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Neuroscience shows listening to music has kind of the same effect as meditation

What do the Dalai Lama and a bass-music fanatic getting low at 3am at Burning Man have in common?<p>A surprising amount, actually.<p>From mood enhancement and relaxation to full-blown oneness with the cosmos, music has the ability to powerfully shift our state of mind. Meditation is not that different. …

Mindfulness

The pagan roots of Easter

Easter is a pagan festival. If Easter isn't really about Jesus, then what is it about? Today, we see a secular culture celebrating the spring equinox, whilst religious culture celebrates the resurrection. However, early Christianity made a pragmatic acceptance of ancient pagan practises, most of …

Getting lost in the woods, where history & myths collide

Around 40 years ago, a man purchased the deed to a plot of land in the woods of central New Hampshire.Nestled in the trees, the new owner – a …

New Hampshire

Is Humanity Ready for the Discovery of Alien Life?

Most Americans would probably be thrilled to learn extraterrestrials (intelligent or not) exist. Other nationalities beg to differ

Psychology

Tracing the tangled tracks of humankind's evolutionary journey

<b>Let’s go back to the beginning. When did we and our ape cousins part ways?</b><br>Scientists are still working on an exact date – or even a date to within a million years. Like many of the big questions in human evolution, the answer itself has evolved over the past few decades as new discoveries, …

Anthropology

Sundogs

Tornadoes<p>For information on tornado strength and damage, checkout this tornado infographic by Weather Underground.<p>Tornado Safety<p>Get Away, Get …

Weather

The flu can kill tens of millions of people. In 1918, that’s exactly what it did.

The flu arrived as a great war raged in Europe, a conflict that would leave about 20 million people dead over four years.<p>In 1918, the flu would kill more than twice that number — and perhaps five times as many — in just 15 months. Though mostly forgotten, it has been called “the greatest medical …

Public Health

Rush: a band who sparked the teenage imagination like few others

Last weekend, Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson confirmed what many had suspected for a while: that the band are pretty much done. Neil Peart, the drummer (and for lots of fans, the band’s most beloved member), declared himself retired at the end of their 2015 North America tour, and now Lifeson has told …

South Park

The Magnetic Field Is Shifting. The Poles May Flip. This Could Get Bad.

The shield that protects the Earth from solar radiation is under attack from within. We can’t prevent it, but we ought to prepare.<p>One day in 1905, …

Magnetism

Los Angeles against the Mountains-I

In Los Angeles versus the San Gabriel Mountains, it is not always clear which side is losing. For example, the Genofiles, Bob and Jackie, can claim to have lost and won. They live on an acre of ground so high that they look across their pool and past the trunks of big pines at an aerial view over …

New Year's Day Full Moon: Are 'Supermoons' Really That Super?

On this first day of 2018, at 5 p.m. EST (2200 GMT), the January full moon will arrive at perigee, its closest point to Earth in an orbit. Today, our …

Has the Mystery of the Prostate Orgasm Been Solved?

<i>Updated</i> | An elderly man encountered so much stimulation from a pricey sex toy, it led him to have nonstop prostate orgasms. According to a recent …

Remembering the First Native American Woman Doctor

Eight-year-old Susan La Flesche sat at the bedside of an elderly woman, puzzled as to why the doctor had yet to arrive. After all, he had been …

Native Americans

The love of land still burns bright for Native Americans – Peter Whiteley

A few years ago, I was invited to attend a traditional Haida memorial ceremony. It was for a prominent community member in Old Masset on Haida Gwaii, …

The stand | The Economist

Protestantism shaped the development of the modern liberal West. What does its current revival mean for the developing world?<p>IN THE summer of 1974, a …

Theology

Why is Protestantism flourishing in the developing world?

PROTESTANTISM has played a large part in the development of the modern, liberal world. It has contributed to the emergence of concepts such as …

Is it too late to save the world? Jonathan Franzen on one year of Trump's America

If an essay is something <i>essayed</i> – something hazarded, not definitive, not authoritative; something ventured on the basis of the author’s personal experience and subjectivity – we might seem to be living in an essayistic golden age. Which party you went to on Friday night, how you were treated by a …

Costa Rica

Cloud Reader

What Are Deciduous Conifers?

It's common to think of trees as either deciduous or coniferous, but there is a third category that takes on characteristics of both. These …

Monuments to unbelief

Atheist museums, Satanic temples and Thomas Paine statues: how secularists push back against religion in the public sphere<i>By Leigh E Schmidt</i>Read at …

Religion

The Difference Between Solitude and Loneliness

‘<b>All man’s miseries,</b>’ wrote the French mathematician Blaise Pascal, ‘<b>derive from not being able to sit in a quiet room alone</b>’. Often in our busy …

Tsunami carried a million sea creatures from Japan to US west coast

The deadly tsunami that struck north-east Japan in 2011 has carried almost 300 species of sea life thousands of miles across the Pacific Ocean to the west coast of the United States.<p>In what experts are calling the longest maritime migration ever recorded, an estimated one million creatures – …

Williams College

Apocalyptic Thoughts Amid Nature’s Chaos? You Could Be Forgiven

CLEWISTON, Fla. — Vicious hurricanes all in a row, one having swamped Houston and another about to buzz through Florida after ripping up the Caribbean.<p>Wildfires bursting out all over the West after a season of scorching hot temperatures and years of dryness.<p>And late Thursday night, off the coast of …

Hurricane Harvey

Why religion is not going away and science will not destroy it

In 1966, just over 50 years ago, the distinguished Canadian-born anthropologist Anthony Wallace confidently predicted the global demise of religion …

Religion

Travel Archives - Page 2 of 7 - REI Co-op Journal

Packing for a bucket-list trip to Nepal or Peru or Thailand may seem daunting, because hey, it’s not every day you head thousands of miles f... Read …

Blue grosbeaks, other rare species delight Washington County birders

Two rare birds with heavy rounded beaks and a hue brighter than a blue jay have made their home in scrubland at the edge of Cottage Grove’s Hamlet …

Birds

This Snake Is So Deadly Its Venom Hasn't Had to Change in 10 Million Years

Being bitten by an Australian tiger snake is a wholly unpleasant experience. Within minutes, you start to feel pain in your neck and lower …

Before you can be with others, first learn to be alone

In 1840, Edgar Allan Poe described the ‘mad energy’ of an ageing man who roved the streets of London from dusk till dawn. His excruciating despair …

Literature

Time, not material goods, 'raises happiness'

<b>Using money to free-up time is linked to increased happiness, a study says.</b><p>In an experiment, individuals reported greater happiness if they used £30 ($40) to save time - such as by paying for chores to be done - rather than spending the money on material goods.<p>Psychologists say stress over lack of …

Personal Finance

We Knew Ravens Are Smart. But Not This Smart

The birds are surprisingly skilled at planning how to get food in the future, and will even trade for it.<p>We've long known ravens aren’t your typical bird brain: Myths featuring the wily black bird extend from Aesop’s fables to Native American folklore.<p>In more recent times, experiments testing the …

Birds