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5 Health Benefits Of Caffeine

It does more than just waking you up in the mornings.<p>While caffeine often seems to attract bad press, sensible amounts are actually good for you. Caffeine is naturally found in everyday food and drinks like tea, coffee and chocolate, but this natural stimulant is also added to performance-boosting …

Blood Of World's Oldest Woman, Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper, Suggests Limits Of Mortality

Her blood tells a story.<p>And it's a very, very long story.<p>Born in 1890, Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper once had the honour of being the world's oldest …

The U.S. Has Quietly Made Some Remarkable Advances in Fuel-Efficiency

Standards developed over the past decade offer reasons for optimism.<p>In 1975, largely in response to OPEC's oil embargo against the United States, Congress enacted a new energy law that included provisions to increase "Corporate Average Fuel Economy." These CAFE standards, as they're known, led to a …

Who Were the Ancient Bog Mummies? Surprising New Clues

Ongoing research suggests at least two 2,000-year-old corpses had traveled before their deaths.<p>Cast into northern European wetlands, bog bodies have long appeared as opaque to archaeologists as their dark and watery graves. But new clues are coming in the centuries-old mystery of their origins.<p>Over …

Close encounter with Comet 67P may reveal origins of life on Earth

Several hundred million miles from home, one of the most ambitious space missions ever attempted is closing in on its target: Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, a massive ball of ice, dust and organic materials that orbits the Sun every six-and-a-half years.<p>The probe Rosetta – built for €1bn by the …

‘Life on Earth is in peril. We have no future if we don’t go into space’

STEPHEN HAWKING<p>Physicist and cosmologist<p>Robotic missions are much cheaper and may provide more scientific information, but they don’t catch the public imagination in the same way, and they don’t spread the human race into space, which I’m arguing should be our long-term strategy. If the human race …

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

Light Photographed As A Wave And A Particle For The First Time

Seeing is believing<p>Scientists have long known that light can behave as both a particle and a wave—Einstein first predicted it in 1909. But no experiment has been able to show light in both states simultaneously. Now, researchers at the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland have …

Quantum Physics

How Islamic State is expanding its empire of terror

Marched on to a Libyan beach in now gruesomely familiar orange jumpsuits, the last moments of 21 Coptic Christians carried the vicious jolt of previous Isis snuff videos, but with an added charge of fear.<p>The setting, in Libya, suggested that the group was spreading further and faster than even …

Japan emerges from recession despite weak growth

Japan's economy has rebounded out of recession in the last quarter of 2014, according to official data, but growth and internal spending have been weaker than expected, underlining the challenge the government faces in shaking off decades of stagnation.<p>The 0.6 percent quarter-on-quarter expansion …

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We Can Predict When People Are Going To Die From Their “DNA Clock”

Scientists have discovered a human “biological clock” based on certain changes to genes, called DNA methylation. These are important for the …

Genetics

Trying to Be Less Stupid: The Hard Work of Brain Science

Book Talk<p>A renowned neuroscientist discusses where the next big breakthroughs in understanding the brain will come from.<p>Michael Gazzaniga was still a graduate student when he helped make one of the most intriguing discoveries of modern neuroscience: that the two hemispheres of the brain not only …

BIS: There’s an oil-debt-dealer nexus

2015-02-07T11:00:28.000Z<p>By: Tracy Alloway<p>FT Alphaville has written before about how the pronounced collapse in the price of oil appears very …

Guest post: Venezuela’s collapse has nothing to do with falling oil prices

<i>By Francisco Toro</i><p>As stories proliferate of Venezuelans waiting in line for hours for basic staples and people paying $755 for a pack of condoms, it’s …

China seen easing monetary policy to avoid deflationary cliff

China faces a monetary policy “wall of worry” as its economy slips towards a deflationary spiral driven by structural forces that are simultaneously …

bb review: how likely is a US war with China?

<i>By Ali Wyne, Wikistrat</i><p>This September will mark the ten-year anniversary of two documents that have been highly influential in framing contemporary …

The shuttering of China?

2015-02-11T09:08:05.000Z<p>By: David Keohane<p>This is gonna be speculative, so bear with us.<p>It’s the idea that China will — as more and more capital …

Mexico’s energy reform: black silver?

Oil is popularly known as black gold. Now the world’s biggest miner of another shiny precious metal is jumping on Mexico’s ambitious energy reforms …