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Why have young people in Japan stopped having sex?

Ai Aoyama is a sex and relationship counsellor who works out of her narrow three-storey home on a Tokyo back street. Her first name means "love" in Japanese, and is a keepsake from her earlier days as a professional dominatrix. Back then, about 15 years ago, she was Queen Ai, or Queen Love, and she …

Check Out the 10 Winning Photographs of Our 500px Photo Contest

A week and a half ago, we launched a photo contest with 500px to give away 10 free upgrades to the company’s revamped Portfolios feature. The contest …

New to nature special: the top 10 new species

On 23 May,the International Institute for Species Exploration announced the annual top 10 new species for the sixth time. A committee of taxon …

New light cast on dark matter

Following the discovery of the Higgs boson, perhaps the most pressing problem in particle physics is to determine the nature of dark matter. The …

New surgical rules save blood and money

<b>JOHNS HOPKINS (US) —</b> Hospitals nationwide can save millions of dollars a year and improve patient safety by tightening outdated rules on how much …

Medicine

Weak Hips, Lower Leg Injuries Appear Linked

Hip flexor strength is one key element.<p>Here's more evidence supporting 1960s Australian great Ron Clarke's assertion that a runner can't be too strong through the midsection: Runners with lower-leg injuries had weaker hip flexors than other runners, according to a review of research on how hip …

How Can I Prevent Osteoarthritis?

I want to keep running but I have a family history of OA.<p><i>Greetings Sports Doc,</i><p><i>I'm a 26-year-old runner concerned about the cartilage in my joints. I haven't had any joint pain (yet), but my dad will be having both of his hips replaced (he's 54) this month and my mother has been told she needs her</i> …

Pain

The Sweet Spot for Salt

Too much is bad, but too little may also be bad.<p>The Institute of Medicine issued a report this week evaluating the evidence on links between salt intake and health (press release here; <i>NYT</i> report here). The key: instead of looking at proxy indicators of health (like blood pressure), they focused on …

High Blood Pressure

How Long Does it Take to Recover from Piriformis Pain?

The cure to piriformis pain is finding the culprit.<p><i>My 50th birthday falls on the weekend of the 2014 Disney World Marathon. It has been my dream to celebrate by doing Goofy's race. Unfortunately, I have been struggling with piriformis pain since my last marathon, two years ago. Is my dream a wash,</i> …

Physiotherapy

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> …

Workouts

Curse of the Jogger, Part II: The Curse Widens

The danger and misfortune inherent in jogging? Yeah, it's spreading.<p>Okay, folks, this is getting serious.<p>We've warned you before of the perils of jogging. (Long story short: Almost always, when the media uses <i>jogger</i> in a headline, the news is bad. It's never runners who discover bodies or collapse …

Microsoft, Samsung to do glasses, prices to range from $200 to $500

Watch out, Google. Even with a headstart in developing wearable computing devices through Glass, there are two major competitors possibly on the horizon, waiting for the right opportunity to pounce.<p>Reports indicate that Microsoft and Samsung are both keenly interested in competing against Google in …

Galaxy S4 mini

Two Samsung Android devices that are yet to become official have been spotted, one on Samsung’s own website, with a picture of another appearing on a Twitter account well-known for mobile-related leaks.<p>We’re talking about the Galaxy S4 mini, which is yet to be made official by Samsung, and the …

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A year after SpaceX's first major launch, space exploration has never been hotter

A year ago, space transportation startup SpaceX successfully launched a private unmanned ship into space to bring cargo to the International Space Station.<p>SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket blasted into space carrying a Dragon capsule full of supplies on May 22, and three days later, the ISS captured Dragon …

Microsoft aiming for 1bn next-gen console sales

<b>It might be a little early for Microsoft to call the Xbox One a commercial success just yet, but the company is certainly feeling bullish about its</b> …