What to Know About Shark Attacks Before You Hit the Beach

There are a lot of cats in Washington, D.C. They live in parks, backyards, side streets, and people’s homes. Exactly how many there are is the question a new conservation project wants to answer. DC Cat Count, a collaboration between Humane Rescue Alliance, the Humane Society, PetSmart Charities, and the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, aims to […]

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The Best Remedy For A Depressive Personality

Around 13% of the population has depressive personality traits — but they do not have to be permanent. Talking therapies can help to change depressive personality traits, research finds. Although personality is sometimes thought of as fixed, psychotherapy can actually change it. Around 13% of the population have depressive personality traits — but they do […]

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The Smell That Boosts Cognitive Performance

Smelling this scent made people expect to perform better. The mere smell of coffee is enough to boost cognitive performance, new research finds. It doesn’t matter that the coffee has no caffeine in it and actually isn’t even coffee — just a scent that smells like it. Professor Adriana Madzharov, who led the research, said: […]

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10 Surprising Facts About Mr. Mom

John Hughes penned the script for 1983’s Mr. Mom, a comedy about a family man named Jack Butler (Micheal Keaton) who loses his job. To ensure their three kids are taken care of, his wife, Caroline (Teri Garr), goes back to work—leaving Jack to fight off a vacuum cleaner and learn why it’s never a good […]

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Prepositions in Band Names

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Using the 5 Second Rule to Initiate Tasks

The title — The 5 Second Rule: Transform Your Life, Work, and Confidence with Everyday Courage — intrigued me. According to the publisher, Mel Robbins’s self-help book is “based on a simple psychological tool that the author developed to motivate herself. Using a technique that involves counting down backwards from five to one, she gave herself the […]

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