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Florida man charged with manslaughter in "stand your ground" shooting

The white man accused of fatally shooting a black father at a parking lot in Clearwater, Florida, was arrested on manslaughter charges Monday, …

Florida

Hearts Get 'Younger,' Even At Middle Age, With Exercise

Eventually it happens to everyone. As we age, even if we're healthy, the heart becomes less flexible, more stiff and just isn't as efficient in processing oxygen as it used to be. In most people the first signs show up in the 50s or early 60s. And among people who don't exercise, the underlying …

High Blood Pressure

How to build muscle as age tears it down

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you are in your 40s or 50s, chances are that you are starting to notice some changes in your body, including muscle loss and diminishing strength, even if you exercise fairly regularly.<p>Reduced levels of physical activity, increases in sedentary behavior and doing less intense exercise …

Muscle

No hugging: are we living through a crisis of touch?

Strokes and hugs are being edged out of our lives, with doctors, teachers and colleagues increasingly hesitant about social touching. Is this hypervigilance of boundaries beginning to harm our mental health?<p>When did you last touch someone outside your family or intimate relationship? I don’t mean a …

Mental Health

The secret world of babies

This lab is revealing the hidden workings of babies’ brains… and could prove key in getting earlier support to children who have neurological differences like autism.<p>I am sitting in a lab in London, holding my wriggling baby son in my arms, while two scientists gently try to remove a …

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

The 25 Best Productivity Apps For 2018

From wrangling words to shooting photos, these productivity powerhouses will help you get more done in less time.<p>Sometimes the best way to escape from a productive rut is to switch up your tools. Whether it’s a simple word processor, a smarter to-do list, or a more efficient way to transcribe …

Apps

Why do dieters succeed or fail? The answers have little to do with food.

We asked participants in a big diet study about being on a low-fat or low-carb diet. Their responses surprised us.<p>As a longtime health reporter, I see new diet studies just about every week, and I’ve noticed a few patterns emerge from the data. In even the most rigorous scientific experiments, …

Stephen Hawking's cameos: 'I have been quite popular in my time'

<b>For all of his academic work on mind-boggling scientific concepts, Stephen Hawking was also known to many for something else: his many cameos on TV, film and radio.</b><p>His most recent was broadcast just last week, as the voice of the Hitchhikers' Guide to the Galaxy Mark II - a powerful being known on …

Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking: A Life in Pictures

Queen

Depression, schizophrenia, autism and other psychiatric disorders show common genetic link

A new study of over 700 human brains has shown a genetic "signature" for common psychiatric disorders. <br>Read More

Genetics

Blocking enzyme 'dramatically reverses' Alzheimer's in mice

Recent research reveals that targeting an enzyme called BACE1 can "completely reverse" the buildup of beta-amyloid plaque in the brain, which is a …

Alzheimer's Disease

Polar Bears Really Are Starving Because of Global Warming, Study Shows

New science sheds more light on recent controversy over how much the large carnivores are being impacted by melting sea ice.<p>Millions have seen the heart-wrenching video of a polar bear clinging to life, its white hair limply covering its thin, bony frame. Shot by Paul Nicklen and Cristina …

Global Warming

The Startling Link Between Sugar and Alzheimer's

A high-carb diet, and the attendant high blood sugar, are associated with cognitive decline.<p>In recent years, Alzheimer’s disease has occasionally been referred to as “type 3” diabetes, though that moniker doesn’t make much sense. After all, though they share a problem with insulin, type 1 diabetes …

Diabetes

Who’s Smarter, Dogs or Cats? Science Now Has the Answer

They might chew your shoes, occasionally pee on the rug, or snarf down your entire dinner the minute you turn your head, but it turns out your family …

5 Strategies to Make Yourself Work When You're Just Not in the Mood

Fighting procrastination teaches us to fully engage in our work, get more creative with it, and, ultimately, get more done.<p>Procrastination affects …

Procrastination

Coochy coo: why baby talk is more sophisticated than you might think

Cooing to an infant might not seem like sophisticated speech, but it turns out that baby talk is more complex than previously thought.<p>While it has long been known the pitch and rhythm of speech changes when mothers talk to their babies, researchers have now found the timbre of their voice changes …

Inside Cells, Genetic War Could Create New Species

In the complex cells of humans and other organisms, two different genomes collaborate to sustain life. The larger genome, with DNA encoding thousands …

How Colors Affect Human Behavior

<b>Color psychology</b> is the study of how colors affect human behavior, mood, or physiological processes. Colors are thought to influence our buying …

How To Fake Humility (And Why You Sometimes Should)

Psychologists have found that even the most effective leaders benefit from being self-deprecating.<p>We’re generally quick to celebrate arrogant, egotistical people, especially when they’re clearly talented (Kanye, anyone?). But what if–like most people–you’re not extraordinarily capable? The answer …

What Does It Mean To Be Charming?

Recently, I had lunch with my colleague David. Afterwards we went to pick up his dry cleaning. Walking into the dry cleaners was like walking into …

We finally know how your tongue tells your brain what you're tasting

They used to keep you alive, but now they just give you a sweet tooth.<p>What makes candy taste sweet and coffee taste bitter, and not the other way around? In a study published this week in <i>Nature</i>, researchers identified the secret ingredient that keeps our tastes distinct.<p>We already knew two parts of …

First Family’s Needs Strain Secret Service

WASHINGTON — Eleven weeks into the Trump presidency, the Secret Service is grappling with how to constrain the rising costs and unexpected strain that have come with protecting a new first family as large, mobile and high-profile as any in modern American history.<p>To keep up, dozens of agents from …

Go Viral Or Die Trying

Even with the Republicans' failure to repeal Obamacare, the rise in Americans' use of crowdfunding sites to defray medical costs won't be slowing down anytime soon. It's not enough to be sick—are you also interesting?<p>In late February, Senator Tom Cotton stood before his constituents at a town hall …

A Retiree Discovers an Elusive Math Proof—And Nobody Notices

Author: Natalie Wolchover. Natalie Wolchover Science<p>Date of Publication: 04.02.17.<p>Time of Publication: 7:00 am. 7:00 am<p>As he was brushing his teeth …

Mathematics

Hackers dump NSA tools targeting millions of Windows machines

A new batch of classified NSA data was leaked today by the hacker group called Shadow Brokers, revealing malware used by the government agency to break into PCs and servers running Windows.<p>The leaked software is so powerful, it could give nearly anyone with a bit of technical knowledge the ability …

Total recall: the people who never forget

An extremely rare condition may transform our understanding of memory<p>If you ask Jill Price to remember any day of her life, she can come up with an answer in a heartbeat. What was she doing on 29 August 1980? “It was a Friday, I went to Palm Springs with my friends, twins, Nina and Michelle, and …

Palm Springs

Google is making it easier for anyone to design beautiful apps

New collaboration tools for designers embrace the Material Design philosophy<p>Google is launching a new suite of tools meant to make it easier for designers and app makers to collaborate. It’s partially an expansion of Google’s Material Design efforts, which launched two years ago as a way to rethink …

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