Alexander Karam

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I went from sedentary academic to 100-mile marathon runner—thanks to the science of self-control

Most people have days they’ll never forget. For me, that day is April 26, 2011.<p>It was my first time appearing on National Public Radio. As part of the program <i>All Things Considered</i>, host Michele Norris interviewed me about my research that suggested increasing narcissism in pop music lyrics. Michele …

Self Control

When I Knew it Was Time to End My Relationship With MDMA

MDMA seems like proof that what comes up must come down.<p>In the spring of 2016, my longstanding perfectionism had spun into a full-blown neurosis. I was working from 6 am to midnight daily. I prioritized hoarding money over doctors’ appointments, train tickets, and decent clothes. I rarely ate full …

Mind

'You're getting nothing': Steve Jobs' daughter wrote a heartbreaking memoir about their often brutal relationship

Lisa Brennan-Jobs, daughter of Apple CEO Steve Jobs, has published an excerpt from her upcoming memoir "Small Fry" — and it contains heartbreaking details about her difficult relationship with her father.<p>This is the first time Brennan-Jobs has written in depth about her father, who initially denied …

Silicon Valley

'Puppeteer Fungus' Forces Flies Into a Creepy Sunset Death Ritual

"Holy shit, this is not what I expected."<p>When Carolyn Elya, Ph.D., put an organic watermelon out on her balcony, she knew that it would attract fruit …

Biology

This Parasite Drugs Its Hosts With the Psychedelic Chemical in Shrooms

It also makes their butts fall off.<p>Imagine emerging into the sun after 17 long years spent lying underground, only for your butt to fall off.<p>That ignominious fate regularly befalls America’s cicadas. These bugs spend their youth underground, feeding on roots. After 13 or 17 years of this, they …

Insects

What It's Like to Be a Big-Time Female Coke Trafficker

"We were moving like 60 keys a week. I brought in my dad and my stepbrother and we were off and running."<p><i>Brandi Davis, 36, grew up around the drug game in Detroit. As the daughter of a big-time dope man, she lived a privileged childhood and adolescence, attending private school, driving a BMW, and</i> …

Crime

China Is Blaming Canada For Its Cannabis Problem But Is Producing 50% Of The World's Supply

Canada’s legalization of cannabis this year wasn’t met with red-envelope-like celebration by Chinese government officials. The Chinese government has long blamed the maple-blanketed country for its handling of tons of illegal cannabis imports. Those officials have a right to be somewhat perturbed, …

Cannabis

Misreporting on Cannabis Study Suggests Drug Is Harmful to the Brain

Don't always trust the headlines.<p>A new study on marijuana is getting attention in the press, but the headlines about it may be misleading because the …

Cannabis

Scientists Have Found a Way to Reverse Wrinkles and Hair Loss, According to an "Unprecedented" New Study

As the worlds of beauty and cutting-edge science become increasingly intertwined by the minute, the role that our genes play in healthy, youthful skin has never been clearer, with findings once reserved for cancer research and autoimmune diseases now offering the clues about the aging face. …

hair loss

What Is Kratom? How the Plant Could Help Fight the Opioid Crisis

But a federal ban could stunt research.<p>While Kratom is heavily discussed in niche communities on YouTube and Reddit, the herbal drug is still …

Cannabis

Fitness experts agree that sit-ups are worthless — here are 9 moves they recommend instead

From celebrity trainers working in the trendiest Manhattan gyms to the National Institute for Fitness and Sport in Indianapolis and the US Army training exams, sit-ups are developing a bad reputation.<p>Scientists have discovered that the moves, once a staple of basic workout routines, don't reduce …

Workouts

New Scientific Theory Suggests That The Universe Is Conscious And We Are A Part Of A Giant Mind!

