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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.

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.

I’m a lucid dream researcher – here’s how to train your brain to do it

I’m a lucid dream researcher – here’s how to train your brain to do it

Dreams can often be confusing and blurry experiences. Reduced critical thinking, little to no access to our true memories and heightened impulsivity and emotions during normal dream states often make for head-scratching moments when our eyes first open in the morning.

Diving into cold water can be deadly – here’s how to survive it

Diving into cold water can be deadly – here’s how to survive it

Many will have read the news story about the sad death of Cameron Gosling who died from cold water shock after jumping into the River Wear on a hot summer’s day. Sadly, Cameron’s death is not an isolated case. About 400 people die annually in the UK as a result of being immersed in cold water – more than die from cycling accidents or fire. Most of the casualties are males under 30 years of age, and most are reported to be good swimmers.