Moderate drinking is associated with a longer lifespan in just about every population ever studied, says Dr. Claudia Kawas, professor of neurology at the University of California, Irvine.
While more controlled psychostimulants like amphetamines and cocaine facilitate a rush of blood to the whole brain, caffeine actually restricts blood flow overall.
President Donald Trump has requested that the U.S. armed forces stage a parade in the nation's capital to feature America's military might. The timing and source of the request has drawn a mixture of opinion.
The size of the U.S.-Mexico border wall proposed by the Trump administration seems shockingly ambitious when overlaid onto a map of Europe.
Tickets are on sale to view the launch of SpaceX's largest rocket, the Falcon Heavy, which carries with it humanity's ambition to land astronauts on the surface of Mars.
We break down the eight specific brain functions that were evaluated by the President's recent cognitive assessment.
The US island territory of Puerto Rico, recently devastated by category 4 hurricane Maria, remains without electricity.
According to a study recently published in the journal Emotion, being in awe of nature may make individuals less likely to accept scientific explanations for the existence of our universe.
LIGO is celebrating apparent confirmation of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity, specifically that space and time are really one unit that exist as part of a gravitational grid.
The online vigilante group says it has located personal information belonging to ISIS recruiters living in Europe.
Younger siblings generally have a lower IQ than their older brothers and sisters, according to three large national surveys from the US, UK, and Germany.
Coloring books for adults are an intriguing new hobby, breaking into the mainstream like the young-adult fiction boom before them.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's comments are plainly spoken, aspirational, and cognizant of an American aesthetic. It's presidential material, actually.
A federal judge has dragged reproductive rights out of the mud of religion into the lofty heights of moral philosophy.
The truth is a bitter pill to swallow, they say. Yet much of today's information economy is built on the premise that knowing more is better.
The fantasies, institutions, and humans at Dismaland do not merely sometimes fail us — they are marked for death from the start.
Professional bodybuilders say the amount of muscle Jake Gyllenhaal gained in six months is impossible without the use of performance enhancing drugs.
In an unprecedented use of Freedom of Information laws, an anti-GMO group wants to read the emails of forty university professors with professional associations to biotechnology firms.
A vaccine that did not exist a year ago has proven 100 percent effective at preventing people who are at extremely high risk of infection from contracting the Ebola virus.
The internet now plays such a large role in daily life that it's difficult to imagine many people getting by without it.
Facebook has released information on the first full-scale drones designed to deliver Internet services to underserved populations across the globe that lack developed infrastructure.
A new study in the journal of Applied Psychology shows that rudeness has a ripple effect, negatively affecting interactions outside the initial one.
Two of the most famously rousing speeches in history, though one is from a dramatic work, address many of the same topics: bravery, fear, camaraderie, and death.
The Internet is a different beast altogether, and instead of catering to the interest of journalists, candidates can/must appeal to the masses.
Ironically, the more women have tried to free themselves from masculine norms of sexuality, the more they have adopted male sexual tendencies under the guise of sexual liberty.
For all we make about our disagreements with each other, we are bound to have more in agreement by the nature of conservation.
A plant with twice the nutritional value of kale, reported to taste like bacon when cooked, could soon be entering the U.S. health food market, possibly expanding its reach even wider.
We never give people who live in the public eye the same amount of privacy and respect that we afford our personal friends.
Many people use Uber and Airbnb to make some money on the side, but the cost of this, economists argue, is the displacement of more stable industries like traditional taxi and hotel companies.
A recent study makes a compelling new case for why we shouldn't take drugs like Adderall precisely because they help us to succeed at things we otherwise wouldn't.
Researchers have developed computer software that can diagnose clinical depression by noticing how people behave during psychiatric interviews.
The Middle Eastern pan-Arab military organization has found its way into the hearts and minds of Westerners searching for a cause.
Our anger over the murder of nine black church-going individuals in South Carolina is real and justified, but is it useful?
The Internet is a funny place. Humor is one the things it does best, which is why I was shocked, and ultimately disappointed, at the collective reaction to Joyce Carol Oates' recent tweet.
Genetically modified plants, in and of themselves, are not harmful, says Bill. In fact, they feed billions of people thanks to increased crop yields.
In a report given to ABC News, TSA screeners failed to detect 67 out of 70 tests at dozens of airports throughout the country.
A great many of our most popular songs are written at just a third-grade reading level. That's the conclusion reached by an analysis of 225 popular songs.
It was when FIFA awarded the 2022 World Cup to Qatar — a country that could reach 140 degrees Fahrenheit during match play — red flags went up in the American legal system.
