Ben Abrahamson

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Why Christian Artists Don’t Want to Be “Christian Artists”

Why Christian Artists Don't Want to Be "Christian Artists"<p><i>This essay originally appeared on the personal blog of Alissa Wlikinson, who is chief film</i> …

9 Underground Female Rappers You Need To Know About

New or old, it don't matter; these women are the realest.

Rap & Hip-Hop

The cheerleader effect: how you can look good in a group

A study published last week by scientists at the University of California, San Diego suggests that people look more attractive when seen in the presence of others than when viewed as individuals, a phenomenon known as the "cheerleader effect". But why does it happen? And what can we do with …

The thigh-gap obsession is not new but it's the most extreme body fixation yet

<b>I read a piece in the Observer about young women's latest obsession:</b> <b>having a gap between their thighs</b><b>. Surely this must be the harbinger of the apocalypse.</b><p><i>Rita, by email</i><p>Come come, Rita. To intimate the apocalypse you're going to have to do better than citing an obsession with one's legs. As all …

The psychology of spiritualism: science and seances

As the evenings get darker and the first hint of winter hangs in the air, the western world enters the season of the dead. It begins with Halloween, continues with All Saints' and All Souls' days, runs through Bonfire Night – the evening where the English burn effigies of historical terrorists – …

How organs know the right way to grow

A temporary set of signals get an embryo’s internal organs growing in the right direction.<p>Those signals are critical for avoid devastating birth …

Branch-Like Dendrites Function As Mini-Computers In The Brain

Previously thought to be passive, the branching brain wires actively compute signals.<p>A new paper in <i>Nature</i> suggests that we've been thinking about neurons all wrong. Namely, it suggests that dendrites, the tree-like branches of wiring that extend out from the soma, or cell body, aren't just passive …

North Carolina

Why Babies In Arabic-Speaking Households Learn Some Numbers Faster

What language you hear growing up--Arabic and Slovenian are especially good--affects how you learn to count.<p>Don't tell that hyper-competitive parent friend of yours. English-speaking toddlers learn the idea of the number one faster than Japanese- and Chinese-speaking kids, while Slovenian-speaking …

Research

Social Media Is Redefining 'Depression'

Online communities like those on Tumblr are perpetuating ideas of "beautiful suffering," confusing what it means to be clinically depressed.<p>A few months ago, Laura U., a typical 16-year-old at an international school in Paris, sat at her computer wishing she looked just like the emaciated women on …