Until 2011, Dr. Edzard Ernst was the head of one of the few university departments doing real, unbiased research on the effectiveness and safety of alternative medicine techniques. That's important, because you can't just dismiss weird-sounding stuff out of hand, but you also want somebody other than the practitioners of that weird-sounding stuff conducting research and analyzing the data. Now retired, Ernst recently started blogging, and I wanted to point you to his new home on the Internet. He can be a bit snarky and caustic (especially with chiropractic and homeopathy). But in general he's a fair, reasonable, and knowledgeable source on what works and what doesn't. Definitely worth a bookmark.
Would it surprise you to learn that taking time off social media, even for just a week, results in "significant improvements in well-being, depression and anxiety?" [via] We randomly allocated 154 participants (mean age of 29.6 years) to either stop using SM (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok) for 1 week or continue to use SM… READ THE REST
On the impact of digital media on childhood intelligence, games and watching videos were consistent with cognitive benefits. Socializing digitally, however, had no consistent effect. Here we estimated the effect of each three types of screen time (Watching TV and online videos, Socializing via social media, text, and video chat, and Gaming) on intelligence after… READ THE REST
Last month, we learned that researchers excavating North Dakota's Tanis fossil site found an incredibly well-preserved leg of a dinosaur. The creature—and others at the site—were likely killed by the impact of the 12 kilometer-wide Chicxulub asteroid that crashed into the Gulf of Mexico 66 million years ago and eradicated 80% of Earth's animals. Turns… READ THE REST
Great gaming goes so far beyond the game itself or the console itself. How's the sound quality? You might care to know, especially if you're competitively gaming online and talking trash to your friends. How's the lighting on the screen and/or room you're gaming in? If you're a streamer, you want to make sure your… READ THE REST
No surprise to you, some pretty terrible people scour the cyber world. Sure, not everyone is a total hacker, but you've always got to stay protected and vigilant not to leave your information and documents in a vulnerable state. Luckily, VPNSecure can keep everything locked up and tidy no matter where you are. So, how does VPNSecure keep all of your precious… READ THE REST
Calling all puzzle-lovers! Your relaxing hobby may very well become your ticket to a million dollars. We know: That sounds utterly crazy. But it's true! The 2 Million Dollar Puzzle by MSCHF doesn't just give buyers the joy and fulfillment of putting a puzzle together — it also offers a monetary prize when you finish it! That's right:… READ THE REST