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Money can buy you happiness – up to a point

Money can buy you happiness – up to a point

CAN money buy you happiness? The answer, it appears, depends on what you mean by "happiness". High earners are generally more satisfied with their lives, it seems, but a person's day-to-day emotional wellbeing is only influenced by money up to a certain point. Daniel Kahneman and Angus Deato

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What happens when medical science confronts miracles?

What happens when medical science confronts miracles?

When mainstream Western physicians try to explain medical ‘miracles’ that come cloaked in religious symbolism, or that were inspired by rituals of superstition, the self-described atheists  among them sometimes find themselves challenged by a personal crisis of faith in their own

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Dreams Make You Smarter

Dreams Make You Smarter

Here's more evidence that sleep, including napping, can make you smarter. Dreaming may improve memory, boost creativity, and help you better plan for the future, new research suggests. In a recent study, people who took naps featuring REM sleep—in which dreams are most vivid—

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Superstitions Bring Real Luck

Superstitions Bring Real Luck

The next time you cross your fingers or tell someone to break a leg, you may actually be bringing some luck. Superstitious ways of bringing good luck are found in cultures around the world, and it turns out they may be ubiquitous for a very good reason: To some extent, superstitions work. New

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Scientists See Inside the Minds of Dreamers

Scientists See Inside the Minds of Dreamers

In the movie "Inception," the characters enter and manipulate other people's dreams. Today's real scientists can't do that, but by using brain imaging technology, they are getting closer to being able to tell whether a person is doing math calculations, talking, reading, or is frightened in thei

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Mesoamericans Were The First Polymer Scientists

Mesoamericans Were The First Polymer Scientists

Ancient Mesoamerican peoples manufactured rubber from latex some 3,500 years before the modern invention of vulcanization and even compounded it for different applications, says new research from a Massachusetts Institute of Technology research team. According to archaeology professor Dorothy

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Hypnotised Woman Gives Birth Pain-free

Hypnotised Woman Gives Birth Pain-free

A mother of two has dropped three dress sizes in five months after being hypnotised into believing she had a gastric band. Nasireen Chaudhary, who weighed nearly 12st and was a size 16-18, had the 'hypnoband' fitted by Sara Ellis, a Harley Street hypnotherapist. The 38-year-old hairdresser f

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Car Steered With Eyes

Car Steered With Eyes

Look mom, no hands! Can you imagine driving a car by using just your eyes? A group of researchers at the Freie Universität Berlin developed the eyeDriver software, which steers a car with eye movements. Cameras mounted on the driver's helmet capture his or her eye movements and then the co

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Dreams ‘can help with learning’

HTML clipboard Napping after learning something new could help you commit it to memory - as long as you dream, scientists say. They found people who dream about a new task perform it better on waking than those who do not sleep or do not dream. Volunteers were asked to learn the layout of

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Brain 'splits to multi-task'

Brain ‘splits to multi-task’

An inability to deal with more than two things at a time may be "hard-wired" into our brain, research suggests. When we try to do two things at once, each half of the brain focuses on a separate task, French scientists say. This division of labour could explain why we find it so difficult to

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