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Prince Harry in Soho restaurant Bob Bob Ricard with Guy Pelly

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Eiffel Tower closes to visitors as workers stage walkout over Paris pickpockets

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Curt Oren’s Iowa billboard lets the world know he got a new hat

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Temple University professor arrested for ‘sharing US defense tech with China’

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Fat people ARE more tempted by adverts for junk food, brain scans reveal 

Researchers at Dartmouth College examined MRI scans of the brains of children aged 12 to 16 measuring responses to watching food and non-food adverts.

Police hunt Adams family crime boss after north London shooting

Patrick Adams - a member of the notorious Adams family gang - is believed to have fled abroad with his wife Constance after a man was shot in the chest in Islington in 2013

Woman jailed for stabbing boyfriend and asking butcher to chop him up

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Eat’n’Park sues Chicago American Sweet & Snacks over similar products

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Woman, 67, falls from fifth-story window in Manhattan and dies after tripping on stairs during visit to her son

The incident took place Thursday evening, in a Sherman Avenue building in Manhattan's Inwood neighborhood.

British schools leavers and graduates no better than retiring workers

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I camembert it! Passenger takes to Twitter to lodge hilarious complaint about the ratio of cheese to cracker on board Air New Zealand flight

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Worcester man sold British military equipment to Jordanian Army

Sidney Nicholls, 53, from Worcester, posed a 'serious risk' to British national security by flogging the military equipment, which included body armour, to the Jordanian Army.

How Brain Science Can Help Explain Discrepancies in a Sexual Assault Survivor’s Story

"I believe that you believe something happened to you." The young woman repeated the detective's statement to me again. It had been the detective's response to her question of whether he believed her account of the brutal sexual assault she had experienced the past weekend.

As a counselor on the local rape crisis hotline, it was not the first time I had heard such a demoralizing story of an individual's attempt to report sexual violence to law enforcement. Because her story had been disjointed, and she had stumbled over several sections of it, the detective had thought that she was confabulating, creating a crime where none had occurred.

When I hear of this dynamic, my thoughts often turn to the neuroscience of trauma. The brain's response to trauma is complex, and human behavior in response to trauma, particularly sexual violence, is not well-understood but recent research does offer some important insights.

The rate of false report in sexual violence is actually low, estimated by most studies to be around 7 percent (to compare, this is considerably lower than the rate of insurance fraud). Moreover, research shows that sexual violence is in fact underreported: Many more incidents of violence occur than are reported to law enforcement or other legal authorities. Studies show that there are many factors that may predict whether an individual will report, including level of acquaintance with the perpetrator and whether alcohol was consumed.

Taken together, research findings on the factually low rate of false report and on the underreporting of the crime itself demonstrate a clear contradiction in people's conceptions of sexual violence and that violence in reality. There is a mismatch between media portrayals of "ideal victims" -- young, sober women attacked at knifepoint in parking lots at night -- and research on real-world victims -- nearly three-quarters of whom know the perpetrator (rising to nearly 90 percent on college campuses) and only 7 percent of whom were attacked with a firearm, knife or other weapon.

This kind of misunderstanding of an individual's experience of sexual assault is heartbreakingly common. A high school student's report of sexual assault was viewed skeptically by an elected lawmaker, who stated on the public record that "some girls, they rape so easy." More recently, a fan base made it clear that it did not believe a woman accusing a sports hero of rape, and that she was making the story up for attention.

Why are victims so often not believed? A large amount of this disbelief may be linked to the behavioral patterns of victims themselves, which can vary widely from case to case and often include behaviors of which the average police detective would be skeptical. To understand these patterns, it is helpful to look at how the brain and body respond to stress and trauma, such as that experienced during sexual violence.

A relatively new area of the literature on human response to trauma, particularly the trauma experienced during sexual violence, is that of "tonic immobility." Defined as self-paralysis, or as the inability to move even when not forcibly restrained, tonic immobility has long been studied in non-human animals as the "freeze" response to extreme stress. Recently, it has been observed in the laboratory as a stress response in humans, as well. This finding explains the reaction of many victims of sexual violence, who report that they felt like they could not escape, even when no weapon was present.

Additionally, due to an entire cascade of hormonal changes, which includes oxytocin and opiates, associated with pain management, adrenaline, commonly associated with "fight or flight," and cortisol, functional connectivity between different areas of the brain is affected. In particular, this situation affects pathways important for memory formation, which means that an individual can fail to correctly encode and store memories experienced during trauma. While an individual generally will remember the traumatic event itself (unless alcohol or drugs are present in the system), these memories will feel fragmented, and may take time to piece together in a way that makes narrative sense.

Behavioral patterns in individuals who have experienced sexual violence mirror those seen in other traumatized populations, like combat veterans. This pattern of symptoms, known as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, can include emotional numbness, intrusive memories of the traumatic event, and hyperarousal (increased awareness of one's surroundings, or constantly being "on guard").

Research shows that the majority of individuals who experience sexual assault demonstrate at least some of these symptoms of PTSD immediately after the assault and through the two weeks following the assault. Nine months after the assault, 30 percent of individuals still reported this pattern of symptoms. Overall, it is estimated show that nearly one-third of all victims of sexual assault will develop PTSD at some point in their lives.

These findings are complicated by the fact that the response of any given person to trauma can look extremely different, based on previous life experiences and health factors. Research has found that cognitive variables, such as perceived negative responses of other people and poor coping strategies, were significantly linked both to development of PTSD and severity of PTSD. In another study, lower cortisol levels as measured in the emergency room have been related to increased risk for the development of PTSD. In other words, a maladaptive version of nature/nurture is involved in individuals' responses to trauma.

