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A neuroscientist revealed 3 habits to improve your memory, and 1 that can damage it

"Being too task-focused can harm our memory and creativity," Jha warned.Greg Bajor/Getty Images Memory doesn't always work as we'd like it to. We remember much less than we think and, above all, less than we'd like. Neuroscientist Amishi Jha explained the keys to remembering something successfully. Memory doesn't always work the way you want it to — you remember less than you think and, often, less than you'd like. "What we think is a memory problem is often actually an at...
Tags: UK, Science, Education, International, Trends, Strategy, Charles Darwin, Nordic, University Of Miami, Albert Einstein Steve Jobs, BI International, Jha, Amishi Jha, BI General Contributors, Strategy Contributors, Business Insider España


Researchers are building a black box in Tasmania to prevent the 'crash' of civilization

It will be protected by a layer of steel almost three inches thick.Earth's Black Box A black box will be fully installed on the west coast of Tasmania in 2022. It will be connected to the internet and able to record climate information. The data recorded will include land and sea temperatures, CO2 levels, and energy consumption. The future of humanity is increasingly uncertain. The environment is under incredible pressure, and it paints a dark picture for future generations. Global warmin...
Tags: UK, Science, Australia, International, Trends, Sustainability, Earth, Innovation, Tasmania, Nordic, University of Tasmania, BI International, Tech Insider, Science Contributors, BI General Contributors, Tech Contributors


A new robotic hand is so precise, it can hold an egg without cracking it just like a human

The team claims that the hand is able to pour drinks, hold an egg without breaking it, and crush cans.Zac Macaulay/Getty Images South Korean researchers have made a robotic hand with a similar range of motion to that of a human. It can perform delicate tasks like using tweezers and scissors or holding an egg. It could be used as an advanced prosthetic or with robots that use AI. Innovators at South Korea's Ajou University have created a robotic hand that is capable of holding fragile obje...
Tags: South Korea, UK, Science, International, Trends, Innovation, Kim, Nordic, BI International, Tech Insider, Ajou University, Science Contributors, BI General Contributors, Tech Contributors, Business Insider España, International Contributors


A Chinese orbiter captured stunning shots of Mars, showing one of a polar ice cap and a 'selfie'

The Tainwen-1 was launched in July 2020 from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in China.CNSA/cnsa.gov.cn China has captured spectacular images with its Tianwen-1 orbiter. It has been orbiting Mars since February 2021. The photo subjects include a Martian polar ice cap and a "selfie" of the Tianwen-1 orbiter. The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has published a set of four images taken on its Tianwen-1 mission.The images include a photo of the mission's orbiter, a photo of an ice ...
Tags: Space, UK, Science, China, International, Trends, Mars, Nordic, Andrew Jones, BI International, Tech Insider, China National Space Administration CNSA, CNSA, Tianwen, Wenchang Space Launch Center, BI General Contributors


2 founders are introducing 100 million oysters to New York to help fight flooding

Louisiana is also using the mollusks to prevent the erosion of coastal wetlands.Sandra Stoiber / EyeEm/Getty Images Flooding caused by rising sea levels has increased by 247% in some areas of New York since 2000. The nonprofit Billion Oyster Project aims to restore oyster reefs in New York's five boroughs. They create a surprisingly effective flood defense, helping to build coastal resilience. New York has been experiencing record flooding in recent years as a result of climate change.Dat...
Tags: UK, New York, Science, Life, US, International, Careers, Trends, Bbc, New York Times, Innovation, Louisiana, Nordic, Hudson River, Lower Manhattan, New York Harbor


A function on Elon Musk's Starlink satellite dishes is causing them to attract too many cats

It seems cats aren't the only animals that are attracted to the dishes.Getty Images/David Schnell Starlink satellites need satellite dishes on Earth to send internet signals. These dishes emit heat, which has started to attract cats. The issue appears to be caused by a Snow Melt Mode, according to Tesmanian. Elon Musk's satellite internet company, Starlink, is experiencing problems with some of its dishes on the ground — they've started to attract cats.To send signals from its sat...
Tags: Space, Elon Musk, UK, Science, US, International, Trends, Nordic, BI International, StarLink, Tech Insider, Aaron Taylor, BI General Contributors, Tech Contributors, Business Insider España, International Contributors


