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Will A Hot Toddy Help Cure A Cold?

Feeling miserable? Is your nose blocked and your throat sore? If not, it will be sometime this winter, probably at least a couple of times. And then someone will probably say at your low ebb that “you need a hot toddy (or tottie)”.


Banish Jet Lag With High-Insulin Foods

The human circadian oscillator — or “body clock” — is linked intrinsically to insulin, new scientific research has found. If you’re suffering from jet lag, it’s therefore possible to reset your body clock by eating a large, insulin-releasing meal before going to bed. Sounds good to us!


Why Food Variety Matters Much More Than Blockbuster Nutrients

Turmeric is said to be the latest “blockbuster nutrient“, helpful for “everything from heart disease to Alzheimers, asthma to arthritis.” But is there any scientific evidence behind this claim, or is it just another example of the tendency to get hyped-up about certain food components, which may be doing more harm than good?


Why Your Back Pain Has Nothing To Do With The Weather

Lower back pain sufferers often blame their aches and pains on sudden changes in temperature. However, a new Australian study has found weather conditions are largely blameless. Temperature, humidity, air pressure, wind direction and precipitation played no role in acute episodes of low back pain.


How Electronic Engineers Can Help Us Understand The Brain

Electronic engineers are emerging as important contributors to understanding of the workings of the human brain. There is a rapidly growing intersection between electronic engineering and neuroscience. As a relatively new angle of attack, this kind of research could lead to breakthroughs in medical treatments of brain disorders and artificial intelligence technology. Why is this?


Why Video Games Can Improve Your Mental Skills

We’ve talked about the positive benefits of playing video games before, and this video from ASAP Science explains why video games — in moderation — can help boost cognitive function.


Study Shows That 10,000 Hours Of Practice Isn't The Magic Number

The 10,000 hours of practice rule suggests that it takes about 10,000 hours of practice to master any skill. It’s often cited as a guideline, but according to a study from Princeton, that number’s probably not right.


Shoe Size Does Not Correlate To Penis Size, But Finger Size Might

Old wives’ tales state that you can determine a man’s penis size by how big his feet are. Recent research indicates this correlation is little more than legend, but there may be a more indicative correlation: the relationship between your index finger and ring finger.


How Much Alcohol Can You Safely Drink?

For many of us, alcohol is an enjoyable backdrop to life: wine with dinner, beers with friends, a glass of bubbly to celebrate a special occasion, or nip of something heavier to unwind after a long day.


The Truth About Public Toilet Seats

For some of us, using a public toilet is a nightmare. AsapSCIENCE can put your mind at ease with this video explaining why public toilet seats aren’t as dirty as you think they are.