Alice Byde

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Great, a Poop-Borne Swimming Pool Parasite Can Survive Chlorine Now

It's the stuff of pool party nightmares.<p>Somewhere in America this summer, a small child will have a diarrhea incident in a pool. The kid will freeze, …

Swimming Pools

This Common Ingredient in Antiseptic Soap Is Messing With Your Cell Biology

Check the label.<p>A common class of antiseptic found in everything from mouthwash to spermicides has been found to impair the workings of our cells' …

University of California

Breakthrough surgical glue seals wounds shut in 60 seconds

Surgery can be incredibly taxing on the individual going under the knife, but when the surgeon wraps up the procedure it doesn’t always mean the end …

Breakthroughs

Blame Neanderthal Genes for Your Bad Habits and Good Looks

Homo neanderthalensis lives on in our DNA.<p>About 50,000 years ago, a group of early <i>Homo sapiens</i> traveled from Africa to Europe, encountered …

Anthropology

Humans Didn't Outsmart Neanderthals, We Just Outlasted Them

We modern humans feel pretty smug about Neanderthals. It's the story winners often tell themselves about losers: They couldn't cut the mustard, they …

Humanity

Heavy Periods May Become A Thing Of The Past Thanks To This Discovery

Praise be.<p>Scientists have uncovered a possible cause for heavy periods, saying it could pave the way for new treatment to ease excessive menstrual …

Nature Communications

Low-level alcohol consumption can help clean the brain

Everyone knows that drinking to excess is bad for your health (and potentially embarrassing), but a new study conducted by researchers at the …

Scientists Have Finally Figured Out Why Babies Kick in the Womb

They're not just saying hello.<p>It’s easy to confuse the phenomenon for a bad case of gas, but moms-to-be start feeling flutters and waves in their …

Embryonic

After you die, some things in your body keep on ticking, this video reveals

When you’re dead, you’re dead—right? No pulse, no brain activity, no signs of life. But at the cellular level, things can still be ticking right …

The real reason the sound of your own voice makes you cringe

Most of us have shuddered on hearing the sound of our own voice. In fact, not liking the sound of your own voice is so common that there’s a term for it: voice confrontation.<p>But why is voice confrontation so frequent, while barely a thought is given to the voices of others?<p>A common explanation …

Psychology

Parasites Can Mind-Control Animals Without Infecting Them

In 2018, everything is a metaphor.<p>A tapeworm is essentially a very long, parasitic towel with a grappling hook for a head. It attaches itself to the internal organs of its host with its fiendish head spines, and it absorbs nutrients through its tagliatelle-shaped body. Once fastened, it does very …

University of California

Gut bacteria mechanism behind the anti-seizure effects of ketogenic diet uncovered

The ketogenic diet was originally developed a century ago to treat children with severe epilepsy, but how it actually worked was always unclear. Now …

Flies Love to Ejaculate, Experiment Finds

If there’s one thing I know about human males, it’s that they love ejaculating. It can sometimes seem like their entire existence is motivated by a …

New Brain Maps With Unmatched Detail May Change Neuroscience

Sitting at the desk in his lower-campus office at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the neuroscientist Tony Zador turned his computer monitor toward me …

Is This Tissue a New Organ? Maybe. A Conduit for Cancer? It Seems Likely.

Researchers have made new discoveries about the in-between spaces in the human body, and some say it’s time to rewrite the anatomy books.<p>A study published in Scientific Reports this week described a fluid-filled, 3-D latticework of collagen and elastin connective tissue that can be found all over …

'The Neuroscientist Who Lost Her Mind' Returns From Madness

One spring morning in 2015, Barbara Lipska got up as usual, dyed her hair and went for a jog in her suburban Virginia neighborhood.<p>But when she returned from a much longer than expected run, her husband Mirek was completely taken aback.<p>"I was lost in my own neighborhood," Lipska says. "The hair dye …

Mental Health

Sudan, World's Last Male Northern White Rhino, Dies

Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhinoceros, died in Kenya on Monday, leaving his species one step closer to extinction, even as a group of scientists undertake an unprecedented effort to try to keep this animal from vanishing entirely.<p>Sudan was 45 years old, and his health had …

Wildlife

Do Adult Brains Make New Neurons? A Contentious New Study Says No

It’s the latest chapter in a century-long debate about whether neurogenesis continues throughout humans’ lives.<p>In 1928, Santiago Ramón y Cajal, the father of modern neuroscience, proclaimed that the brains of adult humans never make new neurons. “Once development was ended,” he wrote, “the founts …

Neuroscientists Figured Out What Unconsciousness Looks Like in the Brain

Just because it's unconscious doesn't mean it's not on.<p>The human brain is the only reason our species has survived on this planet for so long, but …

Neuroscience

They’re Hosting Parasitic Worms in Their Bodies to Help Treat a Neglected Disease

Seventeen volunteers in the Netherlands have agreed to host parasitic worms in their bodies for 12 weeks in order to help advance research toward a vaccine for schistosomiasis, a chronic disease that afflicts more than 200 million people a year, killing thousands, primarily in sub-Saharan Africa …

Medicine

Microbes Could Thrive on Saturn's Icy Moon

The case for potential life in the underground ocean of Enceladus is looking better and better.<p>In 2005, a NASA spacecraft flew past Enceladus, an icy moon of Saturn, snapping pictures and recording observations as it went. When scientists processed the data, they saw plumes of mist erupting from …

Astronomy

Mirrors have revealed something new about manta rays – and it reflects badly on us

As a shark biologist, I enjoy nothing more than going scuba diving with sharks in the wild. However, I realise it’s an immense privilege to do this as part of my work – and that for the vast majority of people experiencing the underwater world in such a way is simply not possible.<p>Nevertheless, even …

recognise

Scientists Explore Ties Between Alzheimer's And Brain's Ancient Immune System

Beer has fueled a lot of bad ideas. But on a Friday afternoon in 2007, it helped two Alzheimer's researchers come up with a really a good one.<p>Neuroscientists Robert Moir and Rudolph Tanzi were sipping Coronas in separate offices during "attitude adjustment hour" at Massachusetts General Hospital, …

Immune System

11 Scientific Tips That Will Help You Learn Anything Faster - And Actually Remember It

Hack the learning process.<p>Kids can and should practice the skill of learning if they want a fighting chance at fulfilling all those lofty goals their …

Siblings

Whales can mimic human speech, and you have to hear it to believe it

We’ve known for some time that orca whales are incredibly intelligent creatures, capable of advanced social behaviors and coordinated hunting …

Weird: Naked mole rats don't die of old age

Just when it seemed the naked mole rat couldn't get any weirder, it turns out the buck-toothed, bare-skinned rodents don't even age.<p>Unlike literally every other mammal, naked mole rats don't become more likely to die as they get up there in years. In humans, for example, with all else being equal …

An Ancient Virus May Be Responsible for Human Consciousness

You've got an ancient virus in your brain. In fact, you've got an ancient virus at the very root of your conscious thought.<p>According to two papers …

A blood test could predict the risk of Alzheimer’s disease

A blood test can predict the presence of an Alzheimer’s-related protein in the brain.

Crocodiles that swim in bat poop are turning into a new species

A very special kind of crocodile calls the Abanda caves in Gabon, Africa, home. The creatures are African dwarf crocodiles, but they might not be for …

Scientists Just Identified The Physical Source of Anxiety in The Brain

And they can control it with light.<p>We're not wired to feel safe all the time, but maybe one day we could be.<p>A new study investigating the …