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Who was here first? A new study explains the origins of ancient Indians

A new paper authored by 92 scientists from around the globe that was posted online this weekend could settle some major questions about the subcontinent’s history and what that means for various theories of Indian civilisation. The paper, titled “The Genomic Formation of South and Central Asia,” …

Anthropology

A Really Common Medication Has Been Linked to Doubled Risk of Stomach Cancer

Here's what you need to know.<p>A class of drugs commonly used to treat acid reflux and heartburn has been linked to a greater-than-doubled risk of …

Medical Research

The two mental shifts highly successful people make

<b>“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”</b> — Max Planck, German quantum theorist and Nobel Prize winner<p>There are two primary mental shifts that occur in the lives of all highly successful people. Many make the first, but very few make the second.<p>Both of these …

Self-improvement

Fighting a Hidden Enemy: Inflammation

<i>By Deepak Chopra, MD and Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD</i><p>Inflammation has always been a medical mystery, but now it has become an enemy of long-term health. On the one hand, when your skin turns red, swollen, and painful after you burn yourself, which triggers acute inflammation, the response is normal and …

Fiber Is Good for You. Now Scientists May Know Why.

A diet of fiber-rich foods, such as fruits and vegetables, reduces the risk of developing diabetes, heart disease and arthritis. Indeed, the evidence for fiber’s benefits extends beyond any particular ailment: Eating more fiber seems to lower people’s mortality rate, whatever the cause.<p>That’s why …

Immune System

The Darkening Age: The Christian Destruction of the Classical World by Catherine Nixey

The clash between the classical order and Christianity is a tale of murder and vandalism wrought by religious zealotry, evoking modern-day parallels<p>“The theologian,” wrote Edward Gibbon in his classic <i>The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire</i><i>,</i> “may indulge the pleasing task of …

Roman Empire

There's a Type of Brain Exercise That Could Reduce Dementia Risk by Nearly 30%

But scientists say we need to proceed with caution.<p>Researchers say they have the first scientific evidence that brain training can help ward off …

A $62 billion business opportunity is hiding behind India’s toilet troubles

Three years after rolling out the Swachh Bharat(Clean India) campaign, which among other things aims to eradicate open defecation by 2019, India is far from solving its filth problem.<p>Over 70% of rural India still lacks adequate sanitation facilities, World Bank data shows. Over 56% of Indians—some …

Sustainability

Rich millennials are ditching the golf communities of their parents for a new kind of neighborhood

Rancho Mission Viejo/Facebook<p><b>A new type of housing community known as an "agrihood" is popping up around the US.</b>• <b><br>Agrihoods are built around working farms and are replacing the golf communities once favored by baby boomers.</b>• <b><br>There are about 150 agrihoods in the US and more in development.</b><p>Millennials …

Real Estate

Gut bacteria found to have a role in both PTSD and Alzheimer's disease

One of the biggest new areas of medical research in the 21st century is the investigation into the holistic effect of the gut microbiome on the human …

Medical Research

Pocket-sized, affordably-priced ultrasound connects to an iPhone

Ultrasound technology has evolved rapidly over recent decades and top-tier machines, offering impressively high-resolution images, can easily sell …

Gear & Gadgets

Noon makes your lights smart without a single smart bulb

Smart lights can be a huge convenience, but too many still fail the most basic test: can you turn them on and off with a light switch, without messing everything up?<p>So instead of making smart lights, a new startup named Noon has decided to make smart light switches — transforming your regular …

Home Depot

Is there a doctor in my pocket?

Advances in medical technology can be painfully slow. But, Natasha Loder argues, we are on the verge of a transformation in health care that will …

Digital Health

Equifax hack, one week later: What really happened, and what you should do to protect yourself

I can tell from the email I’m getting — and, honestly, from friends calling me and even stopping me at church— that you still have many questions …

Identity Theft

How To Find Out If You've Been Hit By The Equifax Hack

Everyone should be worried about the latest cybersecurity breach.<p>Equifax, one of the main credit score providers in America, announced Thursday that the company was the victim of a large-scale hack that exposed the personal information, including Social Security numbers, of an estimated 143 million …

Identity Theft

To understand rising inequality, consider the janitors at Kodak and Apple, then and now

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Gail Evans and Marta Ramos have one thing in common: They have each cleaned offices for one of the most innovative, profitable and all-around successful companies in the United States.<p>For Evans, that meant being a janitor in Building 326 at Eastman Kodak's campus in Rochester, New …

Income Inequality

Blockchain startup Winding Tree could upend the travel industry

The travel industry has been pretty stagnant for years. Yes, we’ve seen a number of travel startups emerge, but with a few major players controlling all the inventory (flights, hotel rooms, etc), there’s very little actual innovation going on.<p>A number of blockchain startups are hoping to change …

$15 million Marin house with massive wall of glass brings the splendors of outside inside

In the great room of a newly built home in the Marin County community of Ross, on the market for $15 million, it's easy to forget that you're inside.<p>This lofty room with 16-foot ceilings has a 630-square-foot-wall of glass looking into the trunks of redwood trees soaring 200 feet into the sky.<p>The …

Marin County

For Infosys, blockchain and AI are opening new doors in India’s digital payments market

Technology is set to redefine banking in India.<p>Digital payments are rapidly disrupting the cash-friendly nation’s spending habits. In an April 2017 global survey on internet security and trust, a whooping 86% of Indians said they would likely use mobile payments over the next year, well above the …

FinTech

Valerian root for insomnia and anxiety: Does it work?

Valerian is a plant with mild sedative properties that is sold as a sleeping aid and to treat anxiety. But does it work?<p>In the United States (U.S.), …

Think twice and get a second opinion before using tax-deferred dollars to pay off a mortgage

<b>Dear Liz:</b> I'm 54 and plan on retiring at 55 with a government pension. I have about $450,000 in a 457(b) deferred compensation plan. I owe about $220,000 on my home. I would like to pay off my 15-year, 2.5% interest mortgage. This would free up $1,900 a month and leave us debt-free. Everyone I've …

Fleet management tracking provider Samsara raises $40M

Rapid changes in the shipping industry has caught the attention of investors who are starting to pour large sums of money into the industry. And likely for good reason: as a future where trucks are run autonomously becomes ever clearer, the sensors and software behind that is going to have to be …

Venture Capital

All financial markets ‘increasingly at risk,’ Bill Gross warns

Investors should be wary as low interest rates, aging populations and global warming inhibit real economic growth and intensify headwinds facing financial markets, according to Bill Gross.<p>"Don't be mesmerized by the blue skies," Gross, manager of the Janus Henderson Global Unconstrained Bond Fund, …

Cannabinoids and chemotherapy in combination kill cancer cells

A new study confirms that cannabinoids, which are a class of active chemicals in cannabis, can successfully kill leukemia cells. They also find that …

Baldness: How close are we to a cure?

Baldness is an accepted part of the aging process for some, and a source of distress for others. Hair loss affects millions of men and women, yet …

The Ancient Aravalli Range : Image of the Day

From space, the curving ridges of the Aravalli Range between Jaipur and Alwar look a bit like tiger tracks or scratch marks on an otherwise flat …

Photos

Meet David Beckham's yoga trainer - who wants to banish your Dad bod

Good news for all sweat-drenched, middle-aged men who struggle through grueling gym classes a week in the sad battle against ‘Dad bod’: you are wasting your time.<p>Throw away your Fitbit, smash your Apple Watch and stop counting the calories. What you really need is yoga.<p>This is the gospel according …