54% of men and 31% of women over age 70 are sexually active

We tend to think that sexual activity slows down and ultimately stops as we end, but a new study has shown that it’s not as bad as we think. Over half of all men and almost a third of all women over 70 are still sexually active – with over a third of all people having sex at least twice a month.

Higher income associated with less sadness, but not more happiness

Money can’t buy you happiness, but it can buy you less sadness – a new study has found that higher income doesn’t really correlate to happiness, but it correlates negatively with sadness.

The most obese countries in the world

It’s painfully true by this point that we have a global obesity problem. Over the past 20 years, obesity rates have more than doubled, now including over a billion adults. The World Health Organization (WHO) has now released its global report card on obesity. See what countries are “in red” below:   The first thing you see on this map is

Scientists may have found the part of the brain that enables lucid dreaming

A few people in the world are able to “wake up” in their dreams, retaining their lucidity and even exploring the dream world. According to a new study, all these people may have one thing in common – a neurological ability.

Thomas Edison’s legacy: inventions and discoveries

If I find 10,000 ways something won’t work, I haven’t failed. I am not discouraged, because every wrong attempt discarded is another step forward. – Thomas Edison Edison is a very controversial character. Although during his life he patented over 1,000 inventions, he often receives credit for inventions he didn’t necessarily create from scratch but rather took the steps to mass

How Thales of Miletus Changed the World

There’s no wonder that Thales of Miletus has been named the first of the Seven Sages of Greece. Throughout his life, he managed to impose a scientific way of thinking in many areas, from mathematics to philosophy. An undisputed scholar, he lived between from 624 to 546 B.C., and made a colossal contribution to mankind’s knowledge. In many ways, you could say that Thales

Chewing gun removes up to 100 million bacteria from your mouth – but only if it’s sugar free

A new study has found that chewing gum is actually effective at cleaning your mouth of bacteria – but only if the gum is sugar free. If the gum has sugar, it actually feeds the bacteria even more.

Education has no age limit: 90 year old woman goes back to primary school

It’s never too late to do something you really want to – and this is a great example. A 90 year old woman from Kenya decided to go to primary school. She is believed to be the oldest pupil in the world. Sitting at the front of the class (because seeing can be a bit difficult when you’re 90), Priscilla Sitienei

Poorer parents are just as involved as rich parents, despite ideological thinking

There’s a popular belief that poorer parents are largely worse at parenting that those better-off, since they lack the necessary resources to engage as often in what are considered good parenting practices. University of Bristol researchers topple this thinking after they found that there was no evidence to indicate there was such a difference. Basically, poorer parents were as likely to have helped with homework, attended parents’ evenings, and played sports or games with their children in the previous week, according to the study which surveyed 1,665 UK households.

Moderate Alcohol Consumption Could Actually Help Your Heart

A new study conducted by Harvard scientists concluded that moderate consumption of alcohol (moderate!) can lead to lower risk of heart failure. The study, which was conducted on over 14,000 men and women aged 45-64 found that a small drink every day is associated with a 20 percent lower risk of men developing heart failure and 16 percent reduced risk for

Ebola has killed off a third of the world’s gorillas and chimpanzees

The great apes are suffering greatly from Ebola too – gorillas and chimps are facing the greatest threat ever, after Ebola has wiped out a third of the populations since the 1990s.

Alcohol Ads Lead to Underage Drinking

Well, who would have thought – alcohol ads make people drink more ?! A new study has shown that alcohol advertising on television contributes to both underage drinking and binge drinking. According to the research, higher “familiarity” with booze ads “was associated with the subsequent onset of drinking across a range of outcomes of varying severity among adolescents and young adults”.

This device could let deaf people “hear” via their tongues

Out of all the solutions which could help deaf people here, this is definitely one of the most creative things I’ve seen. Researchers from the US have developed an electric mouthpiece that can transmit sounds to people – through their tongues.

Milk intake dropped by 41% when chocolate milk removed from school program

The statistics of children drinking milk at school may be skimmed by the fact that many kids actually only drink chocolate milk. A new study has found that when chocolate milk is removed from the menu, total milk consumption drops by 41%.

Half of young victims of fatal crashes in nine US states used either alcohol or marijuana

Half of young drivers who were killed in car crashes in the United States had consumed alcohol, marijuana or both. Out of the 7,191 fatal accidents studied, 36.8 percent were under the influence of alcohol, 5.9 percent used only marijuana and 7.6 percent used both substances. Researchers analyzed accidents involving drivers between the ages of 16 and 25 from the states of

People follow the norm… even the norm is a computer, and wrong

People tend to follow the norm – that’s pretty well documented, and well understood. However, a new study has found that not only do people tend to follow other people, but they also follow the lead of a computer – even when it is blatantly wrong. In modern society, real life interactions and discussions are becoming rarer, substituted by computer

Ebola cases drop as food crisis is sparked

The World Health Organization reports a drop in the Ebola cases in the three Western African countries hit most by the disease. However, as farmers abandon their fields in the infected areas, a new problem seems to emerge: a food crisis. Liberia only reported 48 cases in the past three weeks, but Sierra Leone is still struggling, with 769 new cases over the

Study shows direct link between discrimination and health

A new study has shown that women who experience racial discrimination while pregnant suffer significant health impacts – and they pass them on to their children.

The Woman who was struck by a meteorite

The Sylacauga meteorite fell on November 30, 1954, at 14:46 local time (18:46 UT) in Oak Grove, Alabama, near Sylacauga. However, the meteorite is often called the Hodges meteorite – because it struck Ann Hodges, who became the first person confirmed to be hit by a meteorite.

Disney’s Turtle-like robot draws intricate sand art

Apart from sand castles and elaborate water pranks, many beach goers enjoy drawing in the sand, be it simple doodles, love statements or football pitch size intricate works of arts (you have to check out Tony Plant’s work). To put human beach drawing to shame, Disney just unveiled a mechanical rake wielding robot, designed to look like a cute turtle, that can automatically draw any planar shapes with ease.