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Being left-handed doesn’t mean you are right-brained — so what does it mean?

Being left-handed doesn’t mean you are right-brained — so what does it mean?

There have been plenty of claims about what being left-handed means, and whether it changes the type of person someone is – but the truth is something of an enigma. Myths about handedness appear year after year, but researchers have yet to uncover all of what it means to be left-handed.

Higher vitamin A intake linked to lower skin cancer risk

Higher vitamin A intake linked to lower skin cancer risk

Researchers found that people who ate high levels of vitamin A were 17 percent less likely to get the second-most-common type of skin cancer years later.

Can plants think? They could one day force us to change our definition of intelligence

Can plants think? They could one day force us to change our definition of intelligence

Some might balk at the idea that plants made of roots, stems and leaves could have intelligence or consciousness. But scientists have actually been hotly debating this idea for decades.

Do electronic devices like smartphones make it harder for us to grasp science?

Do electronic devices like smartphones make it harder for us to grasp science?

Overindulgent interaction with electronic devices like smartphones and tablets may be related to weaker activity in areas of the brain that are key to understanding scientific texts, say researchers.

I sent my DNA to Norway for personalised nutrition advice, what I discovered made me rethink my diet completely

I sent my DNA to Norway for personalised nutrition advice, what I discovered made me rethink my diet completely

Personalized nutrition, where your DNA tells you what to eat and what not to eat, is gaining momentum. And for those with money to spare, a number of companies now offer fully personalized nutritional advice aimed at improving your overall health.

Heat stroke: A doctor offers tips to stay safe as temperatures soar

Heat stroke: A doctor offers tips to stay safe as temperatures soar

I easily remember laughing at Wile E. Coyote trying to catch the Road Runner while watching Saturday morning cartoons as a child. I can still see the Coyote walking slowly through the sweltering desert, sun high in the sky, sweating, tongue-hanging-out, about to collapse from heat, hunger and thirst. Then, BEEP! BEEP! the Road Runner would fly past, and the chase was on with a perfectly revived Coyote.

Offspring of pregnant women exposed to high level of pollutants may have lower IQs

Offspring of pregnant women exposed to high level of pollutants may have lower IQs

A new study found that pregnant women exposed to higher levels of air pollutants had children with lower IQs, compared to the children of women exposed to lower levels.

Brain-machine interfaces are getting better and better – and Neuralink’s new brain implant pushes the pace

Brain-machine interfaces are getting better and better – and Neuralink’s new brain implant pushes the pace

Elon Musk grabbed a lot of attention with his July 16 announcement that his company Neuralink plans to implant electrodes into the brains of people with paralysis by next year. Their first goal is to create assistive technology to help people who can’t move or are unable to communicate.

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.

Sugar substitutes: Is one better or worse for diabetes? For weight loss? An expert explains

Sugar substitutes: Is one better or worse for diabetes? For weight loss? An expert explains

Wandering through the grocery store, it is easy to be overwhelmed by the numerous brands and health claims on the dozens of sugar substitutes. It can be particularly confusing for those with diabetes or pre-diabetes who must keep their blood sugar in check and control their weight.