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Hipster beards and plaid shirts for all – it’s scientific fact

Some research published last week has put the fear of God into ordinary folk around the country, who have learned they will now have their ideas led by bearded hipsters. <i>Science</i> magazine reported that sociologists at the University of Pennsylvania had conducted an experiment in which 200 people were …

University of Pennsylvania

5 baking soda hacks to keep your laundry smelling super fresh

As the buzz around multi-tasking ingredients and pantry-staples hacks reaches an audible roar, happy news: Another ingredient is about to join the …

Cleaning

Adding Ayurvedic Formula Plus Probiotics To Diet Could Help You Live Longer, McGill University Study Finds

A breakthrough study conducted at McGill University in Montreal shows that a combination of probiotics and the herbs supplement Triphala can increase …

Research

The bacteria that could lead to a probiotic-based immunization for stress, anxiety and depression

Science has only just started to tease out a fascinating relationship between bacteria, inflammation and mood over the last few years. Not only are …

Microbiology

I've Made My Boyfriend's Skin Look So Good by Forcing These 8 Products on Him

I know you're not supposed to call your boyfriend a project, but mine kind of is. Yes, I love him just the way he is in most aspects—his humour, his …

Skin Care

You’re about to see lupin flakes everywhere…but what are they?

If you’re a plant-based eater looking for a serious injection of vegetable protein, iron and fibre, you may want to start paying attention to the …

Food

9 Health Benefits of Lion's Mane Mushroom (Plus Side Effects)

Lion’s mane mushrooms, also known as <i>hou tou gu</i> or <i>yamabushitake</i>, are large, white, shaggy mushrooms that resemble a lion’s mane as they grow.<p>They have …

Medical Research

How the Enlightenment Ends

Philosophically, intellectually—in every way—human society is unprepared for the rise of artificial intelligence.<p>Three years ago, at a conference on transatlantic issues, the subject of artificial intelligence appeared on the agenda. I was on the verge of skipping that session—it lay outside my …

Artificial Intelligence

China's 'Hawaii of the East' is looking for 1 million new residents, which is more than the population of Stockholm

China's tropical island of Hainan is offering subsidized housing and fast track work visas as part of an ambitious campaign to attract 1 million new residents by 2025, as it seeks to become the new poster child for the country's opening up and economic development.<p>With a current population of about …

Aging gracefully: Tightening your skin safely and effectively

<b>(CNN) —</b> When it comes to aging, skin shows some of the most visible signs. Wrinkles, thinning and sagging skin, and sun spots known collectively as photoaging have all led to explosive growth in the global anti-aging skin care market.<p>In addition, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, one in five …

Skin Care

Why are we living in an age of anger – is it because of the 50-year rage cycle?

A neighbour objected to a young couple from Newcastle being naked in their own home. “We are sick of seeing big bums, big boobs and little willy,” was the core message of the note, crescendoing to: “We will report you both for indecent exposure.” It is such a small thing, banal, without …

Social Media

Face Yoga 101: 4 Anti-Aging Exercises to Do Instead of Facelifts

<i>Ommm.</i> That’s the sound we want to make whenever we start this workout. It’s yoga, but unlike any yoga sequence we’ve tried before—no downward dogs or …

Everything You Know About Introverts Is Probably Wrong. Here's Why | Inc.com

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 of the deepest and most meaningful friendships.<p>The difference between introverts and extroverts is actually biological, and it comes down to how they unwind …

Behavioral Sciences

Digital nomads: The new elite with no fixed abode

<b>Why work in an office when you can sit by the beach? Armed with a laptop and an internet connection, a new generation of 'digital nomads' is taking their work on their travels around the world. But they are not always welcome.</b><p>Jemma Porter and her boyfriend James Cave's journey began like many …

How exercise tells the brain to curb appetite

When we exercise, our bodies become hot and we start to feel flushed. But something else happens: our appetites decrease after the workout. …

Baking soda: A safe, easy treatment for arthritis?

