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Why Narcissism Is A Profoundly Misunderstood Psychological Disorder

The word ‘narcissist’ is used so much these days that you might think we’re in the midst of an epidemic. But pathological narcissism is not just about having an inflated ego — it’s a very serious psychological disorder. Here’s why certain people are obsessed with themselves, and the gnawing fear that drives them.


Briefly: Game Of Thrones Recap, Alien Life, RBA Rate Cut

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: Game Of Thrones Season 6 Episode 2 recap, watch the new Call of Duty trailer, TRAPPIST-1 and the hunt for alien life.


Why You Really Get Sick On Planes And How To Prevent It

If you’re about to fly somewhere, you’re probably dreading the possibility that you’ll catch a bug along the way. And with good reason: Many people come down with something nasty in the days following an aeroplane flight. Why does this happen, and how can you keep yourself from getting sick?


Thinking Cap: Podcasts, Articles And Clips To Make You Smarter

Remembering Prince in 11 songs you may not have known he actually wrote, all about galaxies that eat each other, Shakespearean vacation destinations, the science of boredom, and more in this week’s edition of Thinking Cap!


Can You Die From Sleep Deprivation?

The short answer? Yes, total sleep deprivation can almost certainly kill you. What’s less clear is how it does it.


The Case For Staying Home From Work

We’ve all been there. We head to work even though we’re under the weather. It’s such a big problem that it’s gotten a name — “presenteeism” — and it’s costing companies billions of dollars. Here’s why you should just stay home when you’re ill, and why it’s in your boss’s best interest.


The 12 Cognitive Biases That Prevent You From Being Rational

The human brain is capable of 1016 processes per second, which makes it far more powerful than any computer currently in existence. But that doesn’t mean our brains don’t have major limitations. The lowly calculator can do maths thousands of times better than we can, and our memories are often less than useless — plus, we’re subject to cognitive biases, those annoying glitches in our thinking that cause us to make questionable decisions and reach erroneous conclusions. Here are a dozen of the most common and pernicious cognitive biases that you need to know about.


What Would Happen To Your Voice If You Just Stopped Talking?

What if tomorrow you woke up and decided that you were going to stop speaking? Not for a day, not for a week — but for, say, 20 years. What effect would if have on your body? What effect would if have on your mind?


Kitchen Science: The Friendly Bacteria That Live In Your Food

As you sip a cup of coffee, enjoy a rich chocolate treat or savour the aroma of a piece of Roquefort cheese, have you ever considered the extraordinary contribution made by the microscopic creatures that have worked so hard for your pleasure? While many of us shirk at the thought of consuming bacteria or fungus, without them we wouldn’t have many of our favourite foods.


Exploring The Myth Of The Scientific Vs. Artistic Mind

It’s a stereotype, but many of us have made the assumption that scientists are a bit rigid and less artistic than others. Artists, on the other hand, are often seen as being less rational than the rest of us. Sometimes described as the left side of the brain versus the right side — or simply logical thinking versus artistic creativity — the two are often seen as polar opposites.


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