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  • Brain scanning the deceased

    Mind Hacks
    vaughanbell
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:21 am
    I’ve got an article in The Observer about how, a little surprisingly, the dead are becoming an increasing focus for brain scanning studies. I first discussed this curious corner of neuroscience back in 2007 but a recent Neuroskeptic post reminded me of the area and I decided to check in on how it’s progressing. It turns out that brain scanning the dead is becoming increasingly common in research and medicine and the article looks at how the science is progressing. Crucially, it’s helping us better understand ourselves in both life and death. For thousands of years, direct…
  • 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games

    The Big Picture
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Young athletes from around the globe are competing in more than two dozen events in Nanjing, China. The event created by the International Olympic Committee includes traditional opening and closing ceremonies that wrap up on Aug. 28. Many of these same competitors will be vying for spots to represent their countries in Brazil at the 2016 Summer Olympics. --Lloyd Young (25 photos total) Chun Yin Ryan Choi of Hong Kong (left) and Andrzej Rzadkowski of Poland compete in the Women's Sabre Individual Final on day three of the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at the Nanjing International…
  • Tea for Two

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    Toxel.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Unique tea set designed by Sebastian Errazuriz for you and your other half. Creative mug is separated into two equal halves with their own handles. Drink tea / coffee and have intimate conversations with another person. Made out of porcelain. Set includes two cups and one plate. [order] Also check out: Muffin Top Cupcakes and Breakfast Sandwich Maker
  • 21 Problems Only People With Asthma Will Understand

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    20 Aug 2014 | 8:31 pm
    “It ain’t easy bein’ wheezy.” After everyone read Lord of the Flies, EVERYONE started saying "sucks to your assmar" to you. If I hear that one more time... Columbia Pictures / Via quickmeme.com High altitudes are your worst enemy. hollywoodassistants.tumblr.com People have called you "Lil Wheezy" or "Puff Daddy." Gee, thanks... instagram.com You will always lose competitions where people hold their breaths. AMC View Entire List ›
  • How Can I Focus Better?

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    Chris Brogan
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    The strangest of moments can bring you insights. I’ll tell you that for sure. Do you see the picture that accompanies this post? That was moments after winning a silly competition where I had to use a piece of uncooked spaghetti to spear six ziti noodles without using any hands. How did I accomplish this faster than my competitors? Well, that’s where the insight came in. How Can I Focus Better? In that moment, my brain-chatter was intense: “I don’t want to be here. Why did I say yes to this? This is stupid? I’m going to LOOK stupid. Wow, I’m very shaky. My…
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    The Big Picture

  • 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Young athletes from around the globe are competing in more than two dozen events in Nanjing, China. The event created by the International Olympic Committee includes traditional opening and closing ceremonies that wrap up on Aug. 28. Many of these same competitors will be vying for spots to represent their countries in Brazil at the 2016 Summer Olympics. --Lloyd Young (25 photos total) Chun Yin Ryan Choi of Hong Kong (left) and Andrzej Rzadkowski of Poland compete in the Women's Sabre Individual Final on day three of the Nanjing 2014 Summer Youth Olympic Games at the Nanjing International…
  • Pope Francis in South Korea

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Pope Francis wrapped up the first papal visit to Asia in 15 years, urging the divided Koreas to reject suspicion and confrontation and unite as "one family, one people." Francis spent five days in South Korea, meeting some of the country's five million Catholics. Note: if you're interested in the Pope, please check out our upcoming sister site, Crux: Covering all things Catholic. --Thea Breite (23 photos total) Pope Francis and South Korean President Park Geun-hye inspect South Korean honor guards during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential Blue House on August 14, 2014 in Seoul, South…
  • Ferguson Protests

    16 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    There have been a week of protests, some peaceful and some violent, since the shooting death of Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager by a white police officer in Ferguson, Mo. The unrest prompted Governor Jay Nixon to declare a state of emergency on Saturday an implement a curfew in the St. Louis suburb. Tensions had flared Friday after police released the name of the officer who fatally shot Brown and named the teen as a suspect in a convenience store robbery that occurred shortly before he was shot. --Lloyd Young (25 photos total) Demonstrators raise their hands and chant "hands up,…
  • Supermoon photographs from around the world

