• Why some people find it easier to lose weight

    Study highlights our uniquely individual responses.

    Ever wondered why some people can eat to their heart’s content while others agonise over every calorie and still stru...

    Body and Mind June 19, 2020
  • There may be a gene linked to thinness

    International team looks at the other side of weight gain.

    Scientists have identified a gene they believe may be linked to thinness – and potentially to resisting weight gain. ...

    Body and Mind May 22, 2020
  • Body shape links to heart risk post-menopause

    Where weight is stored is as important as how much is stored.

    Postmenopausal women who store body fat in their legs rather than around their torso have a significantly decreased r...

    Body and Mind July 1, 2019
  • Weight loss surgery has added benefits

    Study finds long-term improvements in sexual function.

    For about 50% of patients, reported improvements in sexual function following bariatric surgery persist long term, a ...

    Health February 20, 2019
  • The difference between mass and weight

    Though related, they’re actually quite different.

    We often use the words ‘mass’ and ‘weight’ interchangeably, but they mean quite different things. Your mass is the sa...

    Physics April 3, 2018
  • Gaining less than three kilos lifts inflammation, heart disease risk

    Research uncovers surprising negative effects over mild over-eating for just 30 days.

    Just 30 days of over-eating can trigger profound changes to the immune and cardiovascular system, leading to early si...

    Biology January 17, 2018
  • Using Einstein's theory to weigh a star

    Einstein predicted distant stars could be weighed using gravity.

    Gravity of a white dwarf star warps space and bends the light of a distant star behind it. Credit: NASA, ESA, and A. ...

    Physics June 11, 2017
  • The official kilogram faces constant demand

    After immortalised in metal, the kilogram is about to change.

    What’s a kilogram to you? A litre of water, perhaps, or maybe a block of cheese.  Officially, it’s a lump of metal ke...

    Physics February 27, 2017
  • Exercise before breakfast to lose more weight

    If your New Year’s resolution is to drop a couple of kilos, here’s a tip.

    A 2010 study found benefits to training before eating in the morning. Credit: Geber86 / Getty ImagesIf your goal is...

    Biology January 1, 2017
  • Dieting fact and fiction

    Book reviews about weight loss, by Drew Turney and Bill Condie.

    If the size and influence of the diet industry and the battles many people wage – often over decades – to control the...

    Society November 23, 2016
  • Sex and other myths about weight loss

    They can prevent people from reaching their weight loss goals.

    The estimated annual health care costs related to obesity are over $210 billion, or nearly 21 percent of annual medic...

    Biology July 8, 2016
  • Packing light for Mars

    A microbe factory could more than halve a mission's payload weight. Cathal O'Connell repo...

    We’ve all had trouble squeezing our luggage down to the allowed weight for a flight. But for a trip to Mars that prob...

    Space March 16, 2015
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