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Working to the beat: How music can make us more productive

Music makes us happy. Listening to music produces dopamine—nature’s happy pill—in the brain. And music also makes us sad. Listening to Harry Chapin’s “Cat’s in the Cradle,” Johnny Cash’s version of “Hurt” or just about anything by Hank Williams produces tears. In fact, music can evoke every emotion known to man. But can music also […]

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How to Do a Box Squat, Better

The box squat is a core training staple that can build size and strength in your lower body—but are you sure you’re even doing the exercise correctly? For this basic gym necessity, you shouldn’t settle for anything other than perfect form—especially because it’s such a simple, essential movement that should serve as one of the […]

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How grunting influences perception in tennis

Exceeding noise levels of 100 decibels, the grunting sounds produced by some tennis players when hitting the ball are on a par with motorbikes or chainsaws. While fans react to these impressive exhalations with either annoyance or amusement, the habit has also been a source of intense debate among professionals. For instance, Serena Williams has […]

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How to be a good host (for Zika virus)

Three years after the Zika virus swept through tropical and subtropical South America, the Caribbean, Florida, and Texas, much remains unknown about what the virus needs to infect and damage its host cells in the brain. Now Whitehead Institute scientists have identified several requirements for Zika virus infection, providing new insights into the virus’ biology […]

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How to fight ‘scary’ superbugs? Cooperation and a special soap

Hospitals and nursing homes in California and Illinois are testing a surprisingly simple strategy against the dangerous, antibiotic-resistant superbugs that kill thousands of people each year: washing patients with a special soap. The efforts—funded with roughly $8 million from the federal government’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—are taking place at 50 facilities in those […]