As with many questions related to health, it is difficult to pinpoint the cause: existing neurobiological and psychosocial risk factors, such as mental illness, can contribute to the development of PTSD, and PTSD can lead to other health problems. There is no hard and fast rule of victimology: every individual who experiences sexual violence will respond differently.

Therefore, the detective who was unable to believe the story told to him by my crisis caller was likely misinterpreting the discrepancies in her story as lies, rather than as her brain's responses to extreme trauma. Best practices now suggest that officers wait at least two sleep cycles, generally 48 hours, before interviewing a victim of sexual violence. Additionally, the interview should be handled in a victim-centered manner, not as an interrogation. Research-informed practices have the potential for not only better outcomes for survivors of sexual violence, but also for reporting and prosecution rates for our legal system.

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Kathryn Gigler is a doctoral candidate studying the cognitive neuroscience of learning and memory at Northwestern University. She also serves as director of the Women's Center at Elizabeth City State University.

This post is part of a HuffPost Science series exploring the surge of new research on the human brain. Are you a neuroscientist with an insight to share? Tell us about it by emailing science@huffingtonpost.com.

Need help? In the U.S., visit the National Sexual Assault Online Hotline operated by RAINN. For more resources, visit the National Sexual Violence Resource Center's website.

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Is ‘The Big Lebowski’ Actually A Retelling Of ‘Alice In Wonderland’?

Walter ... walrus ... whoa.

So you've seen "The Big Lebowski" dozens of times. You loved "Alice in Wonderland" when you were a kid -- and you loved it even more when you grew up and understood all the drug-related undertones. But what if we told you that these two films ... COULD BE THE SAME FILM?

The good people at Cracked have tied together this theory in neat little package for your eyes and ears to consume. Does it blow your mind to think that Alice might have been the original Dude?

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Supermarkets will be forced to give unsold food to charities under news laws aimed at reducing waste in France 

France’s national assembly has vowed a crusade on food waste in the country by passing a law that will stop supermarkets destroying unsold food. Instead chains will have to donate the old food

Sandra Lee shares photos of Andrew Cuomo after her double mastectomy

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Wojceich Sadelski ‘beat and stabbed mom to death with hammer’

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‘Australia’s worst pedophile priest’ admits he was out of control and ‘went haywire’ abusing altar boys

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Purr-itos!: Three cute kittens are rolled up in blankets while being looked after at ‘no-kill’ shelter in Salt Lake City where no animal is ever put down

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Premier League team news, odds and stats from every match on May 24

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Ireland goes to the polls to vote on legalising same-sex marriage 

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Elle refuses to sell Nicole Trunfio’s breastfeeding cover in shops

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Online dater in custody accused of ‘raping three women in six days’ and ‘stealing $150 from one woman while unlawfully imprisoning her’

Melbourne man Adel Nafady, 27, has been accused of raping three women in a matter of days after using a dating website to set up meetings with them.

Manny the French bulldog with almost 700,000 Instagram followers

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Brewed With A View matches UK destinations with the perfect cup of tea

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Savopoulos family murder suspect Daron Wint arrested in Northeast DC

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So rich he’s got not one, but TWO private jets, a James Bond speedboat firm and even his own football club: Inside the mind-boggling world of China’s £25 billion man

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The science behind Netflix’s first major redesign in four years

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Bomb-proof WALLPAPER could save lives with Kevlar fibres that stops debris

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ISIS in Palmyra executes nearly 300 pro-government soldiers

GRAPHIC CONTENT WARNING: Maamoun Abdulkarim, the head of the Antiquities in Syria, said ISIS fighters are 'moving in residential areas, terrifying people and taking revenge.'

When Marnie Was There review: is this Studio Ghibli’s last-ever movie?

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Chinese tycoon spends £100m to make company HQ look like the STAR TREK ship

Chinese millionaire, Liu Dejian, has built an office headquarters designed to look like the Starship Enterprise from his beloved TV and movie series. The building is located in Fujian Province.

The Wolf of Instagram: Rich trader posts pictures of jetset lifestyle with fast cars, bling watches and model girlfriend… and gives tips on how followers can be like him 

The multi-millionaire ‘Wolf of Instagram,’ Timothy Sykes from Orange Connecticut has earned himself 260,000 followers showing off his lavish, jet-setting lifestyle and offering trading tips and life advice.

Helen Abdulla filmed blasting a tank’s cannon at ISIS fighters in music video

Helen Abdulla shot the video for her new single, Revolution, in an abandoned village near Mosul, Iraq, where the Kurdish militia are currently fighting ISIS just 1.5 miles away.

Fred Olsen cruise passengers struck down by vomiting bug

Fred Olsen Cruise Lines confirmed staff are trying to contain an ‘extremely contagious gastric illness’ on board the MV Balmoral, which is returning to Southampton from the Azores and Madeira.

Coco de Mer advert features bare bottoms and will be shown across UK

Erotic lingerie brand Coco de Mer has launched the two-and-a-half-minute footage called 'X', during which viewers are treated to a steamy collage of sexy images.

England vs New Zealand LIVE: Follow day two of the first Test at Lord’s

Moeen Ali will remain at the crease on day two after looking in the mood to pile on the runs on Thursday night. He and Jos Buttler put on 103 in the final session of the opening day to put them in control.

