Sheila Higgins

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Experts May Have Finally Found The Cause Of Crohn's Disease

Great news for those with the notoriously hard to treat condition.<p>People with Crohn’s disease know the uncomfortable symptoms of the chronic condition all too well: diarrhea, abdominal pain, weight loss and fatigue, among others. But what doctors have not been able to tell the approximately 565,000 …

Most of us misunderstand metabolism. Here are 9 facts to clear that up.

We talk about metabolism like it's something we can manipulate by gulping a pill, downing some green tea, or running faster. You've seen the articles headlined "Boost your metabolism" or "Try this high-metabolism diet to lose weight."<p>But this obscures many truths about this essential, yet still …

Fitness

Second-gen bionic leaf creates fuel from sunlight, makes Mother Nature seem inefficient

In Harvard University’s Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, the goal isn’t just to isolate problems but to find solutions to our planet’s …

It's Time to Retire Premed

During my junior year of college, I waited in line with classmates to use a chemistry lab scale. We held fragile containers with an unknown white …

Medicine

Dreaming brain rhythms lock in memories

<b>Disrupting brain activity in sleeping mice, specifically during the rapid eye movement (REM) phase, can stop the animals remembering things they learned that day, a study suggests.</b><p>It is the clearest evidence to date that REM sleep is critical for memory.<p>By switching off certain brain cells, the …

‘It’s a whole new world of weird stuff’: This strange cell could challenge a basic rule of biology

Life on Earth used to be simple.<p>Once upon a time, every organism on the planet was a single, simple cell. Scientists call them prokaryotes. They are about as basic as a living thing can be — just little balloons of DNA and protein, with no grander goals in life than to swim around, eat and …

How to Get Your Kids Interested in STEM (Without Forcing It on Them)

Hopefully your kids are getting a great education in science, technology, engineering, and math at school, but chances are those classes aren’t …

How to Improve Your Home Cooking with the Power of Science

Cooking is chemistry, and every time you set foot in your kitchen, you walk into a laboratory, packed with high-tech gear and stocked with supplies, …

Food Preservation

Books To Read While You Wait For George R.R. Martin To Finish 'GoT'

There are other books in the sea.<p>George R.R. Martin recently ‘fessed up that the final installment of <i>Game of Thrones</i> won’t be done anytime soon -- or at least not quickly enough to please his ravenous fans, whose love for him has proven to have limits.<p>If you’re of the hungrier and hungrier …

These Bouncing Droplets Could Help Resolve a 90-Year Mystery of Quantum Mechanics

The drops of silicone oil bobbing in this mesmerizing video do more than create aesthetically satisfying ripples across a slick surface. They could …

What if architecture were inspired more by science than by art?

People spend nearly 90% of their time indoors, and we are surrounded by buildings the rest of the time, since most of us live in cities now. More and …

Built Environment

Barely Any Americans Could Answer All of These Basic Science Questions

Earth’s hottest layer is the core, we use uranium to build nukes, and ocean tides are created by the gravitational pull of the Moon. Like, duh! But …

Science

Tracing the traces: Nanogram concentrations of a toxic compound detected in chlorinated tap water

(PhysOrg.com) -- Drinking water can transmit a number of diseases, including typhoid, dysentery, cholera, and diarrhea, which can then spread …

Physicists set quantum record by using photons to carry messages from electrons almost 2 kilometers apart

"Electron spin is the basic unit of a quantum computer," Yu said. "This work can pave the way for future quantum networks that can send highly secure …

Quantum Physics

Startup Spotlight: Yoga Panda helps you find, book, and pay for yoga classes with a smartphone

After launching a local digital magazine focused on yoga last year, Othmane Rahmouni soon learned of a problem that existed in the yoga world: …

8 Vegetarians Reveal What They Order At Popular Food Chains

It's hard to deny the benefits of vegetarianism — a plant-based diet is good for your health and the planet, too. But in a world of McNuggets, …

