How the food industry manipulates ingredients to keep us buying more and eating so much we blow up like balloons.
According to McDonald’s, the vegan nuggets, rather than an attempt to imitate their chicken nuggets, are vegetable nuggets made from potatoes, carrots, chickpeas, corn, cauliflower and onion. They are coated in a crunchy breading and then fried.
Ten newborns with the rare genetic disorder known as bubble boy disease were cured with gene therapy, researchers revealed Wednesday. The treatment appears to have completely rid the babies of their immune disorder with no side effects or complications – a result scientists have sought for decades through painstaking research and heartbreaking setbacks.
In January 1973, Science published an article called ‘On being sane in insane places’. The author, psychologist David Rosenhan, described how he and seven other healthy people had reported themselves to a dozen psychiatric hospitals, claiming to hear voices uttering odd words such as ‘thud’ or ‘hollow’ — a symptom never reported in the clinical literature.
We’ve all seen the memes and social media posts. While variations exist, they’re basically the same idea: First, a picture of a forest, a field, or a garden with text that reads, “This is an antidepressant.” Below will be a photo of some pile of anonymous, colorful pills, with text saying, “This is shit.” The point these memes are trying to make, of course, is that going outdoors and enjoying fresh air is a “natural” antidepressant, whereas taking a pill—a chemical, a drug—pollutes your brain and body. It’s shit.
The process—in which the brain converts a sequence of actions into an automatic routine—is known as 'chunking,' and it's at the root of how habits form. Habits, scientists say, emerge because the brain is constantly looking for ways to save effort. Left to its own devices, the brain will try to make almost any routine into a habit, because habits allow our minds to ramp down more often.
Before we can develop effective routines, we have to envision what “success” actually means to us.
Admittedly, it’s easier to just adopt someone else’s habits.
Among the billion pieces of content claiming to hold the recipe for success, there are a few common ingredients, from working double-time like Elon Musk to rising before the sun like Apple CEO Tim Cook.