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The Best Time to Buy Fights, Based on 917 Million Airfares

Anyone who has ever purchased a plane ticket can tell you there’s a “right” and “wrong” time to buy. Plane ticket prices fluctuate, and where you …

Another Reminder That Consumer DNA Tests Are Not 100% Accurate

When you spit in a tube, it’s important to know what you’re getting. Not long ago, decrypting DNA was an expensive undertaking that could run into …

The 5 Best Oblique Exercises for a Toned Core

To help you reach your health and fitness goals, we tapped Karena and Katrina from Tone It Up for their advice. Here, they'll let you in on all their …

How to Get Rid of Bloat Fast, and for Good - Dr. Kellyann

Bloating can take a day from great to gloomy pretty quick. One minute you’re feeling sexy and confident. And the next minute you feel like a balloon …

The best robot vacuums

By Liam McCabe This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter, where you can find reviews for the real world. When readers choose to buy …

Scientists Discover a Bone-Deep Risk for Heart Disease

It’s been one of the vexing questions in medicine: Why is it that most people who have heart attacks or strokes have few or no conventional risk factors?<p>These are patients with normal levels of cholesterol and blood pressure, no history of smoking or diabetes, and no family history of …

Medical Research

In Cave in Israel, Scientists Find Jawbone Fossil From Oldest Modern Human Out of Africa

Scientists on Thursday announced the discovery of a fossilized human jawbone in a collapsed cave in Israel that they said is between 177,000 and 194,000 years old.<p>If confirmed, the find may rewrite the early migration story of our species, pushing back by about 50,000 years the time that Homo …

Anthropology

The proven health benefits of honey

<b>(CNN) —</b> Move over, prehistoric bears. Humans have loved honey since the Stone Age.<p>Rock art pictures of honey harvesting, which at first glance look like drawings from A.A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh, date to about 8000 B.C.<p>Beeswax has been found on pottery dating as far back as 7000 B.C., most likely …

Alternative Medicine

Seeing Kale With New Eyes

When people want to communicate that a food has the potential to take off — to flood restaurant menus and recipe blogs, to drive grocery sales and anchor lines of packaged health foods — they’ll often insist that it’s “the next kale.” It probably isn’t; kale’s triumph in the United States is …

Italian Food

The Best Exercise for Aging Muscles

The toll that aging takes on a body extends all the way down to the cellular level. But the damage accrued by cells in older muscles is especially severe, because they do not regenerate easily and they become weaker as their mitochondria, which produce energy, diminish in vigor and number.<p>A study …

Exercise

Peruvian Grilled Chicken: A Spicy, Succulent Delight

Spit-grilled chicken (pollo a la brasa) is popular all over Latin America. But it’s the Peruvian version that’s best known here in the United States, buoyed by the many restaurants that serve the bird in all its burnished, garlic-scented, drippings-slicked glory. Usually, they serve a spicy, creamy …

Seafood

Saunas May Be Good for Blood Pressure

A Finnish study suggests that regular sauna visits can reduce the risk for high blood pressure.<p>The study, in the American Journal of Hypertension, included 1,621 middle-aged men with normal blood pressure who were followed for an average of 25 years. During that time, 251 developed …

Diabetes

A pesticide that hurts bees is showing up in honey around the world

Neonicotinoid pesticides — known to be harmful to bees — are present in 75% of honey samples from around the globe, per a new study.<p>T<b>he big picture: …

Insects

An Exceptional Ginger Carrot Dressing

Blender dressings are great, in part, because they're fast. Everything into one container, puree, and you're set. This is a dressing I tend to make …

Tip: The Easiest Hip Flexor Stretch

Sit on your butt a lot? Have low back issues? You need this simple stretch.<p>If you're like the average American, you sit 7.7 hours per day. This …

Yoga

Major drug study opens up vast new opportunities in combating heart disease

(Rafiq Maqbool/Associated Press) A landmark drug study has opened up a potent way to lower the risk of heart attacks — beyond the now standard advice …

The Italian highlanders who may have Scottish roots

<b>Thousands of Italians emigrated to Scotland in the 20th Century, but it seems that 400 years earlier a group of Scots may have settled in a village in the Italian Alps. So local legend has it… And there are plenty of signs to suggest that maybe, just maybe, it's true.</b><p>High up in the mountains of …

Genealogy

A Perfume Devotee in the Land of French Fragrance

Before I became a perfume devotee a dozen years ago, my lexicon for describing scent was limited to words like “woodsy” or “flowery.” Later I found myself craving the dexterity of language that could match the increasingly complex perfumes arriving at my house in tiny decanted samples.<p>At the time, …

France

The Swedish physicist revolutionising birth control

<b>Inventing the first app in the world to be approved as a contraceptive started as a hobby project for Elina Berglund Scherwitzl.</b><p>The nuclear physicist, who'd been working on the team that discovered the Higgs boson, was tired of using hormonal contraception but wasn't ready to have a baby.<p>So the …

Women's Health

The roots of the alt-right

"They believe social taboos are bullshit and want to poke holes in all of it." —Angela Nagle<p>On Saturday, members of the so-called “alt-right” will converge on Charlottesville, VA for the “Unite the Right” rally. The rally is taking place just a few hours after a group of torch-wielding white …

Feminism

How the Right Gets Reagan Wrong

And what will happen if they don't start getting him right.<p>For nearly 30 years, the Republican Party has increasingly resembled a religion, with Ronald Reagan as its deity. Party leaders endlessly quote him, and every GOP presidential nominee until Donald Trump ran on a platform they thought was …

Political Science

Thinking of the history of life on Earth in terms of "energy epochs"

Olivia P. Judson's paper in <i>Nature</i>, The energy expansions of evolution, presents a novel, beautifully written and presented frame for looking at the …

Biology

All the keyboard shortcuts you’ll ever need for Safari on iPad

Safari on the Mac is almost entirely controllable by the keyboard. You can open tabs, navigate forms on the page, and search through pages. And even if there’s no built-in shortcut, the Mac lets you add custom shortcuts to any menu item. The iPad isn’t quite so well-served, but you’d be surprised …

Operating Systems

How DNA-testing kits are becoming big business

<b>The latest health and fitness trend involves taking a DNA test to find out more about how our bodies respond to different types of food and exercise. But how accurate and effective are these kits?</b><p>Fitness fanatic Mandy Mayer, 56, exercised several times a week but felt like she'd hit a plateau.<p>Her …

Molecular Biology

4 Lies You've Been Told About Kinesiotape

Kinesiology tape is the generic, non-branded term for elastic tape made of tightly woven elasticated cotton and nylon fibres. <b>It is worn on skin in an</b> …

Kinesiology

Obamacare v Republican plan compared

<b>Republican politicians have campaigned on repealing President Barack Obama's healthcare reforms pretty much since they were enacted in 2010.</b><p>Now, with a governing majority, they've had to come up with a replacement plan - a task that has proved much more challenging than they may have imagined.<p>The …

Health Care

7 Amazing Walks in Ireland: Fresh air for every fitness level

Ireland is one of the best little walking destinations in the world - and exploring it needn't cost a cent, says Pól Ó …