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How Can Entertainment Help Us Relax?
EVERYONE HAS their preferred way to unwind at the end of a long day. Some people zone out in front of the TV or dive into video games. Others cue up a playlist or get cozy with a good book. Beyond distracting us from the stresses of daily life, these
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The More Things Change
THE DAY I SAT DOWN TO START WRITING this letter, March 10, 2021, marked one year since I first took the Big Chair here at PopSci. March 11 was the anniversary of the World Health Organization declaring COVID-19 a pandemic, and March 13 meant a full 3
Popular Science1 min gelesenMedical
Why Do Happy Lamps Banish The Blues?
GRAY DAYS CAN MAKE anyone feel blah, but they’re downright depressing for 1 in 20 Americans. Doctors call the response seasonal affective disorder and suspect it’s caused by disruptions to the circadian rhythm, which regulates sleep, appetite, and ho
Popular Science12 min gelesenAstronomy & Space Sciences
The Dimmer Switch
ON HARDSCRABBLE PASS in south-central Colorado, bighorn sheep, patches of ice, and blown-over snow regularly threaten drivers on February days. But once they come out the other side and dive down into the Wet Mountain Valley, the first breathtaking g
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Steep Dreams
An internal fine-mesh strainer lets you brew up to 17 ounces of your favorite blend from loose leaves or bags. The double walls will keep it hot for 12 hours or cold for 24. This precision kettle will quickly bring nearly 2 quarts of water to the ide
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Explain Hibernation Like I’m 5
PRETEND YOU’RE A GROUNDHOG and winter is coming. Food is getting scarce, the days are growing colder, and you can’t migrate anywhere warmer. Your best bet is to hibernate until spring. Animals around the world, ranging from bees to bears, instinctive
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Breathing Room
During New York City’s first COVID-19 surge, an oasis beckoned stressed and exhausted Mount Sinai Hospital physicians, nurses, and other frontliners. During breaks or between shifts, they could sink into high-backed chairs beneath a canopy of silk tr
Popular Science1 min gelesenTelecommunications
Calm And Tranquility Live In The Cloud, Too
WHAT DO YOU REACH FOR when you need some soothing? A cozy blanket, a cup of tea, or maybe even your smartphone? That stiff hunk of hardware doesn’t exactly scream comfort, but if you look past its glassy exterior, you’ll find that it lets you relax i
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Massage Away That Headache
FEW THINGS CAN crush a productive morning or relaxing evening faster than a tension headache. Any number of factors can trigger one, from stress to poor posture, but it always feels like a band of pressure across the scalp that then tightens the neck
Popular Science1 min gelesenPsychology
Chill, Dog
IF YOUR DOG has seen more of you during the pandemic, you may have noticed them trembling or barking excessively when you leave. These frantic behaviors are signs of anxiety, and though your pet might need professional help, you can try to make them
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What Makes Bob Ross So Relaxing?
FEW PEOPLE WATCHING The Joy of Painting have an interest in learning the craft. They just want to chill, and Bob Ross, who hosted the program until his death in 1995, is a sure path to serenity. His subdued baritone and the gentle sound of a brush on
Popular Science3 min gelesenPsychology
What Can Silence A Ringing Ear?