Errol Cornish charged over caesarean death is ‘struggling under strain of case’ 

Errol Cornish, 67, pictured today, one of two doctors being prosecuted over the death of teacher Frances Cappuccini, spoke only to confirm his name when he appeared at Maidstone Crown Court.

Deleted ‘Mean Girls’ Scene Is So, So Fetch

This deleted "Mean Girls" scene is so fetch. (Yes, we're still trying to make fetch happen).

In the clip, available as an extra when you purchase the film on iTunes, Cady (Lindsay Lohan) encounters Regina (Rachel McAdams) in the bathroom at the school dance just before Spring Fling King and Queen are announced.

"I had this really expensive dollhouse from Germany," Regina tells Cady in a childhood anecdote that's really an apology about Aaron. "But I never played with it, so my mom wanted to give it to my cousin. But even though I didn’t want it ... "

"You begged your mom to let you keep it?" Cady asks.

"No, I threw it down the stairs," Regina says.

It's a sweet, emotional scene with a brief, hilarious cameo by Amy Poehler.

We'll be watching it on repeat to tide us over until the upcoming musical arrives.

Travellers planning on working in Australia face ‘backpacker tax’

Britons planning on taking a trip Down Under next year and work along the way will be taxed 32.5 per cent on every dollar they earn.

Princess Anne joins relatives of Quintinshill rail crash victims to mark centenary

On May 22 1915, a train packed with 500 First World War troops collided with a passenger service at Quintinshill, near Gretna on the Scottish-England border. Pictured, Princess Anne pays tribute today.

Lonely hearts conman Aaron Seddon jailed for extorting women he met online

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Xavi is the ultimate symbol of Barcelona’s philosophy… and expect tears when he waves goodbye to La Liga on Saturday

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Chanel Iman puts her cleavage on show in a low-cut white dress as she promotes new movie in Cannes with Pharrell and Zoe Kravitz

Her brown tresses swaying in the wind, the 24-year-old shunned stilettos to go bare foot in the sand.

Everton vs Tottenham Hotspur: Team news, kick-off time, probable line-ups, odds and stats for the Premier League clash

Get the latest team news and stats ahead of the Premier League clash between Everton and Tottenham at Goodison Park.

Amir Khan looking ripped and ready as he prepares for welterweight clash with Chris Algieri in New York

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Guy Sebastian is feeling the pressure as he prepares to represent Australia at Eurovision Song Contest for the first time

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Former Android diehard ‘never looking back’ after switch to iPhone 6 – find out why

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Emmy Rossum keeps it casual in a semi-sheer blue shirt and skinny jeans as she breezes through LAX

The 28-year-old Shameless actress was all smiles after touching down at LAX before making her way out into the sun.

Pill bristling with NEEDLES designed to replace injections for medication

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology student has revealed the mPill (shown). It is an ingestible device that is covered in needles. The pill has a coating that dissolves when it reaches your gut.

The items DIRTIER than a toilet seat, including tap handles and your make-up bag

A kitchen tap harbours 44 times more bacteria than a toilet seat, while a handbag is covered in up to 10 times more germs, a new infographic by Plumbworld reveals.

Now THAT is a super moon! Image made of 32,000 photographs shows pockmarked lunar surface in brilliant detail

Polish photographer Bartosz Wojczyski took the images over half an hour from his balcony Piekary Iskie, Poland. He spent six hours stitching together separate images to create the final photograph.

How a Separation Selfie Pulled Me Out of My Darkest Days

The first morning I woke up in my mother's house, alone, with my two-month-old baby was the hardest morning of my life. My eyes were still swollen from the night before, the night when I knew my marriage was ending and there wasn't a damn thing I could do about it. My daughter was swaddled in the crook of my arm, partly because there was nowhere for her to sleep in the house and partly because I couldn't bear for her to be more than a few feet away from me. My stomach hurt thinking about all of the things he had said the night before, all of the promises broken through text messages and all of the silence he had used to fill the hours since.

If you had asked me then, "Do you think you'll ever be fully happy or content again?" I would've hesitated, said no, and started crying.

(Boy, it's nice to be wrong sometimes, isn't it?)

I thought my life was over. I was completely convinced that I was going to live out my days fighting for him, pining for him to come back and die the mother of an only child, depressed and angry with the world.

So I did what any self-respecting woman in the 2010s would do in that moment.

I took a selfie.

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I remember, moments after the camera shutter clicked, thinking, "Why would I want to remember this moment? Why did I do this?" I stared at the girl in the picture, willing myself to connect with her, but I couldn't. All I saw was a shell of a woman. A woman who had poured her entire identity into being his wife, their stepmom, her mom. She was nothing without them, I thought. Who would want anything to do with her? She had given everything to a family that no longer existed and now what? Now she was here. She was here and she was alone and she was unemployed and she was two months postpartum and everything was her fault.

I hovered over the trash icon, but never clicked it.

Instead, I stared at that picture every day over the next four or five months.

As my separation continued, and as I still fought for my marriage, I looked at that girl in the picture. Each day, I recognized a bit more about her. I thought the way she held her baby was incredibly protective. I thought the way her baby faced out into the world, confident in her mother's arms was incredible. I thought the way she still had on makeup and jewelry, despite reeling from the biggest upset of her life, was inspiring.

The more I looked at her, the more I saw a woman bursting with things to do, things to say, and things to show. Maybe she was a shell, but she was a shell full of love, of intelligence and, most of all, strength.

