Frank Jaeger

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Is gluten bad for your health?

It's hard to distil the gluten-free debate so we could just go with Miley Cyrus's take on it. Her gluten-free diet helped her lose weight but, she tweeted: "It's not about weight it's about health. Gluten is crapppp anyway!" It's a widespread view, with 30% of people wanting to cut back on gluten – …

Healthy at work: best snacks to boost efficiency and stay sane

Who remembers Police Chief Wiggum in the Simpsons, feet up, chowing down on a doughnut and coffee? Not the most effective-looking police chief of all time. But replace the doughnut with a bowl of wholegrains and his cup of Joe with an avocado smoothie and, bingo! Who knows what he’s capable of …

The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman – review

Oliver Burkeman's engaging "anti-self-help" book uses an apposite quotation from Edith Wharton early on, namely: "There are lots of ways of being miserable, but there's only one of being comfortable, and that is to stop running round after happiness."<p>Burkeman's aim is to find happiness for people …

Iron ore and rare earth metals mining: an industry under siege?

The good news: the number of people living in extreme poverty could drop from 1.2 billion in 2010 to under 100 million by 2050, according to UN projections. The bad news is that the flotilla of hope currently rising on the tide of economic growth in emerging countries is at serious risk of being …

Concentrate! How to tame a wandering mind

Procrastinate often? Caroline Williams does, so decided to find out if brain training could tackle her wandering mind. What she discovered could help everyone.<p>I am about to be zapped in the head with an electromagnet, once a second, for eight minutes. I fidget, trying to get comfortable in a huge …

The Brain

Brain: Why exercise boosts IQ

If you want your mind to be sharper, the evidence suggests you should visit the gym. But how can exercising your muscles boost your brain power?<p>We tend to assume that brains don’t go with brawn – but that assumption is turning out to be seriously flawed. As the latest video from the Head Squeeze …

How to save your memory

Are there ways to stop yourself losing your memory? The latest brain research suggests there’s hope for the forgetful…<p>Memory loss has to be one of our biggest fears. Names, words, facts and faces – nothing is spared.<p>As the latest video from the Head Squeeze team describes above, mental …

The age of loneliness is killing us

What do we call this time? It’s not the information age: the collapse of popular education movements left a void filled by marketing and conspiracy theories. Like the stone age, iron age and space age, the digital age says plenty about our artefacts but little about society. The anthropocene, in …

Booming Chinese frontier town reveals growing Russian ties – and old divide

At the base of the giant <i>matryoshka</i>, five storeys high, “restaurant” is spelt out in Cyrillic script: PECTOPAH. But the face on the Russian doll is evidently Asian and the welcome to diners scrolls across a screen in Chinese characters.<p>Perched on the 2,700-mile border with Russia, the Chinese city …

Make your own memories: one day you’ll be able to replace the bad ones with good ones

Be careful what you wish for. That’s what Joel, played by Jim Carrey, discovers in Charlie Kaufman’s 2004 film <i>Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind</i>, when he asks a memory-erasure company, Lacuna Inc, to excise the recollections of a painful breakup from his mind. During the procedure, Joel realises …

Start running and watch your brain grow, say scientists

The health benefits of a regular run have long been known, but scientists have never understood the curious ability of exercise to boost brain power.<p>Now researchers think they have the answer. Neuroscientists at Cambridge University have shown that running stimulates the brain to grow fresh grey …

Philosopher kings

IT IS hard to rise to the top in business without doing an outward-bound course. You spend a precious weekend in sweaty activity—kayaking, climbing, …

Baobab and superfood recipes: share your ideas

When Global development correspondent Sam Jones returned from Malawi this month, he had a new ingredient to add to his culinary repertoire. Baobab fruit, proclaimed as a “superfood”, is rich in antioxidants and contains more vitamin C than oranges and more potassium than bananas.<p>The fruit has long …

Barack Obama welcomes report saying fighting climate change can be low cost

Barack Obama has welcomed a report finding that reducing greenhouse gas emissions can be achieved at a low cost and with added benefits in the form of a better quality of life for people around the world.<p>In remarks on Twitter, Obama said: "This study concludes that no one has to choose between …

Mental health in the workplace: 'you've got to be blind not to take this seriously'

Sarah Mitchell was working for a busy recruitment agency in Essex when one day she sat down to read her emails and found the words blurring on the screen in front of her, and her chest constricting as if someone were squeezing her so hard she couldn't breathe. Her team leader sent her home, and …

The neoliberalism myth disempowers us

When I was growing up, “consumerism” was the bogey. Later, it was “individualism”. Now it’s “neoliberalism” (George Monbiot, 6 August). But these ideas mask the truth: if I move my mortgage or my savings from one bank to another to get a fractionally improved rate of interest, then I, too, am …

Happiness by Design by Paul Dolan and How We Are by Vincent Deary – review

A few years ago, in a survey conducted by an accident prevention charity, 80% of respondents admitted to going through life on autopilot: arriving at the end of a car journey with no memory of driving there, buying the same item twice without realising, even turning up at the office on a day off. …

Were we happier in the stone age?

We are far more powerful than our ancestors, but are we much happier? Historians seldom stop to ponder this question, yet ultimately, isn't it what history is all about? Our understanding and our judgment of, say, the worldwide spread of monotheistic religion surely depends on whether we conclude …

Surprise! Mathematical model reveals unexpected findings on happiness

Do you remember the last time you were dreading something, only to have it turn out to be a pleasant surprise? Maybe it was a bad summer blockbuster you were forced to watch, or a blind date set up by your parents.<p>You turn up, grumbling and prepared to hate every second of it. But then, a funny …

Sick of this market-driven world? You should be

To be at peace with a troubled world: this is not a reasonable aim. It can be achieved only through a disavowal of what surrounds you. To be at peace with yourself within a troubled world: that, by contrast, is an honourable aspiration. This column is for those who feel at odds with life. It calls …

Human brain subliminally judges 'trustworthiness' of faces

The human brain can judge the apparent trustworthiness of a face from a glimpse so fleeting, the person has no idea they have seen it, scientists claim.<p>Researchers in the US found that brain activity changed in response to how trustworthy a face appeared to be when the face in question had not been …

The truth about smart drugs

Are we asking the right questions about pills designed to boost brainpower? Marek Kohn looks at what they can do for us – and what they can’t.<p>“You know how they say that we can only access 20% of our brain?” says the man who offers stressed-out writer Eddie Morra a fateful pill in the 2011 film …

The ancient roots of self-help

The self-help industry is reportedly worth $13bn in the US alone. Robin Ince looks at the roots of a literary tradition that goes from strength to strength.<p>Once life became more than chasing beasts, running away from bigger beasts, occasional mating and surviving ice ages, things got complicated. …