Man is nothing else but what he makes of himself. Such is the first principle of existentialism — Jean Paul Sartre

Existentialism became one of the most influential intellectual movements in 19th and 20th century Europe. …


Medical imaging technologies enable physicians to take a peek under the hood, capturing snapshots of the internal organs and tissues to figure out what’s wrong. Inside their imaging toolboxes, clinicians have everything from “old school” X-rays to next-generation techniques that enable them to take high-resolution, information-rich images inside patients.

Still…


There’s a new weapon in the battle against lung cancer metastases: red blood cells equipped with nanoparticles that stimulate the immune system to eliminate tumors. Tumors often metastasize to the lungs via the circulatory system, where they shield themselves from circulating immune cells by secreting immuno-suppressive chemicals. …


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Originating from China, feng shui is the ancient “art of placement” that helps individuals find balance with their surroundings. The basic goal of feng shui is to harmonize chi (also spelled qi) energy that is composed of the female (yin) and male (yang) principle, as the life source of all…


Honey has written itself into human cultural history in several disparate ways, perhaps the most interesting of which is the convergent history of ‘mad honey’, hallucinogenic honey which is consumed all over the world. different cultures incorporated mad honey into their society at different times in human history. Today, scientific…


The universe is made of music and stories, not information

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Sometimes we only become aware of a critical human ability when we’re about to lose it. Once I fought a futile battle to convey the value of novels and poetry to my son. After much sparing, I felt as if…


The metabolomics, extraction, theories, and mysteries of nicotine.

My 9th grade best friend and I made a pact. We swore to never give in to peer pressure. It took her only three months to become friends with the school’s notorious drug dealer. It took her that next week to begin her journey of extreme drug usage.

I questioned…


The value of art spans way beyond its aesthetic qualities. We already wrote about how art can help us change society and our own state of mind. But art can also be used as a tool to improve our emotional intelligence (our understanding of ourselves) and our cultural intelligence (understanding…


Scientists have discovered that depressed individuals show higher levels of inflammation as well as elevated fat concentrations in their bloodstreams. They also demonstrated that people with anxiety don’t have the same biochemical effects, despite the two psychological conditions being regarded as very similar.

More than half of people living with…


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Gamification is the process of designing something with game-like elements. A practice that has been used to drive engagement and motivation with features such as point systems, feedback loops, leaderboards, badges, and so on.

You soon start to realize that gamification is a play on dopamine release and is in…

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