Monthly Archives: July 2015

Sleep app aims to ‘manipulate’ dreams

A smartphone app for what is hoped to be the world’s largest dreaming experiment has been launched at the Edinburgh Science Festival. DreamON monitors a person 20 minutes before they want to wake, playing a ‘soundscape’ designed to invoke pleasant scenarios, such as lying by the sea or walking in the countryside. Participants will then

The science behind the Perfect Chip

The very best chips combine a crisp crust with a piping-hot, snowy-white interior – a delicious combination that arises when potatoes descend into a nice hot pool of oil. But how does the magic happen – and can food scientists find ways to improve the French fry? Deep-frying has been described as “a pretty violent

TAKING CARE OF YOUR LIPS

Lips take a lot of abuse, but they lack the protection that the rest of our skin enjoys. They have no oil or sweat glands, and they’re constantly exposed to irritants: the tip of the tongue, our food and drinks, environmental pollutants, the weather and much more. Think of your lips as a sponge. “When

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