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Deleting genes could boost lifespan by 60 per cent, say scientists

The secret of extending life by decades may lie in switching off certain genes, scientists believe, after showing that small genetic tweaks can make organisms live 60 per cent longer.<p>Ten years of research by the Buck Institute for Research on Ageing and the University of Washington has identified …

How to Strengthen Your Knees

It’s important to keep your knees strong and healthy so that your mobility doesn’t deteriorate as you grow older. We often take the health of our …

How To Breathe - Literally | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Most people have never stopped to think, “Am I breathing well?” because it seems like a patently ridiculous question. Sure, you’re breathing – but …

5 Things that will Transform You from the Inside-Out

Where we are in life is based on our identity. Our beliefs about ourselves are based on that identity. Our future worth and opportunity is based on …

4 Ways to Have a Stress Free Day | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

We all go through our ups and downs during the course of the day but over the last few years it feels as though our lives have turned upside down. …

#1 Surprising Secret to Boost Self Esteem (Even If You Hate Yourself)

<i>“To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” –Thich Nhat Hanh</i><p>You can boost self …

5 Breathing Exercises to Try Today

While that’s the way we are born breathing (seriously, go look at a baby’s belly go!), over time, a combination of stress, sitting, and worrying over how our stomachs causes us to force air upwards into our chest, where our lungs actually absorb relatively little oxygen—our bodies’ primary fuel. As …

5 Secrets From the Pros to a Stress-Free Life

So, you want to live a stress-free life?<p>Here's the good news: you don't have to start doing yoga every week, eat more kale, go vegan or know what a chakra is. All you have to do is to relax.<p>Try that, right now. Drop your tongue, relax your jaw, let your shoulders fall and uncross your legs. Here we …

Consciousness

The 5 Best Ways To Relax And How They Will Change Your Life

There’s no doubt that we live in a society where we’re always plugged in, stress levels are high and finding time for ourselves is like pulling …

If You Have a Busy Mind and Can't Meditate, Try This

<b>I wish I had a quiet mind. But in general, I don't.</b><p>Sometimes, my mind feels like an enormous noisy hall filled with thousands of busy bouncing balls. Urgent tasks lurk inside each ball, and I'm worried about which ones need my attention first. As I try to figure out which ball to grab first, …

Meditation

How Can I Fall Asleep Faster?

<i>The latest sleep research has revealed a good night's rest is more important than we ever thought. Sleep doesn't just reinforce memories and make you</i> …

Here's How To Stop Doing Those Things You Wish You Could Stop Doing

Sometimes you need to make some new habits to break those frustrating old ones.<p>When bad habits wedge their way into your daily routine, it can feel like you need a magic spell to quit. Unfortunately for you, you're a muggle, so the first step to the new you is just going to have to be accepting …

Rewire Your Brain for Positive Thinking

I have a challenge for you. From today, from this minute, for the next seven days, you are to think only kind or positive thoughts.<p>The end of last year, I was on a two-weeks QI Gong retreat in New Zealand with a wonderful teacher Yuan Tze from the Yuan Tze Center. I do this annually, because during …

Happiness

The 8 Best Apps For A Calm, Focused Mind

There's almost no place or time in most of our lives that's beyond the reach of digital distractions, which can make it incredibly difficult to focus and get things done -- and to carve out quiet time for ourselves.<p>At work, we can go for hours without stepping away from the computer, instead …

New Lung Cancer Screening

And if you’ve kicked the habit within the last 15 years, you’re also eligible for the screening—which provides a three-dimensional image of your lungs through a low-dose CT scan.<p>But smokers aren’t the only ones who should consider the procedure. Risk factors—a family history of the disease, a …

How to Cure Ailments Without Medicine

<b>#2: Ease back pain with a walk.</b><br>Don’t lay on the couch: Walking two or three days a week for 20 to 40 minutes help strengthen lower back muscles to ease pain associated with back injury, showed a study in Clinical Rehabilitation.<p><b>#3: Beat the flu with garlic.</b><br>Take two 600-mg capsules of aged garlic …

Improve Your Eyesight

How did that affect their performance? Their strikeout rates dropped 5 percent, and they were able to generate more runs.<p>Your eyes absorb optical information in the form of light—but your brain interprets that information and assembles it into the images you “see,” explains study coauthor Aaron …

41 Quick & Easy School Lunch Ideas to Pack for Your Kids

It's back-to-school time, and we've got 41 quick and easy lunch ideas to keep your kids happy—or at least relatively so.<p>Sometimes, parents write small notes of appreciation to put in their kids' lunchboxes. Which is sweet. But you know what they say: Actions speak louder than words. Make one of …

Cooking

Extremely Rare Star Wars Movie Posters You've Never Seen

The original Star Wars trilogy was (and remains) a worldwide phenomenon, George Lucas's interstellar tale of good vs evil captured the imagination of …

Threes is finally available for Android

Android owners, we'll understand if we don't see you for a few days -- Threes is now available for your phones and tablets. If you're not familiar with Threes, prepare to fall in love. The $1.99 game has been rocking the top of the iOS charts for weeks, but has been MIA for other platforms. The …

A New Survey Reveals Which Social Media Brands People Are Most Attached To

See where Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Pinterest, and other destinations rank.<p>To which social media brands do consumers feel the most attachment? Facebook ranked number one in a Brand Dependence Social Media Survey conducted by UTA Brand Studio in partnership with uSamp, a technology and …

100 Books Everyone Should Read Before They Die

Many of the books are 20th century classics or recent bestsellers — the oldest book on the list is Jane Austen's 1813 masterpiece "Pride and Prejudice." It also spans multiple genres, with adult fiction, nonfiction, children's, and young adult novels such as "The Hunger Games" and "Harry Potter" …

Books

50 Amazing Finds on Google Earth

Google Earth is a virtual globe, map and geographical information program. It maps the Earth by the superimposition of images obtained from satellite …

Looking Back: Photos From the First 12 Winter Olympics

With the world's attention focused on Sochi, I thought it would be interesting to take a look back at some of the earliest Winter Olympics. At the first Winter Games in 1924 in Chamonix, France, 16 countries sent 250 athletes to compete in familiar sports like bobsleigh and hockey. The 1936 Winter …

Animated pixel art anyone? Let the running waters soothe your soul

What You Should Cook in 1964, According to Vintage Bon Appétit

In 1964, the Beatles appeared live on The Ed Sullivan Show. And what were those 73 million viewers eating? We take a look at 1964 issues of BA to find out<p>Fifty years ago this Sunday, John, Paul, George, and Ringo gave their first live U.S. television performance, appearing on <i>The Ed Sullivan Show</i> in …

Porcupine

The Body-Fat Burner

This four-move, muscle-blasting challenge is brutal, and requires all the willpower you can muster. Do you have what it takes to finish as strong as you started?<p>This week's fitness challenge will leave you collapsed in a puddle of yourself—in a good way. Todd Durkin, C.S.C.S., author of <i>The IMPACT!</i> …

Lolo Jones Shares 3 Things That All Women Want

The gorgeous sprinting star turned winter athlete shares her tips for keeping your lady happy<p>First the buzz was about Lolo Jones’ virginity. Then it was her disappointing finish in the 100-meter hurdles at the London Games. Next? She announced she’d join Team USA Bobsled—and train to qualify for …