Mikhtam Chan

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The Science Of Why You Should Spend Your Money On Experiences, Not Things

By Jay Cassano4 minute Read<p>Most people are in the pursuit of happiness. There are economists who think happiness is the best indicator of the health …

Happiness

Mosquitoes Can Smell Inside Your Blood

Garlic lovers: You can smell them before you see them. Some people would say they even stink!<p>Hours after you eat garlic, your breath can still smell bad, as your body digests compounds in the plant and releases them into your blood.<p>Now scientists say a similar process might explain why people …

What’s behind the spike in IQ scores?

More schooling and harder problems may be the best explanation for the dramatic rise in IQ scores—often referred to as the Flynn Effect—during the …

How Do Swarming Bats Avoid Crashing Into Each Other?

The mammals obey “traffic rules,” using their built-in sonar to track each others’ positions in the air, a new study says.<p>Under the cover of darkness, swarms of fast-flying bats take to the skies in their nightly quest to find food. But how the mammals manage to maneuver without crashing into each …

When Dad’s depressed, toddlers act out

A father’s depression—not just a mother’s—during the first years of parenting can put toddlers at risk of developing troubling behaviors such as …

Why Doesn’t Ireland Have Snakes?

It ain’t because of Saint Patrick<p>Legend has it that, back in the fifth century A.D., St. Patrick exterminated Ireland’s snakes by driving them into the sea. He would appear to have done a thorough job, because Ireland is free of native snakes to this day.<p>Except, Ireland never actually had snakes. …

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

Why Teaching Poetry Is So Important

The oft-neglected literary form can help students learn in ways that prose can't.<p>16 years after enjoying a high school literary education rich in poetry, I am a literature teacher who barely teaches it. So far this year, my 12th grade literature students have read nearly 200,000 words for my class. …

In Animal Kingdom, Blood Comes in a Rainbow of Colors

Blood isn't always red—evolution has given rise to a variety of hues.<p>Society elites aren't the only blue bloods. Several species of octopus have blue, rather than red, fluid running through their veins.<p>The blue comes from a copper-rich protein called hemocyanin, which carries oxygen from the lungs …

Starwatch: In the shadow of the moon

On 11 August 1999, the inky, circular shadow of our celestial companion Luna slid silently across the Atlantic, brought a fleeting night to millions in Europe and Asia, and finally vanished in the warm waters of the Bay of Bengal. A syzygy – a near perfect straight line alignment – of the Sun, Moon …

Circular thinking: Stonehenge's origin is subject of new theory

Wiltshire monument may have been equivalent of ‘an ancient Mecca on stilts’ according to an idea put forward by former museum director Julian Spalding<p>Whether it was a Druid temple, an astronomical calendar or a centre for healing, the mystery of Stonehenge has long been a source of speculation and …

Can You Hear Me Now? What Whale Ears Have That Ours Don't

For one, ears that "float" inside a whale's head allow it to figure out where sounds are coming from underwater.<p>There's a reason people compare garbled voicemails to listening to someone talk underwater—our ears just aren't built for a watery world. But animals like whales and dolphins use sound …

How Understanding Behavioral Psychology Can Help Your Business Blossom

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>According to the American Psychological Association, behavioral psychology (or behaviorism) is a “scientific approach that limits the study of psychology to measurable or observable behavior."<p>In fact, if you've ever attended a Psych 101 …

Psychology

Teach Someone to Prioritize Using Psychological Distance

You may be tempted to write off some team members as never being able to manage themselves. They may be great at execution, but the level of handholding they need about what actually has to get done is frustrating. It would be ideal if there were a way to get everyone on a work team to be thinking …

The Looming Threat of Artificial Unintelligence

Stop fantasizing about super-smart A.I., and start worrying about dumb algorithms<p>Brace yourself. In these crucial weeks before the May release of <i>The Avengers: Age of Ultron</i>, editors and writers are going to unleash an onslaught of think pieces about the real-life threat of artificial intelligence …

University of Washington

A meandering tale: the truth about pi and rivers

Pi Day 2015: A well known fact about pi is that it describes the bendiness of rivers. I wanted to test this theory, and so I crowd-sourced river lengths to find out<p>Of the many weird and wonderful facts about pi, one of my favourites is a surprising connection between the number 3.14 and the world …

Pi Day 2015: meet the man who invented π

Anglesey-born William Jones was the first person to use the Greek letter π for the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. But who was this little-known figure?<p>In 1706, William Jones – a self-taught mathematician and one of Anglesey’s most famous sons – published his seminal work,</i> …

Mathematics

Rare straight lightning over Zimbabwe

No zig-zagging. No branching. A lightning expert said this single, straight bolt of lightning was extremely rare …<p>A friend in Zimbabwe, Peter …

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Are you ‘over-connected’?

Wander the city in 2015 and all you’ll see is people staring at screens or talking on handsets. Is it changing who we are? Tom Chatfield weighs up the arguments.<p>A group of people wait by a monument, unaware of each other’s existence. A woman strides open-mouthed down a busy street, holding one hand …

7 Steps for Dealing With Difficult People

Life is a web of relationships. Human beings are social creatures, deeply entangled in countless relationships throughout life. It’s natural to …

How to Manage Someone Who Can’t Handle Ambiguity

Joan, a senior executive I coached once, had many excellent leadership qualities. She was creative, hardworking, and extremely knowledgeable about her industry. But most people working with or for her also found her impossible to deal with.<p>Rigidly opinionated and prone to angry outbursts, she was …

The surprising psychology of female serial killers

Many of the homicidal women had stereotypically female professions, including being nurses and baby-sitters. They tended to be above average in physical attractiveness, which may have helped to engender trust in their victims.<p>As to motives, the most common was "hedonistic," a category in forensic …

Mental Disorders

How to Criticize with Kindness: Philosopher Daniel Dennett on the Four Steps to Arguing Intelligently

<i>“In disputes upon moral or scientific points,”</i> Arthur Martine counseled in his magnificent 1866 guide to the art of conversation, <i>“let your aim be to come at truth, not to conquer your opponent. So you never shall be at a loss in losing the argument, and gaining a new discovery.”</i> Of course, this …

Be Deliberate During Relationship Milestones to Make It Last

When you're in a relationship, it's easy to slide through big decisions like the first kiss, moving in together, or even marriage without any real …

39 Commonly Misused Words and How to Use Them Correctly

Where the mechanics of writing are concerned, I’m far from perfect. One example: I always struggle with <i>who</i> and <i>whom.</i> (Sometimes I’ll even rewrite a …

10 Tricks to Help Anyone Write a Book

• <b>Write less, not more.</b> Initially my biggest fear was "would I have enough content?" Trust me when I tell you, most authors suffer from too many words, not too little. Books are getting shorter and shorter to match our shortening attention span. Write less, then expand later. It is much less …

Expressing ourselves in uncertain terms | Letters

There is absolutely – and I do mean absolutely – nothing amiss with “almost unique”, any more than there is with “barely alive”, “nearly dry”, “partly completed” and other stopping-off points on the way towards the absolute (Letters, 3 March). What you can’t have is “more unique”, “least …