The curious ways in which the Sun influences our lives

The curious ways in which the Sun influences our lives

“The golden hour”: we tell you the secret behind the beauty of a sunset. The Sun is just one of the hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy. And it’s quite common by star standards: it’s not particularly large or bright. However, it is very special for us, because without...

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8 recommendations to raise a child genius

8 recommendations to raise a child genius

A study that lasted 45 years reveals how to help gifted children become successful adults. It was 1968 when Julian Stanley, a professor of psychometrics (the discipline that tries to measure and quantify psychological variables) stumbled upon a 12-year-old genius child. The boy was doing a computer science course at...

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The controversial “smart drugs” used to increase work performance (and its little known consequences)

The controversial “smart drugs” used to increase work performance (and its little known consequences)

Piracetam, phenylpiracetam, Adderall or Ritalin are some of the “smart drugs” used by students and workers. Honoré de Balzac was a great believer in the power of coffee over the brain. The French writer had an exhausting schedule: every night he went through the streets of Paris to have a...

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The placebo effect: An experiment to test whether our brain can really cure back pain

The placebo effect: An experiment to test whether our brain can really cure back pain

What power does our brain have over how we feel physically? Does taking a placebo, such as a pill that only contains ground rice, really help to cure back pain? Jim Pearce is convinced that yes. And there is a scientific reason that can explain why. When we first met, Pearce was...

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What is the Mediterranean diet really?

What is the Mediterranean diet really?

There are no “superfoods” in the Mediterranean diet: it is the whole that brings health benefits. Surely you have heard that the Mediterranean diet is good for your health. But do you know exactly what it is and how it benefits your body? A typical Mediterranean diet includes many vegetables, fruits,...

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The advantages of renting clothes instead of buying them

The advantages of renting clothes instead of buying them

Will the rental of clothes end up being imposed to the purchase in the world of fashion? Earlier this year, a flashy marketing video went viral in China. Starring an influencer of social networks called Jiang Chacha, the video was a tour to show the activity of a laundry on an industrial...

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Family Link: A Google app that allows parents to control their children’s cell phone minute by minute

Family Link: A Google app that allows parents to control their children’s cell phone minute by minute

Would you like to know what your son does on his cell phone all the time? How and how long should the children use the cell phone? The debate is emerging around the world, as children receive their first mobile phone at an increasingly younger age. And there is no...

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The strange effects of the contraceptive pill in women’s brains (and how worrying they are)

The strange effects of the contraceptive pill in women’s brains (and how worrying they are)

The economic and social effects of the pill have been well studied and documented, but not its effects on the brain. It all started with a Mexican yam. It was 1942 and a professor of chemistry from Pennsylvania, in the United States, was looking for an inexpensive source of progesterone....

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The Anatomy of falling out of love

The Anatomy of falling out of love

We know that beauty standards change over time. But it turns out that the perception about whom we find attractive, those we believe to be our “type”, can change much faster than we have thought so far. Even in an instant. It is often thought that the millennia of natural selection have...

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Why Gandhi was against practicing sex to get pleasure

Why Gandhi was against practicing sex to get pleasure

In December of 1935, a prominent activist for birth control and sex educator from the United States visited the independence leader of India, Mahatma Gandhi, with whom she had a captivating conversation. It was Margaret Sanger, who was touring 18 Indian cities to talk with doctors and activists about birth...

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