Stephen Millender

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How bacteria are changing your mood

<b>If anything makes us human it's our minds, thoughts and emotions.</b><p>And yet a controversial new concept is emerging that claims gut bacteria are an invisible hand altering our brains.<p>Science is piecing together how the trillions of microbes that live on and in all of us - our microbiome - affect our …

The Myth of 'Learning Styles'

A popular theory that some people learn better visually or aurally keeps getting debunked.<p>In the early ‘90s, a New Zealand man named Neil Fleming decided to sort through something that had puzzled him during his time monitoring classrooms as a school inspector. In the course of watching 9,000 …

Pedagogy

The Diet That Might Cure Depression

Several studies show that healthy eating is connected with better mood.<p>At the turn of the 20th century, prominent physicians who were trying to understand where mental illness comes from seized on a new theory: autointoxication. Intestinal microbes, these doctors suggested, are actually dangerous …

Holistic Medicine

Why Intelligent People Drink More Alcohol

Drinking alcohol is evolutionarily novel, so the Hypothesis would predict that more intelligent people drink more alcohol than less intelligent …

Study Finds Timely Emissions Reductions Could Prevent 153 Million Air Pollution Deaths This Century

One of the roadblocks to swift action on climate change is the human brain's tendency to focus on threats and stimuli that are an obvious and …

Duke University

Sudan, World's Last Male Northern White Rhino, Dies

Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhinoceros, died in Kenya on Monday, leaving his species one step closer to extinction, even as a group of scientists undertake an unprecedented effort to try to keep this animal from vanishing entirely.<p>Sudan was 45 years old, and his health had …

Extinction

Standing desks 'increase pain' and slow down mental ability, study suggests

Standing desks increase bodily pain and slow down people’s cognitive functions at work, new research suggests.<p>Experts have warned that despite the “feverish” trend towards adopting the adjustable desks, there is little solid evidence to support their use, as well as concerns they may do more harm …

Low Fat

The hidden side to your personality

Many personality traits can be observed but there are other hidden forces that shape who we are.<p>We usually think of personality in terms of the differences we can see – Sarah is smiley and chatty, John frets a lot, while Noah is neat and tidy. These differences are fascinating, but if we focus only …

Psychology

It took 30 years, but scientists finally grew mature human eggs outside the body

Ovaries are the best incubators known to womankind—chemically nurturing and pruning human eggs until they’re fully mature and ready to be fertilized. Scientists have never quite been able to recreate the process.<p>But after 30 years of work, researchers at the University of Edinburgh in the UK have …

Eggs

If You Can't Pass This Simple 10 Second Test, Science Says You're 5 Times More Likely to Die Sooner

And don't worry if you can't pass it today. With a little time and effort, you will.<p>Everyone wants to live a long, healthy life. No one wants their life to be cut unnecessarily short. But is it possible to predict whether you're at greater risk of mortality? According to a Brazilian physician, the …

Work-life Balance

The 20-Minute Workout Guaranteed to Improve Your Memory (and Get You in Better Shape)

No medications, meditation, or memory exercises required.<p>While it's common to think success is all about whom you know, success is almost always based on <i>what</i> you know. That's why we all want to learn faster, retain more information, and improve our memories.<p>And we all want to double-dip: To get …

Exercise

Humans Share a Relevant Gene With This Fish That Can Repair Its Spinal Cord

This has huge implications.<p>The lamprey looks about as different from a human as you can imagine. This fish has an eel-like, finless body, bulging …

Fish

Why willpower is overrated

Psychologists increasingly think effortful restraint is not the key to the good life. So what is?<p>People with a lot of self-control — people who, when they happen upon a delicious food they don’t think they should eat, seemingly grin and bear the temptation until it passes — have it easy.<p>But why? …

Psychology

How to Do Transcendental Meditation and Instantly Ease Stress

Meditation is thought to support both emotional and physical well-being. The highly effective practice, rooted in the ancient Vedic tradition of …

4 Actor-Approved Strategies That Can Naturally Make You More Confident

Don’t you secretly wish you were a movie star?<p>From the time I was a tutu-wearing tot, I knew my calling: I was an actress.<p>So it came as no surprise …

Red Carpet

France was the first country to ban supermarkets from throwing away unused food — and the world is taking notice

France is a culinary leader — both at the table and, more recently, in the trash can.<p>In February 2016, France became the first country in the world to prohibit supermarkets from throwing away unused food through unanimously passed legislation.<p>Now, supermarkets of a certain size must donate unused …

That Broken Heart May Never Recover, Study Shows

In most depressing news, a “broken heart” might actually cause long-term, irreversible implications on your health. “Broken Heart Syndrome” is …

Elasticity

Mysterious Filament is Stretching Down Towards the Milky Way’s Supermassive Black Hole

The core of the Milky Way Galaxy has always been a source of mystery and fascination to astronomers. This is due in part to the fact that our Solar …

Daily Inspiration — Life is older than we are

- Advertisement -<p>Life is much older than the Earth, older than the solar system, probably older than the Milky Way galaxy. We are only the latest …

Universe

A letter to … my sister, who has conquered her depression

The letter you always wanted to write<p>Family stuff happened and those wounds in you festered and festered. No one knew at the beginning. You hid it well under your sleeves and at the back of your eyes.<p>Before it all happened, I sometimes looked at you and thought that this would happen to you. It is …

The most uplifting podcasts of 2017 are shows about depression, heartbreak and loss

Once a week, radio veteran John Moe sits down with a guest—usually a professional comedian—for a laugh-filled chat about debilitating mental illness. <i>The Hilarious World of Depression</i> podcast, which launched in mid-December 2016 and is halfway through its second season, wades headlong into a …

Mental Disorders

Stimulant boosts function in patients recovering from depression

People recovering from depression but struggling with its effect on memory, concentration and cognitive function may benefit from the stimulant modafinil, according to results of a small study published on Tuesday.<p>Modafinil is a generic drug usually prescribed for sleep disorders such as …

DNA-editing breakthrough could fix 'broken genes' in the brain, delay ageing and cure incurable diseases

Scientists have discovered a new way to edit DNA that could fix “broken genes” in the brain, cure previously incurable diseases and potentially even …

The 'Earth next door' may have a cozy atmosphere — and we could find out in just 2 years

Astronomers know it exists because they've seen its gravity tug on and "wiggle" Proxima Centauri, the red dwarf star that it orbits.<p>But no telescopes in space or on the ground, nor any in serious stages of planning, can directly photograph Proxima b.<p>It's very distant at 4.2 light-years away from …

Yes, It’s That Bad: Time For The Feds To Take Control Of Antibiotics, These Experts Say

Big pharma doesn’t have strong financial incentives to develop new antibiotics. Some say it’s time for the government to take control of the market, just like it does for missiles and war planes.<p>Last week, a 49-year-old woman in Pennsylvania with a urinary tract infection sent shockwaves through …

Chile Is Producing So Much Solar Power, It's Giving It Away For Free

I would like some solar, please.<p>Market forces often produce strange quirks in the economic system, like the one we're seeing in Chile this year: the …

Renewable Energy

The Evolutionary Argument Against Reality

The cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman uses evolutionary game theory to show that our perceptions of an independent reality must be illusions.<p>As we …

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