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What Bipolar Isn’t: Part I Major Depressive Disorder

<i>This post is one of four about four mental illnesses that are often mistaken for bipolar disorder or one another in general: major depressive</i> …

Depression

Feisty red grouse acts as 'guardian of the glen' while trying to chase cars away

Game bird nicknamed Jock refuses to budge when confronted on narrow road<p>A red grouse that has taken to flying at passing cars and “remonstrating” with drivers when they stop, has become a major attraction in a remote Highland glen.<p>The enigmatic game bird, nicknamed Jock by local gamekeepers, has …

Birds

Banksy’s Grim Tour of Gaza: Watch a Mini Documentary by the Shadowy Street Artist

The world’s most mysterious street artist released a 2-minute documentary online Wednesday that details the horrors of Gaza—allegedly shot by the man …

Banksy in Gaza: Street artist goes undercover in the Strip

The anonymous artist creates a mock travel advert to highlight the plight of the Gaza Strip in a slick video<p>It bears the title: "Make this the year YOU discover a new destination." But this is no ordinary travel advert.<p>Instead, in a new undercover documentary by <b>Banksy</b> filmed in <b>Gaza</b>, the anonymous …

Israel

How to Sell a (Stolen) Banksy: Chris Thompson’s Art World Nightmare

The documentary How to Sell a Banksy chronicles one man’s journey to move a Banksy artwork he nicked off the streets of London.<p>On a drizzly East …

Why astronauts get slapped in the face with a cross before going to space

Because religion. And geopolitics<p>Astronauts leave nothing to chance, and alongside the checks and double-checks carried out before a rocket launches, there's a clutch of rituals that have taken root in the world of space travel. Perhaps the oddest of these (at least visually) is the official …

A Doctor Explains How a Woman Can Go Nine Months Without Knowing She’s Pregnant

“Women who are very overweight or obese won’t necessarily see the physical changes that a baby is growing inside them, and the extra fat can insulate her from feeling the baby move and kick,” says Mary Jane Minkin, M.D., clinical professor of ob-gyn at Yale School of Medicine.<p>If your flow always …

Painting by Hitler goes to auction

A still-life watercolor painting of flowers by a young Adolf Hitler will be sold at auction in Los Angeles this week, organisers have announced.<p>The 1912 canvas, painted by the future Nazi leader when he was a struggling artist in his mid-20s, is going under the hammer at the Nate D Sanders auction …

Art

Is Google working on a cure for cancer?

Google has filed a patent application, suggesting development of its anti-cancer technology is well under way<p>Google has filed a patent application with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) for a wrist-worn device that could destroy cancer cells in the blood.<p>The patent application, …

Wearable Tech

Study: Homeopathy not effective in treating anything

Americans spent $2.9 billion on homeopathic medicine in a single year<p>Homeopathy, the medical concept based on the premise that "like cures like" has been around for over 200 years. Practitioners of homeopathy dilute a substance that produces a given symptom with water or alcohol with the …

Genomes project produces first diagnoses of rare diseases

Three men from two families are the first patients to be diagnosed with rare diseases after volunteering to have their complete genetic codes mapped as part of the groundbreaking 100,000 Genomes Project.<p>They will now be eligible for personalised treatment designed to target their genetic defects or …

Genetics

Inside The Post-Minecraft Life Of Billionaire Gamer God Markus Persson

It’s 7 p.m. on a Monday in Stockholm, and Markus Persson sits on the terrace of his ninth-story office, sipping the speedball of alcoholic beverages, a vodka Red Bull. Three hours ago he committed to not drinking today, still in recovery from a 12-drink Thursday bender while nursing an ear …

Leonardo Da Vinci

New trick lets you put folders inside folders on your iPhone

Organizing them can be a colossal pain when you don't have the ability to nest your folders.<p>Placing a folder within a folder, called "nesting," is a feature Apple has never allowed on its platform, but there's a way to trick your iPhone into letting you do it anyway!<p><i>Note: This trick was tested in</i> …

