January 25, 2011

New Scientific Model of the Smile
Paula Niedenthal and her colleagues believe they can account not only for the source of smiles, but how people perceive them. In a recent issue of the journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences, they argue that smiles are not simply the expression of an internal feeling. Smiles in fact are only the most visible part of an intimate melding between two minds. (Carl Zimmer, The New York Times)

The Relationship Between Self-Control and Future Success
Kids who scored low on assessments of self-control as toddlers were more likely to have adult difficulties, including health problems, alcohol and drug dependence, financial problems, and a criminal record, a new study suggests. (Katherine Hobson, The Wall Street Journal)

Do You Really Want to Live Forever?
Our science reporter Neil Bowdler looks at the science and ethics of aging, and Dame Joan Bakewell discusses whether people want to live beyond 100. (Today, BBC News)

A Fighting Spirit Won’t Save Your Life
Richard Sloan: While we may be able to point anecdotally to a Gabrielle Giffords as an example of how a fighting spirit improves medical outcome, other people with a spirit just as strong dieā€”think of Elizabeth Edwards, for example. And many patients who employ negative thinking nevertheless recover from illness every day. We want good things to happen to good people and this desire blinds us to evidence to the contrary. (The New York Times)

Look Inside a Bangkok-Based Buddhist Group
Dhammakaya has diligently worked to avoid the limelight. Until now. Over the past year, photographer Luke Duggleby and reporter Ron Gluckman have been granted unrivaled access to the facilities and ceremonies of Dhammakaya, and they provide an exclusive look at this mesmerizing movement. (Foreign Policy)

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