Weekend Links

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We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and stories for your weekend reading enjoyment:

Want to build a dragon? Science is here for you – If someone were to create a dragon, how would it get its flame? Nature, it seems, has all the parts a dragon needs to set the world on fire, no flamethrower required. The creature just needs a few chemicals, some microbes — and maybe tips from a tiny desert fish.

Five healthy habits to live by – Maintaining five healthy habits — eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, keeping a healthy body weight, not drinking too much alcohol, and not smoking — during adulthood may add more than a decade to life expectancy, according to a new study led by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

How Your Brain Can Trick You Into Trusting People – Research finds that your brain can instinctively trust people simply because they sound as if they know what they’re talking about.

Americans Are A Lonely Lot, And Young People Bear The Heaviest Burden – Loneliness isn’t just a fleeting feeling, leaving us sad for a few hours to a few days. Research in recent years suggests that for many people, loneliness is more like a chronic ache, affecting their daily lives and sense of well-being.

Billionaires, butterflies and brooding skies — April’s top science images – The month’s sharpest science shots, selected by Nature’s photo team.

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