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Memories likely can’t be erased: Research offers new clues to how we remember

A new study challenges more than a century of neuroscience and could radically change the way we treat PTSD<p>As intangible as they may seem, memories have a firm biological basis. According to textbook neuroscience, they form when neighboring brain cells send chemical communications across the …

The Most Popular Antidepressants Are Based On An Outdated Theory [UPDATED]

One in ten Americans takes an anti-depressant drug like Zoloft or Prozac. These drugs have been shown to work in some patients, but their design is …

What’s the most we can remember?

People with extraordinary memory talents suggest that your mind may be capable of retaining more than you think, says Adam Hadhazy.<p>Unlike digital cameras with full memory cards that cannot snap any more pictures, our brains never seem to run out of room. Yet it defies logic that one adult human …

Depression Isn’t What You Think It Is

Millions of people are diagnosed with major depression, while a growing number of scientists are saying it isn’t a distinct condition. It’s part of a big shake-up in psychiatry as researchers attempt to define mental disorders by what’s going wrong in the brain rather than using checklists of …

This is absolutely terrifying: “There are really only two big patches of intact forest left on Earth”

A new study uncovers the ruinous consequences, to plant and animal species, of our increasingly fragmented forests<p>Can a forest that exists only in the spaces between roads and patches cleared for human settlement and agricultural development truly be called a forest?<p>Not so much, say researchers …

How to Keep Your Brain Young

<b>By Dr. Mercola</b><p>Are forgetfulness and "senior moments" inevitable parts of aging? Many medical professionals (including the doctor in CNN's news brief …

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"The Glory of Gardens"

Winter starts off exciting, but it ends as we grow utterly weary of snow, ice, and cold temperatures- 2015 more than most. But spring is coming …

You Are An Epoch: Defining the Anthropocene

The notion that the planet has entered a new geological epoch informally known as the <i>Anthropocene</i> — so named because it is linked to the planet-altering activities of the human species — has been percolating for more than a decade. But it has remained a contentious idea among scientists, given that …

Medical Technology Makes 'Time of Death' Harder to Pinpoint

Advances in medicine can prolong life, but they can also make it more difficult for doctors to know when a patient has truly died.<p>We tried our best, but CPR, an injection of epinephrine, and 360 joules of electricity all failed to restart Mrs. Melnyk’s heart. When everybody on the resuscitation …

Medicine

15 Tiny Outdoor Garden Ideas for the Urban Dweller

Whether you’re desperately trying to keep a basil plant alive or you want to try your hand at creating a salad garden, living small can cramp your green dreams. Few things are more satisfying than growing your own food, but that can be hard to accomplish with a teeny yard or patio. What to do? Here …

Landscaping

Earth’s other ‘moon’ and its crazy orbit could reveal mysteries of the solar system

We all know and love the moon. We’re so assured that we only have one that we don’t even give it a specific name. It is the brightest object in the …

The Neuroscience of ISIS

The gap is widening between visions of a brilliant future and one of deliberate Apocalyptic destruction.<p><i>This is the first of a series of columns for</i> …

Street Artist Tags Hawaii with Yarn Graffiti

Artist HOTTEA takes over Hawaii with his colorful yarn sculptures.<p>From Hawaii’s North Shore to the beaches of Waikiki, street artist HOTTEA weaved his yarn installations into public locations across the island for this month’s POW! WOW! Festival. In addition to the simple, geometric shapes he …

Cabin Fever? Get Started Now on These 9 Geeky Camping Projects

What’s geekier than Star Wars can lanterns and a Lego head propane tank at your campsite? Well, maybe a campfire coloring kit. Here’s a rundown of some great projects for geeky campers everywhere.<p><b>Roll-Up Silverware Holder</b><br>If you want to camp in style, you need the tableware to be classy. Keep it …

22 of the Most Colorful House Plants That Are Hard to Kill

Nothing adds a splash of color to the home like fresh flowers, especially when you don’t have a backyard or garden of your own. But if you’re looking for something more permanent than a bouquet, it’s time to explore the world of house plants. We’ve had a look at the many green plants you can add …

Plants

A Lawmaker Asked If Women Could Get Gyno Exams By Swallowing A Camera

A doctor had to explain that when you swallow things they do not end up in the vagina.<p>The Associated Press reported that after Dr. Julie Madsen, a physician testifying in opposition to the bill, described the procedure of telemedicine colonoscopies, Idaho Representative Republican Vito Barbieri …

Trail of Tools Reveals Modern Humans' Path Out of Africa

Early Homo sapiens lingered in a lush Arabia before encountering Neanderthals in the Levant.<p>Where did our species come from, and how did we get from there to everywhere?<p>Genetic studies have supplied a convincing answer to the first question: Our modern human ancestors evolved in Africa, then swept …

Anthropology

How long can we stay awake?

We can fight off the sandman for a while, but after a certain point, sleeplessness leads to temporary madness and – just maybe – death, discovers Adam Hadhazy.<p>People start to hallucinate and go a bit crazy<p>It’s surprising how we spend our lives. Reach your 78th birthday and according to some …

University of Chicago

Garden Hack For Perfectly Spaced Rows

Robyn Lehr<p><b>1.</b> Tear a page of black-and-white newspaper from top to bottom into 1-inch-wide strips. Then make a paste by mixing flour with enough water …

5 common beliefs about the human brain that are actually totally false

Are you a “left brain” person or a “right brain” person? Truth is, it doesn’t really matter!<p><b>MYTH:</b> HUMANS USE ONLY 10 PERCENT OF THEIR BRAIN <b><br>FACT:</b> The 10 percent myth (sometimes elevated to 20) is mere urban legend, one perpetrated by the plot of the 2011 movie<i>Limitless</i>, which pivoted around a wonder …

7 Things We Can Turn Off and On in the Brain

As much as we’d like to think we’re always in control of our own actions, a lot of human behavior, mood, and habit can be traced to involuntary …

Psychology

Spies feared hostile nations were controlling the weather

US government agents asked leading environmental expert to see how such attempts to control the weather could be detected<p>The CIA was worried that hostile nations were trying to control the world's weather, it has emerged.<p>US government agents were so concerned that they contacted a leading …

Try this Awesome Double Chocolate Banana Bread Recipe

24K Shares<p>I love a good banana bread recipe and this is one I'm certainly proud of. I'm a huge fan of chocolate so I love to add it to a variety of …

Unusual Uses for Coconut Oil

Introduction: Unusual Uses for Coconut Oil<p>Coconut oil is super versatile - I use it in baking, cooking, on myself and my pets, and even around the …

Surprise! Earth’s core has a core

Researchers have found that the Earth’s inner core has an inner core of its own … smaller than the moon.<p>Researchers at the University of Illinois and …

What Brain Science Can Teach You About Sex

This post is an introduction to a succession of posts I’ll be doing that explore the latest findings on human sexual desire. In particular, the …

Laser-Controlled And See-Through Brains Get Biomedical Prize

In addition to being scientifically important, Karl Deisseroth's research makes for some really cool-looking pictures<p>The scientist who figured out how to make organs see-through and how to control brain cells with laser light is getting a shiny new award today. Psychiatrist Karl Deisseroth, a</i> …

Exercise Benefits Your Brain Health

<b>By Dr. Mercola</b><p>Scientists have been linking the benefits of physical exercise to brain health for many years, but new research is making it clear that …