That selfie revolutionized my healing. Instead of thinking "I have so much farther to go," I marveled at how far I had already come. Instead of despairing about all of the things I wanted to accomplish, I pumped my fists at how much I already had. Instead of wailing about being a single mom and raising my sweet girl on my own, I cried at how happy, strong and incredible she was already.

It seemed silly to take that selfie at the time. I felt vain and stupid and ridiculous. I thought, "Who does things like this in the middle of a crisis?"

And now I'm glad I did. Because I looked at that girl in the picture for months after it was taken and I see her for who she was.

Me.

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Terry Biviano reveals hint of her taut tummy in cut-out jewelled dress as she and angelic one-year-old daughter join Anthony Minichiello at celebratory event

Mother of one Terry Biviano turned up the charm at a glitzy tribute dinner held in honour of her newly retired husband on Friday night.

Sam Allardyce is set to take charge of his final West Ham game, but is it really the right time to say goodbye?

Sam Allardyce has revealed that his future at West Ham will be determined on Monday. Here, Head of Sport Lee Clayton assesses whether the East London club should end his tenure.

The Best Way To Use Instagram Filters To Get More Likes, According To Science

Overwhelmed by all the choices on Instagram? You're not alone. With 27 filters and endless ways to customize your photos, it's hard to decide how best to edit your pictures to get the most satisfying results. Thankfully, science is here to help.

Researchers from Yahoo Labs and Georgia Tech have figured out which filters and edits tend to result in the most views and comments.

It might be trendy to tag your photos "#nofilter," but filters can actually help an Instagram photo's performance, the research shows. Filtered photos are 21 percent more likely to be seen and 45 percent more likely to receive comments, according to this new paper.

More specifically, higher contrast, exposure and warmth tend to correlate to more comments and views. Adding an aged effect has a positive impact on the photo's views and a negative effect on how many comments it gets. The opposite is true for higher saturation, which has a negative effect on views and a positive effect on comments. ("Views" here means views on the Flickr mobile app, where some people post their Instagram pics after editing them.)

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Here's how the researchers figured it out: They interviewed 15 people -- all regular users of Instagram and Flickr -- about their filtering and editing habits. They also analyzed 7.6 million photos on Flickr that were uploaded through either the Flickr app or Instagram.

The researchers found that the people they interviewed enjoyed editing and filtering their photos, even though the tweaks took some time. "Many of our participants mentioned that ... changing their photos through filters makes those photos more special and fun," the paper reads.

Perhaps, the researchers suggest, that's why people are engaging with filtered and edited photos -- because those pics feel special.

H/T Science Of Us

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Geri Halliwell changes her name after wedding to F1 boss Christian Horner

Newlywed Geri Halliwell has taken her husband's last name following their wedding last week.

Watch 89-Year-Old Dick Van Dyke Bust A Move In This New Folk Music Video

At almost 90, Dick Van Dyke proves that he's still got some amazing moves up his sleeve. The actor stars in a new music video for folk music band Dustbowl Revival's song, "Never Had to Go."

Van Dyke's wife, Arlene, also stars in the video, in which he hams it up, trying to get her to dance with him until she finally relents.

He's shown off his penchant for dancing before. He recently guest starred on ABC's "The Middle" showing us his singing and dancing chops. And last year his wife posted an endearing video of Van Dyke doing a fun little jig in the middle of a clothing store, all while donning some sunglasses.

Check out the video above to see his moves for yourself. We promise you'll be tapping your feet.


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Bank Holiday weekend weather predicts Britain will bask in sunshine

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Jamie Vardy set to play through pain barrier to make England debut as Leicester striker struggles with troublesome foot injury

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Tinder sneaks ads for albums into your dating profiles

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Motherlode Blog: Your Turn: A Weekend Thread, Open for Comments

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High School Student Discovers the Best Way to Hide Evidence of Murder

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Casey Batchelor adds a touch of glamour to the Southend Film Awards

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Jessica Wright dons large shades as she prepares for Mark and Michelle Keegan’s wedding… as her mother Carol styles her locks in pink rollers

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Don Draper and the Nones

Sunday's final episode of Mad Men gave us an entirely unanticipated last look at Don Draper: sitting cross-legged with his eyes closed on a clifftop lawn at the Esalen Institute, chanting "Om," the primordial sound of the universe that was described eons ago in the Upanishads and is now familiar to anyone who's set foot in a yoga studio.

A few days earlier, the Pew Research Center released its latest report, "America's Changing Religious Landscape." Its findings, that the percentage of Christians has declined and that of the religiously unaffiliated -- aka, "The Nones," as in none of the above -- increased by six percent in the last seven years, triggered a flurry of speculation, especially about the segment of Nones called "spiritual but not religious" (SBNR).

What do those two events -- a poll of religious identification and the climax of an iconic period drama -- have in common? In a very real sense, that last glimpse of Don prefigures the rise of the SBNRs.

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Of the many theories proffered for the steady rise of spirituality without borders, one factor should rank at or near the top of the list, yet is seldom mentioned: access to the precepts and practices we associate with Hinduism and Buddhism. Eastern ideas first arrived in the 19th Century of Emerson and Thoreau, who can be considered the founding fathers of SBNR. They seeped gradually into the fabric of American culture until interest exploded in the late 1960s, thanks to a perfect storm of inquisitive and discontented youth, ease of communication and transportation, popular authors like Herman Hesse and J.D. Salinger, the arrival of Indian gurus, Tibetan lamas and Zen roshis, and the Beatles' watershed pilgrimage to India.

