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Researchers Use Twitter To Track Heart Disease

Posted 01.26.2015 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs Why does one community have higher levels of heart disease than another? Some of the reasons are obvious, such as income and educat...

How To Use Chocolate To Strengthen Your Willpower

Posted 01.18.2015 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs Be honest: Have you already broken your New Year’s resolution to eat fewer fattening foods? If so, it’s not really a surprise. ...

The Tangible Benefits Of Forgiveness

Posted 01.17.2015 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs As we age, the physical world starts to come across as a less-friendly place. As our body's limitations become more obvious and pro...

It's Normal To Be Terrible At Keeping New Year's Resolutions

Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living

By Max Ufberg Last New Year’s Eve, I said I was going to start running more. Twice a week, to be exact. Now, 12 months and 12 jogs later—four...

Your Politics May Predict How Fit You Are

Posted 12.30.2014 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs In these polarized times, it’s always a relief to find something liberals and conservatives have in common—even if it has nothi...

The Cromnibus Will Diminish The Health And Development Of Poor Children

Posted 12.31.2014 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs As Jon Stewart has noted, the compromise federal budget just passed by Congress and signed by President Obama is full of unpleasant...

The Brains Of Bipolar Disorder Patients Look Different

Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living

By Nathan Collins While people with Type I and the less-severe Type II bipolar disorder share some of the same symptoms, there are significant di...

The Exponential Benefits of Eating Less

Posted 12.02.2014 | Healthy Living

By James McWilliams There’s one T-shirt in my drawer that I don’t wear, mainly because I think it’s sort of offensive. It reads: Eat Less Y...

Use This Trick To Conquer Temptation, From Dessert To Flirting

Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs By now, you have probably read or heard about the benefits of mindfulness. So why haven’t you tried it? You may believe those adv...

When Being Beautiful Might Count Against You

Posted 11.10.2014 | Healthy Living

By Bettina Chang Beautiful people, as a rule, have it pretty good. They tend to have more self-confidence, higher income and better financial wel...

The Self-Serving Reason We Gossip

Posted 11.01.2014 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs Did you hear what happened at yesterday's meeting? Can you believe it? If you find those sort of quietly whispered questions abo...

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome And The Brain

Posted 10.31.2014 | Healthy Living

By Nathan Collins Chronic fatigue syndrome affects as many as four in a thousand people in the United States -- perhaps more. Despite that, there...

The Power Of Curiosity

Posted 10.10.2014 | Healthy Living

By Nathan Collins Perhaps curiosity is its own reward. It's a lot easier to learn something when you're interested in it, and there's certainly s...

How A Second Language Betters Your Brain

Posted 10.01.2014 | Healthy Living

By Nathan Collins Speaking more than one language has some advantages beyond ordering food in the local tongue -- psychologists believe that bili...

Why 'Fifty Shades Of Grey' Might Be Bad For Your Health

Posted 09.24.2014 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs Is reading the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy hazardous to women's health? A Michigan State University study released last month sugg...

The Myth Of Comfort Food

Posted 11.20.2014 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs What's your favorite "comfort food"? You know you have one -- a treat you use to soothe bruised feelings following some distressing...

Give Yourself A Present For The Future

Pacific Standard | Nathan Collins | Posted 09.15.2014 | World

Don’t feel like you have the time to keep a diary or bury a time capsule? You might be missing out, according to psychologists at Harvard Business S...

The Psychological Impact Of Diet Soda

Posted 09.09.2014 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs In recent decades, artificially sweetened beverages have become an increasingly popular alternative to sugary sodas. At the same ti...

The Impossibility Of The Night Shift

Posted 08.26.2014 | Healthy Living

By Avital Andrews Maintaining a regular circadian rhythm is crucial for human health. But almost 15 percent of full-time salaried workers in the ...

People Who Eat Broccoli Are Happier

Posted 08.19.2014 | Healthy Living

By Tom Jacobs What's your idea of a fulfilling life? Definitions vary, but most of us would likely point to one marked by a sense of purpose and ...

Why Waiting -- For Anything -- Is So Hard

Posted 08.04.2014 | Healthy Living

By Noah Davis I was waiting on a street corner the other day for what felt like forever. In truth, it was no more than 10 minutes, but boy it sur...

Yes, You Really Do 'Smell' Colors

Posted 07.17.2014 | Healthy Living

By Bettina Chang What does the color red smell like? According to the infallible question-answerers at Yahoo! Answers, it’s a conglomeration...

Pacific Standard Unveils Its Robotic Bartender, The Barbot

Carroll Gardens, NY Patch | Doug Bauman | Email the Author | 11:58am | Posted 07.04.2011 | New York

NYC Resistor's barbot, a robot made from a Japanese slot machine that serves patrons a mixed drink randomly selected from its database, was installed ...