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What We Know (and Don’t Know) About How to Lose Weight

The endless array of diets that claim to help you shed pounds tend to fall into two camps: low fat or low carbohydrate. Some companies even claim that genetics can tell us which diet is better for which people.<p>A rigorous recent study sought to settle the debate, and it had results to disappoint …

Diabetes

Secret Vatican manuscript's mysterious purple spots decoded

About 800 years ago, a teenage soldier named Laurentius Loricatus accidentally killed a man. He spent the next 34 years in a cave in Italy atoning for his crime, burning his face with a hot iron and wearing a hooked chain-mail shirt directly on his skin as penance.<p>Loricatus' story is known today …

Study suggests sexual competition among men influences steroid use

The desire to outdo others in the dating arena could motivate men to start using muscle-building steroids, according to new research in the <i>Journal of</i> …

Lab notes: throw your hands in the air like you just don't care

This week’s biggest stories<p>It’s nearly the weekend, so this is timely indeed. Ladies. If your dance moves have failed to progress from “big fish, little fish, cardboard box” or you stick to gently stepping from side to side I have good news. Psychologists have figured out the best moves for women …

Nobel Prize

3 Things Your Face Really Reveals About You

Standards of beauty vary somewhat from culture to culture. Personal tastes differ as well. However, over the last few decades, evolutionary …

For A Healthier Mind, Trust Your Gut

Typical treatments for depression and anxiety include prescription medications and talk therapy, but new research has revealed an unexpected …

The 7-Minute Workout That Science Says Actually Works

By now you've probably heard about the Scientific 7-Minute Workout that blew up a few years ago. If not, allow us to fill you in.<p>A recent study laid …

Workouts

End of fillings in sight as scientists find Alzheimer's drug makes teeth grow back

Fillings could be consigned to history after scientists discovered that a drug already trialled in Alzheimer's patients can encourage tooth regrowth and repair cavities.<p>Researchers at King's College London found that the drug Tideglusib stimulates the stem cells contained in the pulp of teeth so …

Collision of two stars will create 'Red Nova' in night sky in 2022, predict astronomers

The new star in the Cygnus constellation will shine so brightly that it will be easily visible from Earth.<p>Light from the collision of two stars 1,800 …

Science Insists This Is How We Become Better Lovers

As men, we pride ourselves on our lovemaking abilities, and our sense of masculinity sort of depends on it. But the collective belief in our gender’s …

How To Use Brain Science To Be Your Best Self In 2017

Neuroscience offers some handy hacks to learn faster, focus better, and make smarter decisions this year.<p>Resolutions are often an exercise in wishful thinking. People rarely keep them, mostly because they’re vague about their goals and don’t have a plan for following through. But that isn’t the …

The definitive, scientific answers to 20 health questions everyone has

In the past few years alone, we got more evidence that coffee isn't a cause of cancer and the debate over the health effects of sugar became even more heated.<p>To help you parse out what works from what's merely myth, we compiled the definitive (at least for now) answers to some of the most pressing …

These DIY Science Experiments Will Teach You a Ton, with Explosive Results

Labracadabra, a series of science videos and experiments from the folks at GE, may be designed to get you interested in the work that the company …

Resolution Recipes: 16 Wholesome Dishes for 2017

If you vowed to eat healthier in 2017, you're in luck. All of these wholesome recipes are easy to prepare, satisfying <i>and</i> delicious. Happy New Year!<p><b>1. Kale & Brussels Sprouts Salad with Walnuts, Parmesan & Lemon-Mustard Dressing</b><p>Made with crisp power greens, toasted walnuts, chunks of Parmesan, and a …

Science says these are the men who will make you orgasm

Are you on the hunt for a man who is guaranteed to give you an orgasm every time you have sex?<p>Well, we have good news! A team of scientists have been …

Self-confidence

The twenty-seven books this scientist read in 2016 as part of a long-term project to delve deeper into science and to escape it altogether<p>The most irritating thing about the books-of-the-year lists that appear in the Guardian and other papers around Christmas-time is that they are collated by …

Books

Interesting Facts About Every Country in the World, The Limits of Humanity, and The Year in Search

In this week’s all-video buffet, we’re looking back over 2016's highlights and depths, theorizing over the limits of human space travel, even in the …

7 bad science and health ideas that should die with 2016

There’s no shortage of misinformation in the world — particularly around health and science topics.<p>Sometimes that’s just because the research can be a little contradictory (nutrition, for instance, is famously hard to study). Sometimes that’s because there are quacks or vested interests trying to …

Simple ways to improve mood, according to psychologists

Jason Kempin / Staff / Getty Images<p>It's the little things.<p>Some habits just seem to have the power to lift your spirits.<p>Whether it's taking a few minutes to dive deep into your favorite novel, jotting down some things you're grateful for, or spending some time in nature, there's plenty of …

Circadian rhythms and the microbiome: Disrupting daily routine of gut microbes can be bad news for whole body

<b>(Getty/azgAr Donmaz)</b><p>This offers one pathway to explain a Pandora’s box of possible adverse health effects from aspects of modern life<p>Richard G. "Bugs" Stevens<p>December 25, 2016 12:30am (UTC)<p><i>This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.</i><p>We’ve known that bacteria …

Scientists discovered an absurdly easy way to seem convincing

Over the holidays it's best to avoid any arguments, whenever possible. But if you can't, you may want to bring some scientific ammunition for your side of the discussion.<p>It turns out that if you want to convince someone that your explanation for something is the best way to explain it, you might …

Study finds that long term stress and pessimism are linked

Long term stress is linked to pessimistic personality traits, according to a study published in the <i>Journal of Research in Personality.</i><p>Studies over …

Dating when our ancestors split from Neanderthals and other relatives has long been a puzzle, but DNA advances are making our evolutionary journey clearer<p>Anthropologists and geneticists had a problem. And the farther back in time they looked, the bigger the problem became.<p>For the past several …

Evolution

The real reason why we have sex

Science may have just learned the real reason we have sex — and, no, it’s not just because it feels good.<p>Evolutionarily speaking, sexual reproduction …

Earth - The strange inspirations behind Greek myths

Many of us know the well-told ancient Greek story with the wooden horse, but how well do you know its sequel? Homer's <i>Odyssey</i> recounts what happened after the sack of Troy, specifically Odysseus's epic voyage home. It might be fictional but according to the experts it still provides valuable …

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It's a scientifically proven fact that physical exercise of any type makes you smarter. Take two identical twins and have one of them work out while the other lays around, and the exercising one of the pair will show cognitive improvements the couch potato doesn't.<p>But let's say this research-backed …

The Brain

Deep sea fisherman shares pictures of his horrifying catches

The vast majority of the world’s oceans remain unexplored, which means there are possibly thousands of creatures waiting down there to be …

United Nations

These six utopian cities of the future will help you re-imagine life on Earth

Alan Marshall, Author provided<p>Alan Marshall, <i>Mahidol University</i><p>Utopia, a book by English statesman, lawyer and clergyman Thomas More (1487-1535), turns 500 years old this month.<p>A fictional rendering of social philosophy, the book describes an exemplary society on an imaginary island in an unknown …

Rhythm might be hardwired in humans

Have you ever wondered why a strange piece of music can feel familiar—how it is, for example, that you can predict the next beat even though you’ve …

Evolution Made Really Smart People Long to Be Loners

Psychologists have a pretty good idea of what typically makes a human happy. Dancing delights us. Being in nature brings us joy. And, for most …

Psychology