Meagan Gallagher

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Concentrate! How to tame a wandering mind

Procrastinate often? Caroline Williams does, so decided to find out if brain training could tackle her wandering mind. What she discovered could help everyone.<p>I am about to be zapped in the head with an electromagnet, once a second, for eight minutes. I fidget, trying to get comfortable in a huge …

What Happened When Ideo Tried To Teach Us How To Be Better Listeners

Is it possible to listen like an Ideo researcher? We find out.<p>“I think our world has gotten less and less good at listening.”<p>Much of your life is trying to tune out the world as much as possible. That’s a lost design opportunity.<p>That’s Fred Dust, a partner at Ideo, talking, and he’s walking us …

Does Being 'Spiritual But Not Religious' Really Mean Anything?

"Spiritual But Not Religious" is a phrase you hear more and more these days — and with good reason. In 2012, a Pew Foundation survey on religion found that almost 20 percent of Americans placed themselves in the category of "unaffiliated."<p>That 20 percent unaffiliated translates into a whole lot of …

Why stay-at-home parents are better for older children

It may be the most hotly disputed and emotionally loaded question that American parents face: Are children better off if a parent stays at home?<p>The evidence is already quite strong that staying at home during a child’s first year of life can have long-term benefits. That’s why most industrial …

Hungry? You Might Make Better Decisions, Study Finds

Have a hunger to be a better decision maker? Then stay hungry, my friends. Researchers have found that being hungry leads people to make better choices, according to a study published in PLOS ONE.<p>All study participants fasted overnight, but one group was fed breakfast immediately when they arrived …

So Maybe Money Really Does Buy Happiness?

A worldwide study finds that rising national income is highly correlated with rises in personal satisfaction and overall happiness.<p>Emerging Asian nations are finding out what developed ones did years ago: money--and the stuff it buys--brings happiness.<p>Levels of self-reported well-being in …

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Documents: Cups, methadone bottles found in probe of Utah family's deaths

Benjamin and Kristi Strack lay dead on their bed. On the floor near them lay the bodies of three of their children, from 11 to 14 years old.<p>There were no signs of trauma, no indication of toxins in the air. But beside each body there were cups with liquid inside.<p>These details come from court …

How to Buy Food: The Psychology of the Supermarket

From the layout to the little old lady who hands out samples, we explain the psychological tricks the supermarket uses to get you to buy food you don't want<p><i>This is the first part of a two-part series on how to get the most of your supermarket-shopping experience. Part One discusses how supermarkets</i> …

Mainstreaming Green: Motel 6 Gets LEED Certification

LEED certification: it isn’t just for high-end apartment buildings, giant office complexes, and swanky hotels. Motel 6–yes, the famously low-rent motel chain we all know and love–expects to get Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification for its newest franchise, located Northlake, …

The 25 Funniest AutoCorrects Of 2012

BRB, throwing out my iPhone. (via Damn You, Autocorrect)

52 weeks, 52 things to do in 2013

Damn we’re organized. Print this out, stick it to the fridge, fill your year with fun and cheer<p>Another year gone, another year in which you missed out on 95 percent of the cool things happening around the world.<p>No more excuses.<p>This list sets up your 2013 how it should be -- planned to the hilt with …

Nine Nutso Buildings Disguised to Look Like Other Things

Whatever the reason—kooky cartoon obsessions, a subconscious adoration for trousers, what have you—there seems to have no shortage of buildings dressed in, well, decidedly non-architectural attire. Take, for instance, the <b>Longaberger Company</b> headquarters in Newark, Ohio, which is housed in what …

60 insane cloud formations from around the world [PICs]

STANDING IN A CORNFIELD IN INDIANA, I once saw a fat roll cloud (like #4 below) float directly over my head. It’s a 12-year-old memory that remains …

10 places you should visit before you die

<b>UPDATE</b>: Discover the best places on earth and receive personalised travel recommendations with HomeAway’s new microsite Places to See Before You Die, …

Top 40 Useful Sites To Learn New Skills

The web is a powerful resource that can easily help you learn new skills. You just have to know where to look. Sure, you can use Google, Yahoo, or …