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Three Science-Backed Tips For Extending The Life Of Your Phone Battery

If your smartphone’s battery isn’t lasting as long as it used to, it could be because you haven’t taken very good care of it. Here’s the science of how smartphone batteries work, and how you can keep them healthy for longer.


Why Sleep Is So Important When You're Trying To Build Muscle

You can do intense workouts, eat the right foods and take the right supplements, but your muscles won’t grow without decent sleep.


Science Confirms The Australian Diet Is A Disaster

Despite a seemingly increased awareness about healthy eating, Australia’s largest ever diet survey has confirmed that the vast majority of our eating habits are getting worse.


17 Science Fiction Books That Forever Changed The Genre

Speculative fiction is the literature of change and discovery. But every now and then, a book comes along that changes the rules of science fiction for everybody. Certain great books inspire scores of authors to create something new. Here are 21 of the most influential science fiction and fantasy books.


Briefly: No Man’s Sky Dilemma, Flat Earth Troll, North Korea's Web

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers, including: NASA’s latest Saturn photos, No Man’s Sky and the power of saying “no”, North Korea accidentally leaked a list of its websites (all 28 of them).


Punching A Shark In The Nose Is A Great Way To Become Fish Food

As any armchair ichthyologist will tell you, the most sensitive part of a shark is its electroreceptive snout. This has given rise to the belief that a sharp punch in the nose will repel almost any shark attack. As it turns out, this is usually a very bad idea that can result in losing your fingers, hand or even arm. Here’s what you should do instead.


Drinking Alcohol: How Much Is Too Much?

Alcohol is how many societies stimulate social interaction and/or unwind at the end of the day. However, when consumed at high levels over long periods it can undermine physical health and cause cancers and other disease. Most people know excessive drinking isn’t good for our health, but how do we know when we’re drinking too much? Let’s take a look at the facts.


This Online Course, Designed By Aussies, Teaches You How To Survive On Mars

If you watched The Martian and wondered if you too could have the chutzpah and know-how to make it on Mars, then here’s awesome news: You can now sign up for an actual online course that will teach you the basics to survival if you ever find yourself stranded on the red planet. Best of all, the course is free.


Do Women Really Prefer ‘Bad Boys’?

“Nice guys finish last” is one of the most widely believed maxims of dating. Fleshed out, the idea goes something like this: heterosexual women might say they want nice characteristics in a partner, but in reality what they want is the challenge that comes with dating a “bad boy”. This idea is so widespread that some people are even making money off the back of it, selling self-help books and teaching men how to pick up women by insulting them – a practice known as “negging”.

Recently, an article published by Broadly claimed, “Everyone knows [bad boys] … are desirable. Thanks to a recent study, this is now scientifically verifiable.”


Why It Seems Like So Many Good Looking People Are Jerks

It seems like the world is filled to the brim with jerks who have perfect bodies and beautiful faces, but it’s not so clear cut. While it’s easy to blame good looking people for being mean, the truth is that your own biases are manipulating your perception.


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