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Twin Cities district contests special-ed placement for girl with high IQ

The parents of a brilliant teenager who rarely shows up to school are battling St. Louis Park Public Schools over the student’s proper educational …

Education

Losing humanities in education is propelling a deficit of empathy

With devastating cuts disseminating higher education in the past several years, universities are struggling to balance their budgets, often with …

Education

Poor sleep may cause an increase in brain protein linked to Alzheimer’s

A new study shows that sleep deprivation is linked to higher levels of a protein called beta-amyloid—a notorious precursor to Alzheimer’s disease.<p>The study, published (paywall) April 9 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, involved a somewhat unpleasant setup. Researchers had 20 …

Dementia

Elderly People Can Produce As Many New Neurons As Teens — NOVA Next

Despite what you might think, older people in their 70s are just as capable of generating new brain cells as teenagers.<p>The human hippocampus creates …

Neuroscience

Feeding your gut could be the best-kept secret to sleeping well (when you're supposed to)

You fall asleep but wake up a few hours later, restless and miserable. It’s impossible to nod off again, and you lie there to the wee hours, setting …

Wellness

Gut microbe drives autoimmunity

A study found that a certain gut microbe can trigger autoimmune disease in mice that are prone to such disease and identified the same microbe in …

Medical Research

Brains Cling to Old Habits When Learning New Tricks

Using a brain-computer interface, scientists are beginning to learn why learning is hard.<p>The hallmark of intelligence is the ability to learn. As …

Machine Learning

A new Monsanto-backed company is on the verge of producing the first fruit made with a blockbuster gene-editing tool that could revolutionize agriculture

In a move aimed at securing a place in the rapidly evolving food technology scene, the agricultural giant Monsanto has invested $125 million in a gene-editing startup called Pairwise.<p>The alliance could tee up Monsanto, long known for its controversial dealings with farmers and its role in …

Genetics

Alzheimer’s memories could be switched back on with implant

Alzheimer’s sufferers could once again remember the faces of loved ones, or find their way back home, after scientists developed a way to boost memories.<p>In a groundbreaking pilot study, US researchers recorded memories as they were being formed and then later played them back into the brains of 10 …

The Brain

Why It's So Hard to #DeleteFacebook

<i>The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.</i><p>Here we go again: another …

Social Media

Maslow's Hierarchy Is the Source of Our Self-Obsession

Source: Source: pixabay/CC0<p>Whether you know it or not, a powerful cult is recruiting you. Cults display unwarranted admiration for a person or thing, …

Behavioral Sciences

Reverse engineering consciousness: Is the brain a quantum computer?

The human brain is often described as a powerful computer, a metaphor that leads many experts to fear AI could one day become sentient. But what if developers seeking to create machines that think are barking up the wrong tree?<p>Our minds, according to some, are actually <i>quantum</i> computers. And, if …

Quantum Computing

Newly discovered metabolic mechanism could be an off-switch for inflammation

Researchers at Trinity College Dublin have uncovered a new metabolic process involved in the immune system's inflammatory processes. The discovery …

Immune System

Why the sun will soon get dimmer

By 2050, our sun is expected to be unusually cool.<p>It’s what scientists have termed a “grand minimum” — a particularly low point in what is otherwise a steady 11-year cycle.<p>Over this cycle, the sun’s tumultuous heart races and rests.<p>At its high point, the nuclear fusion at the sun’s core forces more …

Scientists Have Discovered How Traumatic Experiences Actually Rewire The Brain

This is why they're so hard to forget.<p>For many people dealing with traumatic memories, cognitive behavioural therapy is the best shot at living an …

Major Neurological Conditions Have More In Common Than We Thought, Study Finds

Different neurological conditions like autism, schizophrenia and bipolar disorder appear to have more in common than scientists thought they did. A new study finds that they have important similarities at a molecular level.<p>And understanding the molecular basis of those disorders could help in …

The Brain

Tardigrades — the microscopic, oddly cute toughest animals on Earth — explained

Six facts about the toughest animal on Earth.<p>Paul Bartels gets a rush every time he discovers a new species of tardigrade, the <b>phylum</b> of microscopic animals best known for being both strangely cute and able to survive the <b>vacuum of space</b>.<p>”The first paper I wrote describing a new species, there was a …

Biology

Out-of-This-World Diamond-Studded Rock Just Got Even Weirder

A tiny chunk of stone that looks like nothing else ever seen in the solar system might be even weirder than scientists thought.<p>The Hypatia stone was …

Universe

All Your Memories Are Stored by One Weird, Ancient Molecule

We actually borrowed our ability to form memories from viruses.<p>How does memory work? The further we seem to dive in, the more questions we stumble …

Biology

The Fascinating History of Ten Letters That Are No Longer Part of the American English Alphabet

YouTuber Austin McConnell, a man who knows words, humorously explained through animation the fascinating history of ten different letters that are no …

Linguistics

This CEO Reviewed Thousands of LinkedIn Profiles -- Here Are the 5 Updates You Should Make to Yours Now | Inc.com

Think about the attention to detail you put into your resume. You know that it needs to inform and impress. It must radiate competence and respectability. The question is -- should you treat your LinkedIn profile the same way?<p>I have seen plenty of LinkedIn profiles that are either incomplete or …

Employment

11 EXPERTS REVEAL SECRETS OF THE SUBCONSCIOUS MIND THAT MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW

Twenty-six experts from around the world were asked about what most people do not know about the subconscious mind and the answers were …

YouTube mulls 'consequences' for Logan Paul amid dead body controversy

YouTube is considering "further consequences" for a millionaire YouTube star who caused controversy after filming the body of a man who had just killed himself in Japan's Aokigahara forest for his popular vlog.<p>Breaking its silence on the video, which was published on New Year's Day, a spokesman …

Logan Paul

Is 'That' Sexual Harassment? How to Tell, Using 'Cooper's 6 Levels.'

Sure, outright groping is obviously prohibited behavior. But what about 'aesthetic appreciation'? Can't a guy compliment a girl anymore?<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Combine the impact of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements with the dramatic speeches at Sunday's Golden …

North Carolina State University

Science Says 'Team Players' Don't Get Hired (Here's the Surprising Data) | Inc.com

Looking for a job? Maybe you've been told you should make sure people know you're a real team player.<p>It turns out, that's a huge mistake.<p>Because, sure, employers like to <i>say</i> they value people who can work well on teams--but the data shows they don't.<p>Not really.<p>The folks behind TalentWorks figured …

Employment

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Ocular syphilis outbreak: The inflammatory eye disease that can make you go blind is on the rise

A new report has revealed that there is currently an outbreak of the ocular syphilis, which could potentially make you go blind.<p>According to the …

These eerie space 'sounds' recorded by NASA are creepy enough to make your skin crawl

It's deathly quiet in the vacuum of space, save only for the faint whisper of gravitational waves.<p>However, space scientists sometimes take signals from beyond the mortal realm of human senses — including radio waves, plasma waves, and magnetic fields— and convert them into audio tracks.<p>This clever …

Magnetism

Brains Age Suddenly at Around 40, but This Gene May Stop It and Even Prevent Alzheimer’s Along the Way

Aging gracefully—and slowly—sounds nice. But new research reveals that brain cells experience a sudden and serious increase in aging in midlife. And …

Suicidal patients identified through brain scans

Contributing to the fact that suicide is the second-leading cause of death among young adults in the US is the difficulty psychologists face in …