Last month I went to Outside Lands, a 3-day music festival in San Francisco where musical artists from pretty much every genre out there performed on a bunch of different stages around Golden Gate Park. Regardless of what type of music was being played, each stage had one thing in common: Someone (or lots of people) were standing close to the stage with their phones hoisted to take pictures and shoot video, obstructing the view of everyone behind them. As a shorter person, I experienced the vast majority of the shows during the weekend by watching them through someone’s phone screen. Besides being obnoxious, turns out there’s also not much of a point to filming everything.
Higher coffee consumption is associated with a lower risk of death, according to research presented today at ESC Congress. The observational study in nearly 20,000 participants suggests that coffee can be part of a healthy diet in healthy people.
“Coffee is one of the most widely consumed beverages around the world,” said Dr Adela Navarro, a cardiologist at Hospital de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain. “Previous studies have suggested that drinking coffee might be inversely associated with all-cause mortality but this has not been investigated in a Mediterranean country.”
Gentle sound stimulation — such as the rush of a waterfall — synchronized to the rhythm of brain waves significantly enhanced deep sleep in older adults and improved their ability to recall words, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.
Physical exercise has an anti-aging effect on the hippocampus region of the brain — an area that controls memory, learning and balance. A new study, comparing different forms of exercise — dancing and endurance training — undertaken by elderly volunteers for eighteen months, shows that both can have an anti-aging effect on the brain, but only dancing corresponded to a noticeable difference in behavior. This difference is attributed to the extra challenge of learning dancing routines.
The short-wavelength blue light, emitted by the screens we watch, damages the duration, and even more so, the quality of our sleep. The study also found that watching screens that emit red light does not cause damage, and sleep after exposure to it was similar to normal sleep.
Half way down La Rambla, away from the main floral tribute to Thursday’s van attack, a ticket booth is covered in multicoloured Post-it notes. Most carry messages of solidarity from the global village that visits this city every day: tributes from the US, from Russia, from Mexico, and countless other countries decorate the booth. Above them, someone has attached a sign: Ni miedo ni odio; Neither hate nor fear.
This tweet showing the first day of Kindergarten and the first day of college has gone viral. Charles Brockman III, from Texas, America posted the tweet and two acompanying pictures on Sunday evening. It shows him with his father, side by side, walking to his first day at kindergarten, and years later to college at Mississippi State.