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15 Gorgeously Designed Henna Tattoos with Unbelievably Intricate Patterns

Photo source: Bubble<p>For thousands of years, the art of henna (called <i>mehndi</i> in Hindi & Urdu) has been practiced in India, Pakistan, Africa, and the Middle East. The henna plant is crushed and mixed with other ingredients into a paste, which can then be applied to the skin in dazzlingly intricate …

Body Art

New study shows mindfulness therapy can be as effective as antidepressants

First study to track the effects of both treatments over a lengthy period reveals similar relapse rates<p><i>Somehow, somewhere, across those six weeks, something happened inside me – in</i> <i>my head? my body? my soul? – and I began to understand. Sitting still became a</i> <i>boon and a comfort, even a luxury, rather</i> …

Depression

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

University of Michigan

My horrible right-wing past: Confessions of a one-time religious right icon

I was a religious fanatic appealing to political leaders. Today, the fanatics <em>are</em> the political leaders<p>I am a white, privileged, well-off, 61-year-old <i>former</i> Republican religious right-wing activist who changed his mind about religion and politics long ago. The New York Times profiled my …

William Burroughs’s drugs cure inspires Alzheimer’s researcher

Author’s search in South America for the shamans’ plant hallucinogenic yagé and use of apomorphine to control his addiction leads neurologist to call for clinical trials<p>Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and motor neurone disease are the perennial neuro-degenerative afflictions which remind an ageing …

DISHED: New England Patriots' Rob Gronkowski Shares What's on His Plate

It was fitting when New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski caught a short pass that would put Tom Brady over 50,000 passing years for his …

How to Build an Adult Slip-n-Slide | The Art of Manliness

<i>Editor’s note: This is a guest post from Stratton Lawrence</i>.<p>Before reading another word of an article about how to build a man-sized slip-‘n-slide, …

10 Ways To Reduce Chemicals In Your Life with Coconut Oil | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Coconut oil might have been the most-talked-about-oil in 2013, and newsflash: it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Are you trying to reduce harsh …

Why Marijuana Needs Chemical Quality Control Testing

Medical and otherwise<p>Medical marijuana isn't always as advertised—at least not in the Seattle area, as one lab found out.<p>The lab, Analytical 360, recently worked with medical-marijuana patient Jessica Tonani to test samples from 22 area dispensaries and growers, <i>The Seattle Times</i> reports. The …

Guide to Restoring Your Preschool Creativity Levels

I once saw a Facebook meme outlining the similarities between preschoolers and college students: they both sleep in the middle of the day, aren’t …

How to Make a Small Game Hunting Trap | The Art of Manliness

<i>Creek Stewart is a Senior Instructor at the Willow Haven Outdoor School for Survival, Preparedness & Bushcraft and the author of the just released</i> …

New protein maps give insight into the human body

More than a decade has passed since scientists completed the Human Genome Project, a worldwide effort to decode our DNA. That DNA sequence contains instructions for making all of the proteins that our bodies need to function.<p>Now researchers have cataloged the vast majority of those proteins, …

The Tinkerbell Fairyfly, also known as Tinkerbella nana, is one of the Top 10 New Species of 2014. Photograph by Jennifer Read. To see the full list of species, visit science.time.com.

Urban Gardeners Grow Crops in Spare Spaces

Why You Can Blame Genetics for Your Small Arms—and What You Should Do about It

Bret Contreras, author of <i>Strong Curves</i> and <i>Bodyweight Strength Training Anatomy</i>, has spent much of his life asking that question, and trying to figure out the answer. Which is . . . well, it depends.<p>Anyone can get bigger, stronger, and/or leaner. Anyone can improve their skill in the weight room, …

Microwave Tricks to Make Your Food Taste Amazing

The catch? Most of the time reheating in an oven or cooking on the stove tastes better. But that’s about to change: Use these nine tricks to keep your microwaved food healthy and tastier than ever before.<p><b>1. Choose your dish wisely.</b><br>The “do-not-microwave” bowls are obviously out. But you also …

This Simple Move Will Boost Your Deadlift and Squat

If you want to lift more weight in every workout, make this exercise part of your routine<p>You're probably tempted to skip your warmup, but the supine march and press is one move you shouldn't pass over before a heavy lifting session.<p>"The simple exercise prepares your body for big lifts—like the …

Workouts

The Ultimate Body-Weight Workout

Order Your Body Is Your Barbell Today! <b></b><p><b>DIRECTIONS</b><br>Alternate between Workouts A and B three times a week with a day of rest between them. Do the first four body-weight exercises in each workout as a circuit and the last two back-to-back as a superset; see the directions before each group of exercises. …

Multiple sclerosis discovery may explain gender gap

<b>A key difference in the brains of male and female MS patients may explain why more women than men get the disease, a study suggests.</b><p>Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine in the US found higher levels of protein S1PR2 in tests on the brains of female mice and dead women with MS than …

Medical Research

Scientists can trace your ancestors to within 30 miles using DNA

You might know where your forebears lived a few generations prior, but how about the exact village they came from -- <i>1,000 years</i> ago? Thanks to DNA sequencing, it's now possible to find that out in many cases according to researchers from the University of Sheffield in the UK. The aptly-named GPS or …

The Power of Balance

<b>How To Do It:</b> Complete a total of 45 offset pushups with your right hand on a box or step. Rest for 5 minutes, and then repeat with your left hand on the step. Next, do 15 single-leg squats using your left leg. Rest for 2 minutes, and repeat with your right leg.<p><b>Offset Pushup</b> <b><br>1.</b> Assume a pushup …

How to Supercharge Your Meditation Sessions | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Meditation has been proven to have amazing benefits both for your mental and physical well being. Scientific studies have shown long term meditators …

'Provocative' Research Turns Skin Cells Into Sperm

Scientists reported Thursday they had figured out a way to make primitive human sperm out of skin cells, an advance that could someday help infertile men have children.<p>"I probably get 200 emails a year from people who are infertile, and very often the heading on the emails is: Can you help me?" …

Decoding the chemical vocabulary of plants

Plants spend their entire lifetime rooted to one spot. When faced with a bad situation, such as a swarm of hungry herbivores or a viral outbreak, …

5 Lessons You Can Learn from Her Ex-Boyfriend

You might be anxious for the main act, but women love a good makeout session. Sucking face for the sake of simply sucking face—rather than as a segue into sex—shows her that you're truly attracted and connected to her, and that you don't just need to scratch an itch, Sussman says. And while she …

George R.R. Martin: The Rolling Stone Interview

The novelist goes deep on the future of his books and the TV series they begat<p>On a cold night in January, George R.R. Martin sits inside the Jean …

How To Stay Motivated When The Going Gets Tough | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

When you first start working out, you’re full of energy and extremely motivated to keep on going. However, as time goes by, you may become less …