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Snack attack: children 'should only be allowed two tiny treats daily'

Children should only be allowed two snacks of 100 calories or less a day, in a bid to tackle spiralling obesity rates, health officials say.<p>Public Health England (PHE) urged parents to clamp down on “a grazing culture,” as research found half of children’s sugar intake is being consumed between …

The more you endlessly scroll on Facebook, the bigger the risk to your mental health

Facebook FB, -4.27% chief executive Mark Zuckerberg wants to prioritize family and friends over brands. But, he says, that could result in lower user …

Social Media

Fast food stimulates inflammation and triggers long-term changes to immune system

A disturbing new study led by scientists at the University of Bonn suggests that the immune system responds to a fast food-style Western diet in much …

19 Books the World's Top CEOs Read in 2017 (Including Bill Gates)

The book 'Hit Refresh' by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella makes this list twice as a great read.<p>What I know about successful people is this: They love to devour books to expand their minds. Bill Gates has stated that he reads about 50 books a year. Mark Zuckerberg? About 24 books a year.<p>But the …

75 thoughts I had while watching 'Batman Returns,' The World's Greatest Holiday Movie

Forget Christmas carols or sweet scenes of family harmony. <i>Batman Returns</i> begins with a Pee-Wee Herman cameo and two rich jerks pitching their …

Yes, Star Wars: The Last Jedi Is An Open Letter to the Millennial Generation

Your dreams must die.<p><i>Your dreams must die. You will have to figure out how to make it in this world on your own. No one is going to solve your problems for you. The future starts today.</i><p>If you've seen <i>Star Wars: The Last Jedi</i>, you know many of these statements sound familiar. (If you haven't seen it …

Here's what losing weight does to your body and brain

<i>This video was originally published on October 29, 2017.</i><p><i>Special thanks to John Gunstad, professor with the Department of Psychological Sciences at Kent State University, for speaking with us about his cutting-edge research on how losing weight affects brain function. Following is a transcript of</i> …

Fitness

How can I see the total solar eclipse?

Many people may look to the skies on Aug. 21 to watch a total solar eclipse pass over the United States - but it’s important to protect your eyes and use the correct tools to safely view the event. Here’s what you should know.<p><b>What is a total solar eclipse?</b><p>“It is this wonderful time when everything …

Solar Eclipse

Study Finds Video Games Are Better At Relieving Stress Than Sex

Get playing.<p>Unwinding is all a matter of personal preference, whether you like to watch Netflix or something a little more X-rated. But a study from University College London suggests there's a more exact science to the effectiveness activities we use to relax.<p>Of the 251 men surveyed, a third of …

University College London

Everything We Know About Nintendo Switch

'Underworld: Blood Wars' Review: Kate Beckinsale Slinks Through Another Silly Sequel

What’s the point of a vampire-werewolf war if they’re going to fight it with machine guns?<p>What’s the point of a movie about the vampire-werewolf war …

Kate Beckinsale

Mummies in the Americas Belong to a Vanished Civilization

In a comprehensive study, researchers have mapped the spread of indigenous settlers throughout the Americas, from their first steps off of the Bering …

Anthropology

Pluto’s clouds might make it a planet again

Pluto has been a planet for most of the time we’ve known of its existence, but astronomers decided to demote it to a dwarf planet back in 2006. …

Pokémon fan recreates Ash Ketchum's room in Unreal Engine 4

A cool tour of a familiar scene<p>Pokémon turned 20 a week ago, and to celebrate its anniversary, one fan rendered Ash's room in Unreal Engine 4.<p>It's not a demo or a game, but Pokémon fans may enjoy peeking around the room and recognizing all the little touches that animator Jarlan Perez put into the …

Nintendo is bringing back the Super Famicom (kind of)

Two weeks ago Nintendo revealed it is bringing classic Super NES games to its portable 3DS consoles, but now it seems the Japanese giant is going the extra mile for its most nostalgic gamers.<p>During yesterday’s Nintendo Direct presentation, the company unveiled plans to launch a Super …

