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Baptism by Radon: Cure for Erectile Dysfunction and Chronic Pain?

By Mark Borigini M.D. on May 02, 2012 in Overcoming Pain
Radioactive radon gas is considered a health hazard by environmental agencies throughout the world. So, why do people expose themselves to radon for therapeutic purposes, in facilities ranging from abandoned mines in Montana, to upscale spas and clinics in the forests of Europe?

Skulls of the Smart and Famous

It was once believed that the skulls of geniuses held all their secrets. A book about the black market for these postmortem artifacts offers plenty of amusement.

Government Still Obsessed with Janet Jackson's Nipple

Way back in 2004, Janet Jackson’s right nipple was unexpectedly exposed for exactly one-half second during the Superbowl half-time show. Grown men cried. Women fainted. Children were driven mad by the brown protuberance.

See the Good In Others

By Rick Hanson Ph.D. on May 02, 2012 in Your Wise Brain
See the good in others—it's a simple but very powerful way to feel happier and more confident, and become more loving and more productive in the world.

Mussel Up Your Brain!

By Drew Ramsey M.D. on May 01, 2012 in The Farmacy
Mussels are a perfect brain food. Packed with DHA and vitamin B-12, two key nutrients that are vital to protecting your brain health and preserving your memory as you age, they also offer up a dose rare brain essential trace nutrients like iodine and selenium.

Condoms Were in My Teen's Goody Bag

I know that you are going to think that I am teasing you with this letter but I kid you not when I tell you that my teenager went to a sweet sixteen and colored condoms were in all of the kids' goody bags. I have heard of sweatshirts, balloons, candy, and maybe even other sorts of fun items but condoms?

First Flight

By Tony Angell on May 01, 2012 in Avian Einsteins
Ravens, crows, magpies, and jays share not only the wilderness, suburban, and urban environments with us, but also have in common many human characteristics.

Fifty Shades of Porn

By The Psychoanalysis 3.0 Writing Group on May 01, 2012 in Psychoanalysis 3.0
The book Fifty Shades of Grey is a New York Times Bestseller. And Internet porn is ubiquitous. Do the differences teach anything about how to have a sexually fulfilling relationship?

Erection Changes After 50: The Facts

Based on junk email and ads for erection drugs, you'd think that every man over 50 has erectile dysfunction (ED). No way.

A Bullying Dilemma

By Nancy S. Buck Ph.D. on May 01, 2012 in Peaceful Parenting
Children attempting to exert power and control over other children is nothing new. In fact, bullying is not even unique to children.

What About Alien Abductions?

By Erich Goode Ph.D. on May 01, 2012 in The Paranormal
Thousands of people claim to have been abducted by aliens. Is this testimony that extraterrestrials are here, on Earth?
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He's Got A Way About Him

By Maureen Seaberg on May 01, 2012 in Sensorium
Ballads are blues and greens and rock anthems are blazing reds, oranges and golds in the magnificent synesthetic palette of songwriter Billy Joel.

Thirty-Three Rounds of Radiation

By Anita Allen on May 01, 2012 in Unpopular Privacy
About six weeks ago I finished 33 rounds of radiation for stage one invasive breast cancer. Some of my academic friends urged me to write a book about my experiences.

Bowerbirds: Do They Have Green Thumbs?

By Marc Bekoff Ph.D. on May 01, 2012 in Animal Emotions
Male bowerbirds appear to grow a garden to attract females. What they do seems to be cultivation, the result of which is increased mating success. The more we learn the more blurred is the border between "us" and "them."

May Day: What Is Fair?

By Arthur Dobrin D.S.W. on May 01, 2012 in Am I Right?
Society has the right to insure that you do the right thing.

It’s Not Nice to Fool Mother Nature

By Jeff DeGraff Ph.D. on May 01, 2012 in Innovation You
The American Environmental Movement has had many names, and though it has been with us always, reappears in its more potent form with some regularity.

What We Can Learn from Carnie Wilson

By April M. Herndon Ph.D. on May 01, 2012 in Dry Land Fish
Carnie Wilson, who had her first Roux en Y gastric bypass surgery broadcast live on the internet in 1999 and produced two books about her experiences, recently announced that she’s now had a lap-band procedure because she regained weight.

5 Things Your Colleagues Want You To Know (But Are Afraid to Tell You)

Just because you couldn’t sleep one night and made a list at 2 a.m. which includes every idea that floated snowflake-like on to the flat, burning landscape of your brain does not mean we have to do it.

Accidentally On Purpose

Imagine that Bob cleans his gun while plotting to kill his uncle. Suddenly, the gun accidentally goes off and the bullet hits a pedestrian walking down the street, killing the pedestrian instantly. Bob runs over and discovers that the pedestrian is his uncle. How responsible is Bob?

Does Your Brain Care About Which Protein You Eat? Yes

The source of ones dietary protein can have profound effects upon brain chemistry.

“I Wouldn’t Have Seen It if I Hadn’t Believed It”

When thinking about human nature do our “reality goggles” get in the way of seeing reality?
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Anxiety Problems, Part II: 3 Habits That Help

What is usually the fastest and most thorough route to ending fearful feelings? It's not necessarily distraction.

Morality, Science, and Religion

It is clearly true that atheists, theists, deists, agnostics, and people of all different schools of thought commit moral, compassionate, and kind acts. But this doesn’t show that morality is independent of religion in its metaethical or normative aspects.
When You're the Difficult Person

When You're the Difficult Person

By Kaja Perina on May 01, 2012 in Brainstorm
If you’re consistently annoyed by (and annoying to) a select few—congratulations, you’re human. Knowing the person or situation that sets you off is half the battle.

Philosopher Alain de Botton on "Status Anxiety"

By Diogo Gonçalves on May 01, 2012 in There Are Free Lunches
Alain de Botton, the most-read philosopher alive, answered some questions about his wonderful book “Status Anxiety," which focused on the anxiety prevalent in many modern societies to be Number One.

Do You Yearn To Ease Suffering Of Others?

By Lissa Rankin M.D. on May 01, 2012 in Owning Pink
Learning to do it the bodhisattva way.

The Real Oedipal Complex

By Jeffrey B. Rubin Ph.D. on May 01, 2012 in The Art of Flourishing
A new world opens up when we focus on the psychological implications of Sophocles’ haunting story rather than on Freud’s theory—or his errors.