Drinking water won't really help you avoid hangovers, a molecular biologist says

According to molecular biologist Patrick Schmitt, drinking water won't help you avoid a hangover. Getty Images / Tom Merton Many drink a glass of water between drinking alcohol to help avoid the effects of a hangover. The body doesn't get dehydrated when drinking alcohol, molecular biologist Patrick Schmitt says. He said drinking water won't help with a hangover, as hangovers aren't caused by dehydration. See more stories on Insider's business page. My phone is vibratin...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Life, International, Trends, Drinking, Nordic, Partying, Schmitt, Patrick Schmitt, Francois Lenoir, BI General Contributors, International Contributors, Qayyah Moynihan, Tom Merton


Humans won't be able to control a superintelligent AI, according to a study

Machines already perform certain tasks without humans understanding how they learned it. Reuters A Max-Planck Institute study suggests humans couldn't prevent an AI from making its own choices. The researchers used Alan Turing's "halting problem" to test their theory. Programming a superintelligent AI with "containment algorithms" or rules would be futile. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. It may not be theoretically possible to predict the actions of artifici...
Tags: Apple, UK, Science, Design, International, Trends, Strategy, Tech, Robots, Alan Turing, Ai, Nordic, Google Amazon, Isaac Asimov, Baker McKenzie, Asimov


How you can learn a new language during certain phases of sleep

Participants were given headphones to listen to while asleep. FreshSplash/Getty Images If you're learning a language but are finding it a slow process, there may ways to speed things up. Your brain can establish links between words in two languages while you're asleep. That means sophisticated learning is possible while you're snoozing. See more stories on Insider's business page. While we can't exactly work or cook at the same time as snoozing, our brains are still ver...
Tags: UK, Science, Learning, Sleep, Life, International, Trends, Skills, Nordic, Learning Languages, Tech Insider, Science Contributors, BI General Contributors, Tech Contributors, International Contributors, Qayyah Moynihan


How a 'twisting' method could help us build artificial muscles for robotic prostheses

Synthetic muscles could potentially cope with a high power output, even on a small scale. Gorodenkoff / Getty Images Artificial muscles can be made by twisting synthetic strands in a similar way to a DNA helix. A team "supercoiled" threads coated in a hydrogel into helices, according to The Conversation. These small, synthetic muscle fibers could, one day, power miniature devices in prosthetic limbs. See more stories on Insider's business page. The DNA double helix is one of the most e...
Tags: Science, Design, Australia, International, Trends, Tech, Inventions, Robotics, Nordic, University of Wollongong, Prosthetic, Prosthesis, Tech Insider, BI General Contributors, Tech Contributors, Qayyah Moynihan


From edible algae packaging to olive pit bioplastic, here's how 7 startups are fighting plastic pollution

Notpla is also working on algae packaging to replace cardboard boxes, which they're already testing in London with Just Eat. Getty Images It's estimated that by 2040, 1.3 billion tons of plastic will flood the Earth's oceans and land. Among the main culprits in plastic garbage are single-use plastics like bottles and wrappers. Here are seven biodegradable, compostable, and edible packaging solutions companies have designed. See more stories on Insider's business page. Singl...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, Design, London, Enterprise, Life, Environment, International, Trends, Strategy, Tech, Investing, Markets, Sustainability, Spain


A creepy virtual influencer looks so human, her skin changes with her surroundings

Instagram Ayayi is a non-human influencer that looks just like a real person. Her skin texture changes depending on the lighting and surroundings, just as a real person's would. She's already starting to work with brands like Guerlain. See more stories on Insider's business page. For some time now, companies have been creating their own virtual influencers.It is what it says on the tin - an animation in human form, developed either to promote a company's own products or to...
Tags: UK, Science, Design, Style, Instagram, Life, China, International, Trends, Strategy, Tech, Inventions, Innovation, Retail, Chanel, Nordic


