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Ever wonder how LSD works? An answer has been discovered.

UNC School of Medicine researchers identified the amino acid responsible for the trip.

Tools for Mars are being developed in preparation for colonization

Turns out chitin is quite useful when you need a wrench.

Is this the end of the myth of American exceptionalism?

In his new book, "American Rule," Jared Yates Sexton hopes to overturn a centuries-long myth.

8 must-read books on the psychedelic experience

Psychedelics are going mainstream. Here's your reading list.

Pattern recognition influences religious belief, according to new study

Christians and Muslims that pick out unconscious patterns are more likely to believe in a god.

New research suggests a possible treatment for dyslexia​

The neurodevelopmental disorder has long baffled researchers.

Depression and suicidal ideation reduced after psychedelic usage

Another study confirms the positive effects of psychedelics on mental health.

New research reveals what it's like to inhabit someone else's body

You actually score worse on memory tests.

Social isolation is hard. New research identifies a potential intervention.

A team at Mount Sinai has discovered the neural mechanism behind social isolation.

6 ways to stay positive during troubling times

Cultivating optimism is a daily practice.

New research finds playfulness is a skill anyone can learn

The improvement in personal well-being might be worth effort.

Why flu vaccines only last a year

A new study at Emory Vaccine Center gets into the bone marrow.

New research identifies brain regions responsible for fatigue

Johns Hopkins researchers hope this could lead to new interventions for combating it.

Are mental health disorders ever purely biological?

Two anthropologists question the chemical imbalance theory of mental health disorders.

4 ways women can become strong, confident leaders—without acting like men

Big Think co-founder and CEO Victoria Brown breaks down the process of transitioning from founder to boss in her new book, Digital Goddess.

Man whose stomach brewed beer is cured—by a poop transplant​

The human body is endlessly fascinating.

The Secret Service is buying social media location data

New documents confirm that the government agency—one of many—has been using a tracking company.

How QAnon is monetizing child trafficking victims

What good is a conspiracy theory you can't profit from?

You want to stop child abuse? Here's how you can actually help.

Sharing QAnon disinformation is harming the children devotees purport to help.

4 breathing techniques to get you through high-stress moments

You're always in control of your breath.

COVID-19 survivors share their harrowing tales

The virus is unlike anything many people have ever experienced.

The dangers of the chemical imbalance theory of depression

A new Harvard study finds that the language you use affects patient outcome.

Oxytocin may play a role in protecting against Alzheimer's

Preliminary studies on mice show positive results.

Churches received up to $10 billion in stimulus funding. They want more.

Apparently the Catholic Church is a small business.

The Anthropause is here: COVID-19 reduced Earth's vibrations by 50 percent

The planet is making a lot less noise during lockdown.

Rutgers University adjusts grammar rules in solidarity with Black Lives Matter​

The English Department is instituting a series of reforms that cuts across the entire university.

How should we study sex differences in a polarized age?

A new study on brain differences between sexes sparks a persistent question.

New research shows that a 'cheat day' might not be that bad

The study was only conducted with already healthy men, however.

Anti-vaxx groups spend nearly $1 billion on social media

Fear-mongering is now a billion-dollar industry.

Like it or not, you can't ignore how people look or sound

A new study from Ohio State University details implicit bias.

​How start-ups raise capital when their bank account is empty

Big Think's co-founder and CEO, Victoria Montgomery Brown, offers six pieces of advice to founders in her forthcoming book.

The real-world effect of coronavirus conspiracy theories

This is what happens when the fringe becomes mainstream.

"Forced empathy" is a powerful negotiation tool. Here's how to do it.

Master negotiator Chris Voss breaks down how to get what you want during negotiations.

Will antidepressant medications ever require informed consent?

That question is at the heart of the new documentary, "Medicating Normal."

Anti-vax disinformation spreads unchecked on Facebook

Despite fact check campaigns, anti-vaccination influence is growing.

Study details the negative environmental impact of online shopping

Frequent shopping for single items adds to our carbon footprint.

Is mask-shaming effective?

To empathize or scream, that is the question.

A new hydrogel might be strong enough for knee replacements

Duke University researchers might have solved a half-century old problem.

Consumer advocacy groups are mostly funded by Big Pharma, according to new research

An article in Journal of Bioethical Inquiry raises questions about the goal of these advocacy groups.

R.P. Eddy wrote about a coming pandemic in 2017. Why didn't we listen?

In his book with Richard Clarke, "Warnings," Eddy made clear this was inevitable.

Giant whale sharks have teeth on their eyeballs

The ocean's largest shark relies on vision more than previously believed.

As belly size gets larger, the memory center in the brain gets smaller

Researchers at University College London link waist circumference with dementia.

Antidepressants linked to increased suicide and self-harm in teens

A new study pushes back on psychiatry industry talking points.

The 'Western diet' is linked to adult acne in a new study

The takeaway: limit sugar and dairy if you want better skin.

