Taking pain relievers makes you more likely to take risks

Research from Ohio State finds that acetaminophen affects our emotions.

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  • Previous research has shown that acetaminophen dulls both our positive and negative feelings.
  • The new study finds that those taking the drug consider risks they've been presented as less scary.
  • Acetaminophen is an important everyday painkiller, so it's a good idea to factor in what it may be doing to our judgement.
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Woodpecker wars are intense and even draw a crowd

Acorn woodpecker battles over prized territory are serious business.

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  • Acorn woodpeckers are highly socialized birds who are, let's say, unusual.
  • Small teams of acorn woodpeckers battle for days over coveted territory.
  • Up to 30 spectators attend the battles, leaving their own territories unattended to do so.
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Robo-boot concept promises 50% faster running

The old idea of running with springs on your feet gets a high-tech makeover.

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No matter how well designed, there are no running shoes that allow runners to keep up with cyclists.
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Here's how long-distance runners are different from the rest of us

Ultrarunners scored significantly higher on the resilience questionnaire than non-runners.

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For many, running a marathon is seen as the ultimate amateur athletic achievement; for others, it's just the start. Ultramarathon runners often take on courses of incredibly impressive length, running 50 or 100 kilometres at one time or over several days.

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Polar explorer Erling Kagge: Why risk makes life meaningful

Playing it safe and always taking the easy road can be obstacles to happiness, says professional adventurer Erling Kagge.

  • There's a huge misunderstanding that the way to make your life beautiful, and the way to be happy, is to choose the path of least resistance, says polar explorer Erling Kagge.
  • Risk makes life meaningful; a small dimension of challenge and danger, combined with well-preparedness, is a way to be present in your life. Novel experiences stop your life from narrowing in around you and going by too fast.
  • Remember that Tenzing Norgay didn't die falling off a mountain. He died of lung cancer after a lifetime of smoking. Most accidents happen on the road or in the kitchen, says Kagge. Sometimes it's riskier to do nothing.
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