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Longevity Hacks
Longevity hacks

This everyday behavior is essential to preventing heart disease

Don’t feel guilty about sleeping in, because it’s good for your health.

Longevity Hacks

Stop wasting money on this ineffective daily regimen

Just get gummy worms if that’s what you really want.

Longevity Hacks

These 90-plus-year-old women reveal the secret to living a long, happy life

Looking on the bright side of life is backed by science.

Longevity Hacks

This coffee hack could improve your gut health and make you live longer

Here’s what science can glean from your daily coffee order.

Weight a Minute

Researchers: Pump iron for 30 minutes a week to ward off early death

A little goes a long way.

Easy Does It

Study reveals a surprising link between sleep and appetite

How much sleep do you need to lose weight? It's less than you think.

Demystify

Vitamin D supplements may have a protective effect on the immune system

To take or not to take, that is the question.

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You need to watch the most heroic swordfighting movie on Amazon Prime ASAP

Maybe you haven't seen this cult classic, but you'll definitely recognize its most famous line.

Longevity Hacks

How does air quality affect longevity? Brain study reveals a beneficial link

Wearing a mask could have hidden benefits.

Gene Jeanie

Scientists unravel an intriguing link between meditation and immunity

Easy Does It

Far less exercise than you think could cut your chances of a deadly brain condition

Just 18 minutes a day. Sounds doable.

Wake Up Call

Going to bed after this specific time damages metabolic health — study

In a study published last week in Diabetologia, both disturbed sleep patterns and going to sleep after midnight were correlated to a less-than-optimal postprandial response.

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Evolutionary biologists reveal how exercise unlocks human longevity

On the flip side, there are biological penalties for not working out.

The Magic Hour

Scientists find the best bedtime for heart health

Stop draggin’ your heart around, past 10 p.m.

Versus

Good fat vs bad fat: Study links one type of fat to a higher risk of stroke

However, scientists have long struggled to prove which kind of fat matters.

Longevity Hacks

Why one type of massage can help muscles heal faster — study

There’s a curious link between mechanical stimulation, skeletal muscle repair, and immune function.

Leg Day Observer
Leg Day Observer

Weight training: What is the ideal rep range for your goals?

Rep ranges, like most topics in lifting, can be explained by progressive overload.

Leg Day Observer

Why “micro workouts” can have significant mental and physical benefits

There are advantages to fitting short bursts of exercise into your day.

Leg Day Observer

Mindfulness plays a crucial role in lifting — here’s how to do it right

Research shows that mental training can increase gains at the gym.

Leg Day Observer

Is creatine necessary? A shortage of the cult-like supplement forces lifters to question its importance

While creatine has a long history as a strength and performance supplement, there’s still a bit of confusion around it.

Leg Day Observer

Do three-second lifts work? A sports science breaks down how much time you should actually spend lifting weights

A few seconds of lifting a day can lead to strength, but there’s a catch.

Leg Day Observer

How to start lifting at any age

Does strength fade as we age — or can we maintain it?

Leg Day Observer

Why is it nearly impossible to master the squat?

The exercise may take a lifetime to master.

Leg Day Observer

Is lifting weights good for runners? Yes, if you do it right

Strength training can help runners achieve faster times and prevent common injuries.

Leg Day Observer

How to set weight lifting goals and succeed: 3 expert tips to hit your benchmarks

Finding balance is key to following through on your goals.

Leg Day Observer

What are good weight lifting benchmarks? The science of milestones, explained

We all train to get somewhere, even if we don’t know where to.

Leg Day Observer

What time should you eat to gain muscle? The complex science, explained

Does meal timing affect muscle growth? Here’s what you need to know.

Leg Day Observer

Is coffee before workouts good or bad? The benefits of caffeine, explained

Leg Day Observer

How to get good at exercise: The secret is right in front of you

Here are the exercises to try again.

Leg Day Observer

Upper body strength: The exercises and stretches you need to try

Too many “leg days”? Here’s how to catch up your upper body.

Leg Day Observer

Does sprint training increase strength? What weight lifters need to know

Sprint training should be viewed as a type of strength training.

