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This is why our phones are making us miserable: happiness isn't the same thing as pleasure, and our brain knows it

People trying to sell you a new car, a fancy phone, or a bigger home might like you to believe that money can buy a whole lot of happiness. But your brain knows that's not true. Money can buy you pleasure, but happiness has to come from somewhere else.<p>If you're confused between happiness and …

Happiness

Free Community-based GPS, Maps & Traffic Navigation App

Nothing can beat real people<p>working together<p>Imagine millions of drivers out on the roads, working together towards a common goal: to outsmart traffic …

A High-School Student Just Won $250,000 For This Incredible Explanation of Relativity

This is genius.<p>The German physicist Albert Einstein needed complex equations to describe his theory of relativity, but 18-year-old Hillary Diane …

Silicon Valley's LSD habit is exploding, and now a 27-year old is offering how-to tutorials over Skype

Paul Austin's favorite way to open a TED talk is by telling his audience that he took LSD that day.<p>Austin, 27, bills himself as a professional microdosing coach. After personally experimenting with the regimen — which involves taking tiny, "sub-perceptual" doses of LSD or another psychedelic for up …

Silicon Valley

3 scientists just won the Nobel Prize for discovering how body clocks are regulated — here's why that's such a big deal

The thing that makes you a "morning person" or a "night owl" isn't an arbitrary preference or tendency. It's something that's fundamentally part of your biological makeup — and something that we ignore at our own peril.<p>On Monday, Jeffrey Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael Young were awarded the …

Nobel Prize

This infographic lists all the cognitive biases humans experience

The human brain is capable of incredible things, but it's also extremely flawed at times.<p>Science has shown that we tend to make all sorts of mental mistakes, called "cognitive biases", that can affect both our thinking and actions. These biases can lead to us extrapolating information from the …

7 Amazing Animal Organs People Don't Have

Under-eye "flashlights," venom glands, claspers. Nature abounds with body parts that aren't found in humans.<p>We humans like to explore the world, but sometimes we even find surprises in our own bodies.<p>Take the mesentery, a membrane that attaches the intestine to the abdominal wall. A new study …

Zoology

80 Empowered Women Go Bare-Breasted in New York

While portrait photographer Jordan Matter may best be known for his uplifting series <i>Dancers Among Us</i>, a collection of photographs of dancers leaping on city streets, it's his portraits of over 80 bare-breasted women that will have you talking today. Over the course of six years, Matter asked women …

Self-Acceptance

Technique

The LaBlanche stamps blog has amazing tutorial video showing how to stamp onto acetate and then color on the backside with DecoArts paints for some …

Sarah Wollaston: Veil debate should be wake-up call for feminism

Politicians need to set clear national guidance on where women should be allowed to wear veils, says Sarah Wollaston MP.<p>This past month should be a wake-up call for feminism. Birmingham Metropolitan College has lifted the ban on students wearing the niqab and Blackfriars Crown Court has similarly …

Electronic tattoo tracks the heat running through your veins

Wearable sensors can tell more and more about what happens inside us<p>Thermometers don't seem like they need reinventing. Just stick one beneath your tongue, wait a minute, and everything you need to know is right in front of you. But there's a lot more that temperature can tell us if we're paying …

Nanotube Probe Gives a Single Neuron’s View of Brain Activity - MIT Technology Review

A tiny spear made of carbon nanotubes can probe the internal electrical activity of a single neuron, giving researchers a more refined look at how …

The Brain

The Lewis Model Explains Every Culture In The World

A world traveler who speaks ten languages, British linguist Richard Lewis decided he was qualified to plot the world's cultures on a chart.<p>He did so while acknowledging the dangers of stereotypes.<p>"Determining national characteristics is treading a minefield of inaccurate assessment and surprising …

How to live longer – the experts' guide to ageing

Experts on the ageing process explain why having good friends, lifting weights and learning languages can lead to a longer life<p><b>JERRALD RECTOR, 26: Lift weights for better immunity</b><p><b>By the time we reach 80, most of us will be infected with a type of herpes virus which erodes the immune system and</b> …

