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Hook Up Apps Have Gone Too Far

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From a threesome organizer to a tongue-on-phone oral sex guide, the era of dialing up your crush is officially over. Welcome to the sex-tech revolution that's ruining dating.

It’s hard to establish the exact tipping point at which hook-up apps made their transition from cheeky and cheerful to straight up disgusting, but that time has come, and it’s pretty unpleasant. Gone are the days of randy singles excitedly replacing their drunk dials with a hasty swipe ‘n’ meet, and in their place, a range of increasingly ridiculous sex sites encouraging phone licking, threesome engineering and auto-messaging girls sweet nothings (because writing the text yourself would be too hard).

DOD Wants to Merge You And a Robot

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From artificial mammal brains to prosthetics that feel like real limbs, the military’s blue-sky researchers are aiming to bring man and machine closer than ever before.

You've probably never looked at a mammal’s brain and thought “Gee, I wish I could yank that out of its skull and shrink it onto a chip.” Nor have you likely gazed upon a colony of ants and remarked “wouldn’t it be great if we could get spy drones to work together like that?”That’s because you don’t work for the Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, the Pentagon’s way, way out science and technology arm. Their annual budget request, which they made public on Thursday, reads like something out of lost a Philip K.

Does Intermittent Fasting Really Work?

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By Diana Kelly for Life by DailyBurn There’s a new trend in dieting these days—not eating. Yup, “fasting” became a popular trend in the U.K. with The Fast Diet by Dr. Michael Mosley and has trickled over to the states in several variations, including The 8-Hour Diet by David Zinczenko, consulting editorial director at American Media, Inc. And while fasting itself is certainly not a novel concept (people have been doing it for religious reasons for hundreds of years), “intermittent fasting” as a weight loss method seems to be the new trend.

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E-Cigs Are Gateway for Teens

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Youth are six times more likely to smoke real cigarettes.

That little black stick might lead to the real thing, a new report suggests. Youth who use e-cigarettes are six times more likely to smoke traditional cigarettes than those who've never tried the devices. “E-cigarettes are likely to be gateway devices for nicotine addiction among youth, opening up a whole new market for tobacco,” the report's lead author writes. The study, published in the JAMA Pediatrics journal, comes as e-cigarettes face bans across the country, and also as the market for the devices grows to a potential $5 billion this year.

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The UN's Half-Baked Protest

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A day after marijuana legalization efforts received international criticism, a 32-year-old received the first license to grow weed in Olympia, Washington. Is the Evergreen state—and those that may follow—ready for the green light?

Sean Green, a 32-year-old from Spokane had just three words to say after accepting Washington state’s first legal marijuana license Wednesday: “Let’s get growing.”A far cry from the stereotype of a stoner, the clean-cut father of two has both the face and name to succeed as the poster boy for Washington state’s legalization. After all, they’re going to need one.In a scathing report from the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB)—the monitoring body for the UN’s international drug control treaties—President Raymond Yans condemned the progression of marijuana laws in both the U.

LOVE BYTES

Lulu is Ruining Dating

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Lulu, the mobile dating app for women, has changed its system to allow men to opt-in. Here’s why guys shouldn’t bow to the pressure to perform online.

A frantic text from a male friend read, “Are you familiar with Lulu… Can you try checking Lulu on me? If something is on there, can you snapshot and send it to me?”Since its launch in February 2013, Lulu, the mobile dating app for women to anonymously review guys and their romantic capacities (or shortcomings), has sent a panicked chill through many a man.By logging in through Facebook, women suddenly had access to profiles of their ex-boyfriends, best friends, and one-night stands.

MOSQUITO BITES

This Virus Will Twist Your Limbs

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Thousands in the Caribbean have been infected with an incurable mosquito-borne illness that renders patients feverish and immobile—interminably. Why Americans could be next.

For those unable to extract sufficient anxiety from world events such as the Crimea or Syria crises, the US economy, or Rand Paul,  ‎here's a good one: an actual scary-as-shit new incurable infectious disease is heading your way soon: United States, meet chikungunya.  Chikungunya, which causes fever and severe aches, has been a big deal in public health circles for a decade or so since an explosive outbreak of the viral infection occurred on the Reunion Islands in the southwestern part of the Indian Ocean.

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Life-Saving Depression

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No one likes to be down but a new book, The Depths, argues that depression has real and helpful evolutionary benefits for humans and animals. But have the harms grown worse in modern society?

“The flesh is sad, and I've read all the books.” The famous opening of Mallarmé’s poem “Sea Breeze” is a sigh of resignation. Not even the knowledge gleaned from all the books in the world can loosen the grasp of human sadness.Of course reading all the books is impossible; merely reading the books on ways to find happiness would be a daunting prospect. Yet despite the countless titles promising infallible strategies for attaining happiness, depression is reaching epidemic proportions.

