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What It Takes To Change Your Brain’s Patterns After Age 25

Most of our brain’s patterns are solidified by our mid-20s, but it’s possible to change your brain’s pathways and patterns with these methods.<p>“In most of us, by the age of thirty, the character has set like plaster, and will never soften again.”<p>That quote was made famous by Harvard psychologist …

The Brain

The Physical Effects of Living in Space Could Create a New Human Species

What if one day we encounter aliens, and they are our descendants?<p>Societies living off-Earth sounds like a concept from science fiction. We spend our lives pinned to the planet. In half a century of human space flight, fewer than 600 people have traveled to low Earth orbit, and just 12 have stood …

Space Travel

Here's What Scientists Think Video Games Are Actually Doing To Our Brains

Are video games and other screen technologies "rewiring" people's brains, as media reports suggest? We asked five psychologists and neurologists.<p>If you read the newspapers, you may get the impression that video games and other forms of digital technology are damaging our brains. They cause …

Mind-Reading Program Translates Thoughts Into Text

Ever wished Siri could just read your mind?<p>Technology can reconstruct video based on a person's thoughts and even anticipate your moves while you drive. Now, a brain-to-text system can translate brain activity into written words.<p>In a recent study in <i>Frontiers in Neuroscience</i>, seven patients had …

The science behind losing weight

There are thousands of diet plans out there with lots of different approaches to achieving the same goal: trim the fat.<p>Are there universal truths about weight loss that we can all learn? The answer is yes. There is an undeniable science behind the process of losing weight, and it all boils down to …

Weight Loss

Designing Superhumans

The age of genetic design is here.<p>It is now possible to edit genes of diverse organisms — almost like we edit a string of text — by cutting and pasting (splicing) genes at desired locations. A recent technology known as CRISPR (clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats) allows for …

Genetics

Here's How A Newborn Baby Sees The World

How do newborn infants see the people around them?<p>For the first time ever, scientists in Sweden and Norway have simulated how our emotional expressions appear to the dewy eyes of a newborn -- and their finding may lay to rest a longstanding debate.<p>"We have for many years known that newborn babies …

Parenting

Cars designed to be slept in

Vehicle design students at the Royal College of Art have been re-imagining the kind of cars that will be possible in an era of driverless transport.<p>As part of its Future Design series, BBC News spoke to Prof Dale Harrow, head of the Vehicle Design Programme, along with one of his students, Yibo</i> …

Driverless Cars

What you may not know about sleep

The secrets of sleep are only now coming to light. William Park surveys some of the more intriguing facts researchers have learnt about the world of slumber.<p>The science of sleep can be fuzzy and confusing at times. Researchers are still not sure what our brains are up to, why we dream, or what …

Sleep

Do You Have A Mellow Music Brain Or An Intense One?

Cognitive style linked to preference in pop music<p>You truly believe that Kanye is the best musician on the planet. Is it simply a matter of taste, or is something else going on?<p>Although there’s no doubt that music preferences change over time and are shaped by social factors like what our friends …

The paradox of measuring happiness

The best of the week’s long reads in science and technology, including Silicon Valley’s resurgence and why suicide rates are highest in the happiest places.<p>Food | Two months of soylent<p>Consumer review of the powdered meal-replacement mix which claims to be a complete adult food. “Soylent is a …

Silicon Valley

Self-Aware Robot Shows Progress of AI

A Small Self-Aware Robot Showed Minimal Intelligence During a Test<p>We’re a long way off from having a self-aware robot with an artificial intelligence close to what is seen in movies such as <i>Her</i> or <i>Ex Machina</i>. But for the first time, three humanoid robots showed a glimmer of self-consciousness by …

Robotics

How Friendship Fights Depression

A new study shows that a healthy mood can spread through friend groups.<p>“As everyone knows, depressed people are some of the most boring people in the world,” Mindy Kaling writes in her book <i>Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?</i> “I know this because when I was depressed, people fled. Except my best …

