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Depression is not contagious but an upbeat mood is, say scientists

Upbeat moods spread through social networks but depression does not, scientists have found<p>Sad friends will not bring you down but upbeat moods are contagious a new study has shown.<p>Researchers at the universities of Manchester and Warwick studied 2,000 teenagers to see if their social groups could …

How to Make a Provençal Vegetable Tian (a.k.a. That Dish From the Ratatouille Movie)

You know the final scene of the 2007 Disney movie <i>Ratatouille</i>, when the rat cooks up an amazingly inspired reinterpretation of a classic ratatouille, transforming the humble summer vegetable stew into a gorgeous layered construction that melts a bitter restaurant critic's heart? Wasn't it wonderful? …

Can species survive if sex signals are lost?

Animal sex signals—communications between partners to show health and the ability to produce offspring—are key to the survival of the species.<p>Experts …

9,000 DNA samples hint at biology of PCOS

Generations of women have inherited polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS), which causes reproductive and metabolic health problems for millions around the …

North Pacific ‘blob’ stirs up fisheries management

Unusually warm ocean strengthens calls to consider ecosystem variables in setting catch limits.<p>Unprecedented conditions in the Pacific Ocean have …

Want to quit smoking? 2 ways to predict if you’ll gain weight

Weight gain is a big worry for many people who want to quit smoking. Will they gain a little or a lot? Experts say there are two factors that can …

Apple Creates Massive Floral Window Installation at Selfridges to Promote Apple Watch

Apple today launched a new Apple Watch advertising effort in London, decorating the 24 windows of the Selfridges department store with a massive floral installation. Each window has flowers that were inspired by the flowers that can be found within the "Motion" face on the Apple Watch.<p>Design …

How to Raise $2 Million in 3 Days (for Something You Really Care About)

Brandon Stanton, who founded the Humans of New York project, raised millions for a cause that his donators had never even heard of before.<p>A while back, I wrote about a super-popular photographer named Brandon Stanton, after his project, Humans of New York, got nearly 1 million Facebook likes. That …

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Does This Phylum Make Me Look Fat?

We would all love a simple weight-loss plan. Beyond carbs and fats, some studies have hinted that a key group of gut microbes — from the phylum Firmicutes — might be more common among people who are overweight.<p>Thinner people, these studies suggest, might have more bacteria from the phylum known as …