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Every week one of our brave editors dives deep into the Facebook comment section of our articles to mine for gems. Here's the best, most thought provoking, and wittiest comments of the week.
Some recently unearthed data sets allowed scientists to examine how genetics affect cognitive decline as part of the aging process. Genes are influential but not determinative.
Despite the fact that people with diverse social networks score higher on creativity metrics, we mostly prefer homogeneity, sticking close to people like us when we attend social events.
Exercise is practically essential to good health but scientists have not understood why until recently. Physical exertion, it seems, helps recycle worn-out proteins that poison the body.
Under the first major modification in 17 years to the manual that defines mental disorders, definitions of autism, Asperger syndrome and developmental disorder will be brought together.
A new mobile app that securely sends video and audio to cardiologists has helped diagnosis patients before they get to the hospital, meaning they receive better care when they arrive.
People in a romantic relationship are generally healthier than those who are not. But when it comes to marriage, just living with your loved one, without the certificate, may prove healthier.
A 60-day moratorium has halted international research that produced a more communicable strain of the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus, the full findings of which will be reported only to scientists and health officials.
Can the comedian's critique of campaign finance make a difference or is it too easily dismissed as comedy? Today, Colbert urged South Carolina to vote for Herman Cain, who is no longer running.
From insurance broker to farmer to head of one of the country's largest security firms, this female entrepreneur learned a great deal while mastering the male-dominated security business.
The customer service benefits to using Twitter have become apparent to companies large and small. Michele Obama and Rupert Murdoch are the latest individuals to fire off tweets.
Need a little extra cash and want to make money doing something you love? Here are fives simple businesses you can start on the side and let grow while you keep up with your other life.
French physicists have successfully prevented instabilities from developing in plasma needed to run a fusion reactor, a potential source of endless and clean energy for the planet.
Today, Apple announced its new e-book software. Stanford and MIT are offering its courses online—and for free. It looks like the information revolution is about to change education as we know it.
The information age has already touched most industries, disrupting the flow of goods and services. With the ability to track and aggregate massive amounts of patient data, health care is next.
New York Times technology columnist David Pogue says to predict future technologies, focus on what is possible rather than what isn't, and extrapolate from the behavior of young people.
A new surgical robot—developed by the army for use on battlefields—is light and relatively cheap. It also uses open-source software so it can be adapted to different medical uses.
What will tomorrow's cities look like? They will be models of energy efficiency everywhere from the home to the city's infrastructure. Investment in new technology is set to boom.
China is continuing to take strong action to avert climate change by making its economy more efficient. The country's carbon emissions will soon be linked to its GDP growth.
In response to a federally mandated deadline of February 21, the Obama administration has rejected a Canadian company's application to build an oil pipeline that crosses US territory.
As China develops its civilian space program, many of the same technologies could be used to weaponize satellites, challenging the US in space. But is that just paranoid speculation?
The international body that controls decisions over how to count time may decouple atomic clocks from the movement of the Earth around the Sun. That could mean problems down the line.
Thursday, January 19 is when Apple will announce its development of new educational technology. User-friendly interactive electronic textbooks could seriously disrupt the publishing business.
By privatizing facets of general knowledge via intellectual property laws, digital technology is transforming society's hierarchy. Now salaried employees are protesting against capitalism.
Australian director Baz Luhrmann wants to take 3D films past gimmickry into a new cinema of intimacy. In making "The Great Gatsby", he faces the double challenge of adapting a formidable novel.
By 2016, the lines that separate online shopping from actual shopping will be erased and the world will have its first 'cashless generation' as demand for paper currency wanes.
Today we are remembering less information than ever and our memories are online for all our friends to see. But remembering is a personal event—do we want to experience it collectively?
Recently disclosed intelligence memos tell of how Israel's intelligence agency impersonated CIA officers during the Bush administration, making Iran think that the US was killing its citizens.
UN aid programs that encourage the development of local communities and their economies help create self-sustaining families, cities and countries. In 10 years, Ghana could be off aid.
Infamous for its refusal to enforce patent laws, China's ever-resourceful knock-off artists have uncorked a lucrative new business: bottling phony high-end wines in old French bottles.
Democratic institutions seem too slow to respond to long-term crises and too quick to react to market pressures, substituting the stock ticker for the ballot box. Is there any alternative?
Writing from Paris, Nicholas Kristof wonders why some of the GOP candidates are decrying Europe. There are serious financial problems, to be sure, but the society is healthier than America's.
Collaboration is the new buzzword. Open offices and brainstorming sessions purport to outperform the antiquated lone wolf. Yet solitude remains essential to creativity, say researchers.
Who a person is relates to how they move their eyes, says cognitive scientist Dr. Aaron Risko. New eye-tracking technology is giving researchers more insight into how someone thinks.
Many studies have shown how fallible our memories are, from the errors of eyewitness accounts to the gullibility of childhood memories, but does that mean who we think we are is a lie?
If you are already toe to toe with your New Year's resolution, gritting your teeth is not the best way to overcome the temptation to cheat. Understanding your willpower's limitations is essential.
Web addicts have brain changes similar to those hooked on drugs or alcohol, preliminary research suggests. A new study carried out in China examined the brains of Internet addicts.
A study that looked at biomarkers in the blood to correlate vitamins and brain function found very clear links between nutrition and brain health, says Alice Walton at the Atlantic.
Entrepreneurs in the biotech industry say innovation is budding, just like the personal computer 30 years ago. They've set up shop in Silicon Valley so can history repeat itself?
After advancements in treating colon and breast cancers using personalized medical regiments based on an individual's genetic code, researchers are looking to tackle diabetes.
The most sensitive listening device ever has been created from a gold sphere just 60 nanometers in diameter, which may allow scientists to hear the body's cells for the first time.
