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The buzz on caffeine in coffee: A genetic quirk

Scientists have woken up and smelled the coffee — and analyzed its DNA.<p>They found that what we love about coffee — the caffeine — is a genetic quirk, not related to the caffeine in chocolate or tea.<p>"It's an accident that has been frozen in place very likely by the influence of natural selection," …

A Prosthetic Leg That Plugs Directly Into The Skeleton

Flesh and titanium merge via a design inspired by deer antlers.<p>There are a lot of fancy, high-tech prosthetics out there. Some can read electrical signals from the nerves and muscles of the remaining tissue, while others even interface with the brain to read a person’s intentions when she, say, …

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Wild teenage behaviour linked to rapid cognitive change in the brain

Scientific studies suggest that differences in the prefrontal cortex could account for the impulsive actions of young people<p>Teenagers can do the craziest things. They drive at high speeds. They stand around outside loud parties and smoke weed in front of the cops. They guzzle liquor. They insult …

The secret to acing exams

In tests that offer a choice of answers, you can exploit hidden patterns to get full marks if you know how, says William Poundstone.<p>Our fates in school and beyond are decided by pop quizzes, final exams, drivers’ exams, and professional exams. Many are true-or-false, or multiple-choice. If you get …


App knows if alcohol tremors are real or fake - Futurity

A new app shows promise in predicting whether alcoholic tremors are real or fake.