IT TAKES MANY FORMS. Bells or clicks that chase away sleep, crashing ocean waves that break focus, a low ringing frequent enough that it derails lives, relationships, and careers. The perception of sound in the absence of external noise—a condition k
Popular Science2 min gelesenArchitecture
Branching Out
WALK THE PATH at the Crespi Bonsai Museum in Milan, and you’ll come upon a tree that has thrived for more than 1,000 years. This 10-foot millennial, flanked by manicured plants that have also lived for centuries, soaks up the Italian sun beneath a gl
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Head Rests
Down (or down-like) bolsters often start off supportive, then sink to envelop your head like a taco shell. The Purple Harmony features a firm latex core so it stays plump, while a soft, rubbery mesh on the outside neatly conforms to your noggin. Snoo
Popular Science7 min gelesenMedical
Somebody’s Gotta Do It
LIFE IS RARELY WORRY-FREE, but unprecedented angst has become a constant. Beyond the regular challenges of everyday existence—chaotic households, traffic jams, overbearing bosses—the looming presence of a deadly virus has made even mundane decisions
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The Shape Of Things
THE NATURAL WORLD IS NOT ALWAYS a calm place. Every day, animals from the ocean floor to the highest treetops struggle to live, breed, and eat. Their existential endeavors make many of our modern stressors seem placid by comparison. But we still seek
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The Ultimate Comforter
THE EXTRA POUNDS in a weighted blanket feel like a hug, stimulating the release of serotonin and dopamine, chemicals that encourage a good night’s rest. But if you’re aiming for a top-notch snooze, sew your own to boost this bulky duvet’s calming qua
Popular Science1 min gelesenPsychology
Meditating In Motion
EMPLOYING MEDITATION to let go of the past and focus on the present is a sure path to inner peace. Neuroscientists aren’t sure why, but they do know that it shrinks the brain’s flight-or-fight center, called the amygdala, which could increase feeling
Popular Science1 min gelesenAutomotive
Off The Gridlock
A pair of inward-facing padded benches can comfortably fit almost all body types with no need for adjustments. The configuration evokes a horse-drawn carriage. Each passenger has a 7-inch touchscreen they can use to tell the vehicle when they’re seat
Popular Science2 min gelesenMedical
Is CBD The Next Miracle Therapy?
CHARLOTTE FIGI WAS five when she made history in 2011 as the youngest patient in Colorado to receive cannabidiol treatment. Doctors prescribed the substance, known as CBD, to soothe her violent seizures, and within two years she was walking, talking,
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Why Can’t We Sleep?
Despite our near-constant worrying over restlessness, Americans log about the same amount of sleep today as they did 50 years ago. But that doesn’t mean we’re snoozing enough. Approximately one in three US adults isn’t getting the seven or more daily
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Have A Nice Trip
THE FIRST TIME I get high on Ketamine, I'm not sure I'm doing it right. The setting is nice enough: I’m tucked beneath a gray weighted blanket, reclining on a creamy leather chair. Headphones deliver the sort of playlist you’d find by searching for “
Popular Science4 min gelesenBiology
Can Stress Be The Death Of You?
IN THE FACE OF grueling stress, it’s easy to romanticize the body’s commitment to balance. A dark and lovely liver serenely regulates its life-sustaining chores like some kind of untrammeled deity. Nearby, plump kidneys churn out requests for water a
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Music For The Menagerie
WHEN ENGLISH PLAYWRIGHT William Congreve wrote, “Music hath charms to soothe a savage breast” in his 1697 tragedy The Mourning Bride, any real efforts to measure how nonhuman animals produce and perceive music—what we now call zoomusicology—were far
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Downtime, USA
THE WORD LEISURE—time that belongs to you, free from work or other duties—dates to 14th-century Europe. But for much of its existence, the term was an abstract concept to all but the wealthy. That began to change in the United States in the late 1800
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Why Does Screaming Make You Feel Better?
THE PAST YEAR has provided no end of things to flip out about. The pandemic. The economy. The cabin fever from spending months indoors. Couldn’t you just scream? Go ahead (but try not to scare the neighbors). Turns out shouting from the rooftops—or i
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Life Finds A Way
PEOPLE TEND TO THINK of the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone as a nuclear wasteland. But 35 years after a reactor meltdown drove 350,000 people from the region (an area half the size of Delaware), flora and fauna thrive. Some believe the region’s biodiversit
Popular Science2 min gelesenPsychology
What’s The Most Soothing Sound In The World?
ON A CHILLY EVENING in Berlin, Suk-Jun Kim’s research has him eavesdropping in a stranger’s bedroom. Four family members are gathered around the bed, swapping nostalgic stories. Kim gently asks them to hum together. Their voices start off flat and he
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Tools Of The Tirade
The 1-pound head on DeWalt’s Rip Claw Hammer offers two ways to yank nails: a large claw for fasteners you have room to grab straight-on and a small notch on the side to reach ones in tight spaces. Fiskar’s Pro IsoCore Wrecking Bar is a 30-inch Swis
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