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Voynich manuscript mystery continues as experts question whether ‘alien’ code has really been cracked

Controversy is swirling around a 15th-century manuscript described as the “world’s most mysterious text” that has long baffled experts but was reportedly recently decoded by a researcher in the U.K.

Source: Voynich manuscript mystery continues as experts question whether ‘alien’ code has really been cracked

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Encounter with ‘God’ may bring long-lasting health

 A personal encounter with the “ultimate reality” or God — spontaneous or under the influence of a psychedelic drug — can bring positive changes in psychological health even decades after the initial experience, says an interesting study.

In a survey of thousands of people who reported having experienced personal encounters with God, researchers from Johns Hopkins University report that more than two-thirds of self-identified atheists shed that label after their encounter, regardless of whether it was spontaneous or while taking a psychedelic.

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Research Shows Religious People Believe They Are Morally Superior, But Their Motivations Are Largely Egoistic

By a variety of measures, Americans are more religious than Europeans. According to a Pew Research Center study published in September 2018, even though the majority of people on the both sides of the Atlantic consider themselves religious, there are significant differences between Europeans and Americans.

Source: Research Shows Religious People Believe They Are Morally Superior, But Their Motivations Are Largely Egoistic

There’s a Surprising Downside to Having a Job That You Love, According to Science

When passion might be a problem.

New research shows that managers often set extra hours without pay, or give out demeaning tasks to employees, to those who are particularly passionate about what they do. In other words, your love for your job could be used against you.

‘Ultraprocessed’ foods may make you eat more, clinical trial suggests

In a monthlong study, people ate more calories on a processed diet, but the reasons are unclear

Something about the industrial processing of food makes us more likely to overeat, according to a new study. Volunteers ate more and gained more weight on a heavily processed diet than an unprocessed one, even when the two diets had the same available calories and nutrients.

Source: ‘Ultraprocessed’ foods may make you eat more, clinical trial suggests

Airbnb vs. hotels: New research sheds light on how they can compete and benefit

Researchers from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University published new research in the INFORMS journal Marketing Science which sheds new light on the impact Airbnb and similar ‘sharing economy’ companies are having on the hospitality industry. The findings suggest that in some cases, the presence of Airbnb can help attract more demand in some markets while challenging the traditional hotel pricing strategies.

Source: Airbnb vs. hotels: New research sheds light on how they can compete and benefit

You Are What You Eat: How Chemicals in Food Affect Your Mood

Low-nutrient foods, plentiful in the American diet, are made of ingredients which can cause the same effects in the brain as mind-altering substances.

Lifestyle diseases include diabetes, obesity, stroke, heart disease, smoking, and substance use disorder. According to the CDC, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes are the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S.

Source: You Are What You Eat: How Chemicals in Food Affect Your Mood | The Fix