Michael O'Rourke

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What Everyone Gets Wrong About Introverts

Not antisocial. Not lazy.<p>When you hear the term "introvert," you might imagine someone who's quiet and insular, who likes to spend most of their time …

Behavioral Sciences

There's Mounting Evidence The African Continent Is Splitting in Two

A huge crack has appeared in Kenya, and it's growing.<p>A large crack, stretching several kilometres, made a sudden appearance recently in south-western …

California judge rules coffee firms including Starbucks must add cancer warning

Companies failed to show threat from chemical produced during roasting posed insignificant risk, judge says<p>A Los Angeles judge has ruled that California law requires coffee companies to carry an ominous cancer warning label because of a chemical produced in the roasting process.<p>Elihu Berle, a …

Coffee

Stephen Hawking, science's brightest star, dies aged 76

The physicist and author of A Brief History of Time has died at his home in Cambridge. His children said: ‘We will miss him for ever’<p>Stephen Hawking obituary by Roger Penrose<p>Tributes poured in on Wednesday to Stephen Hawking, the brightest star in the firmament of science, whose insights shaped …

Physics

Italian Main Dishes

Get inspired by the flavors of Italy with these delicious main dishes, from light and creamy spinach and ricotta gnudi to osso buco with citrus …

25 of the highest-rated novels you can read in 5 hours or less

Books have been proven to make us more empathetic, equip us to deal with uncertainty and anxiety, and help to prevent cognitive decline through middle age into our advanced years.<p>With so many advantages — not to mention the fact that they give our eyes a much-needed rest from back-lit, digital …

The best way to drink whiskey, according to science

Two physical chemists walk into a bar. They order whiskeys, and a jolly Scotsman one stool over insists they add a splash of water to optimize the flavor of the spirits. Inspired by the smooth, smoky flavor, they vow to investigate a question whiskey enthusiasts answered decades ago: Does adding …

Whiskey

The Ultimate 50 States Reading List

Join us on a reading road trip.<p>Explore the United States with this coast-to-coast reading list. We’ve compiled 50 books (and plays!) set in the 50 …

Sign of a Mysterious Human Ancestor Has Been Found in Our Spit

"We call it a 'ghost' species".<p>It's not enough for some people on this planet to say they have their mother's eyes – they can now claim to have their …

Astronomers Have Gathered The Most Direct Evidence Yet Of A Supermassive Black Hole Shredding A Star That Wandered Too Close

Supermassive black holes, weighing millions to billions times more than the Sun, lurk in the centers of most galaxies. These hefty monsters lay …

How Would The Universe Change If We Grew An Extra Dimension?

Imagine, if you can, the ability to move in an extra direction: one beyond up-and-down, north-and-south, or east-and-west. That there’s an independent direction beyond our conventional notions of x, y, and z-axes. And let’s make it more interesting for you: imagine that you’re the only one in the …

Physics

Homeownership in California lowest since the 1940s, finds report

The state has been adding just 80,000 new homes a year when it needs 180,000<p>While San Francisco is often portrayed as the epicenter of housing unaffordability on the West Coast, the issue is truly pervasive to California as a whole. A draft report from the state’s Department of Housing and …

Extreme Personal Productivity: 90 Ways to Boost Productivity in 90 Days | Inc.com

Ninety days, 90 ways to be more productive in 2017. While some will only take a few minutes, they will still make a major impact on your productivity. Others might take a little longer, especially if creating a new habit is involved, but once that habit is formed, you reap productivity benefits …

Productivity

End of fillings in sight as scientists find Alzheimer's drug makes teeth grow back

Fillings could be consigned to history after scientists discovered that a drug already trialled in Alzheimer's patients can encourage tooth regrowth and repair cavities.<p>Researchers at King's College London found that the drug Tideglusib stimulates the stem cells contained in the pulp of teeth so …

Alzheimer's Disease

Biology Professor Discovers New Clue About What’s Killing Bees

University of Wisconsin-Stout biology professor discovers a bacterium that may be responsible for years of increasing bee die-offs. KARE's Boyd Huppert reports.

