Christopher Lawton

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Here’s Why This Small Greek Island Is One of the Healthiest Places in the World

It’s always fascinating to take a peek into how people around the world live differently, whether it’s how they work, sleep, or even date. Cultural habits and patterns also contribute to how healthy people are in various countries, cities, and societies, with some of the most successful tactics …

Healthy Eating

Understanding the Formatting of a Screenplay (and Why It All Matters)

Most filmmakers know scripts follow a very particular format, but do they know why they do?Thanks to all of the low-cost/free screenwriting programs …

Screenwriting

The first social media suicide

In May of last year, a teenager in a dreary suburb of Paris live-streamed her own suicide – and acquired a morbid kind of digital celebrity. By Rana Dasgupta<p>‘I’ve seen people die,” Océane said, during one of the online broadcasts she made just before her end. “Frankly that’s not what shocks you. A …

The best educational toys for kids

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>The Insider Pick:<p>Like it or not, the toys we choose to buy for our kids can make a difference in their development. During your child’s …

Kids

Here’s What’s in Pro Backpacker Andrew Skurka’s Pack

Andrew Skurka surely has one of the world’s best jobs: He’s essentially a professional backpacker. Or adventurer, maybe. When he’s not writing books …

Backpacking

The Benefits of Playing Music Help Your Brain More Than Any Other Activity

#4. Learning an instrument has showed an increase resilience to any age-related decline in hearing.<p>The brain-training is big business. For companies like BrainHQ, Luminosity, and Cogmed, it's actually a multimillion dollar business that is expected to surpass $3 billion by 2020. But, do the …

The Brain

Intermittent fasting could help tackle diabetes – here's the science

Intermittent fasting is currently all the rage. But don’t be fooled: it’s much more than just the latest fad. Recent studies of this kind of fasting …

Holistic Medicine

What is 'leaky gut' — and how do you know if you have it?

Ever heard of leaky gut syndrome? Of course you have. In the world of natural health, the term gets tossed around almost as often as kombucha or detox. But what does it actually mean—and is it as freaky and dangerous as it sounds?<p>That depends on who you ask. “Leaky gut syndrome is something of a …

Wellness

Money Won't Make You Happy. Here's What Will, According to Science

Consider this when making big career choices.<p><i>At age 25, would you pursue a well-paying corporate job that makes you unhappy or a hobby that makes you happy but has no guarantee to pay the bills? originally appeared on Quora -- the place to gain and share knowledge, empowering people to learn from</i> …

Happiness

Eating porridge twice a day is the secret to long life, says world’s oldest family

With a combined age of 1,075 years, the Donnelly family have revealed the secret behind their longevity – porridge oats.<p>Inducted into the Guinness …

These 9 behaviors could cut your dementia risk by 35 percent

Quitting smoking, being social, and exercising more can boost your brain health.<p>Dementia has long been thought of as an inevitable part of aging, but researchers are increasingly learning that’s not quite true.<p>About a third of dementia cases might actually be avoided by living a lifestyle that …

10 Habits That Change Boys Into Men

The demise of our culture will result from the demise of its men if something isn't changed quickly.<p>The demise of our culture will result from the demise of its men if something isn't changed quickly. Far too many men remain directionless, devastated and scared children.<p>Male suicide rates have …

Self-improvement

Mediterranean style diet may prevent dementia

<b>(CNN) —</b> Meals from the sunny Mediterranean have been linked to stronger bones, a healthier heart and longer life, along with a reduced risk for diabetes and high blood pressure.<p>Now you can add lowering your risk for dementia to the ever growing list of reasons to follow the Mediterranean diet or …

Holistic Medicine

Boxed in: life inside the 'coffin cubicles' of Hong Kong – in pictures

Photographer Benny Lam has documented the suffocating living conditions in Hong Kong’s subdivided flats, recording the lives of these hidden communities

The smartphone is eventually going to die, and then things are going to get really crazy

