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19 tricks stores use to make you spend more money

From supermarkets to department stores, retailers employ clever techniques designed to get you to spend more.<p>Stores are carefully engineered, and every aspect of the design has a highly specific purpose — from the background music to the interior wall color.<p>To become more of a savvy shopper — and …

Comet Spreads Love And Joy By Releasing 500 Bottles Of Wine Per Second

Habitable? That's downright hospitable<p>Billions of years ago, comets might have brought the essential ingredients for life to Earth. And what could possibly be more essential than ethyl alcohol? Our favorite ingredient in wine, beer, and liquor has been found on the aptly named comet Lovejoy. It's …

Astronomy

Eating red and processed meat isn't going to increase your risk of cancer by that much

Contextualizing the World Health Organization's cancer report<p>Yesterday, the World Health Organization threw everyone into a panic by releasing a report categorizing red and processed meat as cancer-causing agents. After reviewing 800 scientific studies, the WHO's International Agency for Research …

Scientists Map The Parts Of The Body Where Touching Is Okay

And awkwardly outline the taboo zones<p>Riding crowded public transportation, or navigating large crowds at an event or concert often means getting touched by strangers. Researchers at the University of Oxford and Aalto University in Finland have turned to 1,368 people from five countries to determine …

National Academy of Sciences

Want to Raise Resilient Kids? A Navy SEAL Says Always Do This

Improve your resiliency--or teach your kids to be mentally tougher--with these important practices.<p>Resilience is defined as "the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness."<p>There's no surprise that it's a characteristic of some of the world's most successful people. It's also a …

personaldevelopment

Neuroscientist Describes Cases Of Out of Body Experiences

Scientific knowledge is expanding every day at an exponential rate, and the implications of new developments, particularly those that challenge the …

Scientists Find a Black Hole 12 Billion Times More Massive Than the Sun

A team of international astronomers has discovered a black hole of almost unimaginable proportions.<p>At 12 billion times more massive than the sun, it …

Black Holes

Chemical in BPA-Free Products Linked to Irregular Heartbeats

New ingredient in plastic bottles, receipts has same effect on lab animals as the old chemical does.<p>Many consumers avoid products that contain bisphenol-A (BPA) because the estrogen-imitating chemical has been linked to an array of health effects in people and animals. But new research published …

Liquid Media: Hawaii Design and Marketing

Our servers are hosted and maintained by Liquid Web. Hosting costs are billed anually at in the first week of the year, we like to keep it simple, …

ESSAY: Human Females Could (Should?) Be More Like Elephant Females

Changing Planet<p>By Katarzyna Nowak, Lauren McCall, and Isabel Behncke Izquierdo<p>What unique skills do women hold for the future of our species and the ecosystems we have come to dominate? What can we learn from elephants as human societies become more out of balance with nature?<p><b>They and Us</b><p>Elephants …

The Definitive Reading List of the 14 Best Books of 2014 Overall

I consider my annual best-of reading lists a kind of Old Year’s resolutions in reverse — unlike traditional resolutions, which lay out an aspirational list of priorities for the new year, these represent a look back at the books that proved themselves most worth prioritizing over the setting year. …

If You’re Too Busy to Meditate, Read This

This morning, like every morning, I sat cross-legged on a cushion on the floor, rested my hands on my knees, closed my eyes, and did nothing but breathe for 20 minutes.<p>People say the hardest part about meditating is finding the time to meditate. This makes sense: who these days has time to do …

Palawan, The Most Beautiful Island In The World, Is Sheer Perfection

It's hard to believe the Philippines are an under-appreciated tropical travel destination, especially with their extraordinary hiking, diving, beaches and of course -- islands that are THIS beautiful.<p>And while we'd like to visit every single island in the Philippines, there's one island in …

Toxic Tau Of Alzheimer's May Offer A Path To Treatment

After years of setbacks, Alzheimer's researchers are sounding optimistic again. The reason: a brain protein called tau.<p>At this year's Society for Neuroscience meeting in Washington, D.C., there are more than 100 papers on tau, which is responsible for the tangles that form in the brains of people …