<b>WE ARE THE UNIVERSE BECOMING CONSCIOUS OF ITSELF!</b><p>Science and technology have relatively bridged the gap between man and the universe throughout the …

This sex-positive dating app connects people through their fantasies

As with, well, everything really, the internet has changed the dating game. Just think how ubiquitous the phrase “swipe right” has become.<p>Yet while apps like Tinder work for many people, there’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to sexuality. It’s in these realms outside …

Relationships

Artificial Intelligence (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)

1. The History of AI<p>The field of artificial intelligence (AI) officially started in 1956, launched by a small but now-famous DARPA-sponsored summer …

Artificial Intelligence

How To Iron A Shirt For A Perfectly Crisp Result

Ah, the good old days – when you could throw your dress shirt in a crumpled heap on the floor and your mother would iron it back to perfection. Or …

How a Weighted Vest Helps You Run Faster, Get Stronger, and Look Like an Action Hero

Everything you need to know about the wearable gym accessory that will supercharge every type of workout.<p>Sooner or later, it happens to everyone: You hit a plateau in your exercise regimen, when everything seems to come a little <i>too</i> easy. Your push-ups are picturesque and your squat form is …

The Rejection of This Marijuana Petition by the FDA Could Be a Bigger Deal Than You Realize

Suddenly, rescheduling cannabis doesn't seem like such a terrible idea.<p>In just a few months, the legal cannabis industry will be turned on its head. …

For The First Time, Scientists Achieve 'Liquid Light' at Room Temperature

A Frankenstein mash-up of light and matter.<p>In June 2017, physicists achieved 'liquid light' at room temperature for the first time ever, making this …

The Manscaping Guide to Healthy, Well-Groomed Pubic Hair

Before you start grooming, wash your hands and sanitize your tools. You might also want to take a quick warm bath or shower first to soften the …

Spiders Can Fly Hundreds of Miles Using Electricity

Scientists are finally starting to understand the centuries-old mystery of “ballooning.”<p>On October 31, 1832, a young naturalist named Charles Darwin walked onto the deck of the HMS <i>Beagle</i> and realized that the ship had been boarded by thousands of intruders. Tiny red spiders, each a millimeter wide, …

Spiders

The counterintuitive tricks to asking better questions, according to Harvard research

Having the ability to ask a question appears to be a uniquely human trait, one that saves us time and energy as we gather resources and information. It also allows us to develop empathy for others and create bonds of trust, even among strangers. Indeed, people who ask more questions are seen as …

Framing

Hollywood actor maimed in kidnapping, ransom plot, indictment says

LOS ANGELES — A trio of violent kidnappers maimed a Hollywood actor and kept him and an actress hostage during a failed ransom plot, according to an indictment unveiled Tuesday by a Los Angeles grand jury.<p>Joseph Capone and actress Daisy McCrackin, who stars in the horror movie franchise "Halloween: …

Los Angeles

I never said that! High-tech deception of 'deepfake' videos

Hey, did that congressman really say that? Is that really President Donald Trump on that video, or am I being duped?<p>New technology on the internet …

Trump administration rolls back racial diversity guidelines for colleges

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded an extensive set of guidelines put in place under President Barack Obama that had called on colleges and universities to consider race as a way of promoting diversity.<p>U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said the 24 documents many …

Donald Trump

China's new laser-powered rifle can literally set you on fire

You could get burned if you upset the Chinese government.<p>Researchers in the country have reportedly developed a prototype laser assault rifle with similar dimensions to an AK-47, according to South China Morning Post. The new high-tech weapon is dubbed the ZKZM-500.<p>The ZKZM-500 can reportedly set a …

Batteries

What is a Cenote?

A cenote is a deep, water-filled sinkhole in limestone that is created when the roof of an underground cavern collapses. This creates a natural pool …

Why Russians don't smile

In the lead-up to the World Cup, articles appeared noting that Russian workers were being taught how to properly smile at the foreign soccer fans who would soon be visiting their country.<p>One of us — Masha — is a Russian immigrant. She'll be quick to tell you that in Russia, randomly smiling at …

Electric car buyers claim they were misled by Nissan

<b>Owners of Nissan's new electric Leaf say they were given misleading information about the car before buying it.</b><p>They say charging the Leaf can take three times longer than claimed on Nissan's website.<p>Others are unhappy that the range on a single charge is not as good as the 235 miles they were …

Facts don’t change people’s minds. Here’s what does

If you had asked me this question – How do you change a mind? – two years ago, I would have given you a different answer.<p>As a former scientist, I …

Al Gore

This Beautiful Golden Chamber Contains Water So Pure It Can Dissolve Metal

It can detect dying stars.<p>Hidden 1,000 metres (3,300 feet) under Mount Ikeno in Japan is a place that looks like a supervillain's …