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Does Happiness Lie Within?

I’m a great admirer of positive psychology, which has been a fantastic corrective to the traditional ‘disease model’ of psychology and has provided an extremely helpful examination of the different factors which constitute human well-being. However, I think there is one important aspect of human well-being which positive psychology has largely ignored. Positive psychologists have suggested that there are two main …

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Congress Cheers Netanyahu’s Hatred of Iran

Addressing Congress in the style of a State of the Union speech, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won 41 rounds of applause as U.S. lawmakers eagerly enlisted in the Israeli-Saudi conflict against Iran and its allies – an enthusiasm that may well entangle the U.S. military in more wars in the Middle East. Speaking to a joint session of Congress for the third time – …

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Venezuela president claims to have captured U.S. pilot accused of ‘recruiting citizens to stage a coup’

An ‘American airplane pilot’ with ‘Latino roots’ has been detained by Venezuela’s government, accusing of spying and recruiting citizens to stage a coup, President Nicolas Maduro declared. The President said the pilot, who has not been named, was part of a group of six U.S. nationals arrested in the state of Táchira, near the Colombian border, in the last few …

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Boris Nemtsov: Death of a Russian Liberal

I BOUGHT A COUPLE OF BOTTLES OF YARPIVO IN A CHINESE-OWNED DISCOUNT STORE AROUND THE CORNER HERE IN BROOKLYN, AND POURED ONE OUT FOR NEMTSOV, WHO ENDED HIS LIFE AS A YAROSLAVL CITY COUNCILMAN. I NEVER LIKED HIM MUCH, BUT HIS MURDER WAS BRUTAL, AND FRIGHTENING — AND THE DARK FEAR IT’S BROUGHT TO MOSCOW IS VERY REAL. Nemtsov was …

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1.1 billion people at risk of hearing loss

Some 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices, including smartphones, and exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment venues such as nightclubs, bars and sporting events, according to WHO. Hearing loss has potentially devastating consequences for physical and mental health, education and employment. According …

BPA exposure linked to autism spectrum disorder, study reports

A newly published study is the first to report an association between bisphenol-A (BPA), a common plasticizer used in a variety of consumer food and beverage containers, with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in children. The study, by researchers at Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine (RowanSOM) and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), shows that BPA is not metabolized well …

Anxious people more apt to make bad decisions amid uncertainty

New brain evidence provides insight into why highly anxious people are worst at making decisions when things get unpredictable Credit: Illustration by Ian Smiley Highly anxious people have more trouble deciding how best to handle life’s uncertainties. They may even catastrophize, interpreting, say, a lovers’ tiff as a doomed relationship or a workplace change as a career threat. In gauging …

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Diet key to lifespan and fertility

It may be possible to live longer and increase fertility by manipulating diet, according to world-first research in mice from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre. Researchers showed for the first time in mammals that there is an ideal balance of macronutrients (protein, carbohydrates and fat) for reproduction and another, different ideal balance for increasing lifespan. The research, published …

World’s diet worsening with globalization, major study finds

ROME (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The world’s diet has deteriorated substantially in the last two decades, a leading nutrition expert said on Monday, citing one of the largest studies available on international eating habits. Poor countries in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia are seeing the fastest increases in unhealthy food consumption, while the situation has improved slightly in Western Europe and …

The Obama Administration, Shell, and the Fate of the Arctic Ocean

Here’s a Jeopardy!-style question for you: “Eight different species of whales can be seen in these two American seas.” Unless you’re an Iñupiaq, a marine biologist, or an Arctic enthusiast like me, it’s a pretty good guess that you can’t tell me what those seas are or what those whales are either. The answer: the Chukchi Sea and the adjacent Beaufort …