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Sleep 'boosts brain cell numbers'

<b>Scientists believe they have discovered a new reason why we need to sleep - it replenishes a type of brain cell.</b><p>Sleep ramps up the production of cells that go on to make an insulating material known as myelin which protects our brain's circuitry.<p>The findings, so far in mice, could lead to insights …

Why Vegan Diets Suck

5 reasons to enjoy your ham and cheese sandwich<p>There is no one right way to eat for everyone.<p>We are all different and what works for one person may not work for the next.<p>I personally advocate consumption of both animals and plants and I think there is plenty of evidence that this is a reasonable …

Seeking Longevity? Eat Real Food

Bolivian indigenous farmer Carmelo Flores made global headlines this week as "the oldest person to have ever lived." Though that claim has yet to be verified, part of Mr. Flores' story is that he attributes his longevity to a traditional Andean diet of quinoa, riverside mushrooms, and coca leaves. …

Can drinking too much coffee kill you?

Lots of headlines last week warned young people (those under 55) that drinking more than 28 cups of coffee a week – four cups a day – may lead to an increased risk of all cause mortality. In other words, too much coffee might be a potential killer.<p>The headlines are based on a study published in the …

With Shine, Misfit Says It Has Made a Wearable You’ll Actually Want to Wear

This week, a small, round, metal device will go on sale in the Apple Store. It has little lights on it. You snap it into a wristband or necklace, or …

What Are The Most Lactose Intolerant Places In The World? [Infographic]

Whether you can digest milk comfortably after childhood is a genetic fluke. For many people, the ability to produce lactase--the enzyme that allows the body to break down lactase, the sugar in milk--disappears after childhood, when we no longer need to survive on our mother's milk.<p>Lactase …

FBI Can Remotely Activate Android Smartphone And Laptop Mics, WSJ Reports

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the FBI employs a number of high-tech hacker tactics in its efforts to round up information on suspects, including the ability to remotely activate microphones on Android devices and notebook computers, according to one of its sources who is described as a …

How the chemicals in your blood can betray your wealth

Doctors may soon be able to tell how wealthy their patients are purely by looking at the chemicals in their blood.<p>A new study has found that different types of chemicals build up in people's bodies depending on their socioeconomic status.<p>While some chemicals, such as those associated with smoking, …

Scientist to eat lab-grown beefburger

On Monday, just after lunchtime, Dr Mark Post will make culinary (and scientific) history by cooking a beefburger and eating it. Which sounds mundane except that this burger cost €250,000 to make and has been painstakingly assembled from meat grown in his laboratory at Maastricht University.<p>Post's …

NSA XKeyscore database tracks email, Facebook chats, and more, new documents show

<i>The Guardian</i> has released more information about a program that appears to let the NSA access almost any part of a web user's digital life. A set of 2008 and 2010 training documents discuss a program called XKeyscore, which acts as a central interface for email, Facebook chat, web browsing history, …

Could 'listening to your body' help you lose weight?

Can you count your heartbeats – without taking your pulse? Whether you realise it or not, you almost certainly can. We all have an "interoceptive …

Taller women 'more likely’ to suffer cancer in middle age

Taller women are at greater risk from a host of cancers after reaching middle age, a study has shown.<p>The research linked height to many common cancers, including those affecting the skin, breast, bowel, womb, kidney, thyroid and ovaries.<p>An association was also seen with the blood cancer multiple …

Drinking Coffee Linked To 50 Percent Lower Risk Of Suicide

The newest excuse to defend your caffeine addiction.<p>Good news for those of you already reaching for your umpteenth cup of coffee of the day.<p>According to a new study by the Harvard School of Public Health, subjects who drank two to four cups of coffee daily were 50 percent less likely to commit …

A Scientist Debunks The 'Magic' Of Vitamins And Supplements

A pediatrician who spent years defending childhood vaccines against the likes of actress/activist Jenny McCarthy has launched an assault on megavitamins and dietary supplements.<p>"If you take large quantities of vitamin A, vtamin E, beta carotene [or] selenium you increase your risk of cancer, risk …

