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Blind children can repurpose brain's visual center to process speech – study

Findings that highlight how brain’s ‘plasticity’ allows congenitally blind and sighted children to adapt to sensory experiences could inform future treatments<p>Parts of the brain once thought to be primarily devoted to processing vision can be recruited by blind children as young as five to process …

The Brain

10 Lies You Were Taught In School

Six Mysteries Solved By Science

While there are some mysteries that scientists have not yet unraveled, there are some myths and legends that seem to persist even after an …

Ten Weird Animals You've Never Seen | Top 10 | Earth Unplugged

Meet Five Of The UK’s Most Poisonous Plants

Serious poisoning by plants is very rare in the UK so the death of a gardener in Hampshire after brushing against a deadly flower was extremely …

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Playing Video Games Is Good For Your Brain – Here’s How

Whether playing video games has negative effects is something that has been debated for 30 years, in much the same way that rock and roll, …

The Brain

Cocoa's Flavanols Reverse Age-Related Memory Decline

An unfortunate side effect of aging is often decreased memory function. Age-related memory decline is linked to the dentate gyrus region of the …

The Brain

Algae Virus Can Infect Humans And Slow Brain Activity

Numbers-wise, microbes including bacteria, viruses, and fungi outnumber human cells by about ten to one. The vast majority of these microbes are …

Giant Tortoises Bounce Back!

In what’s being called a “miraculous conservation success,” critically endangered giant tortoises on the Galapagos island of Española have bounced …

Creepiest Looking Animals In The World

It’s Halloween, and who doesn’t love being creeped out by the totally weird and disgusting animal wonders that evolution has blessed us with? So …

Meet The Parasites That Turn Their Hosts Into Zombies

Zombies don’t just belong in horror films - they crop up a lot in nature, believe it or not. There are many examples of mind-manipulating parasites …

Your Genes May Decide Whether Or Not Ebola Would Kill You

Some people exposed to the Ebola virus succumb to bleeding, organ failure, and shock; others might suffer moderate, maybe even severe illness, but …

Disease

A Man's Arachnophobia Was Literally Cut Out Of His Brain

Medical imaging studies have shown that the region of our brain called the amygdala plays a big role in the neural network that mediates specific …

Awesome Anti-Gravity Water Experiment

What comes up, must come down. That’s typically how it goes for matter on Earth, due to the force of gravity. Steve Spangler of Sick Science! …

Sea Turtles Sense Seasons Through Skylights In Their Skulls

During the summer, leatherback sea turtles (<i>Dermochelys coriacea</i>) swim all along the cool temperate waters of the western and eastern margins of the …

Apps That Can Improve Your Vision

Where would we be these days without our smartphones? There’s an app for virtually anything—games, TV shows, photography, music, shopping, fitness; …

Only One Person In History Has Ever Been Cured Of HIV. How Did It Happen?

Despite decades of research leading to a vast improvement in our knowledge of the virus and the disease it causes, there is still no cure for HIV.<p>But …

Vertebrate Wildlife Species Have Declined By Half Over Last 40 Years

The 2014 Living Planet Report from the World Wildlife Fund has described the loss of wildlife as much worse than predicted two years ago. In 2012, …

Pollution May Be Promoting Lethal Tumors In Turtles

Pollution from urban areas and farms in Hawaii may be contributing to a tumor-forming disease in endangered sea turtles, a new study has found. …

Turtles

Researcher Finds Support For One Of Darwin's Controversial Theories

When Charles Darwin first put forward his revolutionary theory of evolution, he was met with considerable opposition and skepticism from both …

Where Did HIV Come From?

Although it is well established that HIV has its origins in non-human primates, the series of events that led to one particular strain sparking a …

First Images of HIV Protein Spikes Could Lead To New Drugs or Vaccines

For the first time, researchers have imaged the protein spikes that HIV uses to infect cells, which are notorious for continually changing …

Immunotherapy

Could Telepathy Exist In Real Life?

While telepathy has been discussed for decades, it is not until recently that neuroscientists have sought to accomplish brain-to-brain communication. …

25 Bizarre Genetic And Developmental Mistakes You Have to See to Believe

After conception, sometimes cell division doesn't go so smoothly and animals are born that resemble creatures from science fiction. In human history, …

HIV Reappears In Second Baby Thought To Be Cured

Disappointment has once again been shared between medics and scientists as, for the second time, the hopes of a cure for HIV have been dashed by the …

Medicine

Nobel Prize Awarded To Scientists Who Identified The Brain's 'GPS System'

How does our brain know where we are? How do we navigate from place to place? These are questions that have plagued the minds of philosophers and …