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Five Reasons to Eat Watermelon

Studies link the summer treat to many health benefits.<p><b>Big, sloppy slices of watermelon served at a picnic table are the quintessential summer snack—sweet enough to be dessert but, as several recent studies remind us, good for our health as well. (And only 84 calories per wedge!)</b><p><b>1. It soothes sore</b> …

What Are My Carb Needs for Half Training?

Tips on proper running nutrition for your first half-marathon.<p><i>Hey Susan,</i><p><i>I'm preparing to start training for my first half and I'm concerned about getting the right amount of carbs during training. I'm hoping maybe you could give me a few tips on how to better satisfy my carbohydrate</i> …

Nutrition

How to Train to Make a Baby

Here are five training strategies to boost fertility.<p><i>I just read your column on</i> <i>running while pregnant</i><i>. I wanted to thank you for such a balanced and sensible piece on the subject. I am currently trying to accept that running may be playing a part in the trouble I’m having with conception. Your</i> …

How Can I Turn My Walk Commute into a Run Commute?

I walk 3.5 miles to and from work but want to start running.<p><i>Dear Susan,</i><p><i>I'm a 26-year-old female and I made the decision to sell my car two years ago, I have been walking the 3.5-mile round trip to work everyday, taking the train in between. My question how can I go from walking to running? Like</i> …

5 Core Workouts for Stronger Running

A strong core will help you hold proper running form longer.<p><i>Zach asks: I don't know that I'm what you'd call a beginner, but I think I am. I was just wondering if you could recommend some strength and core training for me? I've always neglected this part of fitness because I hate going to the gym,</i> …

How Does Cycling Impact My Running?

A competitive cyclists finds it hard to breathe when transitioning to running.<p><i>I am a competitve cyclist and I mountain bike as well as ride on the road. I don’t get as out of breath doing these things as most of the people I ride with, and some are state competition level, but when I try and run,</i> …

How Exercise Helps (and Hurts) Sleep

A single workout won't fix your sleep problems, but a consistent habit might.<p>Exercise helps you sleep better, right? That's the conventional wisdom, and has certainly been my experience. But for others, the opposite seems to be true. An interesting new study in the <i>Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine</i> …

On Malcolm Gladwell and "Naturals"

Gladwell responds to a new book questioning the 10,000-hour rule.<p>Malcolm Gladwell posted an interesting blog entry on the <i>New Yorker</i> site yesterday responding to David Epstein's book <i>The Sports Gene</i> (which I reviewed a few weeks ago). In general it's a good-natured response, acknowledging some of …

Self-improvement

NASA revives asteroid-hunting spacecraft to identify threats, future missions

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is reviving a spacecraft that mapped more than half a billion celestial objects from 2010 to 2011, producing tens of thousands of stunning images before it was brought into hibernation.<p>The Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) will come …

New Clues To Why Some Autistic Kids Are So Good At Math

Differences in cognitive organization turns some people with autism into math whizzes.<p>Though children with autism spectrum disorder often have difficulty with social interaction and communication, they're also much more likely to be savants--to show extraordinary skill in a particular area, like …

Humans value sight over sound even when it comes to music, study says

It turns out that humans may prioritize visual cues over auditory ones, even when we're supposed to be judging the quality of music.<p>A new study from Harvard graduate and University College London professor Chia-Jung Tsay used video and sound recordings from live classical music competitions and …

The World's Most Precise Clock Could Prove Einstein Wrong

What a makes a good clock? Andrew Ludlow, a physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, says one of the most important criteria is stability.<p>"If you could imagine a grandfather clock and see the pendulum swinging back and forth, ideally that pendulum would swing back and forth …

Julia Child Was Wrong: Don't Wash Your Raw Chicken, Folks

It seems almost sacrilegious to question the wisdom of Julia Child.<p>First with her opus <i>Mastering the Art of French Cooking</i> and later with her PBS cooking show, the unflappably cheerful Child helped rescue home cookery from the clutches of convenience food. She taught us how to love — and take pride …

Why psychotherapy’s a ‘bust’ despite the evidence

<b>BROWN (US) —</b> In a set of research review papers, psychologists put psychotherapy on the proverbial couch to examine why it’s on a clear decline in …

Is That Quantum Computer for Real? There May Finally Be a Test

In early May, news reports gushed that a quantum computation device had for the first time outperformed classical computers, solving certain problems …

How NASA Would Wrangle An Asteroid [Video]

The agency released an Armageddon-style video to explain<p>New telescope technology is helping scientists better detect asteroids, but what happens after we find them?<p>One of NASA's goals has been to latch astronauts onto space rocks and take samples for studying, and the agency has just released a …

The Sharpest Photos Of Space Ever

With a new camera system, astronomers are seeing the universe in super high-resolution.<p>A team of astronomers from the University of Arizona, Italy's Arceti Obervatory, and the Carnegie Observatory has developed a new camera system that can record images in visible light twice as sharply as the …

The Week In Numbers: A 3-D Printer For Liver Tissue, The Sharpest Space Photos Ever, And More

<b>250 microns</b>: the thickness of the microtissues printed out by the first commercial 3-D bioprinter, which will soon help biochemists test new drugs<p><b>100 miles</b>: the distance the Galileo space probe made it into Jupiter's atmosphere in 1995 before being vaporized (could a stronger spacecraft fly …

Clearest images of space captured by telescope with shape-shifting mirror

Scientists have captured the clearest, highest-resolution images of space yet, with a new type of telescope camera that has an ultra-thin, shape-shifting mirror. The first images captured by the MagAO camera system in Chile are over twice as detailed as those captured by the Hubble Space Telescope, …

Pregnant in the lab: how does child-bearing affect a science career?

Women don't thrive as well in science as in medicine. Family matters probably play a major role – and I'm about to see for myself just what havoc a baby can wreak<p>Although I'm a research biologist, I work closely with an NHS clinic in the company of a lively band of doctors and nurses. I suspect …

GCHQ: Computer smashers, and Luddites?

Alan Rusbridger's cinematic description of how, back in July, two GCHQ security experts oversaw the destruction of hard drives in the basement of the Guardian's offices was symbolic of many things. Amnesty called it "sinister". It made me think of the Luddites.<p>We're almost halfway through the …