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Genes influence ability to read a person’s mind from their eyes
18th June 2017 | | Humans

Our DNA influences our ability to read a person’s thoughts and emotions from looking at their eyes, suggests a new study.

Suppressing the reasoning part of the brain stimulates creativity, scientists find
18th June 2017 | | Humans

If off-the-wall thinking gives you a headache, scientists might have the solution.

Researchers have found that suppressing activity in part of the brain involved in planning and reasoning can boost an individual’s ability to think in creative ways and solve mind-bending problems.

Making art activates brain’s reward pathway
18th June 2017 | | Humans

Coloring, doodling and drawing all showed significant bloodflow in the section of the brain related to feeling rewarded, a new study by an art therapist found.

Can you write your way to happiness?
18th June 2017 | | Humans

A growing number of diarists are using expressive writing or ‘bullet journalling’ to improve their health and productivity. But does keeping a daily log actually work?

A well-matched name and face could win you votes
18th June 2017 | | Humans

If you have a name that matches your face, you are more likely to win votes if you are a politician, and gain approval in general

Alt: Does your name match your face?

The mathematicians who want to save democracy
18th June 2017 | | Humans, Tech

With algorithms in hand, scientists are looking to make elections in the United States more representative.

Related: Paramilitary security tracked and targeted Dakota pipeline opponents as ‘jihadists,’ docs show

Airport noise increases risk of heart disease, study suggests
17th June 2017 | | Humans

People who live close to an airport and are constantly barraged by the sound of planes taking off are at increased risk of heart disease, research suggests.

A study found that people who were exposed to the highest noise levels, particularly at night, were at greater risk of developing high blood pressure and heart flutter.

Healthy diet? That depends on your genes
15th June 2017 | | Humans

Shifts in the diets of Europeans after the introduction of farming 10,000 years ago led to genetic adaptations that favored the dietary trends of the time, new research indicates. The study has implications for the growing field of nutritional genomics, called nutrigenomics. Based on one’s ancestry, clinicians may one day tailor each person’s diet to her or his genome to improve health and prevent disease.

Eating a low carb breakfast may make you a more tolerant person
15th June 2017 | | Humans

A low-carb diet might do more than affect your health – it could make you a more tolerant person. People who ate fewer carbohydrates for breakfast made more forgiving decisions in a money-sharing game they played a few hours later.

Eating late may wreak havoc on your body
15th June 2017 | | Humans

Eating late at night could be worse for your health than you might think.

Compared to eating earlier in the day, prolonged delayed eating can increase weight, insulin, and cholesterol levels, and negatively affect fat metabolism, and hormonal markers implicated in heart disease, diabetes, and other health problems, according to new research.

More than 2 billion people overweight or obese, new study finds
15th June 2017 | | Humans

Globally, more than 2 billion children and adults suffer from health problems related to being overweight or obese, and an increasing percentage of people die from these health conditions, according to a new study.

Related: Prebiotics reduce body fat in overweight children
Related: Diabetes drug may work by changing gut bacteria makeup
Related: The Biggest Reason You Gain Weight as You Age Has Nothing to Do With Your Metabolism

Eating in front of a mirror makes meals taste better, say scientists
15th June 2017 | | Humans

Eating in front of a mirror makes meals taste better, a new study suggests.

Previous studies have found that people rate food as more flavoursome and, eat bigger portions, when they dine with company, a phenomenon known as ‘the social facilitation of eating.’

Related: Decadent-sounding descriptions could lead to higher consumption of vegetables

Vegetarian diets almost twice as effective in reducing body weight, study finds
15th June 2017 | | Humans

Dieters who go vegetarian not only lose weight more effectively than those on conventional low-calorie diets but also improve their metabolism by reducing muscle fat, a new study has found.

Water does have a flavour: Scientists discover our tongues have a sixth sense that can taste the liquid
14th June 2017 | | Humans

Water really does has its own taste and should be considered an independent flavour, scientists claim.

Researchers say the ‘sixth taste’ should join the current recognised flavours of salty, sweet, sour, bitter and umani.

Related: Water forms ‘spine of hydration’ around DNA, group finds

Scientists reduce fear of death by using virtual reality to induce an out-of-body experience
12th June 2017 | | Humans, Tech

Virtual reality systems can create out-of-body experiences — and these experiences may be able to reduce the fear of death, according to a recently published study.

“My lab has been working for many years on the influence of changing someone’s body in virtual reality on their attitudes

Are they dead yet? Experts come together to define the exact moment we die
12th June 2017 | | Humans

Different cultures around the world define death in different ways. In modern medicine, the concept of “brain death” or death by neurological criteria, known as DNC, was introduced 40 years ago, but doctors have different ideas of what this means.

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