    11 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    There’s something about moons and photographers. So when supermoons appear, it tends to bring out the best of them from all over the world, scoping out the best location to make a dramatic photograph. A supermoon occurs when the moon, which orbits Earth in a slightly elliptical trajectory, is at the absolute closest it can get while also being full. Yesterday’s supermoon did not disappoint. --Thea Breite (15 photos total) Penha Church in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Daily life: July 2014

    5 Aug 2014 | 9:04 pm
    A look at selection of images depicting daily life around the world in the month of July. --Leanne Burden Seidel (26 photos total) A man practices capoeira, a Brazilian form of martial arts, on the Futuro beach in Fortaleza, Brazil, Wednesday, July 2. Fortaleza is one of many cities hosting World Cup soccer matches this month. (Felipe Dana/Associated Press)
 
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    Toxel.com

  • Tea for Two

    Toxel.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Unique tea set designed by Sebastian Errazuriz for you and your other half. Creative mug is separated into two equal halves with their own handles. Drink tea / coffee and have intimate conversations with another person. Made out of porcelain. Set includes two cups and one plate. [order] Also check out: Muffin Top Cupcakes and Breakfast Sandwich Maker
  • Makeup Art by Laura Jenkinson

    Toxel.com
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Wonderful and creative artworks painted on human faces by London based makeup artist Laura Jenkinson. Lips, mouth, and face transformed with makeup into beloved characters from Disney, Pixar, and other popular animated movies. Genie Pumbaa Olaf Popeye Monsters Inc. Mickey Mouse Bugs Bunny Minion from Despicable Me Alien from Toy Story Nemo Dori Sebastian Lumiere Chip Potts Stewie Griffin Timon Mr. Potato Head Mario Winnie The Pooh South Park Hey Arnold! SpongeBob SquarePants Seal Pluto Shrek Stitch Cow Tasmanian Devil Also check out: Animals Painted [...]
  • Trampe Bicycle Lift

    Toxel.com
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Innovative elevator in Trondheim, Norway pushes and transports people on bicycles to the top of a steep hill. Simply place your right foot on the footplate and press the start button. Trampe bicycle lift will push you to the top. Designed for cyclists. Also check out: Laser Bike Lane and Pedal Powered Workstation
  • Pancake Art

    Toxel.com
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    American teacher Nathan Shields makes creative pancakes for his children. Talented pancake artist transforms ordinary breakfast food into animals, recognizable fictional characters, and unique works of edible art. Olaf Pancake Pancake Sharks Oscar Pancake Disney Mickey Mouse Pancake Star Wars Pancakes Bart Simpson Pancake Halloween Pumpkin Pancakes Pancake Robots Skull and Crossbones Pancakes Pokemon Pancakes Nintendo Pancakes Pancake Tree House Angry Birds Pancakes Also check out: Breakfast Sandwich Maker and [...]
  • Portable Grill

    Toxel.com
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Innovative barbecue grill with notebook inspired design can be folded flat to one inch for easy storage and transportation. Notebook Grill allows people to cook delicious meat in any location. Made out of high quality heat resistant steel. [order] Notebook Grill Also check out: Darth Vader Toaster and Barbecue Grill Table
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  • 21 Problems Only People With Asthma Will Understand

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:31 pm
    “It ain’t easy bein’ wheezy.” After everyone read Lord of the Flies, EVERYONE started saying "sucks to your assmar" to you. If I hear that one more time... Columbia Pictures / Via quickmeme.com High altitudes are your worst enemy. hollywoodassistants.tumblr.com People have called you "Lil Wheezy" or "Puff Daddy." Gee, thanks... instagram.com You will always lose competitions where people hold their breaths. AMC View Entire List ›
  • This Is The Best Three-Panel Comic About Dog Philosophy You've Ever Seen

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    With thanks to Three Panel Soul . Dogs. Renowned for being somewhat derpy. imgur.com But what if... derpy-dogs.tumblr.com ...it's not quite that simple? threepanelsoul.com View Entire List ›
  • 15 Mesmerizing GIFs That Will Distract You From Reality

