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Researchers Say Watching Movies Helps You Work Your Empathy Muscle

There is a scene in Charlie Chaplin’s 1917 silent film The Immigrant when he kicks an immigration official at Ellis Island. Chaplin’s character, the Tramp, has just crossed the Atlantic Ocean on a ship full of European immigrants. Upon arrival to America, they are herded behind a barrier like cattle. …

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How the brain controls sleep

Sleep is usually considered an all-or-nothing state: The brain is either entirely awake or entirely asleep. However, MIT neuroscientists have discovered a brain circuit that can trigger small regions of the brain to fall asleep or become less alert, while the rest of the brain remains awake. This circuit originates …

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Foods You Should Eat When You’re Stressed

Consider this the holy trinity of stress-busting snacks. Not only do oats help stabilize your mood, thanks to their B vitamins, “but berries provide a healthy dose of vitamin C—great for keeping stress at bay—while walnuts are packed with happiness-boosting omega-3s,” explains Natasha Uspensky, a holistic health and nutrition counselor. …

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Superadvanced alien civilizations probably don’t live in our cosmic neighborhood

If there are superadvanced civilizations out there in the nearby universe, they’re hiding themselves pretty well. So concludes an astronomer in the Netherlands who looked at a sample of galaxies that shine unusually brightly at midinfrared wavelengths—a sign that they may harbor a so-called Kardashev type III civilization, one that …

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Lost your head? Scientist plans first human head transplant

The world’s first attempt to transplant a human head will be launched this year at a surgical conference in the US, according to the New Scientist. The idea proposed by Sergio Canavero ofthe Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group, is to be announced in June with the aim of getting support from …

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Giant beer merger potentially in the works

A merger would create a “super brewery” with nine of the world’s top 20 beers by volume, and annual sales of $55 billion. Shares in both companies shot up — the combined group would be worth about $276 billion at Wednesday’s prices. SABMiller, which makes lagers such as Pilsner Urquell …

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