University offers course to help students deal with eco-anxiety North Devon grassland to become largest created in UK Drinking tea may reduce risk of early death, says new study People who walk faster are reaping health benefits, say experts ‘Wonky’ dog who couldn’t stand on bent legs competes in ...

A groundbreaking new study has shown how you can increase muscle growth while spending half the amount of time in the gym. The study, authored by Edith Cowan University professor Ken Nosaka, found that eccentric muscle contractions – the contractions that occur when a muscle is lengthened as the weight ...

Our planet is the only place in the Universe known to harbor life, and from the microscopic to the gargantuan, it is positively teeming with it. Yet despite life’s ubiquity, we still aren’t certain where exactly it began. Looking at the chemical makeup of life, we can surmise that ...

Kieran Setiya teaches philosophy at MIT, working mainly in ethics, epistemology, and the philosophy of mind. He is the author of Practical Knowledge, Reasons without Rationalism, Knowing Right From Wrong, and Life is Hard.

Entangled drums Entangled people Quantum mechanics and the nature of reality This is the fourth article in a four-part series on quantum entanglement. In the first, we discussed the basics of quantum entanglement. We then discussed how quantum entanglement can be used practically in communications and sensing. In this ...

The many expressions of spirituality Secular and atheist churches Digital spirituality According to a recent Pew Center report, American Christianity remains in a nearly three-decade decline. Responding as “none” or “unaffiliated” on religious surveys, people increasingly identify as humanists, atheists, agnostics, or simply spiritual. If current trends continue, by ...

The following is an excerpt adapted from Life is Hard: How Philosophy Can Help Us Find Our Way, written by Kieran Setiya and published by Riverhead Books. For more than seventy years, we’ve been warned about a looming epidemic of loneliness, from David Riesman’s The Lonely Crowd in 1950 to The ...

Water is a fascinating substance. It readily manifests on Earth in the three most common states of matter: solid (ice), liquid (water), and gas (water vapor). The physicists and chemists who study the various states of matter plot them on a chart known as a phase diagram. A generic ...

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From a scientific perspective, some of the greatest existential questions that have puzzled humans since the dawn of civilization have, at long last, finally been answered. For as long as we’ve been telling stories, we’ve wondered about questions such as: What is the Universe? Where did it come from? ...

Adding an extra plant to your takeaway, buying a new fruit or vegetable each week and enjoying a cup of tea or coffee in the morning are three of the five ‘micro habits’ you should incorporate to help prepare your gut for party season, a doctor has claimed. Leading Harley ...

Essam is a psychiatrist and psychoanalytic psychotherapist who grew up in Israel in a small Arab Palestinian village in the Galilee. He specialized in child and adolescent psychiatry and graduated from psychoanalytic school. In 2015, he flew to Greece for a humanitarian rescue mission where he co-founded Humanity Crew ...

Guy Snodgrass is the CEO of Defense Analytics, a national security and foreign policy strategic advisory firm specializing in strategy development, government policy, and technology adoption. Recognized as an influential national security and foreign policy expert, Snodgrass recently published his first book, Holding the Line, to incredibly positive reviews. ...

Neutrinos are, in many ways, the most difficult species of known particle to detect at all. Produced wherever nuclear reactions or radioactive decays occur, you’d have to make a lead barrier that was approximately a light-year thick to have a 50/50 shot of stopping a neutrino in motion. Although ...

The plan was crazy. Six months after being blasted into interplanetary space, the robot rover Opportunity screamed toward the red planet, with no intention of slowing down or easing into orbit. Instead, the $400 million probe dove straight in, using the thin layer of gases Mars calls an atmosphere ...

Active viral genes in the human genome The role of HERVs in human health and disease Unknowns remain Remnants of ancient viral pandemics in the form of viral DNA sequences embedded in our genomes are still active in healthy people, according to new research my colleagues and I recently ...