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:16 pm
    What’s that? You have things to do? Not anymore. Blink really fast while looking at this. What it is: Quasicrystals as sums of waves in the plane, as this blog explains. main is usually a function / Via science.tumblr.com These dots look like a happy version of a printer test page. What it is: Subtractive color theory, or CMYK dots, which are used in color printing. David Whyte / Via beesandbombs.tumblr.com This ball don't quit. What it is: The Penrose triangle, also known as an impossible triangle. Via trigonometry-is-my-bitch.tumblr.com Did you know physics is like scientific…
  • Then Vs. Now: The Cast Of "Dawson's Creek"

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Oh how the years fly by … Warner Bros/Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images Columbia Tristar/Courtesy Everett Collection / Imeh Akpanudosen / Getty Images View Entire List ›
  • 50 Unforgettable Reasons "Chelsea Lately" Was The Best Late-Night Talk Show

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:01 pm
    A look back at some of the show’s best moments before it goes away forever on August 26th. Chelsea had a no filter interview style. E! / Via bricesander.tumblr.com She always asked the hard-hitting questions. E! / Via bricesander.tumblr.com View Entire List ›
 
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  • How Can I Focus Better?

    Chris Brogan
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    The strangest of moments can bring you insights. I’ll tell you that for sure. Do you see the picture that accompanies this post? That was moments after winning a silly competition where I had to use a piece of uncooked spaghetti to spear six ziti noodles without using any hands. How did I accomplish this faster than my competitors? Well, that’s where the insight came in. How Can I Focus Better? In that moment, my brain-chatter was intense: “I don’t want to be here. Why did I say yes to this? This is stupid? I’m going to LOOK stupid. Wow, I’m very shaky. My…
  • How Do You Grow Your Business?

    Chris Brogan
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:56 pm
    What we do mostly at Owner Media Group is provide solutions and guidance to help people grow their business in some form or fashion. Its a mix of professional, personal, and business development all mooshed together nicely into one package. When I ask people what kind of help they need, however, it’s interesting to hear where everyone is along the path. The solutions we’ve created, as it turns out, help out along a particular curve that wasn’t immediately obvious when we started. How Do You Grow Your Business? – Starting Out Before I get started, if you want our super…
  • You’re Not Freaky Enough

    Chris Brogan
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Jacq was watching a rerun of Shark Tank last night with her mom and she came across Steve Gadling, who pitched his business to the Shark Tank. What was he doing? Drawing cats. Not very well, mind you. And just with paper and a Sharpie. And he wanted ten thousand dollars. Part of his pitch was a little dance, and a “song.” Watch this video: Can’t see the video? Click HereContinue Reading
  • How Do I Reach My Audience?

    Chris Brogan
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    People ask me that often. “How do I reach my audience?” First, I tell them gently, it’s not your audience. Second, I tell them that reach is only part of it. Once they’ve seen you, they have to care enough that they’ll take a next step. From there, it only gets more difficult. But that’s okay. Challenge is good. Let me give you some thoughts. Before You Try to “Reach Your Audience” Let’s convert that to “reach out to people who might care” or just “reach out.” But before you want to do that, you’ll want your…
  • Is It Really So Weird That I Want to Tackle the Obesity Epidemic?

    Chris Brogan
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    I’ve been working to support a 90 Day Health Challenge that works at two purposes: to help YOU deal with losing weight and at the same time, help kids battle obesity. Some people have asked me what THAT’s all about. Let me tell you! MOST Everyone We Know Needs To Get Healthier Continue Reading
 
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  • 4 Must Have Character Traits to be Successful

    David Ramos
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    Will people buy from you if you are not a good person? Yes. Then does it matter if an entrepreneur is a good person or not? Yes it does. Over the past few years I have stumbled across a dozen or so articles which listed the traits of successful entrepreneurs. You know these, you’ve read the lists and have figured out ways to implement these ideas into your life. • Ambition • Self-Motivation • Perseverance • Passion • Flexibility • and Creativity are some of the big ones which come mind. Don’t get me wrong, these are essential to success as an entrepreneur. But what about…
  • The Best Way to Win an Argument

