Derek Donelson

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Japan’s biggest bestseller is a philosophy book on “The Courage to be Disliked”

When I visited Japan last November, I asked a few people whether everyone was as obsessed with Marie Kondo, the Japanese guru who inspires millions with her treatise on the magic of tidying up, as Americans were. Sure, they said. They knew about Kondo. But the real phenomenon, they told me, was a …

Creeping Lava Now Threatens Major Hawaiian Power Plant

Molten lava from Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano has entered the grounds of Puna Geothermal Venture, a geothermal power plant that provides about 25 percent …

30 behaviors that will make you unstoppable

A lot of people are good at what they do. Some are even elite. A select few are completely unstoppable.<p>Those who are unstoppable are in their own …

Motivation

Feeling Anxious? This Simple Navy SEAL Trick Calms Your Nervous System in 5 Minutes Flat

If it works in combat, it will work for what you're going through.<p>Mark Divine is a U.S. Navy SEAL and the founder of SEALFIT, a fitness organization for those who want to push themselves to the max.<p>Divine is no stranger to stress and extreme circumstances. And there's one practice he says has risen …

People Who Eat More Chocolate Are Less Stressed, According to Science

We like what researchers discovered.<p>The first human trials favor dark chocolate consumption for more than just stress.<p>This isn’t the first time we’re …

A small town in Hawaii may have just had the rainiest day in U.S. history

With over four feet of rain, the small town of Hanalei on the Hawaiian island of Kauai may have broken the all-time U.S. record for rainfall in 24 hours earlier this month.<p>A rain gauge about a mile west of Hanalei recorded a whopping 49.69 inches of rain during a 24-hour period from April 15-16, …

Weather

3 Books That Will Immediately Sharpen Your Mind

Reading inspires so many. Here are the top three books that have changed my life.<p>Books sharpen our minds.<p>When was the last time a book shifted your outlook? Stirred your heart? Challenged your biases?<p>If you're like me, you know reading is a vital part of each of our journeys <b></b>if we want to grow as …

What To Do When You’re Not In The Mood (To Write)

<i>How to coax words from your fingertips when they don’t want to come.</i>It happens to the best of us (and the middling and the worst of us, too). I’m no …

'God of War' is the game I've been waiting for my whole life

There is a moment early in <i>God of War</i> when Kratos and his son Atreus are hunting a boar in the woods near their house. Atreus shoots it with an arrow …

Santa Monica

Want to Raise Creative Kids? Science Says Do This With Their Toys (but Most Parents Are Afraid to)

No, it's not just "throw the toys out," like my dad once pretended to do<p>When I was little, my dad once got annoyed at my brother for not cleaning his room. So he took all the toys, announced he was donating them to the Salvation Army--and drove around with them in the trunk of his car for a few …

'There is no such thing as past or future': physicist Carlo Rovelli on changing how we think about time

Seven Brief Lessons on Physics sold over a million copies around the world. Now Rovelli is back to explore the mysteries of time. He tells Charlotte Higgins about student revolution and how his quantum leap began with an acid trip<p>• Extract from Carlo Rovelli’s new book: on the elastic concept of …

Physics

Was There a Civilization On Earth Before Humans?

A look at the available evidence<p>It only took five minutes for Gavin Schmidt to out-speculate me.<p>Schmidt is the director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies (a.k.a. GISS) a world-class climate-science facility. One day last year, I came to GISS with a far-out proposal. In my work as an …

Earth Science

Mike Myers returned as Dr. Evil on 'The Tonight Show' to make fun of the Trump administration

Mike Myers appeared on "The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon" Wednesday night, as his Dr. Evil character from the "Austin Powers" movies, to take some jabs at Trump.<p>Myers (as Dr. Evil) poked fun at the White House for its rapid turnover. In the interview, Dr. Evil said he'd just been fired by …

Donald Trump

'Killer robots': AI experts call for boycott over lab at South Korea university

Developing autonomous weapons would make the security situation on the Korean peninsula worse. Toby Walsh, professor at University of New South Wales<p>Artificial intelligence researchers from nearly 30 countries are boycotting a South Korean university over concerns a new lab in partnership with a …

