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Feel like nutritionists are always changing their minds? Science can help you decide which diet works best for you

Feel like nutritionists are always changing their minds? Science can help you decide which diet works best for you

Do you feel like nutritionists are always changing their minds? Do you want science-based information about diet but don’t know whom or what to believe? Science can help you decide which diet works best for you

Scientists may soon be able to predict your memories – here’s how

Scientists may soon be able to predict your memories – here’s how

Do you remember your first kiss? What about your grandma dying? Chances are you do, and that’s because emotional memories are at the core of our personal life story. Some rare moments are just incredibly intense and stand out from an otherwise repetitive existence of sleeping, eating and working. That said, daily life, too, is replete with experiences that have a personal emotional significance – such as disagreeing with someone or receiving a compliment.

How can you tell if another person, animal or thing is conscious? Try these 3 tests

How can you tell if another person, animal or thing is conscious? Try these 3 tests

How can you know that any animal, other human beings, or anything that seems conscious, isn’t just faking it? Does it enjoy an internal subjective experience, complete with sensations and emotions like hunger, joy, or sadness? After all, the only consciousness you can know with certainty is your own. Everything else is inference. The nature of consciousness makes it by necessity a wholly private affair.

Health Check: why do women live longer than men?

Health Check: why do women live longer than men?

In Australia, an average baby boy born in 2016 could expect to live to 80, while a baby girl born at the same time could expect to live until closer to 85. A similar gap in life expectancy between men and women is seen around the world.