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Neural organoids mimic developing brains in a lab dish

A brain ball is not a brain. The constructs are, at present, devoid of some important cell types found in a real human brain. They receive no sensory …

Neuroscience

Omnisexual, gynosexual, demisexual: What’s behind the surge in sexual identities?

In 1976, the French philosopher Michel Foucault made the meticulously researched case that sexuality is a social construct used as a form of control. In the 40 years since, society has been busy constructing sexualities. Alongside the traditional orientations of heterosexual, homosexual, and …

LGBTQI

14 Insanely Clever Parenting Hacks You'll Wish You Knew Yesterday

12. Keep your carpet clean.<p>Instagram | @parenthacks<p>13. Keep your snacks organized.<p>Twitter | @LilyAndTheTwins<p>Advertisement<p>14. Let your kids draw on …

This Is Why You Don't See People-Size Salmon Anymore

While the orcas of Puget Sound are sliding toward extinction, orcas farther north have been expanding their numbers. Their burgeoning hunger for big fish may be causing the killer whales' main prey, chinook salmon, to shrink up and down the West Coast.<p>Chinook salmon are also known as kings: the …

Pacific Ocean

How to Raise Happy Kids: 10 Steps Backed by Science

<b>When you ask parents what they want for their kids, what’s usually the most common reply? They want their children to be</b> <b>happy</b><b>.</b><p>Via Raising Happiness: …

Happiness

I had a good job, a loving family, and a white picket fence. This is how I lost it all.

<i>This story is part of a series called</i> <i>Craigslist Confessional</i><i>. Writer Helena Bala has been meeting people via Craigslist and documenting their stories for over two years. Each story is written as it was told to her. Bala says that by listening to their stories, she hopes to bear witness to her</i> …

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

8 Ways to Nurture Boys

Boys need our help. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, boys are 30 percent more likely to flunk out or drop out of school …

Parenting

Scientists Figure Out How to Make Muscles from Scratch

For the past several years, Nenad Bursac has been trying to make muscles from scratch.<p>A biological engineer at Duke, Bursac came close in 2015, when …

Cell Biology

Is everything you think you know about depression wrong?

In this extract from his new book, Johann Hari, who took antidepressants for 13 years, calls for a new approach<p>• Johann Hari Q&A: ‘I was afraid to dismantle the story about depression and anxiety’<p>In the 1970s, a truth was accidentally discovered about depression – one that was quickly swept aside, …

Depression

Magic mushroom compound might treat depression by reviving emotional responsiveness in the brain

New research suggests that psilocybin-assisted therapy helps alleviate treatment-resistant depression by reviving emotional responsiveness in the …

Imperial College London

30 years after Prozac arrived, we still buy the lie that chemical imbalances cause depression

Some 2,000 years ago, the Ancient Greek scholar Hippocrates argued that all ailments, including mental illnesses such as melancholia, could be explained by imbalances in the four bodily fluids, or “humors.” Today, most of us like to think we know better: Depression—our term for melancholia—is …

Consciousness

Suspended – Medium

Want to Make New Friends? Here Are the Best Strategies, According to Psychology

Consider carefully the words of Willy Loman and Maya Angelou.<br>Read More

Psychology

Century-old belief about nerve cells disproved at Israeli University

New research into the origin of degenerative diseases could result.<p>><br>• ><p>An active neuron (illustrative). (photo credit: INGIMAGE)<p>Bar-Ilan University …

What Causes Bipolar Disorder? Scientists Think They’ve Found 7 Potential Sources Of The Illness

Mental health issues are complex, and severe illnesses like bipolar disorder have long been been critically misunderstood. Though bipolar disorder …

Here's What Your Recurring Nightmares Actually Mean

Everyone has a bad dream once in a while. But having the same one over and over may signal that something specific is missing in your daily life, new …

Psychology

Depression: A Symptom, Not a Disorder

Lately, there has been a large number of articles about "depression" that seem to go out of their way to avoid mentioning any specific psychiatric …

Depression

What Is Concealed Depression and How Can You Spot Its Sneaky Symptoms?

When you think of depression, you may be inclined to picture someone who struggles to get out of bed every morning and is barely able to function. But unlike many medical conditions, depression is one that often goes unseen and undiagnosed. That's because many sufferers actually experience …

Mental Health

A Possible New Treatment for Bipolar Depression

Can midday light therapy decrease symptoms of bipolar depression?<p>Individuals with bipolar disorder suffer from manic episodes, depressed episodes, …

The Brain

Smoking cannabis regularly triples severe depression risk, study of Bristol teenagers finds

Regular cannabis smoking can almost triple a teenager's risk of suffering depression early in adulthood, according to new research.<p>A study of more …

Are our dreams trying to tell us something – or should we sleep on it?

What are dreams for? It’s one of those bottomless questions where the answer tells you mainly about the person doing the answering. Those who pride themselves on being hard-headed and scientific will say they’re meaningless nonsense or, at best, some kind of boring but essential process for …

Sleep

New therapy 'rewires' the brain to fight depression

Each year, Americans spend billions of dollars on antidepressants, but studies show they can be ineffective in up to 40 percent of all patients.<p>California native, Bob Holmes is one of the 16 million people in the U.S. who suffer major depressive episodes each year. Holmes has suffered from …

The Brain

Are We Born Fearing Spiders and Snakes?

Showing photos of these animals to infants yielded surprising results about the origin of these common phobias.<p>Many people squirm at the thought of a spider dangling above them or a snake slithering underfoot. In fact, research shows that at least five percent of the population has a strong, …

That's so dank

On the important topic of shitty parenting, and emotional abuse.

Post-Wedding Ways to Keep Your Newlywed Status Exciting

There’s nothing quite like the excitement that begins at your engagement and lasts all through the big day. But when all is said and done (and you’re married!) the excitement may seem to fade a bit. While this is perfectly normal, there are many ways to keep your newlywed status exciting and …

What Your Dreams Actually Mean, According to Science

If dreams were movies, they wouldn’t make a dime. They’re often banal, frequently fleeting and they’re screened for an audience of just one. As for …

Consciousness

First Human Embryos 'Edited' in U.S.—Get the Facts

The work, which removed a gene mutation linked to a heart condition, is fueling debate over the controversial tool known as CRISPR.<p>What if you could remove a potentially fatal gene mutation from your child’s DNA before the baby is even born? In an advance that's as likely to raise eyebrows as it is …

Why Do We Blackout When Drunk? Everything You Need To Know About Alcohol-Related Memory Loss

This is why you can't remember getting home.<p>Ever woken up after a big night out with no memory of how you got home, what you did or what you …

Alcohol

Depression may alter brain's white matter structure

Depression has been shown to alter the structure of the brain's white matter, which contains the circuitry that allows brain cells to communicate …

Artificial Sweeteners Are Linked to Weight Gain—Not Weight Loss

Artificial sweeteners might seem like a low- or no-calorie way to enjoy sweet food and not gain weight. But a new study links them to the opposite.<p>In …

Holistic Medicine