This is Your Brain on Serotonin

Understanding the cocktail of chemicals that fuel our consciousness By Jacob Devaney / 04.28.2016 As we dive into the complex and beautiful neurochemical cocktail that fuels our brains, serotonin is a bit of an enigma. Research shows that serotonin plays an important role in regulating mood, appetite, sleep, and dreaming. It can have both a sedating or stimulating effect and this is somehow related[…]

Five Ayurvedic Rules for Coffee Drinkers

Coffee: Is it good for you or bad for you? The New York Times Magazine reported that by drinking moderate amounts of coffee, you might reduce your chances of developing type-2 diabetes, dementia, and certain types of cancer—and even, perhaps, live longer. Yet evidence also suggests that coffee can affect women’s estrogen levels, raise blood[…]

The Life and Death of Daniel Berrigan

Rev. Daniel Berrigan in 1995. (Getty/Chris Felver) By Rev. John Dear / 05.02.2016 Rev. Daniel Berrigan, the renowned anti-war activist, award-winning poet, author and Jesuit priest, who inspired religious opposition to the Vietnam War and later the U.S. nuclear weapons industry, died at age 94, just a week shy of his 95th birthday. He died[…]

Did the Julio-Claudians Suffer from Congenital Heart Defects?

Nude statue of Julius Caesar. Photographed at The Musée du Louvre in Paris, France by Mary Harrsch  © 2008 By Mary Harrsch A recently published article, “Has the diagnosis of a stroke been overlooked in the symptoms of Julius Caesar”, by Francesco M. Galassi and Hutan Ashrafian of Imperial College London, has generated quite a bit of interest[…]

What the Nose Knows

© Gustav Almestå Losing your sense of smell takes away more than scents and flavours – it can fundamentally change the way you relate to other people, writes Emma Young. By Emma Young Nick Johnson skims the lunch menu at the White Dog Cafe, a warren of little rooms and ante-rooms in Philadelphia’s university district.[…]

Namaste Inc.

Greatly influential on Western impressions of India, the ancient greeting namaste has since been exploited by that country’s tourism industry for the purpose of attracting Western visitors, who have been sold on the idea that their impressions will be made real by compliant natives. By Ansh Patel Originally a Sanskrit greeting, namaste had long been[…]

The Science of Life and Death in Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

Frankenstein observing the first stirrings of his creature. Engraving by W. Chevalier after Th. von Holst, 1831. Featured as frontispiece to the 1831 edition of Shelley’s novel Source: Wellcome Library. Professor Sharon Ruston surveys the scientific background to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, considering contemporary investigations into resuscitation, galvanism, and the possibility of states between life and[…]

Starbucks Lawsuit: ‘You Put Too Much Ice in My Coffee, Gimme $5 Million’!

The Starbucks Coffee at Universal CityWalk Hollywood / BrokenSphere, Wikimedia Commons By Matthew A. McIntosh / 05.02.2016 Brewminate Editor-in-Chief A lawsuit has been filed against Starbucks on behalf of one Stacy Pincus in Chicago.  The complaint is that too much ice is put into iced drinks and thereby reduces the actual volume of the liquid[…]

In First, Trump Ekes Ahead of Clinton in New National Poll

Among voters not affiliated with either major party, Trump leads Clinton 37 to 31 percent, according to the latest Rasmussen Reports phone survey. (Illustration: DonkeyHotey/cc/flickr) Latest Rasmussen survey finds that in Clinton-Trump matchup, GOP candidate would claim 15 percent of Democratic voters By Laura McCauley / 05.02.2016 As the presidential nominating contests enter their final[…]

‘Ultracool’ Dwarf Star Hosts Three Potentially Habitable Earth-Sized Planets Just 40 Light-Years Away

Imagined view from the surface of one of the newly discovered planets, with ultracool dwarf star TRAPPIST-1 in the background. ESO/M. Kornmesser By Dr. Adam Burgasser Professor of Physics University of California, San Diego The search for Earth-like planets – and life – beyond the solar system has long been the stuff of science fiction[…]

Meet the Washing-TEN Weasels

Bernie Sanders captured the Washington state caucus in a landslide, 72.7% to Clinton’s 27.1% – claiming 25 pledged delegates to Clinton’s 9 – yet ten of the state’s superdelegates think they know best and ignore the vote of the people. Here they are, with contact information. By Matthew A. McIntosh / 05.02.2016 Brewminate Editor-in-Chief Read[…]

A Visual Journey Into the Floating Guava Markets of Bangladesh

Kuriyana, Swarupkathi, Bangladesh | 2015 © Md. Moyazzem Mostakim, Timur Photography. Used with permission In the Southern region of Bangladesh, rivers and canals crisscross, creating a lush green landscape. You can see a lot of green guava orchards if you’re aboard a boat travelling through the canals. Thousands of farmers earn their livelihood growing and selling[…]