How Math Could Help Defuse Riots

Rioting behavior isn't so different from shopping behavior--an insight researchers want to use to keep riots at bay.<p>After riots tore across London in 2011, a team of researchers from University College London began using math to model what happened--and how to predict similar riots in the future. …

Eczema primes children for food allergies

Eczema can leave children prone to developing food allergies in later life by allowing their immune systems to be primed incorrectly.<p>A new study has shown that eczema causes the barrier formed by the skin to breakdown, exposing the young immune system to allergens from foods like peanuts and cow’s …

iWatch’s novelty emerges as Apple taps sensor and fitness experts

Apple has begun assembling a team of hardware and software engineering, medical sensor, manufacturing, and fitness experts, indicating the company is moving forward with a project to build a fitness-oriented, sensor-laden wearable computer, according to our sources.<p>Over the past half-decade-or-so, …

The Pentagon’s Atlas robot is the new, metallic face of disaster rescue

The disaster rescuer of the future looks a lot like the Terminator.<p>On Thursday, DARPA unveiled Atlas, a new humanoid robot that could change the way government organizations respond to disasters like the recent wildfire in Prescott, Arizona or 2011’s nuclear crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear …

Apple investigates iPhone electrocution death in China

Apple is investigating the death of a woman in China who was allegedly electrocuted by her iPhone, in the latest public relations setback for Apple in its second-largest market.<p>Ma Ailun, 23, was found dead holding her plugged-in iPhone 4, with burns on her hand and foot, according to media accounts …

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Retail stores move beyond Internet cookies to physical tracking

By David Brancaccio<p>July 15, 2013 | 5:37 AM<p>Listen to this story<p>DownloadEmbed<p>Embed Code<iframe src="https://www.marketplace.org/2013/07/15/tech/retail-stores-move-beyond-internet-cookies-physical-tracking/popout" frameborder="0" width="100%" height="240px"></iframe><p>Copy<br>• Close<p>Listen To The …

Scientists find how 'obesity gene' makes people fat

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have unraveled how a gene long associated with obesity makes people fat by triggering increased hunger, opening up potential new ways to fight a growing global health problem.<p>A man sits on a bench in central London, September 23, 2009. REUTERS/Toby Melville<p>A common …

DARPA Pushes Bionic Arm Boundaries

The Revolutionizing Prosthetics program has led to two parallel research paths investigating new ways to build arm prostheses that users can control with their brains.<p><b>Former Army Staff Sgt. Glen Lehman</b>, standing tall in a white tank top and jeans, takes a blue piece of tulle in his left hand and …

From Scientology to the quantified self: the strange tech behind a new wave of self-trackers

Galvanic skin response is a classic stress measure, but the science behind it is murkier than gadget-makers think<p>This is the PIP, a thumbprint-sized widget that claims to monitor your stress level. Currently raising funds on Kickstarter, the device is another entry in the quantified self movement, …

Cadillac's Big Step Toward Automotive Autopilot

Cadillac’s Super Cruise has a processor that combines a camera, radar, and GPS data to steer the car down the center of its lane.<p>While Google's prototype self-driving car does a fine job commanding headlines, automakers have been rolling out the features that will ultimately lead to a road-ready …

Mother Nature talks nanotech: cancer drugs

<b>Nanoparticles – particles as little as a millionth of a millimetre wide made from materials such as polymers, metals and graphene – have properties</b> …

Not-So-Sweet Side Effects of Artificial Sweeteners

People are turning to artificial sweeteners as a lower-calorie alternative to sugar. Writing in <i>Trends in Endocrinology & Metabolism</i>, researcher Susan Swithers argues that artificial sweeteners may negatively affect our metabolism and brain — and even lead to weight gain.<p>Transcript<p>IRA FLATOW, …

Are Antibiotics On The Farm Risky Business?

You've probably seen the labels on meat in the store: "Raised without antibiotics." They're a selling point for people who don't like how many drugs are used on chickens, turkey, hogs and beef cattle.<p>Activist groups, as well as prominent medical organizations, are calling for stricter rules on how …

UK joins project to create synthetic organism from scratch

Britain's latest bid to embrace the futuristic science of synthetic biology will be revealed by the government on Thursday when it announces plans to …