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Sleep deprivation seems to have opposite effects in healthy and depressed people

The first sign that something is happening is Angelina’s hands. As she chats to the nurse in Italian, she begins to gesticulate, jabbing, moulding, and circling the air with her fingers. As the minutes pass and Angelina becomes increasingly animated, I notice a musicality to her voice that I’m sure …

Sleep

Divers Found The World's Largest Underwater Cave, And It's Full of Maya Secrets

The photos are spectacular.<p>After 10 months of intensive exploration, scientists in Mexico have discovered the world's largest flooded cave system – …

DNA replication caught on film for the first time undermines textbooks

The image you see here isn’t of the USS Enterprise in warp, it’s an image of DNA replication captured for the first time. The interesting part is …

Biochemistry

No, Your Incognito Browser Isn’t Actually Private. Here's How to Safely Surf the Internet

Because investing in your online privacy has never been more critical.<p>With data breaches like the Equifax hack becoming more common, investing in …

Could you pass this test given to black people registering to vote in America in 1964?

If you were a black American in the 1950s and early 60s, chances are you wouldn’t have been able to vote.<p>It was the height of the Jim Crow era, and …

Rare, tick-borne Powassan virus worries some experts about possible spread

As if Lyme disease isn't troubling enough, a more serious tick-borne disease may be emerging, experts warn.<p>Powassan virus, which is a far rarer and more deadly pathogen than the bacterium that produces Lyme, is also transmitted by the deer tick. The virus can cause inflammation in the brain, which …

Scientists Discover A “Breathtaking” Flash of Light Occurs at Moment of Conception

For the first time, researchers from Northwestern University have now demonstrated that when a human sperm first meets an egg a bright zinc spark can …

Genetics

Almost every speed limit is too low

When lieutenant Gary Megge of the Michigan State Police attends a meeting, he sometimes asks, “How many of you broke the speed limit on your way here?”<p>Hearing his question, you might assume that lieutenant Megge is a particularly zealous police officer. The type of person who walks half a city …

Driving

Doctors have finally found a more accurate way than BMI to determine whether your weight is healthy

The index, a measure of body fat based on your weight in relation to your height, can be traced back to the 1830s. Despite its popularity, it's now understood to be a relatively crude measure of fitness.<p>Now there's finally an alternative — and it solves the biggest problem with the BMI.<p>On Monday, a …

Diabetes

It’s Not Just Fox: Why Women Don’t Report Sexual Harassment

A male colleague grabbing her leg. Another one suggestively rubbing her back. Others at work dinners discussing who they’d want to sleep with.<p>Jane Park talked about experiencing all of this behavior in her career in business consulting and strategy. Never has she reported any of it to human …

The Most Disrespected Person in America Is Still the Black Woman

In recent weeks, rapper French Montana and Fox News personality Bill O’Reilly have taken racist shots at black women’s hair. This type of behavior …

The FDA Has Huge News For At-Home Genetic Tests

At-home genetics tests are about to get a lot more specific than just reporting where your ancestors are from. <i>The New York Times</i> reports that the FDA …

Scientists Discover a Hidden Network of 'Mini Brains' That Could Be Responsible For Pain

We might have been wrong about how our bodies feel pain.<p>Scientists have found evidence of a hidden network of 'mini brains' that could overhaul our …

Central Nervous System

A federal court just made a very big decision for gay rights. Seriously, it’s huge.

It’s the first federal appeals court decision to rule that anti-gay discrimination is banned under existing federal law.<p>A federal court just unleashed a massive decision in favor of gay rights.<p>In an 8-3 ruling, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit on Tuesday concluded that federal civil …

Artificial intelligence is now trying to make sense out of the mess that is Congress

Governing is hard. Predicting what the, ahem, disjointed members of Congress are going to do on any given day is even harder.<p>So why not give your …

Darktrace's AI is now automatically responding to hacks – and stopping them

Darktrace's "digital antibodies" have stopped one Brexit-themed data protection threat: while trialling the machine-learning anti-hacking system's …

An A.I. Just Developed Its Own New Language

Filed Under Innovation & A.I.<p>New research from OpenAI and UC Berkeley has created A.I. agents that can form and use their own new language, without …

Roam

We Can Now Harness The Tardigrade's Strangest Superpower - And Give It to Other Organisms

Turn them into living glass.<p>Tiny tardigrades - also known as water bears and moss piglets - have many strange properties, including being able to …

Why our brains may be 100 times more powerful than believed

A new study out of the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) has found that one part of the neurons in our brains is more active than …

A Giant Neuron Has Been Found Wrapped Around The Entire Circumference of The Brain

This could be where consciousness forms.<p>For the first time, scientists have detected a giant neuron wrapped around the entire circumference of a …

Neurophilosophy

Brain Scans Show 4 Different Types of Depression

Scientists say they’ve found neurological evidence of four different subtypes of depression—a discovery that may someday help doctors select the best …

The Brain

This incredible tool lets you see how Facebook tracks you online

A browser extension shows you how Facebook infers what content you want to see based on your social media habits and behaviors.<p>Data Selfie is a free …

Tiny Trump Photos Could Annoy The President Bigly

Hands: Probably actual size.<p>Donald Trump has a big problem with his self-image, even getting angry when people joke that he has small hands.<p>But no matter how hard he tries to pump himself up as a big man, there is one place he can’t do it: A new subreddit page called “Tiny Trumps.”<p>As the name …

Genius Browser Extension Turns Donald Trump's Tweets Into Childish Scribbles

"The Daily Show" is making his tweets “eight again.”<p>Give President Donald Trump’s tweets the childish makeover they so often deserve with “The Daily Show’s” new internet browser extension.<p>Free to download for Google Chrome or Firefox, it transforms the commander in chief’s social media tirades into …

Do voter identification laws suppress minority voting? Yes. We did the research.

The Justice Department just got a new boss: Jeff Sessions. He is raising alarms in the civil rights community. The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights is concerned about his “record of hostility” toward the Voting Rights Act and the enforcement of civil rights. The NAACP-Legal Defense …

Rights & Freedoms
Pets

Scientists hatch crazy $500 billion plan to refreeze the Arctic

As governments make slow progress towards alleviating climate change and denial marks the Trump Administration’s approach to the global crisis, …

You Can Fold Up These Nearly Unbreakable Solar Panels And Take Them With You

Instead of one solid sheet, these highly portable panels are made from a pliable network of glitter-sized solar cells.<p>A typical solar panel–more than five feet long and encased in glass–isn’t exactly portable. But a new type of solar technology, miniaturized so that each cell is the size of a piece …

Clean Energy

Researchers invent paper that can be printed with light and reused 80 times

In an effort to fight the detrimental environmental impact of inkjet printing, researchers have invented a new type of “paper” that can be printed …

Inventions

OMG: Doctors May Have Found a New Approach That Could Potentially Cure Cancer

It may be a shaky time for politics right now, with things changing in swift order, but the medical field is having a pretty good go of it. Case in point? Back in October, British doctors conducted what appears to be successful treatment of a 44-year-old HIV patient, suggesting they very well might …

Immunotherapy