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Why your body jerks before you fall asleep

If you have ever wondered why people’s arms and legs twitch suddenly as they are drifting off to sleep, our resident psychologist Tom Stafford has the answer.<p>As we give up our bodies to sleep, sudden twitches escape our brains, causing our arms and legs to jerk. Some people are startled by them, …

Sleep

Why Women Say Nothing Is Wrong When Something Is Clearly Wrong

No YOU’RE fine.<p>Why can’t women pick a restaurant? Why do women need throw pillows? Why do women go to the bathroom in groups? What’s an eyelash curler? Men have a lot of questions about women. Some of these questions are unanswerable—I have no idea why throw pillows make beds look so much nicer, …

Relationships

Going nowhere fast

After the success of the Standard Model, experiments have stopped answering to grand theories. Is particle physics in crisis?<i>By Ben Allanach</i>Read at …

Physics

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

To be more creative, embrace the art of doing nothing

In the 1950s, scholars worried that, thanks to technological innovations, Americans wouldn’t know what to do with all of their leisure time.<p>Yet today, as sociologist Juliet Schor notes, Americans are overworked, putting in more hours than at any time since the Depression and more than in any other …

Albert Einstein

This home theater recreates the multiplex with a level of detail you won't believe

Indie Music

5 Things You Absolutely Must To Do Before You Design Your Logo

I recently gave a presentation on branding and marketing as part of Career Day at my son’s school. Having to tailor my presentation to make sense for kids ages 5 to 12, I decided to open with a game of identifying logos. I held up a card with a logo printed on it, and the kids were told to shout …

Graphic Design

Why People Always Treat You According To The Way You Unconsciously Treat Yourself

Find Peace Within Yourself<p><i>by</i><p>, Self-empowerment author and keynote speaker<p><i>“How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.” — Wayne …

Spirituality

Musician Wins $260,000 In Lawsuit Against Ex-Girlfriend Who Sabotaged Career

In the spring of 2014, Eric Abramovitz got the opportunity of a lifetime.<p>He just didn't know it.<p>Abramovitz was the victim of a deception that a Canadian judge called "despicable," as he granted Abramovitz $350,000 Canadian dollars (more than $260,000 U.S.) in damages.<p>Abramovitz is a gifted Canadian …

McGill University

“Sleep inertia” explains why you feel so groggy when you wake up

It’s a cruel quirk of nature: No matter how many times you hit snooze, you’re still rubbing your eyes and yawning an hour after your alarm goes off. If sleeping is meant to be restful, why do we feel so damn tired when we wake up?<p>The answer was revealed in this short excerpt from an in-depth …

Elise

Is Theoretical Physics Wasting Our Best Living Minds On Nonsense?

The history of physics is filled with great ideas that you’ve heard of, like the Standard Model, the Big Bang, General Relativity, and so on. But it’s also filled with brilliant ideas that you probably haven’t heard of, like the Sakata Model, Technicolor theory, the Steady State Model, and Plasma …

Physics

The Weird, Ever-Evolving Story of DNA

Carl Zimmer’s sprawling new book, She Has Her Mother’s Laugh, forces readers to reconsider what they think they know about genetics and heredity.<p>She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions, and Potential of Heredity<p>By Carl Zimmer<p>Dutton<p>In 1555, Holy Roman Emperor Charles V announced his …

Genetics

Why Grandmothers May Hold The Key To Human Evolution

A hunter with bow and arrow, in a steamy sub-Saharan savanna, stalks a big, exotic animal. After killing and butchering it, he and his hunt-mates bring it back to their families and celebrate.<p><b>About 'How To Raise A Human'</b><p>Does raising kids have to be stressful? Is it really dangerous for babies to …

Parenting

Biophysicist who brought MRI into video age awarded European Inventor Award

Invented by biophysicist <b>Jens Frahm from the Max Planck Institute for Biophysical Chemistry</b>, the FLASH and FLASH2 MRI imaging techniques are changing …

Imaging

ADHD Symptoms in Women

Females often live with undiagnosed attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), partly because it's a condition that was traditionally thought …

Mental Health

This "how to give the best blow job" Reddit post gives some *very* detailed tips

"Grip it firm, but not too strong."<p>Blow jobs can feel like a tricky art to master, especially with all the pressure that's been heaped on us since the dawn of time to be goddam experts. Whether you're a deep throat pro, or a huge over thinker who's filled with fear they second they come eye to eye …

Lips

What is depression and why is it rising?