Retrogaming

The games industry is knee-deep in trying to solve an almost impossible conundrum right now.<p>As budgets for triple-A games grow, so too does the size …

Homework is wrecking our kids: The research is clear, let’s ban elementary homework

Homework does have an impact on young students — but it’s not a good one<p>“There is no evidence that any amount of homework improves the academic performance of elementary students.”<p>This statement, by homework research guru Harris Cooper, of Duke University, is startling to hear, no matter which side …

Teaching

Four ways to share your exact location with family (and why)

Do you know where your family is? You do now with these handy apps designed to share or track locations using your phone. Peace of mind is priceless.<p>Checking in on a family member in 2016 is much easier than ever, and perhaps less invasive, too. We don't have to call or text to see that Sally …

There's Now A Video Game Controller You Can Have Sex With

What a time to be alive.<p>4.3K<p>SHARES<p>Do you love virtual reality games about anime goddesses and fighting monsters? Do you wish you could have sex with …

Virtual Reality

Science Says Coffee Naps Are Better Than Coffee Or Nap Alone

Coffee

Playing Video Games Can Improve Kids’ School Performance

Video games are bad for kids, right? It’s a message we’ve all heard countless times (and have probably said ourselves!) but science says not so fast. In a recent study published in the journal <i>Policy Insights from the Behavioral and Brain Sciences</i> (PIBBS), researcher Richard E. Meyer outlines just …

Pedagogy

Science Says There Are 4 Types of Introverts: Which One Are You?

Being an introvert isn’t a bad thing — sure, small talk might not be your favorite activity, but you’re definitely a pro at making your alone time rock. Thanks to Susan Cain’s bestseller <i>Quiet</i>, the whole world learned what many of us already knew: Introverts are awesome. Wellesley Psychology …

Personality

Proposed bill: Third-graders must pass reading test or be held back

A Waukegan state representative's proposal to require schools to hold back third-graders who aren't reading at grade level until they've caught up is raising eyebrows among local school officials.<p>"If kids are pushed up when they're not reading at grade level, their chances to graduate are very …

How many more big Wii U announcements do you think we'll get?

How many would you even want?<p>The Wii U is in a interesting place right now. The past 12 months have seen the console spawn relatively big hits like</i> …

Microsoft Sacrifices Lumia 950 And 950 XL Potential For A Stronger Surface Phone

Announced in October 2015, and released a month later, Microsoft’s Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones have not set the world alight. The first ‘out of the box’ Windows 10 powered devices occupy a curious pivot point in Microsoft’s plans. What do they tell us about the direction of Microsoft and …

Mobile

Star Wars: 10 Parts of the Expanded Universe We Wish Were Still Canon

The canon is a prickly subject among <i>Star Wars</i> fans, and with the announcement that <i>The</i> <i>Force Awakens</i> will be taking its own path and not following the …

A Harvard scientist who's studied coffee for 20 years explains why the drink is amazing

Dr. Frank Hu just finished a 20-year study on the effects of coffee on the human body. People who drink more coffee it turns out, live longer.<p>Specifically, Hu's study found that coffee-drinkers have lower risks of cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases, as well as suicide.<p>The research began …

Coffee

Xbox One is now backwards compatible with all your old 360 games

The Xbox One game library is about to grow exponentially. At its E3 2015 media briefing, Microsoft announced that its next-gen gaming system will …

Nasa's Curiosity rover finds water below surface of Mars

New measurements from the Gale crater contradict theories that the planet is too cold for liquid water to exist, but Mars still considered hostile to life<p>Mars has liquid water just below its surface, according to new measurements by Nasa’s Curiosity rover.<p>Until now, scientists had thought that …

Children who watch TV for more than two hours a day 'at greater risk of high blood pressure'

Youngsters up to 10 who spend more than two hours a day in front of TV are 30pc more likely to have high blood pressure than those who do not, scientists discover<p>Watching TV for more than two hours a day increases the risk of raised blood pressure in children, a study has found.<p>Children aged two to …

Diabetes