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Mini-Brains Make New Waves
Discover Magazine
#7 in Discover's top science stories of 2019

Why Doing More Exercise Won't Help You Burn More Calories
New Scientist
Forget the idea that to lose weight you just need to work off more calories than you consume. The truth is far weirder

Body Language: What it Means and How to Read it
Discover Magazine
We communicate more with our bodies than we realize. Here's how you can learn to read these silent messages.

Making Sense of Mommy Brain
Discover Magazine
A new mother wants to know if she's losing her mind or if it's all in her head

The Real Reason People Talk Over You, And What to do About It
New Scientist
Getting interrupted is the worst, but knowing why people butt in may leave you more forgiving of the big mouth who did, and ready to stop it happening again

Is Everything Old New Again?
Discover Magazine
Scientists debate whether brain cells are created throughout life

How Fast Can Humans Go?
Discover Magazine
Born to run

No Sweat: Is Exercising Inside or Outside Better for You?
New Scientist
Running on the gym treadmill is tempting, especially in the cold, dark winter. But if you do, be prepared to go the extra mile

No Sweat: Does Listening to Music Make Exercise Easier?
New Scientist
Many gym bunnies live with headphones in their ears, and music can improve strength, power, and endurance. Just be careful what tunes you choose

Antibiotics: Stay the Course?
Discover Magazine
Researchers debate whether we should finish our antibiotic prescription

Are Facial Expressions Universal?
Discover Magazine
Scientists debate whether the faces humans make mean the same thing around the world

I Gave Up TV, Then Qualified for Olympic Marathon Trials and Got My PhD
The Washington Post
An essay about the quest to live without television for a year

What You Need to Know About Running and Pregnancy
Runner's World
Exercising when you're expecting is safe, and experts encourage it.

A Meaning to Life: How a Sense of Purpose Can Keep You Healthy
New Scientist (Cover story)
It helps prevent heart attack and stroke, staves off dementia, enables people to sleep better, have better sex, and live longer. Oh, and it's free.

Drug Couriers for Brain Injuries
Discover Magazine
A small protein could lead to a cure for traumatic brain injuries.
Redefining the Brain's Divisions
Discover Magazine
The cerebral cortex mapped in more detail than ever before.
Not Your Kid's ADHD
Discover Magazine
Symptoms of the condition can appear later in life.
What Runners Should Know About Trying to Conceive 
Runner's World
There aren't specific mileage guidelines for women who want to get pregnant because every woman is different.

Wistful Thinking: Why We Are Wired to Dwell on the Past
New Scientist
Nostalgia isn't just a soppy emotion -- it can amplify the best and worst in us

Fixed by Light: Flick a Switch to Banish Pain and Blindness
New Scientist
Parkinson's, blindness, chronic pain and more could all be cured using optogenetics -- a revolutionary therapy that has just begun its first trial in humans

Autism May Stem -- In Part -- From a Disordered Sense of Touch
New study shows that mice with defective peripheral nerves exhibit autism-like behavior.

Everything Worth Knowing About... How We Learn
Discover Magazine
Amnesiacs, memory champions and rats, oh my!

Unlocking the Brain's Deepest Secrets
NOVA Next 
After being ignored for over a century, nets that surround neurons are getting attention, and they may hold clues to some of neuroscience's biggest mysteries.

When You Give a Mouse a Memory
Discover Magazine
Experts manipulate rodents' recall.
Force of Habit
New Scientist (Cover Story)
Habits rule our daily lives, but understanding how they become ingrained in the brain could help you nail the habits you want to keep and drop the ones you don't.

Mentoring Beyond Borders
Science Careers
Program that pairs students with mentors outside their institution improves trainees' career outlook.

Missed Immune Connection in the Brain
Discover Magazine
Lymphatic tubes are discovered in the place you'd least expect: the brain.

Why Are Morning Runners So Happy?
Runner's World
Hitting the road before breakfast could affect mood.

Circuit Train Your Brain
New Scientist
Whether you need to focus for an exam, tap into your creativity, or curb cravings, there's a type of exercise that could help.

Researchers Question Paleo Dieter's Carb Restrictions
Runner's World
Article says our Paleolithic ancestors likely ate starchy carbohydrates.
Sleeping Sans Sedatives
Discover Magazine
A newly discovered brain area could help us fall fast asleep without needing sedatives.
Bring Your Own Carbs
Running Times
Know what is being served at your next race; you may have to bring your own fuel.

Let's Eat: How Diet Influences the Brain
The contents of your dinner plate can have profound effects on your brain and nervous system.

Dispelling Myths About Students With Disabilities
gradPSYCH Magazine
The greatest majority of students with disabilities have psychological disabilities such as depression, anxiety, eating disorders and phobias.

Sneaking into the Brain with Nanoparticles
NOVA Next 
Nanoparticles' unique properties could dramatically change the way we understand and treat the brain and its' diseases.
Brain Boosting: It's Not Just Your Grey Matter that Matters
New Scientist (Cover Story)
Inside your head, another brain is hiding in plain sight -- one that responds to your cognitive needs and self-heals. It's time to make the most of your myelin.
Is Compression for Competition or Running Recovery?
Outside Online
Scientists aren't entirely sure how -- or if -- compression gear works as advertised, questioning its usefulness in competition and recovery.
Working with Big Data
gradPSYCH Magazine
While other scientific fields have embraced them, psychologists are just beginning to tap into the power of large datasets. Here's how you can, too.
Athletes, Listen Up: You Should Be Eating Fewer Carbs When Training
Outside Online
Put down the GU. Step away from the Sports Beans. Leave the Gatorade at home. New studies show you stand to gain athletically from skipping carbs strategically.
Can We Eliminate Animals from Medical Research?
Promising new technologies may reduce our dependence on animals in medical research. But will they be enough?
Focus Makes Perfect: When To Think, And When Not To, When Playing Sports
Scientists are discovering that what produces winners in one sport may be disastrous in others.
High Hopes for an HIV Cure
Bone marrow transplants not only cured the patients of their lymphomas, it also rid them of their HIV, sparking hope for new therapies.
"BigBrain" a Small Step Toward Mapping Human Mind
Scientists recently imaged a human brain with unprecedented detail. Learn how it will help them understand our minds.