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Scientists identify parts of brain involved in dreaming

Experts say findings are ‘astounding’ and could help understand the purpose of dreams and predict whether people are dreaming<p>Scientists have unpicked the regions of the brain involved in dreaming, in a study with significant implications for our understanding of the purpose of dreams and of …

Get To Know The Soon-To-Be Record Holder For Traveling To Every Country On Earth

Cassie De Pecol doesn’t do things the easy way. When she decided to travel to the world, she didn’t just hit the same countries every other traveler visits. She decided to see all of them.<p>Every single sovereign nation in the on earth. And she’s going to be the fastest person ever and first woman to …

Travel

What Happened When I Went Off My Antidepressants

Many times, whether you really need it or not, taking medication can feel like giving in to a weakness.<p>According to the results of a recently published study, despite an increase in antidepressant prescriptions, treatment is rarely made available to those who need it the most. It goes on to reveal …

Don’t Waste Your Words: How to Write a First Draft that is Crappy but Usable

Very few writers really know what they are doing until they’ve done it.<i><br>–Anne Lamott</i><p>Okay. Let’s get this out there: your first draft of anything is …

Sam Harris: The Self is an Illusion

<b>Sam Harris:</b> What one of the problems we have in discussing consciousness scientifically is that consciousness is irreducibly subjective. This is a …

The truth about willpower

Not so long ago, my post-work routine looked like this: After a particularly grueling day, I'd sit on the couch and veg for hours, doing my version …

Sennheiser's New York store lets anyone test drive $55,000 headphones

What do $55,000 headphones sound like? If you live in New York City, all it takes to find out is a quick visit to Sennheiser’s new pop up store. It’s something of a small audiophile haven.<p>New York has fairly few places to try out new headphones despite the city’s enormity. Camera and electronics …

The Strange Second Life of String Theory

The theory failed to unite gravity and quantum mechanics. But it still has become one of the most useful tools in science.<p>String theory strutted onto the scene some 30 years ago as perfection itself, a promise of elegant simplicity that would solve knotty problems in fundamental physics—including …

Motherless babies possible as scientists create live offspring without need for female egg

Motherless babies could be on the horizon after scientists discovered a method of creating offspring without the need for a female egg.<p>The landmark experiment by the University of Bath rewrites 200 years of biology teaching and could pave the way for a baby to be born from the DNA of two men.<p>It was …

Forget mindfulness, stop trying to find yourself and start faking it

Why is the history of Chinese philosophy now the most popular course at Harvard? Top tips on how to become a better person according to Confucius and co<p>People are often surprised to learn that Confucius, Mencius, Laozi and other classical Chinese philosophers weren’t rigid traditionalists who …

Confucius

Antimatter changed physics, and the discovery of antimemories could revolutionise neuroscience

The theory of antimemories could help explain many cognitive problems in the brain such as autism and schizophrenia.<p>One of the most intriguing …

Neuroscience

Most writers get screwed: We did the math, and it’s true — literary prizes exclude writers outside the campus gates

As America’s largest annual writers gathering begins next week, Lulu questions this lack of inclusivity<p>It is widely held and discussed in our literary community that we are not inclusive and remain biased in favor of the white male. The ongoing conversation about lack of access, lack of diversity …

Mental Flexibility Improved By Reading Literature With One Important Quality - PsyBlog

Some types of reading may help people suffering from depression.<p>Writing which challenges the reader to think more deeply could boost mental …

I've spent my career studying bad habits. Here's what I've learned about breaking them. - Vox

Let's face reality: Change is hard! Look at change rates for people with heart issues who are told by their doctors that they are seriously at risk of dying if they do not change their habits. These patients know exactly what they need to do: eat a more wholesome, lower-calorie diet, exercise more, …

Self-improvement

Here's the best way to avoid burnout, according to a Stanford psychologist

But what if there were a way to be successful without pushing yourself to the brink?<p>Psychologist Emma Seppala has studied ways to help people who are chronically stressed out, and her findings could help many of us live healthier and happier lives without sacrificing our productivity.<p>She outlines …

This Brain-Reading Tool Can Teach You A New Skill In No Time

By measuring how hard the brain is working, the BACh system knows when to give a learner new information.<p>Beste Yuksel could soon put a lot of piano teachers out of work.<p>The Ph.D candidate at Tufts University in Massachusetts has created a tool that helps students learn the instrument faster and …

British Museum

6 Illustrations That Show What It’s Like In An Introvert’s Head

<b>This article first appeared on</b> <b>QuietRev.com</b><p>Dear Extroverts,<p>We love your energy and excitement. But as introverts, we sometimes feel misunderstood. We wish you could visualize what’s going on inside our brains—you might be surprised! Here are six illustrations of what it’s like to be in our …

How I Quit My Job and Became a Writer

When at age 33 I quit corporate law to become a writer, most people I knew, including my very own self, thought I was nuts. I’d dreamed of being a writer since I was four, but when I graduated college, I decided I should be practical. So I applied to law school and for the next decade forgot all …

Why does China have women-only mosques?

<b>The Islamic world is wide and various, its points of view almost as numerous as its people. And Islam in China, with its long tradition of women-only mosques, provides a good illustration, says Michael Wood.</b><p>In the middle of the plain of the Yellow River in Henan province is the city of Kaifeng. The …

I Attempted Suicide, but I'm So Glad That I Lived

After being raped at 14, I tried to take my own life. But a compassionate doctor saved me.<p>When I was 14, I was raped. Ten days after the assault, I attempted suicide.<p>It was not a cry for help or a confused accident. I had been suffering from depression and insomnia for years, and my parents brought …

ISIS and Its Faulty Logic

<i>I want to state that this is not a rant against the 'West' or 'Europeans' or 'Americans' or any such grouping. I am more than aware that we, the</i> …

How to Make Your Relationship Last: 3 Secrets Backed by Research

The beginning of a relationship is amazing. But often, it starts to fizzle out later on…<p>The things you used to love about them start to annoy you. …

Self-help

How To Make Love Last: 3 Secrets Backed By Research

The beginning of a relationship is amazing. But often, it starts to fizzle out later on…The things you used to love about them start to annoy you. …

What Happens If You Try To Prevent Every Single Suicide?

Each year, nearly three times as many Americans die from suicide as from homicide. More Americans kill themselves than die from breast cancer.<p>As Dr.Thomas Insel, longtime head of the National Institute of Mental Health, prepared to step down from his job in October, he cited the lack of progress in …

Researchers think they've found the holy grail of secure passwords — using poetry

Fortunately for all of us, a pair of researchers say they have solved this problem — using poetry.<p>Marjan Ghazvininejad and Kevin Ghazvininejad, both of the University of Southern California, have published a paper that presents creating a poem from randomly selected words as an easy way to create a …

The Three Faces of Emptiness

<b>The Fuel of life is feeling. If we are not filled up in childhood, we must fill ourselves as adults. Otherwise we will find ourselves running on</b> …

Mental Disorders

The Things That Drain Each Personality Type Most

Written By Kirsten Moodie<p>Certain situations drain each personality type differently. Here are the people and situations that will cause each …

The Key to Rereading

Let’s reread Nabokov on rereading. On first approach to a novel, Nabokov claimed, we are overwhelmed with too much information and fatigued by the …

Literature