Leg Day Observer

Exercises for better posture: 2 hacks lifters should try now

Here's how weight lifters can improve one critical feature, their posture, and why that's critical for strength.

Understand Covid-19
Opinion

Research on a deadly bacteria might be a Covid-19 vaccine gamechanger

Opinion: This promising science presents an opportunity to make a lasting and wider impact beyond Covid-19.

Covid-19

Paxlovid and rebound Covid-19 infections: What you need to know

Researchers are still not sure what causes this form of rebound Covid-19.

Don't Panic

Monkeypox is spreading around the world — here's why you shouldn't panic

An unusually high number of cases have been found in places where the virus isn't endemic.

Mind and Body

Nasal vaccines could be key to finally defeating Covid-19 — here’s why

A doctor answers five crucial questions about the vaccine technology.

Coronavirus

Omicron subvariants: An epidemiologist answers 5 essential questions

Here’s a rundown.

Mind and Body

More than half of Americans have had Covid-19 — here's how to tell if you are one of them

The CDC says 60 percent of people in the U.S. have contracted Covid-19 since the pandemic began.

Mind and Body

Mask recommendations are constantly in flux — here's the last mask guide you'll ever need

Few mitigation measures have inflamed tensions more than masks and mask mandates.

Mind and Body

Overconfidence kills: The CDC and WHO still haven’t learned how to effectively communicate uncertainty

If there's one communications lesson from the pandemic, it's the importance of navigating uncertainty.

The Inverse Review

The Bubble review: Judd Apatow’s new Netflix comedy is the worst movie of 2022

Pandemic humor that’s so bad, it’s upsetting.

Mind and Body

Covid-19 demonstrates a flaw of human psychology we’ve known about for centuries

We can and should do better.

Mind and Body

Child Covid-19 vaccines: What the U.K.'s confusing rollout reveals

The aim is not to tackle omicron, but to future-proof childhood immunity against the next generation of variants.

Some good news

You don’t need an Omicron-specific Covid-19 booster — here’s why

Get your booster.

Mind and Body

The secret to treating Long Covid may lie in the gut microbiome

Bacterial populations may predict who gets Long Covid.

Mind and Body

Why Covid-19 could give Conservative politics a huge boost in 2022

It’s set to be an intense year.

Blue Death

Covid-19 could become the next cholera if we ignore this one deadly lesson

The cholera of today can teach us about the Covid-19 of tomorrow.

Treatment Watch

Weed won't prevent Covid-19, but scientists are finding surprising cannabis connections

Cannabis compounds could help treat Covid-19, but it's still too early to tell.

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Seared

How pumpkin spice flavor was created in a lab

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How to make scientifically perfect ice cream

It's all about balancing the equation.

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How yeast makes bread bubbly and delicious

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How to make fluffy, delectable meringue using science

A scientific look at the power of eggs.

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The Science Behind Crunchy Fried Chicken

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How flavor chemists designed the controversial pumpkin spice

A little nutmeg has caused so much drama.

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How to create the perfect scoop of ice cream — with science

When one element goes up, the other must come down.

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Mastering sourdough with the science of yeast

How to use the magic microorganisms that make bread rise to create a golden brown loaf.

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Why science is so important for the decadent pavlova

Pavlovas are a decidedly retro dessert named after a Russian ballerina.

Seared

How to get the crunchiest, juiciest fried chicken using science

A food scientist lays out the process of “flash evaporation” to achieve a crispy, dry exterior with a satisfying bite.

Seared

Beer + Chicken = Slammable Chicken

Cooking with beer can be easy — if you follow a few basic scientific laws.

Seared

How to turn the volume way up on a classic ceviche using science

A culinary scientist talks about the power of cooking with acid in the kitchen.

Seared

The science of grilling with smoke

A renowned molecular gastronomy chef shows you how. 🔥

Seared

2 beers and a little science can make a slammable chicken

Beer can enhance food in two ways: The alcohol's chemical abilities and the flavor — pilsner, in my case — can elevate your dish.

Gut check
Sunday Scaries

Why scientists think these dietary supplements may help treat depression

While probiotics alone aren’t the cure, they could help as an add-on to other treatments.

