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How Creativity Drives Human Evolution
25th April 2017 | Ancient, Humans

What makes us human? Is war an inevitable part of the human condition? These are some of the questions that anthropologist Augustín Fuentes explores in his new book, The Creative Spark: How Imagination Made Humans Exceptional. Harnessing the latest findings in evolution, biology, and archaeology he creates a new synthesis to show that the great drivers of human progress have been creativity and cooperation, and that many of the things we believe about ourselves, from religion to race, are wrong.

Could Brain Stimulation Fight Obesity?
25th April 2017 | | Humans, Tech

People with obesity could benefit from magnetic or electric stimulation of the brain that helps them to eat less, a new review of studies finds.

In the review, researchers looked at the latest work on two noninvasive brain-stimulation techniques, and found that for people with obesity, both electrical and magnetic pulses yielded promising, though very preliminary, results.

Is soda making your brain age faster?
25th April 2017 | | Humans

New research suggests that excess sugar—especially the fructose in sugary drinks—might damage your brain.

Related: Study claims a link between diet sodas and stroke and dementia

Obesity is top cause of preventable life-years lost, study shows
25th April 2017 | | Humans

Obesity resulted in as much as 47 percent more life-years lost than tobacco, and tobacco caused similar life-years lost as high blood pressure, new research has shown.

Diet high in animal protein is associated with NAFLD in overweight people
25th April 2017 | | Animal Life, Humans

A diet high in animal protein was associated with a higher risk of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), a condition in which fat builds up in the liver, new research has found. These findings demonstrated that fructose consumption per se might not be as harmful as previously assumed.

Exposure to Pesticides May Increase Risk of Liver Cancer
24th April 2017 | | Humans

People who are exposed to pesticides may face an increased risk of liver cancer, a new meta-analysis suggests.

Pesticide exposure was associated with a 71 percent increased risk of liver cancer

Related: Larger doses of vitamin C may lead to a greater reduction in common cold duration
Related: Does Vitamin D decrease risk of cancer?

Why Poverty Is Like a Disease
24th April 2017 | Humans

On paper alone you would never guess that I grew up poor and hungry.

My most recent annual salary was over $700,000. I am a Truman National Security Fellow and a term member at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Records found in dusty basement undermine decades of dietary advice
24th April 2017 | | Ancient, Humans

If biology has an Indiana Jones, it is Christopher Ramsden: he specializes in excavating lost studies, particularly those with the potential to challenge mainstream, government-sanctioned health advice.

Human Umbilical Cord Blood Helps Aging Mice Remember, Study Finds
22nd April 2017 | | Animal Life, Humans, Tech

Decades ago, scientists surgically attached pairs of rats to each other and noticed that old rats tended to live longer if they shared a bloodstream with young rats.

It was the beginning of a peculiar and ambitious scientific endeavor to understand how certain materials from young bodies, when transplanted into older ones, can sometimes improve or rejuvenate them.

Alt: Young human blood makes old mice smarter

Intestinal bacteria may protect against diabetes
22nd April 2017 | | Humans

A high concentration of indolepropionic acid in the serum protects against type 2 diabetes, shows a new study. Indolepropionic acid is a metabolite produced by intestinal bacteria, and its production is boosted by a fibre-rich diet.

Your Eyes Reveal When You’re About to Have a Flash of Insight
22nd April 2017 | | Humans

That wonderful moment when the solution to a problem suddenly pops into your head might actually be signaled beforehand by your eyes, a new study finds.

Creative people physically see and process the world differently
22nd April 2017 | | Humans

If you’re the kind of person who relishes adventure, you may literally see the world differently. People who are open to new experiences can take in more visual information than other people and combine it in unique ways. This may explain why they tend to be particularly creative.

Unlocking the secrets of blue notes
22nd April 2017 | | Humans

What makes a great singer in the tradition of jazz, rock, or blues?

It is not only vocal quality and emotional expression, but the actual notes sung—and not just the usual notes on the piano keyboard. In the words of the late Marvin Gaye: “There’s got to be other notes some place, in some dimension, between the cracks on the piano keys.”

Spinal Manipulation Can Alleviate Back Pain, Study Concludes
22nd April 2017 | | Humans

One of the most common reasons people go to the doctor is lower back pain, and one of the most common reasons doctors prescribe powerful, addictive narcotics is lower back pain.

How Bright Lights May Help Wake Patients from a Coma
22nd April 2017 | | Humans

Could shining bright lights on comatose patients to encourage their natural circadian rhythms help them awaken? A small study from Austria says yes.

Remember ‘The Dress’? It Looked Different to Night Owls & Early Birds
20th April 2017 | | Humans

“The dress” that went viral in 2015 caused a lot of confusion, with some people perceiving the garment as white and gold and others seeing it as black and blue. Now, researchers have found that these differences in perception may be rooted in the fast assumptions that people’s brains made about how the dress was illuminated, according to a new study.

Scientists identify parts of brain involved in dreaming
20th April 2017 | | Humans

Scientists have unpicked the regions of the brain involved in dreaming, in a study with significant implications for our understanding of the purpose of dreams and of consciousness itself. What’s more, changes in brain activity have been found to offer clues as to what the dream is about.

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