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Neuroscience: This Is How Meditation Changes Your Brain for the Better

The incredible science of how even a little meditation significantly alters your brain.<p>Unless you've been living in a cave the last few years, someone has no doubt recommended meditation to you. With top entrepreneurs swearing by the practice and a parade of articles suggesting mindfulness for …

Meditation

Trump touts jobs as Ford invests $1.2 billion in Michigan plants. But there are some caveats.

Even before Ford unveiled plans Tuesday to spend $1.2 billion modernizing assembly plants and building a data center in Michigan, President Trump took to Twitter to herald the forthcoming announcement as an example of “car companies coming back to the U.S.”<p>“JOBS! JOBS! JOBS!” the president …

German Researchers Discover Cause of OCD

This is major.<p>Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) can take many forms. Perhaps someone washes her hands over and over again, leading to cuts and skin damage. Or maybe she can’t fall asleep at night until she’s gotten out of bed to make sure the door is locked. Perhaps she always orders objects in a …

How James Inhofe is upending the nation’s energy and environmental policies

For more than a decade, Sen. James M. Inhofe has raged against the scientific consensus that humans are fueling climate change, calling it “the greatest hoax” ever perpetrated on Americans. The Oklahoma Republican has blasted the Environmental Protection Agency as an “activist organization” that …

Climate

Tributes Pour In After Singer George Michael Dies at 53, Reportedly of Heart Failure

Pop superstar George Michael, who achieved global fame with hits such as "Faith" and "Freedom '90," has died at age 53, reportedly of heart failure.<p>The music legend, who in his heyday was a world-famous sex symbol, was found dead in his home in Oxfordshire, in southeast England, according to his …

George Michael

Snapchat has quietly acquired an Israeli startup for a reported $30 million to $40 million

Snapchat sewed up its first acquisition in Israel this week, according to the outlet Calcalist News. It acquired four-year-old Cimagine, whose augmented reality platform lets consumers instantly visualize products they want to buy in their intended location, paying what Calcalist says was between …

Advertising

China sends aircraft carrier to Pacific for first time

China's navy has sent a carrier battle group to the Pacific to conduct military drills for the first time. The projection of power comes amid …

China

5 Killer Pushup Variations for Greater Gains

<b>The poor old push up is a miserable exercise. It doesn't get a lot of love and generally just sits there by itself in the corner.</b> Other more macho …

If You're 'Bad' At Meditation, These 4 Tricks Are Just What You Need

Recently, my friend and I were talking about mindfulness and she told me that she was starting to experiment with meditation. She quickly confessed …

16 of the coolest apps and games for Daydream, Google's new virtual reality headset

Unlike the bulky, several-hundred-dollar pieces of kit from Oculus or HTC, all you need is a relatively cheap headset, the accompanying motion-sensitive remote, and a modern, "Daydream-ready" smartphone capable of running the apps for it.<p>At a fraction of the price, it is never going to be as …

Bionic legs and smart slacks: exoskeletons that could enhance us all

There are tantalising signs that as well as aiding rehabilitation, devices could soon help humans run faster and jump higher<p>Wearing an £80,000 exoskeleton, Sophie Morgan is half woman, half robot.<p>Beneath her feet are two metal plates, and at her hand a digital display, a joystick and, somewhat …

Robotics

We're there! Renewables now cheapest unsubsidized electricity in U.S.

Over the past few years, the cost of electricity generation from renewable-energy sources has decreased dramatically.<p>So much so, that renewable …

Hacker breaches the US agency that certifies voting machines

In the year of "rigged" election claims, security firm Recorded Future says it identified a Russian-speaking hacker attempting to sell accounts that have access to the US Election Assistance Commission. While may not be familiar with the EAC, it's the agency in charge of certifying voting machines …

Obama On Russian Hacking: 'We Need To Take Action. And We Will'

President Obama says the United States will respond to Russian cyberattacks that the intelligence community has concluded were part of an effort to influence the 2016 presidential election.<p>In an interview with NPR's Steve Inskeep that is airing Friday on <i>Morning Edition,</i> Obama said, "I think there …

Donald Trump

Are Humans the Real Ancient Aliens?

