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Why Maths Matters Most To Developers

While computers are poor at creativity, they are adept at crunching through vast numbers of solutions to modern problems where there are numerous complex variables at play. Take the question of finding the best delivery plan for a distribution company — where best to begin? How many vehicles? Which stretches of road need to be avoided at which times? If you want to get close to a sensible answer, you need to ask a computer.


Therapy Can Cure Insomnia (And May Last Longer Than Medication)

Sleeping pill medication is the quickest fix for insomnia. But a form of talk therapy works just as well, and is likely to be a long-term rather than a short-term fix.


Why You Shouldn't Trust Your Brain To Remember Something's Colour

Whether you’re picking up paint or trying to match some clothing items, here’s the reason why you’re better off not trusting your memory and taking a photo instead.


How Do Generic Medicines Compare With The Big Brands?

The word “generic” is derived from the Latin “genus” which means “kind” or “class”. For medicines, it was originally used to describe the active chemical ingredient of a drug, in lieu of the scientific name, which is often difficult to remember and pronounce.


Boost Your Productivity By Taking Short Breaks To Look At Nature

You probably know that it’s important to take regular breaks from your work, but what you do during them is equally important. A recent study suggests spending less than a minute looking at images of nature can help when you’re mentally fatigued.


Six Myths About Digestion That Just Won't Die

Most of us have a vague idea of how digestion works: we eat food, break it down (that’s the scientific term, right?) and, somehow, profit. But without a better understanding of what goes on in there, we’re liable to believe a few bizarre myths that have become commonplace.


This Graphic Explains How Lack Of Sleep Can Negatively Affect Your Brain

You know that it’s bad to not get enough sleep, but do you know how bad? This infographic explains all the terrible side effects — like anger, cravings, and taking unnecessary risks — that can come from getting too little sleep every night.


Why You Should Stand At Work For Two Hours A Day

We’ve known for some time that too much sitting increases your risk of diabetes, certain cancers, heart disease and early death. But until now it’s been unclear how much standing during the work day may counter this increased risk.


This Chart Shows Why You Shouldn't Trust Just One Scientific Study

We’ve all seen news stories that claim a “new study” has come out that shows some freshly-discovered factor causes or prevents cancer. In case you needed a reminder not to trust just one study, this chart demonstrates the spectrum that single studies can fall on.


Running On Soft Surfaces Won't Prevent Injury Versus Running On Pavement

Running on soft surfaces (like grass or dirt) is supposed to be better for your joints than running on pavement. It makes sense that harder surfaces would be harder on your body, and so this wisdom has been passed down to plenty of runners. Too bad it’s not true.


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