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Certain common medications tied to 30% higher dementia risk, study finds

<b>(CNN) —</b> Many older adults know that long-term use of certain medications can negatively affect cognition and increase one's risk of dementia.<p>But a new study suggests that some classes of anticholinergic drugs -- particularly those used to treat depression, Parkinson's and urinary incontinence -- …

Dementia

Scientists just discovered a strange new DNA shape lurking in human cells

But what does it do?<p>The discovery of DNA as a double helix is a hallowed story of scientific triumph—the work of four researchers merging together to solve one of science’s biggest mysteries, giving birth to what we know as the field of modern genetics. But decades later, we’re still learning that …

Genetics

New galactic map shows the positions and brightness of 1.7 billion stars

Get all the details on the Milky Way’s celestial objects<p>This morning, the European Space Agency unveiled a new, highly detailed sky map of the Milky Way Galaxy that showcases the brightness and positions of nearly 1.7 billion stars. It’s the most comprehensive catalog of stars to date, and it …

Universe

Center Of The Milky Way Has Thousands Of Black Holes, Study Shows

The supermassive black hole lurking at the center of our galaxy appears to have a lot of company, according to a new study that suggests the monster is surrounded by about 10,000 other black holes.<p>For decades, scientists have thought that black holes should sink to the center of galaxies and …

Black Holes

The best mobile photo-editing apps

There's no shortage of photo-editing apps for mobile devices. But if you want to graduate beyond Instagram filters, the sheer number of listings on the App Store or Google Play can be overwhelming. We've sifted through dozens to find the ones worth your time (and money, in some cases).<p>A word about …

Mobile Photography

A Guide to Neutral Density Filters

The neutral density (ND) filter is one of those tools that should be in almost every photographer’s camera bag. However, ND filters are mysterious to …

First Gene Therapy For Inherited Disease Gets FDA Approval

The Food and Drug Administration Tuesday approved the first gene therapy to treat an inherited disease.<p>The treatment is called Luxturna, a genetically modified virus that ferries a healthy gene into the eyes of patients born with retinal dystrophy, a rare condition that destroys cells in the retina …

Biotechnology

Scientists Have Reversed Brain Damage in a 2-Year-Old Girl Who Drowned in a Swimming Pool

She was in the water for 15 minutes.<p>Researchers in the US have reported what they believe is a first-of-its-kind reversal of brain damage, after …

Swimming Pools

Timelapse Footage of Sweating Fingerprints Ready to Smear Your Smartphone

Thousands of nearly invisible sweat pores live amongst the spiraling ridges on your fingertips. They only reveal themselves if you’re patient enough …

The 27 hardest job interview questions, according to Glassdoor

Jobs interviews are always hard, but some come with trickier questions than others. Where do you see yourself in five years? How many ping pong balls …

Scientists Stored These Images in DNA—Then Flawlessly Retrieved Them

Who needs memory cards when you have DNA? A team of scientists has been able to store images within the life-defining molecules then retrieve them …

Will Our Descendants Survive the Destruction of the Universe?

Billions of years from now, the universe as we know it will cease to exist. The good news is, that gives us a lot of time to prepare, and maybe even …

Bacteria get dangerously weird in space

In 2006, Cheryl Nickerson sent a culture of salmonella bacteria for a ride on the space shuttle Atlantis. Eleven days later, she watched anxiously from the Kennedy Space Center in the dead of night as her bacteria returned safely.<p>Nickerson, a microbiologist at Arizona State University, and her team …

Biology

How not to alienate locals: Tips for responsible photos

<b>Is it OK to take photos of locals without their permission? How do local customs dictate what is and isn’t OK? How do I pluck up the courage to ask</b> …

The First Image Ever of a Hydrogen Atom's Orbital Structure

What you’re looking at is the first direct observation of an <b>atom’s electron orbital</b> — <i>an atom's actual wave function</i>! To capture the image, …

How To Do Nothing In Web Design

Best Practices for Minimalism<p>This essay is excerpted from the ebook <i>Interaction Design Best Practices: Mastering the Tangibles</i> by Jerry Cao, Kamil Zieba, and Matt Ellis of UXPin, a UX design platform.<p>It’s a rookie mistake to confuse minimalism with merely “getting rid of things.” Minimalism was an …

5 Ways NASA Photoshops Images to Create Stunning Photos of Space

We’ve shared a number of times in the past about how NASA uses Adobe Photoshop to create many of the dazzling space photos released to the public. …

Tutorials

The magic of cinema unlocked one man’s coma-bound world

An Alfred Hitchcock film helped to prove one patient had been conscious while in a coma-like state for 16 years. The discovery shows that neuroscience may still have lots to learn from the ancient art of storytelling, says Tom Stafford.<p>If brain injury steals your consciousness then you are in a …

The Brain

Mind reading may one day be possible, researchers say

Mind reading might not be as far-fetched as many people believe, says a study published by researchers at the University of Washington.<p>Their research, published in PLOS One on Wednesday, demonstrated “that a non-invasive brain-to-brain interface (BBI) can be used to allow one human to guess what is …

The Brain

Shared Apartment for Students With a High Dose of Personality: Campus Hong Kong

Aiming to provide a solution to renting problems in high-density cities in China, <b>LYCS Architecture</b> designed <b>Campus Hong Kong</b>, a lovely shared …

The Lost Apple Logo You’ve Never Seen

A digital archeologist uncovers a rare prototype logo between Apple’s weirdly ornate first logo and the rainbow logo we grew up with.<p>Popularly, most people think of Apple as only ever having one logo (albeit one that has come in many shades, colors, and textures), from the Apple II to the iPad Pro. …

RGB vs CMYK

RGB vs CMYK infographic from Card Printing explores the differences between the two color modes. Your use of the finished product determines which …

Infographics

How to Create a Perfect Selection of Clouds in Photoshop

Creating a perfect selection of clouds in Photoshop can be a real challenge. They're fuzzy and have no well defined edge in most cases. How do you …

Tutorials

This is ISO 4,560,000 with Canon’s Crazy New Camera

Back in July, Canon announced an ultra-high-sensitivity camera that has a ridiculously high max ISO of <i>over 4,000,000</i>. If you’ve been wondering what …

10 Photography Techniques You Might Be Overusing

It’s human nature to find something new and novel, then run it into the ground. We do it as kids with our toys and even as adults with our favorite …

Here’s Why Instagram Chose to Break the Frame

Instagram cracked the restrictive barriers of its iconic square format yesterday, announcing to the world that it intends to remain the dominant …

How to Post-Process a Milky Way Photo in Lightroom

Photographer Michael Shainblum created this 20-minute step-by-step video showing how he goes about post-processing a Milky Way photograph using Adobe …

Stunning Photos of Surging Ocean Waves Frozen in Time

Australian photographer Ray Collins uses his camera to highlight the ephemeral beauty of ocean waves as they surge and break in cascades of sea foam. The photographer swims out to sea each day, hoping to capture the spontaneous moments when sun-dappled water crests into recognizable shapes like …

Mining

These Portraits Were Created by Combining Photos of Celebrities

Pedro Berg Johnsen of Norway has an unusual hobby: in his spare time, he combines portraits of celebrities to create real-looking photos of people …

Celebrity News