Research

Computers Can Predict Schizophrenia Based on How a Person Talks

A new study finds an algorithmic word analysis is flawless at determining whether a person will have a psychotic episode.<p>Although the language of thinking is deliberate—<i>let me think, I have to do some thinking</i>—the actual experience of having thoughts is often passive. Ideas pop up like dandelions; …

Neuroscience

Ignore Your Feelings

A profanity-filled new self-help book argues that life is kind of terrible, so you should value your actions over your emotions.<p>Put down the talking stick. Stop fruitlessly seeking "closure" with your peevish co-worker. And please, don't bother telling your spouse how annoying you find their …

Self-help

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 …

Participation

The magic of cinema unlocked one man’s coma-bound world

An Alfred Hitchcock film helped to prove one patient had been conscious while in a coma-like state for 16 years. The discovery shows that neuroscience may still have lots to learn from the ancient art of storytelling, says Tom Stafford.<p>If brain injury steals your consciousness then you are in a …

The Brain

Paraplegic man walks with own legs again

American man, 26, completes 3.5-metre course thanks to computer system that reroutes signals from his brain to electrodes on his knees<p>A man who lost the use of his legs to a spinal cord injury has walked again after scientists rerouted signals from his brain to electrodes on his knees. The …

The Brain

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. …

University College London

The bad mother’s last refuge: Smashing the cult of mommyhood

In the age of “bump watches” and helicopter mothers, moms admitting ambivalence is one of our last taboos<p>The ambivalence of motherhood is a touchy subject that violates one of our greatest taboos: not liking your children. It’s a topic of conversation that rises to the surface of our social …

Books

The real reason most Americans don't save enough money for retirement

Aesop would have had a straightforward explanation for why some people just can't manage to save up for retirement: Some people are born ants—industrious and in possession of great willpower—while others are grasshoppers, living only for today.<p>Millennia later, sorting workers into …

Retirement

25+ Pictures Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence

The universe, man… THE UNIVERSE. 01. This is the Earth! This is where you live. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image / Via visibleearth.nasa.gov …

Space Travel

4. Jurassic Park - The Raptors

The effects on show in 1993€™s Jurassic Park were what made George Lucas decide that technology was now good enough for him to begin work on the Star …

Movies

Sorry, these two amazing Pixar fan theories have been debunked

We’re living in the age of Fan Theories right now, and thankfully the creators behind many of our favorite stories are speaking up about when we’re …

Best Wedding Cakes of 2014

Trust us, we see <i>a lot</i> of wedding cakes over the course of a year. Hundreds and hundreds, if not thousands. So what makes a cake stand out? Classic, elegant confections will always be chic, but we also adore more modern, out-of-the-box designs that push the envelope beyond what you may imagine a …

23 Of The World's Greatest Cookies

Every country bakes an incredible cookie.

Dessert

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FIND YOUR ORIGIN<p>Would you like to know the Origin of Your Last Name and the Coat of Arms of your family? Now It’s easy and free!<p>Our database contains …

Gigi Hadid on Confronting Her Body-Shamers: "I Wasn't Scared to Have a Voice"

The model talks about what led her to post her statement on social media and her feelings after.<p>Last week, Gigi Hadid posted a statement on her social media, addressing those who have body-shamed her and called her too big for the modeling industry. "Yes, I have boobs, I have abs, I have a butt, I …

Gigi Hadid

An Expert Guide to Layering: 3 Flattering Ways to Layer a Turtleneck Bodysuit This Fall

As far as wardrobe essentials go, key layering pieces are a must. You know the pieces: The ones that will take you from warm fall mornings to bitter cold winter nights; office meetings to after-hours drinks. The reliable ones that will forever be in rotation and never go out of style. One such …

Putting Astronauts on Mars: NASA Lays Out Three-Phase Plan

The path to Mars goes through the moon — or the region of space near the moon, anyway.<p>NASA aims to put boots on Mars in the 2030s after first …