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Food for thought: the smart way to better brain health

November 2, 2018

The human brain is made of food, so what we eat and drink affects our ability to keep a healthy, alert and active mind We all intuitively appreciate that the foods we eat shape our thoughts, actions, emotions and behaviour. When you are feeling low, you reach for chocolate; when you are tired, you crave […]

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Invasion of the frankenbees: the danger of building a better bee

October 20, 2018

The long read: Beekeepers are sounding the alarm about the latest developments in genetically modified pollinators The spring of 2008 was brutal for Europes honeybees. In late April and early May, during the corn-planting season, dismayed beekeepers in Germanys upper Rhine valley looked on as whole colonies perished. Millions of bees died. France, the Netherlands […]

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Vitamin D supplements don’t help bone health, major study concludes

October 13, 2018

Biggest ever review of evidence recommends the government ditch its advice to take them throughout winter Vitamin D supplements do nothing for bone health and the government should ditch its advice that everyone should take them throughout the winter months, according to the authors of the biggest review of the evidence ever carried out. The […]

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Extreme biohacking: the tech guru who spent $250,000 trying to live for ever

October 10, 2018

Silicon Valley millionaire Serge Faguet thinks pills, injections and implants will turn him into a superhuman. Could they? In September last year, the young Silicon Valley entrepreneur Serge Faguet His follow-up about increasingyour intelligence by having sex and micro-dosing MDMA is the sites second most read article of 2018. In his working life as CEO, […]

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Personality tests are all the rage but what do they really tell you?

October 3, 2018

A new test claims to be most scientific yet and that out of four types, most of us are Average. The thing is, we dont really do them to find out the truth I was once forced to take a personality test by a boss who had read that they were a valuable source of […]

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Forget the headlines – the best diet is the one that works for you | Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz

September 20, 2018

Do whole grains prevent diabetes? Is moderate drinking good or bad for you? Nutritional studies are more complex than you are told Theres a news cycle that we have all become attuned to. Its what has led various publications to conclude that broccoli is both causing and preventing cancer, that chocolate is a weight-loss food […]

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This Hyper-Real Robot Will Cry and Bleed on Med Students

September 15, 2018

Hal the robot boy is convulsing. His head shakes back and forth so rapidly, it looks like he’s vibrating. His eyelids droop over his blue eyes and his mouth is ajar. He makes no sound, other than the faint whirs of his motors. Hal was built to suffer. He is a medical training robot, the […]

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Climate change will make hundreds of millions more people nutrient deficient

September 15, 2018

Crops grown in a high CO2 atmosphere are less nutritious, containing less protein, zinc and iron Rising levels of carbon dioxide could make crops less nutritious and damage the health of hundreds of millions of people, research has revealed, with those living in some of the worlds poorest regions likely to be hardest hit. Previous […]

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Far Out! Worms May Dose Mice With Cannabinoids to Kill the Pain

September 8, 2018

The next time you’ve got something to complain about, consider the plight of the intestinal worm. It not only has to figure out how to eat and breed in the confines of another creature, it has to prevent that creature’s body from dissolving the parasite into a mist of cells. That means dodging the immune […]

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‘Its not if, its when’: the deadly pig disease spreading around the world

September 8, 2018

Swine fever has made its way into China, home to half the worlds pigs. Farmers in Estonia are already counting the cost Ott Saarevli, the owner of a pig farm in Lne county in Estonia, is starting all over again. In September last year, government vets diagnosed an outbreak of African swine fever (ASF) in […]

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