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Protein in Birds' Eyes Helps Them 'See' Earth's Magnetic Field — NOVA Next | PBS

Researchers have discovered a protein in birds’ eyes that allows them to see magnetic fields.<p>The protein, called Cry4, belongs to a group of proteins …

World's 'hottest chilli' gives man five weeks of excruciating headaches

Eating one of the world’s hottest chillies can cause five weeks of headaches, scientists have warned after a man was hospitalised.<p>The 34-year-old American patient required emergency treatment for excruciating headaches and neck pain after eating the “Carolina Reaper”, which is as strong as …

A Weird Marijuana Syndrome Can Only Be Treated by Quitting and Hot Showers

Doctors are only now learning about this mysterious illness.<p>Marijuana is enjoying an unprecedented level of acceptance in the United States, but …

Cannabis

More than half your body is not human

<b>More than half of your body is not human, say scientists.</b><p>Human cells make up only 43% of the body's total cell count. The rest are microscopic colonists.<p>Understanding this hidden half of ourselves - our microbiome - is rapidly transforming understanding of diseases from allergy to Parkinson's.<p>The …

New Brain Maps With Unmatched Detail May Change Neuroscience

Sitting at the desk in his lower-campus office at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, the neuroscientist Tony Zador turned his computer monitor toward me …

MIT's Wearable Headset Can Hear The Words You Say In Your Head

This is not science fiction.<p>Lorrie Lejeune/MIT<p>The idea of humans being able to read each other’s minds has almost exclusively been the domain of …

Empathetic people are made, not born, new research suggests

Empathetic people are made, not born, new research suggests.<p>The largest ever study into the genetic basis of empathy, suggests that just 10 per cent of the variation between people’s compassion and understanding is down to genes.<p>It means, the vast majority of a person's ability to recognise and …

Inevitable muscle wasting of old age could be stopped, scientists believe

The inevitable muscle wasting of old age could be stopped, scientists believe, after discovering why people become frail as they grow older.<p>Most people become weaker in their later years, as their leg muscles get smaller and less able to bear weight, which often leads to disability and falls.<p>But …

Muscle

Why Do Antidepressants Cause Weight Gain?

Antidepressant medications can be hugely helpful—even life-saving—for those who suffer from certain types of mood disorders. But they can also …

Depression

Scientists Explore Ties Between Alzheimer's And Brain's Ancient Immune System

Beer has fueled a lot of bad ideas. But on a Friday afternoon in 2007, it helped two Alzheimer's researchers come up with a really a good one.<p>Neuroscientists Robert Moir and Rudolph Tanzi were sipping Coronas in separate offices during "attitude adjustment hour" at Massachusetts General Hospital, …

Immune System

Weird: Naked mole rats don't die of old age

Just when it seemed the naked mole rat couldn't get any weirder, it turns out the buck-toothed, bare-skinned rodents don't even age.<p>Unlike literally every other mammal, naked mole rats don't become more likely to die as they get up there in years. In humans, for example, with all else being equal …

Want To Be A More Confident Speaker? Tell A Story

You might get stage fright when you have to present, but chances are you’re already a natural storyteller.<p>Don’t like public speaking or giving presentations? You’re not alone–most people don’t. We’re fighting our primeval fear of ostracism whenever we stand up and begin to regale an audience. But …

Public Speaking

A Psychological Explanation for Why Getting Compliments Is So Embarrassing

Last month, I got an email from my life coach telling me how much he enjoyed our last conversation and how much progress I’d made. I scanned it, then …

Psychology

New blood test could detect eight types of cancer before symptoms show

The future isn't far off, according to US researchers: doctors will soon be able to detect cancer and locate tumor cells just by examining one blood …

Cilia in the brain may be busier than previously thought

A hairlike appendage sticking out of brain cells may be much more important in the brain than scientists realized.