Electrical brain stimulation beats caffeine – and the effect lasts longer

Researchers in the US have used electrical brain stimulation to boost the vigilance of sleep-deprived military personnel working on an airforce base.<p>Experiments on 18- to 42-year old men and women on active duty found that half an hour of electrical brain stimulation improved their performance …

Are Telepathy Experiments Stunts or Science? - MIT Technology Review

Two scientific teams this year patched together some well-known technologies to directly exchange information between human brains.<p>The projects, in …

Bee brain hints at how we make memories

Researchers studying honey bees have found that genes switch off as memories are being formed, allowing for new connections between nerve …

Neuroscience

Brain may 'compensate' for Alzheimer's damage

<b>The human brain may be able to compensate for some of the early changes seen in Alzheimer's disease, research in Nature Neuroscience shows.</b><p>The study suggests some people recruit extra nerve power to help maintain their ability to think.<p>Scientists hope the findings could shed light on why only some …

Superbugs meet their match in rapid genome sequencing

It was the first sign of trouble. Three babies on the special care ward at Rosie Hospital in Cambridge tested positive for the MRSA superbug. Fearing an outbreak of the dangerous organism, managers ordered a deep clean. Staff duly disinfected the ward and went back to work as normal. Four days …

Big solar storm hitting Earth

Will you be watching for the Northern Lights? Share your photos with CNN iReport.<p><b>(CNN) —</b> Youvathana Sok looked up and saw more than just stars in the crisp, clear Maine night sky.<p>A colorful, spectacular showing of the aurora borealis greeted Sok, a CNN iReporter, and others at Cadillac Mountain in …

America's Wealth Gap 'Unsustainable' According To Harvard Study

BOSTON, Sept 8 (Reuters) - The widening gap between America's wealthiest and its middle and lower classes is "unsustainable", but is unlikely to improve any time soon, according to a Harvard Business School study released on Monday.<p>The study, titled "An Economy Doing Half its Job", said American …

Stroke patients show promising signs of recovery after stem cell therapy

Stroke patients who took part in a small pilot study of a stem cell therapy have shown tentative signs of recovery six months after receiving the treatment.<p>Doctors said the condition of all five patients had improved after the therapy, but that larger trials were needed to confirm whether the stem …

Watch What Could Be This Summer’s Best Meteor Shower

Changing Planet<p>The late July Delta Aquarids may outperform the more famous August Perseids this year thanks to a moonless sky. Courtesy NASA<p>Keep your eyes turned to the skies for some upcoming cosmic fireworks, as the Delta Aquarid meteor shower peaks.<p>Often considered the cosmic consolation prize …

Is Happiness The Meaning Of Life?

I'm in!<p>What is happiness? What makes you happy and why is it the single most sought after state of being? It is hard to measure, although some have …

More stores affected by listeria fruit recall

If you've picked up fruit at Costco, Kroger or Walmart stores recently, keep reading.<p>Wawona Packing Co. is voluntarily recalling peaches, nectarines, plums and pluots that were packed at its Cutler, California, warehouses between June 1 and July 12. Wawona believes the products may be contaminated …

What Do Wild Animals Do in a Wildfire?

When big blazes spark and spread, some species escape, some perish—and some even thrive.<p>Wildfires are raging across the U.S. Pacific Northwest, wreaking havoc on human lives and forcing evacuations from homes. But for some wildlife species that have evolved to live with fire, the scenario is not so …

Dawn of the Age of Oligarchy: the Alliance between Government and the 1%

Thanks to their cozy relationship with the Obama administration, a new class of super-wealthy oligarchs keeps getting more powerful while the …

Excess weight causing 1 in 10 deaths, top doctor warns

Professor Dame Sally Davies, chief medical officer for England, warns that a "normalisation” of obesity means many people do not realise they weigh too much<p>Soaring obesity levels mean one in 10 deaths in England and Wales is now caused by excess weight, the chief medical officer has warned.<p>Prof …

A Simple Eye Test Could Accurately Detect Alzheimer's

Current tests for Alzheimer's include expensive tests using brain PET or MRI imaging. But two studies have shown that a simple eye test can detect …

New test can detect early signs of autism in babies

Children with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are not usually diagnosed until they are at least two years old and starting to show relevant behavioural patterns.<p>Now, experts at the University of London’s Birkbeck University Baby Lab are developing a test for six- to …