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​Can You Control Your Metabolism With Your Mind?

Well... maybe. In this intriguing video piece, NPR's Alix Spiegel discusses the work of Columbia psychologist Alia Crum, whose research suggests that food labels have a placebo effect on the way our bodies respond to food and experience hunger. But to what extent do these results mean that we can think ourselves thin? » 4/16/14 9:30am 4/16/14 9:30am

Scientists prove a point by injecting liquid into babies' diapers

It's not always glamorous, being a scientist. Sure, occasionally you get to smash subatomic particles together or sequence a genome, but other times, you are stuck in a room, alone, waiting for a baby to fall asleep so you can fill its little diaper with simulated pee. To be fair, in doing that you might be helping… » 1/20/14 10:29am 1/20/14 10:29am

How do our bodies adjust to extreme temperatures?

This man clearly harbors no qualms about the cold. The native Norwegian achieved viral renown some weeks back for skating on and swimming in Norway's Lake Goksjo almost entirely nude, save for a pair of speedos and a wreath of ice worn round his neck. We know what you're thinking: How I can I be like this man? Let us… » 1/17/14 11:59am 1/17/14 11:59am

How Long Can Humans Hold Their Breath?

Holding your breath may not be the flashiest feat of athleticism, but performing it at its highest level is still incredibly impressive, especially since it's something we've all done, and can all relate to. The limits to which some can push breath control, in fact, are more impressive than most people probably know. » 11/19/13 7:24pm 11/19/13 7:24pm

Seriously, though – does sex count as exercise?

Somewhere near the top of every single one of the the roughly forty-kajillion internet listicles dedicated to the "surprising," "hidden," and "unexpected" health benefits of sex is the not-all-that-surprising-sounding factoid that bumping fuzzies basically doubles as exercise. In reality, however, there has been very… » 10/25/13 12:58pm 10/25/13 12:58pm