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4 Hacks to lift your mood

4 Hacks to lift your mood

A new study has recently revealed that people use facial expression to help recall an emotion. For example, re enactment of a smile helps remember a smile. Jenny Baumeister, SISSA researcher, said that theories of embodied emotion state that in order to process an emotion, people first reproduce

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5 ways to make happiness a habit

5 ways to make happiness a habit

Making happiness a habit can be one of the best things that you can do this year. Lifestyle experts and healers have reiterated time and again that it works in a cyclic pattern — if you are happy, you attract happiness. Looking out for positive moments in your life daily and then dwelling upo

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Yes, Animals Have Feelings

Yes, Animals Have Feelings

On Saturday mornings I drive 15 miles to a sanctuary in rural Maryland where I join a small team of volunteers tending to farm animals rescued from neglect or abuse. Some of these animals will never fully trust a human. Others want to interact. As a biologist with a special interest in animal hap

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Humans and birds share the same singing genes

Humans and birds share the same singing genes

It's not just great minds that think alike. Dozens of the genes involved in the vocal learning that underpins human speech are also active in some songbirds. And knowing this suggests that birds could become a standard model for investigating the genetics of speech production – and speech disorder

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The smart mouse with the half-human brain

The smart mouse with the half-human brain

What would Stuart Little make of it? Mice have been created whose brains are half human. As a result, the animals are smarter than their siblings. The idea is not to mimic fiction, but to advance our understanding of human brain diseases by studying them in whole mouse brains rather than in dishes

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Monkeys Steer Wheelchairs With Their Brains, Raising Hope for Paralyzed People

Monkeys Steer Wheelchairs With Their Brains, Raising Hope for Paralyzed People

A rhesus macaque walks with the aid of a pneumatically powered exoskeleton controlled by a computer reading signals from electrodes implanted in the monkey’s motor cortex. Miguel Nicolelis and colleagues at Duke University are developing similar devices that could allow paralyzed humans to walk ag

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In just eight weeks it can improve learning and memory 

In just eight weeks it can improve learning and memory 

Meditating really is a workout for the mind, according to scientists who have found it can make the brain bigger. Practising simple meditation techniques such as concentrating on your breathing helps build denser grey matter in parts of the brain associated with learning and memory, controlling

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Breast cancer for 30 Years, age 77 - and raised £1m for charity

Breast cancer for 30 Years, age 77 – and raised £1m for charity

A 77-year-old woman has spoken of her 30 year battle with breast cancer, in which she discovered a tumour almost every six years. Pam Corrigan discovered her first tumour in 1984 and has since undergone a double mastectomy and countless rounds of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. She has even had can

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... and Ben wins!

… and Ben wins!

A young boy who stars in the film Nativity 3 defied the odds to become an actor and dancer after doctors warned he may never walk or talk again after brain surgery. Ben underwent a nine-hour operation because the plates in his skull had not fused correctly after birth. The youngster, from Cannock,

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Happiness 'dips in midlife in the affluent West'

Happiness ‘dips in midlife in the affluent West’

Using world survey data, the Lancet study authors found life satisfaction followed a predictable trajectory depending on where people lived. In countries such as the UK and the US, life satisfaction followed a U-shape, dipping to a low in midlife. In Africa it was low throughout, and in Easter

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