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A Protein That Moves From Muscle To Brain May Tie Exercise To Memory

Researchers have identified a substance in muscles that helps explain the connection between a fit body and a sharp mind.<p>When muscles work, they release a protein that appears to generate new cells and connections in a part of the brain that is critical to memory, a team reports Thursday in the …

Humanity

How the brain processes information influences beliefs about psychic powers

The results from recent research suggests that how we process information may play a role in the formation of paranormal psychic beliefs.<p>Two concepts …

Mental Health

You Asked: How Do I Improve My Posture?

Experts call it “the turtle.” It’s that neck-bent, shoulders-forward, hunched-over position many people assume when sitting all day at work on their …

Ergonomics

IKEA-Style Home Can Be Built in 4 Days Using Only a Screwdriver

French architecture firm Multipod Studio has come up with a revolutionary housing prototype – the PopUp House. This unique dwelling comes in the form …

What happens to your body when you eat soy

Between tofu and tempeh, miso and soy milk, and the ever-popular edamame, there's certainly no shortage of soy on the shelves of your local food store. Long touted by health-minded folks as a better-for-you, eco-friendly alternative to meat, soy is a favorite among followers of increasingly …

Nutrition

This Bizarre Illusion Makes You See A 'Hole' In Your Hand

Vanessa Hill has shown a simple and brain-bending optical illusion on her YouTube channel BrainCraft that makes a "hole" emerge in the palm of your …

You Can’t Kill This Countertop Tomato Plant Because It Waters Itself

Low tech, at-home gardening without all that responsibility and commitment.<p>If you have trouble keeping an indoor vegetable garden alive, it’s possible to drop $200 on a sensor-filled indoor greenhouse that will do the watering for you. Now there’s a low-tech version of the same thing: A new …

The amazing way one teacher uses donuts to teach middle schoolers a major economic concept

But they can also be used as a tool to help teach concepts from economics.<p>Gale Mitchell, who teaches an economics course to "gifted" seventh- and eighth-grade students in Tucson, Arizona, uses donuts to explain marginal analysis — or the examination of additional benefits of an activity compared to …

Education

Science Finds An Interesting Link Between Anxiety And Intelligence

People who think too much may have little reason to worry. Recent studies have shown that there is a link between anxiety and intelligence and it is …

I Meditated For 365 Days Straight. Here's What Happened

I started meditating on a whim. One of those #100daychallenges caught my eye, and since I had been a longtime sufferer of anxiety and overanalyzing …

​Three Concepts You Need to Grasp if You Want to Know Whether to Legalize Drugs (Yes, Even Heroin)

Prohibition creates a vast investment bank for crimes like kidnapping.<p><i>This piece was published in partnership with The Influence.</i><p>The arguments for the war on drugs are collapsing all around us. Today, some 53 percent of US citizens think this war has not been worth the cost—while only 19 percent …

Cannabis

'The Daily Show' host Trevor Noah fires off tweetstorm arguing that Donald Trump is a fascist

Trevor Noah, the host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," ripped Republican frontrunner Donald Trump in a Wednesday-afternoon tweetstorm.<p>Noah contended that Trump is indeed a fascist, based on a list of the defining features of fascism — like "fear of outsiders," and "resentment of national …

The Daily Show

The Best-Kept Secret to a Highly Successful Relationship

According to Adam Grant, author of <i>Give and Take: A Revolutionary Approach to Success</i>(and Wharton’s most popular faculty member), people fall into …

Self-improvement

Researchers say this disagreeable personality trait displayed by Bill Gates as a kid may predict success in adulthood

As his intellectual capacity grew, so did his argumentativeness. He refused to do the things his mom asked of him, like cleaning his room and showing up on time to dinner, according to The Wall Street Journal.<p>It came to a head one night when Gates was about 12 years old. The "tempestuous" …

Psychology

Clinton pushes back on campaign shake-up rumors

Hillary Clinton’s campaign is pushing back against reports of a personnel shake-up as the Democratic presidential candidate enters Tuesday’s New Hampshire primary the underdog.<p>The speculation was kicked up Monday when Politico published a story saying Clinton isn't happy with her current campaign’s …

