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Why your diet should include more fat

Think back to the '80s and '90s when buying anything that didn't don a low-fat label was simply taboo. Back then, butter and egg yolks topped the "do not eat" list, while refined carbs and packaged foods weren't given a second thought. But times have definitely changed.<p>These days, experts tout fat …

Nutrition

David Bowie’s Essential Albums

David Bowie left behind one of the most beautifully bizarre catalogs the music world has ever seen. Over his 50-year career, he kept experimenting …

David Bowie

How To Decode Your Dreams

There are few things more mysterious than our own dreams.<p>Scientists have learned a lot over the years about what's happening in our brains, …

8 Things You Should Do Every Day Before 8 A.M. to Be More Productive

When you start your workday, do you feel like Superman or like a zombie?<p>When you start your workday, do you feel like Superman or like a zombie? If you're like most people, you probably feel like a zombie.<p>Most people's mornings are a chaotic mess. Exhausted. Stimulant-driven. Rough.<p>However, …

University of Illinois

10 Easy Ways to Stop Eating So Much Sugar

“Eat less sugar” may be a short and sweet suggestion, but the USDA’s most recent dietary guidelines have gotten some pretty long-winded responses …

15 healthy ways to manage stress during especially stressful times

Whether it's a family member or a pesky in-law who always manages to make a situation uncomfortable, from now through December, there's almost no way to escape at least one stress-filled scenario.<p>To help you cope, here are 15 science-backed tips to keep your stress level down this holiday season.

21 Simple Health Hacks You Can Use Every Day

Need to wake up? Just sniff an orange.

26 incredible innovations that improved the world in 2015

From the start, 2015 was ripe for world-changing innovation.<p>In early January, we saw Bill Gates drink clean water converted from sewer sludge and …

How to eat healthy on a budget

With pizza, burgers, and junk food easily ordered at the click of a button, it's no wonder we find ourselves with the dual problem of high food costs and low-nutrition diets.<p>But if you're looking to break the delivery habit, dietitians have shared their insider tips on eating healthy while spending …

How to achieve and maintain a healthy weight

In the fight against weight gain, when you eat might be as important as what you eat.<p>The holiday season and weight gain trends this time of year often direct focus to specific foods to eat in order to maintain weight. Questions regarding how often to eat are largely ignored.<p>Cultural influences …

The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Bill Clinton

The Health Benefits of Chocolate You Might Not Know About (Plus a Cupcake Recipe!)

Theobroma Cacao, the Latin name for chocolate, means "Food of the Gods" for a reason. Dark chocolate has a long history of use as a healing plant, a mood enhancer, and even an aphrodisiac. So if you've got a thing for chocolate (and we don't mean the junk chocolate in candy bars and sweet …

Bad posture? It may be in your head

Posture is not a rigid concept. It represents something more fluid with considerable range for change. Despite this, it is often oversimplified, rightly or wrongly, as being “good” or “bad”.<p>Your posture is affected by many aspects of your daily life, including physical and psychological factors. …

Pain

What Can We Learn From Homo naledi’s Skull?

Changing Planet<p><i>After the excitement of Homo naledi’s discovery and extraction from deep in a narrow cave in South Africa, and the implication that these non-humans may have intentionally carried their dead deep into the earth, we are left with the bones themselves, what they tell us about these</i> …

You and your spouse's shared email is about codependency, not cohabitation | Megan Carpentier

An email address is not a telephone number or a snail mail address. It’s a method for interpersonal communication between two individuals<p>There is but one way to describe the feeling of looking at your email Inbox and seeing a message from a married friend who shares an email address with their …

Born to be lazy? How to change your walk to burn calories faster - TODAY.com

Feeling a bit intimidated by people boasting about their impressive step counts on Facebook or in real life? Well, don't get too discouraged by your 5,000 daily steps — a new study led by the American Cancer Society found that even short walks may help you live longer.<p>The American Heart Association …

Fitness

What Space Does to Your Body and Mind

Expedition 44 to the International Space Station has been successfully completed after three astronauts landed in Kazakhstan. The mission saw a …

Space Science

Birds in love produce more babies, study shows | @GrrlScientist

Photograph: Wolfgang Forstmeier/Malika Ihle et al (2015)<p>One of the communal aviaries where the research birds were housed during the breeding season.<p>84<p>image/jpeg<p>http://media.guim.co.uk/5efb49c99b1f73e677fb7603faa6eb5cd1989c53/0_308_4926_2956/140.jpg<p>140<p>Photograph: Wolfgang Forstmeier/Wolfgang …

Biology

A new study shows that whales live and learn in their own unique animal culture

A sperm whale’s “click” is the loudest sound produced by any animal—and it has an identifying dialect. In fact, according to a study published in Nature Communications, the whales aren’t born with different vocal chords or a bit of the sea particularly suited to a certain kind of click. They simply …

Whales

Do Babies Know When They're Skyping?

Grandparents, take heart! Research suggests your little dumplings know they're interacting with you in a way that's more profound than watching Sesame Street.<p>Long before most babies toddle or talk, they begin to make sophisticated inferences about the world around them. By as young as 3 months old, …

Caring parents make for happier adults, research finds

The legacy of controlling parents last far into adulthood, scientist have discovered<p>Children brought up by caring parents rather than controlling ones, grow up to be happier and more satisfied throughout their adult lives, a study suggests.<p>New research has found that parents who invade their …

Samsung's SmartThings launches a powerful, privacy-friendly hub

BERLIN — Smart home technology is finally leaving the “Tinker Toy” phase and becoming a viable solution for average consumers.<p>Samsung wants to be a …

Why Break a World Record?

To make it into Guinness World Records, people have braved extreme conditions, baked any number of jumbo-sized foods, and done extraordinary things to their facial hair. What’s the appeal of being the best at an arbitrary contest?<p>Earlier this week, Stuart Sobeske, a high-school student from …

7 Nutrients (Besides Fiber and Protein!) That Can Help You Lose Weight

Time to revise that grocery list!<p>Even if your diet is a fruit-and veggie-packed rainbow of healthiness, you could still be missing out on vitamins and nutrients that are essential for getting you closer to your goal weight, says Jessica Cording, R.D., a dietitian in New York City. In order to lose …

Want to feel happier? Watch a film that makes you cry

Watching a tearjerker will spark a burst of happiness 90 minutes after the film has ended scientists have found<p>It is said that laughter is the best medicine, but when it comes to feeling blue, crying might be the best cure.<p>Researchers in the Netherlands videoed a group of 60 volunteers watching two …

The Microbiome Is Science’s Hot New Kid

‘Microbiome’ is a word you’ve probably been reading everywhere—and it’s only the beginning.<p>As Americans, we love the concept of …

FDA Approves Controversial 'Little Pink Pill' But With Restrictions

The Food and Drug Administration has approved a pill that aims to increase a woman’s desire for sex — a controversial decision made only after an extended lobbying campaign by the drug’s makers.<p>But the agency’s imposed an unusual number of restrictions on who can prescribe the drug and how they can …

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

Psychology