Do ‘depression genes’ exist? It’s not so simple, new study concludes

April 2, 2019

Researchers are calling on the field to “abandon” the search for a specific “candidate genes” that substantially boost risk of depression. In reality, there are likely thousands, each with a minuscule effect.

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How funny works: The serious science of humor

March 26, 2019

What makes some jokes funny and others fall flat? And why do men win and women suffer when they’re funny at work?

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SpongeBob is not why your child likes junk food, new study shows

March 25, 2019

Researchers have found cartoon characters did not make a difference in children's choices between junk food and healthy food.

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Beyond opioids: How we’re rethinking pain

Scientists are making progress against chronic pain. This week, we discuss painkillers for dogs and whether we can think ourselves out of chronic pain.

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Fountain of youth for heart health may lie in the gut

March 19, 2019

Age-related changes in our gut bacteria play a key role in making arteries stiff, degrading blood vessels and boosting risk of heart attack and stroke as we get older, according to a new, first-of-its kind study.

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Artificial intelligence: Teaching computers to be good people

March 12, 2019

Google’s Abigail Posner chimes in on the future of artificial intelligence. What are some of the limits? When do the ethics cross the line?

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The value of sleep

March 5, 2019

This week we’re talking about sleep. So what does a good night's sleep look like? What does it feel like?


Cheating in sports

Feb. 28, 2019

What counts as cheating? Could a prosthetic be a form of cheating? Does the question of cheating even matter if everyone is cheating in the same way?

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‘Catching up’ on sleep on the weekend doesn’t work

Feb. 28, 2019

Think sleeping in on the weekend can repair the damage from a week of sleepless nights? New research says it might actually make things worse.

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Novel 5-minute workout improves blood pressure, may boost your brain

Feb. 25, 2019

Could working out five minutes a day, without lifting a single weight or jogging a single step, reduce your heart attack risk, help you think more clearly and boost your sports performance? Preliminary evidence suggests yes.