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Lack Of Sleep Kills Brain Cells, New Study Shows

If you’re burning the midnight oil, you may be burning out brain cells, too, new research shows. A study published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience found that staying awake too long destroys brain cells in mice, and may do the same in humans.<p>It’s the first study to show (if only in animals) …

Nobel winner declares boycott of top science journals

Leading academic journals are distorting the scientific process and represent a "tyranny" that must be broken, according to a Nobel prize winner who has declared a boycott on the publications.<p>Randy Schekman, a US biologist who won the Nobel prize in physiology or medicine this year and receives his …

8 Shortbread Cookies

Tins filled with cookies covered in colorful icing and sprinkles are fun, but sometimes you want something a little simpler. Enter shortbread. Shortbread has far more personality than a sugar cookie -- and confidently stands without over-embellishment. Whip up a few of these 8 shortbread recipes -- …

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Cold-Weather Photography Tips From the Pros

Adventure<p>As we head into the winter months, our adventures will likely take many of us into high mountains or across vast plains covered in ice and snow. Whether you’re riding skis, a snowboard, or a dogsled, taking pictures is pretty much a given. Unfortunately fridged temperatures at this time of …

JSTOR's Hidden Power

Training students to be attentive and discriminating in their use of sources is difficult and time-consuming. It is enormously tempting to say “just use Project Muse and JSTOR articles” and be done with it.<p>Few people outside of academia had heard of JSTOR, an aggregator and distributor of digital …

10 Really Great Reasons to Work Out That Have Nothing to Do With How You Look

Your mood, your smarts, your performance at work, your cancer risk—regular sweat sessions pay off in many more ways than you might think

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How Google Sold Its Engineers on Management

Artwork: Chad Hagen, Graphic Composition No. 1, 2009, digital<p>Since the early days of Google, people throughout the company have questioned the value of managers. That skepticism stems from a highly technocratic culture. As one software engineer, Eric Flatt, puts it, “We are a company built by …

On Everybody's Shopping List This Year: The Internet Of Things

The forecasting pundits all seem to have zeroed in on one must-have IT gift for 2014, and that’s the Internet of Things. I have to admit to being somewhat puzzled by this, for a variety of reasons.<p>First of all, unless someone has slipped a sensor under our skins without our being aware of it, I’m …

The 19 Most Annoying People On A Plane

While we all pretty much already agreed that seat recliners are the worst of the worst on planes, there's still room for griping about other passengers we'd like to kick out of our tiny shared space in that aluminum tube in the sky.<p>Expedia asked consulting firm Northstar to poll 1,001 adult …

Siri battles Google Now in new contest

Which is better: Apple's Siri or Google Now? Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster recently put them both to the test.<p>First, let's take a look at Siri's performance.<p>Based on the results of 800 different queries, Siri showed an improvement in iOS 7 when compared to its behavior under iOS 6. Apple's …

8 Red Flags To Watch Out For On A Job Interview

Sure, job interviews are nerve-racking—especially if it’s a role you really want.<p>But when you’re in the throes of printing out résumés, rehearsing answers and making sure your interview outfit is culturally on-cue, don’t forget to observe what you can about the company, and your interviewer …

6 Sneaky Reasons Your Breath Stinks

Some of the most common causes of bad breath are the most obvious ones. You know it's time to brush when you've had some particularly garlicky shrimp scampi or you practically breathe fire first thing in the morning.<p>But there are some surprising causes of bad breath, known to science-y types as …

A New Crop Of Tech Billionaires Just Vowed To Give Most Of Their Money Away

They signed The Giving Pledge, the four-year-old brainchild of Bill Gates and Warren Buffett in which the world's wealthiest individuals promise to give away half or more of their money to charity before or after they die.<p>With the seven who signed on today, 128 wealthy families have made this …