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The best (and worst) ways to spot a liar

Forget body language or eye movements. There are much better ways to identify the deceitful.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year. Browse the full list.</i><p>-<p>Thomas Ormerod’s team of security officers faced a seemingly impossible task. At airports across …

Body Language

The birth of a psychopath

<b>(CNN) —</b> After every horrific crime that shocks us, the next question we often ask is, "How could anyone do such a thing?"<p>If the criminal is a psychopath, the answer is very simple. They don't feel empathy or guilt. So instead of asking, "How could they do this horrible thing?" the more pertinent …

Psychology

See How What Makes Us Happy Has Changed Over the Past 80 Years

Psychologists from the University of Bolton in the U.K. have re-created a famous study conducted in the same town almost eight decades ago that …

Happiness

The 10 most common nutrition lies ever told that can keep you fat and unhealthy

<b>By Dr. Mercola</b><p>There is no shortage of health advice out there, and no shortage of bad advice to go along with it. Some misguided notions are …

What 'Food Porn' Does to the Brain

What's the psychological appeal of looking at food that can't be tasted?<p>In the mid-20th century, the Dutch biologist Nikolaas Tinbergen uncovered an odd quirk of animal behavior: Across species, the animals in his experiments seemed to prefer prettier, flashier, more attention-grabbing versions of …

Animal Behavior

While you were sleeping, your brain was working overtime

Sleep has profound importance in our lives, such that we spend a considerable proportion of our time engaging in it. Sleep enables the body—including the brain—to recover metabolically, but contemporary research has been moving to focus on the active rather than recuperative role that sleep has on …

Sleep

11 Diet Expert-Approved Processed Foods

As it turns out, people in the U.S. are seriously stocking up on highly processed foods—the health saboteurs make up more than 60 percent of the …

10 Foods to Calm Inflammation

Nutrition

How Being a Worrywart Helps at Work

Pessimism and Anxiety Can Improve Performance<p>By<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>Sue Shellenbarger<p>The Wall Street Journal<p>Biography<p>Google+<p>Sue.Shellenbarger@wsj.com<p>Most people seek to project an upbeat, confident attitude on the job. But sometimes it is better to be a worrywart.<p>While ample research has documented the …

Computer Science

8 Mysterious Van Gogh Theories That Haunt Us To This Day

Today is the birthday of one of the art world's most beloved outsiders, the iconic post-Impressionist whose melancholic spirit and rapturous paintings forever colored our notion of the "tortured artist." Yes, we're talking about Vincent van Gogh, a man whose life is as widely renowned as it is …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Why We Like Food That Makes Noise

The crunch of a chip, the snap of a carrot, or the fizz of a freshly opened beverage may greatly influence just how good we think those foods taste, …

Oxford University

Should Alcoholic Beverages Come With Nutrition Labels?

The world's biggest spirits producer is getting on board with nutrition information labels that tell you exactly how many calories are in your glass.<p>It's simple enough to figure out how many calories are in a handful of almonds or a slice of bread: Just read the Nutrition Facts on the label. By …

Alcohol

What To Eat Now: foods to suit your DNA

In the old days it was only a doctor who decided that you might benefit from some kind of test - possibly a blood test, to further treatment or diagnosis - but now it seems that complementary therapists of all persuasions offer all sorts of clinical testing.<p>These range from the more mainstream such …

US food giant set for bite at Quorn

The company behind the American arm of Birds Eye frozen vegetables has joined bidders looking to gobble up Quorn, the manufacturer of meat substitute foods<p>US food group Pinnacle, which produces some of America’s best-known brands, is looking to acquire Quorn as it continues its expansion overseas …

FDA says genetically modified, bruise-resistant apples and potatoes are safe to eat

The produce is not yet available in stores<p>The FDA said this week that new varieties of genetically modified fruits and vegetables are safe for consumption, <i>The New York Times</i> reports. The safety review covered six varieties of potatoes engineered by J. R. Simplot Company and two varieties of apples …