Baby Boomers with a spiritual inclination were open to teachings that offered what conventional religions did not: methods of inner transformation and transcendence, and a metaphysic that did not contradict reason, history, science or their own experience. They learned from the East that the essence of spirituality was union with the Infinite -- the very definition of Yoga -- which has been given many names and can be reached by many paths.

By the fall of 1970, when the fictitious Don Draper was chanting Om in Big Sur, as millions of Hindus had done for centuries, Eastern concepts and disciplines had taken hold in the counterculture enclaves of every major city, and in college towns like Cambridge and Berkeley. It was not just for its exquisite scenery that "Mad Men" chose Esalen as the site of Don's transformative retreat. The institute was an East-West vortex from its inception in 1962. It became known -- and widely satirized -- for its naked hot tubs and New Agey encounter groups, but its principal seminar leaders were influential early adopters of Eastern ideas: Alan Watts, Aldous Huxley, Abraham Maslow, Huston Smith, Joseph Campbell and Richard Alpert, Timothy Leary's LSD coconspirator, who became the spiritual teacher Ram Dass after meeting his guru.

Don Draper caught the wave unintentionally. Matthew Weiner, the genius behind Mad Men, does not tell us what he imagines for his character's future, except that he presumably turned a Big Sur revelation into the harmonic Oneness of the iconic Coca Cola "Hilltop" ad. Maybe he was permanently changed, maybe he wasn't. But hundreds of thousands of others, most of whom were a couple of decades younger than Don, were radically transformed by the era's East-to-West transmission, and there was plenty more to come. A parade of gurus, Buddhist monks and yoga masters were about to make their mark; scientists were gathering scientific data on Transcendental Meditation; new forms of practice were being introduced and mainstreamed for seekers of better health, psychological stability and spiritual enlightenment.

The SBNR phenomenon accelerated from that point on. Without the teachings born in ancient India, independent spiritual types would have had few places to turn for guidance and sustenance. By now, the Eastern imprint is so much part of the landscape that it barely registers. Meditators, chanters and practitioners of postural yoga and mindfulness don't call themselves Hindus or Buddhists because there's no such thing as conversion in those traditions. The teachings are said to be as universal as the laws of physics, available to anyone and applicable in secular or spiritual contexts. Besides, why attach a label that sounds restrictive when you wish to draw from all sources of wisdom?

As for Don Draper, I like to think he got more out of his Esalen sojourn than a lucrative idea. In my mind, he went on to live a good life -- sober, balanced, capable of love -- and, in his eighties, if asked about his religious identity, he would say Spiritual But Not Religious.

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My Conversation With Josh Groban on the ‘Intimidation Factor’ of Collaborations (VIDEO)

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Known for his phenomenal collaborations, Josh's new album boasts duets with the likes of Audra McDonald and Kelly Clarkson. In the clip below, he opens up about the "intimidation factor" he still feels when working with some of music's biggest names.



For more of our conversation, be sure to tune in to Tavis Smiley on PBS. Check our website for your local TV listings: www.pbs.org/tavis.

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If you've ever wondered why the valedictorian gets to speak at graduation when the students with the lowest grades who worked just as hard also went to school don't, this should probably answer your question.

On Thursday, "The Tonight Show" aired a video from a supposed 1989 high school graduation in which two students with lousy grades, Logan Duffy (who looks oddly similar to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) and Bobby Ristick (who is Jimmy Fallon's doppelganger) shared some words of wisdom. Their advice included not getting caught up in fads like computers and accepting that graduation was the last time students would ever see each other.

"What do you think that one day we're all gonna keep in touch using some magical book with a bunch of faces in it? What would you even call that?" said Fallon -- er, Ristick.

Duffy, aka DuffTron-3000, added, "I'd call it a big sack of 'never gonna happen!'"

Their advice is pretty terrible, but you'll still probably feel inspired ... to do better in school.

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What a great way to send off the late night legend.

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‘This Week In Unnecessary Censorship’ Shows Taylor Swift In A New Light

Wait, that's what happens on "The Bachelorette"?

On Thursday, "Jimmy Kimmel Live" looked back at the previous week of television and tried to make it more inappropriate than it was originally. Why? Because [bleep] the FCC, that's why.

Who knew newscasters, reporters and Taylor Swift had such filthy mouths!

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The Zen of <i>Mad Men</i>

The finale of Mad Men was not what I expected. The day before the finale aired I was hoping Don Draper would change his name to Dick Whitman and turn his back on the advertising world. I hoped he would buy a ranch in Wyoming and fall in love with the perfect woman (a woman he would never even consider being unfaithful to). Then Don would become the perfect father and teach his children how to ride horses and appreciate life. Most of all, I hoped that Don Draper would find inner peace and happiness. But wait a minute, maybe he did. And maybe he did it in typical Don Draper fashion.

In the final scene, while meditating on retreat, Don seems to have an epiphany. What I love most about his enigmatic smile is that it leaves so much up to the imagination. What is Don thinking? Is he experiencing true inner peace and happiness for the first time in his life? Or did he just have the idea for the iconic Coke ad, "I'd like to buy the world a Coke?" Does he rush back to Manhattan, and take the advertising world by storm? Or does he phone the idea to Peggy, letting her take the credit for it? Or is it possible for him to have it all? Somehow I think that is exactly what Don Draper would do.

