Jm Macdonald

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Macro Photos That Focus In on the Beautiful Details of Ordinary Things

Can you tell what the translucent object is in the photograph above? It’s a single grain of sugar captured in a macro photograph by artist Pyanek, …

Mindfulness Exercises Improve Kids' Math Scores

In adults, mindfulness has been shown to have all kinds of amazing effects throughout the body: it can combat stress, protect your heart, shorten …

Mindfulness

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

Philosophers and scientists have been at war for decades over the question of what makes human beings more than complex robots<p>One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being …

Consciousness

Box office report: 'American Sniper' breaks January records

<i>American Sniper</i> was expected to do well this weekend after an impressive limited release, but not <i>this</i> well: The Clint Eastwood-directed war film took …

I Was An Unwed Welfare Mother: Social Justice for Poor Women and Children

<i>By Nicole Eva Fraser</i><p><i>Some names have been changed for this essay, and some settings are composites.</i><p>In the summer of 1981, just after turning 22, I gave birth to a healthy baby boy and named him Caleb.<p>I was not married, and the man who had fathered my child was permanently out of the picture.<p>My …

Build a better breakfast: 6 easy, healthy recipes to start the New Year right

On the heels of a long and indulgent holiday season, New Year’s Day offers the perfect opportunity to start fresh and commit to healthy eating. And what better way to kick off 2015 than with a nutritious breakfast? In fact, a healthy morning meal is a great way to set you on the path to better …

Breakfast

These 5 Things Will Make You Smarter

<b>1) Get rid of the distractions</b><p>You can’t multitask.<p>Via Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home, and School:<p>To put it …

The Brain

Top 100 Wines: 60 values under $40 from top wineries

2013 Abrente (Bedrock) Napa Valley Albarino ($23)<p>2013 Analemma Atavus Vineyard Rosé of Pinot Noir ($25)<p>2013 Analemma Oak Ridge Gewurztraminer ($27)<p>2013 Andrew Will Cabernet Franc ($35)<p>2012 Au Bon Climat Santa Barbara County Chardonnay ($20)<p>2013 Bedrock Old Vine California Zinfandel ($25)<p>NV Bedrock …

Wine & Spirits

Father of boy, 12, gunned down by police questions cops

Surveillance video is "very clear on what took place" at a Cleveland playground when a rookie police officer fatally shot a 12-year-old boy brandishing a fake gun, police said Monday.<p>Tamir Rice was shot twice in the torso Saturday afternoon and died at a hospital Sunday morning.<p>Deputy Chief Ed …