While the brain sleeps, it clears out harmful toxins, a process that may reduce the risk of Alzheimer's, researchers say. During sleep, the flow of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain increases dramatically,
John Hewitt is a neuroscientist who studies the biology of intelligence. He's also a parent. Over the years, Hewitt has periodically drawn upon his scientific knowledge in making parenting decisions. a
A secret document, published in declassified form for the first time by the Guardian today, reveals that the US Air Force came dramatically close to detonating an atom bomb over North Carolina that would
Our universe might actually be the result of the collapse of a four-dimensional star. According to a new paper posted on Arxiv, the Big Bang may not have been what we think it is. In fact, there may have
Health news Estrogen, the “female” hormone, is a lot more important to men than even many doctors think, according to a surprising new study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine.
A slew of negatives plague video games -- Peter Pan Syndrome, hyper-violence, camping -- but their youthfulness could do just what Nintendo's Brain Age promised: improve elderly brain function. Over four
Japanese scientists have determined that a planet outside our solar system that most likely has a water-rich atmosphere. The planet, Gliese 1214b, is only 40 light years from Earth. Discovered in 2009,
Science News The world of mind-control zombie armies may have gotten just a little closer: Scientists say they've hooked up one person's brain to the Internet, to control the finger of another person a
Spending too much time in front of television, DVDs and computer games is taking its toll on children's physical and mental health, according to a government-commissioned report published on Wednesday.
Science News Though birds haven't yet learned how to read road signs, recent research suggests that birds can figure out the speed limit on a particular stretch of road. Biologist Pierre Legagneux of University
Health / Updated By Lauren Russell You're so predictable. Every day, you run out of steam, lose juice, or otherwise hit the wall at nearly the exact same times. How do we know? Because it happens to everyone.
A Memphis, Tenn., kindergarten student is in police custody after he fired a handgun in his elementary school cafeteria Thursday morning. The incident didn't result in any injuries, and school is back
Doesn't caramel ice cream sound heavy? Where vowel sounds come from in the mouth influences how we think about a word. Which sounds better, an ice cream called Frish, or an ice cream called Frosh? In NYU
Emma Allen-Vercoe's fecal-transplant treatment could battle lethal gastrointestinal infections. Done with your lunch? Good, here we go: You may know that implanting feces from healthy people into sick
You probably know that you can't tickle yourself. And although you might be able to tickle a total stranger, your brain also strongly discourages you from doing something so socially awkward. These facts
A new study examines the weird ways cocaine changes people's metabolisms. Cocaine has long had a reputation for keeping users slim—check out this 1990 article from the Los Angeles Times—and there's some
It's impressive researchers have managed to conduct even that many studies. Sanjay Gupta, neurosurgeon and CNN's chief medical correspondent, is officially down with weed. In an article for CNN, the well-known