Harvard Social Psychologist Amy Cuddy on Mastering the Antidote to Anxiety, Self-Consciousness, and Impostor Syndrome

“Before we even show up at the doorstep of an opportunity, we are teeming with dread and anxiety, borrowing trouble from a future that hasn’t yet unfolded.”<p><i>“We know that we live in contradiction,”</i> Albert Camus wrote in his magnificent meditation on strength of character, <i>“but we also know that we</i> …

The popularity of Bernie Sanders speaks volumes about Americans’ rejection of organized religion

Bernie Sanders’ lack of religious faith is more normal in America than many pundits and politicians seem to think<p>Bernie Sanders has already done a bang-up job of showing that the word "socialist" isn't the political death knell that it used to be assumed it must be. Could he do the same for the …

Middle-class

The best way to deal with stress, according to a 69-year-old monk who scientists say is the 'world's happiest man'

That's because he participated in part of a 12-year brain study on meditation and compassion led by University of Wisconsin neuroscientist Richard Davidson. And Davidson found his brain waves and activity to be off the happiness charts.<p>In 2008, Davidson had a group of expert meditators (including …

Mindfulness

9 surprising facts that can help you learn anything faster

But some people keep studying — and thinking — the same way all their lives.<p>Thankfully, cognitive science has taken a look at how people actually learn. The results are surprising and super helpful.

Harvard Business School

Psychiatrists studied 400 movies to find the most realistic psychopath

But according to one group of psychiatrists, these men aren't Hollywood's most realistic psychopaths.<p>In fact, they may not be psychopaths at all.<p>Psychopathy, loosely defined, is a varying combination of cold-heartedness and violence. The most extreme psychopaths kill without remorse, mutilating …

Psychiatry

Hawking: Humans at risk of lethal 'own goal'

<b>Humanity is at risk from a series of dangers of our own making, according to Prof Stephen Hawking.</b><p>Nuclear war, global warming and genetically-engineered viruses are among the scenarios he singles out.<p>And he says that further progress in science and technology will create "new ways things can go …

Singularity

4 cosmic phenomena that travel faster than the speed of light

But that's not the entire story. In fact, it's just the beginning.<p>Before Einstein, mass — the atoms that make up you, me, and everything we see — and energy were treated as separate entities. But in 1905, Einstein forever changed the way physicists view the universe.<p>Einstein's Special Theory of …

Physics
Teaching

This one-minute-long, 220-word answer given by Donald Trump proves he's the ultimate salesman

"Isn't it un-American and wrong to discriminate against people based on their religion?"<p>Trump replied with a long-winded but brilliantly structured one-minute answer. Evan Puschak, founder of NerdWriter, analyzed all 220 words and determined Trump's sentence structure and basic word choices give …

Donald Trump

A leading theory about how consciousness works may be wrong

Until now, it had been widely accepted that conscious thought requires complex, sustained and widespread brain activity, while the mind's unconscious workings involve much shorter and simpler processes.<p>However, the paper, which appeared in the journal Cortex, seems to show that some of the …

Consciousness

This Image Can Trick Your Brain And Make You See It In Color

Perception is a fickle thing. As good as our senses are at keeping us alive, they can often mislead and deceive us. Here’s a great example of that …

8 Tips for Dealing With Stress and Overwhelm

In today's modern world, distractions are growing, busy-ness is increasing, stress is climbing and people are feeling more overwhelmed than ever before. Information overload, the rapid rate of change and increased role expectations are all contributors. These trends are unlikely to slow down so …

Time Management

You Are Not Just Your Brain

For some time now, I've been skeptical about the neuroscience of consciousness. Not so much because I doubt that consciousness is affected by neural states and processes, but because of the persistent tendency on the part of some neuroscientists to think of consciousness itself as a neural …

Consciousness

Vitamin D Can Turn You Into Superman, Says Science

Vitamin D Can Turn You Into Superman, Says ScienceStaff Photo by Derek Davis: Monday, Nov. 10, 2008. Vitamin D Capsules. (Photo by Derek …

Wellness