Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Researchers charge a smartphone using a laser from across the room

Researchers charge a smartphone using a laser from across the room

Researchers from the University of Washington have devised a new way to charge a smartphone from across the room using lasers.

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Largest study of its kind finds alcohol use biggest risk factor for dementia

Largest study of its kind finds alcohol use biggest risk factor for dementia

Alcohol use disorders are the most important preventable risk factors for the onset of all types of dementia, especially early-onset dementia. This according to a nationwide observational study of over one million adults diagnosed with dementia in France.

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Philosophy can teach children what Google can’t

Philosophy can teach children what Google can’t

With jobs being automated and knowledge being devalued, humans need to rediscover flexible thinking.

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Study Says Everyday Physical Activities Are Good for Older Peoples’ Brains

Study Says Everyday Physical Activities Are Good for Older Peoples’ Brains

Recent research finds a link between high levels of everyday physical activities and higher gray matter density in older individuals. In simpler words, this new study “Accelerometer Physical Activity is Associated with Greater Gray Matter Volumes in Older Adults without Dementia or Mild Cognitive Impairment” says that taking part in these everyday activities—such as cleaning the house, walking the dog, or mowing the lawn—is associated with better brain health, as gray matter in the brain includes regions in control of muscle movement, thinking, feeling, memory, speech, and much more.

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Low-fat vs low-carb? Major study concludes: it doesn’t matter for weight loss

Low-fat vs low-carb? Major study concludes: it doesn’t matter for weight loss

A year-long randomized clinical trial has found that a low-fat diet and a low-carb diet produced similar weight loss and improvements in metabolic health markers. Furthermore, insulin production and tested genes had no impact on predicting weight loss success or failure. Thus, you should choose your diet based on personal preferences, health goals, and sustainability.

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'Loneliest tree' records human epoch

'Loneliest tree' records human epoch

A remote spruce planted on a Southern Ocean island holds a defining record of humans, scientists argue.

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Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Plastic Smells the Same as Fish to a Seabird

Plastic Smells the Same as Fish to a Seabird

A sweeping look at ten species of seabirds gives insight into why their numbers have plummeted over the past 60 years. By Simon Worrall.

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