Agriculture

National Geographic Travel

Millennials are just as prejudiced as their parents

Frat boys caught on video singing a racist chant are shocking but not as surprising as we might think. New studies show young folks to be no less prejudiced than their elders. They just believe they are.<p>And so do we, their elders.<p>That belief stems largely and ironically from our reluctance in …

Paleo isn't a fad diet, it's an ideology that selectively denies the modern world

Celebrity chef Pete Evans ‘won’t be silenced’ after his paleo book for children stirred up controversy – but paleo’s assumptions are only superficially plausible<p>Australian celebrity chef Pete Evans planned to publish a “paleo diet” cookbook for children, Bubba Yum Yum: The Paleo Way, that …

Paleo Diet

Does Stress Make Us Forgetful? (Is That Why We Can’t Find the Car Keys?)

An expert sorts through the effects of stress on memory, and its troubling relationship to dementia<p>Stress can be memory’s best friend. But when you forget where you put the car keys, stress can also make you feel stupid. One expert, Rajita Sinha, a professor of psychiatry and neurobiology at Yale …

Humanity

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 …

University of Michigan
Social Media

What a Handshake Smells Like

A new paper argues that the gesture may have evolved to allow people to judge one another's scent signals.<p>In 2010, to prepare its dealers for the launch of a new sales promotion, the U.K. arm of Chevrolet commissioned Geoffrey Beattie, a professor of psychology at the University of Manchester, to …

Body Language

Are you ‘over-connected’?

Wander the city in 2015 and all you’ll see is people staring at screens or talking on handsets. Is it changing who we are? Tom Chatfield weighs up the arguments.<p>A group of people wait by a monument, unaware of each other’s existence. A woman strides open-mouthed down a busy street, holding one hand …

Google Glass

Why China's Pollution Could Be Behind Our Cold, Snowy Winters

As the airborne particles turn: Across the globe, dust (red-orange) is lifted from land, sea salt (blue) swirls up from oceans, soot (green and yellow) rises from fires and sulfur (white) streams from volcanoes and fossil fuel emissions.<p>It's March. It's freezing. And there's half a foot of snow on …

Pollution

A restaurateur who's an artist outside the kitchen

The guests have hung their coats by the indoor swimming pool of a 23rd-floor penthouse overlooking Beijing's iconic Bird's Nest stadium. In the apartment's soaring atrium, designed like a traditional courtyard home, a chef carves roast duck alongside banquet tables stacked with sushi, lobster and …

Nutrition Panel: Egg With Coffee Is A-OK, But Skip The Side Of Bacon

If you like a cup of coffee and an egg in the morning, you've got the green light.<p>A panel of top nutrition experts appointed by the federal government has weighed in with its long-awaited diet advice.<p>Their conclusions are that daily cup of joe (or two) may help protect against Type 2 diabetes and …

Diabetes

Salty, Sweet, Sour. Is It Time To Make Fat The Sixth Taste?

Your tongue doubtless knows the difference between a high-fat food and the low-fat alternative. Full-fat ice cream and cream cheese feel silkier and more sumptuous. Burgers made with fatty meat are typically juicer than burgers made with lean meat.<p>OK, so, we've long known fat gives food a desirable …

Nutrition

22 American Foods You've Never Had

<i>By: Adam Lapetina</i><p>Hopefully we're all familiar, by now, with Chicago-style deep-dish pizza. It's supposedly a regional food, but that's a difficult designation to stand by when there's a Pizzeria Uno franchise in about half of the states in the country (and three in Puerto Rico!). It's become an</i> …

Cooking

To fight peanut allergy, it's better to eat peanuts than avoid them

It seemed like a good idea at the time: With the incidence of peanut allergy climbing among children, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised parents in 2000 to keep peanuts far away from infants and toddlers who might have a life-threatening reaction to them.<p>But a new study suggests that advice …