A newly discovered hormone, produced by the body during exercise, is enabling scientists to better understand how exercise works at the cellular level to prevent diseases like obesity and diabetes.
As world markets become more connected and complex, the vision of a single person is no longer sufficient. Retaining the CEO-based company model could threaten future innovation.
When Matthew Swyers started his Web-based law firm, he took note of how Google, Starbucks, Zappos and video game makers made their office a great place to work. Then he realized...
If you want to start your own company, a startup incubator may have more to offer than an MBA program. Incubators are cheaper, can help you start your business faster and give you seed money.
Big companies cannot afford to rest on their laurels so, besides buying up smaller ones, they must continue to innovate. Here are three case studies from Starbucks, Amazon.com and UPS.
Whatever you think of the candidates' personalities, they have led a lot of people and solicited a lot of money to get where they are. Here is what their leadership styles are like.
Not everything at the Consumer Electronics Show is a quirky gadget. The announcement of new genome sequencing technology edges toward a medical benchmark: the $1,000 genome.
A new search tool debuted by Google further incorporates social networking into the everyday Internet experience. Twitter is worried its news results will get less attention as a result.
The trend at this year's Consumer Electronics Show is connectivity. Car makers want to integrate your smartphone into their autos, paving the way for automated driving.
Once limited to making one-off prototypes, 3D printers are advancing rapidly. Already they are used to make durable airplane parts and may be used to revolutionize architecture.
A British company has begun manufacturing a fully functional computer expected to retail for $35. With an easily-hacked operating system, the goal is to inspire computing innovation.
A new study is out that shows the influence of the oil and gas lobby over Congress, especially when it comes to approving the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf.
This February, the International Space Station will receive its first privately-built visitor, an unmanned Dragon capsule built by SpaceX, which eventually will carry astronauts aboard.
Building on work of the Kepler mission, which has discovered Earth-sized exoplanets, NASA is funding three new projects that will carry our search for habitable worlds even further.
By 2017, buying a ticket to space will be like 'scheduling a flight to L.A.', say members of the airline industry. Flights to space are scheduled to take off this year from a spaceport in New Mexico.
The Scottish physicist has lent his name to one of the most well-publicized physics experiments in history. The search for the Higgs boson would support physic's Standard Model.
A new realm of Web addresses will be opened this week where almost any word can be used as a domain name. Looking to sell, digital entrepreneurs are racing to buy up the best names.
While the International Consumer Electronics Show shows used to control the flow of new technology to the public, companies like Apple and Amazon now hold their own events.
The old balance between liberty and security is being played out online. The availability of social network data facilitates state and corporate monitoring as well as more nefarious communication.
Sales of point-and-shoot cameras fell off a cliff last year and the spike in smartphone use is to blame. The use of social networks to share photos online has made smartphones more convenient.
At this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, more than 50 new tablet computers will be introduced, but only one is designed to bring education to the world's poorest countries.
Neither, says Larry Summers, former Treasury Secretary and president of Harvard. In these tight times, health, education and social protection are the industries most in need of reinvention.
Our neighbor to the north is quickly finding itself beneath a new spotlight as a world energy power. Attempts to finalize pipeline deals to export crude from Canada's tar sands have begun.
As the European Union discusses an embargo against Iranian oil, the US has sanctioned its central bank. The US is also asking for Chinese assistance in stopping Iran's nuclear program.
Despite an average of 500 protests a day, mostly against local government officials, China as a whole remains remarkably stable. Protesters draw the line at questioning Beijing's rule.
The global recession has ushered in a new era of central banking. The once opaque institution now makes public projections far into the future and Europe likes the US model.
By the end of January, a third of everyone who has made a New Year's resolution will have stopped. By July, more than half will lapse. But knowing why could keep you on the right track.
Men and women exhibit big personality differences after all, says new research from a British University. The results come from an analysis of 10,000 Americans ages 15 to 92.
A series of polls conducted over the last three years shows that, in the midst of the Great Recession, Americans are resilient, wary, and divided but most still believe in the power of hard work.
Recent research confirms there are concrete steps you can take to increase your intelligence. And thanks to the brain's neuroplasticity, scientists now believe it is never to late to start.
The forgetfulness and clouded reasoning normally associated with ancient grandparents may kick in earlier than thought, according to a new study which says mental decline begins at age 45.
As healthcare providers increasingly store your medical records electronically, new opportunities are presented for patients to take responsibility for their health. Here's how.
Screening for prostate cancer does more harm than good confirms a followup study to the eye-opening 2009 report that said longevity benefits associated with screening come at a high risk.
Contrary to scientists' expectations, the genes of individuals who live to be over 110 years-old are pretty normal. At the genetic level, supercentarians are just like everyone else.
More and more research suggests there is more than a fleeting boost to be gained from placebos. A change in mind-set about your health can create powerful physical changes.
A company that makes exoskeletons that enable people with spinal cord injuries to walk has begun selling their product to medical institutions in the US to be used in physical therapy.
In everyone's vision of a start up company, there is a group of energetic hardcore employees who work 24/7 and sleep at the office. But that's only one way of doing it, says entrepreneur Sara Sutton Fell.
Leaders beware. Nothing can claim more tainted professional reputations, destroyed friendships, and polluted corporate cultures than gossip, says business consultant Mike Myatt.
Facebook can be used as an important business tool, especially when it comes to getting customer feedback. Some companies specialize in turning friends and followers into focus groups.
It's now year five of the economic downturn and you are still thinking of starting a business. Is now the right time? What you may need more than anything to succeed is courage and commitment.
By studying the world's most innovative leaders and businesses, a new book shares what behaviors are common across the spectrum of our time's most creative and disruptive thinkers.