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Grow your own happiness: how meditation physically changes the brain

People can boost their happiness by growing a part of the brain which increases positive thinking, scientists believe<p>Aristotle said that ‘happiness depends upon ourselves’ and a new study suggests it is possible to physically grow a happier brain through practices like meditation.<p>Although …

Happiness

Is your morning coffee too bitter? This might help

A series of simple tricks that exploit the power of chemistry including how to make your morning coffee taste better<p>Many of us have at some point been given a cup of coffee that is so bitter, it is almost undrinkable. Most reach for the sugar in an attempt to make the beverage a little more …

Coffee

6 of the World’s Longest-Lived Animals

Wildlife<p><b>The world’s oldest flamingo flew</b> <b>to that great big aviary in the sky last week</b><b>. Greater, as it was known, was the most famous flamingo in Australia’s Adelaide Zoo when it was put to sleep at age 83.</b><p>The bird was suffering from severe arthritis and was nearly blind; zookeepers decided that …

7 Totally Awesome (and Terrifying) Objects Under a Microscope

Source: The Atlantic<p>Whether in black and white or saturated with color and light, even the most commonplace of objects assume new, ornate features …

How a human lung is kept alive and breathing for a transplant

Lung in a box. Very cool.<p>To extend the time an organ can last before it’s transplanted into a recipient, engineers have developed the Organ Care System — which is essentially a box pumping blood and oxygen to the lung.<p>What’s especially neat about the OCS is that they can actually be used to improve imperfect donor lungs by flushing it with antibiotics and nutrients. Like refurbishing a lung, sort of. Putting donor lungs through the OCS helps increase and improve the number of potential donor …

New Plane-Based Surveillance System Sees Practically Everything

And this time it's not on a drone.<p>A new surveillance camera system can track movements in a city center for over six hours. Made by the aptly named "Persistent Surveillance Systems," the HAWKEYE II can watch a 4-mile square, and because it goes on the bottom of a manned airplane like a Cessna, it …

Canon Cameras

August guide to the bright planets

In August 2018, 4 planets arc across the evening sky. From west to east as night falls, these bright worlds are Venus, Jupiter, Saturn and Mars. Late …

Astronomy

How did I get here?

This week I took my dad to Geneva, to show him CERN, and ATLAS, the experiment I work on at the Large Hadron Collider. Describing my job to people reminds me of how privileged and fortunate I am to be working on a project which would have been beyond my wildest dreams as a child, and the feeling is …

Vertical farming explained: how cities could be food producers of the future

Populations are growing and cities are booming – but could we soon see skyscrapers turned into centres for crop production? From Chicago warehouses to the south pole growth chamber in Antarctica, the concept of growing food indoors is catching on. Plant scientist Dr Erik Murchie, from the …

Homelessness Is Up in New York City, But It's Down Everywhere Else

'Historic' snow storms spread havoc and misery across the Middle East

The worst snow storms since 1953 have caused chaos in Israel and the Palestinian territories and exacerbated an already severe crisis among Syrian refugees<p><b>The Middle East</b> was hit with its heaviest snow storms in 60 years yesterday, exacerbating the humanitarian crisis in Syria and forcing Israel to …

Why the 9-to-5 Day Is So Tough on Creative Workers

"Knowledge workers" tend to be more unfocused in both the early morning and mid-afternoon. Why force them to work when they're least productive?<p>Today, workers are putting in increasingly more hours—so much so that the 40-hour week has become a relic of the past. But pushing employees to clock up …

The 7 Deadly Sins of Portrait Photography

Everybody makes mistakes, even the best photographers out there make them. The key isn't to not make mistakes but to be aware of them and to learn …