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5 Everyday Things That Are Actually Making You Dumber

The Brain

Anti-ageing chocolate which reduces wrinkles developed by Cambridge University spin-off

A daily 7.5g bar of the chocolate can change the underlying skin stucture of a 50 year old to that of someone in their 30s, say developers<p>It may seem too good to be true, but guilt-free chocolate which promises to slow down the emergence of wrinkles and sagging skin, has been developed by …

See How the Wealth Gap Between Whites and Non-Whites Is Getting Wider

The average white family accumulated $677,656 in total assets in 2013, more than six times that of Latino families and seven times that of …

Demographics

She gave him a kidney, he gave her his heart

<b>(CNN) —</b> Ashley McIntyre had no idea who Danny Robinson was when she heard he was searching for a kidney.<p>He was the same age as her and had already been through so much. Diagnosed at age 16 with IgA nephropathy, an inflammatory kidney disease, Danny had been in kidney failure since 2012, the same …

Blood Tests

Getting a statistics education: Review of the MSc in Statistics (Sheffield)

(This article was first published on <b>Shravan Vasishth's Slog (Statistics blog)</b>, and kindly contributed to R-bloggers)<p>[This post was written between …

Data Science

7 Things You Should Insist On No Matter What People Say

<i>Do more than just exist. We all exist. The question is: Do you live?</i><p>About 15 years ago, I had an intervention with myself. I sat down at the local …

Forget Perfection, Just Don't Fail Twice in a Row

Building a new habit is incredibly hard work. You set out with the best of intentions, you make a plan, and you try to set yourself up for success.<p>At first, everything goes great and you feel on top of the world. You're motivated, you're succeeding, and you can see how it's going to change the way …

Lessons Learned From a Broken Heart

After two months of chest pains, I finally got in to see a cardiologist. The verdict? There's nothing wrong with my heart.<p>While I was ecstatic at the news, it begged the question: why the chest pains? And then it hit me: there is such a thing as a broken heart.<p>I had it when my father passed five …

What It Feels Like to Be in a Sexless Marriage

<i>By Lisa Thomson for DivorcedMoms.com</i><p>Do you often get rejected by your husband?<p>If you do, you have plenty of empathy from me. It is unhealthy physically to be in a sexless marriage, never mind the emotional toll it takes. Your self esteem takes a beating over the years of neglect.<p>Unfortunately, this …

Relationships

7 Reasons Your Wife Is Stressed Out All the Time

Many men come into my office complaining about their wife acting so stressed out all the time. And sometimes the words they use are not that nice. Basically, many husbands want to know: "My wife and I both work, but when I get home, it's not like a fire drill for me. For her, though, it's like the …

Parenting

Math and the brain: Memorization is overrated, says education expert - Scope

Remember being drilled multiplication tables? Or taking a timed math exam? These have been common activities in school, but Stanford experts say …

Mathematics

US colleges offer free food to students who ignore their phones in class

Thousands of college students in the United States are being bribed to ignore their phones during class with free food and store discounts. Students at colleges including Penn State and California State University, Chico, have downloaded an app called Pocket Points that tracks how long a smartphone …

College & University

Artist Hilariously Reimagines Disney Princesses with Realistic Hair

There are several aspects of Disney films that don't quite match up to reality, from talking animals to unbelievably tiny waistlines to magic spells. Noticing that Disney princesses' hair often behaves in ways that are just as fantastical as the characters' lives, BuzzFeed illustrator Loryn Brantz …

Walt Disney Company

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient<p>Daniel J Levitin Q&A<p>Our brains are …

Productivity

A Former CIA Agent Explains How To Advance Your Career Like A Spy

They have to gain their opponent's trust and respond to a crisis quickly.<p>In the book "Work Like a Spy: Business Tips from a Former CIA Officer," J.C. Carleson writes about her experience as an undercover agent for the Central Intelligence Agency and the business and career tips she gained during …

Employment

Why We Sign Up For Gym Memberships But Never Go To The Gym

• <b>Gyms have built their business model around us not showing up.</b> Gyms have way more members than they can actually accommodate. Low-priced gyms are the most extreme example of this. Planet Fitness, which charges between $10 and $20 per month, has, on average, 6,500 members per gym. Most of its gyms …

