This Infographic Reveals the Secrets of the Happiest Couples

by Melanie Pinola PSA: Valentine’s Day is next week. Whether or not you celebrate the occasion, this infographic from happiness training app Happify could help you improve your romantic relationship. It sums up several important findings from studies on what makes couples happy. The graphic reveals, for example, that happy couples have five positive interactions for every negative one, versus the 0.8 positive interactions for every negative one that divorced couples go through. I found most interesting this tidbit: When it comes to strengthening your relationship, studies show the most crucial factor is how you celebrate your partner’s good news. … Continue reading This Infographic Reveals the Secrets of the Happiest Couples

Psychology: ‘An Owner’s Manual for Your Own Mind’

An interview with Daniel Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness Over the last decade, Harvard psychology professor Daniel Gilbert has become a prominent voice in the public sphere. His 2006 book Stumbling on Happiness, translated in over 30 languages, became an international bestseller, triggering a slew of invitations—to give a TED Talk, host the PBS series This Emotional Life, and write for The New York Times and other publications. Gilbert spoke with me about his untraditional path to psychology, how psychology affects (and is affected by) other academic fields, and why the study of happiness is critical for public policy. … Continue reading Psychology: ‘An Owner’s Manual for Your Own Mind’

Who owns the moon? We’re just going to have to get up there and find out

A legal loophole has made it impossible to say who can claim the moon – but with a wealth of minerals and “rare earth” elements, plus huge potential for space exploration, we’ll have to get up there and fight it out. by Michael Brooks “I know I may not make it through this lunar night.” The China Academy of Space Technology laid the pathos on thick when it gave its lunar robot Jade Rabbit a farewell speech at the end of last month. The rover had become mired in moon dust and was unable to enter hibernation. Facing 14 days … Continue reading Who owns the moon? We’re just going to have to get up there and find out

Global March For Lions To Stop Canned Hunting

The canned hunting industry in South Africa is one of the cruelest businesses on the planet. South African lion farmers have taken our majestic lion and turned it into living targets for hunters, who think that they have the right to torture and destroy for fun. The agony of an animal shot multiple times with bullets or arrows has to be witnessed to be fully understood. Hunters call themselves conservationists. To conserve means to preserve — not destroy. And making matters worse, hunters go against natural selection by killing the biggest and the strongest animals, thus weakening the overall population. … Continue reading Global March For Lions To Stop Canned Hunting

Washington’s Love Of Dogs Helped Make America

By Stephen Messenger President George Washington, born 282 years ago today, has been immortalized in iconic images as a Revolutionary War hero, leading his army to victory, and later as a wise statesman seated in the hallowed halls of early governance — but a more accurate picture of the man himself would certainly see him surrounded by dogs. In fact, it was one of Washington’s beloved canine companions that helped make the man we know today, and in turn the country itself. Growing up on his family’s plantations, Washington received an education befitting the son of Virginian gentry. Alongside his … Continue reading Washington’s Love Of Dogs Helped Make America

Rocks vs Tanks

by Zen Gardner Is this what humanity has been reduced to? By its own permission and the imprimatur of our acceptance of our creeping, current global conditions? Were we designed for this fate, fleshly man against machine? Or is there another way? These are pretty serious considerations, especially if you’re starting to get the picture. We’re in a very serious state, for our individual and collective survival. While the companies of automatons continue their programmed onslaught, it seems the vast majority still sits feeling helpless while enduring these very personal and physical invasions of their freedom and autonomy. Until moved … Continue reading Rocks vs Tanks

How Scientists Are Learning to Read Our Minds

by Michio Kaku Houdini, some historians believe, was the greatest magician who ever lived. His breathtaking escapes from locked, sealed chambers and death-defying stunts left audiences gasping. He could make people disappear and then re-emerge in the most unexpected places. And he could read people’s minds.  Or, at least it seemed that way.  Houdini took pains to explain that everything he did was an illusion, a series of clever sleight-of-hand tricks. Mind reading, he would remind people, was impossible. He was so outraged that unscrupulous magicians would cheat wealthy patrons by performing cheap parlor tricks and séances that he took … Continue reading How Scientists Are Learning to Read Our Minds

British People Are Trying To Sell Their Organs On Facebook

by Matthew Sparkes, The Telegraph Desperate Britons are turning to Facebook to advertise their organs for sale at  up to £30,000 despite the medical and legal risks involved, according to a  newspaper investigation. In the UK it is an offense under the Human Tissue Act to buy or even  advertise organs for sale. This means that anyone offering to sell their own  organs – even if they intend to travel abroad to have the operation – could face  prison. The Sunday Post discovered that there  are people willing to take that risk. A reporter posing as the brother of a  … Continue reading British People Are Trying To Sell Their Organs On Facebook

The 25 Rules of Disinformation

From Twenty-Five Ways To Suppress Truth: The Rules of Disinformation (Includes The 8 Traits of A Disinformationalist) by H. Michael Sweeney. These 25 rules are everywhere in media, from political debates, to television shows, to comments on a blog. 1. Hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil. Regardless of what you   know, don’t discuss it — especially if you are a public figure, news   anchor, etc. If it’s not reported, it didn’t happen, and you never have   to deal with the issues. 2. Become incredulous and  indignant. Avoid discussing key issues and  instead focus on side issues  which … Continue reading The 25 Rules of Disinformation

Stephen Lendman: Cheney urging Obama for ‘a nuclear winter’

A political activist and author says former US vice president Dick Cheney is urging “a nuclear winter” in his remarks against Russia. “We could have mass annihilation. We could have a nuclear winter. We could have literally Armageddon, and this is what Dick Cheney is urging. It is absolute lunacy,” said Stephen Lendman, syndicated columnist and activist in a phone interview with Press TV Monday. As tensions between Washington and Moscow continue to rise over the crisis in Ukraine, Cheney, who was one of the major architects of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, appeared on CBS News’ Face the Nation … Continue reading Stephen Lendman: Cheney urging Obama for ‘a nuclear winter’