Marci Alvaran

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Why Nature Prefers Couples, Even for Yeast

Some species have the equivalent of many more than two sexes, but most do not. A new model suggests the reason depends on how often they mate.<p>We tend …

Biology

Scientists develop the world's first 3D color X-rays

A New Zealand company has generated the first 3D color X-Ray images of the human body by using an advanced medical scanner. The scanner utilizes CERN's Medipix3 technology and has been in development for a decade. It's able to produce high resolution images thanks to particle tracking …

Scanners

7 Signs You Have PTSD From Your Past Relationship That You Probably Never Realized

Trauma, all levels of it, can have a serious impact on our lives, even if we don't realize it immediately. Sometimes it can even be hard to …

Mental Health

Is Your Brain Being "Hijacked" by Stress and Anxiety? Here's How to Know For Sure

<i>Your brain should not be your own worst enemy, but stress and anxiety can often make this the case. If you're constantly stressing about even the least worrisome things, Cheryl Gerson at YourTango lists ways to calm your mind and ease the vicious mental cycle of rumination.</i><p><b>You don't have to be a</b> …

Mindfulness

The Truth Behind My Laid-Back Mom Smile? Severe Anxiety

If you've ever seen me with my kids or chatted with me at any occasion, you probably thought I'm a laid-back mom. My content smile and happy small talk would definitely sell me as the most relaxed person in the room (maybe I should have been an actress?). But behind all this is actually <i>a lot</i> of …

Depression

How whale corpses feed ocean floors

What happens when a whale dies?<p>Whales that end up on the beach make headlines. But those that sink to the bottom of the ocean make new homes for sea life. The brawn, blubber, and bone of these unlucky cetaceans—some 70,000 of which perish during harrowing seasonal migrations each year—nourish a …

Biology

This Musician’s Songs Give Powerful Voice to Her Native Language

Alidé Sans, a 25-year-old singer-songwriter known for her soulful voice and upbeat, rumba- and reggae-inspired guitar riffs, grew up in the Catalonia …

Language

Flying Dragon Robot Transforms Itself to Squeeze Through Gaps

DRAGON can change its shape to move through complex environments and even manipulate objectsThere’s been a lot of recent focus on applications for …

Robotics

Stress Might Have an Effect on Your Vision That Eye Experts Long Ignored

"There is a large disconnect between the science and what the public needs."<p>Bernhard Sabel, Ph.D., a medical psychology professor at Otto von …

Psychology

Many of my childhood friends are dead. Is masculinity to blame?

Nobody asked our fathers about their feelings because they were too busy working<p>I grew up in Kamloops, a small blue-collar city in British Columbia about 350km north-east of Vancouver. Kamloops wasn’t the middle of nowhere, but at the time it felt pretty close. I moved there with my family when I …

Mental Health

I Lived With Anxiety So Debilitating It Kept Me From Going Outside—Until I Finally Received a Surprising Diagnosis

It took 25 years to figure out what was wrong.<p>As a child, I didn’t trust the world would adhere to its own rules: what if the sun <i>didn’t</i> set, what if …

Mental Health

These Most Dangerous Plants in The World Will Make You Want to Stay Indoors Forever

Nature, you scary.<p>At the height of North American summer, many plants are at their most dangerous.<p>We don't normally think of plants as particularly …

This giant demon plant gives you burns if you touch it, and it's spreading

The name "giant hogweed" should give you a clue as to how horrible this plant is.<p>“Giant hogweed” already sounds like a thing you should avoid. You’ll definitely want to steer clear once you see the burns the plant can give you—yes, you read that right, <i>burns from a plant</i>. (We won’t paste them in for …

Hogweed

Paralympian learned finer points of hockey from playing video game

Six years ago, Marine Corps gunnery sergeant Ralph DeQuebec lost both legs when he was wounded in Afghanistan by an improvised explosive device. The …

The tough pre-college talk I wish my parents had initiated

Before I went to college four years ago, my parents and I had a “work hard in class” talk and a “safe partying” talk. But we didn’t discuss what to do if stress morphed into anxiety or depression. We should have.<p>Instead, that summer almost every conversation I had with an adult included some …

A New Kind of Photosynthesis Has Been Discovered, Pushing The Limits on Life

Our living world is just incredible.<p>A type of chlorophyll discovered just a few years ago is pushing the limits of photosynthesis and the role this …

Imperial College London

Who Are We Telling Depressed People to ‘Reach Out’ to, Anyway?