How special are we? A recent research paper suggests that terrestrial-style biology may be rare, and Earth may be among the first examples of a planet able to sustain life in the cosmos. Even as the new kids on the block, humans are seemingly one of the precious few instances of intelligence to …

The Bird Dog Is an Abdominal Exercise that Reduces Lower Back Pain

Bird dogs are not like crunches: They’re not agonizing to do and you might wonder if you’re working out at all. But you are. You work on those little …

Cannabis Water Is Coming to Take the Pain Out of Exercise

Stoners and users of the hashtag "fitspo" alike, rejoice: Weed-infused bottled water is on its way to a refrigerator near you (at least if you live in a state with legalized recreational marijuana).<p>Puration, a company specializing in cannabis extractions to be used in food and drink products with a …

Cannabis

5 Easy Ways To Incorporate Conscious Sexuality Into Your Life

The SFW guide so you can get NSFW later<p>A couple months ago, I traveled to Dorset, England, to participate in a conscious sexuality festival. I had never heard of the term before going. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. All I knew was what I gleaned from the website, which mentioned …

Consciousness

Seven Things Neuroscientists Know That Most People Don't

<i>What are some things that neuroscientists know but most people don’t? originally appeared on Quora:</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights</i>.<p><b>Answer by Paul King, Director of Data Science, on Quora:</b><p>There are hundreds of surprising, …

The Brain

Investors urged to be cautious as marijuana stocks surge on legalization recommendations

Canadian marijuana stocks surged on Tuesday after a federal task force released its long-awaited recommendations on the legalization of the drug for recreational use.<p>The report, ordered by Justin Trudeau's Liberal government, proposed that people over the age of 18 be allowed to carry up to 30 …

Mental illness and poverty: you can't tackle one without the other | Dean Burnett

A recent report recommends dealing with mental illness before poverty, but this overlooks the fact that the two are fundamentally linked<p>A recent report by Lord Richard Layard suggests that “Happiness depends on health and friends, not money”. The conclusions presented argue that the UK government …

Mental Health

First US offshore wind farm opens off Rhode Island's coast with GE turbines twice as tall as the Statue of Liberty

The United States' first offshore wind farm has opened off the coast of Rhode Island, ushering in a new era in the country for the industry.<p>GE and Deepwater Wind have partnered to build five massive turbines three miles off Block Island to power about 17,000 homes, a project costing about $300 …

Ammonia Has Been Detected in Earth's Lower Atmosphere For The First Time

There's no escaping it.<p>For the first time, scientists have detected trace amounts of ammonia in the upper troposphere - the lowest of Earth's …

Astronomy

Vanadium-Flow Batteries: The Energy Storage Breakthrough We've Needed

The latest, greatest utility-scale battery storage technology to emerge on the commercial market is the vanadium redox battery, also known as the vanadium flow battery.<p>V-flow batteries are fully containerized, nonflammable, compact, reusable over semi-infinite cycles, discharge 100% of the stored …

Clean Energy

Scientists Have Made a Diamond That's Harder Than Diamond

Nature's toughest material just got upgraded.<p>When most people think about the hardest naturally occurring material on Earth, they think of diamonds - …

Engineering

"Brightest Supernova Ever" Turns Out to Be a Star Ripped Apart by a Supermassive Black Hole

The event was originally classified as the largest supernova ever documented, but it turns out that it was something even more volatile.<p>Last year, light from an incredibly violent and luminous explosion in a galaxy some 3.8 billion light-years away finally reached us here on Earth. The event, named …

Radioactive Diamond Batteries: Making Good Use Of Nuclear Waste

A research team at the University of Bristol has developed a way to use a type of nuclear waste to generate electricity in a nuclear-powered battery that is an actual diamond.<p>Such a battery produces very low power, but has no moving parts, no emissions of any type including radiation, needs no …

Clean Energy

Half the world's species failing to cope with global warming as Earth races towards its sixth mass extinction

Nearly half the species on the planet are failing to cope with global warming the world has already experienced, according to an alarming new study …

The “Bart And Lisa” Theory Of Information Design

In a new book, Jennifer Daniel uses design to illustrate the origin stories of everything, from Big Bang theory to earwax.<p>When she was working as graphics editor for the <i>New York Times</i>, Jennifer Daniel and her team developed a philosophy they termed the “Bart and Lisa approach” to designing …

Infographics