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“Just Googling it” is bad for your brain

Having the world at our fingertips around the clock takes a lot of the pressure off our minds to remember basic facts. But the ability to find answers on search engines like Google is also killing our memories, a recent report (pdf) by cybersecurity firm Kaspersky Lab shows.<p>When asked a question, …

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5 Changes That Will Immediately Lower Your Stress Levels

Here are five simple behavioral changes that you can initiate fairly easily to bring about an immediate lowering of stress in your life. With simple ideas like these -- that don't require a commitment -- you can learn how to reduce your stress by simply trying these exercises for one day. You'll …

NASA’s Plan to Save the World: Let’s Slam a Spacecraft Into an Asteroid

In a plan fit for Michael Bay, NASA is going to ram a spacecraft into an asteroid. Why? To see how much force is necessary to stop one from …

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, former-astronaut Buzz Aldrin says the world should start pursuing polices to make a Mars landing, and even settlement, possible. He suggests July 2019 to be the ideal time for a landing and explains the need for international co-operation for this to be …

Buzz Aldrin

How Friendship Fights Depression

A new study shows that a healthy mood can spread through friend groups.<p>“As everyone knows, depressed people are some of the most boring people in the world,” Mindy Kaling writes in her book <i>Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?</i> “I know this because when I was depressed, people fled. Except my best …

Depression

Ignore Your Feelings

A profanity-filled new self-help book argues that life is kind of terrible, so you should value your actions over your emotions.<p>Put down the talking stick. Stop fruitlessly seeking "closure" with your peevish co-worker. And please, don't bother telling your spouse how annoying you find their …

Self-help

The surprising benefits of feeling insignificant

In the grand scheme of things, you are a tiny blip on the Earth’s surface. And recognising that fact may make you a better person, writes David Robson.<p>Take a look at the video above. Feel small and insignificant, compared to the enormous, beautiful world around you? If so, you may just have become …

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11 Style Details You Might Be Getting Wrong

Cut out these simple errors to take your look to the next level.<p>1. Don't Ignore Your Shirt Collar (See Above)<p>It's great to make do and repair your clothes, but only to a point. Your work shirt from summer 2008 may look white from the outside but be sure to inspect the inside of your collar for …

Apple Refused to Give iMessages to the Government

Apple recently declined to turn over iMessages to the Justice Department as part of a criminal investigation involving drugs and guns, according to …

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Body Language

25-minute walk could add seven years to life

New research shows that exercise can delay the ageing process, with experts suggesting one walk a day could halve the risk of heart attack death and add seven years to the lifespan<p>Just 25 minutes of brisk walking a day could add to seven years to your life, heart experts have said.<p>Researchers said …

Scientists suggest a way to lower your stroke risk: Shorten your workweek

Do you worry that your workaholic ways are killing you? A new study says you may be right.<p>In an analysis of more than half a million men and women from around the world, those who put in long hours at the office were 33% more likely to suffer a stroke than their colleagues who clocked out earlier. …

Is there life on Jupiter's moons? Juice may hold the key

<b>London (CNN) —</b> Could the mysterious moons of Jupiter be hiding habitable zones under their icy crusts?<p>The Rosetta mission's startling discovery that Comet 67P contains multiple organic compounds that make up the building blocks of life adds weight to a theory that Earth may have been seeded with …

Universe

Cop accused of killing driver out of jail, free on bond

CINCINNATI — A former University of Cincinnati police officer charged with murder in the shooting death of a man he pulled over for a missing front license plate pleaded not guilty in court Thursday and was out of jail on bond less than eight hours later.<p>Ray Tensing, 25, killed Samuel DuBose, 43, …

Sandra Bland Arrest Video Appears Edited

Police dashboard video showing the arrest of Sandra Bland in Prairie View, Texas released Tuesday evening includes a number of continuity issues …

3 of the top 6 fan requested Xbox One backward compatibility games are Call of Duty

During the Microsoft Press Conference at E3 last week, they announced that will be enabling the ability for all players to play Xbox 360 games on …

Kylie Jenner Wears Physics-Defying Plunging Neckline, Uses Surprising Trick to Keep It in Place

Not...quite...what we were expecting.<p>Kylie's taking more pages out of Kim's book. The reality star wowed in a revealing, sheer black dress at the opening of Sugar Factory in Miami on Friday. She let one leg peek through while walking the red carpet, but her thigh-high slit was overshadowed by that …

Kylie Jenner

The double-edged sword of cyber warfare

One week after the Israeli army formally recognized cyber weapons as a fourth dimension of warfare, alongside land, air and sea, the defense minister …

The True Story of Malware's Birth and its Effect on Cybercrime

In any global outbreak, it’s important to identify Patient Zero. In the movies, you get a leggy Gwyneth Paltrow. In the nine-year online epidemic …

Games with Gold expands to two Xbox One games, starting in July with Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag

Microsoft is announcing that, beginning in July, its Games for Gold program will expand from one free game on Xbox One each month to two, in addition to the two free Xbox 360 games currently being offered to Xbox Live Gold subscribers.<p>Unlike the Xbox 360 offer — which sees both games divide the …

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Why the next World War will be a cyberwar first, and a shooting war second

Opinion: The US already has lost the first battles, and may not have the national will to defend itself in the inevitable global conflict to come. …

Apple Music will pay labels just $0.002 per stream during its free trial — before tax

According to multiple sources, Music Business Worldwide reports, a payout of $0.002 per stream is the most likely for independent labels. But this could just be a pretax figure, especially in Europe, meaning that, in the UK for instance, labels would receive just $0.0016 after value-added taxes.<p>In …

The Military Has a Man Problem

Stop whining about women in combat. It’s the guys who need to change—and fast.<p><b>Army Specialist Laura Naylor, a Wisconsin</b> native, spent a year in Baghdad with the 32nd Military Police Company in 2003 and 2004. During that time, she—like all of the more than quarter-million women deployed to Iraq and …

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Prescription Pill Makes You Forget To Be Addicted To Drugs

Already prescribed for high blood pressure, but shown to help addicted rats<p>Addiction is more complex than a chemical need for a particular substance—it’s a conjunction of circumstantial and social cues that remind an addict that they need to take a hit. Now researchers from the University of Texas …

Drug Addiction

Thousands Of Cabdrivers Clog France's Roads To Protest Uber

Taxi drivers in France formed virtual blockades around airports and key train stations Thursday, causing chaos in Paris and other French cities as part of a wide protest against the Uber ride-booking service, known in France as UberPOP.<p>Government and transportation officials urged travelers to take …

Condoms That Change Color In Contact with STD Win Tech Award

The old adage goes that teenagers think about sex constantly, but there are at least a few out there who have expressed a very keen interest in the …

Are the French Rude to the American Tourists?

The French may tend to be more politically incorrect, more intuitive and impulsive -- they have Latin blood and they prove it in everything: art, la joie de vivre, cuisine, the entire Paris is a testament of their Latin blood in action.<p>Is that considered rude? By some standards, yes, by others, not …

How successful people beat stress

<i>This post originally appeared at LinkedIn. Follow the author here.</i><p>There are two kinds of people in this world: those who believe they can make things happen and those who believe things happen to <i>them</i>.<p>The first group are convinced that the outcome of their lives and careers is more or less in their …

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