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With wave of Iranian oil imminent, a shudder in Saudi Arabia

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new wave of oil from Iran will flow into a global market awash in oil where prices are plunging to depths not seen in a dozen …

Oil

13 small things you do that people use to judge your personality

Whether it's a date or a job interview, the small stuff matters — from the firmness of your handshake to how often you check your phone.<p>We checked out the Quora thread "What are the really small things that tell a lot about a person's psychology and personality?" and the latest scientific research, …

Flickr

The Brain's GPS May Also Help Us Map Our Memories

A brain system that helps us find our way to the supermarket may also help us navigate a lifetime of memories.<p>At least that's the implication of a study of rats published in the journal <i>Neuron.</i><p>Itfound that special brain cells that track an animal's location also can track time and distance. This …

The Brain

A psychologist explains why materialism is making you unhappy

Materialists lead unhappier lives — and are worse to the people around them. And it seems that social media might be fueling materialistic attitudes, too. This is all according to a fascinating interview the American Psychological Association posted in 2014 with Knox College psychologist Tim …

Children of divorce: 82% rather parents separate than 'stay for the kids'

Poll by Resolution also finds nearly a third would have liked if divorcing parents did not criticise each other in front of them<p>Most young people who have experienced divorce do not believe parents should stay together for the sake of the children, according to a survey by the family law …

Divorce

Why Men Criticize Their SAHM Wives

Many couples who see me for counseling are struggling with the demands of parenting small children. Frequently, the husband works outside the home, in a classic financial provider role, and the wife stays at home with kids under 5. There can be a great deal of conflict when the men criticize their …

Characteristics of Three (and a half) Year Old Behavior

Some time ago I wrote a post on the Characteristics of Two (and a half) Year Old Behavior. In recent weeks, my fourth child’s behaviour has become …

8 Breathtaking New Photos of the #FollowMeTo Couple in India and Singapore

As always, this is the epitome of #wanderlust and #relationshipgoals.<p>When we last left Natalia and Murad Osmann–better known as the #FollowMeTo couple that became famous for their beautiful photos featuring Natalia leading her man to stunning locations across the globe—they had just gotten married …

An FBI Agent Shares 9 Secrets to Reading People

23 years in the FBI taught this entrepreneur the remarkable power of observation.<p>The ability to read others will greatly affect how you deal with them. When you understand how another person is feeling, you can adapt your message and communication style to make sure it is received in the best way …

The blind woman who switched personalities and could suddenly see

By Sarah Kaplan<p>, Reporter<p>It had been more than a decade since “B.T.” had last seen anything.<p>After suffering a traumatic accident as a young woman, doctors diagnosed her with cortical blindness, caused by damage to the visual processing centers in her brain. So she got a seeing eye dog to guide her …

Vision Loss

Silicon Valley workers are using 'microdoses' of LSD to boost their creativity

Recently, he has discovered a new way to enhance his productivity and creativity, and it's not Five Hour Energy or meditation.<p>Ken is one of a growing number of professionals who enjoy taking "microdoses" of psychedelics - in his free time and, occasionally, at the office.<p>"I had an epic time," he …

Silicon Valley

9 Foods That Can Change Your Brain

We are constantly striving to fill our minds with more and more knowledge as we get older, and with age comes a certain amount of wisdom but it’s …

Crab Fisherman Nabs Sea Drone Instead

Lost little war machine finds friendly folks<p>Sailors have for millennia known that the sea hides far more than it reveals. Nowadays, finding robots under the water is almost an inevitability, though that didn’t mean Maryland crabber David Haas was expecting to find one. On November 5th, near the …

Generation meds: the US children who grow up on prescription drugs

Millions of US children are on medication for behavioural problems and depression – but what are the long-term effects? Photographer Baptiste Lignel followed six boys and girls to find out. Introduction by Sarah Boseley<p>In America, medication is becoming almost as much a staple of childhood as …

Power plants: how scientists could harness energy from flowers

Researchers at Linköping University have shown it was possible to create an electric circuit within a plant<p>Scientists have woven electronics into the vascular system of living plants for the first time in a breakthrough which could allow them to convert photosynthesis into power.<p>A team at Linköping …

Welcome To Brain Science’s Next Frontier: Virtual Reality

Amy Robinson, executive director at the startup EyeWire, is making neuroscience into a playground for the hot tech du jour.<p>Virtual reality is here, and brands of all stripes are embracing the tech. The <i>New York Times</i> and Google newly partnered to send more than 1 million cardboard VR viewers to <i>Times</i> …

Why We Hurt Each Other: Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Truth of the Human Spirit

In 1908, Indian revolutionary Taraknath Das wrote to Leo Tolstoy, by then one of the most famous public figures in the world, asking for the author’s support in India’s independence from British colonial rule. On December 14, Tolstoy, who had spent the last twenty years seeking the answers to …

The Daddy Diaries. Chapter 24. A Buddhist View of Attachment Parenting.

Before you have a baby, everyone warns you to kiss sleep goodbye. "Good luck," they say, with a smile full of <i>schadenfreude.</i> (I wonder why German is the only language with a word that means being happy when other people suffer.) They wish you luck the way someone who has just assembled a piece of …

Parenting

The 16 Best Tattoo Artists on Instagram

Whether you're covered in tats or prefer to remain ink-free, there's no denying tattooing is an art.<p>Whether you're covered in tats or prefer to remain ink-free, there's no denying tattooing is an art. Click through to see who's doing it best, and let these artists inspire your next piece (or just …

3 secrets to dealing with anger the right way, according to neuroscience

And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that's not going to be good for anyone…<p>I've talked before about how to deal with others who are angry and irrational, but how can you control those emotions in <i>yourself</i>?<p>Looking at the neuroscience, there's a right way and a wrong way to do …

Anger Management

Why it’s good to have a strong-willed child, and why you should let up on them

By Lauren Knight<p>“I will <i>not</i> cut my hair. Never. The answer is never, Mom, and the answer will always be never, so you should just stop asking me.” He said it without attitude, in a matter-of-fact way, as though he were simply reporting on the weather or time of day. At 6 years old, my second-born …

Parenting

A computer made up stories about these 13 photos and the results are hilarious

Developer Samim Winiger has merged image-recognition and language-processing software to birth an open-source program that can take an image and make up a story about it on the spot.<p>To give it human-like language, Winiger leaned on two AI models built by University of Toronto PhD student Ryan …