Matti Kiviniemi

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The surprising way your gut can affect your bone strength

Our bodies contain vastly more microbes than there are stars in the Milky Way—about 100 trillion microbes just in the gut of any single person.<p>This huge and dizzying ecosystem of tiny critters, mostly bacteria, is referred to as the gut microbiome, and it helps make us who we are.<p>It may also help …

Microbiology

20 Amazing Under-the-Radar Albums of 2015

Keep on enjoying Adele's album, but here are 20 lesser-known masterworks that you might not have heard about during the last 12 months.<p>I listened to …

Why too much choice is stressing us out

From jeans to dating partners and TV subscriptions to schools, we think the more choices we have the better. But too many options create anxiety and leave us less satisfied. Could one answer lie in a return to the state monopolies of old?<p>Once upon a time in Springfield, the Simpson family visited a …

Peter Thiel

Liquid nitrogen cocktail: Wine bar fined £100k after teenager loses stomach

Preston Crown Court hears Gaby Scanlon, now 20, was left close to death at Oscar's Wine Bar and Bistro in Lancaster<p>A wine bar has been fined £100,000 after a teenager needed her stomach removing after drinking a smoking liquid nitrogen cocktail handed to her for free.<p>Gaby Scanlon, now 20, had been …

How Bacteria Control Your Cholesterol

We don’t like to think about them, but we have trillions of bacteria living inside and on us. They’re not the disease-causing kind, but these …

Medical Research

New San Francisco restaurant replaces humans with iPads

Eatsa in the city’s financial district offers iPad-based ordering, with meals prepared by people whom customers never have to see<p>Those sick and tired of having to deal with their fellow humans all the time have a new respite – a fully automated restaurant in San Francisco.<p>Customers at Eatsa in the …

San Francisco

How To Plate Food Like A 3-Star Michelin Chef

Tracey Torres has cooked in some of the best kitchens in the world. Now she shares trade secrets on how to plate food like a pro.<p>Take a trip to Daniel or Eleven Madison Park, and you won’t just be blown away by the flavors of the food. The plating itself is an abstract work of art. Now that the …

Food & Dining

The Japanese Have Just Perfected The Skateboard

A Japanese engineer just invented a nifty new way to travel: A transporter called a “WalkCar” that’s small, light and apparently easy to use.<p>The …

Robotics

The Logic Pros: 6 powerful new features you may have missed in Logic 10.1

<i>The Logic Pros is a new regular series exploring all of the most interesting gadgets and software for making music on your Mac/iOS devices. If there is any gear you would like us to take a closer hands-on look at, let us know in the comments section below or</i> <i>shoot us an email</i><i>.</i><p>In this week’s edition …

Meat Is Murder—but It’s People Being Killed (and Not How You Think)

One evening in June 2011, at their home in a suburb of Portland, Ore., Melissa Lee and her husband sat down to a dinner of spaghetti and meatballs …

Special Report: The war on big food

Try this simple test. Say the following out loud: Artificial colors and flavors. Pesticides. Preservatives. High-fructose corn syrup. Growth …

Agriculture

This Common Activity Is Reducing Your IQ, According to Research

Missing an hour of sleep turns a sixth grader’s brain into that of a fourth grader.<p>Via NurtureShock:<p>The performance gap caused by an hour’s …

Rhode Island

Do we worry too much about what we eat?

Nut-free schools, gluten-free diets, careful with the carbs: anxiety around food is on the rise, and it’s not easy to sort the myth from the medical advice<p>If you’re a parent, you’ll be familiar with the “nut-free” business. This note came home from our four-year-old’s nursery: “Jack’s snack bar had …

Immune System

Should we let robots kill on their own?

Next week, from April 13th to April 17th, the second multilateral meeting on lethal autonomous weapons systems is taking place at the United Nations …

games

Why You Need To Unplug Every 90 Minutes

You’re an organism. And organisms run in cycles. Here’s how to work with yours.<p>Since sprints get us to focus in and finish our tasks with crisp consciousness, we know they’re the most effective way of working. But what’s fascinating is <i>why</i> they make us work so well.<p>For Leo Widrich at Buffer, it’s in …

Time Management

44 Easy Breakfast Recipes You Won't Believe Are Gluten-Free

In a diet without gluten, breakfast options become a little limited. And it’s not that oatmeal, eggs, Greek yogurt with berries, and avocado toast on …

Breakfast

25 Fantastic and Funny Photos Celebrate Photoshop's 25th Birthday

Happy Birthday, Photoshop! Twenty-five years ago, this week, a little graphics editing program named Photoshop was born. Fast forward a few decades and now we're living in a world where surreal-looking images are all around us. As part of the celebration, Adobe has launched a search for 25 of the …

Photoshop

7 of the world's coolest commutes | CNN Travel

CNN

Drink Five Cups Of Coffee Every Day To Stay Healthy, Study Says

Good news, caffeine lovers!<p>A new study has proven something we always suspected - coffee keeps you alive.<p>Drinking three to five cups a day can reduce …

Coffee

Blindfolded Muslim takes to the street for hugging experiment

A blindfolded Muslim man stands on a street in Toronto with a sign asking passersby to give him a hug - and films the reaction<p>"I am a Muslim. I am labelled as a terrorist. I trust you. Do you trust me? Give me a hug."<p>Those were the words at Mustafa Mawla's feet as he stood blindfolded with …

The Best Ways to Print Photos From Your Smartphone

One of the best cameras is the one you have with you — and for most of us, that camera is your smartphone. But unless you’re meticulously sharing and …

Mobile Photography

5 Ways to Make Your Mac and iPhone Play Nice

Apple’s newest desktop operating system, Yosemite, is all about making Macs link up with iPhones and iPads in new and exciting ways. And with tricks …

Mac App Store

Why the modern world is bad for your brain

In an era of email, text messages, Facebook and Twitter, we’re all required to do several things at once. But this constant multitasking is taking its toll. Here neuroscientist Daniel J Levitin explains how our addiction to technology is making us less efficient<p>Daniel J Levitin Q&A<p>Our brains are …

Productivity

Harbin International Ice and Snow Festival 2015

Cut Paper Illustrations by Maude White | Colossal

<p>New York-based artist Maude White (previously) continues to create beautifully rendered illustrations with cut paper, creating dozens of new pieces …

Vitamin N Deficiency Linked to ADHD

Approximately 11 percent of children ages 4 to 17 have been diagnosed with ADHD according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2011 statistics, accounting for 6.4 million cases nationwide. A majority are treated with stimulant medication often combined with behavioral therapy. For some, …

Autism

The tough Coffeeboxx is built to make hot joe, no matter what

Designed to meet the IP55 standard for durability, the Coffeeboxx brewer makes hot coffee anywhere.<p>We live in world with rugged smartphones and laptops, so why don't we also have ultra-tough coffee makers? That's the question behind the creation of the $299 Coffeeboxx by startup Oxx. Built to …

Coffee

A Virus That Makes Humans Stupid? ‘Innocuous’ Algae Pathogen That Impairs Cognition Discovered

A virus known to attack green algae in lakes and rivers can also infect human brains -- and it’s making dummies out of us. The virus, called ATCV-1, …