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This is your brain on mindfulness training - Futurity

Many studies suggest that mindfulness training eases a range of health problems. Now, scientists offer a biological account of how it works.

Mindfulness

Watch the Earth transform in front of your eyes in these incredible Google Timelapses

Google Timelapse – the interactive map that lets you explore how the planet has changed over the last 33 years – just got its biggest overhaul …

What everyone involved in the Syria conflict wants in one giant slide

On Tuesday morning, the Turkish military said it shot down a Russian fighter jet on the Turkish-Syrian border.<p>Turkey, a NATO member, says the Russian jet violated Turkish airspace. Russia has denied this.<p>In a news conference, Russian President Vladimir Putin called the act a "stab in the back …

Epigenetics 101: a beginner’s guide to explaining everything

The word ‘epigenetics’ is everywhere these days, from academic journals and popular science articles to ads touting miracle cures. But what is …

The strange world of felt presences

On 20 May 1916, Ernest Shackleton, Frank Worsley, and Tom Crean reached Stromness, a whaling station on the north coast of South Georgia. They had been walking for 36 hours, in life-threatening conditions, in an attempt to reach help for the rest of their party: three of their crew were stuck on …

Psychology

Here's Why The 'Rule Of 72' Is Such A Great Math Hack

That trick is the rule of 72: Take your interest rate, and divide it into 72.<p>For example: If you expect a 6% average annual return, the doubling time will be 72/6 = 12 years.<p>That's much easier than trying to reverse engineer some complicated compound interest formula.<p>The reason this works comes …

Playlist: Stories That Will Spark Your Imagination

In this playlist, stories about the curious nature of spaghetti, the power of quiet minds, and a quest to build a toaster from scratch. These TED Radio Hour stories will make you curious and maybe even ignite some creative ideas of your own.<p><b>Listen</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b><p><b>Listen</b><p><b>Toggle more</b> …

Red meat triggers toxic immune reaction which causes cancer, scientists find

Scientists at the University of California discovered that the human body views red meat as a foreign invader and launches an immune response<p>Red meat has been linked to cancer for decades, with research suggesting that eating large amounts of pork, beef or lamb raises the risk of deadly tumours.<p>But …

Meat

Half of US-Mexico border now patrolled only by drone

The US government now patrols nearly half the Mexican border by drones alone in a largely unheralded shift to control desolate stretches where there are no agents, camera towers, ground sensors or fences, and it plans to expand the strategy to the Canadian border.<p>It represents a significant …