Michael Christian

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42 simple things that will help you discover your calling in life

"Sensations such as twinges, uneasiness, and tension are indicators that you may not be thinking, acting, or behaving in alignment with your authentic self, which is the source of all passion. When you sense constriction or discomfort stop and ask, "Why?" Let your intuition speak and decipher what …

Self-improvement

How to Make Your Mind Happy: 5 Secrets to Mindfulness

Sometimes it seems like your brain just sits around creating lousy feelings and worries. You want this, you’re frustrated about that, you’re annoyed …

The Science Behind the Virgin Birth

Researchers have come up with several intriguing—if improbable—scientific explanations for the virgin birth of Jesus Christ.<p>Although the religious meaning of Christmas was long ago neutered, replaced with the secular joys of eggnog and mall Santas, at its core December 25 is still a celebration of …

Human Universe and Eternal Inflation

I was reminded recently that we live in a Catch-22 Universe. What makes it a Catch-22 is that no one is qualified to penetrate the mystery of the cosmos without skill in advanced mathematics, and yet those who have this skill are so tied to numbers that they see reality no other way. Clearly the …

Scientists Reveal The Secret Key To Charisma

If you can think on your feet, a new study suggests that you're in luck.<p>Scientists may have just have figured out how charisma -- that indefinable quality of people who can captivate a room -- works.<p>Charisma may rely on quick thinking, according to new research. In other words, people who can …

Psychology

Pieces of Light: The New Science of Memory, by Charles Fernyhough – review

Royal Society,Royal Society Winton Prize for Science Books,Science,Books,Neuroscience,Psychology<p>Memory is quirky, selective, fragile and easily fooled. So what's new?<p>Truman Capote did not record his interviews for In Cold Blood. Nor did he take notes. He had no need to. For Capote had a convenient …

Eeek, Snake! Your Brain Has A Special Corner Just For Them

Anthropologist Lynne Isbell was running through a glade in central Kenya in 1992 when something suddenly caused her to freeze in her tracks. "I stopped just in front of a cobra," she says. "It was raised with its hood spread out."<p>Isbell, who is at the University of California, Davis, says she has …

Life in close-up: photomicrography competition winners - in pictures

Nikon has announced the winners of its 2013 Small World Photomicrography Competition. Winning images were selected for displaying both artistic quality and scientific technique. Eric Flem at Nikon said: "After 39 years we are proud to watch the competition continue to grow, allowing us to honor …

How Existential: Two MacBooks Playing Rock-Paper-Scissors Forever

In this eternal game of chance, there is no ultimate winner, just a temporary one<p>When two oiled gladiators enter the ring, size each other up, and start throwing rocks, paper, or scissors at one another, they have a number of strategies at their disposal to gain the upper hand. For example, …

5 of the Craziest Scientific Facts Out There

<b>1.</b> The human body contains enough DNA to stretch from the sun to Pluto and back again. 17 times.<p><b>2.</b> Microbes colonize human bodies, outnumbering human …

Astronomy

David Cronenberg: Stanley Kubrick didn't understand horror

Stanley Kubrick was a "commercially minded" film-maker who failed to understand the true nature of horror when he adapted the Stephen King cult classic The Shining, according to director David Cronenberg.<p>Speaking last week at a retrospective of his own work at the Toronto film festival, the …

Top 10 war movies

10. Where Eagles Dare<p>As the second world war thriller became bogged down during the mid-60s in plodding epics like Operation Crossbow and The Heroes of Telemark, someone was needed to reintroduce a little sang-froid, some post-Le Carré espionage, and for heaven's sake, some proper macho thrills …

This week's film events

Monster Weekend, London<p>The BFI's ambitious season Gothic: The Dark Heart Of Film casts a celebratory shadow of gloom over the next four months. Proceedings begin this weekend, as the forecourt of the British Museum hosts screenings of such monstrous classics as Jacques Tourneur's occult mystery …