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December 22, 2014 - New Moon 0° Capricorn

Merry Christmas

December 18, 2014     10:04 AM ET

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Have a great holiday.

Christmas Files

Chanukah 2014

December 17, 2014     10:41 AM ET

Chanukah began Tuesday at sundown as other holiday celebrations ripple out against a backwash of protests and violence across the nation and in many parts of the world.

Now is the time to finish 2014 projects and get into holiday headspace. It hasn't been an easy year with death and destruction across the globe and people dealing with the issues of life. All we can do is plan something special to enjoy in the moment.

How to Help a Shy Kid

December 18, 2014     10:00 AM ET

Shy babies and toddlers are at greater risk of developing anxiety later in life, compared with outgoing kids. A new study, however, finds that good parenting can offset that risk for little wallflowers. In fact, shyness and withdrawal from new situations is linked to later anxiety only in babies and toddlers without a secure attachment to their caregivers. Read More ...

Dealing With Anxiety Dreams

December 18, 2014     10:00 AM ET

When you consistently have nightmares, often unexplained, your consciousness is returning to the same frequency experiences in the grid again and again.

You can try to figure out the source of your fears, or simple tell yourself before going to sleep that you no longer want to have scary dreams that wake you up. This may sound simple, but it works. Try it.

Articles about sleep


When Your Doc Says Your Cholesterol Is Too High

December 17, 2014     10:33 AM ET

Getting a blood result with a high total cholesterol, for most people, unfortunately means that their doc's about to follow it with "Here's a prescription for Lipitor." This is because the medical profession is obsessed with lowering your cholesterol because of misguided theories about cholesterol and heart disease. Read More ...

Making Sense Through Order

December 16, 2014     6:45 AM ET

Cognitive scientists at the University of Rochester say they have an alternative to the standard explanation for why order matters when the human mind processes information. Instead of ignoring the order in which people receive information, they embrace it.

The Brain in the News

Archaeology December 2014

December 18, 2014     9:27 AM ET

- 8,000-Year-Old Olive Oil Found in Ancient Clay Pots

- Ancient Farmhouse Found in Israel Reveals Agricultural Secrets

- Egypt unveils renovated Tutankhamun gallery

- Did Ancient Egyptians Have Airplanes?

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Ancient Civilizations

The Lost Continent of Kumari Kandam

December 16, 2014     8:50 AM ET

Kumari Kandam refers to a mythological lost continent with an ancient Tamil civilization, located south of present-day India, in the Indian Ocean.

In the 19th century, a section of the European and American scholars speculated the existence of a submerged continent called Lemuria, to explain geological and other similarities between Africa, India and Madagascar. Read More ...

Reshaping the horse through millennia

December 16, 2014     6:56 AM ET

Whole genome sequencing of modern and ancient horses unveils the genes that have been selected by humans in the process of domestication through the last 5,500 years, but also reveals the cost of this domestication. An international research group reports that a significant part of the genetic variation in modern domesticated horses could be attributed to interbreeding with the descendants of a now extinct population of wild horses. Read More ...

Why Don't Birds Have Teeth? Scientists Solve Mystery

December 16, 2014     6:30 AM ET

Birds are the modern day ancestors of dinosaurs, but unlike their predecessors, birds no longer have teeth. Until recently, scientists didn't know when or how. Now, after sequencing the genomes of 48 different bird species representing most avian orders, they were able to find when the switch happened from teeth to beaks. Read More ...

Reading with Ellie

Enduring Symbols as Meaningful Gifts

By the artist David Weitzman

Fine Art America

Art by Judy Joy Jones