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How R.E.M. Invented the Nineties With ‘Out of Time’

Rob Sheffield looks back at R.E.M.'s 1991 classic, and how it presaged the entire decade to come.

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EPA's Power Plant Carbon Standards: 10 Questions & Answers

Ten questions and answers about EPA's new carbon pollution standards for America's power plants.

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‘It’s a moral issue,’ Five for Fighting's John Ondrasik says of new pro-Israel anthem

In interview with JI, Ondraskik discusses new single 'OK,' which reckons with the terror of Oct. 7 and the antisemitism unleashed in its wake

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What Would Happen If Everyone Truly Believed Everything Is One?

Research suggests a belief in oneness has broad implications for psychological functioning and compassion for those outside of our immediate circle.

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How Having Synesthesia Helps This Perfumer Create Unique Scents

When perfumer Frédéric Malle experiences a fragrance, he also perceives it as an array of colors. This is what it's like to see — and smell — the world as someone who has synesthesia.

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Every subscription you can cancel by going to the library | Popular Science

From movies to audiobooks: Your local library is a low-key, all-in-one entertainment destination.

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The Moon May Have Never Had a Magnetic Field at All. So What Does This Mean?

For one thing, it helps us better understand how the moon formed as well as its progression over time.

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The 9 Best Places to See the Northern Lights

Our aurora-chasing author knows just where to head. Here are the destinations expected to put on the show of a lifetime this year.

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Addressing equity and ethics in artificial intelligence

Algorithms and humans both contribute to bias in AI, but AI may also hold the power to correct or reverse inequities among humans.

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How many times must you fold a paper to reach the Moon? - Big Think

Each time you fold a piece of paper, you double the paper's thickness. It doesn't take all that long to even reach the Moon.

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What To Say To Get Your Bills Lowered

In this week’s My Two Cents, the Cut’s financial advice columnist Charlotte Cowles gets advice from experts about how to lower your bills, from medical expenses to credit card fees.

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Do Everything Faster With These Keyboard Tricks

Wanna see me cut and paste a large block of text without formatting? Wanna see me do it again?

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7 Countries Where You Can Get a Passport Through Ancestry

Your parents, grandparents, or distant relatives could be your ticket to dual citizenship.

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The iPhone’s Notes App Is the Purest Reflection of Our Messy Existence | WIRED

This deceptively simple app, where we deposit both our grocery lists and our darkest thoughts, is the medium of our time.

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IAA-CSIC: The origin of mysterious green ‘ghosts’ in the sky has been discovered | Science | EL PAÍS English

Engineer María Passas Varo’s team reveals the causes of a strange electrical phenomenon, which draws spectral figures in storms

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Bidenomics is a big hit — but not among US voters heading into the 2024 election - POLITICO

The president's signature climate law, with its massive subsidies and push for domestic manufacturing, has leaders across the UK, Australia and Europe scrambling to follow suit. But American voters seem unimpressed.

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Iconic Star Betelgeuse Will Temporarily Vanish From the Sky Next Week

In a rare cosmic event, an asteroid will eclipse Betelgeuse on December 11, causing a brief but significant disappearance of this bright, red star.

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What the Heck Is a Time Crystal, and Why Are Physicists Obsessed With Them?

Some of today’s quantum physicists are tinkering with an esoteric phase of matter that seems to disobey some of our laws of physics.

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Taylor Swift Played Her Cards Better Than We Could Have Imagined - The Ringer

There’s a universe in which "Taylor’s Versions" amounted to a largely abstract victory while making a mess out of Swift’s catalog. Instead, they’ve put her on track to becoming the most popular artist in the history of streaming music.

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Daylight Saving and the Politics of Time

Why we “fall back” and “spring forward”—and the surprisingly controversial history of clock time.

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What is the shape of space itself? - Big Think

Einstein's theory of general relativity introduced the concept of space having a shape. So, what is the shape of space?

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Russian-speakers struggle to adjust to Israel – this org. helps -opinion - The Jerusalem Post

Shishi Shabbat specializes in aiding olim from former Soviet countries and takes a unique and innovative approach to empowering and strengthening this vulnerable segment of Israel’s population.

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Electrifying your home is about to get a lot cheaper | Grist

Rebates from the IRA could help low- and middle-income households save thousands on heat pumps, weatherstripping, and other efficiency improvements.

