science

Why Your Taste In Wine Changes Based On Expectations

You already know that expectations can colour your experiences, but when it comes to wine, it’s especially true. This video from Science Friday explains why our expectations and our environment plays such a huge role in how we perceive this ancient drink.


Use Your Computer To Help With Climate Research

Australians and New Zealanders can now use their computers to help scientists discover if climate change has contributed to record heatwaves, droughts and flooding across both countries. The Weather@home project, launched in Australia and New Zealand today, is the latest stage of what has been dubbed “the world’s largest climate modelling experiment”, started in the UK a decade ago.


Briefly: Stanford Prison Experiment, Cheap Coffee Grinder, 25 Vegetarian Recipes

Brief news items of note for Lifehacker readers including: get $130 off Sunbeam’s EM0480 Coffee Grinder, inside Stanford University’s real-life torture experiment, 10 warning signs that you’re over-exercising.


Personal Zen Scientifically Reduces Anxiety In 25 Minutes

iOS: Psychology professors have made a new game, Personal Zen, which can reduce anxiety in stressed individuals. All it takes is playing the free game for 25 minutes, according to research published in the journal Clinical Psychological Science.


How We Can Boost Innovation In Australia

From the days of the gold rushes, to the banking and mining booms of the last 15 years, Australians have long worried that most of the world’s innovation was happening somewhere else. Did our good fortune deter Australians from innovating? As one journalist posed the dilemma: “Do we want to be digging dirt or digging ideas?”


Drink Non-Alcoholic Beer For Better Sleep

You probably know that alcohol can wreck your sleep. Non-alcoholic beer, on the other hand, might not only help you fall asleep faster, but also sleep more soundly throughout the night.


The Best Home Remedies For Any Ailment, Backed By Research

Home remedies are often held up as safer ways to fix issues such as headaches and acne. But is there testing that proves their effectiveness? Let’s take a look at some home remedies that have been investigated by scientists.


Working Long Hours Is Hazardous To Your Health And Your Productivity

We’ve already shattered the myth that longer working hours somehow means you’re more productive — the truth is usually longer hours mean less good, solid work. Now there’s also research that strongly suggests long hours are also bad for your health. Here’s the data to back it up.


20 Minutes Of Exercise Before An Exam Can Boost Your Scores

You’ve studied hard, had a good night’s sleep, eaten a healthy breakfast, and now you’re ready for your big test. Consider walking to the exam — 20 minutes of activity has been shown to boost test scores.


Why Diets To Lose Weight Fail

Almost everyone who has tried to lose weight has tasted the bitter pill of failure. That feeling you get when, despite all your desires to be healthier, to fit into sassier clothes or to shimmy through life (and into aeroplane seats) with greater ease and comfort, you just can’t stick with your diet and exercise plans for long enough to get there.