Make no mistake: We're still probably at least a decade away from any kind of meaningful shift away from the smartphone. (And if we're all cyborgs by 2027, I'll happily eat my words. Assuming we're still eating at all, I guess.)<p>Yet, piece by piece, the groundwork for the eventual demise of the …

Augmented Reality

The merging of humans and machines is happening now

<b>The merging of machine capability and human consciousness is already happening. Writing exclusively for WIRED, DARPA director Arati Prabhkar outlines</b> …

Singularity

This Startup Will Sequence Your DNA, So You Can Contribute To Medical Research

Will the opportunity to contribute to disease-ending medical research convince more people to get their DNA sequenced?<p>The price to sequence the human genome has dropped from $100 million in 2001 to just a few thousand dollars today. It’s now cheap enough that some people are starting to get …

This tiny digestive tracker can tell what food gives you gas

One of my favorite things to eat is cheese and egg on a bagel. But while it's delicious, let's just say that afterward we don't get along so well. Is it the egg? The cheese? I could go to the doctor and find out which and why, but the testing process is long and expensive and still might not turn …

From $5 to $1.22: the 200-year journey of the pound against the dollar

One of the most dramatic movements in the financial world following the EU referendum was the fall of the pound. The pound-dollar exchange rate fell from a pre-referendum level of around $1.49 to a rate today of around $1.22.<p>In the short term that has been good news for investors with exposure to …

You are almost definitely not living in reality because your brain doesn’t want you to

Every cognitive bias exists for a reason—primarily to save our brains time or energy.<p>I’ve spent many years referencing Wikipedia’s list of cognitive biases whenever I have a hunch that a certain type of thinking is an official bias but I can’t recall the name or details. But despite trying to …

Critical Thinking

New Zealand's ONLY Mens Lifestyle Magazine

MEET THE MAKER – David Alexander Flinn<p><i>YSL talks to him about what motivates, challenges and inspires him in his pursuit of fulfilment.</i><p>Read Past Issues

Body Clock: What makes you tick?

<b>As leading scientists warn that society has become "supremely arrogant" by ignoring the importance of sleep and the body clock, we examine the profound impact our internal clocks have on our body.</b><p>Explore the eight body clock phases and take the quiz to see if you are a morning-type "lark" - or an …

Viruses 'more dangerous in the morning'

<b>Viruses are more dangerous when they infect their victims in the morning, a University of Cambridge study suggests.</b><p>The findings, published in PNAS, showed viruses were 10 times more successful if the infection started in the morning.<p>And the animal studies found that a disrupted body clock - caused …

Zika virus could have Alzheimer's-like effect in adults

Zika can “wreak havoc” on the brains of adults and cause major, lasting damage, according to a new study. The research could overthrow the assumption …

Why do we wake up stiff in the mornings? Scientists discover the answer

Scientists have discovered why we wake up stiff in the morning - because our body's natural ibuprofen has not kicked in yet.<p>Researchers revealed the reason our limbs can feel rigid and achy when we rise is because the body's biological clock suppresses anti-inflammatory proteins during sleep.<p>When …

Antiinflammatory

Earth - The world's worst stinger has a surprising owner

The sting is one of nature's cruellest weapons.<p>For one thing, it hurts. A stinger is a sharp spike that gets jabbed into your flesh. But it is also a chemical weapon, squirting a dose of toxins directly into your bloodstream.<p>But which animal is king of the stingers – and which should you avoid at …

This hormone could be a key to beating aging

For thousands of years, humans have searched for ways to extend life, perhaps to become immortal.<p>And while immortality seems to be as distant a goal as it ever has been, scientists have made significant progress in terms of extending life. The average lifespan for women in developed countries grew …

Diabetes

Effects of high doses of vitamin D3 on mucosa-associated gut microbiome vary between regions of the human gastrointestinal tract

1. Nicholson J, Holmes E, Kinross J. Host-gut microbiota metabolic interactions. Science. 2012;336:1262–1268. doi: 10.1126/science.1223813. [PubMed] …