Life Sciences

Researchers Say They've Figured Out What Makes People Reject Science, and It's Not Ignorance

Why some people believe Earth is flat.<p>A lot happened in 2016, but one of the biggest cultural shifts was the rise of fake news - where claims with no …

Environmental Science

Do You Suffer From Illusions Of Moral Superiority?

Do you think you're more honest than the average person? More principled? More fair?<p>If so, you're not alone. Studies consistently find that people think they're morally superior to others: more honest, principled and fair. This is hardly an isolated belief — people also think they're better than …

Psychology

Meet The Newest Blood-Repelling Material Designed For Medical Implants

Whoever coined the phrase “blood is thicker than water” probably wasn’t thinking about chemistry. But in any case, researchers are now reporting a strategy for making titanium surfaces that repel blood. At this stage, the material is only a laboratory experiment. If future testing pans out, the …

Biomedical Engineering

How can you measure false beliefs? With two dolls and the Sally Anne test ...

We may be entering the ‘alternative facts’ era – but psychologists have been studying how we develop an understanding of false beliefs for decades<p>For decades, developmental psychologists have been fascinated with the question of how children develop theory of mind – in other words, how we come to …

Psychology

One primate species is driving most of the others to extinction

Recent political events — Brexit, the election of Donald Trump — have majorly shaken up world order. The future is now looking pretty uncertain.<p>But it’s not so bad! We human beings are lucky. For most other species of primate — the branch of mammals we belong to — the future is far, far more …

Biodiversity

Why Others Can't Handle Your Success, According to Psychology

Don't assume people who sneer at your success are just jealous. The problem is frequently way more complex than that.<p>You worked your keester off at your job. Finally, <i>finally</i>, you're reaching big accomplishments. And the success? It tastes oh, so sweet. Except, of course, that certain people around …

Psychology

This Scientist Thinks Cannabis Could Be A Wonder Drug For Treating MS

Anecdotally, medical marijuana has been extremely successful for managing symptoms of multiple sclerosis. Researchers now want to find out why.<p>For the more than 400,000 Americans suffering from multiple sclerosis ― an autoimmune disease that affects the brain and spinal cord ― available treatments …

Medical Marijuana

Crowdfunding the cure for cancer

Almost three years ago, just weeks after her wedding, Rosie Garrett, a 31 year-old children’s nanny, was told she would soon die.<p>After she had complained about vision problems and dizziness, doctors discovered a huge malignant tumour, called a glioblastoma, spreading across her brain.<p>An operation …

Cancer

A transplant operation of cartilage from the nose could bring help to people who suffer knee problems

Swiss doctors have reported that cartilage cells harvested from patients’ own noses have been used to successfully produce cartilage transplants for the treatment of the knees of 10 adults with damaged cartilages.<p>Two years after reconstruction, most recipients reported improvements in pain, knee …

Medicine

How to Deal with a Toxic Narcissist at Work

This personality disorder in others is annoying but predictable. 6 things you should know about managing your relationship with a narcissist.<p>Narcissistic Personality Disorder is defined by Mayo Clinic as a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance, a deep need …

Psychology

Tip: Build Pecs Like A Pro | T Nation

Trying to build your chest? There are two things you'll need to do.<p>First, lift moderately heavy weight with various intensity techniques sprinkled …

Biomechanics

Smartphones that can analyze DNA are already here

The discovery that all life is underpinned by a genetic code has changed our understanding of everything in biology. And, yet, given that DNA is thousands of times smaller than a human hair, most of the applications that involve its use have remained restricted to sophisticated labs.<p>No longer. Over …

Genetics

Keep Politics Out Of Science, Says Departing FDA Chief

President Donald Trump has not said who he wants to head the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates a quarter of the U.S. economy. But Trump has made headlines by meeting with candidates for the job who publicly proposed that newly approved drugs need not be effective or that regulations …

Clinical Trials

Microbes could survive thin air of Mars

Microbes that rank among the simplest and most ancient organisms on Earth could survive the extremely thin air of Mars, a new study finds.<p>The Martian surface is presently cold and dry, but there is plenty of evidence suggesting that rivers, lakes and seas covered the Red Planet billions of years …

