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8 ways that drinking coffee is connected to better health and a longer life

Caffeine is the most commonly used psychoactive drug in the world — for good reason. It wakes us up, helps us stay on task, and provides an extra energy boost.<p>Most people in the Americas and Europe get our caffeine fix from coffee.<p>But people often worry that they should limit their coffee …

Coffee

Jews, Christians and Muslims - at the roots of science

Contemporary science finds its roots in the work of ancient Jewish, Christian and Muslim scholars. In the Middle Ages they translated the texts of …

Chernobyl's Animal Mutations Shed Light on the Impact of Nuclear Releases

The Effect of the Chernobyl Nuclear Accident on Wildlife<p>The 1986 Chernobyl accident resulted in one of the highest unintentional releases of …

Mutations

Scientists Are Freaking Out Over a Huge Cache of Extremely Rare Pterosaur Eggs

"We have literally hundreds of eggs to work with."<p>"Extraordinary." "Stellar." "Truly awesome." "A world-class find."<p>That's how palaeontologists are …

A new hope for players battling 'Star Wars' game fees

Players of the new video game “Star Wars Battlefront II” were angry to discover last week that they had to buy so-called “loot boxes,” which randomly provide gamers new weapons, armor or content that gives them an edge when playing. Those fees were on top of the $60 players had to spend to buy the …

Researchers Now Know in Uncomfortable Detail Exactly What Chewing Does to Our Teeth

This is what eating does on the nanoscale.<p>A new study of the nanoscale particles making up tooth enamel has given scientists the closest look yet at …

Hovering cars are one step closer to reality

A hovering vehicle nicknamed "Float" won a recent design contest by automaker Renault.

Automotive Industry

How to Build Robots While Learning How to Code

Computer science just became fun.<p>Let's face it. Deep down, every adult still wants to build and play with robots every once in a while—allowing us to learn an important tech skill while satiating our inner 10-year-old. Although it seems like a childlike pastime, having a skill set that allows you …

Stephen Hawking's moving speech at Cambridge University to mark 75th birthday leaves audience in tears

Professor Stephen Hawking moved an audience to tears on Sunday, after he spoke at an event to mark his 75th birthday.<p>The physicist and cosmologist …

A scientist needed help studying Neanderthal teeth — so he asked his dentist

By Sarah Kaplan<p>, Reporter<p>Dentist Joe Gatti has been cleaning David Frayer’s teeth for 30 years, and they’ve been friends almost as long. So when Frayer arrived at his office with the offer of something cool to show Gatti, the Lawrence, Kan., dentist took it in stride.<p>The objects of interest were …

Anthropology

Why does hair turn gray?

As you look in the mirror in the morning, you see that inevitable fate has struck: your first gray hair! Whether you are in your 20s or your 50s, …

Johns Hopkins researchers say they've unlocked key to cancer metastasis and how to slow it

Hasini Jayatilaka was a sophomore at the Johns Hopkins University working in a lab studying cancer cells when she noticed that when the cells become too densely packed, some would break off and start spreading.<p>She wasn't sure what to make of it, until she attended an academic conference and heard a …

11 Foods That Boost Your Brain and Memory

By Kerri-Ann Jennings<p>Your brain is kind of a big deal.<p>As the control center of your body, it's in charge of keeping your heart beating and lungs …

Wellness

7 foods that help protect against dementia

Get these brain-boosting foods in your shopping basket to help protect against dementia and Alzheimer's disease<p>It can seem like every few weeks, …

Steve Jobs’ custom Apple I and other historic machines are on display at Seattle museum

Long before the iPhone or even the Mac, Apple was a handful of people working in an industry that was only just beginning to take the idea of personal computing seriously. In the earliest days of those early days, Steves Wozniak and Jobs made their first device together: the Apple I. Few of these …

Found: A 13,000-Year-Old Dental Filling Made of Bitumen

Yuck.<p>At least 14,000 years ago, humans were trying to fix each other’s cavities. Back in 2015, a team of researchers announced they had discovered …

26 Healthy Salads That Don't Use Leafy Greens

When you're in the mood for a heartier, stay-full-till-dinner salad, make one of these filling salads that are made with chunky vegetables, whole …

Healthy Eating

Einstein the Parrot Turns 30

Einstein the African grey parrot at Zoo Knoxville is 30 years old today. (They call it his "hatch day.") In honor of the occasion, the zoo released a …

A Tiny Fish With Fearsome Fangs Uses An Opioid-Like Venom To Escape Enemies

Don't be tricked by their appearance — fangblenny fish aren't just a cute face. They use special opioid-based venom to avoid being eaten.<p>The fish are 2 inches long and live in places such as Australia's Great Barrier Reef. When one is caught and swallowed up by a predator, the blenny literally …

Jeff Bezos Kills a Half Billion Dollar Investment. Why You Should Be Just as Ruthless

Amazon's Jeff Bezos kills Diapers.com and other sites after a half-billion dollar acquisition. Here's why the best entrepreneurs win by giving up<p>Amazon announced it is killing Diapers.com, Soap.com and its related brands. It acquired the parent company Quidsi seven years ago. For how much? A half …

How giant marine reptiles terrorized the ancient seas

Valentin Fischer had always wanted to study fossils, perhaps dinosaurs or extinct mammals. Instead, when he was in graduate school, Fischer ended up …

Want to Be a Better Dad in 2017? Science Says Do This

Truly great dads have these traits.<p>Many dads will set out to be better fathers in 2017 than they were in 2016. However, sometimes the parenting resources for dads are lacking, and they're left guessing as to how to improve.<p>All the studies show that the influence fathers have in the lives of their …

What a Lack of Eye Contact Says About You, According to Science (and How to Fix It)

Failing to meet someone's gaze could send not-so-flattering messages about who you are and what you're capable of.<p>What you do with your clothes, hair, accessories, posture, gestures--it all conveys deep, rich meaning. But your eyes send messages, too, and failure to maintain good eye contact with …

Humans and Neanderthals had sex. But was it for love? - Vox

An investigation.<p>In 1911, Marcellin Boule, a French paleontologist, published the first scientific description of the Neanderthal species. And let’s just say it didn’t have a lot of sex appeal.<p>The skeleton in Boule’s volume, dubbed the "Old Man of La Chapelle," was a wretched creature: a …

A riddle for our time

One of the most remarkable successes of astrophysics in the last century was its discovery that the age of the universe as measured by its oldest …

Daily Commuter? Traffic Jams Could Be Costing You $1,800 a Year

It turns out that being stuck in traffic isn’t just a waste of time; it’s a waste of money.<p>A new report from AutoInsuranceCenter.com found that 86 percent of Americans commute to work, with traffic delays costing them an average of $960 per year. And while sitting in traffic, a yearly average of 19 …

Tiny hobbit-like humans were victims of island dwarfing

Tiny ‘hobbit-like’ humans discovered in Indonesia were once normal sized but shrunk after getting trapped on an island, scientists now believe.<p>For more than a decade experts have argued over the origins of the Homo floresiensis whose remains were first found on the island of Flores in 2004, dating …