    Social Sage
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:35 am
    We all have that friend who loves to argue. You know exactly who I’m talking about- the one who frustratingly has a comeback for everything you say, regardless of how absurd it is. They always seem to get under your skin; just THINKING about them gets you fired up. You would LOVE to best them in an argument, just once. You feel like that satisfaction would put you on top of the world- but HOW can you achieve it? To start looking at this problem, we must break it down. People argue to try and get their point across to YOU, to try to change YOUR mind on something, or to try and put themself…
  • 4 Ways To Spend Time With Yourself And Get Away From The World

    Kairavi Raju
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    To begin with, there are only 4 points. People tend to read articles with many points so that they can continuously discover what’s wrong with them and change it ASAP. Those sessions ultimately waste the rest of the day, and pretty much the next few too. So here are 4 basic and simple ‘must adopt’ points that will help you feel more cozy around yourself. 1. Write a journal. Why? Because you can write your heart out and no one gets to know how you are feeling. Cry, laugh, move back in time, or forward, ponder over a thought or a feeling. Write it out! You could use free apps…
  • 5 Ways to End Unnecessary Stress

    Melissa Lopez
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    Do you feel stress every day and often at unexpected times? For example, you are at an office job or just doing daily routine tasks (nothing dangerous or frightening) and your heart is racing and you are sweating way too much. You may have a deadline but nothing life-threatening. Sounds like an irrational physical reaction right? Unfortunately, you are just so used to experiencing unnecessary stress you don’t realize you need to immediately stop and think about how its harming you. You’ve probably also convinced yourself that because you feel stress you must be working hard and are being…
  • Stop Trying To Change Who You Are!

    Brianna Johnson
    14 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    Can a fixation on self-improvement actually be a form of self-bashing? It’s a counter-intuitive idea, but sometimes when we think we are trying to improve ourselves, we are really just trash talking ourselves. The internet is surging with self-improvement tips, articles, books, speakers, etcetera. If a problem exists, you can find a dozen solutions online. And while it’s great to have access to all of that information, self-improvement, like all things, can go into overkill. So here is your question: Are you learning from other people or are you trying to be other people? There’s a…
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    Lifehacker

  • The Minimalist Loft Workspace

    Melanie Pinola
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    If you're a fan of the "less is more" approach to interior design, you might appreciate this minimalist workspace setup.Read more...
  • Dan Harmon Explains How Laziness Can Actually Guide Your Success

    Patrick Allan
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Dan Harmon, the creator and producer of the television show Community, openly admits that he's a lazy person. Of course, Harmon also believes that your laziness can be your guide to what you want to succeed in.Read more...
  • Practice Your Pan Flip Technique with Dried Beans

    Patrick Allan
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Knowing to how to properly pan flip is an essential skill for any sauteing sorcerer or sorceress. Practice makes perfect, and using dried beans lets you practice without fear of making a mess.Read more...
  • Most Popular Rewards Credit Card: Chase Amazon Rewards Visa

    Alan Henry
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:15 pm
    A good rewards card will give you perks and benefits, and as long as you use it wisely, it can actually be a great tool to help you save money—not fall into debt. Last week we asked for your favorites , then looked at the five best rewards credit cards . Now we're back to highlight the community favorite. Read more...
  • Gawker Ariana Grande Is a Kabbalist and Suspected Serial Killer | Gizmodo How Antiperspirant Works (

    Jane-Claire Quigley on Kinja Roundup, shared by Whitson Gordon to Lifehacker
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Gawker Ariana Grande Is a Kabbalist and Suspected Serial Killer | Gizmodo How Antiperspirant Works (And Who It Might Hurt) | Jalopnik Feds Want American Teens To Just Get Drunk And Have Sex In The Woods | Kotaku Japanese Viewers List This Summer's Most Popular Anime | Kinja Popular Posts Read more...
 
