Our president apparently does not know the difference between the sexually transmitted diseases HPV and HIV, but I’m not here to judge. As you probably remember from sex ed class, if you think you have a stupid question, you should ask it anyway because you’re probably not the only one.
In the beginning, the laurel-or-yanny clip said laurel and nothing but laurel. Here is the original version of the clip, recorded by an opera singer working for Vocabulary.com. Chances are, you’ll hear it as laurel too. Let’s compare it to the viral clip and we’ll see exactly what changed, and why half of us hear the…
Daylight saving time is a phenomenon that lasts all summer, and if you don’t commit that fact to memory you will one day screw up something time zone related. So, remember: summer is daylight time (EDT if you’re on the east coast) and winter is standard time (EST).
A sound clip of the word “laurel” sounds like “yanny” to some people (people who are wrong) in a new, auditory counterpart to The Dress. Already heard it? Great! Here are some more mind-bending audio clips you should listen to.
A DNA-editing technique called CRISPR keeps popping up in the news, in one medical breakthrough after another. In theory, CRISPR can find any problem area in DNA, snip it out, and replace it with a fresh set of nucleotides. But in real life, that cut-and-paste job isn’t always straightforward.
It seems everybody knows someone who knows someone who got scurvy in college. So there was this guy, they say, who ate nothing but ramen for a month. Or pizza, according to one report from a Lifehacker staffer. Or porridge, according to one long-running Scottish legend.
I first heard about synesthesia when I was a kid, and it sounded amazing. People can hear colors! See music! What a fantastical, psychedelic world they must see. It was another 20 years before I realized that I had synesthesia too. I just didn’t realize because it wasn’t all that exciting.
The National Institutes of Health are trying to recruit one million people to share their health data for a long-term, wide-ranging study. “The next great breakthrough will be found in each and every one of us,” gushes an ad aimed at potential participants, “and what we find there will unlock mysteries, heal the sick,…
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the United States, but it can be hard to find a dermatologist to check out your skin. As we head into summer, though, the American Academy of Dermatology is organizing free skin cancer screenings.
A DNA database led police to the Golden State Killer suspect through data his distant cousins had uploaded. Now, population genetics researchers have calculated the probability that your relatives have given their genetic information to a similar database.
We are all unique. Put a thousand people on the same weight-loss diet, and you’ll see a range of outcomes. Some people will lose a lot, some will lose a little, and a few unlucky folks will even gain weight.
Fitbit has just launched what they say is one of their most requested features: period tracking. The app and smartwatch can now show you where in your cycle you are, the better to correlate cycle data with your nutrition and sleep.
We’re so used to using computers and phones that they feel like an extension of our brains—it’s not just me, right? A Google query comes back as fast as a thought, and the information at my fingertips feels intangible like the information in my brain.
Before your baby is born, you see a lot of your ob/gyn (or midwife) and their staff. Monthly visits turn into biweekly and weekly ones, but as soon as the kid pops out, you just get a “see you in six weeks.” That may be about to change.
Whether you want to learn about your ancestry, find long-lost family members, or see hints about what health and personal traits you might have inherited, you’ll probably start by spitting into a tube.
It’s a beautiful day and we’re going on an adventure! For the May installment of the Lifehacker Fitness Challenge, your mission is to find a fitness trail (sometimes called a parcourse) near you—they’re often hiding in plain sight.