North Korea

Pope To World: Hell Does Exist

Things got a little heated at the Vatican this week when an Italian journalist reported that Pope Francis denied the existence of hell.<p>Apparently, the fiery 93-year-old avowed atheist reporter, Eugenio Scalfari of <i>La Repubblica</i>, set the social media world aflame after writing in Italian that when …

Christianity

Congress just legalized sex censorship: What to know

One week ago, the worst possible legislation curtailing free speech online passed and sex censorship bill FOSTA-SESTA is on its way to be signed into law by Trump.<p>Hours after the announcement, everything from the mere discussion of sex work to client screening and safe advertising networks began …

Where fat goes when you lose weight

The world is obsessed with fad diets and weight loss, yet few of us know how a kilogram of fat actually vanishes off the scales.<p>Even the 150 doctors, dietitians and personal trainers we surveyed shared this surprising gap in their health literacy. The most common misconception by far, was that fat …

Nutrition

Raspberry Pi-powered Boom IoT sensor detects nuclear explosions, tornadoes, rockets

The Raspberry Boom senses low-frequency sound, logging and tracking the data for scientific research.<p>Building a slide deck, pitch, or presentation? …

How the 'Many Worlds' Interpretation Was Born

Over several rounds of sherry late one night in the fall of 1955, the Danish physicist Aage Petersen debated the mysteries at the heart of quantum …

America Takes the Next Step Toward Tyranny

Every now and again, when I find myself buried in the latest blizzard of invariably disturbing news emanating from the Trump White House, I go back …

3 Ways to Declutter Your Mind So You Can Focus on the Things That Matter Most

Getting rid of the mental clutter makes room for the things that really matter.<p>Researchers estimate you have about 60,000 thoughts each day. And many of those thoughts involve thinking the same things over and over again.<p><i>I never have enough time. I have nothing to wear. I look stupid. My house</i> …

Tracer or Tomb Raider, Cosplayer Amouranth Always Breaks the Internet

The Evocative Cosplay of Amouranth<p>It’s that time, Saturday, the best day of the freaken week. Last week, we decided to diversify with Maul cosplay, …

4 Clear Signs That It's Time to Let Go of a Relationship

Relationships require a vast investments of time, money, and most of all, emotional energy. The more you invest in a relationship, the more it shapes …

Why Reading Books Should Be Your Priority, According to Science

You're not doing yourself any favors if you're in the 26 percent of American adults who haven't read even part of a book within the past year.<p>More than a quarter--26 percent--of American adults admit to not having read even part of a book within the past year. That's according to statistics coming …

Evolution's Other Narrative

This Article From Issue<p>November-December 2013<p>Volume 101, Number 6<p>Page 410<p>DOI:<p>During a recent meal with a friend who happens to be a successful …

Stephen Hawking Was an Atheist. Here’s What He Said About God, Heaven and His Own Death

For more than 50 years, death was a poignant part of Stephen Hawking’s remarkable life.<p>The physicist, who died Wednesday at age 76, wasn’t expected …

Stephen Hawking

Scientists Have Established a Link Between Brain Damage and Religious Fundamentalism

A study [3] published in the journal <i>Neuropsychologia</i> has shown that religious fundamentalism is, in part, the result of a functional impairment in a …

Inside the Crazy Sex Cult That Invaded Oregon

The new Netflix docuseries ‘Wild Wild Country’ tells the true story of Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh, a guru who sought to create a metropolis in rural …

10 subtle signs you're smarter than you think you are

You might be surprised to know which of your quirks can reveal your inner genius.<p>1. You accept that there are plenty of things you don't know<p>You may think that pretending you know everything, even when you don't, makes you come across as smarter. But in reality, people who aren't afraid to be …

Psychology

Trump spurns experts for his video game meeting

Donald Trump is hosting a meeting today, which, according to a White House spokesperson, has been set "to discuss violent video-game exposure and the correlation to aggression and desensitization in children." <i>CNN's</i> Jake Tapper tweeted the list of attendees earlier today and it includes members of …