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A planetary census puts humans in their place

BILLIONS of years ago a star began to die. In the process, it created something new: 65,500 billion tonnes of carbon that would later be incorporated …

What everyone gets wrong about introverts — including why they are not antisocial or lazy

When you hear the term "introvert," you might imagine someone who's quiet and insular, who likes to spend most of their time alone, avoiding social situations.<p>But being an introvert isn't really anything to do with how much you like spending time with other people. In fact, introverts can have some …

Psychology

The 5 Best Exercises For Burning Belly Fat

A flat belly is a badge of honour. It’s an outward sign that you keep fit and watch what you eat.<p>And beyond the vanity aspects, a more chiseled torso …

More than half your body is not human

<b>More than half of your body is not human, say scientists.</b><p>Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists.<p>Understanding this hidden half of ourselves - our microbiome - is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson's.<p>The …

The Most Life-Changing Breakthroughs in Genetics of 2017

It was a big year for the building blocks of life. Here are the most significant breakthroughs in genetics research of 2017.<p><b>The FDA approved the</b> …

Genetics

Accepting your darkest emotions is the key to psychological health

Rumi, the 13th-century Sufi poet, famously compared emotions—”a joy, a depression, a meanness”—to “unexpected visitors.” His advice was to let them in laughing, but that’s not what we do. Instead, we pretend not to notice, or even hide. We want to bury resentment and anger, or trade loneliness in …

Psychology

NASA video lets you soar over Pluto, and it's pretty amazing

Want to know what Pluto’s terrain looks like? Spoiler alert: It’s really cool.<p>Using data from the New Horizons spacecraft and digital elevation …

Solar System

Researchers encode a movie onto living bacteria

Forget USB drives and the cloud -- what if you could carry every bit of data you've ever used on your skin? That's the long-term goal of researchers at Harvard Medical School, who have stored a video in the DNA of bacteria. It's the first time a video has been recorded into living cells, as opposed …

Genetics

11 New Facts Science Has Revealed About The Body

We're just scratching the surface.<p><b>1.</b> Hundreds of genes spring to life after you die - and they keep functioning for up to four days. Together with an …

Immune System

A simple guide to CRISPR, one of the biggest science stories of the decade

One of the biggest and most important science stories of the <i>last</i> few years will probably also be one of the biggest science stories of the <i>next</i> few years. So this is as good a time as any to get acquainted with the powerful new gene-editing technology known as CRISPR.<p>If you haven’t heard of CRISPR …

Genetics

The Top 10 Science Stories of 2016

This year’s science news really shook things up—and we mean that quite literally. A pair of colliding black holes billions of light years away caused …

Why Your First Impression Matters | The Art of Manliness

You meet a woman at a party and think you have a good conversation. But when you later send her a text, she doesn’t respond.<p>You go into a job …

Google’s former happiness guru developed a three-second brain exercise for finding joy

Chade-Meng Tan, a former engineer, joined Google in 2000 as employee number 107. Though he played an instrumental role in building Google’s mobile search function, among other technological feats, he’s better known for the mindfulness classes he later led for employees. The role earned him the job …

Loyola University

Forget Multi-Tasking – It's All About Mono-tasking, Say Stanford Researchers

We know multi-tasking is bad for us: we just can’t stop doing it.<p>No matter how many times we hear that multitasking causes heightened mental stress, …

Time Management

Psychology suggests that power doesn’t make people bad—it just reveals their true natures

“When you’re a star, they let you do it,” Donald Trump boasts of sexually assaulting women in the recently leaked <i>Access Hollywood</i> tape. “You can do anything.”<p>Of course, the power that comes with celebrity does not—and should not—permit anyone to hurt other people. But Trump’s comments are in line …

Psychology

How trees talk to each other

"A forest is much more than what you see," says ecologist Suzanne Simard. Her 30 years of research in Canadian forests have led to an astounding …

Ecology

The Science Behind the Ketogenic Diet

When you eat, your body automatically stores part of your meal as fat so it can be released later for energy in times when you’re not eating. When …

Understanding the Science and Psychology of Open Salaries

7 min read<p>This story originally appeared on Buffer<p>How many people know your salary?<p>Your boss, of course. Your partner, perhaps. Maybe a few friends you can trust.<p>What if everyone knew it? And not just everyone at your company; everyone like <i>everyone—</i>Internet commenters. Friends of friends. People …

The Workplace

Crossing Over: How Science Is Redefining Life and Death

Can death be reversible? And what are we learning about the gray zone between here and the other side?<p><i>The Story of God</i> with Morgan Freeman, premiering Sunday, April 3 at 9/8c, will take viewers on a trip around the world to explore different cultures and religions on the ultimate quest to uncover …

Medicine

Science Says Silence Is Much More Important To Our Brains Than We Think

Complaining Is Terrible for You, According to Science

Steeping yourself in negativity has seriously terrible consequences for your mental and physical health.<p>Why do people complain? Not to torture others with their negativity, surely. When most of us indulge in a bit of a moan, the idea is to "vent." By getting our emotions out, we reason, we'll feel …

Happiness

Inflamed

The debate over the latest cure-all craze.<p>Several years ago, I fell at the gym and ripped two tendons in my wrist. The pain was excruciating, and within minutes my hand had swollen grotesquely and become hot to the touch. I was reminded of a patient I’d seen early in medical school, whose bacterial …

A Sense Of Self: What Happens When Your Brain Says You Don't Exist

Science journalist Anil Ananthaswamy thinks a lot about "self" — not necessarily <i>himself</i>, but the role the brain plays in our notions of self and existence.<p>In his new book, <i>The Man Who Wasn't There,</i> Ananthaswamy examines the ways people think of themselves and how those perceptions can be distorted …

Consciousness

Why do we have allergies?

Allergic reactions to everything from pollen to peanuts make life a misery for millions. But why does our body over-react to seemingly benign intruders? Carl Zimmer reports.<p>For me, it was hornets.<p>One summer afternoon when I was 12, I ran into an overgrown field near a friend’s house and kicked a …

Immunotherapy

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

Photograph: Alamy<p>‘Because it is limited in characters, texting discourages thoughtful discussion or any level of detail, and its addictive problems are compounded by its …

compounded

Fasting for three days can regenerate entire immune system, study finds

Fasting for as little as three days can regenerate the entire immune system, even in the elderly, scientists have found in a breakthrough described as "remarkable".<p>Although fasting diets have been criticised by nutritionists for being unhealthy, new research suggests starving the body kick-starts …

Books of the year 2014

It is New Year’s Day and I should be looking forward but I’ve been busy – and delayed by the flu – so I’m not yet done looking back. Listed below with potted reviews are the 23 books I read in 2014. This continues a tradition I started last year, when I decided to read less internet and more …

Books

The coming era of unlimited — and free — clean energy

In the 1980s, leading consultants were skeptical about cellular phones. McKinsey & Co. noted that the handsets were heavy, batteries didn’t last long, coverage was patchy, and the cost per minute was exorbitant. It predicted that in 20 years the total market size would be about 900,000 units and …

Scientists hail creation of working organ made from laboratory cells

British scientists produce working thymus, a vital immune system 'nerve centre' located near the heart<p>Reprogrammed cells created in a laboratory have been used to build a complete and functional organ in a living animal for the first time.<p>British scientists produced a working thymus, a vital immune …