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What Even Is Time? An Explainer

Our perception of time is changing constantly. Here’s why—and how to harness the power for good.

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Nearly a fifth of workers say their workplace is toxic: poll | The Hill

Nearly 1 out of 5 employees say their place of work is very or somewhat toxic, according to a poll by the American Psychological Association (APA). “The number of individuals who report experiencing a toxic workplace without protection from harm is trou

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5 Amazing New Discoveries About Light - Nautilus

Invisible cloaks. Ghost imaging. Scientists are manipulating light in ways that were once only science fiction.

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How to Actually Enjoy Your Next Flight. (Or Just Not Hate It.)

Everything you need for a comfortable in-flight experience, from sleep advice to a refresh on passenger rights—and etiquette rules.

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An Enormous Gravity ‘Hum’ Moves Through the Universe | Quanta Magazine

Astronomers have found a background din of exceptionally long-wavelength gravitational waves pervading the cosmos. The cause? Probably supermassive black hole collisions, but more exotic options can’t be ruled out.

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The Man Who Broke Bowling | GQ

Jason Belmonte’s two-handed technique made him an outcast. Then it made him the greatest—and changed the sport forever.

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Astronomers announce major discovery about gravitational waves - The Washington Post

The claim of a gravitational wave background suggests the universe is constantly roiled by violent events that happened over the past 13 billion years.

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Is Physical Law an Alien Intelligence?

Alien life could be so advanced it becomes indistinguishable from physics.

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The Top-Saved Long Reads of 2023 (So Far)

The legacy of the pandemic hand sanitizer boom, an ingenious idea for solving the housing crisis, and more.

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Overfishing Definition, Statistics, Effects and Overfishing Solutions

Overfishing has depleted one third of the world's fish populations. This harms not only fish, but entire ecosystems and the people that rely on them.

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‘Overemployed’ Hustlers Exploit ChatGPT To Take On Even More Full-Time Jobs

"ChatGPT does like 80 percent of my job," said one worker. Another is holding the line at four robot-performed jobs. "Five would be overkill," he said.

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How to Tell If a Photo Is an AI-Generated Fake - Scientific American

Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.

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Sales of heat pumps are rising. We answer your heat pump questions. : NPR

Sales of super-efficient electric heat pumps are rising in the U.S. But what are heat pumps? And why do some call them a key climate solution?

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Six Verbs That Make You Sound Weak (No Matter Your Job Title)

Sometimes it’s the smallest words and phrases that shape how you’re perceived around the office. Here are a few to watch out for at every level.

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As Millions of Solar Panels Age Out, Recyclers Hope to Cash In - Yale E360

Solar panels have a lifespan of 25 to 30 years, but they contain valuable metals, including silver and copper. With a surge of expired panels expected soon, companies are emerging that seek to recycle the reusable materials and keep the panels out of land

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The Evolutionary Mystery of Left-Handedness

From Medieval sword-fighters to Broca’s brains, or why the hand may hold the key to the link between creativity and mental illness.

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How to Stop Being Late

If you don’t have a late friend, you are the late friend. Here’s how to be on time.

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The ‘Very Special Episodes’ on TV That Actually Changed People’s Lives

Back when it was edgy for sitcoms to take on serious topics, they really impacted some kids’ understanding of real-life issues.

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How to learn touch typing and use the home row - The Verge

It’s never too late to learn touch typing so you never have to awkwardly hunt and peck your way around a keyboard. With some practice using these accessible tools and games, you can learn to type faster without looking at the keys.

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How Our Reality May Be a Sum of All Possible Realities - Nautilus

Richard Feynman’s path integral is both a powerful prediction machine and a philosophy about how the world is. But physicists are still struggling to figure out how to use it, and what it means.

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2 Cast Iron Skillet Tips for Beginners

I wish I knew these simple yet game-changing tips before I bought my cast iron skillet.

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The Reincarnated

A young woman is embraced by her remote village as the reincarnated spirit of a soldier killed in war — until a professor obsessed with proving life after death shows up from America to test her claim.

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Photo Gallery: 21 of Vivienne Westwood’s Most Iconic Fashion Looks – Rolling Stone

Here are some of Vivienne Westwood's most memorable looks and outfits, seen on celebrity friends, models, musicians and the designer herself

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Walt Whitman on What Makes Life Worth Living

“Tone your wants and tastes low down enough, and make much of negatives, and of mere daylight and the skies.”

