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How to Choose the Right Dose of Exercise for Your Brain 06/15/2021

How to Choose the Right Dose of Exercise for Your Brain

Ever wonder how much exercise you need to for that extra brain boost? Read on to find out what recent studies revealed.

How to Choose the Right Dose of Exercise for Your Brain A new study tests how much cycling it takes to maximize cognitive function in endurance athletes

America has a rich history of innovation by Asian immigrants 06/10/2021

America has a rich history of innovation by Asian immigrants

The impact of such innovations is essential and long lasting.

America has a rich history of innovation by Asian immigrants AAPI inventors at IBM and elsewhere helped create the early infrastructure of our digital age.

Want to Level Up Your Workout? Head for the Hills. 06/08/2021

Want to Level Up Your Workout? Head for the Hills.

Even adding small incline work can give a boost to your workout routine.

Want to Level Up Your Workout? Head for the Hills. Incorporating steep inclines into your training can help improve strength, agility, endurance, and more

Timeline Photos 06/04/2021

Doughnut forget to celebrate National Doughnut Day! Where is your favorite place to get doughnuts?

Doughnut forget to celebrate National Doughnut Day! Where is your favorite place to get doughnuts?

This Brain-Controlled Robotic Arm Can Twist, Grasp—and Feel 06/03/2021

This Brain-Controlled Robotic Arm Can Twist, Grasp—and Feel

The breakthrough could be life changing for so many.

This Brain-Controlled Robotic Arm Can Twist, Grasp—and Feel Nathan Copeland learned to move a robotic arm with his mind, but it was kind of slow. Then researchers gave him touch feedback.

3 Things This MD Says You're Probably Missing On Nutrition Labels 06/01/2021

3 Things This MD Says You're Probably Missing On Nutrition Labels

A doctor shares their tips on how to read between the lines of nutrition labels.

3 Things This MD Says You're Probably Missing On Nutrition Labels Nutrition labels are notoriously difficult to unpack.

Timeline Photos 05/31/2021

Today we take a moment to remember all the men and women who gave their lives to serve our country and preserve our freedom. We thank those who have served and are currently serving our great nation. Everyone have a safe and happy Memorial Day.

Today we take a moment to remember all the men and women who gave their lives to serve our country and preserve our freedom. We thank those who have served and are currently serving our great nation. Everyone have a safe and happy Memorial Day.

This Brain-Controlled Robotic Arm Can Twist, Grasp—and Feel 05/27/2021

This Brain-Controlled Robotic Arm Can Twist, Grasp—and Feel

The breakthrough could be life changing for so many people.

This Brain-Controlled Robotic Arm Can Twist, Grasp—and Feel Nathan Copeland learned to move a robotic arm with his mind, but it was kind of slow. Then researchers gave him touch feedback.

A Year Without Germs 05/25/2021

A Year Without Germs

How has a year without germs changed us?

A Year Without Germs Months of exuberant hand-sanitizing and social isolation during the pandemic have changed our exposure to microbes, in ways good and bad.

How to stop AI from recognizing your face in selfies 05/20/2021

How to stop AI from recognizing your face in selfies

If you've ever worried about facial recognition, you're not alone.

How to stop AI from recognizing your face in selfies A growing number of tools now let you stop facial recognition systems from training on your personal photos

A New Philosophy for Personal Growth Amid Change 05/18/2021

A New Philosophy for Personal Growth Amid Change

Being able to adapt is just one key way to cope with change.

A New Philosophy for Personal Growth Amid Change Constant adaptation is the key to lifelong endurance

Ford's Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line 05/13/2021

Ford's Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line

AI advancements continue to see new opportunities.

Ford's Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line A transmission factory shows how artificial intelligence may creep into industrial processes in gradual and often imperceptible ways.

Rowing Is the New Running 05/11/2021

Rowing Is the New Running

Whether you row or run, implementing some form of cross training has many health benefits.

Rowing Is the New Running Hydrow’s next-gen rowing machines are helping more people discover that rowing is the ideal mix of cardio and strength training—and the best way to cross-train for virtually any outdoor sport

Timeline Photos 05/10/2021

Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you, moms for all the hard work you do!

Happy Mother’s Day! Thank you, moms for all the hard work you do!

Timeline Photos 05/07/2021

Happy National Tourism Day! Where is your favorite place to visit?

Happy National Tourism Day! Where is your favorite place to visit?

Wood without trees 05/06/2021

Wood without trees

The implications could mean being able to create production materials with a much smaller environmental footprint.

Wood without trees Like meat production, logging and agriculture can exact a heavy environmental toll. Now an MIT team has proposed a way to circumvent that by growing certain plant tissues in the lab—an idea somewhat akin to cultured meat. The researchers, in Luis Fernando Velásquez-García’s group at the Micro....

7 Ways to Reinvigorate Your Spring Routine, According to Traditional Chinese Medicine 05/04/2021

7 Ways to Reinvigorate Your Spring Routine, According to Traditional Chinese Medicine

Think of it as spring cleaning for your body.

7 Ways to Reinvigorate Your Spring Routine, According to Traditional Chinese Medicine This season we’re all about good sleep, sunny hikes, and lots of veggies.

What Octopus Dreams Tell Us About the Evolution of Sleep 04/29/2021

What Octopus Dreams Tell Us About the Evolution of Sleep

Because sleeping leaves creatures vulnerable, researchers believe there must be evolutionary advantages in order for them to take that risk that we can learn from.

What Octopus Dreams Tell Us About the Evolution of Sleep Understanding how other animals dream could help us figure out why it’s so important to the human brain, and why it may have been preserved throughout history.