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    MAKE

  • Building a Makeshift Bubble Machine

    Cabe Atwell
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Maker designed his own bubble machine to keep his kids entertained using some makeshift materials and a little bit of ingenuity. While it’s great for children, it’s also great for parties and the occasional concert. Drenehtsral’s Makeshift Bubble Machine. Read more on MAKE
  • Fractal Lamp Design Based Off Of Koch Vases

    Cabe Atwell
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:01 pm
    The Fractal Lamp was designed using an IKEA dioder lamp with customized 3D printed and laser-cut parts. A customized control box adjusts the desired color of lamp, giving it a unique look. Read more on MAKE
  • Resistance is Futile: Harvard’s Kilobot Swarm Keeps Fellow Robots in Line

    Kathy Ceceri
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    If you’ve ever made your own Bristlebot, you can appreciate how pared down and elegant is the category of artificial life know as vibrating robots, or vibrobots. Well, it turns out that when it comes to vibrobots, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. In 2011, researchers […]Read more on MAKE
  • Eduardo Zola Upgrades Little Pong with New Pong v2.0

    Cabe Atwell
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    Eduardo Zola’s New Pong v2.0 offers up retro gaming goodness using a pair of 8 X 8 LED matrix boards. A MAX7219 and Arduino MEGA 2560 microcontroller provide the muscle to get the game off and running. Read more on MAKE
  • DIY Audio Book Reader for Grandfather Losing Sight

    Cabe Atwell
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Willem van der Jagt designed an Audio Book Reader using the Raspberry Pi for his grandfather who is losing his sight. It features an RFID card to scan the DVD boxes that correspond to the eBook when placed on top of the device. Read more on MAKE
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    Mashable

  • Bondi Hipsters Show Reality of Australian Men in Old Spice Ad

    Jenni Ryall
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:32 pm
    SYDNEY — With all the hype surrounding the hilarious Old Spice ads, it was only a matter of time before Australia got its very own version. The Bondi Hipsters — known for their irreverent videos about Australian hipster culture — have gotten on board with the "man smells" company to create a ridiculous video in response to the hugely popular "Mom song," which shows American mothers struggling to let go of their sons. See also: 7 Nasty Things Australians Are Saying About Iggy Azalea Dom and Adrian, the boys from Sydney, may not be "The Man Your Man Could Smell Like," but they…
  • Iceland Evacuates Area Near Bardabunga Volcano Over Eruption Concerns

    Kari Paul
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Authorities in Iceland have evacuated areas surrounding the country's largest glacier amid worries that Bardarbunga, a sub-glacial volcano there, will soon erupt. Around 3,000 small earthquakes have been detected since Aug. 16, and unusual seismic activity continued into Wednesday. Iceland's civil protection agency said a volcanic eruption "cannot be ruled out," and evacuated about 300 people, most of them tourists. See also: 11 Shocking Google Earth Before-and-After Photos The Bardabunga volcanic system is the largest in Iceland, and is located more than 190 miles from the capital of…
  • Emergency Responders Are Building a Star Trek-Style Communication Device

    Seth Fiegerman
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:16 pm
    The Launchpad is a series that introduces Mashable readers to compelling startups. If you would like to have your startup considered for inclusion, please see the details here. Name: OnBeep One-Liner Pitch: OnBeep is developing wearable devices that promise to let groups communicate without ever having to pull out their smartphones. Why It's Taking Off: The startup aims to change the way groups collaborate in real time. Jesse Robbins has a tendency to move in the opposite direction of the tech industry. He worked as a systems engineer in the late 1990s, but just as the dot-com bubble was…
  • Mo'ne Davis and Team Still Alive After Little League World Series Loss

    Sam Laird
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Mo'ne Davis entered Wednesday's Little League World Series showdown as America's darling, a 13-year-old girl whose dynamite pitching led her team from Philadelphia to the national stage and landed her on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week Her team's opponents from Las Vegas entered as an afterthought, a high-powered squad of heavy hitters that had been relegated to de facto villain status through no fault of their own, simply due to the inspiring dominance of the girl from Philadelphia with the long braids and the 70-mph fastball Both teams entered just six innings and a victory from…
  • For Conflict Journalists, Kidnappings Loom as a Part of the Job

