Ashley Halmans

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Alzheimer's: New brain cell loss mechanism uncovered

A new study may change current therapeutic approaches for Alzheimer's disease, as scientists uncover a novel brain death pathway involved in the …

DARPA’s Brain Chip Implants Could Be the Next Big Mental Health Breakthrough—Or a Total Disaster

<i>How did a Massachusetts woman end up with two electrodes implanted into her brain? Why is the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency developing a</i> …

Mental Health

Merging our brains with machines won't stop the rise of the robots

Tesla chief executive and OpenAI founder Elon Musk suggested last week that humanity might stave off irrelevance from the rise of the machines by …

Machine Learning

A New Study Finds a Surprising Treatment for Migraines

Migraines affect 18% of women in the U.S., yet as common as they are, effective treatments aren't always easy to come by. People have sought costly …

Where were all the women in the Stone Age?

Were there any women around in the Palaeolithic Era? If popular culture is any guide you'd think not. And even archaeology itself has a long way to …

The future is mixed-race

And so is the past. Migration and mingling are essential to human success in the past, the present and into the future<i>By Scott Solomon</i>Read at Aeon

DNA points to millennia of stability in East Asian hunter-fisher population

In a remote corner of eastern Russia, where long winters bring temperatures that rarely flicker above freezing, the genetic legacy of ancient …

Scientists Discover Gatekeeper Cells May Hold the Key to Beating Alzheimer’s

Alzheimer’s disease is a debilitating neurological condition that millions of people’s lives daily, but as of yet there is no cure. However, that …

What your brain structure says about your personality

From toe length to handwriting and sleeping position, there have been countless studies linking various features with specific personality traits. …

The Brain

World’s First Semisynthetic Organism Created: Scientists Expand Life’s Genetic Code To Include Two Artificial DNA Bases

All DNA-based life forms on Earth contain, at their core, a genetic code made up of four bases — adenine (A), thymine (T), guanine (G), cytosine (C). …

How Victorian Gender Norms Shaped the Way We Think About Animal Sex

That males are naturally promiscuous while females are coy and choosy is a widely held belief. Even many scientists—including some biologists, …

Scientists Use Stem Cells to Regenerate Layers of a Human Heart

Stem cell technology has produced some very exciting advances in medicine recently. Now a recent study from Penn State details how researchers coaxed …

7 Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure Naturally

High blood pressure affects about one in three adults for all kinds of reasons, from genetics to stress. While medications can help keep it in check, …

Wellness

These Nanoparticles Might Trick Cancer Into Revealing Itself To Our Immune System

In trials in mice, a new technique that exposes the insides of tumors to our body’s T cells showed promising results.<p>Nanoparticles may help the body fight off cancer cells using its own immune system. New research shows that, in mice at least, not only tumors but metastases were completely …

Abomination: The Dark Fantasy Novel ‘Rogue One’ Fans Should Read

If you loved “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story”, then there’s a work of unrelentingly grim fantasy I’d like to recommend to you: <i>Abomination</i> by Gary …

From Psychedelics To Alzheimer's, 2016 Was A Good Year For Brain Science

With a president-elect who has publicly supported the debunked claim that vaccines cause autism, suggested that climate change is a hoax dreamed up by the Chinese, and appointed to his Cabinet a retired neurosurgeon who doesn't buy the theory of evolution, things might look grim for science.<p>Yet …

The Top History Books of 2016

This detailed account of the battles for control over the great expanse of the American plains brings nuance and new details to a moment that needs …

The Biggest Historical Fiction Books of 2016

2016 has been a wonderful year for historical fiction. From empresses to soldiers and everything in between, these novels have captivated readers, …

Genetic editing could rob world of creative geniuses like Thomas Edison or Tennessee Williams

Genetic editing to cure future generations of disease and mental disorders could rob the world of the creative geniuses who have transformed society, it has been claimed.<p>Next year, the first large trials will begin in the US and China to tweak the genes of patients suffering from cancer - a …

Genetics