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Why knuckle cracking makes a popping sound, and why it might be beneficial

When muscle joints are pulled apart there forms a tiny cavity filled with gas which then collapses, creating a popping noise.<p>The wince-inducing sound of knuckles cracking is caused by a small bubble building up in the fluid of the fingers then ‘popping ‘, scientists believe, and it could even be …

Thinking with Animals: From Aesop to Darwin to YouTube

How metaphors of nonhuman beings help us give shape to the human experience and make sense of our inner lives.<p>We think in metaphors — they are our bridge of meaning between the familiar and the unfamiliar. Anthropomorphism — the tendency to project human qualities onto nonhuman beings and objects — …

10 Amazing Health Benefits of Honey

Oh, honey.<p>Honey has been used as a sweetener and preservative throughout human history. But who knew such a sweet, sugary substance could be so good …

Want To Know How A Man Will Treat Women? Just Look At His Fingers

A man’s hand may be all you need to find out how nice he is toward women. Researchers from McGill University found a link between a baby boy’s …

To Find Out A Man’s Schizophrenia Risk, Look At His Hands

You've probably heard about how looking at the length of a man’s fingers can identify the extent to which he’s likely to be unfaithful to his …

Chill out: You control your stress response - Futurity

We can, to some extent, control our genetic response to stress by moderating how we perceive stress, researchers say.

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How The Sync Project Will Use Music as Data-Driven Therapy

Music can have various psychological effects on us: numerous studies conclude that certain genres can enhance our moods, boost concentration, trigger emotional reactions or pump up our energy levels. We also have specific musical tastes and preferences – but why do we like some songs more than …

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5 Ways You're Killing Your Brain Cells

Contrary to popular belief, we don’t have a limited supply of brain cells. Sure, the majority of them grow early in life, but some areas of the brain …

What 3-Parent Babies Mean For The Future Of Reproductive Medicine

Bespoke embryos raise ethical questions for lawmakers and bioethicists alike<p>Last week members of the British House of Commons passed a bill legalizing mitochondrial DNA transfers--a process that combines three different sets of DNA to create an embryo. That means one day, it could be possible for …

What a Happy Cell Looks Like

A growing field of research is examining how life satisfaction may affect cellular functioning and DNA.<p>“What is the truest form of human happiness?” Steven Cole asks.<p>It’s a question he’s been considering for most of his career—but Cole is a genomics researcher, not a philosopher. To him, this …

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