A Magnetar Just Woke Up After Three Years of Silence — Universal-Sci

When stars reach the end of their main sequence, they undergo a gravitational collapse, ejecting their outermost layers in a supernova explosion. What remains afterward is a dense, spinning core primarily made up of neutrons (aka. a neutron star), of which only 3000 are known to exist in the Milky Way Galaxy. An even rarer … Continue reading A Magnetar Just Woke Up After Three Years of Silence — Universal-Sci

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TRUE HAPPINESS ISN’T ABOUT BEING HAPPY ALL THE TIME

Image Credit: Predl via flickr 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 … Continue reading TRUE HAPPINESS ISN’T ABOUT BEING HAPPY ALL THE TIME

On Dirty Computer Janelle Monáe Breaks Out of Her Android Persona

On her new album Janelle Monáe is shedding her Cindi Mayweather persona.MIKE COPPOLA/VANITY FAIR/GETTY IMAGES Nearly a century ago, the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar wrote one of his most abiding works, “We Wear the Mask.” Much of the poem’s heat springs from its opening stanza, which plays like a confession eager to break free. Of … Continue reading On Dirty Computer Janelle Monáe Breaks Out of Her Android Persona

Avengers: Infinity War is stunning, hilarious, and heartbreaking

Photo by Chuck Zlotnick / Marvel Studios Directors Joe and Anthony Russo create a superhero movie where nobody is safe The most definitive overarching issue with the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been the lack of stakes. Over the course of the saga’s previous 18 movies, MCU heroes have faced numerous world-ending threats, eking out victories … Continue reading Avengers: Infinity War is stunning, hilarious, and heartbreaking

The Etiquette Of Food In Different Languages And Cultures

When my kids were young, we went to Israel and were feasting on a breakfast buffet on a kibbutz (self-sustaining Israeli community). Among the dishes, there was a bowl of deep brown chocolate. Chocolate in the morning? So what (who cares)? We each grabbed a whole bowl full. We looked at each other and I … Continue reading The Etiquette Of Food In Different Languages And Cultures