Drinking water probably won't help you avoid a hangover, according to a molecular biologist

According to molecular biologist Patrick Schmitt, drinking water won't help you avoid a hangover. dragana991/Getty Images Many drink a glass of water between drinking alcohol to help avoid the effects of a hangover. The body doesn't get dehydrated when drinking alcohol, molecular biologist Patrick Schmitt says. He said drinking water won't help with a hangover, as hangovers aren't caused by dehydration. See more stories on Insider's business page. My phone is vibrating ...
Tags: Health, UK, Science, Life, International, Trends, Drinking, Nordic, Partying, Schmitt, Patrick Schmitt, Business Insider Deutschland, Francois Lenoir, BI General Contributors, International Contributors, Qayyah Moynihan


The 3 worst habits that are making you burn out, according to a psychologist

"Our way of working demands energy and it's unnecessarily draining," said Leons. Maskot/Getty Images Ulrika Leons says our daily habits in and out the office put us at serious risk of burning out. There are some surprising activities that can up your risk of feeling tired, low, and stressed out. Some include reading or watching a movie when we get home to engaging too much with our coworkers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Every now and then, when health care psychol...
Tags: Psychology, UK, Science, Life, International, Careers, Trends, Strategy, Work Life Balance, Stress, Mental Health, Burnout, Nordic, Leons, BI General Contributors, Strategy Contributors


Your brain is wired to be prejudiced towards strangers, but there's a way to trick yourself out of it

We're naturally wired to be prejudiced, even if it is subconscious. Getty Images / Jose Luis Pelaez Inc When faced with new or unfamiliar things, we can often feel negative or critical. This is common when meeting new people, even if we're unaware of it happening. Listing a person's positive traits can be effective in curtailing the phenomenon, psychologists say. See more stories on Insider's business page. When confronted with something we're not familiar with, we can ...
Tags: Psychology, Europe, UK, Science, Life, Africa, Trends, Strategy, Prejudice, Discrimination, Bias, Alves, Biases, Rawpixel, BI General Contributors, Qayyah Moynihan


A startup made sustainable 'seed' paper that grows into trees when planted

Gonzalo Mestre was a university student looking at innovating sustainable espadrilles with a partner when he came across plantable seed paper. Sheedo Paper / YouTube Spanish startup Sheedo developed a type of "seed paper" that can be planted to grow new plants. The paper, made of waste cotton from the textile industry, doesn't require tree-felling or bleaching. It's a 100% sustainable product and it ends up germinating into a plant at the end of its life. See more stories on Inside...
Tags: Startups, UK, Science, International, Trends, Startup, Tech, Sustainability, Telefonica, Coca Cola, Sustainable, Nordic, Massimo Dutti, AMI, Mestre, Tech Insider


How it's possible to learn a new language during certain phases of sleep

Participants were given headphones to listen to while asleep. FreshSplash/Getty Images If you're learning a language but are finding it a slow process, there may ways to speed things up. Your brain can establish links between words in two languages while you're asleep. That means sophisticated learning is possible while you're snoozing. See more stories on Insider's business page. While we can't exactly work or cook at the same time as snoozing, our brains are still ver...
Tags: UK, Science, Learning, Sleep, Life, Germany, International, Trends, Nordic, Deutsch, BI International, Learning Languages, Tech Insider, Business Insider Deutschland, Science Contributors, BI General Contributors


A disturbing 'zoo' theory may explain why we haven't yet discovered alien life

Despite myriad sightings of unidentified flying objects and alleged incidences of alien contact with Earth, so far we've put forward little hard evidence that we have intelligent company elsewhere in the universe. Chandra X-ray Observatory/Hubble Space Telescope/Spitzer Given the size of the universe, it would seem impossible that intelligent life is unique to Earth. In 1973 researcher John Ball of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology put forward a hypothesis. He suggested aliens...
Tags: Space, UK, Science, International, San Francisco, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Mit, Paris, Aliens, Alien Life, Extraterrestrial Life, Nordic, Meti, Massachusetts Institute Of Technology


