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Review: The Overcoat is Canadian opera’s new mantle

This is it, everyone. <i>The Overcoat: A Musical Tailoring</i> is without question a part of the operatic canon of the 21st century. It has all the moving parts of a show that entertains, and it has that perfect triumvirate – text, music, and production – that will stand up to future generations of …

How Long Can You Take Antidepressants?

Experts recommend people stay on antidepressants for four to nine months after remission, but some keep taking them for years.<p>Andrew Lee, 29, was diagnosed with major depressive disorder seven years ago while he was pursuing his engineering degree. Since his diagnosis, he’s taken a combination of …

Depression

Facebook's new privacy tools let you scrub your data, for real

Still reeling from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, Facebook will let you delete anything from your profile or timeline and end Facebook's use of that data.<p>If you didn't care about Facebook privacy two weeks ago, you probably do now.<p>The social network has come under a hailstorm of criticism after …

Social Media

The best free things for tourists to do in San Francisco

Believe us, we know. San Francisco is damn expensive — and it adds up quick. Pricey meals, accommodations and transit turn that vacation budget into a tough thing to manage. But even if you're strapped for spending cash, you can enjoy the best of the city without spending a dime.<p>In the gallery …

Boosting brain's 'executive center' may prevent anxiety

New research, published in the journal <i>Cerebral Cortex</i>, finds that improving activity in the brain's "executive control" center may protect against …

Study reveals what depression, anxiety look like in the brain

People with depression and social anxiety have some common and specific structural abnormalities in their brains that can be spotted in imaging scans.<p>…

Here's Why the Concertmaster Is Always a Violinist

Ah, the concertmaster. That confident violinist who strides across the stage after everyone else, lifts her bow, waits for an oboe to sound ‘A’ and …

Flute

Beautiful Minds: Relations Between Genius, Creativity and Mental Illness

Why do creative and/or intelligent people often suffer from some kind of mental illness, or at least bouts of, if not a steady, depression? Citing …

Emotions are generated by the conscious brain, not the subconscious

A new theory of emotion overturns established view of where feelings arise in the brain.<p>Emotions are created in the conscious part of the brain and …

Your Breath is Your Brain’s Remote Control

We have all heard this simple saying during times of trouble: “Take a deep breath in.” Science being science, however, indicates that we may now have …

The Brain

I Asked a Psychopath How to Stop Caring About Rejection

As Dr. James Fallon describes, "When I get rejected, I feel bad for like negative-two seconds. I just don't give a shit."<p>I recently went on a date with a beautiful and smart girl who laughed at all my jokes and then never replied to my texts. I walked away from the date thinking <i>nailed it!</i> while I …

The Full-Body Orgasm You've Never Heard Of

Holistic sex and relationship expert Kim Anami, who uses Taoism, Tantra, and philosophy to coach couples all over the world how to have better sex, discusses the little-known third orgasm: Cervical.<p><b>What's a cervical orgasm?</b>The cervix is the deep center of the vagina. Physically speaking, this is …

Cleansed

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<b>Meryl Streep</b> spoke to <i>Fresh Air</i> today about singing for Stephen Sondheim in <i>Into the Woods</i>, and joyfully going off-key to play Florence Foster Jenkins.<p>Here’s an interesting moment from the interview:<p><b>On a biography — Her Again: Becoming Meryl Streep — that she didn’t want written</b><p>“I haven’t read it and I begged Michael [Schulman] — he’s a perfectly nice man — not to write it, because I find it’s hard enough to come fresh to an audience with each subsequent [role] — if I were retired or dead he’s …

Depression: A Psychiatrist’s Recommendations for Self-care

As a psychiatrist, I have treated many people who have depression. The primary tools I've used are medication and psychotherapy.<p>In addition to these, …

Depression Steals Your Soul and Then it Takes Your Friends

It's so easy to cut off a friend who is persistently difficult, self-absorbed, nasty, and decidedly "other." Especially if they cut themselves off first.<p>Depression is a thief. It'll rob you of your time, your thoughts, and your sense of self. But before all of that, it'll take your friends.<p>Unlike …

