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Why Your Mindfulness Efforts Aren’t Working

The latest trend in leadership development is mindfulness training. There is a burgeoning array of apps, self-help books, and corporate interventions designed to help leaders become more mindful and thus more resilient, focused, and aware — qualities that many executives believe can make them more …

When the Body Attacks the Mind

A physiological theory of mental illness<p>One day in February 2009, a 13-year-old boy named Sasha Egger started thinking that people were coming to hurt his family. His mother, Helen, watched with mounting panic that evening as her previously healthy son forgot the rules to Uno, his favorite card …

Immune System

NASA's Mars Recruitment Posters Will Convince You to Go Die in Space

Okay, poster. You make a compelling argument—sign us up!<p>True, there will be obstacles: For one, the Martian corps that these recruitment posters from …

There’s a way to train our brains to cope with stress that changes chemistry “as much as any antidepressant”

Stress is often perceived as the villain of contemporary culture: the nagging tension that keeps us chained to our desks during the day, awake all night, and makes us dangerously unhealthy.<p>But Ian Robertson, a cognitive neuroscientist at Trinity College Dublin and author of the upcoming book ‘<i>The</i> …

Immune System

Universe is expanding up to 9% faster than we thought, say scientists

Measurements taken by Hubble space telescope conflict with studies of radiation left over from Big Bang – fuelling theories of ‘dark energy’ and mystery particles<p>The universe is expanding faster than anyone had previously measured or calculated from theory. This is a discovery that could test part …

Universe

Earth - Why is there something rather than nothing?

People have wrestled with the mystery of why the universe exists for thousands of years. Pretty much every ancient culture came up with its own creation story - most of them leaving the matter in the hands of the gods - and philosophers have written reams on the subject. But science has had little …

Can meditation and psychedelics have the same benefits for your mind?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Do you ever find yourself worrying about an upcoming situation, even though similar past experiences have worked out fine? Or do you worry about your relationship or finances in a way that is out of proportion with your actual circumstances? These are classic symptoms of anxiety.<p>Anxiety …

Psychedelia

Instagram Shuts Down Access From Other Apps

Facebook’s ongoing efforts to keep users within their own walled garden will soon result in the elimination of Instagram from third party apps, including Flipboard. On June 1, Instagram, which is owned by Facebook, will stop allowing many third parties to access the images in its feeds. If you have …

Social Media

Molly Crabapple: the sketcher blurring activism and art

Armed with her paintbrush, the illustrator and journalist is redefining reportage with her portraits of Guantánamo Bay, Trump and Syrian refugees<p>Molly Crabapple is sitting in an appropriately noirish and velvety Soho club, talking animatedly about the “global slide to authoritarianism”. “I’m …

May the 4th be with NASA: Space agency goes deep on 'Star Wars' day

If you're NASA, you seize every opportunity to chime in about pop culture — which means going all out for space movies, and the intergalactic holiday …

This New Form of Biometric Authentication Might Actually Kill the Written Password

The MasterCard Identity Check mobile app will allow consumers to pay by selfie.<p>By this point we've become desensitized to the headlines about yet another online security breach. The news is usually followed by some idealistic advice informing users to change their passwords for all sites and ensure …

Idealism

Here's what a legendary internet pirate had to say about the rise of torrenting

Like all good things, it eventually came to an end. In fact, everything came crashing down overnight after a multi-million lawsuit was brought forward by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) in October last year. Now, the former leader of the 'YIFY' brand, who goes by the same name, has …

Internet

How to Meditate?

Most people know that meditation is good for us, and that it is a highly recommended health and wellbeing, as well as spiritual, practice. Many people however, miss out on the many benefits of regular meditation only because...they don't know how to meditate.<p>This process remains mysterious and …

Meditation

How Does The Human Brain Create Consciousness?

