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Does fasting on alternate days work? A new study weighs in

<b>(CNN) —</b> Whether you watch what you eat by counting your daily calories or practicing intermittent fasting, either approach can be effective for weight loss, a new obesity study suggests.<p>Intermittent or alternate-day fasting requires routinely alternating between eating little or no food and then …

Holistic Medicine

How the ExoMars spacecraft will make its way to the surface of Mars

As the other spacecraft gets into orbit<p>Tomorrow, two spacecraft will reach Mars after nearly seven months of traveling together through space — and they’ll both attempt to pull off two separate and incredible feats. One will put itself into orbit around the Red Planet, while the other will land on …

European Space Agency

Small Island, Big Experiment

How a tiny Florida community could influence the way we fight Zika around the world.<p>The first thing Billy Ryan does after he arrives at work most …

Public Health

The Anthropocene epoch: scientists declare dawn of human-influenced age

Experts say human impact on Earth so profound that Holocene must give way to epoch defined by nuclear tests, plastic pollution and domesticated chicken<p>Humanity’s impact on the Earth is now so profound that a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene – needs to be declared, according to an official …

Earth Science

Face Mapping: What Your Breakouts Can Reveal About Your Health

If your eyes are the window to your soul, then your face just might be the window to understanding your breakouts, or anything else that's plaguing …

Zika around the world: Where do we stand?

<b>(CNN) —</b> Zika continues its march around the world.<p>Moving from Africa to French Polynesia to Central and South America, the disease is now active in the United States and Asia, and is likely to continue to spread.<p>Singapore Zika cases increase<p>Zika arrives in a country via the bloodstreams of …

Public Health

The Math Revolution

The number of American teens who excel at advanced math has surged. Why?<p>On a sultry evening last July, a tall, soft-spoken 17-year-old named David Stoner and nearly 600 other math whizzes from all over the world sat huddled in small groups around wicker bistro tables, talking in low voices and …

Education

How the First Gravitational Waves Were Found

After decades of speculation and searching, a signal came through. It promises to change our understanding of the universe.<p><i>Note: On October 3, 2017, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced that the Nobel Prize in Physics would be awarded to Rainer Weiss, Kip Thorne, and Barry Barish, three</i> …

Physics

Top 10 books about cancer

Treatment of this cruel disease has advanced hugely in recent years, but writers from Philip Roth to Christopher Hitchens show the awful human cost it still exacts<p>My relationship to cancer is professional but also personal, such that the terms used to characterise it – doctor, oncologist, …

Books

View a Giant Chunk of the Whole Universe in Your Browser

Encounter the cosmos, star-by-star, galaxy-by-galaxy.<p>The Dark Energy Camera Legacy Survey has been quietly surveying the cosmos, honing in on the universe with startling 520 megapixel resolution. While it's been on the hunt for dark matter and dark energy, the byproduct has been an amazing view of …

Institute for Ethics and Emerging Technologies

Roland Benedikter Discusses Rights in a Post-Human World I agree with Rachel that the future of “serious” AI to be branded as such in the strict …

Singularity

Teacher works to make chemistry lovable to kids

<i>Beverly Hills</i> — Julia Winter loves organic chemistry. So much so, the Detroit Country Day Upper School chemistry teacher created an app for students …

National Science Foundation

Educating an Original Thinker

How teachers and parents can identify and cultivate children who think creatively and unconventionally<p>In his new book, <i>Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World</i>, the writer, Wharton professor, and erstwhile magician Adam Grant explores the circumstances that give rise to truly original thinkers. …

Teaching

The Best and Worst States for Rooftop Solar Panels

A new report tracks where consumers will get the most out of renewable installations.<p>If you’re going to install solar panels on your roof, you’ll want to know what it will cost and how much money you can save. The answers to those questions depend on two more complicated criteria: How difficult is …

Two Companies Are Racing To Build The First Hyperloop

But both say first large-scale commercial version will be built overseas<p>The Hyperloop might be the brainchild of billionaire inventor Elon Musk, but if it is to become a reality it will be one of two other companies that first brings the futuristic transportation system to the world, reports the</i> …

High-speed Rail

Why Did Apollo Lunar Samples Have Amino Acids In Them?

A new study answers the decades-old question<p>Amino acids are fundamental building blocks of life. These molecules combine together into proteins, which are the bricks and mortar that build your body as well as digest your food, repair tissues, and perform other vital functions. So why were there …

Personal genetics startup 23andMe is back — and it wants to tell you what your genes have to do with how much coffee you drink

But as of today, the $1.1-billion company is ready to relaunch that health component — this time with the FDA's support — with its Personal Genome Service (PGS).<p>The tests will cost $199, double the current price of the ancestry component of the test alone.<p>In total, 23andMe will provide more than 60 …

Molecular Biology

Unlock Brain Potential to Protect Against Decline

Our brain is probably the most neglected, abused and poorly understood organ of our entire body. While sports concussions and Alzheimer's awareness are at an all-time high, many of us fail to protect our brain from potentially reversible decline.<p>The No. 1 cause of cognitive decline is not the 13 …

The Brain

The Writing Assignment That Changes Lives

Why do you do what you do? What is the engine that keeps you up late at night or gets you going in the morning? Where is your happy place? What stands between you and your ultimate dream?<p>Heavy questions. One researcher believes that writing down the answers can be decisive for students.<p>He …

Goal Setting

Organ transplant rejection isn't always forever - Futurity

If the body rejects a transplanted organ that it once tolerated, the situation may not be permanent, new research suggests.

Treat Climate Change As Seriously As National Security: Report

Governments should treat climate change as seriously as threats to national security or public health, partly by focusing more on the worst scenarios of rising temperatures, an international report said on Monday.<p>Crop failures, extreme heat waves or high rates of sea level rise could be so harmful …

National Security

These nanowires take time to get back in shape - Futurity

Zinc oxide nanowires are anelastic—they return to shape slowly after being bent. "What's surprising here is the magnitude of the effect," says …

Chemistry

Quiz: What You Don’t Know About How Energy Gets to You

You know that storms spell trouble for your power connection at home. But how much do you really know about how energy travels?<p>Quiz by Joe Eaton and Christina Nunez<p>Which country is home to the longest natural gas pipeline?<p>Brazil<br>• China<br>• Russia<br>• Canada<p>China’s Second West-East Pipeline is the longest in …