Marci Alvaran

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FDA Approves First Blood Test For Concussion

<i>By Nadia Kounang</i><p>PHILADELPHIA (CNN) — The US Food and Drug Administration has, for the first time, approved a blood test to help detect concussion in …

Medicine

Capitals help UAE women's team experience trip of lifetime

The visit went so well that UAE Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba suggested that Al Ali return this season with her teammates. The Capitals and the UAE …

Ice Hockey

Brain-repairing protein may lead to new MS drugs

Multiple sclerosis is an often debilitating autoimmune disease characterized by muscle weakness, vision problems, impaired coordination, and physical …

Medical Research

Can a Video Game Train You To Hear Better In a Crowded Room?

Video games to the rescue<p>In their new study, Polley, Whitton and their colleagues created a video game to train players’ brains to distinguish sounds …

The Brain

The Strava Heat Map and the End of Secrets

A modern equivalent of the World War II era warning that “loose lips sink ships” may be “FFS don’t share your Fitbit data on duty.” Over the weekend, …

National Security

Super-resolution microscopy reveals fine detail of cellular mesh

"This is a defect in the network, but there might be a reason for it," said Xu, who is also a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator. "The cell would …

Nanotech

Never-before-seen viruses with weird DNA were just discovered in the ocean

Secret Domination<p>The ocean is crowded. As many as 10 million viruses can be found squirming in a single millilitre of its water, and it turns out …

Microbiology

MIT Engineers Have Designed a Chip That Behaves Just Like Brain Cell Connections

The most promising artificial synapse to date.<p>For those working in the field of advanced artificial intelligence, getting a computer to simulate …

Engineering

Is Social Media Making Us Sad

“engage meaningfully with the people who mean something to you.”<p>Copy this HTML into your CMS<br>Press Ctrl+C to copy<p>To early users, the internet held …

Social Media

This tiny robot moves so fast on camera it’s just a blur

It makes up to 75 motions a second and could be used to correct surgeons’ hand tremors during operations<p>Researchers at Harvard have created a new robot that’s the smallest, fastest, and most precise of its kind. It’s called the milliDelta, and can move so quickly — up to 75 motions a second — that …

You Can Smell When Someone's Sick—Here's How

The curious case of a woman who can smell Parkinson’s reminds us our noses are our first defense against illness.<p>I’m sick, and I don’t smell right. I don’t mean that my nose isn’t working—though this cold has me stuffed up. Instead, my own body odor seems somehow different, sour and unfamiliar.<p>I’m …

Parkinson's Disease

A psychological ailment called 'hikikomori' is imprisoning 500,000 Japanese people in their homes — and it's more of a threat than ever

Hayashi Kyoko started becoming a social recluse when her high school principal started talking about university entrance exams on the first day of school.<p>"The fun high-school life I was looking forward to transformed into nothing more than a period of test preparation," the Japanese native told the …

Japan

Sarah Silverman's Compassionate Response to Hateful Tweet is a Master Class in Emotional Intelligence

With a brief Twitter exchange, Sarah Silverman showed how to respond to anger with humility and compassion, and how to help somoene in genuine need.<p>Imagine you send out a fairly innocuous tweet, and moments later a person you don't know responds with one word: "C---."<p>What would you do? Would you …

Mystery condition gives way to bright future for 10-year-old

<b>(CNN) —</b> When Avery Reilly was born, her parents thought she was an "absolutely perfect baby," her mother Helena said. She loved to be swaddled and was a great sleeper.<p>But Avery didn't do what Helena liked to call "baby tai chi," in which infants wave their arms around. She was content to sit …

Autism

Print This Free Garden Planner

1<p>Printable Garden Notebook<p>Get all of your garden plans, records and dreams in one place. Just slip this printable cover into the front of a binder, …

Why South Koreans rarely use the word ‘me’

‘Uri’ isn’t a mere grammar point, it’s a cultural canon that captures the very essence of a nation.<p>“Our husband is also a teacher,” my co-worker told me as she noisily slurped her soup. She was seated beside another colleague, who was slurping hers, too.<p>I was confused. Had I misheard her? Were …

Secret Link Uncovered Between Pure Math and Physics

Mathematics is full of weird number systems that most people have never heard of and would have trouble even conceptualizing. But rational numbers …

Mathematics

Something Really Fascinating Happens When You Give Plants Anaesthetic

We still don't really know how anaesthetic works.<p>When somebody mentions anaesthetics, we probably think straight away of pain relief, but there's a …

Why are America's farmers killing themselves in record numbers?