Baking soda has been used as a home remedy for generations due to its antacid properties. Yet its benefits run even deeper, and new research may …

Medical Research

'We're doomed': Mayer Hillman on the climate reality no one else will dare mention

“We’re doomed,” says Mayer Hillman with such a beaming smile that it takes a moment for the words to sink in. “The outcome is death, and it’s the end of most life on the planet because we’re so dependent on the burning of fossil fuels. There are no means of reversing the process which is melting …

Climate Change

Novel antioxidant makes old blood vessels seem young again

Older adults who take a novel antioxidant that specifically targets cellular powerhouses, or mitochondria, see aging of their blood vessels reverse …

Scientists create mutant enzymes that eat plastic bottles

Mutants exist and they're helping to save the planet.<p>OK, not <i>those</i> kinds of mutants. But these are equally cool.<p>An international team of scientists has created a mutant enzyme that breaks down plastic drink bottles, according to the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (the link …

Pollution

Friendship’s Dark Side: ‘We Need a Common Enemy’

As a rule, friendship is considered an unalloyed good, one of life’s happy-happies, like flowers and fresh fruit. “Report: It Would Probably Be Nice Having Friends,” read a recent headline in The Onion. Ha ha! Of course it’s “kind of fun” and “pretty cool” to “have a few select people in your life …

Non-profit’s $300 hepatitis C cure as effective as $84,000 alternative

An affordable hepatitis C treatment has been shown to be safe and effective, with very high cure rates for patients including hard-to-treat cases, in interim clinical trial results that offer hope to the 71 million people living with the disease worldwide.<p>The treatment is expected to cost $300 for …

Hepatitis

6 Mushrooms That Act as Turbo-Shots for Your Immune System

Does the thought of medicinal mushrooms scare you off? Take a deep breath and stay with us. Yes, we’re going to tell you to put mushrooms in your …

Wellness

Berberine May Ease Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression — And Much More

Berberine — a yellow-colored alkaloid compound found in several different plants, including European barberry, goldenseal, goldthread, Oregon grape …

How to Speed Up Your Internet and Protect Your Privacy With Cloudflare's New DNS Service

Cloudflare has launched its own consumer Domain Name System (DNS) service that not only promises to keep your browsing history safe, but appears …

Scientists Say They Have Developed A Memory-Restoring Prosthetic For The Human Brain

Scientists may have just developed the first successful memory-restoring prosthetic for the human brain. Using technology that can truly be called a “brain hack,” they report being able to boost memory by about 35% over a baseline measurement.<p>This first-of-its-kind implant study took a novel …

The Brain

Lindi Ortega: 'Music helps me cope with body dysmorphic disorder'

<b>Lindi Ortega's new album is a musical movie noir, inspired by Ennio Morricone's spaghetti western soundtracks and the movies of Quentin Tarantino.</b><p>Over 15 tracks and three acts, it follows a character on the journey from a bleak place where "daylight never comes", to one of hope and liberation.<p>While …

Empty half the Earth of its humans. It's the only way to save the planet

Discussing cities is like talking about the knots in a net: they’re crucial, but they’re only one part of the larger story of the net and what it’s supposed to do. It makes little sense to talk about knots in isolation when it’s the net that matters.<p>The 100 million city: is 21st century …

Urbanization

The decades-long quest to end drought (and feed millions) by taking the salt out of seawater

In October 2017, Charlie Paton was driving across the parched plains of northwestern Somaliland when he passed a seemingly endless queue of rumbling …

EdTech is having a renaissance, powered by the emerging world

So-called ‘EdTech’ has seen many false dawns over the years. After being lauded as the teaching platforms of the future, most MOOCs (Massive Open Online Course platforms) have not quite lived up to the superlatives made for them, and the sector has had trouble coming up with more innovative ideas …

Education Technology

Kurt Vonnegut’s Rules for Writers

How To Apply Them to Non-Fiction Writing<p>“My reason for writing is unfortunately in line with Hitler’s and Stalin’s: I think writers should serve …

Writing