Natacha Alexandra Martins

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Science says your “gut feeling” isn’t a metaphor

The brain’s powers are a little overrated. To keep your body going, you don’t need a functioning brain, but you do need something to provide energy. Enter the gut.<p>We may not give it much thought—because, literally, it happens without conscious thought—but the process of extracting energy from food …

Memory Loss

Stop Being So Boring! A Simple Way to Have Better Conversations and Relationships

If you want to be heard, to be in the moment with someone, and connect with others then you must break out of slipstream conversations and interrupt expectations. That means ditch the boring and expected chitchat in favor of compelling relationship-building dialogues.<p>If you want to be heard, to be …

Charlie Brown

Why Meditation Does Not Work

Everyone knows meditation is not supposed to "work." This is exactly the point. Meditation is not one more thing to accomplish, to do right. They say you cannot fail in meditation. It is time to simply be.<p>Well, yes and no. Yes, its time not to be busy doing. No, simply being is easier said than …

Meditation

5 Practical Habits That Will Make You Happier at Work

When you're happier at work you're more successful. Here's how to increase your happiness.<p>There are a lot of things you can do to be happier at work no matter what your level of happiness already is. When you love your job, it's much easier to smile and have a more positive attitude. If you think …

How 5 Voices Inside You Can Make Your Day

“Self-talk” is the psychological term for the inner conversation that streams constantly through one’s mind. Self-talk is something we all do. In …

Mindfulness and Contemplation

Finding Moderation Through Mindfulness

<i>By Susi Amendola</i><p>"You have everything on the middle path, including peace of mind and tranquility." -- Sri Swami Satchidananda<p>I recently looked down at the big bag of butterless popcorn in my lap, and it was gone. Where did it go? Did I really eat the whole bag? I remember those first few bites and …

Mindfulness

Are killer whales persons?: The more we learn about orcas, the more our assumption of innate superiority looks like a presumption

<b>(AP/Elaine Thompson)</b><p>They have big brains, complex social structures, rich emotional lives — how can we still hold them captive?<p>David Neiwert<p>June 27, 2015 7:30pm (UTC)<p>Excerpted from “Of Orcas and Men: What Killer Whales Can Teach Us”<p>Can an animal be a person?<p>That is the essence of the challenge the …

Why Are So Many Shark Attacks Happening in North Carolina?

The state has had an unusual rash of incidents, though experts say the water is still safe.<p><i>Updated June 29, 9:30 a.m.</i><p>Two more swimmers have been bitten by sharks off the North Carolina coast. That makes six shark attacks in the state in the last three weeks.<p>From 2005 to 2014, there were a total of …

Inside the Fight to Stop Giraffes’ ‘Silent Extinction’

Numbers of the famous African animal have fallen by nearly half in the past 15 years, prompting urgent—and sometimes risky—actions to help.<p>Giraffe researcher Julian Fennessy recently boarded a helicopter in Ethiopia's Gambella National Park, which borders the turbulent new nation of South Sudan.<p>His …

Watch: Mother Rabbit Viciously Attacks Snake—Find Out Why

Weird & Wild<p>In a new YouTube video, a female cottontail attempts to disembowel a snake preying on its young—a strategy to prevent it from returning to the nest.<p>Monty Python's killer rabbit has nothing on this brave bunny.<p>In a new YouTube video, a mother eastern cottontail discovers a snake preying …

Rabbits

Will Humans Survive the Sixth Great Extinction?

Species are disappearing at an alarming rate, a new study finds. Author Elizabeth Kolbert says that raises questions about our survival.<p>In the last half-billion years, life on Earth has been nearly wiped out five times—by such things as climate change, an intense ice age, volcanoes, and that space …

Is It Hot in Here? Turtles' Sex Can Depend on Temperature

Weird & Wild<p>Once river terrapins meet and mate, plenty can still go wrong. If nests full of eggs get too hot or too cold, the sexes may be out of sync.<p>River terrapins try hard to be fruitful and multiply. Males use their bold breeding colors to entice mates, and their toenails to keep sex partners …

Eggs

Amazing Pictures: Baby Chameleon Doesn't Know It Hatched

Weird & Wild<p>The newborn, curled tightly in an egg-shaped ball, offers a rare insight into the life of a developing reptile.<p>Looks like someone needs a wake-up call: This newborn baby chameleon hadn't yet realized it had hatched.<p>Nick Henn, owner of Canvas Chameleons in Reading, Pennsylvania, recently …

What You Should Know About Shark Attacks After Recent Bites

Two teens recently lost their arms. Why sharks attack—and how to reduce the risk of the very rare encounters.<p><i>Updated at 5 pm ET on June 16.</i><p>Shark attacks have been rising steadily for more than a century.<p>“The number of worldwide unprovoked shark attacks has grown at a steady pace since 1900, with …

The Surprising Way Jellyfish Put Themselves Back Together

Weird & Wild<p>The moon jellyfish has a leg up on Humpty Dumpty—if it loses an arm, the ocean dweller can repair itself in a newly discovered process.<p>In the spring of 2013, biologist Michael Abrams had cut two arms off a young jellyfish when he witnessed something he'd never seen before.<p>"He started …

Jellyfish