'Smart clothes' can conduct Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to link all your tech at once, and can boost battery life by 1,000

The clothes can be washed, dried and ironed as with regular garments. YouTube / NUSLife Researchers invented clothes that conduct Bluetooth and WiFi to connect all your different gadgets. The conductive material on the clothes' surface is made of stainless steel in comb-shaped strips. It can still be washed like any normal clothing. See more stories on Insider's business page. Wearable devices like smartwatches and sensors that monitor your heart rate have, in recent years, become ...
Tags: UK, Science, Technology, Enterprise, Singapore, International, Trends, Tech, Chargers, Nus, Nordic, National University Of Singapore, Ho, Wi Fi, BI International, Tech Insider


How a company managed to produce a 'biochar' fuel from sewage without emitting CO2

Ingelia's co-founder says that, by 2022, the company would be able to replace 220,000 tons of coal with its biochar cylinders. Ingelia Spanish company Ingelia developed an industrial process to produce biocarbon fuel It can be made using sewage. The resulting product burns like coal but the actual production is carbon neutral. See more stories on Insider's business page. The European Commision has pledged that the EU will cut greenhouse gas emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 205...
Tags: Energy, UK, Science, Climate Change, Life, International, Trends, Sustainability, Eu, Spain, Budapest, Italy, Un, Biofuel, Valencia, Tuscany


15 cities that are home to some of the world's best transport solutions

On average, Singapore's commuters spend 84 minutes commuting on public transport each day. Getty Images / Gavin Hellier Traffic jams, air pollution, and faulty infrastructures can make navigating cities a real struggle. By 2050, 68% of the world will live in urban areas, placing strain on cities' transport systems. Oliver Wyman ranked the top 15 cities based on the quality of their public transport systems. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. Urban mobility is f...
Tags: Travel, Transportation, Hong Kong, Japan, UK, New York, Science, London, Life, China, Russia, Berlin, Singapore, International, Los Angeles, San Francisco


From edible algae packaging to olive stone bioplastic, here's how 7 startups are fighting plastic pollution

Notpla is also working on algae packaging to replace cardboard boxes, which they're already testing in London with Just Eat. Yuan Yue It's estimated that by 2040, 1.3 billion tons of plastic will flood the Earth's oceans and land. Among the main culprits in plastic garbage are single-use plastics like bottles and wrappers. Here are seven biodegradable, compostable, and edible packaging solutions companies have designed. See more stories on Insider's business page. Single-us...
Tags: Europe, UK, Science, London, Enterprise, Life, International, Trends, Strategy, Investing, Markets, Spain, Catalonia, Earth, United Kingdom, Zaragoza


An 'elastic ice' that can bend like wire could one day be used to detect air pollution

Though the idea of ice bending rather than breaking or cracking seems impossible, scientists have managed it. YouTube / Insider Chinese researchers have developed thin strands of ice that can be bent and curled like wires. The discovery could have many applications, like transmitting light, as is done in fiber optics. The ice is made by cooling water vapor with liquid nitrogen and forming microfibers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Materials science is going through a gol...
Tags: UK, Science, News, Life, International, Trends, New York Times, New Scientist, Gizmodo, Nordic, Tech Insider, BI General Contributors, Tech Contributors, Business Insider España, International Contributors, Qayyah Moynihan


Chinese innovators made an eerie virtual influencer who looks so human, her skin changes with her surroundings

This virtual influencer has a long way to go, but she's already starting to work with brands like Guerlain. Instagram Ayayi is a non-human influencer that looks just like a real person. Her skin texture changes depending on the lighting and surroundings, just as a real person's would. She's already starting to work with brands like Guerlain. See more stories on Insider's business page. For some time now, companies have been creating their own virtual influencers.It is what ...
Tags: UK, Science, Instagram, Life, China, International, Trends, Strategy, Retail, Chanel, Nordic, Tech Insider, BI General Contributors, Tech Contributors, Business Insider España, International Contributors


How Instagram and Facebook are intentionally designed to mimic addictive painkillers

