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Human behaviour: is it all in the brain – or the mind?

Neuroimaging is widely regarded as the key to understanding everything we do, but the authors of a controversial new book, Brainwashed, claim this approach is misguided and dangerous<p>You've seen the headlines: This is your brain on love. Or God. Or envy. Or happiness. And they're reliably …

Top 10 Relaxing Projects to Soothe Your Overworked Mind

Rough week at the office? No plans for the weekend? Here are 10 projects that'll ease your mind and give yourself a break.<p>10. Turn Off Your Work Brain<p>…

What It Means to Just Be Yourself and 3 Ways to Do It

<b>“Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.” ~Alan Watts</b><p>I’ve heard the statement “just be yourself” so much. It …

When You’re at the End of Your Rope: 7 Tips to Help Yourself

TRIGGER WARNING: This post deals with an account of sexual assault and may be triggering to some people.<p><b>“Life’s challenges are not supposed to</b> …

Pictures: Take a Look Through Nature’s Most Transparent Animals

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>A team of researchers recently announced the discovery of <i>Cyanogaster noctivaga</i>, a brand new species of transparent fish that lives deep in the Amazon. Indeed, with its transparent skin and dazzling blue belly, the discovery constitutes an entirely new genus and, despite being …

Nature

New Sea Monster Found, Rewrites Evolution?

Cretaceous-era reptile Malawania anachronus discovered in Kurdistan.<p><b>A new species of dinosaur-era sea reptile is rewriting the books on the evolution of so-called sea monsters, a new study claims. (Read "When Monsters Ruled the Deep" from National Geographic magazine.)</b><p>The newfound—and potentially …

Paleontology

Pictures: When Snow and Ice Meet Lava

Studying what happens when lava flows meet snow and ice helps researchers track climate change through the ages.

National Parks

Planet Debris Pollute Dead Stars

Changing Planet<p>This is an artist’s impression of a a white dwarf with a disk of rocky debris left behind by the star’s surviving planetary system. Credit: NASA, ESA, and G. Bacon (STScI)<p>A pair of dead stars sitting in a star cluster about 150 light years from Earth appear to have their atmospheres …

Universe

Coffee Around the World

Kenneth Davids is a coffee expert, an author, and a co-founder of Coffee Review, a site that serves as a coffee buyer’s guide. Davids conducts blind, expert cuppings of coffees and reports the finding in 100-point reviews, much like those that exist in the wine industry.<p><b>Some of the advice Davids</b> …

Coffee

5 Sky Events This Week: Three-Planet Huddle, Lunar Wall

Wildlife & Wild Places<p><b>As the sun sets this week and the stars come out to play, the moon makes for a convenient guidepost in tracking down some cosmic showpieces. Check out our five sky events not to miss.</b> <b><br>Moon Joins Regulus.</b> Starting at dusk—about 30 minutes after your local sunset—on Friday and …

Astronomy

Why Animals "Adopt" Others, Including Different Species

Odd alliances often form due to instinct—but empathy may be involved.<p><b>A feel-good tale of sperm whales "adopting" a deformed bottlenose dolphin made an Internet splash this week. The story resonated with readers, including Reddit commenter Fallapoo, who said: "I see a Disney movie in the works."</b><p><b>But</b> …

Cute Animals

Who's on That Russian Ship Stuck on Antarctic Ice? And Why?

An expedition is recreating explorer Douglas Mawson's 100-year-old trek.<p><b>Update: The Russian vessel, the M.V. Akademik Shokalskiy, which was stranded off the coast of Antarctica with 74 people onboard, remains stranded. Attempts were made by the Chinese icebreaker, Snow Dragon, and other Russian</b> …

Antarctica

Stunning Pictures: Ten of the Rarest Animals on Earth

Wildlife

World's Third Oldest Bible Displayed at Smithsonian

Ancient gospels with unique passages attributed to Jesus makes a rare holiday appearance.<p><b>Perched in the middle of a Victorian dining room, and surrounded by antique Asian vases, the world's third oldest Bible is now on display in Washington, D.C.</b><p><b>The Codex Washingtonianus, located at the</b> …

Theology

Photographer Captures Astonishing Images of Southern Right Whales

Justin Hofman's stunning photographs of southern right whales showcase their beauty and gentleness—and their enormity.

Nature

10 Ways to Walk Off Fat Faster

Here’s how to boost your calorie-burn big time—without much extra effort.

Get Toned in 10 Minutes

3 Best Fat-Burning Moves for the Holidays

When the holiday season rolls around, it’s always more difficult to stick to my regular workout routine. The weeks leading up to the New Year are …

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug passes half a billion at the global box office

Having topped the box office charts around the world over Christmas, <b>The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug</b> has now crossed the $500 million mark, with …