4 Things You Can Do to Cheer Up, According to Neuroscience

4 Things You Can Do to Cheer Up, According to Neuroscience

For everyone, there are times when a dark cloud just seems to be following you around. You may not even even know why. While we don’t mean to minimize the value of medication for those who experience this on a daily basis, UCLA neuroscientist Alex Korb, author of The Upward Spiral: Using Neuroscience to Reverse the Course of Depression, One Small Change at a Time, has some insights that might just get you back on the sunny side. It’s all got to do with neuroscience.

Study: Teaching Students Philosophy Will Improve Their Academic Performance

Study: Teaching Students Philosophy Will Improve Their Academic Performance

There are many attempts to improve student performance which result in a host of measures, ranging from misguided to inspired. Such efforts include not assigning students homework, recalibrating standardized tests to account for unfair background advantages, or subjecting students to the hard-to-fathom Common Core standards. But a recent endeavor in the UK found another solution which actually appeared to have worked – the students were taught philosophy!

How the World Economy Will Grow through 2024, Country by Country

How the World Economy Will Grow through 2024, Country by Country

by FRANK JACOBS Reading this map requires two leaps of the imagination. First, picture a world in which every country keeps its shape, but all countries have the same size. The Netherlands and Canada, Singapore and Brazil: all equally big. But then, inflate the size of each country to reflect annual economic growth between now and 2024, as predicted by Harvard University’s Center for International Development (CID).

Scientists Accidentally Create a Battery That Can Outlast Your Device.

Scientists Accidentally Create a Battery That Can Outlast Your Device.

Over the last decade or so it’s become increasingly obvious that the limits of battery technology are a pothole on our road to the future. It’s not even a new problem; scientists have been trying to invent better batteries since Edison. Whether we’re talking about storing clean energy, more practical electric cars, or maybe even just our dozing-off phones, battery issues are slowing progress w-a-a-y down. They’re not powerful enough unless they’re uselessly big and seriously pricey. They take a long time to recharge. And for keeping the devices we…

Should This Be a New Letter in the Alphabet?

Should This Be a New Letter in the Alphabet?

80 percent of all written paragraphs, including this one, feature the word “the.” This word is the most commonly used word in the English language. So why doesn’t “the” have its own symbol? The Australian restaurateur Paul Mathis has proposed we make language more efficient by employing the symbol Ћ – which is the combination of the letters “T” and “h” – in place of the word “the.” Let’s give it a try. Here is how the above two paragraphs would read: 80 percent of all written paragraphs, including this one, feature Ћ word “Ћ.”…

An Effective Therapy for Depression

An Effective Therapy for Depression

GLASGOW, UNITED KINGDOM – OCTOBER 10: A woman waits for bus on her way home from work on October 10, 2005 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) We know that exercise helps alleviate depression, especially aerobic movement. There is plenty of evidence that meditation helps lift one out of the doldrums as well. A new study published in Nature and conducted at my alma mater, Rutgers University, combined these formats, with positive results.