science

Eight Common Sleep Myths That Can Affect Your Slumber

You probably know that you don’t really eat eight spiders every year in your sleep, but did you know that there are several other sleep fallacies floating around that could be affecting your slumber?


Deathhacker: We Put A Psychic 'Ghost Whisperer' To The Test

Suzie Price is an Australian psychic and self-described “ghost whisperer” who purports to be able to communicate with the dead. Last week, we arranged for Suzie to conduct a face-to-face psychic reading with three Lifehacker staff: an ultra-sceptic, a fence-sitter and a true believer. The results were not what we were expecting…


Remind Yourself To Blink More When Staring At Your Computer

If your eyes are feeling dry and itchy, it might not just be allergies. NPR points out that as we stare at screens more and more, our eyes are drying out because we’re not blinking enough.


Five Foods You Should Always Avoid At The Supermarket

Want to stack the nutrition odds in your favour? The key is good food so here are five things to never let into your shopping trolley: lollies, biscuits, sugar-sweetened drinks, potato crisps and processed meats.


Why Saying 'Thank You' Makes A Difference

Most of us were taught that saying “thank you” is simply the polite thing to do. But recent research in social psychology suggests that saying “thank you” goes beyond good manners — it also serves to build and maintain social relationships.


How Being Cynical Can Increase Your Risk Of Dementia

I don’t want to sound too cynical, but recent research findings in dementia seem hard to believe. A study of over 1,000 people has found people who scored higher on a measure of cynicism during late life were three times more likely to develop dementia.


Why Being Idle Can Lead To Better Thinking

Studies show that people would rather do something — anything — than be alone with their thoughts. The idea that doing something trumps doing nothing is no new phenomenon. But it’s through reflection, daydreaming, and introspection that we make sense of information and experiences and come up with new insight and ideas.


Energy Drinks Linked To Lethal Heart Problems

According to new scientific research, the consumption of energy drinks can lead to serious heart problems when dancing or exercising. This is because caffeine within energy drinks affects the heart’s ability to contract and to use oxygen which can lead to everything from irregular heartbeat to sudden death.


Plants In The Office Will Make You More Productive

Plants in the office aren’t just more attractive than staplers — they can also improve your productivity. A study by scientists suggest that decking your desk with greenery can improve performance by as much as 15 per cent.


What To Eat After Exercise For The Best Recovery

Sports performance was once thought to be enhanced by practices such as drinking cognac before an Olympic marathon run. Thankfully, today’s nutrition strategies are more scientific and properly researched.