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Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

Biometric trackers are helping scientists tap into the body's response to songs and sound.<p>“Because you listened to Drake, how about Future next?”<p>Pandora, Spotify, and other music-streaming services try to predict what users might like to listen to, based on their tastes and what’s popular with …

The Brain

How Modern Life Depletes Our Gut Microbes

Looks like many of us don't have the right stomach for a paleodiet. Literally.<p>Two studies give us a glimpse into our ancestors' microbiome — you know, those trillions of bacteria that live in the human gut.<p>And the take-home message of the studies is clear: Western diets and modern-day hygiene have …

Weight Loss Doesn't Always Lead to Happiness

Research has shown that dropping pounds doesn't mean higher well-being.<p>To lose weight is to become happier. At least, this is the narrative voiced by countless health gurus, ubiquitous advertisements, and, sometimes, overly blunt friends and relatives.<p>Americans buy in to the weight-loss game with …

Weight Loss

What could kill Obamacare

Republicans have tried to kill Obamacare more than 50 times. But the Supreme Court couldactually do it with a single ruling.<p>Justices will hear arguments Wednesday on whether most Obamacare enrollees can keep their subsidies.<p>A ruling against the Obama administration could send Obamacare into a death …

True adulthood doesn't begin until age 25

The trend has been dubbed ‘kidulthood’ by commentators<p>True adulthood does not begin in the western world until 25 because young people are putting off settling down for longer, a psychiatrist has claimed.<p>Although the transition from child to adult is traditionally marked at 18, in fact, crucial …

Grammy predictions: Who will dominate? Beyonce? Sam Smith? Pharrell? Sia?

Will Beyoncé reign as queen of the Grammys, or will the pop diva be dethroned by newcomer Sam Smith?<p>The AP makes educated guesses at who will dominate music's biggest night Sunday, when Smith, Beyoncé and Pharrell are the top contenders with six nominations apiece.<p>The Grammy Awards will air live on …

Why Teens Are Impulsive, Addiction-Prone And Should Protect Their Brains

Teens can't control impulses and make rapid, smart decisions like adults can — but why?<p>Research into how the human brain develops helps explain. In a teenager, the frontal lobe of the brain, which controls decision-making, is built but not fully insulated — so signals move slowly.<p>"Teenagers are not …

Chris Brown’s Probation Revoked Following Nightclub Shooting

Chris Brown‘s probation has been revoked, in connection to his appearance at a nightclub were five people were shot and injured on January 11th. …

5 more apps that make you say 'Wow!'

There are approximately 1.3 million apps available for our smartphones and tablets. Many are simply a bad idea. Most are average in use or scope. Fortunately, some very innovative developers have changed the way we used to do things for the better. Here are five mind-boggling apps that I know …

How Cosby and Ghomeshi-gate snowballed: From a cone of silence to a chorus of women speaking out about sexual assault

<b>Jian Ghomeshi, Bill Cosby (AP/Ryan Emberley/Brad Barket/Photo montage by Salon)</b><p>Popular definitions of rape and sexual assault — and the way we talk about them — have finally started to change<p>Tracy Clark-Flory<p>November 25, 2014 12:00am (UTC)<p>From the resurfacing of the Bill Cosby accusations to the …

Ebola patient in Dallas turns critical, no new U.S. cases

DALLAS/NEW YORK (Reuters) - The first person diagnosed with Ebola in the United States was fighting for his life at a Dallas hospital on Sunday and appeared to be receiving none of the experimental medicines for the virus, a top U.S. health official said.<p>Workers in hazardous material suits step out …

Hear Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury’s Long-Lost Duet

Thirty-three years after they first began work on the track, Queen will finally release “There Must Be More to Life Than This” – featuring vocals by …

Breakdown of the family to blame for 90% of poverty, families congress told

The breakdown of the family unit is responsible for 90% of the world’s poverty, the head of the World Congress of Families told its conference.<p>Wrapping up the controversial and chaotic Christian event in Melbourne on Saturday, the managing director of the Congress, Larry Jacobs, told attendees …

The microscopic MITES that live on your face: Study finds 100% of people have tiny creatures growing in their hair follicles

They are tiny eight legged mites, related to spiders and look rather like an ice cream cone with stubby legs at one end.<p>Yet although you may not …

Biology

Barry Gibb: The Last Brother

A couple of Decembers ago, back before he had any idea he’d be launching his first tour in 15 years, Barry Gibb sat at home in Miami, watching Fox …

Michael Jackson: Trouble in Paradise?

“Jacksons! Jacksons! Jacksons!”<p>The din inside Los Angeles’ Shrine Auditorium is more than deafening. It is awesome, all-engulfing: the adoring roar …

Dropout Boogie: 14 Celebs Who Never Got Their Degree

James Cameron<p><b>Last Place of Education:</b> Fullerton College (Fullerton, California)<b><br>How Long Did He Last?</b> Freshman year<b><br>Reason for Ditching:</b> The</i> …

High School

You suck! Why criticism is more powerful than praise

As many have noticed, criticism tends to have more impact and stay with you a lot longer than similarly delivered praise (within reason; an arena full of people screaming that they love you isn’t going to have a lesser impact than someone tutting at you if you hold up a queue). The potency of …

Working out and not losing weight? Here’s why

Feel like you’ve been exercising for eternity but still can’t lose weight? You’re doing it wrong.<p>Personal trainer Nardia Norman, author of “Fat …

Incredible 3D GIFs Created with a Simple Visual Effect

Animated gifs seem to be everywhere these days, but some gif creators are taking the visual experience of viewing quick clips of silent motion to another level. By carefully adding a couple of solid-colored (typically white), vertical lines to the moving images, an incredible three-dimensional …

GIF Animations

Idina Menzel - Let It Go Video

Suggested<p>Gorillaz Confirm New Album 'The Now Now'<p>'The Now Now' will be released on June 29th, and two new teaser tracks have appeared - 'Humility' …

American Music Awards 2013’s Biggest Winners and Losers

WINNER: Pitbull<p>It's been a long road for Pitbull from a guest spot on Lil Jon's 2002 album <i>Kings of Crunk</i> to host of the American Music Awards, and …

Alcohol without the hangover? It's closer than you think | David Nutt

Science now allows us to develop a safer way to get drunk. But before we can sober up in minutes, the drinks industry needs to embrace this healthier approach<p>Imagine enjoying a seasonal drink at a Christmas party without the risk of a hangover the next day, or being able then to take an antidote …

What Today's Online Sharing Companies Can Learn From Napster

<i>This week on-air and online, the tech team is</i> exploring the sharing economy<i>. You'll find the stories on this blog and</i> aggregated at this link, <i>and we would love to hear your questions about the topic. Just</i> email, <i>leave a comment or</i> tweet.<p>Perhaps no company showed how the Internet could turn sharing …

5 1/2 Reasons Why You Should Care About Iran Nuclear Talks

The U.S. may be close to a deal with Iran.<p>In Geneva, Secretary of State John Kerry has met with his Iranian and European counterparts, seeking a …

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