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Anxious People Prefer More Personal Space

Because they perceive threats as closer, according to a new study.<p>How close can something get to your face before you blink? That's basically the method scientists use to determine "defensive peripersonal space," the safety bubble of personal space around the body. When something potentially …

Do Kids Eat More Veggies When Schools Serve Healthier Lunches?

A look at school lunch data<p>You can build it, but will they eat it? In a new study, the U.S. Department of Agriculture examined whether serving more fruits and veggies in school lunches is actually correlated with kids eating more fruits and veggies at lunchtime.<p>The study is especially relevant …

The Official Popular Science Guide To All The Gadgets You'll Need In College

What's the best laptop? How can you avoid losing your papers to Microsoft Word's temper tantrums? The answers, and more, within.<p>So, you're heading off to college, eh? Well, congratulations on spending, on average, somewhere in the neighborhood of $30,000 a year! And when you're dropping that much …

Calories counted from single photograph

Dieters could measure the portion size and calorie count of their meals using a single photograph taken by a tiny camera attached to their clothing, researchers claim.<p>Although people are better informed than ever before about the nutritional value of their food, a major problem for many dieters is …

Holistic Medicine

How to delay gratification when you're trying to lose weight - Futurity

A new study contradicts previous research that suggests overweight people have a harder time delaying …

Fitness

Remission in juvenile arthritis is not a 'return to normal' - Futurity

Researchers are plotting a “genomic roadmap” to understand how remission works in juvenile rheumatoid arthritis …

Arthritis

Is technology scrambling my baby's brain?

I reached the breaking point, as many parents do, about two and a half months in. My newborn son, Oliver, was hitting a phase where his five senses were really coming online. The mere act of being awake was often overstimulating; sometimes he would start to cry when we turned on a bright light or …

Multitasking After 60: Video Game Boosts Focus, Mental Agility

A brain that trains can stay in the fast lane. That's the message of a study showing that playing a brain training video game for a month can rejuvenate the multitasking abilities of people in their 60s, 70s and 80s.<p>"After training, they improved their multitasking beyond the level of …

More Than 800,000 Scientific Papers In One Beautiful Infographic

Check out some of the most important research in any field at a glance<p>ArXiv is an online archive that stores hundreds of thousands of scientific papers in physics, mathematics, and other fields. The citations in those papers link to one another, forming a web, but you're not going to see those …

The Science And Troubling Ethics Of Gene Therapy

A new feature in Wired highlights scientific advances that may make gene therapy much safer and more widespread. But it's important to check whether the regulation of clinical trials has advanced equally well.<p>Why is progress on gene therapy—the treatment of genetic disorders by giving sick people …

Conspiracy theories: the science behind belief in secret plots

For every major event, there is usually a theory that argues it was due to a conspiracy. Conspiracy theories are seemingly more popular than ever, so how do supposedly rational people get caught in their tangled webs?<p>With constant revelations about government surveillance and possible impending …

Brain-training video games may help reverse cognitive decline in old age

Older people who played a specially designed game improved their multitasking abilities, memory and attention<p>Playing brain-training video gamesmay help reverse the natural decline in cognitive abilitiesamong older people, according to scientists.<p>They found that 60-year-olds who played a …

Videogame May Help Rejuvenate Elderly Brains

If keeping the brain spry were as simple as pumping iron, everyone would want to own the ultimate piece of cognitive exercise equipment. But …

The Way The U.S. Teaches Science Doesn’t Work

Here's how to fix it<p>In 2012, a shocking 69 percent of American high-school graduates failed to meet college-readiness benchmarks in science. And in a 2010 paper about math and science achievement, the U.S. ranked last out of the eight countries studied (including England, South Korea, and Hungary). …

Parents' Harsh Words Might Make Teen Behaviors Worse

Most parents yell at their kids at some point. It often feels like the last option for getting children to pay attention and shape up.<p>But harsh verbal discipline may backfire. Teenagers act worse if they're yelled at, a study finds.<p>No matter how much you shout, your teenagers don't listen. - …

'Thumbs up' from teacher goes a long way in preschool - Futurity

Getting positive reinforcement from the teacher may be more important to a child’s early academic …

Pre-school

What's Mittens Thinking? Make 'Sense' Of Your Cat's Behavior

Cats have come a long way from being animals charged with catching mice to treasured, adorable creatures that snuggle with us in our beds. But this relatively new arrangement is creating issues for cats and the people who live with them.<p>John Bradshaw has studied the history of domesticated cats and …

Well-meaning friends influence kids after school - Futurity

Children in after-school programs had fewer behavior problems if they thought their friends were encouraging …

Kids

Why psychosis strikes some family members and not others - Futurity

People with psychotic illness show similar brain changes to immediate family members who present no …

Psychosis

Your brain is wired to quiet voices in your head

Nerve circuits let the brain turn down sounds that come from our own actions, and turn up other sounds we need to pay attention to, say …

Neuroscience

How The World's Religious Landscape Has Changed Since 1960 [Infographic]

A detailed look at religion in every country, then and now<p>Even if religious doctrine hasn't changed all that much in thousands of years, the number of people practicing religion, and the places they worship, can look completely different in only a few short years.<p>This ambitious infographic from …

What The Myers-Briggs Personality Test Says About Your Favorite Subway Line

There's so much fun to be had with a public transportation Twitter account.<p>The famous Myers-Briggs personality test doesn't actually reveal much about a person, according to psychologists, but that doesn't mean it isn't a lot of fun. People love to categorize themselves as cryptic-sounding, …

From MIT, A Tool For Mapping Crucial City Supply Chains

Roads that make sense for pedestrians and horses work less well for delivery vans and 18 wheelers. Enter this handy-dandy mapping tool.<p>Big cities have a problem: they weren't designed big. Roads that made sense for pedestrians and horses work less well for delivery vans and 18 wheelers. So MIT's …

Baby food from shops half as nutritious as homemade meals, study finds

Manufactured baby foods contain high levels of sugar and are promoted for use when infants should be on milk, scientists say<p>Baby foods made by firms including Cow & Gate, Heinz and Ella's Kitchen have far fewer nutrients than homemade meals, according to a new study.<p>Many contain high levels of …

Nutrition

The Great Science Bake Off

With the latest series of the Great British Bake Off currently airing, baking is very popular. Records show that many of the world's most celebrated scientists were also keen bakers in their spare time, offering novel takes on familiar recipes<p>With the latest series of the Great British Bake Off in …

Truman Show Syndrome: Why People Think They're Living In A Reality Show

Sufferers of the "Truman Show" syndrome imagine a world where everyone is watching them. And they're just barely wrong.<p>What do you do when delusions and paranoia look an awful lot like the real world?<p>That's at least one question raised by a <i>New Yorker</i> article out this week on the "Truman Show" …

Why You Love Your Parents' Music

We have a "reminiscence bump" for the music our parents liked in their 20s--which they probably played around the house when we were kids.<p>People can often remember things from early in life better than more recent events, in what's called the "reminiscence bump." Other than explaining BuzzFeed's …

Why Do We Laugh?

A rough guide to mind-reading

We transmit nonverbal messages and read minds all the time, but what exactly is going on in our heads as we do so?<p>When I raise my index finger on entering my local bar in the Netherlands, by some mysterious process a bottle of La Chouffe is brought to the table. This is a trivial example of …