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Spotify is causing a major problem for economists

But it's not. Growth and productivity are stagnating worldwide.<p>What if it's all Spotify's fault?<p>Or rather, not Spotify specifically, but tech companies and the services they provide. Our economy is less and less dependent on factories churning out physical objects, and more and more dependent on …

Economics

Let's Get Serious About Inequality and Socialism

Thanks to the presidential candidacy of Sen. Bernie Sanders, economic inequality and socialism have become topics of political debate, capturing the …

Middle-class

Sorry, Environmentalists: Buffalo Were Saved From Extinction by Capitalism

The North American bison, widely known as the buffalo, will now likely be recognized as America’s “national mammal”—on par with the bald eagle. (The …

How Earth itself has dramatically upped the stakes for the Paris climate accord

By Chris Mooney<p>, Reporter<p>Brady Dennis<p>, Reporter<p>From crippling droughts to rising seas, scientists warn of global warming impacts.<p>From crippling droughts to rising seas, scientists warn of global warming impacts.<p>The first three months of 2016 have been the hottest ever recorded, and by a large …

Global Warming

Common medicines tied to changes in the brain

(Reuters Health) - Commonly used drugs for problems like colds, allergies, depression, high blood pressure and heart disease have long been linked to cognitive impairment and dementia. Now researchers have some fresh evidence that may help explain the connection.<p>A person holds pharmaceutical …

Treatments for cancers and Alzheimer's on the verge of a breakthrough

Greater understanding of genetics and characteristics of diseases are driving the development of new medicines<p>The practice of medicine can be hit-and-miss: however good a drug is, it is unlikely to work well on everybody with that condition, whether it’s breast cancer or depression. But new …

2016 Is Going To Be The Hottest Year Ever

The bad news on the world’s record-setting temperatures just keeps on rising, and climate scientists have ominous predictions for this year.<p>Last …

Breakthrough method means CRISPR just got a lot more relevant to human health

'The most clever CRISPR gadget to date'<p>The gene-editing tool CRISPR may one day change the way humans approach medicine — or at least that’s how it’s been portrayed so far. But for all the talk of using CRISPR to eliminate disease, the method was never very good at doing one important thing: …

The Best Lattes in Toronto

The best lattes in Toronto are a wake up call for coffee lovers. Skilled baristas pour thick and frothy microfoam over espresso for a beverage that's …

Espresso

Hunt is on for a photo of a First World War soldier - 100 years after he died

The death of Private George Robson of the Northumberland Fusiliers, exactly 100 years ago tomorrow (March 6), is recorded in a register still kept at …

Scientists trying to clone extinct Ice Age cave lions using DNA from 12,000 year old remains

Scientists are hoping to use revolutionary new DNA techniques to bring a species of Ice Age cave that roamed the Eearth 12,000 years ago back to …

THIS is what happens to your body when you drink coffee in the morning on an empty stomach

GETTYYour daily espresso may be far more damaging than you realise<p>Whether it’s to wake yourself up for the working day or relax into weekend mode, …

3 Scientifically Proven Ways to Optimize Your Brain

If your meetings are sputtering, rewiring the gray matter may help get employees reconnected.<p>The co-founders of Aditazz, which uses software to design and construct hospitals and other specialized buildings, were beyond frustrated. Zigmund Rubel, an architect, wanted to design buildings in one …

“Global warming is now in overdrive”: We just hit a terrible climate milestone

We’ve just surpassed a historic climate threshold — and the world is still heating up.<p>As of Thursday morning, for the first time in recorded history, …

Global Warming

If You Live With Anxiety Or Depression, You’ll Completely Relate To These Amazing Cartoons

Gemma Correll’s cartoons perfectly illustrate the reality of depression and anxiety<p>Let me let you in on a secret: most people either struggle with …

Depression

MH370: UFO hunter sighting could be missing Malaysian Airlines plane

A UFO-hunter claims to have found the remains of the missing Malaysia plane MH370 off the coast of South Africa. Scott C Waring, editor of UFO …

Earth - Why are we the only human species still alive?

