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Ascent of Man image should be ‘the other way around’, leading expert in human evolution says

The idea that humans evolved from a knuckle-dragging ape, leaving chimpanzees in the Darwinian dust, was crystallised in the famous ‘ascent of man’ …

Peppermint Oil Promotes Hair Growth without Toxic Signs

Abstract<p>Peppermint (<i>Mentha piperita</i>) is a plant native to Europe and has been widely used as a carminative and gastric stimulant worldwide. This …

7 Home Remedies That Actually Work (and the Science Behind Them)

1 of 9<p>Folklore remedies<p>Throughout the ages, people have sworn that odd remedies have cured their maladies. While some of these "treatments" sound …

Food Poisoning Expert Reveals 6 Things He Refuses To Eat

Having spent over 20 years working on food-poisoning lawsuits, Bill Marler simply doesn't eat certain foods anymore.<p>The attorney, who's litigating …

E.coli

'Neonics' Bad News for Bees, Long-Term Study Confirms

The most large-scale examination yet bolsters the argument that the insecticides are a key contributor to the decline of wild bees.<p>A widely-used …

Ecology

How Clever Are You Really? Scientists Can Now Accurately Measure Human Intelligence

This could lead to the creation of truly intelligent AI.<p>How clever do you think you are? Normally we would try and define such a benchmark using …

Scientists Have Discovered Never-Before-Seen Vessels in The Brain

"They'll have to rewrite the textbooks."<p>Scientists in the US have discovered a new series of lymphatic vessels in the body that link the brain to the …

How China is rewriting the book on human origins

On the outskirts of Beijing, a small limestone mountain named Dragon Bone Hill rises above the surrounding sprawl. Along the northern side, a path …

Humanity

Scientists discovered an absurdly easy way to seem convincing

AMC via NetflixIf you want to convince someone that your explanation for something is the best way to explain it, you might want to tack on some …

Psychology

Neuroscience Reveals the Nourishing Benefits That Silence Has on Your Brain

Here's what happens to your brain when it's surrounded by the noise of nothingness.<p>When's the last time you sat in total, utter silence? While it's not easy to find true peace and quiet, there's now evidence you may want to find more opportunities to embrace noiselessness throughout your day.<p>We …

Connections between gut microbiota and the brain

Intestinal bacteria that can boost bravery or trigger multiple sclerosis: An increasing body of research results confirms the importance of the …

Neuroscience

What Science Says--and Doesn't--about Spanking

To spank or not to spank? This age-old parenting question elicits fierce debate among parents, psychologists and pediatricians. Surveys suggest that …

How the 'Moth Radio Hour' helped scientists map out meaning in the brain

This is your brain on stories. By tracking the blood flow in people's brains as they listened to a storytelling radio show, scientists at UC Berkeley have mapped out where the meanings associated with basic words are encoded in the cortex, creating the first semantic atlas of the brain.<p>The …

UC Berkeley

Are We Fundamentally Good or Evil? Neuroscience Has an Answer

What underlies every box office hit, bestselling novel, and most compelling video games? A fight between good and evil, of course.<p>The argument over …

This Scientist Was Almost Jailed For Knowingly Publishing Fraudulent Data

He’s just been charged with 17 counts of fraud.<p>We'd all like to think that science around the world is being carried out by good, honest, …

Neurologist David Perlmutter gets to the guts of brain health with surprising advice

"New, leading-edge science coming from the most well-respected institutions around the world is discovering that to an extraordinary degree, brain …

Why do people go bald? Science finally has an answer

If you were wondering why your hair was looking somewhat less lustrous than in previous years, we finally have an answer for you: it's because your …

The Truth About Carbs (and Why You Should Be Eating Them)

Ask a friend or coworker about carbohydrates and you could get an earful: They’re bad for you. They’re fine—but only if you work out. They’ll make …

Nutrition

15 Awesome Things You Can Do With Oatmeal

What if we told you that you could lose weight, lower your cholesterol and reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes for as little as 13 <i>cents</i> per day? You …

Why We Hurt Each Other: Tolstoy’s Letters to Gandhi on Love, Violence, and the Truth of the Human Spirit

In 1908, Indian revolutionary Taraknath Das wrote to Leo Tolstoy, by then one of the most famous public figures in the world, asking for the author’s support in India’s independence from British colonial rule. On December 14, Tolstoy, who had spent the last twenty years seeking the answers to …

What Gives A Black Hole Its Giant Flare?

It's all about the corona<p>Telescopes have captured black hole flares in the past, but what causes the flares has been a mystery. Now, NASA scientists have confirmed for the first time that a supermassive black hole's x-ray flare was caused by the ejection of its corona.<p>The conclusion comes from …

Glee, Panic and Yawns: U.S. Reacts to Report on Meat and Cancer

The meat industry was ready with its response.<p>Even before the International Agency for Research on Cancer issued its determination that processed meats such as sausage definitely cause cancer, and that red meat probably does, the North American Meat Institute had a statement waiting to go.<p>"IARC …

The Odd Thing About the World's Deepest River

Africa's Congo River claims many titles, including being home to the highest number of unique species in the world.<p>The Congo River in Central Africa is one of the world's great rivers, carrying 1.25 million cubic feet of water—more than 13 Olympic-sized swimming pools—into the Atlantic Ocean every …

Central Africa

Stethoscope meets smartphone and the heart knows it's right

Call it a May-December romance: The oldest tool in a doctor's kit (a stethoscope) meets the youngest (a smartphone). Together, they make hearts race.<p>They can hear, see, analyze and record those heartbeats too.<p>The Eko Core digital stethoscope aims to bring auscultation —- the ancient medical …

Medical Technology

Can you solve it? Are you smarter than a Japanese schoolchild?

Hello Guzzlers.<p>It is with huge pleasure that I introduce today’s puzzle, which is already a big deal in Japan. It’s called Menseki Meiro, or Area Maze, and I hope you find it as brilliant as I do.<p>Can you solve it? How can you engineer a country with more girls than boys?<p>Read more<p>Area Maze is the …

Each Of These Radioactive Vases Is Made From The Toxic Sludge Byproduct Of Your Phone, Computer, Car

By Meg Carter4 minute Read<p>Ceramic vases made from toxic mud created in the production of must-have products such as laptops and smartphones will …

Rare Earth

Daily bowl of quinoa could save your life, says Harvard University

People who ate around 34 grams of whole grains per 1000kcal per day lowered their risk of premature death by 17 per cent<p>It is the news that middle-class foodies across Britain have been waiting for: quinoa could save your life.<p>A study by Harvard Public School of Health had found that eating a daily …

Gene Method Makes Mutants More Easily, and Sparks Concerns

Scientists have found a way to create mutant organisms more reliably, using a recently developed gene-editing technique known as CRISPR. And just as in the "X-Men" movies, not everyone is happy about that.<p>The procedure, known as mutagenic chain reaction, is described in a paper published online …

False memories implanted into the brains of sleeping mice | Mo Costandi

Artificial memories implanted into sleeping mice influence the animals’ behaviour when they wake up<p>Neuroscientists in France have implanted false memories into the brains of sleeping mice. Using electrodes to directly stimulate and record the activity of nerve cells, they created artificial …