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This Is The Biggest Key to Happiness, According to Science

You don't need to be happy all the time.<p>Over the past two decades, the positive psychology movement has brightened up psychological research with its …

Happiness

There Are 7 Types of Near-Death Experiences, According to Science

Depending on your beliefs, the experience of death hovers over our lives like an unknowable but inevitable void.<p>Aside from the well-cited …

There's a Reason Time Seems to Speed Up as You Age - But It's Possible to Slow It Down

Stop the ride, we want to get off.<p>Ask an older person to recall their most vivid memories, and there's a good chance that many of them will come from …

The worst thing people do to wake up in the morning — according to a sleep scientist

A sleep scientist reveals the first mistake we make when we wake up in the morning. Following is a transcript of the video.<p><b>Daniel Barone:</b> When you wake up and then hit the snooze button and go back to sleep, it feels good because serotonin gets released. And it feels nice to fall back asleep.<p>The …

Sleep

Why do you rewatch your own Instagram stories?

<i>Why'd You Push That Button?</i> is back. We took a break last week to feast on Thanksgiving side dishes, and now we've returned to break down why we snack on our own Instagram content. More specifically, we want to know why people rewatch their own Instagram stories and obsessively check who's viewed …

Social Media

Pluto mystery that confounded scientists might finally be solved

For such a tiny little world, Pluto sure has gotten a lot of attention in recent years. After being demoted from “planet” to “dwarf planet,” Pluto …

The Answer To Life, The Universe — And Everything? It's 63

Often, as we go through the world, the key is to ask the right question.<p>When it comes to figuring out the nature of physical reality, part of that process starts at the absolute edge of the observable universe — the cosmic horizon, a distant layer from which light has only just, in this very …

Universe

Oldest spiral galaxy ever seen may reveal secrets about the Milky Way

Astronomers have uncovered an ancient cosmic artifact 11 billion light-years from Earth: the oldest spiral galaxy ever seen.<p>The newly discovered galaxy, known as A1689B11, is an ancestor of modern spiral galaxies like our own Milky Way, which are defined by long tentacles of gas, dust and stars …

Don’t miss Jupiter and Venus at dawn!

Spectacular Venus-Jupiter conjunction on Monday! These are the 2 brightest planets, and they’ll be less than a moon-width apart. If you do miss them …

Here's What Long-Term Living in Space Does to Astronaut Brains

SQUISH.<p>As if astronauts didn't have enough to worry about, a new study has confirmed one more possible health problem intrepid spacefarers face as …

Space

How much of your life do you spend eating? Grooming? Watching TV?

A day in the life of an average American.<p>Breathtaking moments might linger in your memory, But they’re not what make up a life. It’s the minutes spent cleaning the toilet and choosing a not-too-hard avocado that add up. We spend most of our time zoning out or fussing about the lines at the grocery …

TV

Scientists say they can measure your charisma with only 6 questions

I have a select few friends I would call genuinely charismatic — the rest are kind, and/or funny, and/or outgoing, but aren't <i>quite</i> there yet.<p>The thing is, I can't tell you exactly how I made that distinction. It's more of an intuitive judgment.<p>But a team of researchers at the University of Toronto, …

Psychology

9 ways to make people like you without saying a word

Becoming more likable is easier than you think.<p>There's lots of research on the traits and behaviors that make people likable — that have nothing to do with what they're saying.<p>Below, Business Insider has rounded up some of the most fascinating pieces of research on the best ways to make friends and …

Psychology

What is dark matter?

Cosmologists are heading back to their chalkboards, as experiments designed to figure out the nature of dark matter come up empty.<p>The past few …

Dark Matter

A potential human habitat on the moon?

A new study says a hole in the moon’s Marius Hills region is the skylight of an underground lava tube large enough to house a city.<p>A study published …

What Would Happen If There Were No Number 6?

A 5 1/2-year-old wants to know.<p><i>The questions that kids ask about science aren’t always easy to answer. Sometimes, their little brains can lead to big</i> …

Mathematics

12 everyday stretches that will help you stay flexible and fit at any age

When it comes to stretching, there are a lot of options to choose from.<p>But what are the best everyday stretches for anyone looking to avoid sore muscles, get more flexible, and protect his or her muscles from injuries?<p>We turned to Marilyn Moffat, a professor of physical therapy at New York …

Pain

6 of The Biggest Misconceptions About Happiness, According to Science

And real things you can do about it.<p>Some people see happiness as the feeling in a small moment - a chat between old friends, a warm meal. Some see it …

Happiness

Science Has Figured Out How Long Our Vacations Should Be

A lot goes into planning a vacation. Where should you go? When can you take time off? What gets you the most bang for your buck? Should you do a lot …

Happiness

Second Opinion | Are you jealous, or simply envious?

<i>Hello and happy Saturday! Here's this week's round-up of eclectic and under-the-radar health and medical science news.</i> <i>If you haven't subscribed yet,</i> …

World Health Organization