Scientific American declares it’s against GMO labeling

The magazine’s editors came out as pro-genetically modified foods<p>Adding to the growing contention that to be anti-GMO is to be anti-science, Scientific American is throwing its support behind the technology. In their most recent print issue, the editors of the long-running popular science magazine …

Conspiracy theories: the science behind belief in secret plots

For every major event, there is usually a theory that argues it was due to a conspiracy. Conspiracy theories are seemingly more popular than ever, so how do supposedly rational people get caught in their tangled webs?<p>With constant revelations about government surveillance and possible impending …

Scientists Find A Water-Rich Planet Outside Our Solar System

Japanese scientists have determined that a planet outside our solar system that most likely has a water-rich atmosphere. The planet, Gliese 1214b, is only 40 light years from Earth.<p>Discovered in 2009, Gliese 1214b is what’s known as a “super-Earth” – bigger than Earth but smaller than a gas giant. …

Caught on Camera: Incredible footage of a #cougar hissing at a pair of daring dogs as they circle and bark at the huge wildcat near #Victoria, B.C.: http://ow.ly/owxnv

Left Brain-Right Brain Myth Debunked

It’s simple—If you’re logical, detail-oriented, and fairly analytical, then you’re said to be left-brained. On the contrary, if you’re more …

The Brain

New timeline for origin of ancient Egypt

<b>A new timeline for the origin of ancient Egypt has been established by scientists.</b><p>A team from the UK found that the transformation from a land of disparate farmers into a state ruled by a king was more rapid than previously thought.<p>Using radiocarbon dating and computer models, they believe the …

Spectacular Motorized Flipbooks of Hand-Drawn Birds

Brooklyn-based artist Juan Fontanive creates spectacular motorized flip-books. He manually illustrates and paints each “frame” of his sculptural animations on paper and proceeds to install them in his kinetic boxes that sequentially flip through to simulate motion, just like a film projector except …

Drawing

Stunning Birdcage Table by Grégoire de Lafforest

Grégoire de Lafforest created this gorgeous birdcage table he called Cage Archibird, which he explains was designed to break convention. It creates a …

If you’ve ever wondered how a hawk with a huge wingspan can zip through a forest without smashing into trees, take a look at this video

If you’ve ever wondered how a hawk with a huge wingspan can zip through a forest without smashing into trees, take a look at this video. It’s fascinating.

96-Year-Old Man's Love Song to His Late Wife Tops iTunes Charts

Earlier this summer, Illinois-based music recording studio Green Shoe Studio launched a singer-songwriter contest open to the public in the hopes of getting to know local talent, but they had no idea that 96-year-old Peoria resident Fred Stobaugh would enter with a heartwarming song dedicated to …

Documentaries

Life on earth 'began on Mars'

Geochemist argues that seeds of life originated on Mars and were blasted to Earth by meteorites or volcanoes<p>Evidence is mounting that life on Earth may have started on Mars. A leading scientist has claimed that one particular element believed to be crucial to the origin of life would only have been …

Watch This Ballerina Dance In Pointe Shoes With Knives Attached To Them

This mesmerizing video is an art project by Javier Pérez.

Knives

Poverty saps mental capacity to deal with complex tasks, say scientists

Study suggests being preoccupied with money problems is equivalent to loss of 13 IQ points or losing a night's sleep<p>Poor people spend so much mental energy on the immediate problems of paying bills and cutting costs that they are left with less capacity to deal with other complex but important …

10 Unique Train Trips

Love train travel? These railways offer a unique window on the world, cutting a swath through some of the most breathtaking landscapes on Earth:<p><b>1. Cass Scenic Railroad (West Virginia)</b><p>The steam trains climb the 11 miles (18 km) from Cass to the 4,842-ft-high (1,476 m) summit of Bald Knob, which has …

Infographic: What Does Your Handwriting Say About You?

Personality revealed through penmanship–look out for the loops and lines of a new coworker or love interest.<p>Graphology–the study of handwriting–has long been considered a pseudoscience, in the same family as phrenology (in which a lumpy forehead could mean you’re a psychopath) and astrology (in …