    Jason Abbruzzese
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:40 pm
    In the wake of a video showing the murder of photojournalist James Foley, the world has been reminded that members of the media now occupy a new place in conflict zones — as valuable hostages for groups desperate for money and attention. News of the Foley video spread quickly on Tuesday — and the group behind it, ISIS, had banked on it doing so. The video contained a message for U.S. President Barack Obama, who condemned the outrage on Wednesday. See also: Obama Mourns Journalist: Islamic State 'Has No Place in the 21st Century' The video also serves as a grim reminder that…
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    Mind Hacks

  • Brain scanning the deceased

    vaughanbell
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:21 am
    I’ve got an article in The Observer about how, a little surprisingly, the dead are becoming an increasing focus for brain scanning studies. I first discussed this curious corner of neuroscience back in 2007 but a recent Neuroskeptic post reminded me of the area and I decided to check in on how it’s progressing. It turns out that brain scanning the dead is becoming increasingly common in research and medicine and the article looks at how the science is progressing. Crucially, it’s helping us better understand ourselves in both life and death. For thousands of years, direct…
  • Spike activity 15-08-2014

    vaughanbell
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:03 am
    Quick links from the past week in mind and brain news: An important editorial in Nature describes the pressing problem of how research is not being turned into practice for treating children with mental health problems caused by armed conflict. Not Exactly Rocket Science covers a swarm of self-organising autonomous robots that have the potential to rise up, rise up and threaten humanity with their evil buzzing. To the bunkers! A Malaysian language names odors as precisely as English does colors. Interesting finding covered by Discover Magazine. New York Magazine has a piece on the social…
  • One death too many

    vaughanbell
    13 Aug 2014 | 12:45 am
    One of the first things I do in the morning is check the front pages of the daily papers and on the day following Robin Williams’ death, rarely have I been so disappointed in the British press. Over the years, we have gathered a lot of evidence from reliable studies that show that how suicide is reported in the mass media affects the chances of suicide in the population – likely due to its effect on vulnerable people. In other words, sensationalist and simplistic coverage of suicides, particularly celebrity suicides, regularly leads to more deaths. It seems counter-intuitive to many, that…
  • Drugs in space and sleepless in the shuttle

    vaughanbell
    8 Aug 2014 | 12:50 am
    A fascinating study published in today’s Lancet Neurology reports on sleep deprivation in astronauts but also describes the drugs shuttle crew members use to keep themselves awake and help them fall asleep. The study looked at sleep data from 64 astronauts on 80 space shuttle missions along with 21 astronauts on 13 International Space Station missions, and compared it to their sleep on the ground and in the days before space flight. Essentially, in-flight astronauts don’t get a great deal of shut-eye, but what’s surprising is the range and extent of drugs they use to…
  • Hallucinating in the deep waters of consciousness

    vaughanbell
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:54 pm
    On Saturday I curated a series of short films about other inner worlds, altered states and the extremes of mental health at London’s Shuffle Festival. I discovered one of the films literally a couple of days before the event, and it completely blew me away. Narcose is a French documentary about a dive by world champion free diver Guillaume Néry. It documents, in real time, a five minute dive from a single breath and the hallucinations he experiences due to carbon dioxide narcosis.     Firstly, the film is visually stunning. A masterpiece of composition, light and framing.
 
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    Neuromarketing

  • Cooties, Conversion, Brain Reboots, and Habits – Roger’s Picks

    Roger Dooley
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    Here are the most intriguing and useful articles I’ve found in the last week, plus a summary of my own new content. Enjoy! We know from Daniel Kahneman’s work that our brains will take mental shortcuts whenever possible, including when [...]
  • The Neuroscience of Conversion Optimization

    Nick Kolenda
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    [Guest post by Nick Kolenda] If you’re a digital marketer, then you know the feeling. You poured your heart and soul into a recent campaign, and you can’t wait to see the results. A few days later, you check the [...]
  • The Cootie Effect: Touch, Contagion, and Magical Thinking

    Roger Dooley
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    I’ve written about product contagion – the weird ability of one product to “infect” another with its properties (or its “cooties“) when they touch in a shopping cart – but there’s a related phenomenon that is, if anything, even stranger. [...]
  • Videos That Convert, Worst ORM Strategy Ever, Monkey Takedown, More – Roger’s Picks

    Roger Dooley
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    Here’s this week’s eclectic mix of worthwhile reading from around the Web. Also, things may look a bit different – check out our new, easier-to-read (we hope!) design. Let us know what you think in a comment! This may not [...]
  • How Top Conversion Experts Seduce You Into Giving Up Your Email

    Roger Dooley
    5 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    These days, almost every website wants your email address. It might be for a newsletter, for blog updates, or special offers… whatever the reason, these site owners know that a good email list is a critically important business asset. But, [...]
 