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In 1971, I was just a little girl. Every night while we ate dinner, we listened to the news. My father kept the television around a corner so that he was the only one who could see the screen. We could still hear the newscast and somehow this made it worse. Our nightly dinner was filled with the sounds of machine gun fire from the Vietnam War, reports of race riots, assassinations and the mass murders of Charles Mansion.

Then the Coke, hilltop ad came out. Every time it was on television, I ran to the screen and watched that ad intently. I wanted to forget about the machine gun fire and the mass murders. Instead I wanted the world to be just like that ad. I wanted to live in a multicultural place where diverse people were accepted and everyone got along. I wanted there to be peace and cooperation and happiness. I wanted the world to be a loving home where everyone belonged.

It might sound corny to some, but it didn't sound corny in 1971 when the civil rights movement still had much to accomplish and the Vietnam War was not yet over. It had been only three years since Dianne Carroll stared in the first TV series to feature a non-stereotypical, African American woman, a role for which she received death threats. In contrast, the Coke, hilltop ad had so much hope in it and it may have featured the first authentic, multicultural group every to be broadcast on national television.

But what about Don Draper? If he created that iconic ad, then no doubt he became even richer, but since when has Don Draper really cared about that?

So what does Don Draper really care about? In his confession to Peggy, he's ashamed that he "Took another man's name and made nothing of it." If Don Draper were to make something of his name, what would it be?

No doubt Don Draper is a cheat, a liar, a philanderer and a deserter, yet he's also generous, kind and caring. He sometimes forgets to help his wives and children. Yet somehow he always manages to help perfect strangers. He's painfully aware of his faults but what makes him easy to root for is that Don Draper wants desperately to be a better person.

He seemed to identify most with Leonard, the man whom nobody notices. Leonard says, "I've never been interesting. I work in an office. People walk right by me. I know they don't see me. And nobody chooses me." Then this man named Leonard sobs and Don hugs him and sobs too.

Handsome, successful Don Draper is the man whom nobody sees, just like Leonard. And at that moment he is the man whom nobody chooses. But Don wants to be better. And we want the same things that Don wants.

We want Don to be a better person.
We want the world to be a better place.
We want to be better people too.

Advertisers know this and they convince us to buy products by promising that the products will make us richer, prettier, more popular, smarter, thinner, and happier. Advertising works because it convinces us that we will become better people, if we buy their products. They promise the transformation that everyone longs for. The products they sell by and large don't provide any transformation, but just the mere promise of transformation will make us happy to spend our money.

So in the finale of Mad Men, I see the potential for Don Draper to finally become a better person, to finally make something meaningful of the name he stole.

Maybe Don continued to practice meditation. In 1971 some of the first meditation centers opened in Manhattan. Maybe Don didn't just create the iconic ad that gave people hope for a better world. Maybe he continued to help people like Leonard. Maybe he encouraged other businessmen to practice meditation or to find some other way to achieve transformation.

With the inevitable death of Betty Draper, I hope Don found a way to be a better father to his children. I can even imagine him as a faithful husband with a happy home. Whatever we imagine happening for Don Draper, we should remember that advertising is just the promise of a better life. Actual transformation is the real thing, and I like to think that Don Draper found the real thing after all.

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Octopuses and other cephalopods can ‘see’ with their skin

Octopuses and other cephalopods can 'see' with their skinOctopuses and their tentacled brethren are fascinating, and even a little scary. In addition to their uniquely alien intelligence, cephalopods are known to change color based on their surroundings. The research, published in the Journal of Experimental Biology, investigates how cell structures known as chromatophores interact with light, and is an extension of research on octopuses that was conducted in the 1960s.


6 Lessons I’ve Learned While Parenting 3 Young Kids

I have three kids ages 6, 4 and 2. This statement alone should make you, dear reader, tired.

There are plenty of articles, blog posts and mom conversations about the hardships of parenting multiple young children. For certain, the hardships resonate with me: the never-ending spewing of snot and puke; sleepless nights; potty-training and binky-weaning. My BFF is a grande latte. I live in yoga pants and sport a ponytail that rivals Kimmy Gibbler's. I'm a WAHM trying to balance editors' demands, kissing boo-boos, my chronic disease and occasionally, showering.

As difficult as day-to-day life with three young kids is, I've learned some important lessons:

1. I know what matters. When I was diagnosed with a chronic disease nine years ago, I hit rock bottom. I realized that without good health and the love of my family, nothing else would align or succeed. When my children were born, I became aware of how much they needed me to be happy, healthy and present. They depended on me to meet their physical and emotional needs and without prioritizing my health, I couldn't be the mom they needed. Since my diagnosis, I have grasped unwaveringly to what I know matters. Having a firm focus has helped me decide what to say "yes" or "no" to in life.

2. I say "no" often (and don't feel guilty). I simply do not have time (or the desire) to do everything that every person asks of me. With each additional child, I've found more and more pleasure (yes, pleasure) in saying "no" to the things that do not match up with my priorities. I have no desire to "do it all," because the moms I know who always say yes are depleted and miserable (and complain about being depleted and miserable!). I do not volunteer for every single class party. I don't join organizations or committees that I'm not passionate about. I can tell my children they cannot enroll in five after-school activities due to the time commitment and expense. For me, saying "no" is often far healthier than saying "yes."