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The Problem With ‘Hey Guys’

A broad coalition of English speakers—teachers, retail workers, ice-cream scoopers, and plenty of others—is grasping for a more inclusive greeting.

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How to Take Better Notes for Information Retention

Educational psychologist Kenneth Kiewra has some advice to help you retain and remember more.

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The Fatal Hike That Became a Nazi Propaganda Coup

In 1936, a school group from south London went on a hike in the Black Forest. Despite the heroic rescue attempts of German villagers, five boys died. Over eighty years on, locals are still asking how it happened.

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A Brief History of Pickles

From ancient Mesopotamia to New York deli counters, pickles have played a vital role in the global culinary scene. But where do pickles come from, and how did the cucumber become the standard-issue pickling vegetable in the States?

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Designing The Future | Atmos

For a growing number of visionary designers, the future of fashion is interwoven with biology.

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Why you should really stop charging your phone overnight | ZDNet

Do you plug in your phone every night right before you go to bed? Here's what you should be doing instead.

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How to Digitize Old Photos (We Compared 3 Top Photo Scanning Apps and a Scanner) | WIRED

Bring old memories back to life by digitizing your old photos. We tested three popular photo scanning apps against a scanner.

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How a near-death experience could change the way you live : NPR

When Randy Schiefer was hospitalized with COVID-19, he wasn't sure he would survive. Now, he looks back at that experience as the most important thing that has ever happened to him.

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Will SCOTUS Apply Its Political Corruption Ruling To Itself?

It takes hubris befitting a king for the US Supreme Court to rule, on the eve of celebrating the Declaration of Independence, our founding screed against political corruption, that a jury cannot convict a governor for taking $177,000 in loans and favors f

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How the TSA created two classes of travelers

Nilay Patel speaks with the TSA’s chief innovation officer, Dan McCoy, about airport surveillance, security lines, and what we surrender when we sign up for PreCheck

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How to Tell When It’s Time to Quit Your Job to Protect Your Mental Health

Not sure whether or not you should quit your job in order to protect your mental health? Here’s how to tell when it’s time to let go, according to an expert.

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What are nurdles? The petrochemical product is infiltrating the environment. - Vox

Nurdles are the second-largest source of ocean microplastics. Nobody’s responsible for cleaning them up.

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Why Americans Are Leaving Downtowns in Droves - The Atlantic

The rise of remote work has snipped the tether between home and office, allowing many white-collar workers to move out of high-cost cities.

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Is Consciousness Everywhere?

Experience is in unexpected places, including in all animals, large and small, and perhaps even in brute matter itself.

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The US Refuses to Fall in Love With Electric Cars | WIRED

As China and Europe lead the race to make electric vehicles mainstream, America lags behind. This is a problem.

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Remember People’s Names Once and for All — by Using This Technique From Memory Champs

Take the strategy employed by memory athletes to memorize decks of cards and thousands of digits of pi, and adapt it to get over stranger-name forgetfulness.

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2021 was the year clean energy finally faced its mining problem - The Verge

Climate pledges are driving an enormous hunger for lithium, cobalt, and critical minerals that are used in everything from EV batteries to wind turbines. 2021 was a big year for the new clean energy mining boom.

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11 epic scientific mysteries researchers totally can’t solve - Vox

What is the universe made out of? When did the anus evolve? Can humans live to 150 years old? And more!

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The Future of Work: Shorter Hours, Longer Careers - The Atlantic

Humans may soon live to be 100, which likely means more years on the job. That could be a good thing, if we take the opportunity to redesign work.

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When the Myth of Voter Fraud Comes for You - The Atlantic

To support the Republican narrative that our elections are rife with misconduct, someone needs to take the fall.

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How Brains Seamlessly Switch between Languages - Scientific American

Scientific American is the essential guide to the most awe-inspiring advances in science and technology, explaining how they change our understanding of the world and shape our lives.

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Jupiter's Great Red Spot is deeper than we thought, NASA Juno spacecraft finds : NPR

NASA's Juno spacecraft sweeps over Jupiter's Great Red Spot and makes a 3D map of the giant storm. The findings could shed light on gas giant exoplanets in distant solar systems.

