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How Somebody Forced the World’s Internet Traffic Through Belarus and Iceland

This is a deeply technical but potentially very troubling story. Imagine one day you’re using the Internet the same way you do every day. Reading the …

Net Neutrality

The One Simple Technique to Keep Your Worries from Driving You Insane

As a psychiatrist, I’ve treated many people with very severe anxiety problems. There are many of us, though, without a clinical anxiety disorder who …

What OS would you choose if you had to give up Android?

In this edition of the Friday Debate, we discuss the unthinkable: what would happen if there were no Android? We’d all have to adopt other mobile platforms, like it or not. So, what would that competing operating system be in your case? iOS, BB10, WP, Ubuntu Touch, Firefox OS. Something else?<p>If you …

Windows Phone

It’s Not Over: Failure Is Success in the Making

<b>“A man’s errors are his portals of discovery.” ~James Joyce</b><p>Everyone has a story of failure and disadvantage—those things we wish were done …

Be Like the Trees: 3 Steps in the Art of Mindfulness

<b>Learning to Listen</b><br>Learning how to listen to your body and trust in the information coming to you through sensations is so important. Over the last …

Guitar Playing

Arise, awake and stop not...

And this, dear friends, is a round-up of rousing reminders. Please follow these practices diligently. They make life feel like a gift to be savoured …

Adaptation to Change is Important…

You know… it’s kind of ironic… just when you think you have something in life all figured out…. Whooosh…! Life throws you a curve ball. It just goes …

10 Things You Should Never Say About Yourself

<i>“None but ourselves can free our minds.”<br>―Bob Marley</i><p>When I was a freshman in high school, and struggling to find my way, someone anonymously slipped a …

How to Lucid Dream: 6 Essential Steps

I'm in!<p>What if you could unlock even more hours of your everyday life to do things that you’ve never done before and go places that you’ve never been …

75 Benefits of Meditation for an Inspired Life

Amanda Froelich, <i>Guest</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>How many times have you heard ‘meditation is good for you!’, yet you resist the actual act of sitting in silence …

Starting Your Mindfulness Meditation Practice

No matter how much we talk about it, read about it, or study it, putting a mindfulness practice into practice can be challenging. But what are we to …

Mindfulness

Why Not You?

“Oh, I could never do that, be that, win that…”<p>That is what you say. You watch people on the X-factor, the Voice or game shows and say how amazing, …

The X-Factor

50 Happiness Quotes to Change the Way You Think

<i>“People are just as happy as they make up their minds to be.”<br>―Abraham Lincoln</i><p>It usually isn’t what you have, where you are, or what you’ve been …

Just Knowing These 8 Facts Will Make You Way More Productive

Whether trying to conquer Mount Everest or just pick up your laundry, learning these quick facts will make it easier to be super productive -- or at least understand why you're not.<p>And if you're the type of person who is likely procrastinate instead of reading the rest of this article, then you …

How A Wandering Brain Can Help People Cope With Pain

When some people are in pain, the experience is so intense that they can't think of anything else. But others can turn their minds elsewhere and feel better.<p>Why? The difference may be due in part to brain wiring, researchers say, and knowing more about how it works may someday make it easier to …

The Smarter You Are, The Stupider You Are

Education is necessary if democracy is to flourish. What good is the free flow of information if people can't make sense of it? How can you vote your own interests if you don't understand the consequences of policy choices? How can you know what's best for you or your community?<p>A recent study by …

Why Do Some Brains Enjoy Fear?

The science behind the appeal of haunted houses, freak shows, and physical thrills.<p>This time of year, thrillseekers can enjoy horror movies, haunted houses, and prices so low, it’s scary. But if fear is a natural survival response to a threat, or danger, why would we seek out that feeling?<p>Dr. …

The Monkey and the Snake: How the Primate Brain Reacts to Serpents

A new study probes a hardwired fear of snakes.<p><b>Snakes on a Plane, snakes in a can, a rubber snake under someone's chair—just thinking we see a snake is enough to make some of us leap away like a suddenly expert dancer. And it might be those slithery serpents that helped us evolve to see as well as</b> …

Sad Faces Make People Support Social Campaigns

Any face. Even on a trash can.<p>At the end of last year, the international aid organization Oxfam decided to dramatically change their advertising tactics in their campaign to fight hunger in Africa, replacing pictures of sad, starving children with happier landscapes featuring the continent's …

Sustainability

The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before

America's Coolest Indoor Water Parks

Endless summer -- that's the promise of indoor water parks. And with it come surfing contests hundreds of miles from an ocean, waves lapping at pools the size of small lakes, and bright beach towels spread over lounge chairs as snow falls outside the windows.<p>The coolest indoor water parks keep kids …

These Incredible Hotels Will Leave You Feeling Like A Completely New Person

Healing Hotels of the World strives to change the way you think about vacation.<p>The hotel collection offers a unique take on travel, one that emphasizes health and wellness, rather than the more taxing vacation habits some have formed, like drinking heavily, over-eating and not getting enough …

16 Awesome Hidden Gems You Must Experience At Disneyland

Don't do Disneyland like a regular old tourist. The magic is in the details.<p>According to this thread on Quora, there are some hidden secrets you should look out for on your next trip to Disneyland.

Walt Disney Company

‘Should I Stay or Should I Go?’ Scientists Link Brain Cell Types to Behavior

<b>The activity of two specific neuron types correlates with foraging decisions in mice.</b><p>You are sitting on your couch flipping through TV channels …

Neuroscience

This Practice May Boost Intelligence And Lower Stress By Re-Wiring Your Brain

Meditation and mindfulness aren't just buzz words. A growing body of scientific research shows that the simple act of sitting still in thought confers long-term health benefits -- and even changes in brain function.<p>What exactly have scientists discovered? Here are eight scientifically backed …

10 Surprising Facts About How Our Brains Work

One of the things that surprises me time and time again is how we think our brains work and how they actually do.<p>On many occasions I find myself …

8 Good Morning Questions that Create Happiness

<i>The morning is extremely important. It is the foundation from which the day is built. How you choose to spend your morning can be used to predict</i> …

Create Your Life: Having Nothing Can Mean Having Everything

<b>“Breakdowns can create breakthroughs. Things fall apart so things can fall together.” ~Unknown</b><p>A decade ago, as a nomadic adventure-seeker, I traveled …

3 Obstacles to Living in the Now (and How to Get Blissfully Present Again)

<b>“Never underestimate the desire to bolt.” ~ Pema Chodron</b><p>I have been trying this present moment awareness thing for a while now, about two years, and …

5 Things You Should Know About Letting Go

<i>“Last night I lost the world, and gained the universe.”<br>―C. JoyBell C.</i><p>Even after you let go, the past is still part of who you are. Every one of us …