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Brain

Learn more about the most complex organ in the human body.<p>Making sense of the brain's mind-boggling complexity isn't easy. What we do know is that it's the organ that makes us human, giving people the capacity for art, language, moral judgments, and rational thought. It's also responsible for each …

Neurology

Why Does My Dog Kick When I Scratch His Belly?

Short answer: It's an adorable means of self-protection.<p>It’s called the sweet spot. That perfect place on your dog’s belly or sides that, when scratched, causes your pet’s foot to go into crazy automatic kicking mode. Every dog owner knows where to find this magical region on his or her canine, as …

Pets

Warm Weather In Asia May Have Spurred Black Death Outbreaks In Europe

The Butter-flea Effect?<p>Bubonic Plague. Just the sound of it is enough to send a twinge of worry through your mind, even though it has been quite a while since an outbreak caused massive amounts of death and devastation. Sure, traces of the bacteria (<i>Yersinia Pestis</i>) that cause the nasty disease …

Environmental Health

Sea Snail’s Teeth Just Dethroned Spider Silk As The Strongest Biological Material

Introducing the limpet as the heavyweight champion of the animal kingdom<p>The strongest biologic material in the world rivals the strength it takes to turn carbon into diamonds. It doesn’t come from one of the biggest creatures, but rather the tiny teeth of a sea snail.<p>Until now, spider silk has …

Zoology

Gorgeous glass sculptures let you see into the world's most deadly viruses

Viruses are usually depicted as ugly, scary, almost weapon-like blobs just waiting to meddle inside of your body, but Luke Jerram sees them as something different. There isn't really a color to viruses after all — they're smaller than the wavelength of visible light — and as mere smears when viewed …

Ageing reversed as scientists discover how to turn clock back in mammals

Scientists have discovered that upping the level of a common protein gave two-year-old mice the body tissue of six month olds.<p>The fountain of youth may have been discovered after scientists found they could reverse the aging process in mammals.<p>Harvard researchers managed to turn the clock back for …

The father of all men is 340,000 years old

Albert Perry carried a secret in his DNA: a Y chromosome so distinctive that it reveals new information about the origin of our species. It …

20 Signs That You Are A Psychopath

The study looked at 121 inmates at a medium-security prison in the United States. It divided them into groups of highly, moderately, and weakly psychopathic inmates.<p>(About 23% of inmates are psychopathic compared to 1% of the general population, according to that study.)<p>Researchers then scanned the …

These Stunning Images Show The Brain's Fragile Beauty & What Happens When The Wiring Goes Awry

Ever wished you could peer inside your own brain? What's it like in there?<p>Complicated, that's what.<p><i>Scroll down for images.</i><p>“The human brain has more cells than there are stars in the Milky Way and these cells communicate through a thousand times as many connections," Dr. Sally Till, a research …

Try This Simple Meditation Method To Be Happier, Healthier & More Caring (PODCAST)

As someone who has spent decades at the forefront of brain research, Dr. Richard J. Davidson is well acquainted with the organ's amazing power to think and to reason.<p>But the University of Wisconsin psychologist also knows that this cognitive virtuosity comes with a big downside.<p>"We are endowed with …

Frozen Facades, Frolicking Red Pandas, And Other Amazing Images Of The Week

What Do Animals See in the Mirror?

Asian elephants, magpies, and great apes are among the species that can self-recognize.<p>Reflect on this: What do animals see when they look into a mirror?<p>Our Weird Animal Question of the Week came to us from @iscavenger, who tweeted us after reading our January column "Why Do Dogs Watch—and React …