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Brain games exploit anxieties about memory loss for profit – scientists

Companies marketing “brain games” that are meant to slow or reverse age-related memory decline and enhance other cognitive functions are exploiting customers by making “exaggerated and misleading claims” that are not based on sound scientific evidence, according to an open letter signed by 73 …

Why California's Drought-Stressed Fruit May Be Better For You

California's severe drought is putting stress on everyone these days: the residents whose wells are running dry; the farmers forced to experiment with growing their produce with much less water; and of course, the thirsty fruits and vegetables themselves.<p>But preliminary research suggests the …

Harnessing the Potential of a Nation’s Leftover Food

America’s dairy farmers use food waste to generate green energy and grow more food.<p><b>Analysis has shown an estimated 31 percent of food available for consumption is simply thrown away. It could be for any number of reasons, and thrown away by an array of sources—from grocery stores, restaurants, and</b> …

Opinion: Why More Inventions Don't Win Nobel Prizes, and Why That's a Good Thing

Even though Alfred Nobel was an inventor, fundamental discoveries have won more Nobel Prizes. And maybe that's OK, a science journalist argues.<p>When Alfred Nobel wrote a will leaving his fortune to underwrite annual prizes for intellectual achievement, he specified that one be given "to the person …

Photographer Uses Neuroscience To Redefine The Meaning Of Beauty

This fascinating photographic project by Scott Chasserot is an impressive blend of neuroscience and photography.<p>Titled the 'Original Idea' it …

How does the brain pay attention?

Our picks of the week from around the web, including the next big mystery of the brain and the upcoming exodus from Earth.<p><b>Brain</b> <br>Anatomy of attention <br>Alan Lightman | New Yorker | 1 October 2014<br>Brain scans tell us what the brain does – or least, where it reacts – when subjected to particular stimuli. …

Artificial Intelligence

Do dying neurons tell bird brains to regenerate? - Futurity

The neurons that help some birds sing in breeding season die off each fall. New research suggests those dying cells may call for their own …

These ignored cells might prevent osteoporosis - Futurity

A drug that reverses bone loss in mice led scientists to the discovery that cells called preosteoclasts might be critical for preventing osteoporosis.

Cocaine before pregnancy can leave kids feeling angry - Futurity

A new study takes a closer look at the connection between prenatal cocaine use by moms and aggression in young children.

Grassland plants change without tiny soil animals - Futurity

Removing creatures like earthworms, slugs, and beetles can set off big changes in grassland ecosystems, report researchers.

Why A Blue LED Is Worth A Nobel Prize

Plus, a little history of making semiconductors glow<p>Three scientists have jointly earned the Nobel Prize in physics for their work on blue LEDs, or light-emitting diodes. Why blue in particular? Well, blue was the last -- and most difficult -- advance required to create white LED light. And with …

Nobel Prize

Nano 'missiles' help kill cancer through the power of green tea

Many will tell you that green tea is good for your health, but researchers at Singapore's A*STAR might just make it a literal life-saver. They've developed nanoscale drug delivery "missiles" that use a key ingredient from green tea, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), to kill cancer tumors more …

Nobel prize in physics goes to inventors of blue light-emitting diodes

Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamura win prize for energy-efficient and environment-friendly blue LEDs<p>• Live blog: coverage of the Nobel prize from Stockholm<p>Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano at Nagoya University, Japan, and Shuji Nakamura of the University of California at Santa Barbara …

Geneticists solve 40-year-old dilemma to explain why duplicate genes remain in the genome

Geneticists at Trinity College Dublin have made a major breakthrough with important implications for understanding the evolution of genomes in a …

Being Curious Can Boost Your Memory

Everyone knows it's easier to learn about a topic you're curious about. Now, a new study reveals what's going on in the brain during that process, …

Plants Can Hear Each Other, Research Suggests

It is already known that plants can communicate through chemicals, but new research shows that they can still communicate when all routes are blocked …

Western Australia

Insect-eating sundew plant heals wounds

A killer plant with a cunning trick could one day be routinely used in a series of medical procedures, research shows.<p>The sundew plant is aptly named. Each leaf is covered with tiny hairlike-tentacles, on the tip of which is a drop of what looks like morning dew. In the sun, these droplets glisten …

University of Tennessee

Fungus Is The Internet Of The Plant World

New research finds that plants regularly communicate through a vast, underground fungal network.<p>Fungus. Even the word itself feels like fungus. Slimy. Dirty. Sticky. In need of medicinal foot creams. That’s fungus in my book, and please don’t play the “but mushrooms are fungi!” card. Science be …

New Technique Hijacks Photosynthesis to Create Electricity From Plants

Plants use energy from the Sun through photosynthesis, and humans use energy from the Sun through things like solar panels. <b>A new technique created by</b> …

Plant genes reveal when photosynthesis began - Futurity

UC BERKELEY (US) — New analysis more precisely pinpoints the origin of photosynthesis in plants, …

How pollen tubes know when to self-destruct - Futurity

BROWN (US) — New research identifies genes that may control the death of pollen tubes …

The secret to how plants set branch angles - Futurity

U. LEEDS (UK) — Scientists say they’ve figured out how plants set and maintain the …

Fresh Ways to Use Mint

Plants talk to each other. Unfortunately, when they do, they sometimes lie and defraud.

😉 From <i>ScienceDaily</i>:<p>dodder weed wrecking sugar beet<p>Westwood examined the relationship between a parasitic plant, dodder, and two host plants, …

Biology

Scientists think they've discovered an entirely new mode of plant communication

And parasitic species might be using it for espionage<p>Scientists may have discovered a whole new plant language. According to a new study, published today in <i>Science</i>, a parasitic plant called the strangleweed is capable of not only sucking out genetic material from the host plant it invades, but also …

Building the framework for the future of biofuels

Discovery<p><b>Do plant-based fuels offer a realistic reprieve from a fossil-powered future? An ASU engineer examines the full cycle</b><p>Lands damaged by …

New Study Shows Plants Talk to Each Other Through the Soil

<i>Image via Shutterstock</i><p>A new study conducted by Dr. David Johnson at the University of Aberdeen found that plants actually communicate with one …

Botany

Moby speaks for the bees: “If the bees go, we’re next.”

<b>As part of a new Hollywood Food Voices PSA series, electronic musician/DJ Moby speaks about his passion for bees and very real threat of their</b> …