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16 Things to Let Go to Live a Truly Happy Life

<b>“Happiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.” ~Jim Rohn</b><p>Sometimes I feel like I’ve spent the …

Happiness

Ecstatic states

In the Vietnam War, Bob Walker had been a helicopter mechanic, and he’d watched as his best friend was decapitated by an incoming helicopter’s propeller blade. Ever since then the 69-year-old Paradise, CA vet has struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder — a psychological condition that …

20 Gifs That Explain How Things Work

Sometimes you just need an image to help you understand something. And if that image is in motion and shows you something that you otherwise would …

GIF Animations

The Truth About How Your Brain Gets Smarter

“What’s your greatest fear?” I asked Bill Gates one night, over Tom Yum Gai.<p>“Easy—not getting smarter.”<p>Bill then laid out his plan to ensure he’d always be surrounded by super smart people.<p>Maybe he didn’t know about myelin.<p><b>The Smarter Secret</b><p>Let’s assume “smarter” means making better choices, …

I tried a brain-altering wearable that allows users to change their moods on demand

The ambiance of the luxury suite on the 14th floor of the Wynn Hotel is at once both sybaritic—the remains of a generous lunch are visible piled on a large tray as I enter the door—and clinical, with an array of wires, patches, electrodes in evidence scattered on tables and other flat surfaces. It …

Heart Rates

Scientists Want To Trick The Gut Into Burning Fat Without Food

Forget the so-called "miracle" diet pills that claim to rev up metabolism.<p>Slowly but surely, we're entering a new era of clinically tested drugs to combat obesity; most of the newest ones try to do that by suppressing appetite. And while no one's giving up on old-fashioned diet and exercise to help …

Holistic Medicine

New test can predict cancer up to 13 years before disease develops

People who develop cancer have shorter telomeres, the caps at the end of chromosomes which protect the DNA<p>Genetic changes can predict cancer up to 13 years in the future, according to new research.<p>Harvard and Northwestern University discovered that tiny but significant changes are already happening …

The Vagus Nerve: A Back Door for Brain Hacking

<b>“This is a bottle of pills,” says</b> J.P. Errico, showing me something that’s obviously not a bottle of pills.<p>Errico, who is cofounder and CEO of …

Missing link found between brain, immune system; major disease implications

In a stunning discovery that overturns decades of textbook teaching, researchers have determined that the brain is directly connected to the immune …

How do our brains reconstruct the visual world?

Given that we see the world through two small, flat retinae at the backs of our eyes, it seems remarkable that what each of us perceives is a …

Breakthrough Prize for Illuminating the Brain's Secret Code

Optogenetics is probably the biggest buzzword in neuroscience today. It refers to techniques that use genetic modification of cells so they can be …

How one woman made a ‘tricorder’ that could change medicine

Watch the video to learn about an intriguing invention that can probe your DNA’s deepest secrets.<p>When you get mysteriously ill, how do you diagnose what’s up? If you’re at home, you might have a thermometer to help identify your illness, but not much else. Even your general practice doctor is …

Blood Tests

8 Fascinating Things We Learned About The Mind In 2015

Memory erasing is just the beginning.<p>As the New Horizons spacecraft made its historic flight to Pluto and some scientists explored the far reaches of our solar system, others were making some incredible advances in their exploration of the inner workings of the mind.<p>Studies published this year shed …

What’s Up With the Bacteria In Your Gut?

We’ve known for decades that that the lush collection of bacteria that populate our guts plays a part in digestion. The famous after-effects of bean-eating—tactfully known in the 16th century as “windinesse”— are due to our resident microbes, chomping up an assortment of bean oligosaccharides …

Microbiology

Five chemistry inventions that enabled the modern world

<i>This article was first published on The Conversation.</i><p>Did you know that the discovery of a way to make ammonia was the single most important reason for the world’s population explosion from 1.6 billion in 1900 to 7 billion today? Or that polythene, the world’s most common plastic, was accidentally …

Inventions

Here's What Science Says About Medical Marijuana

Matt Nager for TIME<p>Matt Nager for TIME<p>Matt Nager for TIME<p>Matt Nager for TIME<p>Matt Nager for TIME<p>Matt Nager for TIME<p>Matt Nager for TIME<p>Matt Nager for …

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The tantalizing links between gut microbes and the brain

Neuroscientists are probing the idea that intestinal microbiota might influence brain development and behaviour.<p>Nearly a year has passed since …

Here's Why Most Neuroscientists Are Wrong About the Brain - Facts So Romantic

Most neuroscientists believe that the brain learns by rewiring itself—by changing the strength of connections between brain cells, or neurons. But …

Meet the dogs who can sniff out cancer better than some lab tests

<b>Milton Keynes, United Kingdom (CNN) —</b> Lucy, a cross between a Labrador retriever and an Irish water spaniel, failed miserably at guide dog school. As she was curious and easily excitable, random scents distracted Lucy from her master's path, and it wasn't long before she was unceremoniously kicked …

Pets

Inflamed

The debate over the latest cure-all craze.<p>Several years ago, I fell at the gym and ripped two tendons in my wrist. The pain was excruciating, and within minutes my hand had swollen grotesquely and become hot to the touch. I was reminded of a patient I’d seen early in medical school, whose bacterial …

Ever wondered why looking through a small hole, like one created using your fingers, can make the image you see sharper? Restricting the…

<b>Ever wondered</b> <b>why</b> <b>looking through a small hole</b>, like one created using your fingers, can make the <b>image</b> <b>you see sharper</b>? Restricting the width of the beam of light entering your eye <b>reduces their spread</b> when they hit the retina, <b>meaning less blur</b>. This works equally well if you’re slightly <b>short</b> sighted or <b>far</b> sighted. [more] [code] <i>And trying something new for those of you with the CDF player</i>… [interactive]

We got a glimpse at how the cancer test that Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates just invested in will work

Using Illumina's technology, a new company called Grail will look for a way to measure circulating nucleic acids (CNAs) — bits of DNA that circulate in the blood outside blood cells. While most of our DNA is inside our cells, scientists use CNAs as a noninvasive way to test for cancer and other …

Variations In A Gene Provide Clues About Schizophrenia

Schizophrenia might be linked to a gene that tells the immune system to destroy too many connections in the brain, according to the results from a massive gene-focused research effort.<p>Scientists at Harvard University and the Broad Institute studied the genomes of 64,785 people around the world and …

Cancer researchers claim 'extraordinary results' using T-cell therapy

Scientists are claiming “extraordinary” success with engineering immune cells to target a specific type of blood cancer in their first clinical trials.<p>Among several dozen patients who would typically have only had months to live, early experimental trials that used the immune system’s T-cells to …

Cancer