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How American Billionaires Like Phil Knight Pass Wealth to Heirs Tax-Free

Phil Knight is one of many America billionaires giving fortunes to family while avoiding billions in U.S. taxes. Here’s how.

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The dark side of wellness: the overlap between spiritual thinking and far-right conspiracies | Health & wellbeing |

Extreme right-wing views and the wellness community are not an obvious pairing, but ‘conspirituality’ is increasingly pervasive. How did it all become so toxic? By Eva Wiseman

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What is Mercury in Retrograde, and Why Do We Blame Things On It?

Yes, Mercury will appear to move backwards. No, that doesn’t mean your electronics or your relationships will fail.

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Why CAPTCHA Pictures Are So Unbearably Depressing | by Clive Thompson | Aug, 2021 | OneZero

Part of it is the sheer hassle of repeatedly identifying objects — traffic lights, staircases, palm trees and buses — just so I can finish a web search. I also don’t like being forced to donate free…

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What Is Consciousness? Is the Universe Conscious? - Theories

Some scientists believe the universe is conscious. Sounds like a bad trip ... but what if it's true? 

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LGBTQ Youth Suicide Prevention (Inside Mental Health Podcast)

Did you to know that the risk of suicide among LGBTQ youth is almost 4 times higher than for non-LGTBQ youth? Listen to this podcast to learn more from the Trevor Project.

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Advice on Learning a New Language From People Who Speak Up to 16

Anyone can learn a new language, no matter their age. Simply follow this expert advice down the sweet-talking path to success.

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A Child’s Puzzle Has Helped Unlock the Secrets of Magnetism

People have known about magnets since ancient times, but the physics of ferromagnetism remains a mystery. Now a familiar puzzle is getting physicists closer to the answer.

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Your Brain Doesn't Work the Way You Think It Does

A conversation with neuroscientist Lisa Feldman Barrett on the counterintuitive ways your mind processes reality—and why understanding that might help you feel a little less anxious.

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Musings On Music: Seven Insights From Psychology – Research Digest

By Emma Young. New research is revealing all manner of psychological and neurological effects of music.

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Why Are Memories Attached to Emotions So Strong? | Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Multiple neurons in the brain must fire in synchrony to create persistent memories tied to intense emotions, new research from Columbia neuroscientists has found.

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Handgun ownership is a 'major risk factor' for suicide

Owning a handgun is linked to a significantly higher risk of suicide, and particularly suicide by firearm, according to a large study in the New England Journal of Medicine.

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Planning for Life Post-Pandemic — Lemonade To Lace

Hey y’all. I hope you’re all staying safe and healthy during these times. In an effort to keep myself busy I’ve been sharing with you how I’m passing the time while self-quarantining - blogging is a great creative outlet! My favorite part of the d

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Hand-Mind Discoordination: Study Finds You Really Don't Know The Back Of Your Hand Very Well At All - Study Finds

The old saying goes if you know something well, you know it "like the back of your hand." But a new study finds that you likely don't know your hands very well at all.

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A brain glitch? A sign of quantum entanglement? What science says about déjà vu | Aeon Videos

Roughly two-thirds of people have had déjà vu, or the weird feeling that a new situation has been experienced before. Yet its prevalence belies just how mysterious the phenomenon remains to researchers, despite some extraordinary recent leaps in neurosc

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Honing What You Love to Do Will Give You a Chance to Succeed at Work

“People often succeed because they have a set of various skills that don’t normally go together.”

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How Much Does Our Language Determine Behavior? - David Shariatmadari - Behavioral Scientist

In his latest book, Don't Believe a Word, David Shariatmadari explores how the language we speak impacts the way we see the world, and our behavior in it.

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To Achieve Your Goals, Lump and Slice - By Lee Anne Fennell - Behavioral Scientist

Humans are remarkably sensitive to how we bundle and divide tasks and choices. We can use that quirk to help realize our aspirations.

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Podcasts | Dr. Dyan

Podcasts on self hypnosis, the best sleep tips, favorite ways to help insomnia, alleviate anxiety, mind body healing, self care, and mindfulness

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A New Way of Tapping into Gratitude to Light Your Way

Gratitude benefits us and those around us. Read a simple, new way to connect with gratitude to lift you up and light your path forward.