Why people overspend How to spot overspending How to stop overspending Compulsive buying and overspending can harm one’s financial well-being, but it doesn’t have to be crippling. It also doesn’t have to be a source of shame. Addressing the core reasons for your overspending and learning some basic money ...

The realistic prospect of nuclear war Nuclear winter A wasteland of microbes and scorpions Would any life remain on Earth after a total nuclear war? Yes. Life on our planet is extremely resilient. We’ve been through many mass extinctions before, some of which were probably comparable in severity to ...

Photograph: Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA Tim Spector, an epidemiologist and co-founder of the ZOE nutrition study, wants to change the way people think about food. His 2015 book The Diet Myth popularised the idea that each of us has a unique and constantly changing gut microbiome that is crucial to our ...

It’s autumn in the Northern Hemisphere – otherwise known as leaf-peeping season. Now is when people head outside to soak up the annual display of orange, red and yellow foliage painted across the landscape. But mixed among those bright, colorful patches are some trees that stay steadfastly green. Why ...

Today I want to pay tribute to my mentors, those rare people who came into my life and selflessly shared their wisdom and time. Mentors can have a huge impact on your personal and professional path — sometimes they even redirect your goals and expectations. A good mentor may ...

10 cost-effective employee training programs 2. In-house coaching 6. Book clubs 7. Internal blogs 10. Video-based learning During times of economic uncertainty, the budget for employee training programs is one of the first to be cut. At the same time, the need for learning and development has never been ...

Intelligence tests What’s IQ good for? Not fit for purpose Best bird competition Long ago, when the rocks were young and the winds were new, a Nightingale, a Peacock, and a Falcon gathered together to decide which one was best. “Let us sing a beautiful song,” the Nightingale said, ...

Universe expansion: A rubber band analogy The Hubble tension What explains the Hubble tension? The universe is expanding. This is a well-established fact and one that scientists have known for nearly a century. It was first proposed by Russian physicist Alexander Friedmann in 1922 and again independently in 1927 ...

Dr. Michael Shermer is the publisher of Skeptic magazine, the host of The Michael Shermer Show, and a Presidential Fellow at Chapman University.

What causes rheumatoid arthritis? Why this bacteria? The future of rheumatoid arthritis treatment Rheumatoid arthritis affects 1 in 100 people worldwide. It causes inflamed, painful and swollen joints, often in the hands and wrists, and can lead to loss of joint function as well as chronic pain and joint ...

Most of us experience a worsening in memory and other mental abilities as we get older. A minority of people are resilient to the effects of aging, however. These so-called “SuperAgers” retain their cognitive abilities well into old age and even outperform people who are decades younger than them ...

Excerpted and adapted from Conspiracy: Why the Rational Believe the Irrational. Johns Hopkins University Press. ©Michael Shermer, 2022. Reprinted with permission of the publisher. In 1997 I appeared on the late G. Gordon Liddy’s radio talk show while on a media tour for my first book, Why People Believe ...

Medical researchers have connected a painful condition to diabetes. Getty Images/iStockphoto A condition that keeps people from straightening out their fingers has been connected to diabetes. “Trigger finger,” as it’s called, is when one or more fingers — often a thumb or ring finger — get bent into the ...

John Lubbock is an investigative journalist and filmmaker from London.

A (rushed) history of Rushdie Blame the victim Faux outrage A convenient bogeyman The moral of the story Salman Rushdie has reemerged following an assassination attempt in August of this year. The attack left him blinded in one eye and without the use of one of his hands. Free ...

Right now, at this very moment, the total amount of entropy contained within the observable Universe is greater than it’s ever been before. Tomorrow’s entropy will be even greater, while yesterday, the entropy wasn’t quite as great as it is today. With each passing moment, inevitably, the Universe inches ...

The scary clown has become a horror staple. Featuring Art the Clown as the main villain, Damien Leone’s new film “Terrifier 2” is so gruesome that there are reports of viewers vomiting and passing out in the theater. And every Halloween, you’ll see vicious clowns stalking haunted house attractions ...

