Gut bacteria play a role in mood and emotion. Are probiotics the key to a better antidepressant?

The Atlantic

A London man is to live the life of another person for 28 days, in an experiment that he hopes will give him insight into the nature of human existence but which experts have called potentially `extremely disturbing’. Mark Farid is set to recruit an `avatar’ or `other’, who will video his whole life for 28 days, and watch all of that video through an Oculus Rift, while people feed him all of the food that his participant eats.

Times of India

President Obama’s executive order on immigration could exempt from deportation more than five million undocumented immigrants — almost half of the total undocumented population in the country, which is about 11.5 million (depending on the data you’re looking at). The population is vast and diverse, coming from different countries and living in very different proportions in different states.

We took a look at some of the demographic breakdowns of the group pulled together by the Pew Hispanic Trends Project and the Department of Homeland Security.

Washington Post

Masters of Love

November 23, 2014

Science says lasting relationships come down to—you guessed it—kindness and generosity.

The Atlantic

Untangling a Baltimore girl’s abduction and rape.

ArsTechnica

The world’s most powerful computers can’t perform accurate real-time interpreting of one language to another. Yet human interpreters do it with ease. Geoff Watts meets the neuroscientists who are starting to explain this remarkable ability.

BBC

Three times last week, between classes in neuropharmacology, neural systems and journalism, Brown University junior Henry Langton changed into sweatpants, sat with dozens of classmates on cushions in a campus dance studio and meditated on his breath and his body for 25 uninterrupted minutes.

One day, the focus was bamboo breathing, a Zen breath control technique. Another day, it was the Heart Sutra, a Mahayana Buddhist scripture frequently chanted in Zen monasteries. There was also walking meditation, a mindfulness of the body exercise done while moving through the room.

HuffPost