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Neuroscience confirms that to be truly happy, you will always need something more — Quartz. Politics and monetary policy are a toxic combination.

Neuroscience confirms that to be truly happy, you will always need something more — Quartz

Good monetary policy balances short-term and long-term goals, and requires humility about what aspects of the economy can be controlled. Why Garbage Men Should Earn More Than Bankers. By Rutger Bregman Thick fog envelops City Hall Park at daybreak on February 2, 1968.

Why Garbage Men Should Earn More Than Bankers

Seven thousand New York City sanitation workers stand crowded together, their mood rebellious. This Is the Best Way to Flirt With Someone New. SPICE Up Your Approach. Does Religious Freedom Trump Gender Equality? lWRo1qZ.png (PNG Image, 1037 × 652 pixels) - Scaled (98%) A five-step guide to not being stupid. Even the smartest people can be fools.

A five-step guide to not being stupid

David Robson explains how to avoid the most common traps of sloppy thinking. If you ever doubt the idea that the very clever can also be very silly, just remember the time the smartest man in America tried to electrocute a turkey. Benjamin Franklin had been attempting to capture “electrical fire” in glass jars as a primitive battery. Having succeeded, he thought it’d be impressive to use the discharge to kill and roast his dinner. Soon it became a regular party trick, as he wowed guests with his magical ability to command this strange force. Flourishing faster: how to make trees grow bigger and quicker. Scientists at The University of Manchester have discovered a way to make trees grow bigger and faster, which could increase supplies of renewable resources and help trees cope with the effects of climate change.

Flourishing faster: how to make trees grow bigger and quicker

In the study, published in Current Biology, the team successfully manipulated two genes in poplar trees in order to make them grow larger and more quickly than usual. Professor Simon Turner from the Faculty of Life Sciences led the research: “The rate at which trees grow is determined by the rate of cell division in the stem. We have identified two genes that are able to drive cell division in the stem and so override the normal growth pattern. “Although, this needs be tested in the field, this discovery paves the way for generating trees that grow more quickly and so will contribute to meeting the needs for increased plant biomass as a renewable source of biofuels, chemicals and materials while minimising further CO2 release into the atmosphere.”

Major advance in artificial photosynthesis poses win/win for the environment. A potentially game-changing breakthrough in artificial photosynthesis has been achieved with the development of a system that can capture carbon dioxide emissions before they are vented into the atmosphere and then, powered by solar energy, convert that carbon dioxide into valuable chemical products, including biodegradable plastics, pharmaceutical drugs and even liquid fuels.

Major advance in artificial photosynthesis poses win/win for the environment

Scientists with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)'s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) and the University of California (UC) Berkeley have created a hybrid system of semiconducting nanowires and bacteria that mimics the natural photosynthetic process by which plants use the energy in sunlight to synthesize carbohydrates from carbon dioxide and water. Scientists use brain stimulation to boost creativity, set stage to potentially treat depression.

A UNC School of Medicine study has provided the first direct evidence that a low dose of electric current can enhance a specific brain pattern to boost creativity by an average of 7.4 percent in healthy adults, according to a common, well-validated test of creativity.

Scientists use brain stimulation to boost creativity, set stage to potentially treat depression

This research, published in the journal Cortex, showed that using a 10-Hertz current run through electrodes attached to the scalp enhanced the brain's natural alpha wave oscillations -- prominent rhythmic patterns that can be seen on an electroencephalogram, or EEG. "This study is a proof-of-concept," said senior author Flavio Frohlich, PhD, assistant professor of psychiatry, cell biology and physiology, biomedical engineering, and neurology. Picture of the Week: Lion's Mane Mushroom. The lion’s mane—also called the bearded mushroom, or yamabushitake in Japanese—is a pristine white fungus found in woodlands all over the world.

Picture of the Week: Lion's Mane Mushroom

The species (Hericium erinaceus) is easily identifiable for its cascading spines, which are pliable and feel like rubber. “I describe it as one of nature’s best examples of grace and elegance,” says mycologist Paul Stamets, author of six books on fungi and director of research at mushroom retailer Fungi Perfecti. “When you touch them, each spine is very, very delicate and can bend, but as a conglomerate of thousands of these little spines, they’re quite hefty and firm.” And besides being a good source of protein like other mushrooms, several studies suggest that the lion’s mane can benefit neural and mental health. The Essence of Peopling. Sarah Perry is a contributing editor of Ribbonfarm.