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    TechCrunch

  • Uber API Terms Bar Developers From Working With Competing Services

    Ryan Lawler
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:44 pm
     So a quick side note that wasn’t really mentioned in the coverage around Uber’s big API announcement this morning: The on-demand transportation company will keep developers who are interested in using its API from integrating with other ground transportation services as well. Read More
  • Startup Marketing And How Emotion Drives Customer Action

    Kobie Fuller
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
     Put down the calculator and ignore the data for a second. Contrary to popular belief, startup marketing is not all about quantitative metrics and growth hacking. It’s time to start mapping out what creates a connection between you and your customer. Specifically, I am talking about driving customer actions by leveraging human emotion through the art of storytelling. Read More
  • 12 Questions With The CEO Of Thumbtack, Google Capital’s New $100 Million Bet

    Colleen Taylor
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:49 pm
     In terms of Silicon Valley hype, Thumbtack has flown a bit under the radar since it was founded five years ago in 2009. But with the announcement today that it’s landed a whopping $100 million investment led by Google Capital, Thumbtack’s days of relative tech press anonymity are almost certainly over. For the uninitiated, Thumbtack is an online marketplace that helps connect all… Read More
  • Sony Doesn’t Know Why The PS4 Is Doing Well

    Kyle Russell
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:32 pm
     Earlier this month, Sony announced that it has already sold 10 million units of its PlayStation 4 game console since its launch last November, a record-setting figure for the company’s hardware. In an interview with Eurogamer published yesterday, SCE Worldwide Studios President Shuhei Yoshida admitted that the company doesn’t really know why its console is doing so well in… Read More
  • Suits Optional As New Digital Team Moves Into The West Wing

    Cat Zakrzewski
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
     Mikey Dickerson, the engineer credited with saving the botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, moved into the White House earlier this month to lead the new U.S. Digital Service (USDS). But just because he’s working a few steps from the Oval Office, Dickerson said he won’t be changing his style. “People are putting up with me walking around [Executive Office Building] and the… Read More
 
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  • Seals and sea lions likely spread tuberculosis to humans

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Scientists who study tuberculosis have long debated its origins. New research shows that tuberculosis likely spread from humans in Africa to seals and sea lions that brought the disease to South America and transmitted it to Native people there before Europeans landed on the continent.
  • Life can persist in cold, dark world: Life under Antarctic ice explored

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    The first breakthrough article to come out of a massive U.S. expedition to one of Earth's final frontiers shows that there's life and an active ecosystem one-half mile below the surface of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet, specifically in a lake that hasn't seen sunlight or felt a breath of wind for millions of years. The life is in the form of microorganisms that live beneath the enormous Antarctic ice sheet and convert ammonium and methane into the energy required for growth.
  • Jurassic mammals were picky eaters, new study finds

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:59 am
    New analyses of tiny fossil mammals from Glamorgan, South Wales are shedding light on the function and diets of our earliest ancestors, a team reports. Mammals and their immediate ancestors from the Jurassic period (201-145 million years ago) developed new characteristics - such as better hearing and teeth capable of precise chewing.
  • Enhanced communication key to successful teamwork in dynamic environments

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    Organizations of all types are increasingly creating teams whose members have diverse professional backgrounds. While the allure of these cross-functional teams is their ability to use their diverse knowledge to solve complex problems, not all such teams are able to reach their full potential. New research finds what these teams need to be successful.
  • Experts denounce clinical trials of unscientific, 'alternative' medicines

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    Experts call for an end to clinical trials of 'highly implausible treatments' such as homeopathy and reiki. Over the last two decades, such complementary and alternative medicine treatments have been embraced in medical academia despite budget constraints and the fact that they rest on dubious science, they say.
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  • Cities Are Making Spiders Grow Bigger and Multiply Faster

