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Weight Loss Doesn't Always Lead to Happiness

Research has shown that dropping pounds doesn't mean higher well-being.<p>To lose weight is to become happier. At least, this is the narrative voiced by countless health gurus, ubiquitous advertisements, and, sometimes, overly blunt friends and relatives.<p>Americans buy in to the weight-loss game with …

Fat? Sick? Blame Your Grandparents' Bad Habits

Toward the end of World War II, the Nazis blocked all food and fuel supplies to the Netherlands, leading to famine. Many babies born during this …

Circadian Surprise: How Our Body Clocks Help Shape Our Waistlines

We've long known about the master clock in our brains that helps us maintain a 24-hour sleep-wake cycle.<p>But in recent years, scientists have made a cool discovery: We have different clocks in virtually every organ of our bodies — from our pancreas to our stomach to our fat cells.<p>"Yes, there are …

Sleep

How Humans Are Still Evolving To Avoid Extinction

As humans accelerate our impact on the earth and on ourselves, will 50,000 years of self-evolution both destroy and save us?<p>Humans may be approaching …

Evolution

The Science of Near-Death Experiences

Empirically investigating brushes with the afterlife<p>Near-death experiences have gotten a lot of attention lately. The 2014 movie <i>Heaven Is for Real</i>, about a young boy who told his parents he had visited heaven while he was having emergency surgery, grossed a respectable $91 million in the United …

Do you genes determine your entire life?

Some scientists claim that new discoveries have proved free will is an illusion. Nonsense, says Julian Baggini<p>Whenever you read stories about identical twins separated at birth, they tend to follow the template set by the most remarkable of them all: the “two Jims”. James Springer and James Lewis …

Genetics

Apple Watch release signals firm’s transformation into luxury brand

Burberry chief Angela Ahrendts and designer Sir Jonathan Ive are steering Apple into new territory, where Chinese consumers could be key<p>For many Apple watchers, Monday’s launch of its new watch is a significant step in the effort to turn the company into a technology-based luxury brand.<p>The strategy …

Apple Watch

Delhi rape documentary-maker appeals to Narendra Modi over broadcast ban

The British director of a hard-hitting documentary about the gang rape of a young woman in Delhi has appealed to the Indian prime minister, Narendra Modi, to intervene after authorities banned the domestic broadcast of the film and said they were also trying to prevent it from being shown worldwide.<p>…

India

How scientists are fighting antibiotic resistance

Image copyright Flickr / oliver.dodd.Since antibiotics were first developed at the start of the twentieth century, they have saved millions of lives …

Microbiology

Narendra Modi urges the Indian diaspora to become an extension of foreign policy

For years, Indians viewed their countrymen who emigrated abroad for better opportunities with suspicion – as if they’d somehow betrayed the motherland. But with roughly 25 million people of Indian origin now scattered across the globe – including more than 3 million in the US – attitudes about the …

India

Revenge of the Nerds

<b>Want to start a startup?</b> Get funded by Y Combinator.<p>May 2002<p>"We were after the C++ programmers. We managed to drag a lot of them about halfway to …

Lisp (Programming Language)

The Pain Of Being In Love With Someone You Can Never Be With

Love is a tricky thing. It varies in intensity and in the specificity of emotions. It is sometimes the most beautiful thing in the world and, at …

Amazon Vows to Run Its Cloud Entirely on Renewable Energy

Amazon on Wednesday vowed to run its cloud-computing division completely on renewable energy, following in the footsteps of tech giants Apple, Google …

Not Just Sex Workers: Here's What We Know About the Hong Kong Murder Victims

The arrest of young British banker Rurik Jutting, who was charged last weekend with killing two women in Hong Kong, has drawn the world’s attention …

Cool facts about your biological clock

Feeling tired after turning the clock back? That’s because the internal clock that controls your circadian rhythms needs time to adjust.<p>Circadian …

Sleep

Man and Uber Man

Uber, Travis Kalanick’s smartphone-based car service, has been valued at $18.2 billion, but its C.E.O. still spends a lot of his time on the warpath. His enemies include the taxi industry, regulators around the world, his rivals, and even, on occasion, his customers.<p>Every now and then, when he’s …

Fifty Years of BASIC, the Programming Language That Made Computers Personal

Knowing how to program a computer is good for you, and it’s a shame more people don’t learn to do it.<p>For years now, that’s been a hugely popular …

MacBook Air