Breakthrough study shows how plants sense the world

Plants lack eyes and ears, but they can still see, hear, smell and respond to environmental cues and dangers—especially to virulent pathogens. They …

Neuroscience

This Incredible Virus Attacks Brain Cancer And Actually Boosts Our Immune System

The first therapeutic virus to pass the blood-brain barrier.<p>A study attempting to show that viruses could be delivered to brain tumours has delivered …

Cancer

Biohacking - genetic engineering from your garage

Biohackers conduct research far away from the establishment, in kitchens or garages. Their creations range from water filters to genetically modified …

Inventions

3 Simple Steps to Mastering Any New Subject, According to a Nobel Prize-Winning Physicist

Learn anything faster using the Feynman Technique.<p>As we get older, learning something new becomes more complex, tedious, and time-consuming than …

Richard Feynman

Some people are actually allergic to exercise — this is what it's like and why it happens

Sometimes when I exercise, I get hives on my arms or the back of my legs. It's a bit like when I go near a horse and get an allergic reaction, but without the itchiness and inability to breathe.<p>This puts me on the lower end of the spectrum of having "exercise-induced anaphylaxis," or EIA. It's …

What’s the best thing about dining on your own? The people-watching

You can spend a lot of time inventing back stories for the tables around you. But what do they think when they glance back at the big man with too much hair?<p>A Sunday lunchtime in the eternal spring sunshine of a Los Angeles autumn and I have a table for one at the venerable Nate ’n Al delicatessen. …

Divorce

A Team of Students Just Won a Prestigious Award For This Cheap Skin Cancer Detector

"It's a very clever device with the potential to save lives around the world."<p>Detecting skin cancer early isn't easy. Currently, it's done through …

Nonviral nanoparticles carry CRISPR to most successful gene edits ever

Scientists at MIT have developed a new way to carry the CRISPR gene-editing tool to the target area of the genome. Normally the system uses harmless …

Film-makers race to reclaim the dark soul of Pinocchio

Three rival movies are looking back to the original macabre story<p>The wooden puppet whose dreams of becoming a real boy have enchanted generations of children since he was created in 19th century Italy is bursting back to life this Christmas.<p>Almost 80 years since Pinocchio, the toy whose nose grew …

Animation

You are probably not getting enough sleep, and it is killing you

Rocker Warren Zevon is often credited with coining the mantra that's been embraced by everyone from partying college kids to early-morning exercise evangelists: "You can sleep when you're dead."<p>Or as Bon Jovi put it, "G <i>onna live while I'm alive, I'll sleep when I'm dead.</i>"<p>It's an intoxicating …

Harvard Scientists Have Unlocked Unexpected New States of Light

Nothing in nature can do this.<p>Light is ubiquitous and vital, but also incredibly strange - and it's possible we'll never exhaust the opportunities to …

The ultimate travel bucket list

<b>Paula Ellis, Deputy art director</b> I've had this absolute burning desire to do a tour around the Indonesian islands for years. I want to see some of …

Atacama Desert

Is Britain's Black Swan pub really the world's best restaurant?

<b>(CNN) —</b> British pubs are known for their traditional settings, cozy atmosphere, welcoming firesides and, very occasionally, their tasty menus.<p>But calling one the best restaurant in the world? Surely, that's the beer talking.<p>Yet the Black Swan, a rural inn in England that's been keeping the village …

Black Swans

9 ways to make people like you without saying a word

Becoming more likable is easier than you think.<p>There's lots of research on the traits and behaviors that make people likable — that have nothing to do with what they're saying.<p>Below, Business Insider has rounded up some of the most fascinating pieces of research on the best ways to make friends and …

Street Artist Turns Buildings into Gigantic Butterfly Specimen Cases

France-based street artist Mantra transforms multi-story buildings into gigantic butterfly specimen cases in a series of clever, trick-of-the-eye 3D murals. The enormous, hyper-realistic butterflies appear to be set within wooden-framed boxes, recessed into the side of each building. Long shadows …