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Genes for Skin Color Rebut Dated Notions of Race, Researchers Say

For centuries, skin color has held powerful social meaning — a defining characteristic of race, and a starting point for racism.<p>“If you ask somebody on the street, ‘What are the main differences between races?,’ they’re going to say skin color,” said Sarah A. Tishkoff, a geneticist at the …

University of Pennsylvania

What Is The Cognitive Load Theory? A Definition For Teachers

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Has Sound Been Weaponized? Mysterious Sonic Attacks on U.S. and Canadian Diplomats in Cuba

Some victims suffered concussions—without anything physically striking them<p>I'm a little surprised that this story isn't getting more press. We've …

Some Fatty Acids Tied to Brain's Attention Network, Intelligence

In a new study, University of Illinois researchers found that monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) — a class of nutrients found in olive oils, nuts, …

The Brain

Cancer drug stimulates tripolar mode of mitosis

Taxanes inhibit cell division and make cancer cells sensitive to radiation therapy. A current study has investigated the underlying mechanisms of …

Temporally and spatially distinct theta oscillations dissociate a language-specific from a domain-general processing mechanism across the age trajectory

Altmetric: 10<p>Citations: 1<p>More detail<p>Article |<p>Open<p>Caroline Beese,<br>• Lars Meyer,<br>• Benedict Vassileiou &<br>• Angela D. Friederici<p><i>Scientific Reports</i><b>volume 7</b>, …

Contagious Yawning is Hard-wired

It probably comes as no surprise that yawning is contagious. If you hear or see someone else yawn, there’s a good chance that you’ll want to yawn …

Could this protein explain why drinking can be so pleasurable?

New research conducted in mice looks at how alcohol engages with the brain's reward center, and which mechanisms might be set in motion to prevent …

Neuroscience

Can narcolepsy research help solve one of the greatest medical mysteries of the 20th century?

In late 1916, while the world was entrenched in the Great War, two physicians on opposing sides of the conflict started to encounter patients who …

Blame your bad habits on this 'master controller' brain cell

It is hoped the results will lead the way to developing treatments for damaging behaviour, like addiction<p>Everyone has habits they would rather get …

Antioxidants may interrupt Parkinson's nerve degeneration - Futurity

New research has uncovered a cause of nerve degeneration in Parkinson's patients—and a potential way to interrupt it.

Why 'Learning Styles' and Other Education Neuromyths Won't Go Away

Chances are you've heard someone say recently: "We only use 10 percent of our brains." Or, "she's so creative! She must be right-brained." As it …

Neuroscience

Oat-based protein acts like "demolition expert" in slaying cells

Biologists studying health often concern themselves with preserving cells. However, it is sometimes advantageous to learn how to precisely kill them, …

What Your Dreams Actually Mean, According to Science

If dreams were movies, they wouldn’t make a dime. They’re often banal, frequently fleeting and they’re screened for an audience of just one. As for …

FDA-approved drug may block resistance to anti-angiogenesis therapy

Mass. General study identifies targetable pathway that induces immunosuppressive environment in colorectal cancer<p>A Massachusetts General Hospital …

Cancer

Miniature MRI simulator chip could help diagnose and treat diseases in the body at sub-millimeter precision

Illustration of an ATOMS microchip localized within the gastrointestinal tract (not to scale; a prototype measures just 0.7 cubic millimeters). The …

Brain rewiring in Parkinson's disease may contribute to abnormal movement

The brain's own mechanisms for dealing with the loss of dopamine neurons in Parkinson's disease may be a source of the disorder's abnormal movement, …

3-D protein structure offers insight into rapid communication by brain cells

An intricate new three-dimensional protein structure is providing a detailed look into how brain cells communicate rapidly.<p>By visualizing how three …

Scientists discover genetic timetable of brain's aging process

The programme controls how and when brain genes are expressed at different times in a person's life to perform a range of functions, the study …

The Brain

Microbiome Connections To Disease Get Stronger

A fair amount of what you read about the human microbiome is hype. There’s no way around it. It’s quite difficult to study this area in a meaningful, …

New research on probiotics in the prevention and treatment of colon cancer

Histamine-producing probiotic reduces inflammation and suppresses colon tumors in mice by supplying missing enzyme, according to report in the …

Brain White Matter May Hold Clues to Autism, ADHD

Researchers say there may be a connection between abnormalities in the brain’s white matter and the severity of symptoms in autism and ADHD.<p>There may …

Autism

Toxoplasma Modulates Signature Pathways of Human Epilepsy, Neurodegeneration & Cancer

Altmetric: 227<p>Citations: 1<p>More detail<p>Article |<p>Open<p>Huân M. Ngô,<br>• Ying Zhou,<br>• Hernan Lorenzi,<br>• Kai Wang,<br>• Taek-Kyun Kim,<br>• Yong Zhou,<br>• Kamal El Bissati,<br>• Ernest …

Neuroscientist tries to get into dogs' minds to see how they think

Gregory Berns, a neuroscientist at Emory University, tells "GMA" about his experience working with nearly 100 dogs to find out if they really are …

23 cute kittens to get you through a tough week

If there’s one thing the Internet loves, it’s kittens.<p>Whether they’re snoozing, chasing butterflies or just sitting looking cute, kittens bring …

Cute

Women and young people are hurt the most by internet surveillance — and it's getting worse

This is not just an American concern. States around the world are increasingly policing internet activities. Online surveillance is now common among governments and companies alike.<p>Recently, for instance, my colleagues at the Citizen Lab, located at the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global …

NASA’s Hubble captures stunning photo that will make you feel insignificant

We go about our lives here on planet Earth — doing our jobs, cashing paychecks, and raising families — and most of the time we don’t question just …

Donald Trump Is Dragging Down America

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, out comes another Donald Trump tweet, or tweetstorm, to prove you wrong. On Sunday morning, America’s forty-fifth President, having just returned to Washington from the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, pronounced his trip “a great success for the United …

As Mueller builds his Russia special-counsel team, every hire is under scrutiny

Robert S. Mueller III was greeted with near universal praise when he was appointed to lead the investigation into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, but as he builds his special counsel team, his every hire is under scrutiny.<p>At least seven of the …

Trump’s aides build their own empires in the West Wing

Top White House officials have broken from tradition by hiring chiefs of staff and personal PR people to support their policy goals.<p>President Donald Trump won office on promises to shake up how Washington works, and so far that’s been most apparent in his own West Wing, where his top advisers have …