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Here’s the simple strategy extroverts use to win people over

Yet until recently, no one's been able to pinpoint what exactly extroverts <i>do</i> that helps them build strong social ties.<p>Now, new research from Duke University, cited by the Association for Psychological Science, suggests that the answer is surprisingly simple: It's a matter of mimicry, or copying the …

Psychology

Kickstarting Your Longevity Genes -- The Epigenetic Benefits of Intermittent Fasting

It's been 20 years since scientists discovered that putting mice on a super-low-calorie diet extends their lifespans dramatically and combats age-related diseases. But applying that knowledge to humans, who like you and me are reluctant to endure famine, has proven notoriously difficult.<p>Now, …

Watching Porn Is OK. Believing In Porn Addiction Is Not

Porn addiction isn’t a real disorder, but the belief in it certainly is—and can make you anxious, depressed, and angry.<p>Porn addictions are like …

Is another human living inside you?

You may think your body and mind are your own. In fact, you are a fusion of many organisms - including, potentially, another person. Words by David Robson, photography by Ariko Inaoka.<p><i>This story is part of BBC Future’s “Best of 2015” list, our greatest hits of the year.</i> <i>Browse the full list.</i><p><i>-</i><p>Once …

Genetics

New stethoscope shows how technology can reinvent health care

About 200 years ago, a French physician rolled a sheet of paper into a cylinder and held it up to the chest of a patient. The creation was crude and simple, but it worked. Rene Laenneac could better hear his patient's heartbeat, and the stethoscope was born.<p>Today, the stethoscope remains a fixture …

Religious Fundamentalism: A Side Effect of Lazy Brains?

Insights from neuroscience suggest that the brain tends to automatically accept rather than reject beliefs, oftentimes independent of how logical …

Top writing tips for new children's authors from top editors

<b>Charlie Sheppard</b>, previous Branford Boase award winner, editor of Bone Jack by Sara Crowe:<p>“A lot of first-time children’s novels are too long – and with the use of computers they’re becoming longer. Whether it’s the Harry Potter effect or because authors no longer have to write out their stories in …

Writing

India's Real Poverty Wages: At $1.66 An Hour There's No Such Poverty In America

One of the things that it is really terribly difficult to get over to an American audience is the simple fact that there’s no real poverty in the United States at all. There is most certainly relative poverty, what we might and probably should call inequality, but of the real, absolute poverty …

Economics

We Africans love the US, so why can’t we accept gay marriage?

A homophobic backlash is the instinctive African response to America’s same-sex marriage revolution. But do the continent’s leaders dare outrage the west?<p>Millions of Africans are enamoured with all things American. In high school, to show their loyalty and maintain a connection to the great …

The Church Of George Church

From reviving extinct species to hunting for dark matter, can a single scientist transform biology--and our lives?<p>A few years ago, George Church was peer-reviewing a paper for the journal <i>Science</i> when he got an idea. The paper’s authors had encoded their names and a string of famous quotes into a …

How to Throw a Chinese New Year Dumpling Party

From wrappers and fillings to dipping sauces, all you need to know to make dumplings for Chinese New Year, courtesy of Beijing's Black Sesame Kitchen<p>Even before the metaphorical Chinese New Year's ball drops this Saturday night, families across China (and around the world) will already be stuffed …

The Art Under Your Skin

CLOSE UP<p>Sperm, bacteria, tongues, and more—the human body gets a closer look in these beautiful images.<p>02.02.15 5:45 AM ET<p>Courtesy Sterling …

11 Remarkable Health Advances From 2014

From groundbreaking new drugs to doctor-assisted suicide, 2o14 was full of historic moments that are bound to play on in a big way throughout 2015 …

Ebola

The epigenetics of The X-Files

The X-Fileswas my absolute favourite television show in the 1990s. My flatmates and I would tune in every week to watch intrepid FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully track down assorted aliens, psychics, vampires, ghosts, and government conspiracies. We bought the soundtrack CD; we even had a …

Brain damage could be repaired by creating new nerve cells

Researchers have regenerated damaged areas in the brains of mice by converting structural cells into functioning neurons<p>Scientists have raised hopes that brain damage caused by strokes, stab wounds and even bullets could one day be repaired by converting structural cells into functioning …

Why cats never became man’s best friend

Dog lovers will find it baffling that cats are the world’s most popular pet. After all, they’re passive-aggressive, emotionally unavailable, and known for their chilly independence—traits that at most qualify felines for the role of “man’s best frenemy.”<p>It turns out, though, there’s an evolutionary …

Pets

Entrepreneur Seeks To Make Handheld Ultrasound Window Into The Body

He's hoping his device can be a super-cheap alternative to big hospital machines.<p>Biotech entrepreneur Jonathan Rothberg is working on a handheld ultrasound device that can replace the big machines hospitals use today to check on growing fetuses, evaluate tumors, and more. Plug the device into a …

Working nights or odd hours can sap mental function, study finds

Working an irregular schedule that includes afternoon and night shifts can seriously sap your brain power, new research shows.<p>For people who spent more than a decade on this type of rotating shift schedule, the effects were equivalent to 6.5 years of normal age-related cognitive decline, according …