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An App to Boost the Imagination

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An app under development promises to improve creativity and nurture the imagination. The app is the work of Sophie von Stumm, director of the Hungry Mind Lab at Goldsmiths, University of London, whose initiative is one of 16 proposals that have been selected through a grant competition from the Imagination Institute, based at the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center.

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New Discovery Raises Big Question of Life’s Cosmic Uniqueness

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This artist's conception shows the silhouette of a rocky planet, dubbed HD 219134b, as it passes in front of its star. NASA/JPL-Caltech
This artist's conception shows the silhouette of a rocky planet, dubbed HD 219134b, as it passes in front of its star. NASA/JPL-Caltech

An important new discovery has been announced by a team of astrophysicists based at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), through work funded by the John Templeton Foundation’s Alien Earths Initiative. The CfA is a major partner with the Geneva Observatory and the researchers have found the closest known exoplanet to Earth that transits its star. The discovery could lead to new breakthroughs in advancing one of the most profound big questions: does life exist elsewhere in the universe?

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Research Suggests Gravity Destroys Schrödinger’s Cat

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Schrödinger's Cat
Schrödinger's Cat

One of the best known examples of the oddities of quantum physics is the so-called Schrödinger’s Cat. The cat is deemed to be neither dead nor alive, but rather existing in a so-called quantum superposition of both states; that is, the cat is simultaneously dead and alive. Such superpositions do not exist at the macro level of everyday experiences but do exist at the micro level of quantum reality. The puzzle is how the two relate.

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(Dis)Honesty – The Truth About Lies

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Imagine you’re asked to solve some simple math problems and are offered payment for each correct answer. Then you are allowed to mark your own test, report your own score, and receive the cash without anything being checked. Would you be honest? Would you mark, score, and report correctly? Or would you be tempted to say that you did just a little bit better than you actually did?

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The Worst Job You’ll Ever Love

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“I was once reasonably dignified,” writes Jonathan V. Last, senior writer at The Weekly Standard, explaining his formerly well-dressed, organized, clutter-free life. “Then I became a father.” The Dadly Virtues: Adventures from the Worst Job You’ll Ever Love, published by Templeton Press and edited by Last, offers an amusing array of insight from fathers in all walks and stages of life. The book is a tongue-in-cheek celebration of the trials and triumphs of fatherhood.

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