    Nick Stockton
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    A new study published today in PLOS One shows that golden orb weaver spiders living near heavily urbanized areas in Sydney, Australia tend to be bigger, better fed, and have more babies than those living in places less touched by human hands.
  • Fantastically Wrong: Why People Were Terrified of Nighttime Air Until the 1900s

    Matt Simon
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    If you’re a millennial like me, you remember the Nickelodeon show Are You Afraid of the Dark?, in which kids sit around a campfire (or flickering stage lights or whatever), taking turns giving each other anxiety disorders with scary stories. The title is a bit of a silly question, though. Everyone is to some degree […]
  • What’s Up With That: How the Weather Forecaster Knows What It ‘Feels Like’ in Your City

    Nick Stockton
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    How does the meteorologist know what the temperature feels like to me and you?
  • The Strange Blowpipe 19th Century Miners Used to Analyze Ore

    Greg Miller
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Pretend for a minute that it’s 1875 and you’re a mining engineer whose job it is to figure out how much gold is in them thar hills. Get it wrong, and your company is going to waste a lot of time and money hunting for gold that’s not there—or worse yet, miss out on the mother […]
  • All You Can Eat

    Wired Magazine
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Adam Voorhes In January of this year, the first subject checked into the metabolic ward at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, to participate in one of the most rigorous dietary studies ever devised. For eight weeks, he was forbidden to leave. He spent two days of each week inside tiny airtight rooms […]
 
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  • Why the Death of Robin Williams Is So Hard to Accept

    Nathan Feiles
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Sadly, it’s nothing new — a celebrity either directly or indirectly ends their own life. It was Philip Seymour Hoffman, most recently; Heath Ledger, previously; and the list continues. Now, Robin Williams is gone. Removed from the world directly by his own hand. As much as I was moved by deaths of other celebrities who hold a place within me, there is something noticeably more difficult to accept with Robin Williams’ suicide. When I heard the news this past week, I found it difficult to say anything. I attempted to write a quick tribute on Facebook, much like many others…
  • Letting Go of Imagined Symbolism in Psychosis

    Michael Hedrick
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    In the midst of a psychotic episode, whether the result of bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, one of the main motivating factors in our jilted decisions is the imagined symbolism in meaningless circumstances or objects. I can remember when I was out on the streets of New York and Boston, deep in the midst of a major psychotic episode. I was convinced I had a mission to bring peace to the world, and though I was destitute, I wandered around following signs and colors and motions of passersby convinced there was some deeper symbolism or meaning in these insignificant things. One example is that…
  • Are You ‘Addicted’ to Something?

    Gretchen Rubin
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    The definition of  “addiction,” and what people can become “addicted” to, are hotly contested issues. In everyday conversation, of course, people throw around the word “addicted” a lot, as in, “I’m addicted to Game of Thrones.” Addiction, whatever it might be, is a subject that’s related to my current fascination: habits. As I explain in the introduction of Better Than Before, my discussion of habit formation doesn’t cover addictions, compulsions, nervous habits, or habits of mind. Nevertheless, I did a lot of reading and thinking about addiction, because it’s a…
  • Secret of Adulthood: Someplace, Keep an Empty Shelf

    Gretchen Rubin
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    Now, what’s so great about an empty shelf? An empty shelf shows that I have room to expand — I’m not crowded in by my stuff, I have order and space. For most people, outer order contributes to inner calm, a subject that I explore at some length in Happier at Home and also in Better Than Before. (If you want to know when Better Than Before goes on sale, sign up here.) Some people say, “Gretchen, do you really have an empty shelf?” I really do (though I have to protect it against my husband, who never sees an empty shelf without wanting to stick something on it). If you…
  • 5 Facts Many People Don’t Know About Depression

    Margarita Tartakovsky, M.S.
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    Depression is one of the most common conditions in the world. It affects all segments of society and virtually all cultures, said Constance Hammen, Ph.D, a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the University of California. And yet many people don’t know much about depression or tend to misunderstand it. Some misconceptions “persist because depression has tended to be stigmatizing and people don’t learn about it, discuss it, or recognize it.” But it’s key to become well informed. Depression may affect…
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