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Kafka on books and what reading does for the human soul – a gorgeous letter to his childhood friend: http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2014/06/06/kafka-on-books-and-reading/

5 Health Benefits of Being an Early Riser

Set your alarm, then start reaping the rewards.<p>You know that saying about the early bird catching the worm? Well, there's science to back it up: A growing body of research demonstrates that early risers have advantages when it comes to their energy levels, moods, and workout habits. We lay out the …

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John Steinbeck's 1966 Plea To Create A NASA For The Oceans

In the September 1966 issue of Popular Science, author John Steinbeck made the case for giving deep-sea exploration the same attention as the space race.<p><i>Three years before the first humans landed on the moon, Nobel-prize winning author John Steinbeck published a passionate plea in</i> Popular Science</i> …

Kieran Walsh: Medical education—high value but high cost?

Medical education has undergone many reforms over the past thirty years. Medical students of the past spent much time learning things they didn’t …

Be Happier: Spend More Money on Others

If you want to feel happier—and who doesn’t—what should you do with that $20 you have in your pocket?<p>The evidence is clear, according to a new …

How to Train Your Mind to Think Critically and Form Your Own Opinions

"Critical Thinking" may sound like an obnoxious buzzword from liberal arts schools, but it's actually a useful skill. Critical thinking just means …

Critical Thinking

What if the sun disappeared?

We wouldn’t know the sun was gone for eight-and-a-half minutes. Then Earth would head off in a straight line, into eternal night.<p>If the sun …

How did I get here?

This week I took my dad to Geneva, to show him CERN, and ATLAS, the experiment I work on at the Large Hadron Collider. Describing my job to people reminds me of how privileged and fortunate I am to be working on a project which would have been beyond my wildest dreams as a child, and the feeling is …

Dr. Wikipedia: The 'Double-Edged Sword' Of Crowdsourced Medicine

Wikipedia has become a go-to source for definitions, celebrity facts, and now, medical information. A study by the IMS Health Institute published in January names Wikipedia as the "single leading source" of health care information for both patients and health care professionals.<p>Unfortunately, some …

Vertical farming explained: how cities could be food producers of the future

Populations are growing and cities are booming – but could we soon see skyscrapers turned into centres for crop production? From Chicago warehouses to the south pole growth chamber in Antarctica, the concept of growing food indoors is catching on. Plant scientist Dr Erik Murchie, from the …

Interactive Infographic: The Search For Other Earths

Here are all the planets outside our solar system.<p>Astronomers announced they had discovered planets around other stars—the first so-called extrasolar planets—in 1992. Other discoveries came a few years later, one by one at first and then in a steady stream by the mid-2000s. The Kepler mission …

Space

Why Do We Blame The Obese For Their Obesity?

Last month I attended a talk given by biologist Dr. Jeffrey Friedman at the much beloved NYC-based lecture series, Secret Science Club. Friedman, a 2010 Lasker Award recipient, was there to discuss the research that culminated in that prestigious award—his discovery of the hormone leptin and its …

Second-brightest star Canopus

Canopus is the 2nd-brightest star in the sky, and it’s easy to spot on February evenings, if …<p>The second-brightest star in all the heavens, as seen …

This Full-Color 3-D Printer Sounds Too Good To Be True. Is It?

Popular Science sat down with botObjects to ask some questions about their controversial 3-D printer. We left with some answers, and some new questions.<p>Back in May, a startup called botObjects unveiled what seemed like a stunning consumer gadget: the world's first full-color, desktop 3-D printer, …

Australian astronomers discover oldest known star in universe

A team of scientists at the Australian National University has discovered the oldest known star in the universe.<p>The discovery of the heavenly body, which formed about 13.6bn years ago, has allowed astronomers to study the chemistry of the first stars.<p>Lead researcher Dr Stefan Keller of the ANU’s …

Why Long-Distance Relationships Never, Ever Work (Except When They Do)

Long-distance relationships often masquerade as real relationships. They can be passionate, intense, and loving. But what they can't be is battle-tested.<p>I have a confession to make, but I want you to keep it just between us, okay?<p>I love the movie <i>Love Actually</i> -- love it. Really I do. I know that …

Relationships

How to Do Skin Retouching in Photoshop

One of the most highly requested and simple photo touch ups requested is for blemish removal on the skin. Whether this is acne, freckles, or just …

Tutorials

How Your Language Affects Your Wealth and Health

Does the language we speak determine how healthy and rich we will be? New research by Keith Chen of Yale Business School suggests so. The structure …

16 Fiction Book Characters' Myers-Briggs Personality Types

You may remember the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator from your high school homeroom class, or that crazy ex who said your opposite psychological preferences made you doomed to fail. If not, here's the run-down:<p>It's a personality quiz based on Carl Jung's typological theories that divides people into 16 …

Judge allows a caesarean section to go ahead on a patient without her consent

• Clare Dyer<p>1BMJ<p>A High Court judge has given doctors the go ahead to perform a caesarean section on a “highly agitated” 25 year old woman with bipolar …

How Our Minds Mislead Us: The Marvels and Flaws of Our Intuition

Every year, intellectual impresario and <i>Edge</i> editor <b>John Brockman</b> summons some of our era’s greatest thinkers and unleashes them on one provocative question, whether it’s the single most elegant theory of how the world works or the best way to enhance our cognitive toolkit. This year, he sets out on …

The Wellcome Trust's treasure trove of chemical images

Wellcome has made more than 100,000 images freely available, and it is the chemistry paraphernalia that catches my eye

A Complete List Of Grammy Winners

Daft Punk, Lorde, and Macklemore were among the big winners during Sunday night's 56th annual Grammy Awards.<p>Check out a full list of winners below (via CNN):<p><b>Record of the year</b><b><br>"Get Lucky" -- Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams and Nile Rodgers -- WINNER</b><br>"Radioactive" -- Imagine Dragons<br>"Royals" -- …

The truth about technology’s greatest myth

Many optimists believe that technology can transform society, whether it’s the internet or the latest phone. But as Tom Chatfield argues in his final column for BBC Future, the truth about our relationship with technology is far more interesting.<p>Lecturing in late 1968, the American sociologist …

Johnny Bravo calls 911

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The definition of insanity

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Why Is Personal Change So Tough to Do?

Admit it. You want to change something about yourself. You want to assert your opinions but you keep holding yourself back. You have a smoking habit …

Inside the Cheater’s Mind

A few years ago, acting on a tip, school administrators at Great Neck North High School, a prominent, academically competitive public school in Long Island, took a closer look at students’ standardized test scores. Some of them seemed suspiciously high. What’s more, some of the high scorers had …

Are physicists individualists or collectivists?

Richard Feynman was probably one of the very few true individualists in the history of physics (Image: Telegraph)<p>Ricardo Heras has a well-written and …