The suicide rate for farmers is more than double that of veterans. Former farmer Debbie Weingarten gives an insider’s perspective on farm life – and how to help<p>It is dark in the workshop, but what light there is streams in patches through the windows. Cobwebs coat the wrenches, the cans of spray …

He’s 22. She’s 81. Their Friendship Is Melting Hearts.

Spencer Sleyon, a 22-year-old rapper and producer from East Harlem, and his friends were going around the room in October, talking about who their closest friends were.<p>When it was his turn, he said: “My best friend is an 81-year-old white woman who lives in a retirement community in Florida.”<p>To be …

The world’s largest and oldest organism is super stressed out

The largest and oldest living organism on Earth is the Pando clone, a quaking aspen colony of over 47,000 trees in Utahthat stretches over 106-acres, weighs 13 million pounds, and is 80,000 years old.<p><i>Pando</i> is Latin for spread, or extend, and that’s just what Pando does. A single root system …

Sustainability

This Once-Abused Dog Is Now an Avid Mountain Climber

Penni the pit bull has traversed thousands of miles alongside her adventurous owner.<p>Penni the pit bull was not raised to survive.<p>From birth, she was locked in a drug-house basement in the Bronx, New York City. At two years old, she was dumped onto the streets with a few other dogs and picked up by …

Pets

An Exhibit in Illinois Allows Visitors to Talk with Holograms of 13 Holocaust Survivors

Aaron Elster was 7 years old when the bombs came, thunderous airplanes whooshing over the Sokolow Ghetto in Poland, bringing destruction in their …

World History

This Artificial Muscle Can Lift 1,000 Times Its Own Weight

When you think of a robot, the first thing to come to mind is usually metal and hard plastic. But these materials don't exactly have a delicate …

Robotics

Learning a new language changes the way you perceive reality

Learning a new language is a humbling process, because it basically means accepting that every word you know is wrong. The elaborate lexicon you’ve developed over the years suddenly becomes useless: the movie quotes you know, your street slang, old-fashioned words you ironically use—everything …

Language Learning

Star Game evolved from benefit for injured player

Bailey once was described as "quite an aggressive player who never hesitated to exchange bumps with the league's hardbacks." He weighed all of 160 …

From Space, 2017's Devastating Hurricanes Look Hypnotic

By tracking tiny particles of dust, salt, and smoke, NASA video reveals how changing atmospheric currents impact hurricanes.<p>This year's hurricane season has been rife with superlatives: by all accounts, it was one of the most catastrophic, rainiest, and busiest we've seen in modern history.<p>Harvey …

Weather

Why Wounds Heal Faster During the Day Than at Night

Whether you slice your finger while cutting an apple or chopping veggies doesn’t seem to matter much—either way it’s a painful experience. But a new …

Cell Biology

See What's Controlling These Zombie Ants

New research shows a deadly fungus is carving its way into the insects' bodies.<p>It's like "Invasion of the Body Snatchers," but with ants.<p>A new study is shedding light on the mysterious markings of zombie ants, tropical carpenter ants that take their orders from a fungus<i>.</i> The fungal vampire carves …

Zoology

FDA Approves First Digital Pill That You (And Others) Can Track

“Did you take that pill?’<p><b>Response:</b> “Yes.”<p>“Are you sure?”<p><b>Response:</b> “Absolutely. I’m fairly certain. I think so. Maybe. What was your question again?”<p>“Let’s ask the pill.”<p>Today the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that they approved the first drug in the U.S. that can tell you and others …

Pharma