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The Science Behind How Boredom Benefits Creative Thought

Recent studies show that a little boredom in your day opens up the potential for more creative thinking.<p>Boredom gets a bad rap. Truly amazing ideas and offbeat solutions have often come from endless hours of daydreaming.<p>If space and time is what you need to make unusual connections, then why does …

Creativity

6 Advanced Ancient Inventions Beyond Modern Understanding

By Tara MacIsaac , Epoch Times<p>We’ve lost the secret to making some of history’s most useful inventions, and for all of our ingenuity and discoveries, …

How extreme fear shapes what we remember

Many of us will experience a significant trauma in our lives, says Lesley Evans Ogden. Yet could there be ways to avoid reliving the memories?<p>It was no ordinary honeymoon. After boarding their flight in Canada on the evening of 23 August 2001, newlyweds Margaret McKinnon and her husband were …

The Brain

25 Hearty Winter Stews

Gallery25 Hearty Winter Stews<p>At this time of year, it's often difficult to wrangle whatever is in your fridge and whip up something sufficiently filling and warming for dinner. Coming in from the cold can make you want to hibernate—not take on big, labor-intensive projects. Enter the stew: minimal …

Cooking

25 Best Snacks For Weight Loss

From the editors of RedbookMag.com, four nutritionists share the small bites that pull their own weight in the dieting department so you don't have to.<p><b>1) Hard-boiled eggs with sriracha sauce</b> To improve thyroid function—the gland manages growth and metabolism—look no further than a low-calorie, …

The Coming Rise of AI Means Humanity Will Need to Grow Up

<i>Supriya Jain heads the Global Thought Leadership Marketing Initiative at Wipro Ltd and is also the Founder of Miitra, a social organization for the elderly.</i><p>Perhaps the most exciting and talked about technology today is Artificial Intelligence (AI). However, mentions of AI can be traced back to …

“Your job should be to end war, not perpetuate it”: An open letter from one Army Ranger to another

When I signed up for the military, I wanted to save the world. Instead I helped make it a more dangerous place<p>You’ve probably just graduated from high school and you’ve undoubtedly already signed an Option 40 contract guaranteeing you a shot at the Ranger indoctrination program (R.I.P.). If you …

War

5 reasons “white pride” is always racist

History tells us “whiteness” has always been a construct used to exclude certain groups from equal rights<p>The Ku Klux Klan is currently sponsoring a Harrison, Ark., billboard that sends the following message: “It’s <i>not</i> racist to love your people. www.WhitePrideRadio.com.” The message is featured next …

University of Washington

There May Be Some Hope For Restoring Lost Memories In The Brain

Alzheimer's Disease is the most common neurodegenerative disorder in the United States -- affecting more than 5 million Americans. Perhaps the most devastating symptom of the disease is its characteristic loss of memory and identity, which can take a heavy psychological and emotional toll on its …

Mr. Jim Morrison. The Social And Political Visionary

How much do we know today about the life of Jim Morrison, one of the global music industry's most iconic artists who died forty-three years ago?<p>Morrison was, and is, for most rock music fans one of the biggest sex symbols of his time. He was the first rock super star, an artist who rose to the …

Political Activism

Congress Secretly Voted Themselves a Cromnibus Luxury Car Perk

Over the weekend, the Cromnibus budget deal passed the Senate by a 56-40 margin after narrow approval by the House. The outcome is a win for big corporations and wealthy campaign donors, and a huge letdown for 99 percent of Americans, who once again have been shafted by back room negotiations and …

Wall Street

Family of black man fatally shot by police in Ohio Walmart files lawsuit

John Crawford III was holding unloaded air rifle that sat on shelf for two days Police say they fired after he did not respond to orders to drop the weapon Witnesses contradict police account of warnings before Walmart shooting Video shows John Crawford’s girlfriend aggressively questioned by police<p>…

Is mocking religion enough? Harris, Dawkins and the future of atheist/secular politics