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↳<i>“Elizabeth’s spirits soon rising to playfulness again, she wanted Mr. Darcy to account for his having ever fallen in love with her. “How could you begin?” said she. “I can comprehend your going on charmingly, when you had once made a beginning; but what could set you off in the first place?”</i><p><i>“I cannot fix on the hour, or the spot, or the look, or the words, which laid the foundation. It is too long ago. I was in the middle before I knew that I had begun.”</i>

The Unexpected Drawbacks To Positive Thinking

One psychologist explains why you “can’t expect people to change their mind-sets the way they change their underwear.”<p>What could possibly be bad about “staying hopeful” or wrong about trying to “think positively”? Coaches and experts routinely say that fixing our mind-sets can help us fix most of …

Professor Smith Goes to Washington

In response to the new president’s stances on a range of issues, more scientists are preparing to run for political office.<p>For American science, the next four years look to be challenging. The newly inaugurated President Trump, and many of his Cabinet picks, have repeatedly cast doubt upon the …

Why do men gain weight in their bellies?

Why is it that when men gain weight, they tend to develop potbellies?<p>The answer has to do with how the body stores fat. When men gain weight, the default storage place is the belly. Think of it like the trunk of a car, said Dr. Zhaoping Li, director of the Center for Human Nutrition at the …

Gluten-free baby: When parents ignore science

Inside the troubling and dangerous rise of alternative medicine for kids<p>The first time Daniel Bissonnette saw Goldfish crackers, Fruit Loops and blue …

Parenting

26 iPhone secrets, shortcuts and hidden features you should know about

Apps

The Story Behind Dylan Thomas’s “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” and the Poet’s Own Stirring Reading of His Masterpiece

“Rage, rage against the dying of the light.”<p><i>“Poetry can break open locked chambers of possibility, restore numbed zones to feeling, recharge desire,”</i> Adrienne Rich wrote in contemplating what poetry does. <i>“Insofar as poetry has a social function it is to awaken sleepers by other means than shock,”</i> …

At least 3,000 geese killed by toxic water from former Montana copper mine

Incident raises questions about how Trump’s administration would the country’s largest Superfund site from leaking its poisonous mix into other waters<p>At least 3,000 geese were killed by a toxic stew formed by a former copper mine in Butte, Montana, last fall, raising questions about how the new …

Pollution

8 of Nature's Smelliest Plants

Nature is filled with stinky plants, but the ones below produce aromas comparable to some of the grossest odors known to humankind—think poop, cat …

New Jersey

10 Ways to Master the Danish Art of Hygge in Your Home

Long, dark winter nights and stormy weather have us craving a roaring fire, fluffy slippers, and a soft blanket to curl up under. As the Danes would …

Star Wars

11 Signs That You Lack Emotional Intelligence

These are the behaviors that you want to eliminate from your repertoire.<p>Co-author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0 and President at TalentSmart<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When emotional intelligence (EQ) first appeared to the masses, it served as the missing link in a …

The Future of the Florida Manatee Depends on a Decades-Old Coal-Burning Power Station

A dirty energy plant inadvertently created a marine life sanctuary, but what happens when it disappears?<p>The coal-burning Big Bend Power Station on Florida's western coast is part of an energy system that provides over 730,000 people with power. But for several dozen hulking, gray-skinned manatees, …

Marine Mammals

Psychology journal article says sexist men have psychological problems

Psychologists looking at 10 years of data from nearly 20,000 men found that those who value having power over women and endorse playboy behavior and other traditional notions of masculinity are more likely to suffer from psychological problems - and less likely to seek out help.<p>Turns out that …

iPhone app gives treasured photos new life [Review]

For longer than I have allowed myself to believe, the iPhone has been called a scanner that fits in your pocket. But if I wanted a high-quality copy of an old photograph, I still sought out a flatbed scanner, presuming the results would be superior to taking a picture of a picture with a phone.<p>But …

The 13 best uses of Siri on a Mac

Are you using Siri with MacOS Sierra? If not, here is baker's dozen of ways to get started.<p>Siri and I have been shacking up together on my MacBook for about two months now. How useful is Apple's digital assistant on a Mac? Let me count the ways.<p>1. Find files<p>Siri offers a quick way to find files you …

Siri