What is depression?<p>Depressed people don’t all shuffle around with a long face, or cry at any provocation. MentalHealth.gov, a US government website, defines it as “losing interest in important parts of life”. Symptoms include eating or sleeping too much or too little; pulling away from people and …

Depression

Scientists Have Discovered The Brain Region Involved in Spiritual Experiences

This is where the magic happens.<p>Whether we think of ourselves as religious or not, lots of people experience moments in life that can be considered …

The Brain

2,400 years ago, Plato saw democracy would give rise to a tyrannical leader filled with “false and braggart words”

Plato was not a fan of democracy. Many might consider this just a blip on the philosopher’s otherwise excellent political analysis. But his description of the “democratic man” does give pause for thought.<p>In the <i>Republic</i><i>,</i> written in 380 BC, Plato describes such the democratic man—by which he means a …

Political Science

11 Short Stories You Can Read In Under 10 Minutes, But Will Stay With You Forever

Is there anything better than settling down for a languid afternoon of reading your favorite novel cover to cover, perhaps on a park bench or in a …

Books

Italy Turmoil, Who's Next After Turkey, India's Women: Eco Day

• Turmoil in Italy continues as the nation’s populist leaders mobilize for early elections, heralding an uncertain new period for the country’s …

Bank of Canada

Forgiveness Is an Inside Job

Left to their own devices, our inner narratives or personal stories can easily lead us down a path of reactivity: we start blaming and shaming, and …

Positive Thinking

Is Dreaming Real?

When you’re lucid, it can feel so real the distinction ceases to matter.<p>“The farther away I go,” Alex wrote, “the closer I’ll be to you.”<p>A week …

Mind

Questions about grief: should you fall apart, or hold it together?

One year ago to this day, my sister died by suicide.<p>The phone rang. I heard the words as if from a distance. My heart caved in, my mind froze, my body disappeared. I pulled myself together enough to call my nephew – a shattered young man – before I completely broke down.<p>Two days later, I was on …

Mental Health

What It’s Like To Date When You Have Borderline Personality Disorder

Living with mental illness is easier than it once was, but dating with mental illness? It's <i>so</i> much harder than it should be — thanks to the myths and …

Mental Health

Questioning Truth, Reality and the Role of Science

In an era when untestable ideas such as the multiverse hold sway, Michela Massimi defends science from those who think it hopelessly unmoored from …

Philosophy

Why birds don't have teeth

Why did birds lose their teeth? Was it so they would be lighter in the air? Or are pointy beaks better for worm-eating than the jagged jaws of …

Birds

How the nature of cause and effect will determine the future of quantum technology

Here’s a curious question: Do certain physical events have no cause, or is there a reason behind every action?<p>This conundrum lies at the heart of one …

Dear Therapist: I Still Obsess About My Ex From a Decade Ago

I’m 40 now, and I feel like a fool.<p>Editor's Note: Every Wednesday, Lori Gottlieb answers questions from readers about their problems, big and small. Have a question? Email her at dear.therapist@theatlantic.com.<p><b>Dear Therapist,</b><p>I’m a 40-year-old single woman. Never married, no children, and I’ve been …

Mental Health

The New Breakup Equation: How Long It Will Take to Get Over Your Ex

I tried to come up with a new equation, as simple as I could make it, to calculate how long it actually takes to get over your ex.<p>How long does it take to get over someone? Well, that depends. I miss some sandwiches more than men I brought home for Christmas, and I miss some random men I slept with …

Relationships