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Jet lag and night shifts disrupt rhythm of hundreds of genes, study shows

Scientists say ailments linked to jet lag and nightshift work may have their roots in disruption of gene activity<p>Researchers have found evidence that jet lag causes "profound disruption" to more than 1,000 genes, including many that are normally drawn upon to maintain, repair and protect the …

Euphemistically speaking, it's a fair cop

My grandfather, Claud Mullins, was a Metropolitan police magistrate during the 30s and 40s. One of his battles was to improve the police use of language in court, which he found ludicrously pompous (In praise of… euphemisms, 20 January). Policemen never took someone anywhere but "conveyed" him; …

Creatine – Beyond Brawn Part I: Diabetes and Glycemic Control

Quick Hit Summary<p>The positive effects of creatine on lifting, sprinting and other high intensity anaerobic activities are widely recognized. However, …

15 Best Leadership Books Every Young Leader Must Read

Reading is an essential life skill. It’s how we record our history and share stories. Sure, there are countless books jam-packed from cover to cover …

Self-improvement

Queso Fundido with Chorizo

<i>Get your chips ready for this queso fundido with chorizo! It’s the perfect game day spicy cheese dip that requires 15 minutes to make and a bag of</i> …

4 Layer Pizza Dip

8 ounces cream cheese (room temperature)<p>1/2 cup sour cream<br>8 ounces finely shredded Italian cheese blend (divided)<br>14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes<br>1/4 …

Buffalo Chicken Beer Cheese Dip

This needs to be made with an IPA.<p>The buffalo sauce (which has to be Franks, let’s just get that out of the way) needs a big kick to the face. The …

Krokodil, fake pot and the real chemistry of drugs

21 Smoothie Recipes That Are Actually Good

With ingredients like kale, apples, parsley, spinach, kiwi, and avocado, these 21 smoothie recipes are the quickest, easiest way to get in your fruits and veggies.<p><b>Ready in under ten minutes</b> and packed with fruits and veggies, these creamy drinks are our go-to for an easy breakfast (or snack). …

Breakfast

The US fears back-door routes into the net because it's building them too

If the Snowden revelations have taught us anything, it's that the NSA has been up to the sort of covert practices it claims to be so concerned about<p>At a remarkable conference held at the Aspen Institute in 2011, General Michael Hayden, a former head of both the NSA and the CIA, said something very …

What Will It Take To Find Life Elsewhere In The Universe?

The Hubble and James Webb space telescopes won't find life beyond the solar system. With funding and support, here's what might.<p>The sky was hazy and overcast above Cape Canaveral, Florida, on the morning of July 8, 2011. A light breeze from offshore cooled off an estimated 750,000 onlookers braving …

Space Exploration

Science Explains Why You Love A Slow Caress

People just need to be petted to know who they are.<p>Being touched pleasantly may contribute to our sense of ownership over our bodies, according to new research from University College London and the University of Hertfordshire.<p>The study of 49 right-handed women used the rubber hand illusion, a …

University College London

Gum disease may have ties to Alzheimer's - Futurity

Oral bacteria from poor dental hygiene have been linked to brain tissue degeneration, a finding …

Rise and shine: the daily routines of history's most creative minds

Benjamin Franklin spent his mornings naked. Patricia Highsmith ate only bacon and eggs. Marcel Proust breakfasted on opium and croissants. The path to greatness is paved with a thousand tiny rituals (and a fair bit of substance abuse) – but six key rules emerge Daily Rituals by Mason Currey – review<p>…

Would You Want To Hear This New Circa News Sound Whenever News Breaks?

50 layers of sound and four weeks of work are packed into the one-second push notification in Circa News 2, out today. The app’s cofounder Matt Galligan and his collaborator, dance music pioneer BT, explain why.<p>What does breaking news sound like? Circa, the popular mobile news app built on brevity, …

Android Phones

Putting the truth serum to the test

Ah, the fabled "truth serum." You don't have to watch many Hollywood movies to find out that you can get the bad guy to reveal his lie by injecting him with sodium thiopental. It all seems a bit far-fetched, but some police forces still use the drug, which was first developed in the 1930s as an …

How big is the universe … compared with a grain of sand? - video

'You'll never get your head around how big the universe is,' warns astronomer Pete Edwards of the University of Durham in this film about measuring astronomical distances. 'There are as many stars in the universe as there are grains of sand on the Earth.' So how far is a light year? And supposing …

The Best Fried Chicken Recipes from Around the World

From Vietnam to India to Italy to Mexico—and beyond—we've got tons of recipes for fried chicken, and the appropriate side dishes<p>From Tennessee and Italy to India and Korea, we've got all the best recipes for fried chicken—and their attendant sides, of course—from nearly every corner of the globe. …

Side Dishes

Enter, Sandman: how lucid dreaming ‘can help you change yourself’

Thomas Peisel will teach you to reign over the witching hour<p>Maybe the vast majority of your recollected dreams involve public speaking in the nude, or repeatedly failing your college chemistry final. Or maybe you don’t recall having any dreams at all. According to Thomas Peisel, both scenarios are …