Heart Disease Is Still A Killer. Here's How To Reverse It 04/27/2021

Heart Disease Is Still A Killer. Here's How To Reverse It

Every 40 seconds, someone in the US has a heart attack. Knowing how to help prevent one can help save lives.

Heart Disease Is Still A Killer. Here's How To Reverse It The pandemic has made it harder to exercise and easier to gain weight and delay routine checkups, bad habits that can prime your body for heart disease. These tips can help you get back on track.

Forget Boston Dynamics. This robot taught itself to walk with AI 04/22/2021

Forget Boston Dynamics. This robot taught itself to walk with AI

Cassie the robot taught herself to walk using reinforcement learning.

Forget Boston Dynamics. This robot taught itself to walk with AI Slick, viral videos from Boston Dynamics are impressive but teaching a robot to walk by itself is a lot harder.

The "Hashimoto's RD" Whitney Crouch Shares Her Nutrition Tips 04/20/2021

The "Hashimoto's RD" Whitney Crouch Shares Her Nutrition Tips

Power up with this tasty power bowl recipe.

The "Hashimoto's RD" Whitney Crouch Shares Her Nutrition Tips Plus, her approach to personalized nutrition by focusing on bio-individual needs.

Timeline Photos 04/17/2021

Today is International Haiku Poetry Day! We love to share deep and meaningful poetry on days like today

Today is International Haiku Poetry Day! We love to share deep and meaningful poetry on days like today

Cells Form Into ‘Xenobots’ nn Their Own 04/15/2021

Cells Form Into ‘Xenobots’ nn Their Own

What is a xenobot and how does it impact what we know about biology? Read on to find out.

Cells Form Into ‘Xenobots’ nn Their Own Embryonic cells can self-assemble into new living forms that don't resemble the bodies they usually generate, challenging old ideas of what defines an organism.

The Psychology of Racing Versus Pacing 04/13/2021

The Psychology of Racing Versus Pacing

Focusing on your breathing technique can be harder than it seems but has measurable benefits.

The Psychology of Racing Versus Pacing Running alone against the clock is very different from trying to beat other runners, but untangling how our minds process the challenge is “like knitting with spaghetti”

The US Is Finally Trying to Unlock the Power of Wave Energy 04/08/2021

The US Is Finally Trying to Unlock the Power of Wave Energy

Harnessing the energy in a wave could be a game changer for renewable energy.

The US Is Finally Trying to Unlock the Power of Wave Energy After decades of false starts, the federal approval of a new testing site off the coast of Oregon could give the technology a much-needed jolt.

After A 40-Year Career In Nutrition, This Is The Cardiocentric Diet I Follow 04/06/2021

After A 40-Year Career In Nutrition, This Is The Cardiocentric Diet I Follow

Show yourself some love with these heart-healthy insights.

After A 40-Year Career In Nutrition, This Is The Cardiocentric Diet I Follow He's been practicing personalized nutrition for 40 years.

Timeline Photos 04/02/2021

Today is International Children’s Book Day! What was your favorite children’s book growing up?

Today is International Children’s Book Day! What was your favorite children’s book growing up?

Satellites detect volcanoes heating up before they blow 04/01/2021

Satellites detect volcanoes heating up before they blow

This additional metric can help refine the accuracy of alert levels and add much needed time to react to warning signs.

Satellites detect volcanoes heating up before they blow Subtle temperature changes can indicate growing eruption risk.

Improve Your Balance with These 6 Exercises 03/30/2021

Improve Your Balance with These 6 Exercises

If you're feeling a little off-kilter, try these easy at-home moves to get more centered.

Improve Your Balance with These 6 Exercises Build your balance with this essential workout—no beam necessary

Timeline Photos 03/25/2021

Happy International Waffle Day! Which one do you prefer, waffles or pancakes?

Happy International Waffle Day! Which one do you prefer, waffles or pancakes?

This Chip for AI Works Using Light, Not Electrons 03/25/2021

This Chip for AI Works Using Light, Not Electrons

Being able to power AI with light could be a huge game changer.

This Chip for AI Works Using Light, Not Electrons Lightmatter says the computing and power demands of complex neural networks need new technologies like these to keep up.

I'm A Nutritional Psychiatrist & This Is What I Eat In A Day For Stellar Brain Health 03/23/2021

I'm A Nutritional Psychiatrist & This Is What I Eat In A Day For Stellar Brain Health

A nutrition expert shares their insights on how best to feed not just your body but your brain too.

I'm A Nutritional Psychiatrist & This Is What I Eat In A Day For Stellar Brain Health Feeding your brain healthy nutrients is always a good idea.

Regenerative agriculture is the next great ally in fight against climate change – TechCrunch 03/18/2021

Regenerative agriculture is the next great ally in fight against climate change – TechCrunch

Practices such as cover cropping and conservation tillage are an example of a few approaches that help the environment.

Regenerative agriculture is the next great ally in fight against climate change – TechCrunch Backed by innovations in science, big data, financing and farmer networking, investing in regenerative agriculture promises to slash farming’s carbon footprint while rewarding farmers for their stewardship.

Timeline Photos 03/17/2021

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today might look a little different than it has in the past but don’t let that dampen your spirit! How are you celebrating today?

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Today might look a little different than it has in the past but don’t let that dampen your spirit! How are you celebrating today?

Read This If You're Always On Your Phone Before You Go To Sleep 03/16/2021

Read This If You're Always On Your Phone Before You Go To Sleep

Learn some recommended do's and don't's when it comes to using your phone right before bed.

Read This If You're Always On Your Phone Before You Go To Sleep If you're going to scroll before bed, here's how to make it as healthy as possible so it doesn't disrupt your rest.

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