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The Most Effective Way to Take a Break at Work

Some people have a relentless drive to work all the time. They’ll work through lunch breaks, stay late at the office, and even bring projects home to …

Neuroscience says these five rituals will help your brain stay in peak condition

Thanks to improvements in medicine, more of us are living longer. That makes we have a heightened investment in making sure our brains stay in shape as we age, too. While an increased life expectancy will not necessarily lead to a higher incidence of cognitive disorders, Alzheimer’s alone is …

The Brain

Scientists published a fake study about mothers kissing their kids' 'boo-boos'

The study, which was entitled, "Maternal kisses are not effective in alleviating minor childhood injuries (boo-boos): a randomized, controlled and blinded study," was published in the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice.<p>And it caused quite a buzz on Twitter:<p>Some people wryly pointed out that …

Arnold Schwarzenegger just came up with a climate change argument that’s hard to argue with

Ex-governor of California comes up with a pro-renewables argument that’s hard for his Republican colleagues disagree with<p>As a rule of thumb, …

UC Berkeley

Extinct cave lion cubs discovered in Siberia after 12,000 years on ice

Scientists have recovered the remains of two extinct lion cubs from the permafrost of Siberia. The pair of infants, nicknamed Uyan and Dina, were estimated to be just a week or two old when they died at least 12,000 years ago, and are fantastically well preserved. Dr. Albert Protopopov of the …

High dose of vitamin C kills cancer cells in mice

It selectively kills colorectal cancer cells with two common mutations.<p>A new study published in <i>Science</i> presents evidence that perhaps some of the …

Cancer Cells

Neil deGrasse Tyson Thoughtfully Answered A Six-Year-Old Boy’s Impossible Question

There are some questions humans will never be able to answer. Where do babies come from? How did <i>According to Jim</i> air for eight seasons? What’s the meaning of life? That last one is particularly impossible, though astromemeicist Neil deGrasse Tyson gave it a shot when a …

'The Sims 4' Punishes Pirates By Pixelating The Entire Game

The Sims 4 has debuted to muted fanfare this past week, mainly due to a lack of early review copies and much grumbling about the game rolling back more than a few features found in earlier games. But so far there at least haven’t been any SimCity-level disasters, and it remains to be seen how the …

Internet trolls take pleasure in making you suffer, new study says

Nobody likes an internet troll, but it's been possible to take comfort in the idea most of them are just clowning around. Unfortunately, new research suggests that's not the case — trolls' personalities correlate highly with sadism. A new study by Erin Buckels and her colleagues at the University …

Loneliness twice as unhealthy as obesity for older people, study finds

Scientists found that the loneliest were nearly twice as likely to die during their six-year study than the least lonely<p>Loneliness can be twice as unhealthy as obesity, according to researchers who found that feelings of isolation can have a devastating impact on older people.<p>The scientists tracked …

The Full-Fat Paradox: Whole Milk May Keep Us Lean

I have to admit, I melt at the creaminess of full-fat yogurt.<p>It's an indulgence that we're told to resist. And I try to abide. (Stealing a bite of my daughter's YoBaby doesn't count, does it?)<p>The reason we're told to limit dairy fat seems pretty straightforward. The extra calories packed into the …

Selfless love turns off brain's need for reward - Futurity

Brain scans of people who meditate show neurological boundaries between two types of love: romantic and selfless.

The Brain

The Origins Of Fettuccine Alfredo

<i>by Kimberly Kohatsu, Managing Editor for the Menuism Restaurant Blog</i><p><i>Photos by Rizka Budiati and Wim Fournier</i><p>When your stomach aches, your mom may have offered you saltines or plain toast -- something light that wouldn't aggravate your tummy. In Italy, this same principle applies, but with pasta.<p>In …

An Omnivore's Dilemma: Would You Eat Michael Pollan Microbe Cheese?

Making your own cheese and yogurt is all the rage these days. (Our friends at Kitchen Window broke down the process in a recent post, if you're curious.)<p>People who donated their microbes for the project, including food writer Michael Pollan, explain their feelings about personal cheese.<p>Well, it …

This Week in Plagues: The Origin of Syphilis, Cheese Made from Armpit Bacteria, And More

Here are some links on infestations contagions, and controls from around the web, as well as a few on clever ways to use microbes. Have more? Add them in the comments.<p><b>In outbreak news:</b><p>In response to the confirmed polio outbreak in Syria, the UN is preparing to vaccinate 2.5 million children. The …

Public Health

The Big Bang May Not Have Spawned The Universe After All

Our universe might actually be the result of the collapse of a four-dimensional star.<p>According to a new paper posted on Arxiv, the Big Bang may not have been what we think it is. In fact, there may have been no Big Bang at all--our universe may have come from an entirely different source.<p>The Big …

Find A Blue Chicken Egg? Congrats, Your Chicken Has A Virus

Not necessarily harmful! But just so you know.<p>Here in the U.S., our eggs mostly come in two colors: white and brown. But there are two breeds, one in Chile and one in China, that are known to lay <i>blue</i> eggs. Yeah, weird, right? And a new study has figured out why that happens.<p>The Araucana chicken …