“Reach out,” they say. “Get help,” they say. “Go to therapy,” they say. They, of course, are seemingly every friend, celebrity, and politician …

These Fish Keep Forests Alive—And Fishing Threatens Them

Video<p>Scientists have found that many South American forests rely on large fish to transport their seeds—and that may put them at risk.<p>Video<p>If the forests of South America are the world’s lungs, their rivers and wetlands must be its veins and arteries. This is the most diverse continent when it …

Travel Photography

14 'Harmless' Comments People Said That Were Actually Psychologically Damaging

We’ve all heard hurtful or invalidating comments at some point in our lives.<p><i>14 ‘Harmless’ Comments People Said That Were Actually Psychologically Damaging was published on The Mighty by Juliette Virzi.</i><p>We’ve all heard hurtful or invalidating comments at some point in our lives. If you live with a …

Mental Health

Chrissy Teigen’s Tweet About Depression Highlights Why Simply Sharing A Helpline Number Isn’t Enough

The week of June 4 has been a sad one with the loss of both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, reportedly by suicide. As a result of their deaths, many …

Can you lose your native language?

It’s possible to forget your first language, even as an adult. But how, and why, this happens is complex and counter-intuitive.<p>I’m sitting in my kitchen in London, trying to figure out a text message from my brother. He lives in our home country of Germany. We speak German to each other, a language …

Language

Math Bee: Honeybees Seem To Understand The Notion Of Zero

Honeybees understand that "nothing" can be "something" that has numerical meaning, showing that they have a primitive grasp of the concept of zero.<p>That's according to a newly published study in <i>Science</i>, which shows that bees possess a mathematical ability once thought to exist only in dolphins, …

Honey Bees

Color-changing fibers make compression bandages easier to use

Pressure bandages are typically used to treat medical issues around veins that don't return enough blood from your legs or arms. Compression stockings, for example, can help stimulate blood flow, but there's no way to know if the pressure being applied is optimal for the specific condition. …

Brainless Creatures Can Do Some Incredibly Smart Things

Some life on Earth can count, anticipate future events, and design railway networks without the distinctive organ.<p>There's no denying that human intelligence makes our species stand out from other life on Earth. Our brains much more than our brawn account for our evolutionary successes—as well as …

The 18th-Century Lady Mathematician Who Loved Calculus and God

The witch of Agnesi, you may be disappointed to know, is a curve that math students generally learn about in calculus class. It doesn’t look much …

The Rise And Fall of The Roman Empire Is Being Rewritten by Ice Hidden Under Greenland

Wait, what has Greenland got to do with ancient Rome?<p>The frosty vastness of Greenland might have eluded the far-reaching grasp of the Roman Empire, …

Penn doctors perform the first robot-assisted spinal surgery

Surgical robots are capable of feats that even the most skilled doctors can't manage, and the University of Pennsylvania just offered a textbook example. The school has confirmed that it performed the first-ever robot-assisted spinal surgery, using Da Vinci's robotic arms to remove a rare tumor …

An emotional call to eradicate ancient cousin of HIV

<b>(CNN) —</b> It was a mystery illness to them.<p>No one in the immediate Kurian family had heard of human T-cell leukemia virus type 1, HTLV-1, before patriarch George was diagnosed with blood cancer. Doctors told the family that his cancer was due to HTLV-1, which can cause leukemia and lymphoma in some …

Public Health

Armed with court orders and thick skins, deputies try to rescue mentally ill Iowans

© Copyright 2018, Des Moines Register and Tribune Co.<p>The troubled young woman understood immediately why the two Polk County sheriff's deputies had …

Reddit Has a Really Surprising Effect on Users' Mental Health, Study Shows

Wow.<p>Reddit doesn't have the best reputation. Between the sexism, racism, and general harassment levied by and toward users daily, the internet's …