The Essence of Peopling

Nouns for human beings – “people” or “person” – conjure in the mind a snapshot of the surface appearance of humans. DEA Agents Had "Sex Parties" Paid for by Drug Cartels. While the creed of a Drug Enforcement Administration agent is to hunt down those in the underground drug trade, a recent report reveals that these soldiers of the War on Drugs have allegedly been engaging in wild orgies with prostitutes and allowing Colombian drug cartels to pick up the tab.

DEA Agents Had "Sex Parties" Paid for by Drug Cartels

The report, which was released by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General, indicates that DEA agents assigned to overseas operations utilized government-funded quarters to throw “sex parties” with hookers that were paid for by local drug cartels. How Much Math, Science Homework is Too Much? WASHINGTON — When it comes to adolescents with math and science homework, more isn’t necessarily better — an hour a day is optimal — but doing it alone and regularly produces the biggest knowledge gain, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

How Much Math, Science Homework is Too Much?

Researchers from the University of Oviedo in Spain looked at the performance of 7,725 public, state-subsidized and private school students in the principality of Asturias in northern Spain. The students had a mean age of 13.78. Girls made up 47.2 percent of the sample. The article was published in APA’s Journal of Educational Psychology®. Simple Messages Help Set the Record Straight about Scientific Agreement on Human-Caused Climate Change: The Results of Two Experiments. Abstract Human-caused climate change is happening; nearly all climate scientists are convinced of this basic fact according to surveys of experts and reviews of the peer-reviewed literature.

Yet, among the American public, there is widespread misunderstanding of this scientific consensus. In this paper, we report results from two experiments, conducted with national samples of American adults, that tested messages designed to convey the high level of agreement in the climate science community about human-caused climate change. Neuropsychology: Power naps produce a significant improvement in memory performance. A team of researchers at Saarland University headed by Professor Axel Mecklinger have shown that a short nap lasting about an hour can significantly improve memory performance.

The study, which was coordinated by graduate research student Sara Studte, involved examination of memory recall in 41 participants. The volunteers had to learn single words and word pairs. Mobile. Authors Edited by Michael S.A. Graziano, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ, and accepted by the Editorial Board February 17, 2015 (received for review July 29, 2014) Significance How the brain begets conscious awareness has been one of the most fundamental and elusive problems in neuroscience, psychology, and philosophy. Correspondingly, this problem has spawned a remarkably large number of theories that differ by the proposed extent of cortical and subcortical changes associated with awareness, ranging from local to global changes in functional connectivity.

Abstract. How To Use Your Mind To Control Your Heart Rate - The Connection. Smoking Is Associated with an Increased Risk of Dementia: A Meta-Analysis of Prospective Cohort Studies with Investigation of Potential Effect Modifiers. Abstract Background Previous studies showed inconsistent results on the association of smoking with all-cause dementia and vascular dementia (VaD), and are limited by inclusion of a small number of studies and unexplained heterogeneity.

Our review aimed to assess the risk of all-cause dementia, Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and VaD associated with smoking, and to identify potential effect modifiers. Methods and Findings The PubMed, Embase, Cochrane Library and Psychinfo databases were searched to identify studies that provided risk estimates on smoking and incidence of dementia. Conclusions. The science of protecting people’s feelings: why we pretend all opinions are equal. It’s both the coolest — and also in some ways the most depressing — psychology study ever. Indeed, it’s so cool (and so depressing) that the name of its chief finding — the Dunning-Kruger effect — has at least halfway filtered into public consciousness. In the classic 1999 paper, Cornell researchers David Dunning and Justin Kruger found that the less competent people were in three domains — humor, logic, and grammar — the less likely they were to be able to recognize that.

Or as the researchers put it: We propose that those with limited knowledge in a domain suffer from a dual burden: Not only do they reach mistaken conclusions and make regrettable errors, but their incompetence robs them of the ability to realize it. Dunning and Kruger didn’t directly apply this insight to our debates about science. Network theory sheds new light on origins of consciousness. Psychoactive Plant May Hold Key to Reversing Diabetes. Can’t focus? Maybe you’re a creative genius. 14 Years After Portugal Decriminalized All Drugs, Here's What's Happening. In 2001, the Portuguese government did something that the United States would find entirely alien. The solution to most sleeping problems: mindfulness. Getting a good night’s sleep can be challenging, especially as we age. About half of all older adults report sleeping difficulties.

