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Your Personality May Be Controlled By Your Immune System, Study Finds

This article looks at the relationship between the immune system and the human brain, and asks how recent research will impact on this.

Immune System

Why living in some U.S. cities is literally like living in the Middle Ages

It's easy to forget among the daily din of headline-grabbing tragedies, but historically speaking, we live in a time of unprecedented health, peace and prosperity.<p>Global life expectancy has more than doubled since 1900. The number of people who die in wars has plummeted. The percent of the world's …

Middle Ages

7 reasons spending time in the sun is healthier than you think

It'll be the perfect time for days spent outdoors at the beach or pool, or for late afternoon grilling sessions.<p>And as we hear frequently, all that time in the sun comes with risks.<p>Getting too much sun is dangerous, and skin cancer is a very real risk for anyone who spends extended periods of time …

A Neuroscientist Tackles 'Why Diets Make Us Fat'

When Sandra Aamodt talks about dieting, people listen ... or, they stick their fingers in their ears and go la, la, la. Aamodt's neuroscientific take on why diets backfire is that divisive.<p>Aamodt is a neuroscientist, book author and former editor of a leading brain research journal. She also has …

Weight Loss

Do Rogue One reshoots spell the end for Hollywood's dark side?

It is easy to forget what a shock to the system Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins was when it debuted just over a decade ago.<p>Nolan seemed to trim all extraneous fat from the comic book movie template, handing the caped crusader a humanising backstory that intelligently explained his capacities as …

Movies

The Electrician From ‘The Shining’ Has Some Great Memories About Stanley Kubrick

There is perhaps no major motion picture that has captivated audiences for as long as <i>The Shining</i> has while driving them all absolutely crazy. The film has influenced generations of filmmakers while driving people crazy with possible conspiracy theories like a link to the gold standard and more. …

You Asked: Should I Try a Fasting Diet?

Benedict Cumberbatch is doing it. So is Jimmy Kimmel. But unlike most celebrity-sanctioned diets, there’s actually some compelling science to support …

For healthy eating, timing matters

When you eat may determine how long and strong your heart beats.<p>Fruit flies that limited eating to 12-hour stints had steadier heartbeats in old age …

Apple challenges 'chilling' demand to decrypt San Bernardino shooter's iPhone

Apple has hit back after a US federal magistrate ordered the company to help the FBI unlock the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters, with chief executive Tim Cook describing the demand as “chilling”.<p>The court order focuses on Apple’s security feature that slows down anyone trying to use …

Privacy

The radical plan to destroy time zones

Last Summer, North Korea did something a little odd. On the 70th anniversary of Korea's liberation from Japanese occupation, the closed and authoritarian state announced it was permanently turning its clocks back half an hour. The country was creating its own time zone: Pyongyang time.<p>As a plan, it …

North Korea

Mom’s weight during pregnancy shapes baby’s health

When Elinor Sullivan was a postdoctoral fellow at Oregon Health & Science University in Portland, she set out to explore the influence of food and …

Sugar May Be as Damaging to The Brain as Extreme Stress or Abuse

Yikes.<p><i>This article was written by Jayanthi Maniam and Margaret Morris from UNSW Australia, and was originally published by The Conversation.</i><p>We all …

Mobile phones and brain cancer: ‘no evidence of health risk’ is not the same as 'safe'

Do mobile phones cause brain cancer?<p>This has been an ongoing debate for decades, but whenever someone asks this question, it’s usually met with scepticism and the debate is shunned. I used to react the same way. But once I started digging into the evidence, it became clear to me that the answer was …

Al Gore

Standards, Grades And Tests Are Wildly Outdated, Argues 'End Of Average'

Todd Rose dropped out of high school with D- grades. At 21, he was trying to support a wife and two sons on welfare and minimum wage jobs.<p>Today he teaches educational neuroscience at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He's also the co-founder of The Center for Individual Opportunity, a new …

Education

Mystery 'hobbits' not humans like us, study finds

Homo floresiensis 'were not Homo sapiens' according to researchers<p>Diminutive humans that died out on an Indonesian island some 15,000 years ago were not Homo sapiens but a different species, according to a study published Monday that dives into a fierce anthropological debate.<p>Fossils of Homo …

Anthropology

To oblivion and beyond: art and science at the edge of consciousness

They hover between worlds. One woman seems blissful, smiling with acceptance. Another looks terrified as her big eyes flicker and roll. Aya Ben Ron’s film Still Under Treatment is a troubling and eerie study of patients being anaesthetised prior to surgery. Anaesthesia surely ranks with antibiotics …

Consciousness

Here Are YouTube's First Original Series And Movies

The video service is taking on Netflix and co. with its own original content.<p>Last October, YouTube launched YouTube Red, a subscription service that'll remove your ads for $9.99 per month. But that's only part of the service — YouTube is also following the Netflixes of the video world into original …

Internet

Science and superheroes: how close are we to creating real superpowers?