<i>How does the brain create consciousness? 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 Yohan John, Ph.D in Cognitive and Neural Systems, on Quora:</b><p><i>Does</i> the brain create consciousness? I’m not so sure. At …

10 Stunning Pictures from NASA's Release of 3 Million Images

We pored through the massive set of images of Earth from space to show you some of our favorites.<p>NASA has made nearly 3 million images taken by ASTER—a Japan-U.S. instrument aboard NASA's flagship Terra satellite—freely available to the public.<p>The massive photo dump, announced on April 1, gives …

12 Ways Humanity Could Destroy The Entire Solar System

We humans are doing a bang-up job of messing up our home planet. But who’s to say we can’t go on to screw things up elsewhere? Here, not listed in …

Space

8 truly horrifying ways the Earth could die

When astronaut Jim Lovell saw Earth outside his window during Apollo 8, the moment forever changed him.<p>"People often say, 'I hope to go to heaven when I die,'" Lovell previously told Business Insider. "In reality, if you think about it, you go to heaven when you're born."<p>Lovell was referring to the …

Universe

The 12 best hidden features in the new iPhone update

Although Apple is advertising some of the new abilities your phone just received, like a new mode that makes reading easier at night, many of the best tweaks go unadvertised. Often iPhone users have no idea they even exist.<p>After a week of using iOS 9.3, I went through the change log and forums to …

The wonders of Pluto revealed: NASA’s latest findings are a sight to behold

<b>(Sabino Parente, via Shutterstock)</b><p>New Horizons fly-by captures dwarf planet’s haunting beauty and offers new clues of a possible sub-surface ocean<p>Lee Billings<p>March 20, 2016 11:00am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>Last July, NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft flew by …

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Earth could be unique among 700 quintillion planets in the Universe

But what if - statistically speaking - the odds are stacked against us finding another planet even remotely like Earth?<p>That's the thinking behind a new study by an international team of researchers, which has taken what we know about the exoplanets that lie outside our Solar System and fed the data …

Universe

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Dinner of the FutureFirst fully autonomous ‘robot run’ farm to open in Japan - WIREDSizzling Steaks May Soon Be Lab-Grown - WSJWatch this…

Dinner of the Future<p>First fully autonomous ‘robot run’ farm to open in Japan - WIRED<br>Sizzling Steaks May Soon Be Lab-Grown - WSJ<br>Watch this 3D printer make pizza fit for astronauts - The Verge<br>Australian scientists successfully create sentient spaghetti - FSM Times

Antimatter Space Propulsion Possible Within A Decade, Say Physicists

Dreams of antimatter space propulsion are closer to reality than most rocket scientists could ever imagine, says former Fermilab physicist Gerald Jackson. In fact, if money were no object, he says an antimatter-driven spacecraft prototype could be tested within a decade. To that end, next month, …

Physics

Attention Fellow Introverts: It's Time to Stop Beating Ourselves Up

I crave time alone even when I'm lonely.<p>A few years ago, my best friend of over a decade called me and I chose not to answer. We were living in different states and hadn't seen each other in months; in his voicemail, he was crying. How had I not known something was wrong? When I called back, he …

How We Entered a New Era of Astronomy

It all began with a chirp.<p>Last week, a new era of astronomy began as Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory executive director David Reitze stood before a packed room at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, uttering the words we've been waiting a century to hear: "We've detected …

The Curiosity Mars Rover Is Such a Narcissist

When your selfies look this good, who could blame you for being a little vain?<p>One of the most important criteria for taking the perfect selfie is the location, which is probably why the Curiosity Mars Rover's selfies always turn out so great. Although the rover's self-portraits lack the ironic …

Disrupt Your Day with a Zen-Like "Kinetic" Sculpture

Let artist and motion designer Sebastian Murra hypnotize you with abstract sound and vision.<p>Everyone wants a little peace of mind. Some people get it by sweating bullets in hot yoga. Others become fun runners, gleefully jogging through craft neighborhoods in activewear. Others tune in and drop out …

Elon Musk’s Space Dream Almost Killed Tesla

By Ashlee Vance | May 14, 2015<p>Illustrations by The Red Dress<p>SpaceX started with a plan to send mice to Mars. It got crazier from there.<p>In late …