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Gene editing technique could transform future

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/news/health/1246000/1246254_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1518148564_d47a87790e788b1236d557f6cc69f145<p><b>CRISPR - get to know this acronym. It's good to know the name of something that could change your future.</b><p>Pronounced "crisper", it is a biological …

Genetics

Hikers on Caribbean island of Montserrat find ancient stone carvings

The petroglyphs – thought to be 1,000 to 1,500 years old – are the first known of in the British Overseas Territory: ‘They really add to Montserrat’s unique history’<p>Hikers out for a stroll on the Caribbean island of Montserrat have discovered ancient stone carvings that archaeologists believe could …

Here’s How A Month Of Zen Meditation Changed My Life

The Buddhist meditation practice is over 1,500 years old, but modern science says it has very real mental and physical health benefits.<p>On a trip to Japan last year, one of the places I visited was Kyoto, home to over 2,000 Buddhist temples and Shinto shrines. During one of my daily walks exploring …

The world is getting more religious, because the poor go for God

Religion itself thrives in places where liberal individualism fails. That’s the real clash of civilisations<p>The so-called “masters of suspicion”, Nietzsche, Marx and Freud, all thought that religion would wither and die in the 20th century. Others enthusiastically backed the secularisation …

Why Are So Many Muslim Refugees in Europe Suddenly Finding Jesus?

Whether out of conviction or convenience, thousands of migrants in Europe are converting to Christianity.<p>AMSTERDAM — Hundreds of Pakistanis and …

Faith

The Dalai Lama just launched a website to help you achieve inner peace

With the help of Paul Ekman, a psychologist who consulted on the 2015 Pixar film "Inside Out," and the data visualization firm Stamen Design, the Dalai Lama has launched a new website meant to give people a map for understanding their feelings.<p>It's called the "Atlas of Emotions."<p>"When we wanted to …

Emotions

Star pupil finds lost Mayan city by studying ancient charts of the night sky from his bedroom

A Canadian schoolboy appears to have discovered a lost Mayan city hidden deep in the jungles of Mexico using a new method of matching stars to the location of temples on earth.<p>William Gadoury, 15, was fascinated by the ancient Central American civilization and spent hours poring over diagrams of …

Archaeology

The Sanders revolution is coming: More than half of young Americans now oppose capitalism

Watch your back, Hillary. Poll data suggest adults aged 18-29 favor want no part of our neoliberal economic model<p>Let’s face it, young Americans are fed up with the economic status quo. If this fact is not evident enough from the groundswell of millennial support for Bernie Sanders, perhaps a …

Why Your Brain Needs More Downtime

Every now and then during the workweek—usually around three in the afternoon—a familiar ache begins to saturate my forehead and pool in my temples. …

The Brain

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CNN

How Working Out Keeps Your Brain Literally 10 Years Younger

Researchers compared the minds of people who exercise to those who don’t. Here’s what happened<p>Working out keeps your brain young, suggests a new study from Columbia University and the University of Miami.<p>Researchers asked people over age 40 about their exercise habits and tested their cognitive …

This 5-Minute Meditation Will Stress-Proof Your Mind

We've been conditioned to believe that stress is the ultimate twenty-first-century evil, but Tiffany Cruikshank wants you to know that's not exactly true.<p>As the Yoga Medicine founder and meditation expert explains, our innate stress response is actually super-useful; it's what causes us to act fast …

Ignorance, racism and rage: The GOP’s transformation to the party of stupid started long before Donald Trump

Shift from conscience-driven party of Lincoln to anger-driven party of Trump/Cruz has been 50 years in the making<p>The top leadership of the Republican Party expresses horror at the popularity of Donald Trump as though his positions and values are somehow alien from their own. This is disingenuous. …

Insomnia Linked To Abnormal Brain Connections In New Sleep Study

Insomnia is thought to affect one in three people in the UK.<p>People who suffer from insomnia are more likely to have damaged brain connections, a new …

