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The science of human behavior is reshaping the US government

Back in September, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that marked a major turning point in the role that behavioral science plays in helping the federal government achieve policy goals.<p>The order, which directs federal agencies to incorporate insights from behavioral science into their …

Psychology

Researchers detail what a Rockstar energy drink does to your body

If you thought energy drinks were little more than sugar water, scientists from Mayo Clinic can assure you that they really do pack a punch.<p>A team of cardiovascular researchers at the esteemed clinic in Rochester, Minn., reported that a single can of Rockstar energy drink can boost your blood …

Mayo Clinic

5 Phrases Depressed People Don't Want To Hear

<i>By Nanea Hoffman</i><p>There are some kind words I just can't hear. It's as if they're being broadcast on an inaudible frequency that affects me the way sonic fences affect dogs. Suddenly, I'm a teeth-gritting, fist clenching, curled up ball of prickly defense.<p><b>The hard truth I've had to face is this: a</b> …

4 Necessary Habits for Anyone Who Wants to Lose Weight

<i>Article Source: makeyourbodywork.com</i><p>When it comes to getting in shape or just shedding a few extra pounds, there is no shortage of advice you could follow.<p>"You have to eat a protein-rich diet."<p>"High-intensity interval training is the key."<p>"Lift heavier weights -- it will boost your metabolism."<p>We …

The Ethics of Exercise Pills

Medications designed to mimic the health benefits of exercise could help the disabled or immobile—but they might also keep the rest of us on the couch.<p>In his 1932 novel <i>Brave New World</i>, Aldous Huxley described a fictional drug called Soma. In the novel, a soma was something akin to an opiate, which …

The real reason germs spread in the winter

Flu season is a fact of life – but until recently, no one knew why. The answer hinges on the disgusting ways that germs pass between people.<p>It begins as surely as the leaves dropping off the trees. As the mercury drops and the sunlight fades, the sniffles set in. At best, it’s just a cold that …

Public Health

Cut-and-paste ‘tattoo’ monitors health 24/7

Engineers have figured out how to mass produce an inexpensive wearable patch that continuously monitors vital signs for health and performance …

Wearable Tech

Microsoft and Google officially end their phone and gaming patent battles

Microsoft and Google have announced that they’re dropping their long-running smartphone and video game console patent disputes. This announcement brings an end to some 20 lawsuits in the States and in Europe. Neither company revealed the exact financial terms, but did announce that instead of …

Could These Four Germs Protect Babies From Asthma?

Researchers looking into the causes of asthma say they’ve found a clue in an unusual place — inside the digestive systems of small babies.<p>They found that infants at the highest risk of asthma often were missing four common types of gut bacteria.<p>Now they’ll have to check the idea in many more …

Immune System

5 Diet Mistakes You're Probably Making

If the pounds won’t come off, you’re not alone. According to a survey by Marketdata Enterprises, the average American dieter makes four or five …

Fitness

Russian scientist says he is stronger and healthier after injecting himself with 'eternal life' bacteria

Anatoli Brouchkov has willingly become a human guinea pig for the 3.5 million-year-old bacteria<p>If injecting yourself with 3.5 million-year-old bacteria could keep you looking and feeling youthful and healthy without having to fork out for a gym membership, would you do it?<p>Russian scientist Anatoli …

First seed withdrawal from 'doomsday' vault prompted by Syrian civil war

Scientists are preparing to make the first ever withdrawal from the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, a seed bank built in an abandoned Arctic coal mine that's designed to preserve crops and plants in the event of global disaster. The civil war in Syria has prompted the withdrawal, with researchers in …

What Space Does to Your Body and Mind

Expedition 44 to the International Space Station has been successfully completed after three astronauts landed in Kazakhstan. The mission saw a …

Space Science

Sony's ​Project Morpheus is now PlayStation VR

Project Morpheus is now PlayStation VR. Sony's virtual reality headset has been renamed as it gets closer to going on sale.<p>Virtual reality could be the next big thing in entertainment, with interactive 360-degree gaming leading the way. Since the crowdfunded Oculus Rift headset revived interest in …