Biology

Pregnancy brain is real, lasting — and probably good for baby

At some point in the course of pregnancy, a woman is likely to suspect that the baby she is incubating has somehow hijacked her brain. New research suggests that, in some sense, she's right, and that pregnancy itself is altering her brain like no other experience she's had since adolescence.<p>A …

The Brain

Don't Beat Yourself Up: Science Says Do These 3 Things Instead | Inc.com

Ruminating.<p>It's a fancy word that means pondering past experiences -- often, our mistakes -- over and over. It could be something you said. Something you did. Something you didn't do.<p>Whatever the reason, we as human beings spend a lot of time dwelling on our past. And science says 70 percent of the …

Ann Arbor

Don't Panic, but Physicists in Australia Just Proved Reality Doesn't Exist

Quantum physics is weird.<p>Get ready to have your mind blown. According to an experiment led by two physicists in Australia, reality doesn’t exist. …

The Midwest's Most Charming Small Towns

Small towns in the Midwest are marked by their community feel: a zest for life, a love of their neighbors and a hankering for some good ol' fun. …

Every Chocolate Addict Needs This Upgraded Pumpkin Pie Recipe

<i>POPSUGAR is bringing you an exclusive look at Thanksgiving recipes from famous lifestyle influencers. We're excited to present the first online look at this chocolate-crusted pumpkin pie recipe from Candance Nelson's The Sprinkles Baking Book.</i><p>Every year, I pull the same fiercely protected, …

Your High-Intensity Feelings May Be Tiring You Out

Why are we always exhausted at the end of a workday? Why do we come home wiped out, with barely enough energy to make dinner before collapsing for the night?<p>Normally, when we think about being tired, we think of physical reasons: lack of sleep, intense exercise, or long days of physical labor. And …

Real estate could be the multivitamin your portfolio needs

Ask a financial adviser to tell you the key to investment success, and most will say diversification.<p>A well-balanced portfolio with a healthy mix of equities, fixed-income securities and cash – the proportion of which will vary based on factors such as the investor's age, lifestyle requirements and …

Ottawa has no more plans to cool hot housing markets, Morneau says

Ottawa has no further plans to clamp down on Canada's housing market, as potential home buyers grapple with the federal government's stricter mortgage rules.<p>The latest reforms, which are set to go into effect on Monday, are designed to cool the country's housing market and ensure homeowners do not …

Canadian Real Estate

Everything you wanted to know about your body (but were afraid to ask)

Why does loud noise hurt? Do you lose weight if you break wind while on the bathroom scales? These are just some of the thousands of questions tackled by New Scientist, now collected in a new book<p>For more than two decades in the back pages of the <i>New Scientist</i><i>,</i> readers have posed questions on topics …

Biology

British Columbia, Ontario and the death of the golden (housing) goose

The death of the golden goose in British Columbia and Ontario threatens to ripple through the economies of Canada’s strongest provinces.<p>Economists are already redoing their forecasts in the wake of policy moves aimed at taming the Vancouver and Toronto housing markets.<p>This is not to suggest policy …

Canadian Real Estate

The Earth and I: A Gorgeous Picture Book From Famed Scientist James Lovelock

James Lovelock has spent decades thinking about the apocalypse. (When you’re the highly influential scientist who helped detect the hole in the …

31 nifty tips to save big money in your household

If you look after the pennies, the pounds will take care of themselves. At least that's how the saying goes, so we found a host of brilliant ways you …

Why a couple left home ownership behind and chose to rent instead

Until they sold and moved to a rental apartment, Mark DeWolf and his wife were typical homeowners.<p>"Our house had its expenses, as they all do, but generally we were quite happy with it," the 69-year-old retired teacher said in an interview in the couple's spacious two-bedroom apartment in Halifax's …

America’s Search for Happiness Is Driving Us Crazy

A new book by journalist Ruth Whippman investigates the American "happiness industrial complex" and our growing obsession with contentment.<p>America is an insanely anxious country. Forty million Americans — nearly one in five of us — has been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder. One World Health …