Some atheists want to celebrate difference, others want to join the political arena. Time for an Atheist Party?<p>Right from the start, the 2012 Reason Rally in Washington, D.C., set the tone that was to dominate the rest of the day. As the crowd was filtering in to the National Mall, a band fired up …

Psychology: A simple trick to improve your memory

Want to enhance your memory for facts? Tom Stafford explains a counterintuitive method for retaining information.<p>If I asked you to sit down and remember a list of phone numbers or a series of facts, how would you go about it? There’s a fair chance that you’d be doing it wrong.<p>One of the interesting …

High School

Behind the scenes of a 'shocking' new study on human altruism

A recent study suggests most people would rather harm themselves than a stranger for profit. Lead author Molly Crockett takes us behind the scenes of the research<p>How much money would you give up to prevent a stranger’s pain? And how does this compare to what you’d pay to prevent your own pain?<p>With …

Black Sea's Grigoriy Dobrygin: ‘They used to call me the philosopher’

His dad was a submarine commander, his mother a ballet dancer. He himself is a graduate of the Bolshoi. As he prepares to star alongside Jude Law in a deep sea thriller this young Russian is not your average rising Hollywood actor<p>It’s unbelievable. No, no, it’s <i>nevozmozhno</i>. <i>Nevozmozhno</i>?” Grigoriy …

Scientists Rediscover A Part Of The Brain That Was Forgotten For 100 Years

In 2012, researchers made note of a pathway in a region of the brain associated with reading, but "we couldn't find it in any atlas," said Jason Yeatman, a research scientist at the University of Washington's Institute for Learning and Brain Sciences. "We'd thought we had discovered a new pathway …

Sigmund Freud

Bang On

A snip of the fringe is fall’s easiest makeover. See variations on the style—from curly to straight, messy to fixed—from the <i>W</i> archives here.

Game of the Year 420Blazeit speed run will give you dubstep nightmares

<i>Game of the Year 420Blazeit</i>, an over-the-top parody shooter made by developer Andy Sum for the 7DFPS game jam (and profiled on Polygon yesterday), was only released last weekend, but it already has a speed run world record. It's almost as gleefully insane as the game itself.<p>Youtube user Newt0570 is …

Having Problems With The New Halo Collection? Check Out Bungie's Marathon Trilogy Instead

If you’re having problems with the new <i>Halo Collection</i> then in the interim, as the various problems are dutifully fixed, you should check out Bungie’s original <i>Marathon</i> trilogy.<p>The first <i>Marathon</i> game was an early FPS on Mac which pitted the player as a mysterious cyborg on a huge generational …

South Park takes on Oculus Rift, really F---s with your head

Nothing is real when the Oculus Rift invades <i>South Park</i>.<p>If you're having trouble with the video give this a try.<p>Now, this is going to be very hard for you to comprehend, but none of what you just read and saw is real...

Pastrami-Spiced Duck Breast "Reuben" - Open-Face Pastrami-Spiced Duck Breast Sandwich

How to Make Japanese Milk Bread at Home

<i>It's always more fun to DIY. Every week, we'll spare you a trip to the grocery store and show you how to make small batches of great foods at home.</i><p><i>Today: You don't have to go all the way across the Pacific in search of the fluffiest, lightest, tallest bread of your life; Cynthia from Two Red Bowls</i> …

Baking

After 10 years, Rosetta and Philae are ready to rob a comet of its secrets

The £1bn European spacecraft will seek answers to questions such as the origins of life on Earth. But anxious scientists know the mission faces perils in its final manoeuvres<p>Within a few days, scientists will manoeuvre Europe’s £1bn Rosetta spacecraft directly above a massive ball of ice, dust and …

Pumpkin geometry: stunning shadow sculptures that illuminate an ancient mathematical technique

Henry Segerman and Saul Schleimer paint beautiful shadows based on the maths of stereographic projection, a method originally used by cartographers to map the Earth<p>Like a Halloween pumpkin, the hollow sphere casts a dramatic shadow across the room.<p>The curved lines on the spherical shell magically …