Virtual Reality

The Crazy Scrambled Egg Hack You Have To See To Believe

Every day, it seems, we find a new, more complicated way to cook eggs. We bake where we once hard-boiled, brûlée where we once fried -- and if all else fails, we trot out the sous vide machine. But for perfect, no-frills scrambled eggs, the secret is dead simple: Poach them.<p>This technique, which …

How mindfulness plays havoc with memory

The practice can disrupt the brain’s ability to tell the difference between real and false memories, scientists find<p>Mindfulness, the form of meditation embraced by business leaders, celebrities and the NHS, might not be so beneficial for the mind after all, according to research.<p>The practice, which …

25-minute walk could add seven years to life

New research shows that exercise can delay the ageing process, with experts suggesting one walk a day could halve the risk of heart attack death and add seven years to the lifespan<p>Just 25 minutes of brisk walking a day could add to seven years to your life, heart experts have said.<p>Researchers said …

This material could be used to instantly heal punctures in a spacecraft

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Headphones

5 details you shouldn't give Facebook

The whole point of Facebook is to share your life with other people. You probably have more than a few friends who fall into the over-sharing category. But don’t snicker. You may be one, too, and not even know it.<p>Here are five personal tidbits Facebook asks you to share that you’re much better off …

Traumatic memories really can be repressed, but also restored, say scientists

If the brain is in a heightened state of arousal when it records a past event it sometimes cannot replay it until it returns to the same state when the memory formed<p>Memories can be suppressed and later recovered, scientists have found, in new research which supports psychologists who believe that …

Religious people cope better with cancer...unless they think God is punishing them

Those with the greatest faith said they had better physical health, greater ability to carry on doing everyday tasks and fewer physical symptoms of cancer<p>Religious people cope better with cancer than non believers, a study suggests.<p>Religion and spirituality were a comfort for most cancer sufferers …

Obese children do worse at school—but it may not be their fault

Negative stereotypes towards heavier individuals starts to affect long-term life opportunities from a young age. A number of studies in recent years have suggested that bigger children fare less well in school than their slimmer peers.<p>The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children followed …

Education

Watch strap IDs its wearer's veins

Forget fingerprint or iris recognition - one Swiss company is developing a watch strap which can ID you using your veins.<p>The Biowatch chip contains a tiny camera that takes a photo of a users' veins from their wrist.<p>The image is then stored in the wristband and compared to the users' vein pattern …

Piece of string better than BMI for checking body fat

Checking that waist circumference is no more than half of height is the best way of monitoring body mass, say experts<p>A piece of string is a more accurate measure of dangerous weight gain than the controversial Body Mass Index (BMI) a new study suggests.<p>Simply measuring height with string, folding …

Can Music Be Used as Medicine?

Biometric trackers are helping scientists tap into the body's response to songs and sound.<p>“Because you listened to Drake, how about Future next?”<p>Pandora, Spotify, and other music-streaming services try to predict what users might like to listen to, based on their tastes and what’s popular with …

Is Crowdsourced Labor the Future of Middle Class Employment?

Now that Obamacare has removed healthcare from employment, people can leave their cubicles and pursue part-time labor. With apps like Uber, that …

Scientists Target New Painkillers From Spider Venom

Ingredients in venom could lead to new, nonaddictive treatments for chronic pain<p>Scientists in Australia, home to some of the most poisonous creatures on Earth, have made an important discovery about spider venom that eventually could lead to a new class of painkillers.<p>Spiders use their venom to …

Painkillers

Engineering students extinguish fire with sound

Imagine if all you needed to put out fire was a subwoofer. It's an idea that has been toyed with, theoretically, over the years -- DARPA demonstrated an acoustic extinguisher in 2012, following prior experiments from other researchers. Now, for the first time, a handheld extinguisher exists that …

Engineering