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Trick or treat for science: Kids become test subjects

NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Each year,<p>Halloweenis a massive operation at Dean Karlan's house, drawing in members of his family, particularly his 13-year-old daughter, Maya.<p>Maya's enthusiasm for Halloween knows few bounds. She makes her own costumes: a castle with a working drawbridge, a full-color traffic …

Halloween witch: is a travel sickness drug behind flying broomstick myth?

Scopolamine, an ingredient of over-the-counter remedies, could be at the root of stories about witches riding broomsticks<p>At Halloween, images of witches flying across the night sky astride broomsticks are everywhere. The myth that witches could fly with the help of their broomsticks has been around …

Babies remember melodies heard in womb, study suggests

Brains of babies who heard melody before birth react more strongly to tune after birth and at four months, scientists say<p>Newborn babies can remember melodies played to them while they were in the womb, according to a study.<p>Scientists found that the brains of babies who heard a specific melody just …

Will we ever bring the dead back to life?

Understanding the processes governing death is helping experts try to halt and reverse it. It’s also challenging our ideas about the nature of death itself.<p>Zach Conrad died on a lovely Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. It was 3 June 2012, and the 36-year-old financial analyst had decided to take a …

Medicine

These Hauntingly Bizarre Lifeforms Could Inspire Your Best Costume Ever

<i>Animal Earth: The Amazing Diversity of Living Creatures</i> by Ross Piper was published by Thames & Hudson on Sept 16.No matter how many species we …

How Long Could You Survive In A Coffin If You Were Buried Alive?

It depends on how big your coffin is.<p>A normal, healthy person might have 10 minutes to an hour, or six hours to 36 hours--depending on whom you ask--before settling into a premature grave. Scientists disagree, but one thing’s for sure: it wouldn’t be long.<p>It all comes down to the amount of air …

Brain can trick us into seeing in the dark - Futurity

Even in the dark, at least 50 percent of people report seeing the movement of their own hand, according to a new study using computerized …

A Fossil Shows Dinosaurs Permanently Locked In A Fight

And it can be yours for $9 million<p>This month, two fossilized dinosaurs, locked in eternal battle, will be auctioned off at Bonhams in New York City. Experts expect them to fetch one of the highest ever prices for a fossil, up to $9 million. The pair’s prehistoric fight was intense. The carnivore, …

FYI: Can You Overdose On Halloween Candy?

To be safe, maybe limit your all-Snickers diet to just this week.<p>Say you pulled in a really good haul of Halloween candy this year. Like, really good. Months of supply good. What, hypothetically, would happen if you decided to forgo your bland, nutritional diet and embark on every 8-year-old kid's …

The devil you know: inside the world of a psychopathic scientist

James Fallon has the biology of a stone-cold killer — and he would know<p>James Fallon is a happily married father of three, an award-winning neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine, the founder of several successful biotech companies, and a scientific advisor to the US Department of …