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Consider this modest New Year’s proposal: to help keep your drinking tendencies and physical health on track throughout the year, take a month off from drinking alcohol at the start of the year. That’s the thinking behind the “Dry January” movement, and new research suggests reasons to take it seriously. Not only can going a month
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We can only hope that 2019 will be the year when the ethics of emerging technologies becomes a central part of discussions on innovation and progress. Below, I’ve asked some prolific tech ethicists about their hopes for the upcoming year and to share with readers what they would like to see people and policy bodies pay more attention
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The must-read brain books of 2018 featured perception, emotion, hormones, psychedelics, culture, time, technology, addiction, and the biological roots of consciousness. The eight books on this list all reveal important, timely insights about who we are, what we do and why we do it. This is part one of a two-part list; the second installment
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The first few bites of that delicious meal are triggering an irresistible double tap of dopamine in your brain, suggests new research. Understanding this repetitive pleasure cycle helps explain why curbing cravings and cutting calories is so difficult, especially around the holidays when we’re surrounded by delectable delights. Researchers at the Max Plank Institute in Germany used a new
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2018 was a busy year for important developments in cancer research, but what can we expect to see in 2019? Photo Credit: Getty Royalty FreeGetty 2018 was a remarkable year for cancer research, with great strides made in diagnosing and treating various types of cancer as well as important breakthroughs looking at the health of
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woman at the restaurant choosing what to eat between two platesGetty New research reveals that a meal can trigger reward signals in the brain twice: first when the food is ingested and again when the food reaches the stomach. The study, published this week in the journal Cell Metabolism, highlights how close interactions between the
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An Antarctic minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis)Getty In a move that drew widespread condemnation, Japan has announced that it plans to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission and resume commercial whaling. Conservationists reacted with alarm. The IWC was established in the 1980s after the populations of many whale species had declined precipitously, with the aim of
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Map of 2018 excavations with find spots marked.Pompeii – Parco Archeologico New excavations have been ongoing at Pompeii for a few years, largely related to conservation work and other attempts to protect the UNESCO world heritage site from both looters and the environment, but 2018 has produced dozens of visually striking artifacts and skeletons that
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Climate change has been on everyone’s tongue lately, with many wondering how this phenomenon is changing our animals. Australian scientists have discovered one way it is altering the behavior of one of our oceanic predators: sharks. According to the study published in the Symmetry magazine, our warming oceans are causing the Port Jackson shark (Heterodontus
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Share to facebook Share to twitter Share to linkedin Hubble’s advanced camera for surveys identified a number of ultra-distant galaxy clusters, allowing us to probe whether dark energy is a cosmological constant or not. These ultra-distant clusters display star-formation rates far greater than the clusters we observe today. Despite how wondrous this image is, it
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