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Here's A Horrifying Picture Of What Sleep Loss Will Do To You

If you <i>don't</i> snooze, you lose. Skimping on sleep can wreak havoc from head to toe. In fact, one study published last year showed that just one week of sleeping fewer than six hours a night resulted in changes to more than 700 genes. That's alarming news, considering nearly half of Americans don't …

New camouflage coating uses squid protein to become invisible to infrared, night vision

Researchers at UC Irvine have created a new camouflage coating inspired by the pencil squid that is invisible to infrared cameras. The university developed the coating with military applications in mind — a tool to hide from enemies. Alon Gorodetsky, an assistant professor at Irvine who led the …

Use a Zip Tie to Hold a Shower Caddy in Place

Shower caddies are a great way to store stuff. Until they slide down your shower head, make a loud bang and scare you to death. Prevent this problem …

Cleaning

Give Most Fruits the Sniff Test to See If They're Ripe or Not

When in doubt, use your nose. That's how you'll know pineapples, peaches, and other fruits are ripe.<p>Secret Tips from the Yumiverse illustrated a …

Get Kids to Like Healthier Foods by Concentrating on Social Aspects

Getting kids to eat well often proves challenging. We have a hard enough time learning to love healthy food ourselves. Laura McMullen, writing for US …

New immunity-boosting drug helps body kill cancer

A new type of drug that “revs up” the immune system to destroy cancer is being tested on humans for the first time.<p>Scientists at the University of Southampton have developed the treatment in an attempt to tackle cancers, such as those of the pancreas, head and neck, that are particularly hard to …

NASA Finds A Pink Planet That Challenges Current Theories

About 57 light years from Earth, astronomers have discovered a large new planet, colored a deep magenta. It’s the second planet whose color has been directly observed by astronomers, the first being HD 189733b. That alone would make this find noteworthy. But equally noteworthy is the fact that the …

Entrepreneurs Were More Likely To Cause Trouble As Teens, Study Says

"Disrupting" norms is profitable when you're a 35-year-old tech maven. When you're 16, it just makes you a delinquent.<p>In many respects, we view entrepreneurs as successful, self-made men and women. We value their innovation and charitable endeavors. Yet we also associate plenty of negative …

Why Surprise Looks the Same in Every Country

It's the pose we see over and over again in photographs of disasters, people putting their hands over their mouths or holding their head looking in …

Autism 'affects male and female brains differently'

<b>Autism affects male and female brains differently, a study has suggested.</b><p>UK experts studied brain scans of 120 men and women, with half of those studied having autism.<p>The differences found in the research, published in journal Brain, show more work is needed to understand how autism affects girls, …

The Dark Side of Being a Night Owl

I was seriously creeped out by recent research that linked my particular sleep-wake habits (the fact that I'm a night owl) with some not-very-nice …

Can Hacking The Brain Make You Healthier?

<i>Part 5 of the</i> TED Radio Hour <i>episode</i> The Hackers.<p><b>About Andres Lozano's TEDTalk</b><p>Neurosurgeon Andres Lozano talks about dramatic findings in deep brain stimulation including a woman with Parkinson's who instantly stops shaking, and brain areas eroded by Alzheimer's that are brought back to life.<p><b>About</b> …

7 Signs of Emotional Wellness

Have you ever wondered what it really means to be emotionally healthy? Have you ever wondered how your psychological well-being compares to others around you?<p>When I meet new people in social settings, the conversational question of, "What do you do for a living?" often leads people to ask me the …

Happiness

Different Parts Of Brain Affected By Autism In Women And Men, Study Finds

Different parts of the brain are affected in women with autism than in men with autism, according to a new study.<p>Autism is known to affect boys more often than girls -- one in 54 boys, versus one in 252 girls -- and this new finding provides evidence for researchers that the condition might not …

Use the Decoy Effect to Your Advantage to Score Good Deals

The decoy effect is one of our most annoying biases because it's hard to overcome. Essentially, it says that you'll change your preference for a …

Cookies

How to Protect Yourself from Apps that Make Wi-Fi Hacking Simple

It's not paranoia: Using public or open Wi-Fi networks without taking your security into consideration is a bad idea. You don't even have to crack …

Alan Turing's Best Productivity Tricks

Alan Turing is one of history's first computer scientists. Not only was he a mathematician, logician, and cryptanalyst, he was also one of the most …

How Personal Rituals Can Improve Your Health (and How to Build Them)

We all have tiny rituals in our lives that help us get through the day and stay sane. Whether we make time to exercise or enjoy a private moment with …

Try a Two-Day Diet for More Effective Weight Loss and Lasting Benefits

Dieting every single day to lose weight is a challenging battle. Limiting your diet to just two days, however, is much more manageable and might be …

Use the Ring Theory to Know How to Comfort Someone

When there's a critical sickness or death in your social circle, emotions necessarily run high. Using the Ring Theory can help determine who to …

How to Fix 11 of the Most Common Household Appliance Problems

<i>At least a quarter of all appliance repair calls are resolved with no-brainer solutions like pushing a button or flipping a circuit breaker. The team</i> …

Download Free, Open-source Textbooks from OpenStax College

Textbooks are incredibly expensive (not to mention cumbersome and heavy in dead tree format). Smart students can pick up free digital textbooks from …

WantWorthy Turns the Web Into Your Personal Visual Wishlist

Most stores you see online have a wishlist feature, but they are all siloed into their own service. WantWorthy gives you one wishlist for everything …

Top 10 Parenting Hacks

Parenting: possibly the toughest job in the world with no right way to do it. Nevertheless, through years of making babies we, as a society, have …

EverClip Saves Web Content To Evernote From Any Browser

Android: Sharing web pages to Evernote through Android's share menu only saves the URL and page title. If you want to save selected content as well …

Break Bad Habits by Keeping Your Plan Simple

We've talked before about the usefulness of an if-then plan when breaking a bad habit, but The British Psychological Society points to research that …

ChartsNinja Makes Fast, Embeddable Charts

Sometimes, you just need a chart. You need it fast, you need it to look good, and you need to embed it in a web page. ChartsNinja to the rescue.<p>The …

EduPunks' Atlas Sorts Free Online and Offline Educational Resources

We live in a wonderful time when free, open education is abundant. The EduPunks' Atlas and its accompanying guide are a great resource for exploring …