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Big Thinkers on the Only Things Worth Worrying About

In his famous and wonderfully heartening letter of fatherly advice, F. Scott Fitzgerald gave his young daughter Scottie a list of things to worry and not worry about in life. Among the unworriables, he named popular opinion, the past, the future, triumph, and failure “unless it comes through your …

Star brightness versus star luminosity

Some extremely large and hot stars blaze away with the luminosity of a million suns! But other stars look bright only because they’re near Earth.<p>The …

The Teenage Brain Explained

Michio Kaku and the Mysteries of the Mind

Physicist Michio Kaku, author of the new book The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind, on exploring the universe via avatars, the probable intelligence of aliens, and uploading memories back into the brains of Alzheimer's patients.<p>What is …

Ancient "Giant Virus" Revived From Siberian Permafrost

Climate change could release more ancient viruses. Is there a risk to humans?<p>Buried deep in the Siberian permafrost and untouched for over 30,000 years, researchers have discovered what is thought to be the newest representative of what are loosely known as "giant viruses."<p>A team led by Jean-Michel …

How to learn like a memory champion

Companies are creating learning aids that tap the science of memories, says David Robson. Do they work in the classroom?<p>For most of his 20s, Ed Cooke had been hovering around the top 10 of the World Memory Championships. His achievements included memorising 2,265 binary digits in 30 minutes and the …

15 Comfort Food Recipes That’ll Make You Forget All About Winter

The polar vortex strikes again! And it’s showing no signs of stopping—until late spring, that is. (Thanks a lot, groundhog). It may be tough to wear …

How to Make Yourself Do Something When You Just Don't Want To

There's that project you've left on the back burner -- the one with the deadline that's growing uncomfortably near. And there's the client whose phone call you really should return -- the one that does nothing but complain and eat up your valuable time. Wait, weren't you going to try to go to the …

Procrastination

Scientists Make Largest Quark, Solving A 20-Year Mystery

Researchers have found the "final" predicted way of making top quarks, the largest subatomic particle.<p>Top quarks are the heaviest of subatomic particles, and are prime components of all matter--everything from mayonnaise to your big toe. But while they are in virtually everything, they are …

Physics

Hookah is not harmless, experts say

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Smoking hookah can be addictive and harmful, though many dabblers may not realize the dangers, according to a new review.<p>Smoking paraphernalia is seen during the "Expocannabis" fair on its opening day in Leganes, outside Madrid, January 26, 2007. REUTERS/Susana Vera<p>“The …

How To Become A Rube Goldberg Machine Builder

"I’ve never danced, but to me it feels like dance; you’re doing this little choreography with motion."<p>Brett Doar tried architecture, drove buses, and edited films before carving out a career designing absurdly intricate Rube Goldberg machines. His latest project: a kinetic sculpture made of toys …

Music Videos

Can People Really Be 'Fit And Fat?'

Ever watch someone bench press a ridiculous amount of weight but not look <i>quite</i> like The Rock? Or hit the gym every day and still have a beer belly? It’s not an illusion — some research suggests people can be in shape even if they don’t quite look the part [1]. But a more recent study from the …

Sunlight Pills Bring Tropical Beaches To Your Medicine Cabinet

Now you can take a daily dose of summer vacation whenever you want.<p>Ceaseless snow flurries, power outages, the mercury bar of your thermometer stubbornly frozen near 0--if you’re anywhere on the US’ Eastern half right now, chances are you’re already bored with this current Ice Age. But over at the …

Ice Age

Make a "Super Resolution" to Get Your Mind Fit | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

When we plan our New Year’s Resolutions, we often create goals like exercising more, quitting smoking, or eating healthier. Yet, research shows only …

11 Happiness Tips for the Twenty-Something | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Your twenties are such an exciting time. Yet, you’re so oh so vulnerable.<p>From going through college, getting your first job to going through your …

Letters From Charles Darwin

From the Popular Science archives. Happy Darwin Day!<p><i>These letters originally appeared in the March 1903 issue of</i> Popular Science. <i>The "Hitherto Unpublished Letters of Charles Darwin" were compiled and edited by Darwin's son, Francis Darwin, and the British botanist Albert Charles Seward. Today would</i> …

Evolution

The 9 Essential Habits Of Mentally Strong People

In 1914, Thomas Edison's lab burned down, and years' worth of his work was destroyed. This could easily be described as the worst thing to happen to Edison, but the inventor instead chose to see it as an energizing opportunity that forced him to rebuild and re-examine much of his work. Edison …

Self-Help Advice You Haven't Heard Before

We sifted through the season's life-improvement books to help you become more clever, more relaxed, more satisfied—and more realistic about how long …

How to Set Up a Basic Productivity System

There are tons of productivity systems available for you to use, and for those who are just getting started in their quest to have a better handle on their tasks, projects, and goals it can be quite…daunting. This post will show you how to set up a a basic personal productivity system that will …

Surround Yourself With Only People Who Are Going To Lift You Higher

No!<p>It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able …

Top 10

5 Soothing Scenes For When You Just Need An Escape

<i>The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you find your way back to balance.</i><p>GPS Guides are our way of showing you what has relieved others' stress in the hopes that you will be able to identify …

5 Strategies When You Feel Like Giving Up | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Whether you have a specific goal that you’re trying to achieve or whether just getting through the day in one piece is your aim,. We want to go back …

This Man Faced Unimaginable Suffering, And Then Wrote The Definitive Book About Happiness

Thousands of self-help books are published each year, promising the keys to happiness, transformation, and a meaningful life. But a 1946 memoir, set against a backdrop of one of human history's cruelest and most horrific chapters, argues that the key to finding happiness begins with letting go of …

Is praising a child good or bad for them?

We assume that enthusiastic words motivate children to try harder. But when you look at the evidence, it’s not that clear-cut. It all depends on the wording.<p>Your child presents you with their latest artistic creation. It’s a painting of a figure with very long thin legs, no body and big hair. It’s …

Online Speed Reading Test by Staples Lets You Compare Your Results Against National Averages

The “eReader Experts” at Staples have constructed an online test that allows you to measure the speed at which you read, compare these results …

To store more memories, we forget the details

The capacity of our working memory is better explained by the quality of memories we can store than by their number.<p>For instance, in recalling the …

10 Ways to Have Waaaaay More Fun Studying Foreign Languages | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

1.) Cry, Laugh and Compete with Italians Through Television<p>I agree with the typical advice to watch movies or shows from that country, but I want to …