In a bid to preserve records of atmospheric activity, climate scientists are looking to transport ice from the planet's mountainous regions, such as the Alps, all the way to Antarctica.
Alas science does not operate outside the human realm, but as an extension of our natural capabilities — the good as well as the bad ones.
Called ZipCap, the private loan company enables small businesses to treat loyal customers as collateral — an asset which traditional lenders have never considered viable.
The study opposes the notion that sexual equality is merely a goal of modern society that is mostly free of concerns over resource scarcity.
The rate at which younger generations are eschewing organized religion is increasing, even from within the millennial generation, according to polls taken by the Pew Research Center.
Congress debated cutting $260 million from Amtrak's budget as emergency crews searched through the rubble of a train accident that killed six passengers the night before.
Philip Zimbardo, who became a household name after conducting the Stanford prison experiments, argues that our online culture is disproportionately harming boys.
The high-paid consultants who change companies over to "Holacracy" explain from the outset that it takes an average of five years to make the transition.
To have a Dad Bod, unless it's truly born of heavy drinking and pizza slices, is to live a busy life in which preoccupation with one's body image is low on the list of priorities.
If you wondered why Missy Elliot performed at this year's Super Bowl halftime show, it may be because the NFL knew something about the musical tastes of its fan base, average age 44.
A new smartphone app gives a clever nod to Noam Chomsky while giving players just enough inspiration to create some pretty funny sentences.
Today is our National Day of Prayer, emphasis on "our" and "National," meaning freedom is the prevailing principle through which to approach our discussions (and Internet comments).
Why does our belief in the ability of drugs to enhance the achievements of artists stop with artists? Isn't reaching new physical heights just as inspiring as a lyric that tells us some truth creatively?
When confronting a challenge, people with an optimistic outlook persist at trying to overcome that challenge about 20 percent longer than those with less optimism.
Emotional intelligence is a double-edged sword: It helps us avoid common misunderstandings that result in hurt feelings, but in the wrong hands, it can become a tool of manipulation.
A scathing critique of antidepressant medication, just written by a psychiatrist in Wales, UK, is making waves across Britain and you can expect ripples to reach the U.S. in the coming days.
If Scrooge gave away just a few pennies, he would suffer a big loss of well-being; for Mother Teresa to suffer a comparable loss she would have to give until she were nearly penniless.
Neuroscientists, ethicists, and general medical practitioners generally have a negative opinion of a future in which we're all popping pills to gain an edge at work.
There is an interdependent relationship among making money, having sex, and being physically healthy, according to new research published in the International Journal of Manpower.
There is no direct evidence about what proceeds human consciousness, but there are stories from people who have been pronounced clinically dead.
By equipping chefs with sensor-fitted gloves, robots can easily learn the specific ways they prepare meals, opening the door to professionally prepared home meals.
Scientists have discovered a new protein that appears to supercharge the body's own immune system, allowing it to compete against cancerous cells in ways that were previously impossible.
Having greater intelligence can actually make you a more foolish person because intelligence breeds hubris, according to sociologists who study how intelligent people make life decisions.
The intensity of sports rivalry is justified if it helps us develop morally praiseworthy attitudes that transfer from the sporting arena into real life.
Challenging our assumptions is difficult. And when it comes to redistributing income, all sides tend to come to the table with pretty ingrained notions of what is fair or what is good.
We are living through another gilded age, but unlike the late 19th century, extremely high income inequality has failed to stoke popular fervor.
Originating from kanuka flowers and processed naturally by bees, the resulting product has powerful antiseptic properties that have been brought to bear against the stubborn skin condition rosacea.
South Korean researchers are serious (and seriously working hard) to bring the woolly mammoth back to life using cloning techniques that have already produced identical copies of dogs, cows, and, famously, Dolly the sheep.
Mindfulness meditation is at risk of being separated from its beneficent roots, which grounded the practice in ancient philosophical/religious systems that emphasized ascetic virtues.
Despite the apparent rise in people with no religion, the overall percentage of non-believers is expected to decline as a share of the world's population, according to a new survey from the Pew Research Center.
The genius of meetings at the office, and other forms of communal decision-making, is that everyone can bring their unique knowledge to bear on a specific problem.
Biomechanical scientists have created a simple device that can increase walking efficiency, or "human gas mileage," by an average of 7 percent when worn around the ankle.
Redesigning your office space can measurably improve morale as well as the flow of creative ideas, but it doesn't have to cost a fortune.