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There’s a Mystery Machine That Sculpts the Human Genome

Geneticists can’t see this machine, but they can see its works—and they say it might be the key to reshaping the genome.<p>Genomes are so regularly represented as strings of letters—As, Gs, Cs, and Ts—that it’s easy to forget that they aren’t just abstract collections of data. They exist in three …

Genetics

The two most dangerous things about air travel

Despite several high-profile crashes over the last two years, flying remains the safest form of travel. Data from the Bureau of Aeroplane Accident Archives show, with the exception of a minor spike in 2014 (a result of the Malaysia Airline crashes), plane crashes have fallen year on year over the …

Aviation

London police say that no matter how cool you look riding a hoverboard, it's still illegal

Gliding gracefully down the street without expending any energy on a ‘hoverboard’ might sound like the answer to urban commuter woes, but the Metropolitan Police in London has taken to Twitter to point out that your purchase is basically pointless.<p>According to current legislation, the fact that the …

How The Brains Of Happy, Successful People Are Wired

It seems that some people may really have all the luck. According to the "general intelligence g factor" theory, if you're adept at one cognitive function (like working memory), you're likely to be adept in others (like attentional control).<p>Now, provocative new research from Oxford University …

The Brain

Low levels of face-to-face social contact 'can double depression risk'

Researchers find people who meet friends and family at least three times a week far less like to have depression than those who have only 'virtual contact'<p>Replacing face-to-face contact with friends and family with emails, text messages and phone calls could double the risk of depression, a major …

Good Quality Sleep May Build Healthy Hearts

Are you not getting enough sleep, or are you getting too much? If your answer to either of these questions is "yes," you may be at risk of heart disease.<p>Just the right amount of good-quality sleep is key to good heart health, according to researchers at the Center for Cohort Studies at Kangbuk …

Sleep

‘Mindfulness’ Messes With Your Memory

If Oprah practices mindfulness, it must be a good thing—right? But new science disagrees.<p>Mindfulness—that buzzword that means, “focusing on emotions …

7 Foods That Prevent Overeating

Willpower: It’s the key to successful weight loss, right? In fact, no. When it comes to battling the forces of food cravings, relying on your …

Nutrition

Here's how you can help during the refugee crisis in Europe

When looking at the sheer number of refugees around the world, it's easy to become disillusioned.<p>According to a June report, nearly 60 million people …

How the care crisis is making old age a nightmare

With no money and increasing demand from a growing elderly population, the NHS and social care services are caught in a vicious bind. Both desperately need more funding and yet find themselves in cut-throat competition<p>At 9am the 1,000 beds at Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge were full. Senior …

Radiation Therapy