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Crowdsourcing the retina’s motion detection mechanism

A citizen science project to map neural connections in the retina may have answered the long-standing question of how our eyes detect motion.<p>A large group of gamers, working with computational neuroscientists, has produced a wiring diagram of the nerve cell connections at the back of the eye, which …

'Molecular tweezer' wards off protein clumping - Futurity

A small "molecular tweezer" keeps proteins from clumping, which is the first step in disorders such as Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, and Huntington's …

Biochemistry

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Scientists can now create accurate mugshots using only DNA

Even though DNA analysis is still stuck in the past when applied by law enforcement today, scientists are still pushing the envelope with work that can turn DNA into a more effective investigative tool. In a new study published this week, researchers at Penn State and the Catholic University of …

This headband promises to help you take control of your dreams

Andrew Smiley was sitting inside a huge, ornate dining hall when he began to notice the lights pulsing overhead. That’s weird, he thought. He stood up to get a better look, drawing the eyes of those around him. Suddenly, he knew what was happening, and what to do next: he bolted, diving through a …

Most Economists Say Happy New Year — Really

As the new year begins, most economists' annual forecasts are brimming with good cheer.<p>"The economic news remains broadly encouraging," the Goldman Sachs forecasters write in their 2014 outlook.<p>And the brighter prospects are not limited to this country. "The global economy is likely to emerge in …

Doctors, hospitals expect some confusion as Obamacare plans start

(Reuters) - Hospitals and medical practices across the United States braced for confusion and administrative hassles as new insurance plans under President Barack Obama’s healthcare law took effect on Wednesday.<p>More than 2 million people enrolled in private plans offered under the Affordable Care …

Imaging technique could lead to RSV vaccine - Futurity

An imaging technique for studying the childhood disease RSV could lead to new antiviral drugs and perhaps even a vaccine to prevent severe infections.

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Vapor 'nanobubbles' detect malaria through skin - Futurity

A noninvasive technology is able to detect malaria infection through the skin with a laser scanner that requires no dyes, diagnostic chemicals, or …

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Study suggests we're all susceptible to false memories

Researchers from UC Irvine have found that people with extraordinarily accurate memory are as vulnerable to the inception of fake memories as others, indicating that perhaps nobody is protected from memory distortion. The study, published last month in <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of …

3 Reasons Why Football Is Evil [Vintage PopSci]

A mathematics professor issued an urgent warning about football in 1894. America ignored him.<p>The National Football League recently put up $30 million to study the long-term effects of repeated brain injuries, after thousands of former players sued the organization for allegedly concealing the links …

Scientists tell us their favourite jokes: 'An electron and a positron walked into a bar…'

Science is a very serious business, so what tickles a rational mind? In a not very scientific experiment, we asked a sample of great minds for their favourite jokes<p>Physics<p>■ Two theoretical physicists are lost at the top of a mountain. Theoretical physicist No 1 pulls out a map and peruses it for a …

A Scientific Miracle: Theories of Mary's Virgin Birth

<i>Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. - Matthew 1:18</i><p>Merry Christmas, scientists! It's that time of year again when all rational human beings shake our …

Public Health Concerns in Typhoon Haiyan Aftermath (Updated 11/18/13)

The images coming out of the Philippines are wrenching. Last week, the country was hit with Typhoon Haiyan, which may be the strongest typhoon in recorded history. Then, it was then pelted with a tropical storm (not as badly as predicted, but the rain did threaten flooding and mudslides). The …

Beyond Open Access: Understanding science’s closures

Rather than simply demanding more open science, we should remember closure is a quite normal part of science, and instead look in detail at what's closing, when, why and to whom?<p>Openness. There’s a lot of it about. Or at least a lot of talk of it about. It’s a word long-favoured by politicians when …

How Water Purity Affects the Formation of Icicles

Scientists know surprisingly little about how icicles form, experimental physicist Stephen Morris told the Canadian Press.<p>Morris said it may seem a …

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Scientists Have Found A Way To Make Marijuana Un-Fun

An anti-dopamine drug could block the addictive rush associated with THC.<p>Researchers from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Massachusetts Medical School have found a way to block the dopamine rush associated with THC, the main psychoactive chemical in marijuana, in order to …

The New And The Next: Six-Second Comedy And A Spin On News

The online magazine Ozy covers people, places and trends on the horizon. Co-founder Carlos Watson joins <i>All Things Considered</i> regularly to share the site's latest discoveries.<p>This week, he tells NPR's Arun Rath about a YouTube sensation in Urugauy, a six-second comedian and the young woman who …

The ethics of animal tests: inside the lab where marmosets are given Parkinson's

As a national debate is launched on animal research, Robin McKie meets the London scientists whose work goes to the heart of an ethical controversy<p>The marmosets in Room One of the animal laboratories of King's College London are typical of their species. They are lively and curious. No bigger than …