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Pill could make jet lag a thing of the past

Resetting the circadian rhythm, what's also known as the body's internal clock, could soon be a simple question of taking a pill, according to researchers at McGill University in Canada.

Learning a second language after age 10 boosts brain: study

Plenty of research has shown that learning a second language can boost brainpower, but a new study out Monday suggests that the effects extend to those who begin in middle childhood.

Why weight loss is a lot of hot air

Ever wonder where the kilograms you burned to get a better holiday body actually went?

Autism risk linked to particulate air pollution

Children whose mothers were exposed to high levels of fine particulate pollution in late pregnancy have up to twice the risk of developing autism as children of mothers breathing cleaner air, scientists at Harvard School of Public Health reported.

Life & Style

Alpha males like it hot

Gourmets have traditionally shunned hot, spicy food - so they might be a little piqued by a study indicating that men who like eating chillis have more testosterone.

Facebook 'likes' reveal your true personality: study

A computer program that analyzes your Facebook "likes" may be a better judge of your personality than your closest friends and family, according to research.

Japan indicts vagina artist on obscenity charges

Japanese prosecutors on Wednesday charged a feminist artist who makes objects shaped like her own vagina with distributing "obscene" data, according to her lawyer, in a case that has sparked accusations that authorities are out of touch.

My Hood: Sipho has ingredients to a sweet life in Newlands

Siphokazi (Sipho) Mdlankomo, 39, who lives and works as a domestic worker in Newlands, is one of the final six contestants on M-Net's MasterChef SA.

Different Strokes: Shadows bright as glass

Some artists like Arlene Amaler-Raviv reflect their work in their whole being. With her intense, neurotic face, and her sudden laugh, she has the same gravitas and acute intelligence evident in her body of work.

Health

Wash your hands, brush your teeth, get liver cancer?

A common ingredient in antimicrobial soaps and toothpaste has been linked to liver fibrosis and tumours in mice.

Calorie restriction could slow aging, preserve memory: study

Going on a diet -- the old fashioned kind that heeds no promise to curb hunger -- can halt the normal rise and fall of over 900 different genes related to aging and memory formation in the brain, according to a team of neuroscientists at New York University's Langone Medical Center.

Why does scratching an itch make it worse?

Scratching an itch leads to the release of serotonin, which, while pleasurable, intensifies the itch sensation, according to a new study from the Washington University Center for the Study of Itch in St. Louis, Missouri.

The age of personal DNA storage has arrived

Santa Barbara-based GENiSYSS started an Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign for its thumb-drive-sized capsules to store DNA in a way that's never been available to the public.

Study finds Vitamin D might ease asthma

Catching some rays outside could be a simple solution to managing acute asthmatic episodes, according to a new study at Tel Aviv University.