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The tricks to make yourself effortlessly charming

From the first moment you walk into a room people are making judgements about how much they like you. Fortunately, there are ways to improve your chances<p><i>Editor’s Note (December 21, 2017): Through to the end of the year, BBC Capital is bringing back some of your favourite stories from 2017.</i><p>Most of …

Low-dose aspirin can reduce risk of death from cancer, research says

<b>(CNN) —</b> An aspirin a day may keep the doctor away. It may also reduce your chances of dying from cancer, according to a study on long-term regular aspirin use and different kinds of cancer.<p>Yin Cao, an instructor in the Medicine, Clinical and Translational Epidemiology Unit at Massachusetts General …

Biomedicine

An Unexpected New Lung Function Has Been Found - They Make Blood

Things just got complicated.<p>Researchers have discovered that the lungs play a far more complex role in mammalian bodies than we thought, with new …

Neuroscientists Accidentally Discovered a Whole New Role For The Cerebellum

We've only just scratched the surface.<p>One of the best-known regions of the brain, the cerebellum accounts for just 10 percent of the organ's total …

Neuroscience

Gluten-free diets may contain poisonous agents — here's how to protect yourself

Gluten free diets have become increasingly popular in America, but unfortunately, it sounds like they may harbor some awfully nasty substances: arsenic, and mercury.<p>Here's the story:

Why Facts Don’t Change Our Minds

New discoveries about the human mind show the limitations of reason.<p>In 1975, researchers at Stanford invited a group of undergraduates to take part in a study about suicide. They were presented with pairs of suicide notes. In each pair, one note had been composed by a random individual, the other …

Drug combo reversed plaque buildup in heart patients' arteries | NOLA.com

Statins are one of the biggest success stories of modern medicine, credited with transforming cardiac care. Millions of Americans take them based on …

Medical Research

New Alzheimer’s Drug Wildly Successful In Trials

This may soon become the first Alzheimer's drug to receive FDA approval in more than a decade.<p>The brain plaques that are at the root of Alzheimer’s, …

Dementia

What lies beneath: As earth warms, diseases within permafrost become a bigger worry

Scientists are witnessing the theoretical turning into reality: infectious microbes emerging from a deep freeze<p><i>This article was originally published by Scientific American.</i><p>This past summer anthrax killed a 12-year-old boy in a remote part of Siberia. At least 20 other people, also from the Yamal …

Scientists: The Future Is Shit

Scientists recently developed a method to convert sewage into biocrude oil, so it appears that our future will quite literally be shit. According to …

E.coli

Iron nanoparticles make immune cells attack cancer

Stanford researchers accidentally discovered that iron nanoparticles invented for anemia treatment have another use: triggering the immune system's …

Nanotech

Why The US Government Is Allowing Genetic Engineering On Humans

In the hierarchy of existential threats to humanity (at least in science fiction), the genetically engineered human race is close second to killer robots. Ever since Darwin was used to justify racism, people have been worried that as we exert more control over the human genome, we might become less …

Scientists Just Found a Compound That Kills 98% of a Drug-Resistant Bacteria

Yes!<p>Researchers have discovered a compound in an Antarctic sea sponge that's capable of killing 98 percent of the drug-resistant superbug, …

Biology

Enlisting artificial intelligence to assist radiologists - Scope

Specialized electronic circuits called graphic processing units, or GPUs, are at the heart of modern mobile phones, personal computers and gaming …

Artificial Intelligence

Magic Mushrooms for Mental Health

Psychedelics are powerful substances that alter perception, mood, and cognition. Psychedelic use has been a part of human history for thousands of …

Cannabis arteritis: Australian man diagnosed with marijuana-related disease that can cause loss of limb

An Australian man who smokes up to a gram of cannabis per day has narrowly escaped amputation after becoming the first in the country to be diagnosed …

This Neuroscientist Shares 7 Critical Daily Habits to Keep Your Brain Healthy

Many physical and emotional problems can be solved with a healthy brain. Here are the best ways to take care of yours.<p>Everyone wants to be happy, healthy, and smart. Many believe that a healthy body will get you there. Dr. Daniel G. Amen says a healthy body is not enough. He advocates maintaining a …

The Brain

Artificial, Womb-Free Births Just Got a Lot More Real

Scientists have grown a human embryo for two weeks in a petri dish.<p>For the first time, scientists have managed to grow human embryos to at least 14 days old inside a petri dish. Their work has the potential to revolutionize our understanding of what makes us human—and it's the next step on the road …

Sugar can cause brain damage, claim scientists (but salmon reverses it)

Bad news for people with a sweet tooth - a new study suggests that sugar can damage the brain.<p>Researchers at the University of California in Los Angeles found that fructose - a type of sugar naturally found in fruits and vegetables, but also present in soft drinks and sweets - damages brain cells …

Why is Africa so poor while Europe and North America are so wealthy?

A few years ago, two economics professors, Quamrul Ashraf and Oded Galor, published a paper, "The Out of Africa Hypothesis, Human Genetic Diversity, and Comparative Economic Development," that drew inferences about poverty and genetics based on a statistical pattern.<p>The world's most genetically …

An experimental diet mimics a rare genetic mutation that claims to slow down aging and guard against disease

The obese 50-year-old woman stands just 115.6 cm (3'9.5'') tall. Despite being overweight, Mercy shows no sign of developing diabetes and has remarkably low blood pressure at 100/70.<p>"That's why they don't care much about their weight," says her doctor, Jaime Guevara-Aguirre.<p>Mercy, who has a rare …

Here's How Much Different Types of Doctors Are Paid

Doctors are among the highest paid professionals in the U.S., beating out lawyers, software developers, and finance managers in one recent analysis. …

New Alzheimer’s Treatment Fully Restores Memory Function

Of the mice that received the treatment, 75 percent got their memory function back.<p>Australian researchers have come up with a non-invasive ultrasound …

Dementia

Biological mechanism passes on long-term epigenetic 'memories'

According to epigenetics—the study of inheritable changes in gene expression not directly coded in our DNA—our life experiences may be passed on to …

Biology

Blurred lines: Human sex chromosome swapping occurs more often than previously thought

It turns out that the rigid "line in the sand" over which the human sex chromosomes—-the Y and X—- go to avoid crossing over is a bit blurrier than …

Biology

Coffee reveals itself as an unlikely elixir

For a historically mistrusted drink, coffee is proving to be a healthy addiction. Scientific findings in support of coffee’s nutritional attributes …

Diabetes

Pot is Bad News — No Ifs, Ands or Butts

While the chorus singing marijuana’s praises seems to be growing louder in some areas of the country, a stronger body of evidence is showing that the …

Functional human hearts regenerated from skin cells

The day that heart transplant patients no longer need to wait for a donor match just got a little closer. Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital have successfully grown functional heart tissue from stem cells created from skin cells. Their paper has been published in the journal …

General Hospital