3. I value my spouse. My husband and I were married five years before our first child arrived. Pre-kids, we slept in every Saturday morning, took long road trips across the United States and watched R-rated movies. Once our children arrived, every decision had to be made with their needs in mind, and our desires for sleep, sex and unhealthy snacks gradually moved toward the back burner. Now, we can't leave the house with any fewer than three bags full of food, toys, extra clothing and a case of wipes. We schedule our once-a-month date nights from 5:00-7:00 p.m. so we can be home to put the kids to bed. (I would never, ever ask a sitter to put my three children to bed. I need those sitters, desperately.) We are an imperfect team, but we are a team. My respect for my husband and my appreciation for our union is stronger than ever before.

4. I've lowered my expectations. Once upon a time, I was punctual, organized and driven (to the point of anxiety). I would easily become unglued if things didn't go according to my carefully-laid plans. Nothing shatters a Type A personality like having children. 90% of the time, nothing goes according to plan. When trying to leave the house, one of my three will inevitably throw a tantrum, decide it's an ideal opportunity to to poop or, on cue, start puking. We cancel 50% of playdates. All plans are tentative until we arrive (or not) at our destination. Lowering my expectations has saved me so much disappointment and frustration. Go with the flow, bend with the wind and just see what happens!

5. I find joy in simplicity. During the first years of wedded bliss, before we had kids, we dreamed of buying a house and going on exotic vacations. We worked hard to climb our individual career ladders. With each passing year, we accomplished our goals, but we weren't necessarily happier just because we were making more money and owning more "stuff." My kids, on the contrary, need very little to be happy. They find pleasure in going on a walk to find acorns, eating an occasional sprinkle donut, splashing in a puddle, flushing the toilet 20 times in a row or drawing a picture. A tickle, high-five or hug from me brings them immense pleasure. Watching my children blossom and being part of their daily relishing in the seemingly smallest of occurrences has re-introduced me to the beauty of simple pleasures.

6. I realize and respect my own strength. Like many first-time moms, I was overwhelmed with the choices and responsibilities that came with raising a small human into a healthy, responsible adult. There were so many decisions to make regarding diapers, schooling and much more. Which parenting style is best? What about discipline? How do I balance my marriage with child-rearing and working and managing my disease? As my years as a mom flew by and we added more children to our family, I realized how much I could endure: sick days, tantrums, dull seasons in marriage, career changes, buying a house and moving with young kids. I am stronger and more capable to overcome challenges than ever before.

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<i>Mad Men</i>: Team Weiner Captures on Finale

Finales of TV series are tough to pull off. Let's all agree. That said, Matthew Weiner, creator of Mad Men, and his team pulls off a finale by capturing hearts and minds, and also with closure. So with that, spoilers also are ahead.

The season 7 episode 14 finale titled, "Person to Person" opens as Don Draper/Richard "Dick" Whitman, played by Jon Hamm, channels his inner Mario Andretti as he speeds a muscle car across the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah. Yet the owners of the car are two amiable young men, whom both had been promised money from Don for further land speed racing by going to El Mirage, California. It's also here when he finally finds out during a phone call to his daughter Sally Draper, that her mother who's also his ex-wife Betty Francis having advanced lung cancer.

Sally, played by Kiernan Shipka, now already feels guilt that she's betrayed her mother's confidence after disclosing the matter to her father. Because now Don's also concerned about his two boys despite Betty's wish that they live with her brother and his wife. For Don says, "Sally, grown-ups make these decisions." Therefore afterwards and wasting no time, he phone calls his ex-wife as he pleads to be there for her and their children. To which Betty summarily replies, "Don, honey, I appreciate your intentions. I really do. But I'm not going to waste the rest of my time arguing about this. I want to keep things as normal as possible, and you not being here is part of that." Closely followed by Don now with tears in his eyes as he replies, "Birdie, I know." Later, the two likeable young men show up at Don's motel room to remind him of his promise to stake them to go to El Mirage. Don keeps his word, but only asks to be dropped off in LA.

Thus so far, after he suddenly left the Miller Beer account meeting at ad agency McCann Erickson in season 7's episode 12, Don Draper's complete road trip journey which began in New York City, follows him to Wisconsin, to Kansas, to Utah, and then on to arriving in California.

Meanwhile at a McCann conference room, a meeting had just adjourned after McCann exec Lorraine gave assigned accounts. This left former Sterling Cooper & Partners (SC&P) copy chief Peggy Olson unsatisfied, who politely and assertively, confronts Lorraine to ask why she and former SC&P art director Stan Rizzo were taken off the Chevalier account. Peggy opens first by asking, "Lorraine, do you have a moment?" Followed by Lorraine's brusque reply, "Not really." Shortly after, Peggy does get back the Chevalier account by taking on Lorraine's bluff, after Lorraine threatened to take the matter upward to David. The role of Lorraine was played by Brooklyn born actress Francesca Ferrara. Though her role was short, I liked her in that scene.

Then later, former SC&P partner and colleague Pete Campbell shows up at Peggy's office for a lunch date, along with another former SC&P colleague and head of television, Harry Crane, to join them. "Let's go. I'm starving," says Crane before swiftly putting a cigar into his mouth. Of the former colleagues of SC&P, only Harry Crane, who ever since season 7's episode 12, did not appeared bothered at all by SC&P being totally moved over into McCann Erickson. Peggy then regretfully declines lunch to catch up on work, but wishes Pete the best on his move to Learjet. So "Duck" Phillips came through for Pete after all. For one just never knows about Duck.

Joan Holloway Harris also starts her own business, not only with the help of the $250,000 McCann gave her to leave, but also with the help of new client and former SC&P colleague Ken Cosgrove, now head of advertising at Dow Chemical. Yet not everyone is happy. For Joan's new venture causes a rift between her and her wealthy boyfriend Richard, who decides to leave her.

