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Why this '5-4-3-2-1' mindfulness trick is so effective at beating anxiety

People are saying the results are instant.<p>When anxiety starts to take over, it can feel impossible to gain perspective and get out of the spiral of worries.<p>But next time you feel overwhelmed with anxious thoughts, a simple mindfulness trick may offer some relief.<p>Shared by Boston University clinical …

Five major psychiatric diseases have overlapping patterns of genetic activity, new study shows

<i>This post has been updated.</i><p>Certain patterns of genetic activity appear to be common among five distinct psychiatric disorders — autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and alcoholism — according to a new study. The paper, appearing in the journal Science, was released …

The Brain

How to Mathematically Measure Consciousness

How can we measure the phenomenon of human consciousness?<p>A month ago I was being introduced for the public presentation of my neuroscience PhD …

Tales From Ukraine’s Surreal Front Lines

Veteran war correspondent Tim Judah goes inside Ukraine’s supremely weird war.<p><b>In Wartime: Stories From Ukraine by Tim Judah</b><p>Tim Judah is a man who …

Russia

The Kurds are our allies against Isis, but we bow to Baghdad’s shameful treatment of them<p>Online, you can watch a jihadi driving one of the thousands of armoured vehicles Islamic State plundered from the Iraqi army toward Kurdish troops.<p>They are frightened of a suicidally ferocious fanatic, so …

Middle East

Kurds Not Invited To Anti-ISIS Conference Despite Ongoing Battle Against Terrorist Group, Kurdish Leader Complains

Iraqi Kurdish leader Masoud Barzani denounced an international anti-ISIS conference for its failure to invite representatives of Iraq’s Kurdistan …

Iraqi Kurdistan: Fighting for the Dream of Independence

<b>Despite still being under Baghdad’s writ, Erbil and the rest of the Kurdish territory (KRG) in Iraq already have the appearance of an independent</b> …

Middle East

Kurdish forces cut key road in north Iraq drive

Arbil (Iraq) (AFP) - Kurdish forces launched an offensive against the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group on Wednesday, cutting a road linking two of …

Iraqi Kurds may get more German weapons

"I believe it's right to extend our support with great care", von der Leyen said.<p>"We know that the Peshmerga (Kurdish fighters) aren't just fighting …

Peshmerga

A Message from President Barzani on International Coalition Meeting in London to Counter ISIS

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux Are Married!

Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have made it official!<p>The couple exchanged vows in front of more than 70 family members and friends on Wednesday …

Oscars 2015 Winners: The Full List

The 2015 Academy Awards have (finally) arrived, and we can't wait to see what happens.<p>With huge international stars, like Julianne Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Meryl Streep, Eddie Redmayne, and Michael Keaton up for Oscars, and some big movies, like "Boyhood," "Whiplash," "The Imitation Game," …

Sam Smith follows up success at Grammys with two awards, while Taylor Swift takes home the statuette for best international female artist<p>It was her first performance at the Brit awards in 20 years but veteran pop star Madonna’s return was one marked more by tragedy than triumph.<p>Taking to the stage …

Pop Music

SPECTRE review: 'a swaggering show of confidence'

7 key questions about our newly discovered human ancestor, answered

In groundbreaking new research published on Thursday, a new species of human relative has been discovered in South Africa. The findings, published in …

Anthropology

Full list of Nobel Peace Prize winners

Oslo (AFP) - Here is the full list of Nobel Peace Prize laureates from 1901, when the prize was first awarded:<p>2015: The National Dialogue Quartet …

Stephen Hawking explains how to (sort-of) escape a black hole

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>If you find yourself stuck inside a black hole, Stephen Hawking says not to panic: You may die, but all traces of your existence may not be lost forever.<p>Current science suggests that a black hole’s gravity is so strong that absolutely nothing—not even light—can escape …

Snapchat's valuation falls by 25%, and more big tech companies will follow

The big tech companies of our time are being cut down to size.<p>Snapchat, the messaging service with 100 million daily active users, and which rejected …

Venture Capital

Amnesty International calls the killings ‘a disturbing and bloody escalation’ and a local defence group says its fighters have given up trying to count the bodies<p>Boko Haram escapee: ‘I kept stepping on dead bodies’<br>• Latest: Two suspected child suicide bombers attack Nigerian market<p>Hundreds of bodies …

Africa

Charlie Hebdo Shooting: 12 Killed at Muhammad Cartoons Magazine in Paris

PARIS — Masked gunmen armed with AK-47s and shouting "Allahu Akbar" stormed the offices of a French satirical news magazine Wednesday in a terror attack that left 12 people dead, including the editor and two police officers.<p>The suspects shot dead one of the officers on the street as they fled — …

The Secret to Learning a Foreign Language as an Adult

<i>Answer by David Bailey, CEO of Spotnight, on Quora.</i><p>I’ve learned several foreign languages as an adult. I was able to learn French to conversation …

How mental health alters decision making

All of us are wired to seek rewards and avoid losses, and that remains true in people with mental health disorders. But in those people the nature of …

Mental Health

Top 10: Photos: World's Best Picnic Spots

Have a snack while you're soaking in the sights. Here are some of the most beautiful spots for a picnic.

Travel Photography

3 Cognitive Biases That Affect Our Decisions Every Day

Cognitive biases hurt more than help. Learn how these 3 mental shifts can dramatically transform the quality of your life.

Cognition

Why Is Kate Middleton so Silent?

No TV interviews, and few public speeches…is the media is so obsessed by how the Duchess of Cambridge looks, because we rarely hear what she …

Russia Confirms Jet Broke Up in Mid-Air; Did 2001 Accident Doom It?

The airplane fell apart before crashing, evidently near the tail. That could mean a ‘tail strike’ from 14 years ago was never truly fixed.<p><i>Editor's</i> …

The Horror of Working in a Hospital

The life of a hospital technician is nothing like what you see on TV.<p>My old friend Potter works at a hospital these days. It isn’t a great job but …

Lawn Mowing

First Brain Surgery Aired Live on American TV Goes Smoothly

“I never expected this,” says a Parkinson's patient whose hand tremor went away for first time in 10 years.<p>A 49-year-old Ohio electrician who has long suffered from Parkinson's Disease is recovering well from his Sunday evening brain surgery, the first ever televised live in the United States.<p>The …

Medical Technology

Heat-seeking cancer drugs could target tumours and spare healthy tissue

Bubbles containing cancer drugs which burst on contact with tumours are being developed by scientists<p>Miniature heat seeking ‘grenades’ full of cancer drugs which target tumours without damaging healthy tissue, have been created by scientists.<p>Researchers at Manchester University have repurposed …

African Union investigation finds evidence of atrocities, including rape and mutilation, committed against civilians<p>A new report has laid bare the scale of the atrocities committed during South Sudan’s 22-month civil war, detailing cases of rape, torture, mutilation and instances of forced …

Africa