New research suggests biases play a role in FDA drug approval

Innovative drugs are sometimes held up due to old-fashioned human biases.

Weight gain affects the efficacy of antidepressants, new study finds

Weight gain is a side effect of antidepressants, adding another layer of problems.

Neanderthal DNA used to grow a 'mini-brain'

A team of scientists in Basel believes this will open up new lines of research.

Texas A&M study verifies the importance of wearing masks

The politicalization of mask-wearing doesn't help stop the spread of infections.

Ancient Greeks devised a way to fight disinformation

Sophists used rhetoric and debate to arrive at practical truths.

Do antidepressants create more mental illness than they cure?

Robert Whitaker discusses the long-term impact of prescription medication.

New analysis claims the FDA rushed ketamine's approval for depression treatment

Clinical trials by Janssen Pharmaceuticals showed troubling results.

Dread can be a powerful motivational tool

Sometimes not looking forward to something helps you get it done.

Hannah Gadsby has a message for anti-vaxxers

In "Douglas," the Australian comedian opens up about her autism diagnosis.

Withdrawal symptoms from antidepressants can last over a year, new study finds

We must rethink the "chemical imbalance" theory of mental health.

Here are 3 things white people can do right now to help #BLM

Remaining silent is being complicit.

Cannabis discovered at an ancient biblical shrine in Israel

That's not frankincense you smell at the "holy of the holies."

New study connects cardiovascular exercise with improved memory

Researchers at UT Southwestern noted a 47 percent increase in blood flow to regions associated with memory.

What does the red pill really show you?

Neo's superhuman powers were only inside of The Matrix. The outside world offered a different reality.

Should churches be considered essential businesses?

A debate is raging inside and outside of churches.

Now you can track vitamin C intake on your skin

A new wearable patch has been created at the University of California San Diego.

Do religious men watch more pornography?

And do they feel guilty about it?

Large companies are incentivized to ignore worker safety, study finds

A study of over 100,000 businesses in Oregon uncovered some unsettling news about worker conditions.

The media is messing with us. At least, our memories.

The distracting nature of modern media is having a terrible effect on what we learn.

Don't worry about making a mistake. It's how we learn.

A new study at UPenn found that effective learning includes mistakes—just not too many.

Why is Gen X more stressed than other generations?

A Penn State study finds today's middle-aged are experiencing much higher stress levels than 30 years ago.

The anti-vaxx agenda of 'Plandemic'

A clip of this disingenuous documentary is making the rounds.

A breakthrough in chronic pain relief

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen might have discovered a cure.

8 Taoist quotes we can all use right now

Those ancient Chinese philosophers earned their insights.

New research targets sufferers of social anxiety disorder

A thorough understanding of personality traits could lead to targeted therapies.

Dealing with loneliness during the pandemic

Sheltering at home is anti-instinctual behavior. Yet doing so saves lives.

Can exercise during pregnancy reduce obesity in offspring?

According to researchers at Washington State University, the answer is yes.

Would you volunteer for a COVID-19 vaccine trial? 1,500 people just did.

Human-challenge trials are not without risk, but they could speed up the process.

Are you wearing deodorant while sheltering at home?

Humans are woefully unaware of their olfactory sense. That's the reality we've been sold.

10 Stoic quotes we need right now

There's a reason it's called "timeless wisdom."

Social distancing measures recommended until 2022

Two new studies shed light on the road ahead.

Not much is happening in self-isolation. So why are you still so tired?

Thankfully, there are ways to combat mental and physical fatigue, even in isolation.

Is this the diet we all need right now?

In his new book, "The Wedge," Scott Carney tests the boundaries of human resilience.

How pandemics are used to promote racism and xenophobia

The current focus on the Chinese and Jews is nothing new.

Vaccine skeptics appear to think differently than others, research suggests

New research suggests anti-vaxxers overestimate all problems associated with mortality.

Should universal basic income be used as an antidepressant?

Johann Hari knows that mental health is really a social issue.

How intermittent fasting changes your brain

A new study from Singapore found that intermittent fasting increases neurogenesis.

5 skills to learn while in self-isolation

None of us know where this is heading, but we can still learn from the moment.

NASA reveals plans for a base camp near the Moon's south pole

The space agency is ready to establish a base camp by 2024.

Where citizen science meets the coronavirus—and how you can help

Creators of the popular protein-folding game, Foldit, are seeking help to design a treatment for COVID-19.

Why factory farms are a "perfect storm" for disease pandemics

We've known this virus was coming. We just didn't do anything about it.

5 lessons we can all learn from the coronavirus crisis

Sometimes the best way to make changes is when you're in the middle of a challenging time.

Humans were born to run. Exoskeletons might make us better at it.

New research on ankle exoskeletons show promising results.

Is this the twilight of American culture?

The pandemic is exposing long-fractured aspects of our society.

Why we need to restrict calories right now

A new study shows the benefits of calorie restriction. Never has such advice been more needed.

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