Extraterrestrial Life

Genetic Testing Offers New Hope for Children with Brain Cancer

More than half of pediatric cancer patients have genetic faults that could affect their diagnosis or be targeted by drugs.<p>In the past 30 years, …

Genetic Testing

Black humour is a mark of intelligence, and of being secretly sweet on the inside

A black sense of humour doesn't make you more likely to be a psychopath after all.<p>The darker your sense of humour, the more likely you are to have a …

Psychology

Chronically ill benefited from Obamacare, but gaps remain, study says

<b>(CNN) —</b> Half of American adults have at least one chronic medical condition, such as type 2 diabetes or skin cancer. Among chronically ill patients ages 18 to 64, health coverage increased by nearly 5% in the first year that affordable insurance options were made available through Obamacare, …

Health Care

How Your Partner Can Help You Sleep Better

Sharing everyday good news with your S.O.—like the personal record you broke at the gym, or the compliment you got from a colleague—won’t just …

Marriage

Science shows missing sleep can ruin your career

White collar, blue collar, clergy collar, shirt-optional: If you're part of the workforce, then you probably work in an industry infected by burnout, because the occupational stress disorder is a full-on epidemic, according to behavior science. Burnout might be most prevalent in healthcare — …

Burnout

How Can I Get Better at Small Talk?

<i>How can I get better at small talk? originally appeared on Quora -</i> <i>the knowledge sharing network where compelling questions are answered by people with unique insights</i>.<p><b>Answer by James Altucher, blogger, author, social media, wall street investor, on Quora:</b><p>I want to get better at small talk. Which …

Introverts

Open water tap leads German police to cannabis discovery

Police responding to a suspected broken pipe in a building in Bremen came upon an indoor cannibas growing site. The grower had forgotten to turn off the water.<p>A police patrol responding to a report of flooding at a residential and commercial building in Bremen found 427 cannabis plants, the city's …

Medical Marijuana

There’s a Problem With Mental Health Treatment That’s Killing Men

A new report that shows depressed men are turning not to their GPs for help, but to “quick fixes” like porn, sex and video games was always going to …

Gender

Tip: The Rolling Dip | T Nation

Often referred to as a Russian dip, this exercise is great for anyone with aspirations of progressing to a muscle-up. It takes you through that …

Workouts

Organisms created with synthetic DNA pave way for new entirely new life forms

E coli microbes have been modified to carry an expanded genetic code which researchers say will ultimately allow them to be programmed<p>From the moment life gained a foothold on Earth its story has been written in a DNA code of four letters. With G, T, C and A - the molecules that pair up in the DNA …

Genetics

Smart People Laugh at 'We're All Going to Die' Jokes

Here’s a joke: What’s the quickest way to the hospital? Easy — all you have to do is stand in the middle of the road.<p>If you think the joke is funny, …

Psychology

How to not let an injury (or your weight) stop you from working out

“Life goes on and on, even in pain.” When Mumbai-based trainer Tehsin Ratna talks to you about working out while in agony, you listen. With a career …

Exercise

8 of Nature's Smelliest Plants

Nature is filled with stinky plants, but the ones below produce aromas comparable to some of the grossest odors known to humankind—think poop, cat …

Gardening

'Psychological Vaccine' May Protect Against Fake News, Alternative Facts

In a well-timed paper from three universities in England and the U.S., researchers lay out a strategy for “inoculating” the public against the fake news and alternative facts that have been rampant in recent history. They dub the method “psychological vaccination,” since it’s conceptually similar …

Climate Change

CRISPR and Seven Big Science Stories We Might See in the Future

CRISPR is big news, and it will continue to be big news throughout 2017. Genetic engineering and gene editing technology make it possible to cure …

Genetics

What Is the Right Way to Wash Your Hands?

Redefining “clean” in an era of the skin microbiome<p>Paper towel or hand dryer? This simple question has sparked a fierce battle between the two industries, which have of course turned to that old PR strategy: Fund studies to show that the other side is gross and bad. Hand dryers spray bacteria all …

Bacteria