Pain Really Is All In Your Head And Emotion Controls Intensity

When you whack yourself with a hammer, it feels like the pain is in your thumb. But really it's in your brain.<p>That's because our perception of pain is shaped by brain circuits that are constantly filtering the information coming from our sensory nerves, says David Linden, a professor of …

Borderline Personality Disorder: 'I couldn't deal with the rollercoaster in my head'

The majority of those diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder are women but still so few people understand what it is. Sarah Graham reports<p>Mental health has never been so high on the agenda. Both Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband have made it a key part of their election campaigns, and we're …

Mental Health

4 Food Rules For Strength Training

How your diet should (and shouldn't) change when you amp up your workout routine<p>When it comes to healthy eating for a fit and active lifestyle, certain facts are undeniable: Water is crucial, you can eat as many veggies as you want, and weight loss/maintenance is more a result of diet than …

Nutrition

Kenya closes down hundreds of NGOs

Kenya has closed 510 non-governmental organisations, including 15 for allegedly "raising funds for terrorists", as part of a security crackdown following repeated attacks.<p>The government's NGO coordination board said on Tuesday that "some NGOs have been and continue to be used for criminal …

Tiny Houses: A Big Idea to End Homelessness

Advocates tackling the nation's homeless problem are thinking small.<p>In Austin, Texas, a village of 200 tiny houses is being built for the homeless. In upstate New York, Rochester Greenovation has designed a prototype for small-scale individualized shelters. “Homeless No More Survival Pods” have …

Homelessness

Meet the Dropleton, Weird New Particle Created by Scientists

Artist's conception of a microscopic dropleton, or quantum droplet - a new quasiparticle discovered by JILA physicists Handout / Reuters<p>In the field of quantum physics, you could call this a droplet in the bucket.<p>Physicists in Germany and the United States said on Wednesday they have created an …

900-Year-Old Viking Message Decoded, Reads 'Kiss Me'

The mystery of a 900-year-old Viking message has finally been solved. Cryptologists, put down your cipher devices, because the formerly incomprehensible code that's been haunting your dreams reads in part: "Kiss me."<p>A runic artifact that reads: "Kiss Me". Photographer: Jonas Nordby.<p>The baffling …

Ancient mammoth tusk offers gateway to Seattle's history

SEATTLE — A backhoe, an apprentice plumber and a 20,000-year-old piece of ivory (give or take a few millenniums) have brought out Puget Sound's inner paleontologist.<p>Last week a Columbian mammoth tusk was discovered in the foundation of an apartment building under construction in the South Lake …

Sochi officials order stray dogs killed ahead of Olympics

Thousands of stray dogs have been living amid the mud and rubble of Olympic construction sites, roaming the streets and snowy mountainsides, and begging for scraps of food.<p>But as the games drew near, authorities have turned to a company to catch and kill the animals so they don't bother Sochi's new …

Terrifying ‘Orchid Mantis’ is Camouflaged to Look Exactly Like a Pink Orchid Flower | Colossal

<p>In an unparalleled feat of natural selection the Orchid Mantis (<i>Hymenopus coronatus</i>) from Southeast Asia has evolved to look almost exactly like an …

Chopin's Favorite Piano Factory Plays Its Final Chord

<b>Listen · 4:52</b><p><b>Toggle more options</b><p><b>Download</b>• <b><br>Transcript</b><p>One of the world's oldest and most iconic piano makers, Pleyel, will close its factory doors in Paris at the end of 2013.<p>The French press characterized the bankruptcy as inevitable in the face of cheaper competition from China. But many disagree: …

Popular Antacids Increase The Risk Of B-12 Deficiency

Acid-inhibiting drugs like Zantac and Prilosec have become hugely popular because they're so good at preventing the unpleasant symptoms of heartburn and acid indigestion.<p>But the drugs also make it more likely that a person will be short on vitamin B-12. And that can contribute to health problems …

Da Vinci's String Organ Must Be Heard To Be Believed

The man who painted the Mona Lisa, and was the first to sketch out the helicopter and the submarine, also dabbled in music. So here's the question: What musical instrument did Leonardo da Vinci design?<p>There isn't an easy answer. His 15th-century sketches indicate something between a harpsichord and …