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It’s Surprisingly Easy to Trick People With a Disguise, Sneaky Study Finds

It could be much easier to pull off the perfect heist than you think. According to a new study from the UK, you don’t need to disguise yourself much in order to fool the average person into thinking they’re looking at someone else. It might even take as little as a goth makeover. Read More >>

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A Morning Walk May Be as Good as Medication for Lowering Blood Pressure

Taking a morning stroll can do wonders for your blood pressure, according to a study out today, especially if you’re not moving around much to begin with. The research found that sedentary older adults who walked in the morning for 30 minutes experienced a noticeable drop in blood pressure. And women who also took breaks from sitting throughout the day experienced an even larger drop. Read More >>

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Newly Decoded Great White Shark Genome Hints at Why They’re So Indestructible

The great white shark is impressively terrifying (though not actually much of a threat to humans). But a new study shows that the animal is also an impressive feat of evolution. For the first time, scientists say they’ve fully unspooled the genome of the great white, a discovery that will help us better understand why sharks are so good at warding off cancer and other age-related diseases—information that could someday help people do the same. Read More >>

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This Walking Robot Navigates Using the Sun, No GPS Required

Researchers in France are calling their six-legged creation the “AntBot.” This 9-inch robot doesn’t just skitter around like a desert ant, though—it also borrows their unique navigational skills. Read More >>

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The Latest Ebola Outbreak Has Killed Over 500 People, Including Nearly 100 Children

The latest update on the current outbreak of Ebola ravaging Africa shows the situation there continues to worsen. This past weekend, the Health Ministry of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) reported that, as of 10 February, there have been 811 confirmed or probable cases of the viral disease since August 2018. Out of these cases, 510 people have died, including around 100 children. Read More >>

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Diet Drugs Might Make Mosquitoes Stop Thirsting for Our Blood

Losing weight is definitely tough. So tough, in fact, that scientists have tried to whip up drugs that trick us into feeling full and suppress our appetite. But these concoctions might not just work in people, suggest the authors of a new study out Thursday in Cell. They found that some of these same drugs could also be used to keep mosquitoes from feeding on our blood and spreading diseases like malaria, dengue, and Zika virus. Read More >>

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You’re (Probably) Sneezing Wrong

There’s a good chance you’ve had at least one disgusting cold this winter. And if you’re the least bit courteous, you probably took steps to keep from spreading your misery to others, whether by staying at home, washing your hands regularly, or minding where you coughed and sneezed. But if you’re the kind of person who regularly covers their respiratory expulsions with their hands... buddy, you’re doing it wrong. Read More >>

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Maybe Marijuana Isn’t Bad for Sperm Count After All

A new study out of Harvard might complicate the narrative around marijuana’s potential health risks, at least when it comes to men’s fertility. It found that men who reported ever using cannabis actually had higher sperm counts on average than men who claimed to have never touched the stuff. Male cannabis users were also less likely to have unhealthy sperm counts than teetotallers. Read More >>

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Scientists Come Closer to Finding Out What Consciousness Looks Like in the Brain 

Most of the time, it’s easy to tell when someone is consciously aware. But there are many tragic cases when it’s unclear whether a person who is unresponsive after a serious brain injury is truly no longer conscious. That ambiguity can raise ethical questions about how to manage or ultimately end such a person’s life-sustaining care. Read More >>

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New Online Tool Can Predict If You’ll Have Another Kidney Stone

Dealing with kidney stones can be one of life’s most painful and stressful experiences, to hear any sufferer describe it. That distress is even greater when it’s a recurrent problem. But researchers at the Mayo Clinic may have found a way to take some of the edge off. They have developed a publicly available calculator that they claim can quickly predict your chances of having more kidney stones after your first episode. Read More >>

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Here Are The Cold Remedies That Don’t Work – And A Few That Might

For many of us, the worst of flu and cold season is already here. Personally, I’ve had two colds nearly back to back since New Year. So it’s an opportune time to run down the long list of remedies that won’t actually prevent or help you recover from these pesky infections – as well as a few that may really work. Read More >>

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E-Cigarettes Really Can Help You Quit Smoking, Large New Study Finds

The debate over the potential harms and benefits of vaping has raged on for years. But the results of a large trial here in the UK have provided the pro-vaping side its biggest win yet. It found that people trying to quit smoking were almost twice as likely to succeed over a year’s time if they used electronic cigarettes compared to people who stuck to typical nicotine replacement therapy. Read More >>

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Eating Breakfast May Not Be That Helpful for Weight Loss After All

Breakfast is often said to be the most important meal of the day, but according to a new review out Wednesday in the BMJ, it won’t help you lose weight. The study found no good evidence that regularly eating breakfast helps us cut down on calories or avoid weight gain. More damning, it even found some evidence that skipping breakfast entirely would be better for our waistlines – although you should probably find better ways to stay fit. Read More >>

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Bug Bombs Suck at Killing Roaches, and They Can Make You Sick

One of the most dramatic ways to eradicate cockroaches—the bug bomb—may be more harmful to humans than to pests, according to a new study. In a real-world test, the study found that several bug bomb brands did nothing to eliminate cockroach infestations, especially when compared to simple gel bait traps. At the same time, these bombs also left behind levels of pesticides that could threaten the health of people. Read More >>

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Major New Study Finds Lowering Blood Pressure Can Prevent Cognitive Decline, but Questions Remain

Some five million Americans live with dementia, most often Alzheimer’s disease. And it’s almost certain that as the general population gets older, dementia will become more common. But a new study published this week offers some encouraging, if mixed, news. Read More >>