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Blackness Ever Blackening: My Lifetime of Depression

How do I explain an existence dominated by the bleakest, darkest moods? And do I even want to?

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Brain Stimulation and Me

In reporting about electrical brain stimulation, Emma Young of course had to try it for herself. Would it change her?

 

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Musical Meds

New research on endorphins finds people have higher pain thresholds immediately after performing music or dancing.

 

Even Patients with Severe Dementia Respond to Music

French researchers report music therapy can improve the mood of people suffering from severe Alzheimer’s disease.

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For Charitable Products, Sex Doesn’t Sell

Sexy women may turn heads, but for pro-social and charitable products, they won't change minds.

Carbon Taxes Really Do Work

A new study shows that taxing carbon dioxide emissions could actually work to reduce greenhouse gases without any negative effects on employment and revenues.

Savor Good Times, Get Through the Bad Ones—With Categories

Ticking off a category of things to do can feel like progress or a fun time coming to an end.

How to Build a Better Election

Elimination-style voting is harder to fiddle with than majority rule.

Do Conspiracy Theorists Feed on Unsuspecting Internet Trolls?

Not literally, but debunkers and satirists do fuel conspiracy theorists' appetites.

The Big One

One in three tourists to Jamaica reports getting harassed; half of them are hassled to buy drugs. September/October 2014 new-big-one-4

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