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How It Works: The Fastest DNA Sequencer

DNA sequencing has revolutionized medicine and biomedical research. For example, DNA analysis can tell doctors which drug might work best against a particular cancer. But current technology usually sequences only short stretches of DNA and can take hours or days.<p>To sequence anything longer than a …

How the man who inspired 'Memento' changed our understanding of memory

Henry Gustave Molaison was a man who couldn't make memories. Better known to neuroscientists as "HM", the late Molaison suffered from seizures as a young man and struggled to lead a normal life, but things took a dramatic shift after he received a lobotomy in August 1953. Doctors removed large …

The Week In Numbers: How Cats See The World, The Speed Of Elephant Pee, And More

200 degrees: the visual field of a cat (humans see just 180 degrees)<p>42.3 gallons: the volume an elephant can urinate in a single go<p>20 seconds: about how long it takes nearly all mammals to empty their bladders, according to the Law of Urination<p>$600: the price of a set of 3-D printed titanium …

Gear & Gadgets

The psychology of spiritualism: science and seances

As the evenings get darker and the first hint of winter hangs in the air, the western world enters the season of the dead. It begins with Halloween, continues with All Saints' and All Souls' days, runs through Bonfire Night – the evening where the English burn effigies of historical terrorists – …

Street Smarts

How intelligent roads—not just cars—will change transportation.<p>Every year, cars become more sophisticated. They can adapt to the speed of traffic, generate power from braking, and even park themselves. But the roads are pretty much made of the same stuff that was under your grandparents' wheels, …

4 Reasons We Get Frustrated and How to Cope

All frustration stems from a lack of understanding. It may be in regard to a particular situation or a person's behavior or choices. We feel worried, in a hurry, and out of control concerning whatever it is that is not "going well." However, all that our emotions do at this point is send out to the …

Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Could Help Lower Blood Pressure

Stress reduction strategies based on mindfulness -- the practice of focusing on the present moment -- could help lower blood pressure among people who are on the brink of hypertension, according to a small new study.<p>Researchers from Kent State University found that people with prehypertension -- …

4 Ways to Get Better Lungs and Make Exercise Easier

The Sherpa population in Tibet is famously known for their extreme levels of high-altitude fitness, often easily conquering Mount Everest climbs alongside seasoned and extremely fit climbers who have been training for months or years. Perhaps you've seen Nepalese Sherpas parodied in a popular …

The Best Immunity-Boosting Breakfasts

You may be lucky enough to be sniffle-free so far, but cold and flu season is upon us. Just over 2 percent of Americans have had the flu so far this season and nearly 7 percent have caught a cold. Those are pretty typical numbers for October, according to Gallup. And although they might seem small, …

Hearst Magazines

Secret burial for Nazi war criminal Priebke

Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke will be buried in a secret location, according to his lawyer.<p>The former SS officer died, aged 100 in Rome, under house arrest for commanding troops who killed 335 civilians in 1944 in one of Italy’s worst wartime massacres.<p>Protesters disrupted his scheduled funeral …

4 Ways to Live a More Meaningful and Simple Life | Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement

Many of us read tons of information on how to live a more simple and happier life… finding happiness and connecting with our higher self to uncover …

7 Life-Changing Benefits of a Surprisingly Simple Meditation Technique

<b>“Our way to practice is one step at a time, one breath at a time.” ~Shunryu Suzuki</b><p>I blinked my eyes, wiggled my toes, and carefully heaved my right …

Stop Assuming the Worst: Your Thoughts Shape Your Reality

<b>“Your worst enemy cannot harm you as much as your own unguarded thoughts.” ~Buddha</b><p>My morning bicycle ride had been uneventful until I spotted a small …