Press Sells Pain Pills to Addicts

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Addiction experts are campaigning to block the sale of the ultra-pure pain pill Zohydro. But the campaign may be more of an advertisement for the new drug than a way to stop it.

Zohydro is a new, government-approved, ultra-pure form of the commonly used opioid painkiller, hydrocodone. And it has addiction experts so concerned, they’re trying to stop the drug from ever hitting the market. Currently marketed only in combination with acetaminophen (Tylenol) or aspirin, hydrocodone products are already the number one bestselling prescriptions in America, under brand names like Vicodin. And as Philip Seymour Hoffman’s recent death shows, the U.

POT PATROL

Real Life ‘Weeds’: Cops Push Pot

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Police moonlighting as marijuana dispensary security experts are safeguarding pot in Massachusetts. But in a state threatening to restart the licensing process, they may be irrelevant.

At the door to a meeting of medical marijuana champions and green gold rush pioneers at the Massachusetts Department of Health last autumn stood a tall, lean man in a crew cut and a suit. Jose Martinez (not his real name) had that air about him that screamed “cop”—especially in a room of aging white hippies. Those he greeted we’re on the final leg of a journey to apply for one of up to 35 medical marijuana treatment center licenses the state was offering—the closest thing to golden tickets since Willy Wonka.

All the Rage

Legal Steroids for Pro Ballers?

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If athletes are aware of the dangers of performance enhancing drugs and are willing to do so anyway, shouldn’t that be a risk that they have the right to take?

Travis T. Tygart, the Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency was seated in a plush chair on the raised stage, his fingers intertwined. To his left was Tyler Hamilton, a retired pro cyclist and former member of Lance Armstrong’s U.S. Postal Tour de France team, slumped forward, his head slightly bowed. He appears weary but grimly determined; a pose not dissimilar to that of a soldier fighting a war that he fears he cannot ultimately win yet refuses to surrender.

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Straight-A Anorexics

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A new report claims that the perfectionistic, highly competitive environment of the UK’s top academies are making students prone to teen eating disorders.

Browsing the news stand, the headline in The Times caught my eye: “The silent epidemic hitting top girls’ schools.” I bought the paper and settled down in my favorite Sunday café to read more. The report claimed that eating disorders are sweeping through the UK’s elite educational establishments, affecting thousands of the brightest students. According to leading psychologists, girls from aspirational, middle-class families are the ‘fastest-growing’ group using mental health services as they struggle to cope with the pressure to achieve top grades.

Power Meals: Bring On the Fat!

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Pile on the avocado, blend in those chia seeds and slice up some sardines—these dishes promise a dose of satisfaction all day long.

I live a very active lifestyle as a father, entrepreneur, fitness enthusiast, and EMT so my meals must pack a punch. For me, a diet that’s high in fats (the good kinds!) works really well. In addition, I eat between 11a.m. and 7p.m. every day, which lets me take advantage of intermittent fasting, allowing my body and digestive system to get a rest or a reset. Here are four staple meals that keep me performing at optimal levels at all times.

Behold: History's Dumbest Diet

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A self-proclaimed ‘Barbie’ believes you don’t need food or water to live. Brains either, it would seem.

The Ukrainians sure have had a rough February. First their eye-poppingly corrupt president, Viktor Yanukovych, goes missing, then armed soldiers appear in the Crimea airport, then their president reappears in Russia acting like nothing happened, and then "Barbie" automaton Valeria Lukyanova, a Ukrainian lass (actually she was born in Moldava but never mind), announces that she was a breatharian. That’s right. Barbie believes you can live without food and water—and exist on air alone.

Modern Family

The Baby with Three Parents

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Forget the slippery slopes and fears of designer babies—we shouldn’t freak out over three-person IVF because it’s going to save lives.

Along with the Food and Drug Administration’s two-day meeting this week to discuss “three-person IVF” came the usual freak-outs about slippery slopes, designer babies, and other science-fiction fantasies (or nightmares) coming to life—magnified  by the strange thought of three people creating a healthy baby instead of the good ol’ two.“What we’re talking about is radical experimentation on future children.  A decision of such profound magnitude should not be made behind the mostly closed doors of this agency,” Marcy Darnovsky, executive director of the Center for Genetics and Society told the panel.

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Lincoln Center, NYC | APRIL 3-5, 2014

The Women in the World 2014 Agenda

The Women in the World 2014 Agenda

The fifth annual summit hits New York's Lincoln Center stage April 3-5, 2014. Hear stirring true stories that stretch from war zones to Washington, and learn how you too can get involved. Watch LIVE on The Daily Beast starting today at 6:30PM EST!