How you practice matters for learning a skill quickly

The research, led by psychological scientist Tom Stafford of the University of Sheffield (UK), suggests that the way you practice is just as important as how often you practice when it comes to learning quickly.

When danger is in the eye of the beholder

The Fijians imagined the characters to be significantly taller and more muscular than more cautious characters they read about in other stories. In fact, they estimated that the risk-seeking characters would be 17 percent taller than characters who were sticklers for boating safety and got their coconuts from shorter palm trees.

Odor receptors discovered in lungs

Your nose is not the only organ in your body that can sense cigarette smoke wafting through the air. Scientists at Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Iowa have shown that your lungs have odor receptors as well.

A novel look at how stories may change the brain

“We already knew that good stories can put you in someone else’s shoes in a figurative sense. Now we’re seeing that something may also be happening biologically," says neuroscientist Gregory Berns.

Scientists explain age-related obesity: Brown fat fails

As we age, the thermogenic activity of brown fat is reduced. Brown fat is a "good" fat located in the backs of our necks that helps burn "bad" white fat around our bellies. Additionally, the researchers also discovered a possible metabolic on/off switch that could reactivate brown fat.