"Painkiller apps" increase the likelihood of addiction. Thomas Trutschel/Getty Images Americans check their phones 262 times a day on average. Much of this time is spent on social media. Several ex-employees of Apple, Google, and Facebook apps are deliberately designed to be addictive. App developer Peter Mezyk says Facebook and Instagram users can become dependent on apps as one would painkillers. See more stories on Insider's business page. Earlier this year, Reviews.org surveyed 1,0...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, Science, Instagram, Life, Stanford, Germany, International, Trends, Phone, Smartphones, Addiction, Nordic, Tui, Deutsch


How a 'smart foam' could allow prosthetic hands to heal like human skin

The smart foam is artificially innervated. Getty Images AiFoam is a smart foam developed by the National University of Singapore. It allows robotic hands to self-heal and recognize nearby objects with changes in electric fields. The new design is a breakthrough in robotics and prosthetics research towards ever smarter tools. See more stories on Insider's business page. Robots aren't just becoming more graceful, sophisticated, and precise; they're becoming more autonomous, too. ...
Tags: UK, Science, Life, International, Trends, Mit, Darpa, Mars, Nordic, National University Of Singapore, Reuters, DEKA, Tech Insider, Benjamin Tee, BI General Contributors, Tech Contributors


How 'rain drones' in Dubai use electric shocks against clouds to trigger rain to battle extreme temperatures

Cloud seeding can increase low annual rainfall. Getty Images Dubai has launched a project to cope with high temperatures. The project is based on Dubai creating its own rain. To do this, drones that discharge electrical charges are used. See more stories on Insider's business page. Fighting the heat isn't always easy but in places like the United Arab Emirates where temperatures can easily reach 120 degrees Fahrenheit at certain times of the year.In the UAE - specifically in Dubai ...
Tags: UK, Science, International, Trends, Bbc, Emirates, United Arab Emirates, Dubai, Uae, Nordic, Vanguard, University of Reading, Tech Insider, NCMS, BI General Contributors, Tech Contributors


I had to stop my psychoactive meds while pregnant and the withdrawal was so bad, I considered an abortion

It's incredibly difficult to wean yourself off psychoactive medication once you've begun. Kanawa_Studio/Getty Images Benzodiazepines are a psychoactive drug. They can calm symptoms associated with anxiety. The withdrawal symptoms from giving them up are considered worse than those from cocaine. Sara suffered so much with insomnia and anxiety during pregnancy, she considered having an abortion. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sara is a pseudonym but below is a true ...
Tags: UK, Science, Drugs, Life, International, Trends, Mental Health, Psychiatry, Italy, Healthcare, National Health Service, Medication, Thomson Reuters, Nordic, Sara, Psychiatrist


Nestle is working with a startup that produces lab-grown meat from cell cultures

Nestlé Research scientists in Lausanne are working with Israeli startup Future Meat Technologies, a leading cultured meat startup. Getty Images Nestlé has joined the growing list of firms looking into cultured meat production. The company is exploring new partnerships and emerging projects in non-GMO lab-grown meat. Future Meat Technologies produces non-GMO cultured meat components from animal cells. See more stories on Insider's business page. Nestlé is exploring alternatives offered ...
Tags: South Korea, Europe, UK, Science, India, US, International, Trends, Sustainability, Bloomberg, Gmo, United States, Retail, Cargill, Mongolia, Nestle


The world's first 3D-printed steel bridge has opened in Amsterdam

The transportation of the 3D printed bridge in Amsterdam. Imperial College of London Pedestrians in Amsterdam can now cross the world's first 3D printed steel bridge. The architectural work required 4.9 tons of stainless steel and four years of research. Intelligent sensors on the bridge will monitor stress, movement, vibration, and temperature. See more stories on Insider's business page. The world's first 3D printed steel bridge has opened in Amsterdam in the Netherlands.Whil...
Tags: Travel, UK, Science, News, International, Trends, Research, Netherlands, Amsterdam, Nordic, Queen Maxima, Red light District, Craig Buchanan, Tech Insider, BI General Contributors, Business Insider España



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