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Dos and don’ts to preserve your brainpower

From changing your diet to partying like you’re 21, here are six tips for protecting your brain from the ravages of time.<p>Like any good machine, the brain needs a little care and attention as it ages to ensure it continues to run in good working order. If only there were a manual to its maintenance …

The Brain

How Are Our Screens Changing Us Now?

<i>Part 1 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> Screen Time - Part I.<p>Host Guy Raz raises the curtain on a special two-part TED Radio Hour episode about our ambivalent relationships with our screens.<p>We hear audio from a Facebook press conference call in which CEO Mark Zuckerburg describes virtual reality as a …

Virtual Reality

The Immortal Brain: Would You Go For It?

Last Saturday, two-time Pulitzer prize winner Amy Harmon published a fascinating article in <i>The</i> <i>New York Times</i> about a young dying woman who chose to have her brain preserved in case neuroscience could one day restore her mind back to life.<p>Harmon accompanied her article with another one, on what it …

Physics

Why music has a hotline to our emotions

In the first of our new series answering your questions, we explore why music can be so emotionally charged.<p><b>Q: Why does music have a hotline to our emotions? What is the evolutionary advantage of this? <br>Philip Le Riche, via email</b><p><b>David Robson, BBC Future feature writer, answers:</b> <br>Who hasn’t ever felt …

Psychology

Blindsight: the strangest form of consciousness

Some people who have lost their vision find a “second sight” taking over their eyes – an uncanny, subconscious sense that sheds light into the hidden depths of the human mind.<p>When Daniel first walked into London’s National Hospital, ophthalmologist Michael Sanders could have had little idea that he …

Consciousness

How The Brains Of Happy, Successful People Are Wired

Greater connectivity in the brain may be linked to greater happiness and life satisfaction.<p>It seems that some people may really have all the luck. According to the "general intelligence g factor" theory, if you're adept at one cognitive function (like working memory), you're likely to be adept in …

The Brain

How to find life on Mars

Water<p>The first box scientists need to tick in the hunt for alien life is the presence of water. Life as we know it cannot emerge and survive without water, so a planet needs water to be habitable. Mars had lakes and oceans in the distant past, but now only very salty brines flow there.<p>Methane<p>Most …

Carbon Dioxide

Facebook Will Beam Internet From Satellites To Africa In 2016

Bringing Internet.org's mission to fruition<p>Until now, Facebook’s mission to beam internet connectivity to the world through its Internet.org philanthropic organization has been largely limited to piggy-backing on existing wireless networks on the ground. Sure, Facebook has tested Aquila, its …

Sub-Saharan Africa

Why do women live longer than men?

All across the world, women enjoy longer lifespans. David Robson investigates the reasons why, and whether men can do anything about it.<p>As soon as I was born, I was already destined to die earlier than half the babies in my maternity ward – a curse that I can do little to avoid. The reason? My sex. …

Newcastle University

Meet the Chimps That Lawyers Argue Are People

In a new study, chimpanzees were trained to walk upright. The fine print: They’re also plaintiffs in a landmark lawsuit.<p>The plaintiffs of a historic lawsuit seeking legal rights for chimpanzees finally made a public appearance—not in court, but in a study on the mechanics of walking on two feet.<p>The …

Cate Blanchett Steps Out in a New, Bold Look for the Red Carpet

Cate Blanchett has a sense of grace and style on the red carpet that is all her own—it’s just as likely to see her wear a classically elegant Armani Privé dress as it is to see her in a fashion-forward look by Céline. Earlier tonight, the Australian beauty stepped out at the New York Film Festival …

Rihanna Steals the Show at Dior

<b>Who:</b> Rihanna<p><b>Where:</b> The Christian Dior Spring 2016 show in Paris.<p><b>When:</b> Friday, October 2nd<p><b>What:</b> The musician accessorized with a pink cape, blue bag, and black patent leather boots—all by Dior, bien sur.<p><b>Why:</b> The Dior show is always one of the most anticipated during Paris Fashion Week—only Rihanna …

Kendall Jenner

India’s Energy Crisis - MIT Technology Review

An old man wakes on the floor of a hut in a village in southern India. He is wrapped in a thin cotton blanket. Beside him, music wails softly on a …

DuPont Predicts CRISPR Plants on Dinner Plates in Five Years - MIT Technology Review

Agricultural biotech giants are starting to make moves into CRISPR gene editing, saying they’ll be selling seeds engineered with the technology by …

A Shocking Way to Fix the Brain - MIT Technology Review

When Emad Eskandar talks about one of his neurosurgery patients with obsessive compulsive disorder, he’s not talking about someone who arranges his …

Drug that skyrocketed 5,000% hasn't come down in price

Remember the drug used by cancer and AIDS patients that skyrocketed from $13.50 to $750 a pill? Well, the price has yet to come back to earth.<p>The company still has not cut the price below $750 even though it vowed that it would on national TV and in a public statement over two weeks ago.<p>"We've …

Martin Shkreli