This article was first published on Big Think in October 2018. It was updated in October 2022. Halloween is upon us. The leaves are fading in certain parts of the land and nightfall creeps into the day’s domain. It’s the time of the season where spectral guests are afoot ...

DENMARK-Although being vital to life on Earth, the magnetic field is not something we can see or hear. However, researchers at the Technical University of Denmark have turned magnetic signals detected by ESA’s Swarm satellite program into sound – and the result is very frightening for something that should protect ...

How snails saved Taiwan Laws of human action Continuity versus contingency History by numbers Sometime around 193 B.C., the celebrated Roman general Scipio Africanus led a delegation from the Eternal City to modern-day Syria to tell its king, Antiochus III, to stay out of Greece. For the first time ...

Picking your nose may be connected to diseases like dementia, new research has found. Getty Images/iStockphoto Don’t go digging for gold in your golden years. New research suggests that picking your nose could increase your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Bacteria can travel through the nasal ...

Dr. Marc Milstein specializes in taking the leading science research on brain health and presents it in a way that entertains, educates, and empowers his audience to live better. His presentations provide science-based solutions to keep the brain healthy, boost productivity, and maximize longevity. He earned both his PhD ...

Looming over Earth lies a great extinction-level threat: asteroid impacts. Earth, as well as all planets and moons with rocky surfaces, has experienced a large number of collisions from objects of extraterrestrial origin. Any impact that’s massive and energetic enough, in principle as well as in practice, could cause ...

Future slaves The reverse Turing test The wrong side of history In 2010, the EU issued a legal directive entitled, “On the protection of animals used for scientific purposes.” It outlines and explains which animals ought to have certain protections, and it mandates that 27 EU states must follow ...

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Supercontinent cycles New tectonic modeling Australia takes center stage “It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” If there’s one Yogi Berra quote that geologists should frame and hang in their office, this is it. But the warning will go unheeded. Those rock-huggers just can’t resist the urge ...

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It’s not really 137 α appears everywhere The Eddington Number Math isn’t magic Popular science coverage of theoretical physics frequently fantasizes over the fraction 1/137. PBS Space Time mused about it for 20 minutes. NewScientist hyperbolically called it “the answer to life, the universe, and everything.” Numerologists, including religious ...

Dr. Becky Kennedy is a clinical psychologist, mom of three, and founder of Good Inside. Her goal is to empower parents to feel sturdier and manage the challenges of parenting through mindfulness, emotion regulation, and internal family systems theory. She lives in New York City and can be found ...

Excerpted from GOOD INSIDE: A Guide to Becoming the Parent You Want to Be by Becky Kennedy. Copyright © 2022 by Dr. Becky Kennedy. Published by Harper Wave, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. Used with permission. All rights reserved. “My kids should be happier than they are,” a mother ...

Changing sizes Potential solutions The Wyoming Rule As the population of the U.S. has grown over the past century, the House of Representatives has gotten worse at being representative of the people it serves. That doesn’t have to happen – and it wasn’t always the case. The House is ...

Literal optical illusions Physiological optical illusions Cognitive optical illusions You see an old woman, but the person next to you sees a young one. Dots that are really stationary appear to move when you start to lose focus. Two colors you’d swear are different turn out to be identical ...

Shoulders of giants The social foundation of knowledge Uncritical thinking skills When we open a book, we open the past. In reading, we enter the mind of someone from long ago, and often long dead. Literacy is what has allowed the transmission of knowledge through the ages. When I ...

Over the past few years, people suffering from treatment-resistant depression have increasingly turned to ketamine, a recreational “club” drug currently classified as Schedule III by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, to assuage the sadness, anxiety, fatigue, and other debilitating symptoms commonly associated with the disorder. And ketamine does seem ...

