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Much Anticipated 'Unbroken' Trailer Released by Angelina Jolie

At long last, we have the official "Unbroken" trailer for the Angelina Jolie-directed movie adaptation of Laura Hillenbrand's best-selling book, a …

Avengers 3 might leave out Captain America and Thor

According to Badass Digest, there is a strong chance that <b>Avengers 3</b> may swap out staple characters Captain America and Thor (and possibly Black …

X-Men: Apocalypse will focus on Magneto and Mystique's relationship

With production due to start April 2015, details of the upcoming Bryan Singer directed <b>X-Men: Apocalypse</b> have been fairly scarce. Other than casting …

Marvel releases action-packed 'Ant-Man' trailer

Paul Rudd dons the costume and rides a flying insect in the full trailer for "Ant-Man," which gives us a few clues as to how much the film stays true to the comics.<p>No need to squint! Marvel has finally released a full-length "Ant-Man" trailer during "Marvel's Agent Carter." Fans finally witnessed …

Marvel Universe
Movies

Morena Baccarin to play the female lead in Deadpool

According to <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i>, Morena Baccarin has signed on for the highly coveted role of Deadpool’s love interest in the upcoming <i>Deadpool</i> …

Avengers: Infinity War - An accumulation, or continuation?

<i>Pim Razenberg on whether Avengers: Infinity War will be an accumulation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, or a continuation…</i><p>We’re well into 2015 and</b> …

The Dark Side of Emotional Intelligence

In some jobs, being in touch with emotions is essential. In others, it seems to be a detriment. And like any skill, being able to read people can be used for good or evil.<p>Some of the greatest moments in human history were fueled by emotional intelligence. When Martin Luther King, Jr. presented his …

12 Shapes You Didn’t Know Had Names

Draw a triangle. Easy, right? Now try drawing a balbis. That might sound much harder—until you realize that you’ve actually been doing it since …

How to be a smarter reader

There's plenty of advice out there to help you read more – but what about how to get more from what you read? Here's how<p>• Lionel Shriver: Reading time is precious. Don't waste it<p>Pursue 'targeted serendipity'<p>Pick each new book at random, and you'll end up with plenty of duds. But if you stick …

Saudade: An Untranslatable, Undeniably Potent Word

<i>(Editor's note: This is an encore presentation of a show we presented during Black History Month in February 2014 in which we discussed the African heritage of Brazilian music)</i><p>I've always been fascinated that there are certain words with no direct equivalents in other languages. It goes to the idea …

How to Rebuild an Attention Span

In the war on distraction, a new long-term study of disrupted attention, multitasking, and aging shows dramatic results in improving working memory for older participants through use of an online game.<p><b>Begin with a Twist</b><p>Let’s start with the twist: A specially-designed video game helped reverse signs …

Why Do People See Faces in the Moon?

Our brains are hard-wired to find meaningful images in random lines and shapes—even if those figures are on the moon.<p>For as long as humans have lived on Earth, the moon has been our nearest celestial companion, and a rich natural canvas for the human imagination. When the Earth passes between the …

Does Sigmund Freud still matter?

Psychoanalytic theory has changed a lot in the 75 years since his death, but literature still feels the strong influence of Freud's ideas, argues Jane Ciabattari.<p>Freudian slips. The Oedipus complex. The ego. The id. The superego. Sigmund Freud’s writings changed how we perceive human behaviour. The …

Literature

The Ways Food Tricks Our Brains

How restaurants, low-cal labels, candles, music, and even salads fool us into unhealthy eating.<p>In 1998, researchers from the University of Pennsylvania published a study that might strike you as kind of mean.<p>They took two people with severe amnesia, who couldn’t remember events occurring more than …

Our Gullible Brains

How our senses influence our thoughts<p>Can a person be bright? Cold? Soft? Sweet? When the psychologists Solomon Asch and Harriet Nerlove posed these questions to a group of 3- and 4-year-olds in 1960, the response, on the whole, was skeptical. “Poor people are cold because they have no clothes,” one …

Read Literature to Learn and Love the Truth

The other night I testified (via telephone) before the Alaska state legislature, on the standards their public schools are adopting for classes in …

Why Do Our Best Ideas Come in the Shower?

You’re in the shower, mindlessly scrubbing your toes when—bam!—a prophetic thought pops into your head. Maybe you finally solve that glitch bugging …

The Sociology of Sorry

A puzzling ad campaign condemns the apology—and women along with it.<p>Last week, Pantene, the shampoo brand, released an ad about the gendered use of language. "Why are women always apologizing?" the commercial asks. It goes on to showcase women saying "I'm sorry" for everyday activities—asking …

Napping can Dramatically Increase Learning, Memory, Awareness, and More

In some places, towns essentially shut down in the afternoon while everyone goes home for a siesta. Unfortunately, in the U.S.—more b…

Maya Angelou’s Beautiful Letter to Her Younger Self

<i>“You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all,”</i> the late and great <b>Maya Angelou</b> (April 4, 1928–May 28, 2014) told Bill Moyers in their extraordinary 1973 conversation.<p>The theme of home and belonging is central to Angelou’s work — to her spirit — …

Secrets of the Creative Brain

A leading neuroscientist who has spent decades studying creativity shares her research on where genius comes from, whether it is dependent on high IQ—and why it is so often accompanied by mental illness.<p>As a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who studies creativity, I’ve had the pleasure of working …

Can Creativity Be Learned?

Prevailing theories on creativity focus on methodology, or amount of practice. But new studies suggest artistic talent may be more hard-wired than we thought.<p>At 2 a.m. on June 16, 1816, Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin awoke with a fright.<p>Mary was 18 years old and spending her summer at the Villa Diodati …

The 16 Best NYC Novels

<i>New York City is the greatest city in the world, so it makes sense that this town has featured prominently in so many great works of literature and</i> …

50 Great Books That Will Change Your Life

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Books

50 Sci-Fi/Fantasy Novels That Everyone Should Read

People say it all the time: they’d love to get into science fiction or fantasy, but they’ve no idea where to start. If this is you (or if you’re one …

Books

People in developing nations think the internet is bad for morality

The internet, it has long been argued by development agencies, financial institutions, tech companies, and the press, is good for countries. According to research conducted by the World Bank in 2009, for every 10% increase in high-speed internet penetration, there is a corresponding 1.3% increase …

Internet of Things

There’s New Evidence About How Life on Earth Began

How did life on Earth start? Did it emerge from the primordial ooze as is popularly believed, or did it land here from a comet or some other …

Research

The hidden tricks of powerful persuasion

Are we always in control of our minds? As David Robson discovers, it’s surprisingly easy to plant ideas in peoples’ heads without them realising.<p>Are we all just puppets on a string? Most people would like to assume that they are free agents – their fate lies in their own hands. But they’d be wrong. …

Psychology