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Shock therapy induces structural changes in the brain, study finds

Electroconvulsive therapy remains a powerful and fast-acting salve for patients whose depression doesn't yield to lesser treatments, and now researchers believe they know why: A new study finds that shocking the brain induces structural changes in the brain's amygdala and hippocampus, structures …

A scientist who wants to contact aliens has a plan to beam the entire internet into space

One scientist at the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute, doesn't want to send just one message: He wants to broadcast billions of messages by transmitting the entire internet into space.<p>"Such a large corpus — with its text, pictures, videos and sounds — would allow clever …

Science explains why hipsters grow beards

Men might be growing beards to appear more attractive to women and more dominant to other men, a study on monkeys suggests<p>Scientists think they may have solved one of the great mysteries of the age. Why <i>are</i> so many of today's men growing beards?<p>The answer, according to The University of Western …

Rethinking Alcohol: Can Heavy Drinkers Learn To Cut Back?

The thinking about alcohol dependence used to be black and white. There was a belief that there were two kinds of drinkers: alcoholics and everyone else.<p>"But that dichotomy — yes or no, you have it or you don't — is inadequate," says Dr. John Mariani, who researches substance abuse at Columbia …

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Brain activity very different in those in love, shows study mapping 'love map'

A brain "in love" is markedly different from other brains, says research claiming to be the first empirical evidence of love-induced alterations in …

Arthur & George: opening the casebook of Arthur Conan Doyle

The creator of Sherlock Holmes turns detective himself in a new TV adaptation starring Martin Clunes. Tim Martin reports<p>On the set of Arthur & George, it’s a freezing cold morning, and the gleaming steam locomotive pants and whistles on the platform at Sheffield Park station, East Sussex, while a …