• What are your own five top signature strengths?

• What if you could find out what they actually are?

• What if they were stronger than your astrological sign?


Dr Martin Seligman is the founder of Positive Psychology, a new branch of psychology which focuses on the empirical study of such things as mood management, happiness, positive emotions, strengths-based character, and healthy institutions.


Dr Seligman’s research has demonstrated that it is possible to be happier – to feel more satisfied, to be more engaged with life, find more meaning, have higher hopes, and probably even laugh and smile more, regardless of one’s circumstances.

Positive psychology interventions can also lastingly decrease depression symptoms. Authentic Happiness has almost 700,000 registered users around the world.

• He welcomes us to use all of the resources on his website for free.

• His VIA Signature Strengths Questionnaire Measures 24 Character Strengths

Dan Gardner, author, RISK: the science and politics of fear.

Why do we so often get risk wrong?

The answer begins with the brain.

A fundamental insight of modern psychology is that our judgements are the product of not one mind, but two. There is the conscious mind, of course – the mind that ponders these words and understands how irrational it is to abandon planes for cars in the name of safety. The conscious mind perceives itself to be in sole control, but this is a cognitive illusion.

Most of the work done by the brain occurs beneath the level of consciousness and this unconscious mind is heavily involved in making judgements. The conclusions that issue from this mind do not emerge as articulate thoughts, however. We experience them instead as feelings and intuitions – something just seems right, for reasons we cannot express.

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NATURE: “It’s probably the most eagerly awaited genome since the chimp genome because platypuses are so weird,” said Professor Jenny Graves of the Australian National University in Canberra. She is one of the co-authors of the study published in the scientific journal Nature.

“There was a fork in the road and the platypus went one way and humans and other placental mammals went another”, says the research leader Jenny Graves.


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SOT congratulates Professor Jenny Graves and her team on their outstanding achievment in the exciting field of genomic science. Scientists hope their findings will lead to a greater understanding of human DNA.


Professor Jenny Graves was also the 2007 recipient

Do you want to know the meaning of life?

   “Rock star physicist” Brian Cox talks about his work on the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Discussing the biggest of big science in an engaging, accessible way, Cox brings us along on a tour of the massive complex and describes his part in it — and the vital role it’s going to play in understanding our universe.

About Brian Cox

Physicist Brian Cox has two jobs: working with the Large Hadron Collider at CERN, and explaining big… Read full bio »