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The brain’s miracle superpowers of self-improvement

We used to believe our brains were hardwired at birth. Now we believe we can will them to change. Is that true? Will Storr analyses the truth and hokum about 'neuroplasticity'.<p>For years she had tried to be the perfect wife and mother but now, divorced, with two sons, having gone through another …

The Brain

If the face fits: science of attraction is based on personal experience – study

US research analysing 35,000 volunteers’ preferences for wide variety of different faces finds sexual attraction is not based on genetics or other influences<p>If your partner has a face that could curdle milk, you only have yourself to blame. Scientists have found that the faces we fancy are shaped …

How The Brains Of Happy, Successful People Are Wired

Greater connectivity in the brain may be linked to greater happiness and life satisfaction.<p>It seems that some people may really have all the luck. According to the "general intelligence g factor" theory, if you're adept at one cognitive function (like working memory), you're likely to be adept in …

The Brain

Dos and don’ts to preserve your brainpower

From changing your diet to partying like you’re 21, here are six tips for protecting your brain from the ravages of time.<p>Like any good machine, the brain needs a little care and attention as it ages to ensure it continues to run in good working order. If only there were a manual to its maintenance …

You Really Don’t Need To Work So Much

Recently, the New York <i>Times</i> ran a front-page story about the conditions for white-collar workers at Amazon. It revealed a workplace where abrupt firings are common, grown men and women cry at their desks, and people are scolded for not responding to e-mails after midnight. The story made clear how …

College & University

The surprising benefits of feeling insignificant

In the grand scheme of things, you are a tiny blip on the Earth’s surface. And recognising that fact may make you a better person, writes David Robson.<p>Take a look at the video above. Feel small and insignificant, compared to the enormous, beautiful world around you? If so, you may just have become …

University of California

Why do we intuitively believe we have free will?

Free will experiments may not explain whether we are in charge of our destinies – but they can nevertheless reveal just how little we know about our own minds, says Tom Stafford.<p>It is perhaps the most famous experiment in neuroscience. In 1983, Benjamin Libet sparked controversy with his …

The Brain

The traits that make human beings unique

We’re all just animals… right? Not so fast, says Melissa Hogenboom, a few things make us different from any other species.<p>"I am become death, the destroyer of worlds." So said the physicist Robert Oppenheimer, who helped to invent the atomic bomb.<p>The two bombs dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in …

What It Takes To Change Your Brain’s Patterns After Age 25

Most of our brain’s patterns are solidified by our mid-20s, but it’s possible to change your brain’s pathways and patterns with these methods.<p>“In most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.”<p>That quote was made famous by Harvard psychologist …

Nine psychological reasons why we love lists

The internet is awash with information that’s been sliced and diced into bite-sized chunks. But why do we find it so appealing? Claudia Hammond explores the canny mind tricks behind the buzz.<p><b>1. We know exactly what we’re getting</b><p>Whether it’s the 10 ways your body is disgusting or the 100 greatest …

3 Ways Brands Can Use Corporate Social Responsibility Principles To Create Better Advertising

A geniune attempt to build trust with an audience–and give a brand a sense of purpose–can be far more effective than traditional ads.<p>Dove’s “Real Beauty” campaign. Chipotle taking a stand on factory farming, with an assist from Fiona Apple. Patagonia giving away boatloads of lightly worn clothing. …

Use Google+ to Build Your Brand's Reputation

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>In Success Secrets of the Online Marketing Superstars, the latest book from Entrepreneur Press introduces you to 22 innovators who have redefined online marketing. Learn how to master proven strategies, avoid costly mistakes and grow your</i> …

Online Life

​Teaching a Computer Not to Forget

One of the keys to unlocking artificial intelligence will be to figure out why biological brains are so good at remembering old skills—even when learning new things.<p>Imagine if every time you learned something new, you completely forgot how to do a thing you'd already learned.<p>Finally figured out …

Artificial Intelligence

What babies tell us about artificial intelligence

They may outwit the chess Grandmaster Kasparov, but can machines ever be as smart as a three-year-old?<p>Instead of trying to produce a programme to …

Where will future economic growth come from?

Concern and uncertainty have plagued economics since the global crisis. Where might future growth come from? Can that growth be inclusive and …

Hope Street

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Dani Warrior

The free big data sources you should know

I always make the point that data is everywhere – and that a lot of it is free. Companies don’t necessarily have to build their own massive data …

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

The Brain

Complex Questions About Life And Death, Explained In A Simple Animated Video

Kurzgesagt is a Munich-based studio of designers, artists, musicians, and scientists who create videos explaining complicated topics through simple animations. Founded in 2012 by Philipp Dettmer & Stephan Rether, Kurzgesagt–German for “in a nutshell”–has released about two dozen videos explaining …

Does Your Mind Wander? Here’s Why That Can Be Your Greatest Asset

Wandering minds are associated with creativity. Popular wisdom tells you to live in the moment.<p><i>Huh?</i><p>So is it better to be unfocused or focused?<p>Let’s …

Will religion ever disappear?

Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer discovers that the answer is far from simple.<p>A growing number of people, millions worldwide, say they believe that life definitively ends at death – that there is no God, no …

Religion

People Don't Buy Products, They Buy Better Versions of Themselves

There is the famous story about Steve Jobs when he invented the iPod and everyone in the news and the rest of the tech industry scratched their head …

What can economics students learn from the Incas and Moses? Coen Teulings, Professor of Economics at the University of Cambridge, on why new economics needs old thinking. http://wef.ch/1vgre4i Chart: http://wef.ch/1vgre4l

Watch Game of Thrones' Hodor on Family Feud. Hodor! - PAPER

Dean Norris, AKA Hank from Breaking Bad, has a year book photo that is just a dream come true. Everything about this, from the blonde perm to the giant, open collar, is so good. [Uproxx]<p>God dammit, how are we just now finding out about our favorite new blog: GiantPantsofthe30s. Those <i>are</i> some giant …