Oxford neuroscientist

Donald Trump would not be US president without the votes of many, including Obamacare enrollees and immigrants, who are likely to find themselves worse off because of his policies. To some Democrat supporters, this widespread voting against self-interests can seem impossible to understand. To Molly …

Psychology

The Mathematician Who Will Make You Fall in Love With Numbers

Math conferences don’t usually feature standing ovations, but Francis Su received one last month in Atlanta. Su, a mathematician at Harvey Mudd …

The Most Politically Dangerous Book You’ve Never Heard Of

How one obscure Russian novel launched two of the 20th century’s most destructive ideas.<p>When Alan Greenspan began his political career in 1974, he asked two people to accompany him to his Oval Office swearing-in ceremony as chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers: his mother, Rose Goldsmith, …

Literature

6 Powerful Learning Strategies You MUST Share with Students

Interview with Megan Smith and Yana Weinstein ( transcript):<p><b>What does the word “study” mean to you?</b><p>Have you ever told your students to study for a …

It’s Probably an Appropriate Time to Learn About the Imposter Phenomenon

If you can measure Imposter phenomenon, how does one get rid of it? (Asking for a friend.)<p>The feeling that you don't belong somewhere is common. It can be fleeting, like accidentally boarding a train headed the wrong way. Sometimes, it's less temporary.<p>Perhaps you're the only person of color in …

Psychology

Psychopaths actually do feel regret, new research finds—they just don’t change

The theory that psychopaths don’t feel regret is so strong that evaluating such emotions is a key way of diagnosing the condition. Psychopaths are known as callous, unfeeling people, with the diagnostic Psychopathy checklist describing them as “emotionally shallow.” But a team of researchers from …

Psychology

Scientists have made a bizarre lifeform that bonds carbon to silicon

You're probably already familiar with a few products products that use carbon-silicon, or organosilicon: glues, caulks, and pesticides, to name a few.<p>But the new biological trick, which was forcefully evolved in bacteria, is safer and 15 times more efficient than synthetic, industrial chemistry at …

Biology

Researchers Uncovered an Algorithm that Explains Intelligence

The human brain is the most sophisticated organ in the human body. The things that the brain can do, and how it does them, have even inspired a model …

The Brain

Cognitive science backs up the ancient Indian philosophy that we’re conscious even in deep sleep

Deep, dreamless sleep is often described as unconsciousness. We certainly don’t see distinct objects or have linear and memorable trains of thought, as we do in daily life or while dreaming. But in a meta-analysis published last month in Trends in Cognitive Sciences, cognitive science experts argue …

Consciousness

Could an insecure childhood have a big impact on your career?

I’ve been failing at jobs all of my working life. As a moody teen, I didn’t last a week at my first job folding clothes in an upscale children’s boutique where my minimum-wage earnings couldn’t even buy one designer sock. I was miserable at retail jobs, too, unable to keep customer complaints and …

Parenting

The best lifehacks to help you read more, eat more vegetables, and keep your sneakers like new

I was standing in the shower recently when I realized that baked oatmeal has changed my life. Historically, my weekday morning breakfast routine has vacillated between eating and spending too much ($5 egg-and-cheese bagels) and eating too little (leftover bits of cornflake dust). Then, this year, I …

Productivity

Japan's Path to Militarization

The prime minister has won enough seats in parliament to change a constitutional clause that has outlawed war since 1947.<p><b>NEWS BRIEF</b> Japanese voters on Sunday gave Prime Minister Shinzo Abe the majority needed to rewrite the country’s pacifist Constitution for the first time since the end of World …

Japan

Rare Noah's Ark Mosaic Uncovered in Ancient Synagogue in Israel

1 / 2<p>A mosaic floor panel depicts soldiers being swallowed by large fish, surrounded by overturned chariots in the parting of the Red Sea<p>Mosaics …

After nuclear deal, Iran sticks to wary tactics in key Gulf waterway

ABOARD THE USS NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guard Corps on Monday dispatched five military vessels to monitor a U.S. warship hosting one of America’s top generals on a day trip through the Strait of Hormuz, coming as close as 500 yards (meters).<p>For Army General Joseph Votel, …

South Asia

North Korea is going to take a 'wartime' approach to diplomacy with the US | VICE News

North Korea has severed its only remaining channel of communication with the United States, saying on Monday it would assume a "wartime" diplomatic approach and cut ties with the country at the United Nations after Washington blacklisted leader Kim Jong Un last week for human rights abuses.<p>All …

North Korea

Synchronicity, Myth, and the New World Order

/ Dec 11, 2012<p>Looking out upon the horrid ruin we seem to have made of the planet, in spite of the kind hearts and good intentions of the vast …

David Icke

The Role of Anti-Establishment "Conspiracy Theories"

/ Dec 15, 2012<p>It’s easy for conspiracy theorists to play on people’s fears and prejudices and to point fingers at certain groups. In the past, it has …

Documentaries

Sonnen’s new battery for solar self-consumption could succeed in US | Ars Technica

Tesla Powerwall competitor launches a battery to ease recent net metering woes.<p>German battery company Sonnen never made the grand splash in the US …