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The History of the Occult (PHOTOS)

According to Wikipedia (the most reliable disource of information I've yet to encounter) the Occult (from the Latin word occultus "clandestine, hidden, secret") means "knowledge of the hidden." It also describes a number of magical organizations or orders, the teachings and practices taught by …

How the Occult Brought Cremation to America

Cremation has become so popular in America that if current trends continue it will be the funerary choice of half of Americans within four years. <i>Time Magazine</i> reported this surprising fact in a recent cover story on the rise of cremation -- yet the otherwise probing story omitted, as do many …

Possible Human Bones, 'Occult' Altar Found In Home By Cleaning Crew

A cleaning crew and a realtor recently made a haunting discovery when they stumbled upon a possible occult altar forgotten for a decade and a half in a small house for sale in a Colorado suburb.<p>Animal skulls, chains, bones from a goat and possibly other animals, a skull mask with a black hood, …

FYI: Is It Possible To Control Our Dreams?

Yes, but only with practice. The best place to start is right before bed. Deirdre Barrett, a professor of psychology at Harvard University and author of <i>The Committee of Sleep</i>, asked 76 college students to choose a problem (where to take a vacation; how to arrange their furniture) and focus on it …

Are You Comfortable Being Uncomfortable?

Have you ever had a friend who has stayed in a horrifically dysfunctional relationship, and thought, "Why doesn't she leave him?" Maybe you've had a friend who has done the same with a work situation. This friend constantly complains about her boss, her coworkers and even the daily tasks. There's …

The Dark Side Of Emotional Intelligence

A supposedly "good" trait could have a dark side, according to a new study.<p>Researchers from Kyoto University found that emotional intelligence -- which is typically thought to be a boon to relationships and prosocial behavior -- could also increase the ability to manipulate others.<p>"Emotional …

10 Psychological Studies That Will Change What You Think You Know About Yourself

Why do we do the things we do? Despite our best attempts to "know thyself," the truth is that we often know astonishingly little about our own minds, and even less about the way others think. As Charles Dickens once put it, “A wonderful fact to reflect upon, that every human creature is constituted …

The dark side of psychology in abuse and interrogation

This week the Institute on Medicine as a Profession (IMAP) and the Open Society Foundations (OSF) have published the most comprehensive study on the role of psychologists in the War on Terror. At 269 pages, the full report is as detailed as it is grim, concluding that American psychologists …

How sleep makes your mind more creative

It’s a tried and tested technique used by writers and poets, but can psychology explain why first moments after waking can be among our most imaginative?<p>It is 6.06am and I’m typing this in my pyjamas. I awoke at 6.04am, walked from the bedroom to the study, switched on my computer and got to work …

Creativity

The Best Fitness Tracking Apps for Every Type of Exercise

If you peruse the health and fitness category on Google Play or the iTunes App Store, you'll see thousands of activity trackers that automatically …

Do You Know Squat? 4 Steps To Perfect Squats

Make no mistake about it, squats are one of the greatest exercises. From your quads and hamstrings to your glutes and calves, the squat hits them …

Brains Sweep Themselves Clean Of Toxins During Sleep

While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say.<p>During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically, washing away harmful waste proteins that build up between brain cells during waking hours, a …

19 Squat & Deadlift Variations

Here's what you need to know...<p>Variety is good for both strength and hypertrophy and it helps prevent overuse injuries.<br>• Every body is unique, and the …

Workouts

11 Types Of Yoga: A Breakdown Of The Major Styles

There are so many different types of yoga out there, whether you want a more physically demanding class or an easy, relaxing, meditative class. With …

Yoga

The Moves You Should Be Doing For a Perkier Butt

Need to shape up your backside? Look no further — we've got over 30 of the most effective exercises to perk up your backside fast. Read on to learn …

Trends

Andy Denzler Creates Paintings That Look Like Distorted Old Memories - The Fox Is Black

Zurich based painter Andy Denzler sees the world differently from you and I. His paintings resemble old, distorted memories, like uncovered video …

Is art a good investment?

The dizzying prices that big-ticket works command can make buying art seem like a passport to riches. But if you believe that, think again, says Georgina Adam.<p>This month a Jeff Koons sculpture of a shiny, giant balloon dog is coming up for auction at Christie’s New York, carrying an eye-popping …

Art

The extraordinary story of Chinese art

A new UK exhibition features several centuries of Chinese painting. The Culture Show looks at the history of one of the greatest cultural traditions.<p>Chinese painting is one of the world’s oldest continuous artistic traditions – and so innovative that it was centuries ahead of the European art …

Art

21 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2013

If only Isaac Asimov could see us now. There's an old saying that science fiction is really just predicting — or helping prevent — the future.

UC Berkeley

Antique Victorian microscope slides

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A Line Of Jewelry Inspired By Illicit Drugs

We are craving Designer Drugs: a new line of jewelry from Aroha Silhouettes, designed after the hybrid molecular structures of illicit substances.<p>These wearable vices were inspired by a “fantasy laboratory” where dangerous drugs are turned into glitzy bling. Hailing from New Zealand, designer Tania …

Study: Cats May Have First Cuddled Up With People 5,300 Years Ago

Dogs may be man's best friend, but new research shows that cats may have been humanity's companions for thousands of years. For more on the feline's long history with people, Audie Cornish talks with Dr. Fiona Marshall, an archaeologist at Washington University in St. Louis, and co-author of a …

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