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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.


Why Your Brain Can't Ever Actually Be 'Full'

The brain is truly a marvel. A seemingly endless library, whose shelves house our most precious memories as well as our lifetime’s knowledge. But is there a point where it reaches capacity? In other words, can the brain be “full”?


Why Your Fake Laugh Doesn't Fool Anyone

Sometimes you laugh because something is genuinely funny; sometimes you just do it to be polite. But fake laughter is very different in tone from real laughter, and most of the time, people can tell the difference.


4 Myths About Hydration That Refuse To Die

As Derek Zoolander wisely put it, wetness is the essence of life. Whether you like drinking water or not, it accounts for about 60% of your body weight, and plays a pretty darn important role in making sure your body functions normally. But statistics aside, there are a couple of myths about hydration that refuse to die.


Four Reasons To Have Another Cup Of Coffee

Some like it hot, some like it iced, and some just don’t like it at all. Until recently, coffee was on the list of habits to break if you really wanted to be healthy. Not anymore.


How Your Smartphone Can Be Good For Your Mental Health

When it comes to mental health, technologies such as smartphones and social media networks are almost always discussed in terms of the dangers they pose. Alongside concerns expressed in the media, some experts believe that technology has a role in the rising rates of mental health problems. However, there is also evidence to suggest your smartphone could actually be good for your mental health.


NOVA's Evolution Lab Is An Interactive, Guided Tour Of The Tree Of Life

If you’re interested in biology, or are just curious what humans have in common with a mushroom, or how a bacteria could possibly be related to dinosaurs, the NOVA Evolution Lab is a crash course. You’ll learn how living things are related, what DNA is and how it works, and hear from biologists working in the field.


Listen To Your Body, Not Headlines

The verdict is (almost literally) in: Vibrams, the barefoot running shoe company, has no scientific grounds to claim that barefoot running results in health benefits used to originally market the brand. But that shouldn’t change the way you run.