Two million years ago in Africa, several species of human-like creatures roamed the landscape. Some looked surprisingly similar to each other, while others had distinct, defining features.<p>In September 2015, another species was added to the list. Hundreds of bones discovered in a South African cave …

7 Foolproof Strategies To Improve Your Sleep Quality

<i>Co-authored by David Baron, MD and the UCLA MindWell Team</i><p>The results are in: One in three Americans does not get enough sleep. This is the latest finding in a study released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that asked almost half a million adult Americans how many hours of …

Sleep

8 critical things successful people do before 8 a.m.

Starbucks continues to grow relentlessly, with CEO Howard Schultz just announcing plans to open 500 new stores a year over the next five years.<p>Much of this growth will happen in China, where Schulz is undeterred by the recent economic slowdown.<p>While many factors contribute to Starbucks' immunity to …

Time Management

Scientists are finding out that some genes thought to be ‘essential’ for human health actually aren't

If they aren't able to code proteins properly, then we simply won't survive — or will be saddled with the symptoms of any number of serious diseases.<p>That's been the conventional thought. But geneticists are beginning to question that idea.<p>They're finding more and more people who are perfectly …

Genetics

The One Thing You Need to Stop Procrastinating

A brain hack to get yourself going.<p>We can try to psych ourselves up to be motivated all we want, but it's often easier said than done. But recent research suggests that it can be scientifically crafted. All you need is a little of your own motivation. And an fMRI scanner.<p>The research, published in</i> …

Bernie Sanders Cuts Into Hillary Clinton’s National Lead: Poll

Bernie Sanders has cut Hillary Clinton's national polling lead in half after the results of the first two Democratic nominating contests, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll.<p>Still, Clinton holds a double-digit advantage over Sanders, with the next race taking place in Nevada on …

Why people get more stupid in a crowd

The “wisdom of crowds” doesn’t always apply – sometimes group-think nudges people to make wrong-headed decisions.<p>The downstairs room of a central London pub is not where most psychologists would choose to stage an experiment in decision-making, but for Daniel Richardson it is ideal. A researcher at …

Psychology

Marketers: Personalization will become a science this year

It’s 2016, and marketers still have trouble personalizing their outreach to customers. Only five percent of marketers have a predictive understanding of the customer journey, and only 31 percent say they use customer data to provide better experiences.<p>Just 19 percent of marketers personalize their …

UK scientists get permission to 'gene edit' human embryos

A team of British scientists has been approved to use "gene editing" techniques on human embryos, in the hope that it will better our understanding of early human life. A group at the Francis Crick Institute in London wants to research newly fertilised eggs and how they develop in the first seven …

Why the calorie is broken

There’s a serious problem with the way we measure food – and it may mean you’re consuming much more than you realise. Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley of the podcast Gastropod report.<p>“For me, a calorie is a unit of measurement that’s a real pain in the rear.”<p>Bo Nash is 38. He lives in Arlington, …

Nutrition

'If the world ends in 2100, we’re probably OK' | Howard Lee

Two scientists take the long view on climate change.<p>There’s a myopia in the climate discourse today.<p>“Everyone is focused on what happens by 2100. But that’s only 2 generations from today. It’s like: If the world ends in 2100 we’re probably OK!” says Professor Richard Zeebe of the University of …

7 Amazing Things You Probably Didn't Know About REM Sleep

A lot happens while you're dreaming.<p>The mysterious phase of deep sleep when our most vivid dreams occur has long fascinated scientists and artists. But it wasn't until the 1950s that sleep period -- also known as rapid eye movement, or REM, sleep -- was actually discovered and documented in a …

A neuroscientist says there’s a powerful benefit to exercise that is rarely discussed

When I was about to turn 40, I started working out regularly after years of inactivity. As I sweated my way through cardio, weights, and dance classes, I noticed that exercise wasn’t just changing my body. It was also profoundly transforming my brain—for the better.<p>The immediate effects of exercise …

Humanity

CRISPR's Most Exciting Uses Have Nothing to Do With Gene-Editing

Scientists are using the technology to control genes rather than alter them.<p>Three years ago, Stanley Qi took CRISPR—the world’s most versatile gene-editing tool—and stopped it from editing any genes.<p>CRISPR is a young and ferociously hyped technique that allows scientists to easily and precisely …

Genetics