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News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier. In the past few decades, the fortunate among us have recognised the hazards of living with an overabundance of food (obesity, diabetes) and have started to change our diets.

News is bad for you – and giving up reading it will make you happier

But most of us do not yet understand that news is to the mind what sugar is to the body. News is easy to digest. A New Theory of Distraction. “At painful times, when composition is impossible and reading is not enough, grammars and dictionaries are excellent for distraction,” the poet Elizabeth Barrett Browning wrote, in 1839.

A New Theory of Distraction

Those were the days. Browning is still right, of course: ask any reader of Wikipedia or Urban Dictionary. She sounds anachronistic only because no modern person needs advice about how to be distracted. The Moral Bucket List. Photo ABOUT once a month I run across a person who radiates an inner light.

The Moral Bucket List

A color-coded map of the world’s most and least emotional countries. By Max Fisher November 28, 2012 A map of the world's countries by most and least emotional.

A color-coded map of the world’s most and least emotional countries

Click to enlarge. (Max Fisher) Since 2009, the Gallup polling firm has surveyed people in 150 countries and territories on, among other things, their daily emotional experience. Their survey asks five questions, meant to gauge whether the respondent felt significant positive or negative emotions the day prior to the survey. Gallup has tallied up the average "yes" responses from respondents in almost every country on Earth.

Singapore is the least emotional country in the world. 25 Greatest Austin Bands of All Time. Groundbreaking Idea Of Life's Origin. Why does life exist?

Groundbreaking Idea Of Life's Origin

Popular hypotheses credit a primordial soup, a bolt of lightning and a colossal stroke of luck. But if a provocative new theory is correct, luck may have little to do with it. Instead, according to the physicist proposing the idea, the origin and subsequent evolution of life follow from the fundamental laws of nature and “should be as unsurprising as rocks rolling downhill.”

From the standpoint of physics, there is one essential difference between living things and inanimate clumps of carbon atoms: The former tend to be much better at capturing energy from their environment and dissipating that energy as heat. My First Experiment in Non-Monogamy  The_dimka: codex seraphinianus. In the late 70s italian architect, illustrator and industrial designer luigi serafini made a book, an encyclopedia of unknown, parallel world. it’s about 360-380 pages. it is written in an unknown language, using an unknown alphabet. it took him 30 month to complete that masterpiece that many might call “the strangest book on earth”. codex seraphinianus is divided to 11 chapters and two parts - first one is about nature and the second one is about people.btw five hundred years ago there was another book somewhat like that - voynich manuscript. take a look at some pages (click on image to see a bigger version)

the_dimka: codex seraphinianus

The Brain on Architecture. Looking at buildings designed for purposes of contemplation—like museums, churches, and libraries—may have positive measurable effects on mental state.

The Brain on Architecture

At a particular moment during every tour of Georgetown’s campus, it becomes necessary for the student guide to acknowledge the singular blight in an otherwise idyllic environment. “Lauinger Library was designed to be a modern abstraction of Healy Hall”: a sentence that inevitably trails off with an apologetic shrug, inviting the crowd to arrive at their own conclusions about how well it turned out. Much of the student population would likely agree that the library’s menacing figure on the quad is nothing short of soul-crushing. New research conducted by a team of architects and neuroscientists suggests that architecture may indeed affect mental states, although they choose to focus on the positive. I spoke with Dr. Making a cheap tent work. Statistic Brain. First Official Climate Change Refugees Evacuate Their Island Homes for Good. Update: Please note that this story is from 2009.

First Official Climate Change Refugees Evacuate Their Island Homes for Good

For more recent news & articles, follow us on Facebook. Thank you! The day has finally come, and a critical landmark in the saga of global climate change is occurring as we speak—and hardly anyone has noticed. The Carteret Islanders of Papua New Guinea have become the world's first entire community to be displaced by climate change. They're the first official refugees of global warming--and they're packing up their lives to move out of the way of ever-rising waters that threaten to overtake their homes and crops.

On the Carterets, king tides have washed away their crops and rising sea levels poisoned those that remain with salt. Don’t believe the hype – 10 persistent cancer myths debunked. Ramin Shokrizade's Blog - The Top F2P Monetization Tricks. 35 Things Everyone Should Do In Austin, Texas, Before They Die. How K-Cups Might Damage Your Metabolism, Reproductive Health, and Cause Cancer. Brew a fresh, steaming cup of plastic.

How K-Cups Might Damage Your Metabolism, Reproductive Health, and Cause Cancer

The Vanishing of Sombrero Man - Robert Isenberg. I Crashed a Wall Street Secret Society. Recently, our nation’s financial chieftains have been feeling a little unloved.

I Crashed a Wall Street Secret Society

Venture capitalists are comparing the persecution of the rich to the plight of Jews at Kristallnacht, Wall Street titans are saying that they’re sick of being beaten up, and this week, a billionaire investor, Wilbur Ross, proclaimed that “the 1 percent is being picked on for political reasons.” Ross's statement seemed particularly odd, because two years ago, I met Ross at an event that might single-handedly explain why the rest of the country still hates financial tycoons – the annual black-tie induction ceremony of a secret Wall Street fraternity called Kappa Beta Phi.

“Good evening, Exalted High Council, former Grand Swipes, Grand Swipes-in-waiting, fellow Wall Street Kappas, Kappas from the Spring Street and Montgomery Street chapters, and worthless neophytes!” The Logic of Stupid Poor People. 4 Habits Of Punctual People. Plan any event and chances are one in five of the people you invite will be late. A study done at San Francisco State University found that about 20% of the U.S. population is chronically late—but it’s not because they don't value others' time.