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Your Brain Benefits Most When You Listen to Absolutely Nothing, Science Says

Here's what happens to your brain when it's surrounded by the noise of nothingness.<p>When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.<p>We …

What Freudian slips really reveal about your mind

Do our verbal stumblings unveil our unconscious desires – or are they simply an innocent glitch in the brain’s workings? BBC Future investigates.<p>It was 1988 and the then-vice president, George H. W. Bush, was on a routine visit to Idaho. He was supposed to give a dry speech on agricultural policy …

Behavioral Sciences

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A Taxonomic Map of Philosophy (Updated with 5-layer Version!)

Some people go to PhilPapers, get the information they need, and then just go. Not Valentin Lageard, a graduate student in philosophy at Université …

GPS maps show the wild adventures your cat goes on night

Cats love to wander — but just how far they go is pretty wild.<p>More than one dozen cats were fitted with GPS trackers to show the distance they roam …

Study: Brain scans reveal hidden consciousness in patients

NEW YORK (AP) — A standard brain scanning technique is showing promise for helping doctors distinguish between patients in a vegetative state and …

Consciousness

How the Brain Makes and Breaks Habits

<i>Summary: Researchers report they have identified a neural pathway involved in switching between habitual behavior and deliberate decision</i> …

Neuroscience

This is your brain on LSD

This is a human brain on the psychedelic drug LSD:<p>The image comes from a new study published in the journal <i>PNAS</i>, which used modern techniques to map out the effects of a placebo and LSD on 20 healthy participants' brains.<p>The results show clear differences, with the images of the brain on LSD …

Meet The Cat Who’s Got A Better Job Than Most College Grads

For all the “in communist Russia” jokes that ring a little too true (source: born and raised in Moldova), it’s nice to see some heartwarming news coming from the region. Today, the story of a cat who just got hired by a museum and will be paid entirely in caviar. How’d he get the job? Turns out it …

Study Shows How LSD Mimics Infant's Mind as Ego Dissolves

A groundbreaking series of experiments show how LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide) alters the operation of the brain. Scientists gave LSD to 20 healthy …

Consciousness

12 comic book series you can binge-read this week

Who needs Netflix when you have a good graphic novel?<p>There are plenty of long reads in the literary world — but comic book lovers often find …

A monster black hole was found in an unexpected part of the universe

Astronomers have found a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy in a "sparsely populated" area of the universe, NASA announced yesterday. The finding is important because black holes that size were believed to exist only at the core of very large galaxy clusters. The newly found black …

Scientists Stored These Images in DNA—Then Flawlessly Retrieved Them

Who needs memory cards when you have DNA? A team of scientists has been able to store images within the life-defining molecules then retrieve them …

Family dog politely brings home 1 pound of weed

Not that we had any doubts, but dogs truly are man's best friend.<p>In a Facebook post, the Jones County Sheriff's Department reported that a family dog …

Artist Turns Animal Problems Into Cute Comics

Animal Problems is a continually growing illustration series by Geoffrey Hewer-Candee. These problems are recognizable from human society, but …

Cute

Woman Rescues 21-Year-Old Cat Abandoned By Owner, To Give Him Best Remaining Days

At the sunset of his life, 21-year-old cat Tigger was abandoned by his human at a local veterinary surgery. Sad and confused, he couldn’t understand …

Take An Early Peek At Marvel Comics’ “Black Panther #1” With Artist Brian Stelfreeze

By Eric Alt6 minute Read<p>Marvel Comics is well aware that—cameo appearance by a certain squinty-eyed web slinger aside—the upcoming <i>Captain America:</i> …

How to Do Indian Meditation

Meditation is when a person trains the mind to be more self-aware, to look inward, or to reach an altered state of consciousness. It’s an ancient …

Meditation

The enormous carbon footprint of food that we never even eat

By Chelsea Harvey<p>Discussions about how to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions frequently center on clean energy, more efficient transportation and sustainable agriculture. But research suggests that if we really want to pay attention to our carbon footprints, we should also be focusing on another, …

We tried the science-backed 7-minute fitness routine that's going viral, and it actually works

But as it turns out, the app actually, well, works you out.<p>We tried it for the first time in January, and we're still hooked. It's become so popular that The New York Times recently released its own version of the app.<p>It's perfect on the weekends, when I can't make it to a yoga class, or as …

Exercise

How to Create Your Own Full-Body Workout Plan

Walk into the gym, head to the dumbbells or gym machines, do the same few moves you've been doing for a while, and then call it a day. Sound …

Workouts

A nap with my son beats transcendental meditation

And I get to listen to podcasts at the same time, which I suspect the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi might have frowned on<p>My life revolves around 3pm. From the moment I wake up, I’m locked into a berserk dash to get everything finished by 3pm. Because my son has a nap then, and it is the highlight of my …

Release Stress in Five (Guided Meditation Video)

Stress is an invisible force that takes up space inside our mind, body and nervous system. It ties us up in knots, has us thinking in different directions -- and before we know it, there's a mini-fortress of tension built up within our body.<p>Meditation helps undo the knots that have accumulated …

How the Asiatic lion was saved from extinction thanks to Indian villagers

I drove with a guide one recent afternoon along the sandy tracks of the Gir national park and wildlife sanctuary, a 545-square-mile haven of peace and beauty in a remote corner of south-western Gujarat seven hours by car from the frenetic metropolis of Ahmedabad. We passed through deciduous forest …

Here's Why the Wealthiest Institutions in the World Might Just Stop Funding Factory Farms

Earlier this month, <i>The Guardian</i> spotlighted the success of the fossil fuel divestment movement and its implications in the fight against cruel and …

Investing

SPECIAL REPORT: Almost 9 million Chinese back bill to end cat and dog meat eating

<b>How a proposed law to end cat and dog meat eating has been backed by millions of Chinese tired of the cruelty and criminality of the trade.</b><p>The …

Scientists have cracked the secret to growing meat, which is great news for animal lovers everywhere

Just when we thought we’d seen everything, soon, spaghetti and meatballs may be made in an entirely different way—using meat that’s made from meat</i> …

Zen and the art of getting things done

<b>(CNN) —</b> The new hot trend in Silicon Valley office culture is a Buddh-ish encouragement of workplace mindfulness. Guided meditation is the new free cafeteria meals.<p>But David Allen, the author of the international bestselling productivity bible, Getting Things Done, has been teaching people how to …

Meditation

New Hong Kong school campus to boast a green, bioclimatic facade

Ronald Lu & Partners recently unveiled designs for the new bioclimatic Technological and Higher Education Institute (THEi) in Hong Kong. The …

Hong Kong