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The Secret to Happiness May Lie in Our Relationships. In 2014, researchers at the University of Warwick in England announced they had found a strong association between a gene mutation identified with happiness and well-being.

The Secret to Happiness May Lie in Our Relationships

It’s called 5-HTTLPR and it affects the way our body metabolizes the neurotransmitter serotonin, which helps regulate our moods, sex drives, and appetites. The study asks why some nations, notably Denmark, consistently top “happiness indexes,” and wonders whether there may be a connection between a nation and the genetic makeup of its people. Sure enough, controlling for work status, religion, age, gender, and income, the researchers discovered those with Danish DNA had a distinct genetic advantage in well-being. In other words, the more Danish DNA one has, the more likely he or she will report being happy. This tantalizing piece of research is not the only example of the power of feel-good genes.

“Close relationships and social connections keep you happy and healthy. Are we addicted to technology? Image copyright Thinkstock Just five minutes after meeting sleep and energy expert Dr Nerina Ramlakhan in her central London clinic, she delivers some bad news.

Are we addicted to technology?

"You've got the classic pattern of someone who's in a fatigue cycle," she says. "You're running on survival energy. Your sympathetic nervous system is in overdrive. I would guess you feel pretty shattered mid-afternoon which would mean you are running on adrenalin, noradrenalin, cortisol. " I'm turning into a dopamine junkie - the brain chemical associated with pleasure that is released when we are stimulated, whether that is by food, sex, excitement... or screen time. It sounds convincing. Dr Ramlakhan works at the privately run Nightingale Hospital, and is a member of its technology addiction treatment team. Surely tiredness is a by-product of a busy modern life - children, work, hobbies etc - rather than that relaxing time spent watching Netflix in bed?

"They go to bed but can't sleep, or fall asleep exhausted and wake up tired. Top 10 Ways Your Privacy Is Being Invaded (and Sold, Traded, Auctioned, Analyzed, Repackaged, and Retargeted) In case you had any doubt: Your privacy is under siege.

Top 10 Ways Your Privacy Is Being Invaded (and Sold, Traded, Auctioned, Analyzed, Repackaged, and Retargeted)

The Robots Are Winning! by Daniel Mendelsohn. Her a film directed by Spike Jonze Ex Machina a film directed by Alex Garland.

The Robots Are Winning! by Daniel Mendelsohn

Alles is maakbaar, maar niet alles is wenselijk. OPINIE - De mens lijkt maakbaarder dan ooit en techniek wordt steeds intiemer.

Alles is maakbaar, maar niet alles is wenselijk

Volgens dr. ir. Rinie van Est (Rathenau Instituut en TUe) is het is niet langer de vraag wat mogelijk is, maar wat wenselijk is. De toekomst wordt gelukkig niet alleen gevormd door machtigen en fanatici, maar vooral door speelse geesten. Wetenschappers en ingenieurs zijn vaak meeslepende dromers. In de zeventiende eeuw geloofde Francis Bacon bijvoorbeeld heilig in de maakbaarheid van de natuur. Who’s to blame for the digital time deficit? – Judy Wajcman. More than 40 years ago, as a young woman in Melbourne, Australia, I had a pen friend in Papua New Guinea.

Who’s to blame for the digital time deficit? – Judy Wajcman

She lived in a coastal village, an hour’s slow boat trip from the city of Lae. I went to visit her. The abundant tropical fruit, vegetables such as taro and sweet potato, and fish fresh from the sea made up for the mosquitoes that plagued me. No one was in a rush to do anything. We spent an entire day making coconut milk. Popular now How often do ethics professors call their mothers? How bad experiences in childhood lead to adult illness. Automation Makes Us Dumb. Artificial intelligence has arrived.

Automation Makes Us Dumb

Today’s computers are discerning and sharp. They can sense the environment, untangle knotty problems, make subtle judgments and learn from experience. They don’t think the way we think—they’re still as mindless as toothpicks—but they can replicate many of our most prized intellectual talents. Dazzled by our brilliant new machines, we’ve been rushing to hand them all sorts of sophisticated jobs that we used to do ourselves. But our growing reliance on computer automation may be exacting a high price.

It has been a slow process. Then, in the 1950s, a Harvard Business School professor named James Bright went into the field to study automation’s actual effects on a variety of industries, from heavy manufacturing to oil refining to bread baking. Bright concluded that the overriding effect of automation was (in the jargon of labor economists) to “de-skill” workers rather than to “up-skill” them. How to Stay Sane in the Notification Age. When I slip on my headphones, the clatter and chatter of the subway becomes an oasis of calm.

How to Stay Sane in the Notification Age

Can we break free from the fear of missing out? – Jacob Burak. Here’s a test you might enjoy: rate these scenarios on a number scale, ranging from 1 for mild discomfort to 7 for outrageous distress. Scenario 1: you’re flicking through news websites, as you do every morning. Today, however, you’re behind schedule and have only 15 minutes to read articles, instead of your usual 30. You have to skip some of your favourite columns and sections.

How would you rate your level of discomfort? (Most of us would probably choose a low level, say 2.) Popular now Quantum weirdness is everywhere in the living world.