Meditative bondage is like one long, kinky hug

Meditation and bondage might seem like strange bedfellows, but they actually pair together like milk and cookies.<p>When you hear the word "bondage," …

At the centre of all moral inquiry is the Crucifixion of Jesus

It’s a long walk from the confessional back to the office. The moment you step out of the box, you’re sin-free. But, oh, there are so many opportunities to screw up between then and now. Passed a homeless guy, didn’t give him anything. Pushed past an old lady on the escalator, didn’t say sorry. Got …

Faith

God Is No Thing by Rupert Shortt review – an excellent response to New Atheism

Some high-profile atheists insist on arguing against propositions that no serious Christian writer would endorse. This is a spirited corrective, argues Rowan Williams, covering the origins of the universe to the use of the Bible<p>In one of his letters, CS Lewis repeats the story of an earnest …

MoD gravity sensor breakthrough to 'see underground or through walls'

A scientific breakthrough in a Ministry of Defence research project could pave the way for a scanners that one day could see underground or through walls.<p>A team of scientists including experts at the MoD’s Porton Down labs have developed a new device that can detect tiny fluctuations in gravity.<p>The …

BAE Systems

Gravity waves from black holes verify Einstein’s prediction

<b>WASHINGTON</b> — Tremors in the cosmic fabric of space and time have finally been detected, opening a new avenue for exploring the universe.<p>The historic …

An ancient Australian connection to India?

When was the remote Australian continent first settled? Where did these ancient Australians come from? Was the island settled once, or on multiple occasions? Is there a genealogical connection between the indigenous people of Australia and India?<p>These are questions I’ve spent almost two decades …

Anthropology

This is how the GOP imploded: The real story behind the conservative crack-up, and the creation of Donald Trump

Donald Trump used right-wing rhetoric to steal the conservative base. But this crack-up has been a long time coming<p>Today’s civil war in the GOP has observers scrambling to make sense of the struggle among the current Republican presidential candidates. Pundits are trying to find the roots of the …

The world's most enchanting ruins

Archaeology

Have we discovered the threads of life?

RENOWNED astrophysicist is heading to Australia and he just might hold the key to the universe. Or should we say, multiverse.

Physics

What the five most addictive substances on the planet do to your brain

What are the most addictive drugs? This question seems simple, but the answer depends on whom you ask. From the points of view different researchers, …

What Does It Mean When a Straight Women Watches Gay Porn?

How much do our porn habits say about us? If you're a straight woman, does that mean you'll watch only heterosexual porn? What does it mean if you like a different kind?<p>These thoughts were running through <i>Scjdjskab</i>'s head when she asked the relationships subreddit, "Is it weird for a straight girl …

Mental illness is a result of misery, yet still we stigmatise it

Patients are being shunned in the mistaken belief they have biological defects. In fact the evidence shows that most have endured traumas<p>It matters how we talk and think about mental health. Get it wrong, and people can end up being misled, or even worse, hurt. Last week the BBC ran a …

Innovation comes from educated, hard-working immigrants—not genius dropouts

The stories of Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, and more are like updated Silicon Valley versions of the American dream. An inspired genius bucks tradition, drops out of college and starts a superstar company that rattles the lives of millions around the globe.<p>The moral of the story is that …

Innovation

Four neuromyths that are still prevalent in schools – debunked

It’s not true that you only use 10% of your brain, nor can you categorise students by ‘learning styles’ – let’s cut this nonsense from classrooms<p>It is no surprise that many teachers have an interest in neuroscience and psychology since areas such as memory, motivation, curiosity, intelligence and …

Audio Recordings Document 'Weird Music' Heard By Apollo Astronauts On Far Side Of Moon

"If you’re behind the moon and hear some weird noise on your radio, and you know you’re blocked from the Earth, then what could you possibly think?"<p>The crew of an Apollo mission to the moon were so startled when they encountered strange music-like noises coming through their headsets, they didn't …