Leggings And Yoga Pants Are Here To Stay, According To New Data

It is the death of denim?<p>Good news for those who prefer leggings over pants and Lulu over Levi's: the athleisure craze is here to stay. Wearing workout clothing in place of regular clothing isn't simply a trend, it's a <b>mass movement</b>, according to a study from Editd, a site that analyzes apparel …

Bake Gourmet Cupcakes: 6 Recipes from Famous Bakeries

The cupcake bubble has burst according to Slate, and The Wall Street Journal predicts that cupcake bakeries will face economic woes as the trend …

Here's How Bendy Your Body Actually Gets During Yoga Class

X-ray Body in Motion - Yoga from hybrid medical animation on Vimeo.<p>It's no secret that yoga does a body good, but have you ever wondered what your bones look like as you're moving through your sun salutations?<p>Hybrid Medical Animation, a medical and science 3D animation studio, put together a video …

What Your Yoga Teacher Really Means: 'Soften Your Front Ribs'

<i>By Yoga Journal</i><p>Students who know me well, especially the ones I have taught in teacher trainings or workshops, know language is very important to me as a yoga teacher. I always say, "If they can't understand what you mean, they can't do it. You may as well be speaking a foreign language." My job is …

A Yoga Love Letter From New York to Paris

This past Sunday morning I gave a workshop on the Bhagavad Gita for my friends' yoga teacher training in Paris. It had been planned since last fall, long before anyone could have imagined the violence that was to grip Paris this past week, culminating in the deaths of 17 innocent people. Our …

Your Love Affair With Yoga Begins Now

For many people, the very mention of yoga inspires common reactions such as "I can't even touch my toes, I can't sit still, it's too boring, I'm not …

Steve McCurry Retrospective Presents 150 Striking Portraits of People and Cultures Around the World

In his new exhibition <i>Oltre lo Sguardo</i>, acclaimed American photographer Steve McCurry displays 150 of his photos from a career that has spanned over 30 years and countless treks across the globe. McCurry, who is perhaps best known for his iconic <i>Afghan Girl</i> photo, is celebrated for his rich, …

The 20 Must-Read Fitness, Health, and Happiness Books of 2014

Book nerds, unite! We admit that while we love surfing the net and audibly groan whenever the WiFi goes down, our joy in curling up with a great book …

Soundtrack for Ferguson: 10 Black Spirituals

In August 1964, mourners sang "We Shall Overcome" at the memorial services and funerals for Andrew Goodman James Chaney and Michael Schwerner, three civil rights workers murdered in Mississippi. Fifty years later, it is still being sung at services and protests in Ferguson, Missouri.<p>"We Shall …

Study: How Yoga Alters Genes

Alternative therapies meant to help us "break the train of everyday thinking" have effects on a cellular level.<p>RelaxingMusic/Flickr<p><b>PROBLEM:</b> The flight or fight response -- the natural response to stress -- essentially puts the nervous system in overdrive. So it's no surprise that its opposite …

These solar arrays fold up like origami flowers

Sending stuff up to space is no easy task — even 45 years after Apollo 11. Size, weight, and cost are all massively important, so some researchers are turning to advanced origami to fold up solar arrays. The result of their two years' worth of work is a solar array with a diameter of just 8.9 feet …

Exciting Arrangements of Food Suspended in Mid-Air

Rather than arranging foods from one recipe into perfectly aligned rows of ingredients, German artist Nora Luther created this exciting collection where the items burst into the air in an organized chaos. Created in cooperation with Pavel Becker, <i>Recipes</i> is a series of deliciously presented foods in …

Food

Sam Smith Is the Next Big Sound - PAPER

"I'm way too open," says British singer Sam Smith. "Everyone tells me to shut my mouth. It's really bad. I've said too much." Smith's laid-bare lyrics about love lost and his lush, velvety voice have drawn comparisons to fellow UK artist Adele, whose soul-shattering pipes and 2011 breakup album won …