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Apps for Happiness and Personal Development

<b>BE MEASURING</b> for more Happiness and Personal Development<p>When I first wrote the Year of Personal Development series my focus was on free printable …

Want To Be More Mindful All Day Long? Try A Micro-Meditation

If we're sincere about living connectedly, where we can truly feel the joy of our positive feelings and open-heartedly accept our negative ones, we …

Mindfulness

Tips for Handling Difficult Family Encounters During the Holidays

Many of us visit family during the holidays. We may look forward to their company -- or dread it. Either way, unless you're Jesus, a fully awakened Buddha, or a zombie (if any of these apply, you can stop reading now), there will likely be some moments when the going gets rough. As a wise teacher …

Mindfulness: The Healing Power of Compassionate Presence

1. Identify the core concepts of mindfulness practice in clinical treatment<p>2. Utilize mindfulness experiences to improve client rapport and reduce …

How synaesthesia inspires artists

A number of famous artists have experienced synaesthesia – a union of the senses. Holly Williams explores its history and her own experience of the condition.<p>The experience of colour as we usually understand it is a visual one: objects have colour, artists use colour, and we can recall a colour in …

Does synaesthesia make you smarter? People trained to 'see' letters as colours experience a remarkable increase in IQ

Synaesthetes, including singers Pharrell Williams and Lady Gaga, report an overlap in their senses; they see smells, taste colours or feel sounds.<p>The …

Research Forum Events Archive

This page archives the programme of events before the rebranding of the Research Forum to reflect its Sackler sponsorship and launch of our new …

The good part about leaving Russia is no longer having to apologize for its actions

As the song goes... "My country tis of thee..."<p>Notice the possessive pronoun in there? It's my country, not this country. It makes the lyric and the singer sound more patriotic, right?<p>Well, writer Masha Gessen wrestled with this concept recently. But she did it in relation to Russia. That where …

How one Muslim American in Tennessee fought prejudice head-on

Zak Mohyuddin was born in Bangladesh, raised in Pakistan and moved to Tennessee years ago, in the 1970s. He was 18 when he arrived. Today, at age 58, he’s a longtime resident in Tullahoma, a small town in Coffee County, halfway between Nashville and Chattanooga.<p>Like a lot of people here, Mohyuddin …

Facebook offers the best advertising for migrant-smuggling coyotes

Ten years ago, if you lived in Central America and were looking for a guide to help you sneak across the US-Mexico border, you'd ask your neighbors and call your relatives in the US to see if they knew any <i>coyotes</i>, or people-smugglers.<p>Now, you can just log onto Facebook.<p>Social media is playing an …

Name the lost landmass that once bridged the UK and Europe

This Geo Quiz is a little bit different — we're asking you to name a place that hasn't existed for over 8,000 years.<p>This landmass used to connect the UK to the European mainland, until it was swallowed by the North Sea.<p>We speak to The World’s Christopher Woolf about this forgotten island.<p><i>Follow the</i> …

BioLite KettleCharge: Charge Your iPad With Boiling Hot Water

BioLite's line of twig-burning, gadget-powering stoves has already cemented the brand as every wilderness geek's best friend. But now, the brilliant …

New App Lets You 'Hide' Secret Digital Messages IRL

This new messaging app that wants to take social media to the streets— literally.<p>Images via, via<p>By inserting digital content into the physical world, a new messaging app called Traces is attempting to solve the problems of 'passive' social media. Simply select some digital content— anything from a …

This Digital Bookmark Tweets at You When You Haven’t Read in a While

<i>From the Tweet For a Read promo video.</i><p>Let’s say you just don’t read books as much as you used to. Let’s say you feel guilty about it. And let’s say …

Ancient Hebrew ASCII art

The Jewish Theological Seminary's "Micrography" exhibit showcases visual art, mostly from the 19th and early 20th century, made from ancient Hebrew …

Accidentally fascinating images of anonymity, FBI-style.

Not long ago, Blackbag.Gawker.com published a set of images that made what has turned out to be a lasting impression on me.<p>The short version: In the …

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Animal hackers: War Kitteh sniffs out insecure Wi-fi networks

The intersection of animals and technology is about more than cat videos on YouTube and the Doge meme. This year’s Def Con hacking convention in Las Vegas showcased a pair of projects mixing pets with computer security.<p>War Kitteh and Denial of Service Dog were both the work of Gene Bransfield, from …

These Brilliant Hacks of GTA and Minecraft Are Pure Art

You step out of your shelter and look down at your feet. Instead of grass, you see the familiar gold-and-green logomark of petroleum behemoth BP. On …

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SLMMSK Anti-Selfie App

For the selfie-obsessed out there (and even those who aren't yet into the craze), a new alternative is afoot and it's carrying some Orwellian vibes. Glitché's latest iOS app SLMMSK uses face recognition software and the phone's front-facing camera to take an image and mask the subject's identity in …

Add These 3 Letters to Any YouTube Clip to Transform Video to GIF

We love animated GIFs, and we love how it’s becoming easier and easier to create your own online.<p>A tool called GIF YouTube has taken almost all the …

P–DPA log — WikiPapier, Etienne Ozeray (2014) Work in...

<b>WikiPapier</b>, Etienne Ozeray (2014)<p>Work in progress. WikiPapier allows to generate a personal encyclopedia based on Wikipedia and optimized for print. …

Bill Domonkos | Control Your Emotions Game

The world according to Gary Shteyngart in four languages

Gary Shteyngart writes in English, but his memoir draws on the Russian and Yiddish of his Leningrad childhood, and the Hebrew of his schooling in New York.<p>The memoir is called "Little Failure." The title is based on an English-Russian mashup expression ("failure" plus a Russian diminutive) invented …

Remembering Sid Caesar, the master of double talk

Comedian Sid Caesar was a master of languages. He could speak German, French, Italian, Japanese, Chinese, Russian — that is, he could make you think that he was a polyglot.<p>Caesar was famous for double talk, mimicking the intonations and gestures of a language.<p>“Sid was the greatest double talker in …

How to apologize for the Cultural Revolution without blaming the Communist Party

It's been 25 years since Chinese forces opened fire on students encamped in Tiananmen Square. But that's recent history.<p>Too recent for anyone to start apologizing for their conduct. Not so the Cultural Revolution.<p>The Cultural Revolution is far enough in the past (1966-76) for people to now start …

Do the words we use to describe pregnancy reveal our feelings toward it?

When a woman in Russia is carrying a child in her womb, several words could be used to describe her condition.<p>Russian.png<p>The most common is <i>beremenaya</i> <i>(Беременная).</i> Figuratively, it means <i>pregnant</i>. But the literal meaning is quite different.<p>“It has this kind of almost quasi-religious meaning of …

The history of invisible ink is finally out in the open

I have been finding little scrappy bits of seemingly blank paper all over the house lately.<p>I say "seemingly" because my daughter recently got a "top secret sleuthing kit" for her 8th birthday.<p>The kit contains two pens. One pen has "invisible ink," which you use to craft your super-secret …