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Ancient Egyptians Had Vegetarian Diet, Mummy Study Shows

(Inside Science) -- Did the ancient Egyptians eat like us? If you're a vegetarian, tucking in along the Nile thousands of years ago would have felt just like home.<p>In fact, eating lots of meat is a recent phenomenon. In ancient cultures vegetarianism was much more common, except in nomadic …

Subtle, Yet Sexy: How Pheromones Can Change Your Perception of Attractiveness

Have you ever found someone particularly sexy without knowing why? It could be that you are lured in by their pheromones, invisible chemical signals that can subtly alter a person’s mood, mindset, or behavior. According to new research published last week in Current Biology, men and women give off …

A Get-Smart Pill, With Side Effects — NOVA Next

What if there was a pill that helped you learn?<p>A new study, published in <i>Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience</i>, could change that, though. Researchers …

The Brain

Kill Switches Will Save Your Smartphone

With smartphone theft on the rise, we need remote-wipe features more than ever<p>On an otherwise ordinary Saturday, someone grabbed Kristine Swartz’s iPhone from her gym locker. At first she was annoyed—phones are expensive and filing a police report takes time, with little hope of recovery—but then …

Astronomers Find a Sibling Star to the Sun

Dennis Roscoe, Ph.D.<p>Eric Coles<p>Joel Tonyan<p>Joel Tonyan<p>Kenny Alexander<p>David Lane<p>Dennis Roscoe, Ph.D.<p>Eric Coles<p>Kenny Alexander<p>Matt Jylha<p>Dennis Roscoe, …

Am I Asleep? A Jolt to the Brain Triggers Lucid Dreams

Scientists stimulate the brain with gamma waves and find that they can induce lucid dreaming, in which the sleeper becomes aware of the fact that they're in a dream.<p><b>Electric currents to the brain</b> can trigger lucid dreaming, the mysterious state in which dreamers are conscious they are dreaming and …

Consciousness

Rare byproduct of marine bacteria kills cancer cells by snipping their DNA

(Phys.org) —Yale University researchers have determined how a scarce molecule produced by marine bacteria can kill cancer cells, paving the way for …

Biology

Kinect-Equipped Digital Mirror Shows Your Innards

This new installation marries biomedical imaging and Microsoft Kinect technology to show a person’s body–organs and all–as it moves in real time.<p>In the past, we’ve written about the powerful (and potentially embarrassing) accuracy of Microsoft Kinect, but one thing the Kinect couldn’t offer via its …

Neurocomic: A Graphic Novel About How the Brain Works

Scientists are only just beginning to understand how the brain works — from what transpires in it while we sleep to how to optimize its memory to what love does to it to how music affects it — and the rest of us fall somewhere on the spectrum between fascinated and confused when it comes to the …