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Clean Your Smart Phone! It's Covered in Germs

A new survey of 1,200 Americans and their cleaning habits finds that one in four (23%) have never cleaned their smartphone.

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The Past, Present and Future Are Subjective

By Emma Young. When people see the future as coming sooner, they make more far-sighted choices, the study finds.

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Interesting Research into What the "Present" Means

By Emma Young. When people see the future as coming sooner, they make more far-sighted choices, the study finds.

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Maps of Water, Crops, and Coasts Reveal the Truth About Human and Earth Interactions

To our detriment, if we continue on current trajectories, and global modelling shows just how. Natalie Parletta reports.

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No, Evolution Is Not Always Dog-Eat-Dog

Violence has been the sire of all the world’s values,” wrote poet Robinson Jeffers in 1940. “What but the wolf’s tooth whittled…

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Here's Some Ways to Help the Planet and Your Wallet

An estimated one-third of all the food produced in the world goes to waste. Food waste is both a humanitarian concern and drives climate change. Here are some tips to prevent food waste. 

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Scientists Find Different Thoughts Produce Different Sound Frequencies

Synchronised brainwaves may explain our ability to rapidly analyse information, allowing us to think through options before the right one is laid down as a memory

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Here's How Déjà Vu Works

Feelings of déjà vu and premonition seem spooky, but when we understand the common tricks our memory plays on us, there’s nothing unusual about these experiences.

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Your Brain Stops Time When You Blink – Research Digest

By Emma Young. The study raises all kinds of fascinating questions for future research to investigate.

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7 money mistakes millionaires like Warren Buffett and Bill Gates avoid

If you want to reach millionaire status, the most important thing you can do is to learn from the likes of the super wealthy, from Bill Gates to Eric Schmidt to Warren Buffett. Here are seven things you'll never find them doing, and how you can apply thei

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Must Have Travel Tools

I’m really looking forward to our travels abroad this summer, so several weeks ago I started the whole planning process. I got so many great sightseeing and restaurant tips from dear friends, which in turn got me really excited! I love the idea of trave

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These 10 Steve Jobs Quotes Will Inspire You to Follow Your Dreams

The Apple co-founder’s creativity, passion, and attention to detail might just ignite yours.

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Low Self-Control When for Online Sales Relates to High Risk For Cybercrime

If you've got low self-control, there's a good chance you'll fall victim to cybercrime, a recent study out of Michigan State University finds.

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Science around trauma and memory shifting how police respond to victims

Police are now learning to accommodate include fragmented memories, dissociation and a kind of involuntary paralysis known as “tonic immobility.”

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Banksy painting shreds itself moments after being sold for $1.4 million at London auction

The 'Girl with Balloon' painting by artist and prankster Banksy appeared to self-destruct after selling for $1.4 million at a Sotheby's auction in London.

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Heather Heying: Free Speech on Campus

Heather Heying at the US Department of Justice forum on Free Speech on College Campuses - 9/17/2018. Help support Heather's work on patreon: https://www.patr...

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Frightening Number Of Parents Text, Check Social Media While Driving - With Kids In Tow - Study Finds

Distracted driving causes about one in four traffic-related deaths and injuries. A statistic like that should make people, particularly parents, want to put that cell phone away while driving. But do they?

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Letters Of Recommendation May Actually Hurt Female Applicants' Job Prospects - Study Finds

As if landing an interview wasn't hard enough, women face another surprising challenge when they apply for jobs. The coveted letters of recommendation applicants hope will open interview doors may actually do more harm than good for female applicants, a r

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Meet the Rosehip Neuron: A Newly Discovered Cell in the Human Brain | Smart News | Smithsonian

The neuron is not found within lab mice, possibly explaining why mouse studies often do not translate to human brains

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Why Do Mosquitos Bite Some People More Than Others?

Blood type, metabolism, exercise, shirt color and even drinking beer can make individuals especially delicious to mosquitoes

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The Hiker’s Guide to Leaving No Trace . . . and in One Piece | NRDC

How to be responsible, pee responsibly, and handle animal encounters when you’re out in the wild, communing with nature.

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What to Do If You Get Sick on Vacation

A guide to getting well in another country, when you don’t have the comforts of home, don’t speak the language, and don’t know the local health-care system.

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The Unexpected Word That Shows Up on Every Hacked-Password List

Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.