There are, according to the Marvel Super Heroes role-playing game (a source I am choosing to accept as 100% canonical), five general origins for all superheroic powers: Altered Humans (Spiderman, Fantastic Four), High-Tech Wonders (Iron Man, Batman), Mutants (X-Men,) Robots (The Vision) and Aliens …

Artificial Intelligence

Horses can recognise human emotion, new study shows

Look angry and a horse is likely to give you a sideways glance: using its left or sinister side. Its heart rate will increase, too. And both are indications that a horse can recognise a human emotion.<p>Ravens can imagine being spied on, study finds<p>Read more<p>Psychologists at Sussex University, who last …

Psychology

Harvard Report Debunks Claim Surveillance Is “Going Dark”

Since the 2013 Snowden disclosures revealed the extent of government surveillance programs it’s been a standard claim by intelligence agencies, seeking to justify their push for more powers, that their ability to track suspects using new technologies is under threat because of growing use of …

Paris hopes €1bn revamp of Les Halles can become city's 'beating heart'

French capital to unveil reworked site crowned with one of the most ambitious architectural projects of the decade<p>For 40 years, Paris has carried the shame of an incredible act of architectural self-sabotage. The heart of the city has never fully recovered from the brazen 1970s bulldozing of the …

France

A tour of North Korea's multimillion dollar museum – in Cambodia

The £24m Angkor Panorama Museum is the impoverished country’s latest art export – but is anyone visiting it?<p>North Korean tour guides lead visitors through the regime’s latest cultural showpiece, a grand new panorama museum reported to have cost $24m.<p>The museum’s showpiece is a 120m long, 13m high, …

North Korea

Everything You Need To Know About TV And Movies In 2016

From The X-Files to The People v. O.J. Simpson, and Captain America: Civil War to Rogue One, there are a lot of new film and television offerings to look forward to. In chronological order!<p><b>Note:</b> This list, though long, is of course not everything. There will be movies that come out of Sundance and …

Entertainment

Was the Virgin Mary genetically male?

Could testicular feminisation offer an explanation for the mystery of Jesus Christ's virgin birth, wonders Aarathi Prasad<p>What would it be like if women could have babies on their own? As a single mother, I thought it would be fabulous to have the option of another child without first having to find …

Carrie Fisher blasts Star Wars body shamers on Twitter

Carrie Fisher has hit out at social media trolls who have criticised her appearance in the new Star Wars film, The Force Awakens.<p>Carrie Fisher is a national treasure. There's no other valid opinion about her | Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy<p>Read more<p>Posting on Twitter on Tuesday, the 59-year-old actor …

Box Office

Star Wars passes the Bechdel test – but would the rule's cartoon mascot watch?

Now a staple of feminist criticism, Alison Bechdel’s test comes from the cartoon Dykes to Watch Out For – but has had its roots in lesbian culture erased<p>In the first Star Wars film in 1977, Princess Leia appeared to be about the only woman in all of explored space. Thirty-five years later, The …

Feminism

Five simple habits that will make you feel happier

A neuroscientist has outlined five simple habits he believes can make you feel happier<p>If you are looking for the secret to eternal happiness there may be a few simple things you can do to help kickstart the process.<p>A neuroscientist has outlined five easy habits he believes a person can embrace that …

Happiness

The 10 highest-grossing movies of all time — there's one movie that beats 'Star Wars'

So it's a good time to look back at what are the highest-grossing movies ever. For this list, we looked at domestic box-office grosses adjusted for inflation to see what old movies would have made in today's dollars, as calculated by Box Office Mojo. So there's no "Avatar" on this list.<p>The original …

Photos Taken 100 Years Ago Capture Rare Look at Paris in Color

Over 100 years ago, a French banker named Albert Kahn undertook a massive photography project that became known as <i>The Archives of the Planet</i>. Sending photographers to every continent, Kahn aimed to collect colour snapshots from all corners of the Earth using a brand new technology known as the …

The original 1977 reviews of 'Star Wars'

When George Lucas' "Star Wars" first landed in 1977, some critics were swept away, while others resisted the tide. A sampling:<p>EXHAUSTING<p>"'Star Wars' …

Television (India)