This can make them more likely to experience physical or mental health conditions, memory problems, and falls, due to poor balance. The first ever photograph of light as a particle and a wave. Love Religion, but Hate Intolerance? Try Buddhism - Pacific Standard. Believing that life is fair makes you a terrible person. Where not to toke: a look at marijuana citations across the US. The powerful cheat for themselves, the powerless cheat for others. Forever young: Meditation might slow the age-related loss of gray matter in the brain, say UCLA researchers. Defining Powerhouse Fruits and Vegetables: A Nutrient Density Approach - CDC.

Claims that climate models overestimate warming are "unfounded", study shows. Big-toothed fossil may be primitive new human › News in Science (ABC Science) Having money in the bank can make you less sad, but not happy, UBC study finds. Training Your Brain to Crave Healthy Foods. Ancient Sea Rise Tale Told Accurately for 10,000 Years. Astrophysicists Prove That Cities On Earth Grow in the Same Way As Galaxies in Space. Researchers Propose Earth’s ‘Anthropocene’ Age of Humans Began With Fallout and Plastics. Mindfulness Mitigates Biases You May Not Know You Have. Study: pretend exercise builds muscle. Vitamin Supplement Successfully Prevents Noise-Induced Hearing Loss. How too many gifts can cause kids trouble. Plant extract trumps nicotine patches to quit smoking - health - 18 December 2014. Quantum physics just got less complicated. Royal Society. Climate change could cut world food output 18 percent by 2050.

Scientists locate ‘homing signal’ in the brain, explaining why some people are better navigators. Monkey See, Monkey Speak [Video] Herd mentality: Are we programmed to make bad decisions? Changing Our DNA through Mind Control? Televised medical talk shows—what they recommend and the evidence to support their recommendations: a prospective observational study. Affluence, not political complexity, explains the rise of moralizing world religions. Sleep Scientists Want Workdays to Start Later. Uncovering one of humankind’s most ancient lineages. Brain Training Doesn’t Make You Smarter. Mindfulness Short-Circuits Reflexive Racial Bias. How the Atlantic Ocean Could Disappear. Explicit cookie consent. Chill-inducing music enhances altruism in humans. Ancient Computer Even More Ancient Than We Thought. Big illicit drug seizures don't lead to less crime or drug use, study finds. Lack of exposure to natural light in the workspace is associated wi...

Fracking risk compared to thalidomide and asbestos in Walport report. Chiral Key Found to Origin of Life. Scientists Discover Earth's 'Invisible' Shield Protecting Us From Radiation. Researchers demonstrate new technique for generating electricity. Science Graphic of the Week: Rising Sea Levels Show Strange Patterns. News.nationalgeographic. Study suggests homosexuality evolved to promote social bonding in humans. NASA’s Van Allen Probes discover invisible force shield around Earth. Not As Good as You Think? Trait Positive Emotion Is Associated with Increased Self-Reported Empathy but Decreased Empathic Performance. Unlocking the metabolic ‘master switch’ to potentially echo exercise effect.

Restoring the human capacity for conserving biodiversity: a social–ecological approach. Experience with family verbal conflict as a child can help in stressful situations as an adult. Darwin 2.0: New theory on speciation, diversity. 40,000-year-old blood brings mammoth cloning closer. Athletes' testosterone surges not tied to winning, study finds. How does the brain react to virtual reality? Study by UCLA neuroscientists provides answer. UFO Aliens Captured, New Photo Evidence Reportedly Shows — Film Dated To 1947, UFO Expert Says. Do dreams occur in slow motion? Music’s Amazing Effect on Long-Term Memory and Mental Abilities In General. Scientists could save thousands with student's DIY microscope. Complex life may be possible in only 10% of all galaxies. Researchers find way to turn sawdust into gasoline.

Declining loneliness among American teenagers. NASA found a way to visualize the most important process behind global warming. Prevalence of Alcohol Dependence Among US Adult Drinkers, 2009–2011 - CDC. Brain training using sounds can help aging brain ignore distractions. Black Holes point to a cosmic clue. Watch This Scientist Climb a Wall in Gecko-Inspired Spider-Man Gloves.

Spooky Alignment of Quasars Across Billions of Light-years. What agricultural 'ecosystems on steroids' are doing to the air. Possible orphan black hole lies just 90 million light-years from Earth. People taught synaesthesia learn to read in colour - life - 18 November 2014. Electric shock study suggests we'd rather hurt ourselves than others. New Research on the Antidepressant-vs.-Placebo Debate. Why Kids With High IQs Are More Likely to Take Drugs. Huge twin study homes in on 'gay genes' - life - 17 November 2014. PsycNET - Display Record.