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Magic mushrooms "reset" key brain circuits in depressed people

‘Shrooming Through Sadness<p>Psychedelics like lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) and psilocybin are popular for their use as party drugs, but less so for …

'Saturday Night Live' Adds Three Cast Members for Season 43

Heidi Gardner, Luke Null and Chris Redd join as featured players<p>“Saturday Night Live” has added three new cast members ahead of Season 43, namely …

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A Daily Dose Of Marijuana In Old Age Keeps Dementia Away

We all forget things sometimes, whether it's our car keys or the words to a song. As we age, changes in memory are normal, but we also become more …

Mark Twain stories, 150 years old, uncovered by Berkeley scholars

Scholars at the University of California, Berkeley have uncovered and authenticated a cache of stories written by Mark Twain when he was a 29-year-old newspaperman in San Francisco. Many of the stories are 150 years old.<p>Twain wrote some of the letters and stories at the San Francisco Chronicle when …

Literature

15 Ideas That Will Make You Reconsider Virtual Reality

What can virtual reality be when you forget about video game cliches? These experimental apps ponder that question.<p>We’ve heard a lot of talk about virtual reality, but what will people actually do with it, other than make a more immersive <i>Call of Duty</i> sequel? Right now, Oculus and Samsung are …

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 California

“Wild Canaries” and “Bluebird” reflect the new indie filmmaker dream — to make it big on TV

Opposite poles (and competing birds) of indie cinema: A lovely, wintry Maine fable and a Dunham-flavored crime romp<p>This week brings us two appealing and highly watchable independent features that have strikingly similar qualities even as the worlds they depict, and the nature of their …

How 'SuperAger' Brains Are Different Than Everyone Else's

Researchers working with SuperAgers—people aged 80 and up with impeccable memory—reveal how their brains look decades younger. And compared to others …

Attention: A Muscle to Strengthen

A doctor's recommendations for mental health evoke more philosophy than biology.<p>"Today is Thursday, the day of Meaning."<p>That's the message at the very top of the page. And from there down, almost everything about Amit Sood's website, stressfree.org, is couched in the self-help jargon that …

Mindfulness