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The neuroscience of change: How to train your brain to create better habits

“The chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” — Samuel Johnson<p>A lot of our daily actions are automatic. Your …

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Canada to Build a Wall

Bowing to public pressure, Justin Trudeau has pledged that Canada will build a wall along its southern border with the the USA.<p>In remarks before the …

This Is What Your Addicted Brain Looks Like

The fine line between feeling good and developing a dependency.<p><i>This article is supported by the NSW Government, who want to help empower you to quit smoking. In this article, we look at how addiction affects your brain.</i><p>Even when we know that something—drugs, alcohol, smoking, checking our Instagram …

Neuroscience

Why are Americans so sad?

Suicide rates in the US have increased nearly 30% in less than 20 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported June 7. These mind-numbing statistics were released the same week two very famous, successful and beloved people committed suicide—Kate Spade, a tremendous entrepreneur, …

Mental Health

10 of the Most Notorious Women of the Wild West

These ladies were criminals, heroes, and sharpshooters.<p>Most of the time, when we think about the Wild Wild West, we think of cowboys and bandits and …

See Inside the Worst Opioid Addiction Crisis in U.S. History | Time

The Wild Physics of a Firefighter's Window Catch

Are superheroes real? Maybe. In this recently released video, a firefighter in Latvia catches a man falling past a window. Let me tell you something. …

Quantum physics can help explain much of the world’s suffering

Quantum physics is the science that describes nature at its smallest atomic levels. But tiny subatomic happenings can have huge effects: Quantum theory describes the universe as one giant entangled system, where what happens in one corner of the world can simultaneously effect something else across …

Quantum Physics

Our galaxy might be way more vast than we thought

Most Earthlings know we live in an immense rotating spiral disk glowing with 200 billion stars — but just how immense could actually blow your …

How Tolkien created Middle-earth

As a fantasy lover, I can barely remember a time when I wasn’t aware of JRR Tolkien. I read <i>The Hobbit</i> until it fell apart as a child, and have always strived, in my own contributions to the genre, to take even a shred of the care in my world-building that Tolkien did in his. “It is written in my …

Literature

Genetic Coda: Why Do Hundreds Of Genes Turn On After Death?

Even after you die, some of your cells keep going. It’s a phenomenon that has many scientists intrigued. One study in particular examined the activity of one thousand genes in mice and zebrafish in the days after death, or the “twilight of death” as the study’s lead author Peter Noble poetically …

Genetics

Comedian: Hey, Roseanne-Firing ABC, Remember These Awful Tweets By Your New Employee Keith Olbermann?

On Tuesday, just hours after Roseanne Barr apologized for her tweet describing former Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett as the love child of the Muslim …

50 Must-Read Books with Gorgeous Writing

We book lovers read so much, and so widely, that we’ve seen it all. The good, the bad, the so-bad-it’s-good, the meh, the life changing. And we’ve …

Books

PUMA and MIT Design Lab Create Self-Adapting Microbe Sneakers

Made with bacteria.<p>PUMA teamed up with MIT Design Lab for an experimental design project that fused biology with sportswear performance technology, with a particular focus on bacteria. Debuted during Milan Design Week, the collaborative Adaptive Dynamics: Biodesign project included boundary-pushing …

Astronomers Just Zoomed Stunningly Close to The Event Horizon of Our Galaxy's Black Hole

Wowowowow.<p>Telescopes around the world have joined forces to try to provide us with our first photograph of a black hole. That's still a few months …

Black Holes

Mike Rowe Breaks Down The Real Tragedy With The ‘Death Of The Boy Scouts’

5:31 PM 05/17/2018<p>Mike Rowe said the real tragedy with the “death of the Boy Scouts of America” is not the decision to allow girls to join, but …

Safe-Space

Forget the Turing Test—give AI the F. Scott Fitzgerald Test instead

Scott Fitzgerald pinned human intelligence on its tolerance of paradox. But what kind of artificial intelligence could pass his test?<p>In his 1936 essay “The Crack-Up,” Fitzgerald writes that “the test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, …

Artificial Intelligence

What Is Spacetime?

Physicists believe that at the tiniest scales, space emerges from quanta. What might these building blocks look like?

Quantum Mechanics

Hidden Meaning of Synchronicity There Are No Coincidences [FULL VIDEO]

The skills that every teen should learn before they ever get a cellphone

Being a teenager is like waking up every morning in a house of mirrors. You're everywhere and nowhere at once, trying to pinpoint which version of …

A real-life Lord of the Flies: the troubling legacy of the Robbers Cave experiment

He believed he could make the two groups sworn enemies via a series of well-timed 'frustration exercises'<p>All the boys I spoke to had an uneasy feeling about this experience. It has troubled people Author Gina Perry<p>July 1953: late one evening in the woods outside Middle Grove, New York state, three …

Psychology

A Backup Goalie that could replicate what Foles did? | Razor’s Roundtable

A Backup Goalie that could replicate what Foles did? | Razor's Roundtable

NFL

Using Mindfulness Strategies to Curb Cravings

A new study from the U.K. suggests mindfulness strategies may help prevent or interrupt cravings for food, cigarettes, and alcohol.<p>Craving can be …

Do magnetic fields really care about what's in a planet's core?

Guest blog by Sharmila Kuthunur.[caption …

Scientific research shows gender is not just a social construct

When my colleague Corinne Purtill bought her doll-loving daughter an engineering kit, she had to laugh when the then-three-year-old used the present as a hairbrush. For all Corinne’s efforts at gender-neutral parenting, her daughter clearly enjoyed some traditionally feminine toys.<p>A study published …

Psychology

Richard Branson Says You'll Be More Successful if You Develop This Daily Habit

Branson says that success is in the details, so he takes note of every single one--literally.<p>"Some of Virgin's most successful companies have been born from random moments--if we hadn't opened our notebooks, they would never have happened," Richard Branson wrote in a recent blog post. Note-taking …

Productivity

Long "dead" NASA satellite discovered alive by amateur astronomer

A long lost NASA satellite has been found alive, if not necessarily well. NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) has confirmed that an amateur …

This Physics Breakthrough Could Help Save the World

Turbulence wastes a lot of energy. New research shows how we might reduce it.<p>If humans want to avoid boiling the oceans, we’ll have to find ways to use energy more efficiently. This, in turn, requires solving a problem that people don’t typically connect to climate change: the turbulence created …

Newly Discovered Egyptian Dinosaur Is "Holy Grail" of Fossils

"When I first saw pics of the fossils, my jaw hit the floor."<p>In Egypt, buried within a stretch of the Sahara Desert, paleontologists have unearthed a …