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33 Books Millennials Need to Read Before Turning 30

To lay the foundation for a fulfilling career, turn to these classic titles.<p>Your 20s are a time for figuring out who you are and what you want from life.<p>While the only way to learn is to survive the inevitable cycle of successes and failures, it is always useful to have some guidance along the …

Interview: Ethereal Marbled Paintings Express the Inner Light Inside All of Us

Through gorgeous, ethereal paintings, artist Emma Lindstrm creates a tangible representation of a feeling. To her, this feeling is floating and irrational, but always uplifting and full of hope–one that can be experienced, but never formed into a thought. The conceptual basis for Lindstrm's artwork …

Your brain cells can now be turned on and off like a bedside lamp: A new discovery in optogenics

<b>(Alex Mit via Shutterstock)</b><p>Two neuroscientists from MIT and Stanford have won a Breakthrough Prize for their revolutionary work in the field<p>Simon Makin<p>November 14, 2015 8:00pm (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Optogenetics is probably the biggest buzzword in …

Leading Harvard physicist has a radical new theory for why humans exist

For example, an astrophysicist might say that the chemical components of our bodies were first forged in the nuclear fires of stars.<p>On the other hand, an evolutionary biologist might look at the similarities between our DNA and that of other primates' and conclude we evolved from apes.<p>Lisa Randall, …

Dark Matter

How the brain recognizes objects

When the eyes are open, visual information flows from the retina through the optic nerve and into the brain, which assembles this raw information …

Christianity Needs a Progressive Revolution

<i>This is a follow-up to a recent blog post I wrote about millennials in church, which can be found here.</i><p>Recently I wrote a blog about what millennials like myself are looking for in a church. The answer, which apparently wasn't quite clear enough, is that we are looking for socially and politically …

Why We Fall in Love: The Paradoxical Psychology of Romance and Why Frustration Is Necessary for Satisfaction

“All love stories are frustration stories… To fall in love is to be reminded of a frustration that you didn’t know you had.”<p>Adrienne Rich, in contemplating how love refines our truths, wrote: “An honorable human relationship — that is, one in which two people have the right to use the word ‘love’ — …

The Origins of Religion: How Supernatural Beliefs Evolved

Many Catholics reveled in the pope's whirlwind visit to the East Coast of the United States last month. But as the devout return to life as usual, …

Creative Ideas

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Privacy

Google is 'ruining our memories', study claims

Over-reliance on Google and smartphones is causing 'digital amnesia' across the UK as people struggle to recall basic phone numbers<p>The UK population is suffering from 'digital amnesia', brought on by over-reliance on smartphones and Google to summon up information people no longer retain as …

Free Things to Do in Paris

Traipsing around pricey Paris might sound like serious damage to your wallet, but that's only if you don't know where to look (and when to go). Indulge in some of the City of Light's sweetest luxuries <i>gratuit</i>—from hidden nooks of authenticity to world-class museums and sights.<p><b>Art</b><p>Admission is waived …

Pope Francis and the parable of the plankton

The papal encyclical on the environment goes far beyond climate change – from saints who talk to plants to the plight of plankton and sponges and the beauty of skyscrapers<p>Pope Francis is nothing if not ambitious.<p>In the opening passages of his long anticipated encyclical on the environment he makes …

A Stark New Munich Museum Reveals How The Nazis Were Made

There are no artifacts at a new museum in Munich tracing the rise of Nazism—and the stark words and images make a powerful impact.<p>A visit to Munich …

What Good Is Thinking About Death?

We're all going to die and we all know it. This can be both a burden and a blessing.<p>In the heart of every parent lives the tightly coiled nightmare that his child will die. It might spring at logical times—when a toddler runs into the street, say—or it might sneak up in quieter moments. The fear is …

ICYMI: The Rise Of Trigger Warnings And What An Empty Inbox Says About Your Personality

<i>ICYMI Health features what we're reading this week.</i><p>This week, we read everything we could get our hands on about human behavior, including an essay on what the rise of trigger warnings and safe spaces say about us as a society, and a piece on the psychological advantages of strongly identifying …

Berlin art show pairs impressionist, expressionist paintings

BERLIN (AP) — Camille Pissarro's famous "Boulevard Montmartre at Night" shows a brightly illuminated avenue in Paris — the city lights turned into …

Art

India has more illiterates than anywhere in the world—partly because of a preference for sons

India is home to the world’s largest population of illiterates. And part of the blame, according to a new study, may lie in the country’s preference for sons over daughters.<p>Despite education being offered as a fundamental right, more than 40% of India’s children drop out of elementary school—and …

Smart glass and the internet of things will make your office less stuffy

Many people, especially those of us who work in offices, spend too much time indoors. One fix is to simply get outside more. Another is to offer cooped-up office workers views and light from outside. That’s part of the reason that architects nowadays tend to cover office buildings with glass.<p>The …

Internet of Things

Watch: Man controls a robotic arm with his thoughts

The day Erik Sorto reached out to grab himself an ice cold beer was a major step forward for brain science.<p>Sorto is quadriplegic and has been unable to move his own limbs since a bullet wound severed his spinal cord 12 years ago.<p>In the years since his injury, Sorto managed to attend college and …

Science says these 5 things happen to couples who have been together a long time

And according to Joshua Wolf Shenk, the author of "Powers of Two," these tiny shifts are also the catalyst for a different kind of thought process — a shared mind, so to speak — that allows couples (romantic or not) to come up with more creative solutions to problems than they'd ever think up on …

University of California

Particle Physics Discovery Raises Hope For A Theory Of Everything

The standard model of particle physics, which describes every particle we know of and how they interact, was given much credence when the Higgs boson …

Electronic skin makes your body a computer

<b>(CNN) —</b> A patch of gold, just a few centimeters wide and light as a feather, could reveal your innermost thoughts and feelings.<p>This is the premise of Professor John Rogers' Biostamp. By attaching flexible, miniature sensors to the user's temple, he has been able to track brain waves in real time …

Brainwaves

How Being An Oldest, Middle Or Youngest Child Shapes Your Personality

Only children have a reputation for being perfectionists and high-achievers, constantly seeking attention and approval from their parents and from others.<p>But children with siblings, too, express unique personality types based on their birth order.<p>While a number of factors play a role in a child's …

Parenting

Large Hadron Collider captures incredibly rare particle decay for the first time

Experts say findings will help guide the quest to explain what physics cannot<p>For the first time, scientists at CERN have observed extremely rare leftovers from subatomic particles. The observations support a fundamental theory of particle physics, according to a paper published today in the journal</i> …

Open Letter to Pope Francis: Religious Homophobia Causes Epidemic of Homeless LGBT Youth

Your Holiness,<p>Last year on Palm Sunday I wrote an open letter to you in the <i>New York Times</i> to implore you to bring an end to the Church teaching that homosexuality is a sin. I invited you to visit the Ali Forney Center, the world's largest organization dedicated to homeless LGBT youths. I hoped that …

LGBTQI

How impressed should we be with celebrities like Miley Cyrus who risk nothing by coming out?

Miley Cyrus and Bruce Jenner will only see their fortunes improve, but what about LGBT people who aren’t as lucky?<p>David Ferguson<p>May 8, 2015 8:30pm (UTC)<p>On Wednesday, as part of the hoopla around the launch of her foundation to help homeless and other at-risk LGBT youth, pop star Miley Cyrus came …