Rush Limbaugh and his 'black Bond' outrage

<b>The prospect of Idris Elba eventually replacing Daniel Craig as the next James Bond went from hypothetical internet speculation to something more substantial last week, when the Daily Beast uncovered an interesting nugget in the piles of hacked Sony emails.</b><p>"Idris should be the next Bond," Sony …

Rush Limbaugh

10 New Year's Resolutions That Could Actually Change Your Life

Among my clients, I see many people who are stressed and overwhelmed or just apathetic and unhappy. Here are 10 New Year's resolutions that will allow you to live the life you deserve. If you stop these behaviors, you'll have stopped undercutting your potential to be happy long term.<p><b>1. Get enough</b> …

Parenting

What I Learned When I Called Off My Engagement

My life with David* was a surprise. I had returned from a six-month stint in Osaka, Japan, to my small-town family home just out of Sydney, …

Relationships

This Is What A $50,000 Trip To Hawaii Looks Like

What does a $50,000 hotel package buy you? One uniquely extravagant vacation in Hawaii.<p>The Mauna Kea Beach Hotel is celebrating 50 years in business with its $50,000 Golden Anniversary Package. The hotel itself, nestled on the Big Island's gorgeous Kohala coast, is luxury in every sense, with four …

Sean Hannity has epic Twitter meltdown after his colleagues name him ‘Worst of Fox’

“I WAS HAVING FUN. CAPS EASIER READ#prayforcops”<p>In the spirit of the season (the spirit is harsh, blanket judgement), the website Mediaite conducted a survey of cable news hosts from CNN, Fox News and MSNBC which asked respondents to rank their colleagues from best to worst. Unsurprisingly (or, …

Nicki Minaj Just Released a Movie and It's Breaking Our Hearts

So good. So so good.<p>Nicki Minaj released a video to go with her <i>The Pinkprint</i> album, and it's 16 minutes of pure FEELINGS. Staged in three acts — "The Crying Game," "I Lied," and "Grand Piano" — this thing had me feeling all of the emotions. But especially ennui. This is not the "get ready for the …

How Scientists Are Learning to Write

"That's jargon-ish. Even some people in the sciences don't have an intuitive understanding of what that means."<p>The students tried not to look sheepish as their professor projected the article on the whiteboard, waiting for their work to be devoured by their classmates. It was the second class for …

Leonardo DiCaprio Is 'Overflowing With Models Everywhere'

Photo: Getty Images<p>Leonardo DiCaprio spent the past week partying in Miami for massive art show Art Basel, and according to a witness who spoke with the <i>New York Daily News</i>, on Saturday night he left a nightclub with 20 women.<p>"He left with 20 girls," said the witness. "Leo and 20 girls. He is my …

Great novels can change your life...and your brain

Getting lost in a good book can actually change your brain, with neural paths forming in the same way as if you were actually living the experience, scientists have found<p>Atticus Finch claimed you can never understand a person until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.<p>But reading To Kill a …

Recalibrate Your Life's Direction with This One Hour Exercise

Sometimes we get lost on our path through life or even feel stuck. In those times, personal reflection and taking some time ask yourself the tough …

Writing

Cuddle hormone oxytocin may increase the agony of a broken heart

It is known as the cuddle hormone, but it seems the chemical that helps us fall in love may also be responsible for prolonging our agony when relationships go wrong.<p>Scientists have found that oxytocin, which promotes feelings of love and social bonding, also plays a role in etching painful …

The Guide to Creating Your Own Self-Care Revolution

I am starting a revolution. In this revolution women know their innate and intrinsic value. In this new world the concept of caring for oneself first is not only acceptable, but embraced. I dream of the day when women see their daily self-care practice as a non-negotiable part of their routine. I …

Positive Thinking

This Surprising Secret About Bamboo Could Be The Reason You're Not Successful

Bamboo is one of the most amazing plants in the world.<p>In fact, a single stalk of bamboo has more tensile strength than a steel cable of the same thickness! (In South America, it's referred to as "vegetable steel.)<p>A rope made of bamboo fibers can get up to 20 percent stronger when wet, as opposed to …

Self-improvement

World Schooling: When Children Study Abroad

By day two of our trip in Antigua, Guatemala, we had seen most of the town that we would be living in for the next four weeks.<p><b>We had a dilemma:</b> <i>What in the world were we going to do in Antigua for the next 26 days with our kids?</i><p>By fate and good fortune on that day, our answer came to us over a …