Humans

Over the past two decades, the positive psychology movement has brightened up psychological research with its science of happiness, human potential and flourishing. It argues that psychologists should not only investigate mental illness but also what makes life worth living.   The founding father of positive psychology, Martin Seligman, describes happiness as experiencing frequent positive
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Plenty of diets encourage lowering, or increasing your meat consumption – the Mediterranean diet wants you to eat less meat, and if you’re on the paleo diet you’ll probably eat more – but what would happen if you exclusively ate meat?   Well, it turns out, we’re just not built for it. According to the
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As we get older, learning something new becomes more complex, tedious, and time-consuming than ever, and those child geniuses who can speak five different languages become our favourite dinnertime conversation, because how do they even do that?   But mastering unfamiliar subjects, whether you’re still in school or not, doesn’t have to be so painful.
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1. The speed of gravity is pretty much identical to the speed of light! This year, for the first time ever, scientists were able to photograph a collision between two neutron stars. By conducting simultaneous optical and gravitational wave observations, they were able to accurately measure the speed of gravity for the first time.  2. A
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The most common New Year’s resolutions tend to be vague goals intended to “get your life together” by losing weight, eating healthier food, or exercising more. But most people don’t successfully follow through on their resolutions – largely because they’re so general and non-specific.   That’s where science can help. Using specific, science-backed resolutions, you
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The world of science is unpredictable and ever-changing, but as a team that writes about science day in, day out, we can’t help but notice certain trends in research. So this year – which also happens to be ScienceAlert’s 10th anniversary – we thought we’d try our hand at predicting some of the big science
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You might picture yourself walking through a field, or surrounded by loved ones. Or perhaps making your way down a long, dark tunnel, towards a brilliant, beckoning light. When the end comes, what you experience will be a veiled secret known only to you – but whatever it is, scientists say those closing moments of consciousness
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It’s been an excellent year for science – we had an absolutely stellar neutron star merger announcement, found the elusive time crystals, finally achieved counterfactual quantum communication, and much, much more.   But even the keenest science fans wouldn’t be able to catch every single bit of the amazing science news (in fact, given that
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His name is Shinichi Mochizuki, and depending on how fluent you are in the fringes of number theory, he’s either a peerless mathematical visionary or a reclusive, inscrutable cryptologist. Maybe both.   A little over five years back, the celebrated Japanese mathematician unveiled a 500-page proof spread over four papers, which together purported to offer
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Outrage erupted on December 15 after The Washington Post reported that the White House sent the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) a list of seven words it was forbidden from including in official documents for next year’s budget.   The seven words in question are “evidence-based”, “science-based”, “vulnerable”, “entitlement”, “diversity”, “transgender”, and
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