And there's Don's faithful former secretary Meredith, delightfully acted by Stephanie Drake. Former SC&P partner Roger Sterling says to her, "Sweetheart, I have some sad news." She next asks, "Is he dead?" To which he replies, "Don? No." For he tells her they would have heard, before telling her their secret has been discovered by McCann in that he doesn't need both her and Caroline. "Well, I hope he's in a better place," she adds. "He's not dead. Stop saying that," Sterling replies firmly. "There are a lot of better places than here," she says softly, next as Roger while in his office tells her, "I'll give you the recommendation he (Don) would have."

Then the moment of truth, as Don places a person to person call to Peggy from California. Don is now at a holistic communal retreat, like a 1970 version of Canyon Ranch. It's a place where Stephanie, niece of the departed Anna Draper and wife of the real Don Draper who died in the Korean War, suggested they both attend. After Peggy opens with anger mixed with genuine concern for Don, asking also doesn't he want to work on Coke, Don says softly, "I can't. I can't get out of here." Then later with tenderness, Peggy says, "Don, listen to me. What did you ever do that was so bad?" Don then comes clean. Yet even so, she wants her former mentor back.

A while ago I read a book called The Razor's Edge by W. Somerset Maugham. I might never have known it existed had I not came across the movie version I saw on TV starring Bill Murray. Murray plays Larry Darrell. Yet on the book's last page, the narrator describes that all the main characters got what they wanted. Elliot Templeton gets social eminence. Isabel gets cultural standing with fortune. Gray Maturin, husband of Isabel, gets a steady career and the wealth that comes with it, and his best friend former World War I hero buddy Larry Darrell, gets happiness.

The book The Razor's Edge came to my mind after having watched the Mad Men finale. For it seems that everybody got what they wanted. Roger Sterling is with new love Marie Calvet in a Paris café. Pete Campbell is seen victorious, holding his daughter, while he and Trudy are about to board a Learjet. Joan, former junior partner of SC&P, begins her production company. Betty, though ailing, is content that her wishes be fulfilled. And what about Peggy and Stan Rizzo? Be honest, for we all knew it was coming that Stan and Peggy would unite in love. So that leaves Don. Well at the end, Meredith's hope for him is fulfilled for Don is in a better place.

And about that better place, the actor Jon Hamm speaks in the online article by Dave Itzkoff on May 18, 2015 for The New York Times: Arts Beat titled, "Jon Hamm Talks About the 'Mad Men' Series Finale." For he says, "My take is that, the next day, he wakes up in this beautiful place, and has a serene moment of understanding, and realizes who he is. And who he is, is an advertising man." Nonetheless, if it was Don who created that 1971 Coke ad, I believe the finale works. But even if he didn't, the finale still works because either way, he has accepted himself.

Don has arrived at accepting himself. Beginning after the phone conversation with Peggy, to later after that emotional therapy session scene, during which all listen to a man named Leonard describing being alienated in both his work life and home life. That woke Don up who was the only one among the group, not even the therapist, who embraces the man. Then at last, Don is among others all in a lotus position. We hear a bell, he smiles, and there's the Coca Cola ad.

My only beef with the finale is this, what the hell happened to Dawn Chambers, Don's secretary before Meredith? When last we saw Dawn, memorably played by Teyonah Parris, it was in season 7's episode 11 when she and Shirley were worried about their jobs. At least we know what happened to Shirley, played by Sola Bamis. For in season 7's episode 12 titled, "Lost Horizon," Shirley tells Roger Sterling she will not be going to McCann, by already having landed another job. While Roger was hurt that she'll not be at McCann, Shirley then says, "...I have to say I thank you. You're very amusing." To which he adds, "Fat lot of good it did me."

In any case the series finale of Mad Men captures brilliantly, and will always be remembered.

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NASA Discovers A Super-Distant Galaxy That’s 300 Trillion Times Brighter Than The Sun

Talk about brilliant!

NASA says it has discovered the brightest galaxy ever seen--a super-distant collection of stars that shines with the intensity of 300 trillion suns.

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This artist's concept depicts the new record holder for the most luminous galaxy in the universe. The light from the galaxy, WISE J224607.57-052635.0, is brighter than 300 trillion suns.

The record-setting galaxy lies some 12.5 billion light-years from Earth and is an example of a new class of celestial objects known as extremely luminous infrared galaxies (ELIRGs). It was detected by the space agency's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) space telescope and is known formally as WISE J224607.57-052635.0.

Why so bright? "We are looking at a very intense phase of galaxy evolution," Dr. Chao-Wei Tsai, of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California and the lead author of a new paper about the galaxy, said in a written statement. "This dazzling light may be from the main growth spurt of the galaxy's black hole."

Tsai was talking about the mammoth giant black hole that likely lies at the core of the newly observed galaxy.

Hot cocoons. Big black holes are common in galactic cores, and while the holes themselves are dark, vast amounts of visible, ultraviolet, and X-ray light can be released as they suck in surrounding gas and matter. The light heats dust that "cocoons" the black hole, causing the dust to radiate infrared light.

This particular black hole was already billions of times the mass of the sun when the universe was only one-tenth of its present age of 13.8 billion years, according to NASA. The researchers aren't sure how the black hole grew so big so fast. To find out, they're planning additional research to determine the specific masses of the black holes in this and other ELIRGs.

The paper about the super-luminous galaxy was slated for publication today in The Astrophysical Journal.

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