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World's first robot citizen takes a swipe at Elon Musk

During the recent Future Investment Initiative in Saudi Arabia it was revealed that Sophia, a robot constructed by Hong Kong company Hanson Robotics, …

Elon Musk

Neuroscience Reveals What Buddha's Brain Looks Like (and How You Can Have it Too)

To many people who don’t believe in any religion, Buddhism is generally seen as a “good” kind of religion. It doesn’t start wars and has powerful …

The ayahuasca ceremony is going under the scientific-method microscope

Before neuroscientist Leanna Standish drank the hallucinogenic brew ayahuasca for the first time, she was a steadfast scientific materialist. She was trained to believe—and she did—that everything could be explained by science. Then, much like the pioneering psychedelic researchers who came before …

Clinical Trials

The 37 Best Websites to Learn Something New

Forget overpriced schools, long days in a crowded classroom, and pitifully poor results. These websites and apps cover myriads of science, art, and …

The Sound of Silence: An Illustrated Serenade to the Art of Listening to One’s Inner Voice Amid the Noise of Modern Life

A tender reminder that silence is not the absence of sound but the presence of an inward-listening awareness.<p><i>“There are many fine things which we cannot say if we have to shout,”</i> Henry David Thoreau observed in contemplating how silence ennobles speech. A year earlier, he had written in his …

Just-Like-That Mind: A Great Zen Teacher on Navigating Loss and Grief

“Name and form are made by thinking. Water does not say, ‘I am water.’ Steam does not say, ‘I am steam.’”<p><i>“To lament that we shall not be alive a hundred years hence, is the same folly as to be sorry we were not alive a hundred years ago,”</i> Montaigne observed as he contemplated death and the art of …

I want to be alone: the rise and rise of solo living

The number of people living alone has skyrocketed. What is driving the phenomenon? And solo dwellers Colm Tóibín, Alex Zane, Carmen Calli and others reflect on life as a singleton<p>Human societies, at all times and places, have organised themselves around the will to live with others, not alone. But …

Why today’s global warming has roots in Indonesia’s genocidal past

The mass killings in 1965 live on in global emissions from forced forest fires – and through human rights abuses in the palm oil fields<p>There has been tremendous concern over the ways climate change will affect human rights, but little attention to how human rights abuse affects our global …

Human Rights

One of the world's most innovative architects just released these free designs for affordable homes

In January, Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena won a Pritzker Prize, architecture's equivalent to the Nobel Prize, for his commitment to designing …

For the First Time, Scientists Have Imaged the Brain on LSD

The scientists hope their long-awaited study on LSD in humans will open the floodgates to further research into psychedelics.<p>Researcher, drug policy reformer, and Countess of Wemyss Amanda Feilding made a promise to Albert Hofmann, the "father of LSD," after meeting him in the 90s: She would carry …

Consciousness

Rare Single Gene Mutation Increases Risk of Schizophrenia 35-Fold

The plot thickens.<p><i>This article was written by Elizabeth Tunbridge from the University of Oxford, and was originally published by The …

Genetics

Scientists Already Know How to 'Erase' Your Painful Memories... And Add New Ones

Nothing lasts forever.<p>We all have things in our past that we'd like to forget - bad break-ups, traumatic experiences, loss. No matter how hard we …

The Brain

Like Mother, Like Daughter--the Science Says So, Too

We often attribute key characteristics to one of our parents: “He gets his athleticism from his father.” “Her quickness to anger—that’s all her …

Neuroscience
Consciousness

Five Psychology Podcasts to Broaden Your Mind in 2016

Know yourself, understand others, and live thoughtfully.<p>Now that you’ve finished binge-watching Making a Murderer and Serial season 2 just isn’t …

Self-improvement

Earth - The strange fate of a person falling into a black hole

<i>This was the most-read story on BBC Earth in 2015. Here is another chance to read it.</i><p>It could happen to anyone. Maybe you're out trying to find a new habitable planet for the human race, or maybe you're just on a long walk and you slip. Whatever the circumstances, at some point we all find …

Black Holes

How our sense of smell works as a mysterious sixth sense – Elizabeth Preston

Noam Sobel can’t stop watching you sniff your hands. In public, he sees people doing it everywhere. Here a man is leaning on one elbow, his palm …

The Brain

An FBI Agent's 5 Steps to Developing Mental Toughness | Inc.com

Mental toughness.<p>It's the ability to push through difficult (and even painful) situations while maintaining peak performance. It's what separates the elite from the above average, and is only gained through training and hard work. For entrepreneurs and business owners, it means having the grit you …

Self-improvement

Home, sweet home: how to combat the ‘indoor pollution’ of scented candles

Air fresheners and cleaning products release chemicals that are harmful in enclosed spaces. But houseplants could help cut the risks<p>The last bits of tinsel are down and the fairy lights are back in hibernation. With the dark, cold nights here for a while, there is no better time to light up those …

Plants

Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness

Turn off the TV, calm down and stop trying to convert people to your religion.<p>These are among the top 10 pieces of advice issued by Pope Francis this …

Stephen Hawking Has Some Beautiful Advice For People Who Suffer From Depression

World-renowned scientist Stephen Hawking is known for providing us with complex yet invaluable insights into space, time, and the nitty-gritty of …

Anti-Education by Friedrich Nietzsche review – why mainstream culture, not the universities, is doing our best thinking

The long-misunderstood philosopher, a hater of nationalism but supporter of independent thought, disliked trends in higher education that are very evident today<p>Throughout his life Nietzsche thought of himself as an educator, but the time he spent working in higher education was not long and much of …

Friedrich Nietzsche

The 7-Step Morning Ritual That Will Make You Happy All Day

We read a lot about this or that morning ritual that will make you productive. But what about one that makes you happy?<p>Research shows that being …

Happiness

Where new dads are encouraged to take months off work

<b>In some countries the idea of paternity leave - when a father takes time off work to stay at home with a new child - has yet to take hold. In Sweden, which has been encouraging fathers to take paternity leave since 1974, there is now a new incentive for them to spend a full three months at home.</b><p>"It …

Parenting

8 Fascinating Things We Learned About The Mind In 2015

As the New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight to Pluto and some scientists explored the far reaches of our solar system, others were making some incredible advances in their exploration of the inner workings of the mind.<p>Studies published this year shed light on the mysteries of the brain …

The Brain

Six free ways to make yourself smarter in 2016

<b>1. The Science of Happiness</b><p><b>Offered by:</b> University of California, Berkeley<p><b>What</b>: The course provides a “basic overview of what researchers from …

This Is What The Entire Known Universe Looks Like in a Single Image

Whoa.<p>Isn't it beautiful? This is an illustrated logarithmic scale conception of the observable Universe with the Solar System at the …

Universe

3 secrets to dealing with anger the right way, according to neuroscience

And all you want to do is scream and yell back. But you know that's not going to be good for anyone…<p>I've talked before about how to deal with others who are angry and irrational, but how can you control those emotions in <i>yourself</i>?<p>Looking at the neuroscience, there's a right way and a wrong way to do …

Anger Management

Desert Solitaire: An Uncommonly Beautiful Love Letter to Solitude and the Spiritual Rewards of Getting Lost

“Every man, every woman, carries in heart and mind the image of the ideal place, the right place, the one true home, known or unknown, actual or visionary.”<p><i>“As the desert offers no tangible riches, as there is nothing to see or hear in the desert,”</i> Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote in his exquisite …

Literature