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Germanwings co-pilot mental illness: Suicide is linked to depression but mass murder is not.

Because Germanwings pilot Andreas Lubitz killed <i>himself</i> when he purposefully drove a plane carrying 149 other people into a mountain in the Alps, …

18 Science Facts You Believed In The 1990s That Are Now Totally Wrong

The 1990s had better music, but it was a more primitive time. Science is a constantly changing endeavor.

Black Holes

8 Tips to Jumpstart Your Productivity and Boost Your Success

Do you find yourself constantly overwhelmed and always running to stay in place? You’re not alone. It’s easy to get lost in the maze of urgent …

How our brains create 'mental time travel' - Futurity

Neuroscientists call high fidelity memories "mental time travel." Experiments reveal new information about the brain during these moments.

Time Travel

11 One-Hour DIYs For Your Bedroom

Bedroom looking a little bland? These 11 snazzy projects take less than an hour<p><b>1. Wooden Tray</b><p><i>Learning Creative Living</i><p>A wooden tray is a must-have for in-bed snackers. Load it up with snacks, coffee, and books, and it's a handy way to bring your morning essentials into the bedroom with you. All you …

Tips and Tricks for Healthy Shopping on a Budget

<b>“Eating healthy is expensive.”</b> Ever heard that before? Ever said that before?<p>Unfortunately, 99-cent chicken, broccoli, and sweet potato deals are …

Facts About Weight Loss and Fish and Beer

Tongue-tied between the sheets? New research confirms old advice: <b>Just asking for what you want usually works</b>, according to a study in <i>Sexual and Relationship Therapy</i>.<p>Explicitly asking to try a new position, for example, succeeded 85 percent of the time, says study author Shawna Harris, Ph.D.<p>"If …

America's Most Innovative Gyms

The Green Microgym<p>Portland, OR<p>The cardio machines at this eco-friendly facility transform your effort into electricity, pumping out enough juice to not only help power the gym but also occasionally feed the local grid. As a result, this place's carbon footprint is a mere one-tenth that of most …

How hunting with wolves helped humans outsmart the Neanderthals

Dogs are humanity’s oldest friends, renowned for their loyalty and abilities to guard, hunt and chase. But modern humans may owe even more to them than we previously realised. We may have to thank them for helping us eradicate our caveman rivals, the Neanderthals.<p>According to a leading US …

Humanity

Beginners Guide To Intermittent Fasting: Science And Supplementation

Limiting when you eat can help you lose fat, gain muscle, and make it easier to stick to your diet. Here's how it works and what supplements will …

Holistic Medicine

16 optical illusions more fun than that damn dress

Well, if we've learned anything from the Internet today, it's that your eyes can play tricks on you.<p>A photo of one dress revealing what we suspect is …

Why Are People Seeing Different Colors In That Damn Dress?

Is it an optical illusion? Rods and cones? Monitor settings? We found a few neuroscientists to weigh in, and, unsurprisingly, they pointed to the brain.<p>You can take our poll here. So far, about three-quarters of respondents see white and gold.<p>But why are people seeing such wildly different colors? …

The Brain

‘Big Brain’ Gene Found in Humans, But Not in Chimps

A single gene may have helped pave the way for the rise of human intelligence by dramatically increasing the number of neurons found in a key brain region.<p>This gene seems to be uniquely human: It is found in modern-day humans, Neanderthals and another branch of extinct humans called Denisovans, but …

Evolution

Crystallized books

Artist Alexis Arnold bends books at their spines, crumples them, and rolls them around in a Borax solution that causes them to be encrusted with tiny …

Books

Tips for Planning a Roots Travel Trip

Planning a roots travel trip can yield rewarding, and surprising, results. “For some people, the thrill of just being there is enough,” says Marion Hager, owner of genealogy travel company Hager’s Journeys.<p><b>Here’s how she says you can get the most out of a trip:</b><p><b>Use a local tour operator.</b> If you are …

Genealogy

A Simple Brain Hack for Wiser Decisions | Inc.com

Wisdom is a very valuable trait but also an elusive one. While you can study to get smarter, or perhaps meditate to get calmer, most of us don't know any way to get wiser other than to live, experience, and learn from our errors. Wisdom, in other words, doesn't seem to lend itself to hacks or …

Psychology

Five things Alice in Wonderland reveals about the brain

Lewis Carroll’s popular tales contain some hidden truths about the human brain that are still inspiring neuroscientists to this day. David Robson takes a leap down the rabbit hole.<p>Lewis Carroll was remarkably modest about his masterpiece. “The heroine spends an hour underground, and meets various …

Literature

March 2015

Diversity

16 Adorable Tips On Living Your Best Life

Sass = IMPORTANT.

Cute

Inside the Psychology of Productivity | Inc.com

More practically, the rigid, reductive format of to-do lists is not optimal for the kinds of work done by leaders, says Teresa Amabile, a professor and director of research at Harvard Business School. "The really important things that don't generally have a specific deadline may be what you should …

Time Management

Hilarious Jimmy Kimmel Prank Finds Out How Much People Will Lie About Oscar-Nominated Movies

In the latest edition of “Lie Witness News,” late night TV host Jimmy Kimmel sent a camera crew to Hollywood to quiz people about Oscar-nominated films and roles — including some made-up ones.<p>For example, one woman was asked, “What did you think of Helen Mirren’s performance as Cate Blanchett as …

Six Quick Happiness Fixes

Our same old routines and out-of-control smartphone addictions aren't doing much for our quality of life. So we experimented with simple lifestyle changes that max out fitness and health, and are guaranteed to leave you with a permagrin.<p>The Problem: You're Easily Distracted<p><b>The Fix</b>: Learn how to be …

Happiness

After Thousands of Years, Earth's Frozen Life Forms Are Waking Up

What's happening in Siberia's thawing permafrost and Greenland's melting glaciers sounds borderline supernatural. Ancient viruses, bacteria, plants, …

26 Beatnik Slang Phrases You Should Start Using

Plenty of phrases from the first self-described hipster generation have lasted into modern conversation: people still get <i>bent out of shape</i>, annoying …

Etymology