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Matthew W. Johnson, Ph.D., is The Susan Hill Ward Endowed Professor of Psychedelics and Consciousness Research at Johns Hopkins. Working with psychedelics since 2004, he is one of the world’s most widely published experts on psychedelics. He has published research on psychedelics and mystical experience, personality change, tobacco smoking ...

Most of us have nightmares occasionally, but a small minority of adults have more than one per week, and this is deemed pathological. Nightmare disorder, also known as dream anxiety disorder, affects an estimated 4% of adults, and not only disrupts sleep but also impacts daytime functioning. Nightmare disorder ...

It’s truly a marvel how quickly our understanding of the Universe advanced during the 20th century. At the start of the 1900s, we were only beginning to uncover the quantum nature of reality, hadn’t yet moved beyond the confines of Newtonian gravity, and had no notion of the existence ...

Grin and wear it. Putting on “a happy face” brightens a person’s mood because moving facial muscles can influence emotions, according to a new study. Stanford University researchers found that people who mimicked smiling photographs or pulled their mouths towards their ears felt a “noticeable increase in happiness,” according to ...

The conflict between science and religion is an old story. It goes all the way back to Galileo, who faced the Inquisition for his heretical view that the Earth went around the Sun, and not the other way round. In its modern incarnation,the conflict tilts around Christian Fundamentalism and ...

Asutosh is a senior partner and the managing partner for McKinsey in North America, leading the firm across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. He also serves as part of McKinsey’s 15-person global leadership team, and is a member of McKinsey’s Shareholders Council, the firm’s equivalent to a board ...

The evolution of the art market Following the money The next big thing Many philosophers, not to mention artists, believe art has some kind of intrinsic value. They argue that works of art should be considered valuable in and of themselves because of aesthetic and conceptual qualities that exist ...

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A National Geographic magazine staff writer for three decades, Ann R. Williams has B.A. in Classical and Near Eastern archaeology from Bryn Mawr College, and an M.A. in West Asian archaeology with a minor in Egyptology from the University of Toronto. She specializes in writing about the ancient world ...

Myth #1: Manufacturing is dying Myth #2: It’s dirty and boring Myth #3: It’s not profitable Myth #4: The future is only services and tech Myth #5: Automation will be the death of manufacturing jobs The following is an essay written by David Ebenstein and Asutosh Padhi, authors of THE ...

From TREASURES OF EGYPT by Ann R. Williams. Reprinted with permission of National Geographic Books, a division of Disney Publishing Worldwide. Copyright © 2022 by Ann R. Williams. The year 2022 marks two key anniversaries in the world of Egyptology: A century ago, on November 4, 1922, the crew ...

How do we experience fear? How do we learn the difference? Why do some people enjoy being scared? Why do some people not enjoy being scared? What are disorders of fear? Fear may be as old as life on Earth. It is a fundamental, deeply wired reaction, evolved over ...

All across the Universe, whenever massive amounts of molecular material gather in one location, gravitation works to collapse them, triggering the formation of new stars. Inside these dusty, gas-rich regions, typically found in large spiral galaxies just like our Milky Way, a great three-way cosmic race occurs between: the ...

The first writers look to the skies Global gods and goddesses of writing Enter the patron saints Objects charged with power What makes a writer? Ann Patchett, who has written eight novels and five books of nonfiction, says that when faced with writer’s block, sometimes it seems that the ...

During the summer between high school and college, proud science geek as I was, I split my time between playing beach volleyball and reading the Feynman Lectures on Physics, a classic college physics textbook. Right at the beginning of Richard Feynman’s phenomenal text, in volume 1, lecture 2, I ...

Antidepressants and the placebo effect 4 promising interventions No fixed path for healing PTSD Despite humankind’s intimate familiarity with tragedy and disaster, the concept of trauma has long confounded us. Throughout history, we’ve often attributed trauma’s toll to either a character flaw (the “cowardice” of shell-shocked soldiers) or a ...

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