Beer gut

Beer might actually improve gut health, study finds

Beer belly, but make it biodiverse.

Check, please!

Does coffee make you poop? A gastroenterologist gets to the bottom of it

The connection is more complicated than you might think.

in and out

The baby poop of hunter-gatherers could unlock better gut health

The Hadza are known for their exceptional microbiomes.

Check, please!

Can ginger cure nausea? A gastroenterologist reveals the spicy truth

It certainly doesn’t hurt.

Opinion

Antibiotics can hurt your gut microbiome, leading to a deadly fungal infection — study

One of the risk factors for getting invasive candidiasis is antibiotics.

Gaming

A brief history of video game poop

A trail of turds from Earthbound to Death Stranding.

This week in science

Axiom Mission 1 splashdown and more: Understand the world through 8 images

Here are the biggest science stories of the week.

Fact Check

Here's what drinking aloe vera juice really does to your body

A nutritionist explains the dangers of this new TikTok trend.

Science

Poop transplants could be used to treat peanut allergies — study

Fecal microbiota therapy shows early promise as a treatment for the potentially life-threatening allergy.

It's alive!

This elusive toxin in the gut reawakens "zombie" viruses

Colibactin has been confounding scientists for almost two decades. New research uncovers one piece of the puzzle.

Gut Check

Study: Multiple sclerosis patients have a different gut microbiome

The condition has confounded scientists. Do bacteria in the gut hold any answers?

Breakthrough

A pair of gut enzymes could be key to universal organ donation — a holy grail of medicine

Scientists successfully changed the blood type of human lungs in the lab.

Mind and Body

The secret to treating Long Covid may lie in the gut microbiome

Bacterial populations may predict who gets Long Covid.

Unequal

Gut microbiome study reveals the depths of racial health disparities

Time for a gut check.

Good Living

Gut study reveals why pandas get huge despite their terrible diet

Trust the gut.

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How do painkillers work? Pain scientists explain, from ibuprofen to fentanyl

Not every painkiller works for every type of pain.

Mind and Body

Is vegan cheese good for you? A nutritionist reveals one type may be better than others

Opinion: Not all vegan cheeses are the same nutritionally. Here’s what you need to know.

Longevity hacks

This everyday behavior is essential to preventing heart disease

Don’t feel guilty about sleeping in, because it’s good for your health.

Detox

Do you need 8 glasses of water a day? Hydration scientists demystify the number

“Hydration is the most essential nutrient needed to sustain life”

Mind and Body

A devastating disease is showing up in London’s sewers — should you be worried?

Poliomyelitis (polio) is a disease that can cause paralysis and death.

Mind and Body

Monkeypox: 4 charts predict how the outbreak will end

Opinion: What we know about the history of other infectious diseases makes it possible to analyze likely future scenarios.

Sunday Scaries

Why one unappealing emotion can make you happier in the long run

Here’s why you should treat anger like thirst.

Check, please!

Why does spicy food make you sweat? A neuroscientist breaks it down

The body isn’t in actual harm, but it responds as if it is.

Leg Day Observer

Weight training: What is the ideal rep range for your goals?

Rep ranges, like most topics in lifting, can be explained by progressive overload.

Opinion

How to spot a liar using a classic mathematical trick

Opinion: Can mathematics distinguish lying from a genuine misunderstanding?

FEATURE

Male birth control is at our fingertips. Will we ever grasp it?

A safe and effective topical gel has come the closest to commercial sale of any hormonal candidates so far. If it doesn’t get picked up, that’s everyone’s loss.

All that jazz

How music makes you feel may depend less on your brain than scientists once thought — study

Western concepts of how music should make you feel can obscure fundamental truths about human perception.

Detox

What’s the best way to wash your face? Dermatologists explain the science of clean skin

Rinsing with water is likely not enough.

Sunday Scaries

Why scientists think these dietary supplements may help treat depression

While probiotics alone aren’t the cure, they could help as an add-on to other treatments.

Check, please!

What makes eggs organic? A USDA expert cracks open the complicated answer

Egg-cellent.

Leg Day Observer

Why “micro workouts” can have significant mental and physical benefits

There are advantages to fitting short bursts of exercise into your day.