Jessica Keen

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First 'cell map' of 20,000 cells in mammalian embryo

Scientists at the Wellcome—MRC Cambridge Stem Cell Institute have used cutting-edge technology to profile over 20,000 individual cells to produce the …

Scientists are asking the wrong questions of big data

Big Data has changed all that. These days, tremendous volumes of information are being generated and collected through new technologies, be they large telescope arrays, DNA sequencers or Facebook.<p>The data is vast, but the kinds of data and the formats they take are also new. Consider the hourly …

Big Data

Scientists have discovered a new way to fight antibiotic resistance

Two types of lab-made molecules make drug-resistant bacteria susceptible to antibiotics again, researchers report March 9 in <i>Science Translational Medicine.</i><p>The discovery could provide new tools in the fight against microbes such as methicillin-resistant <i>Staphylococcus aureus,</i> or MRSA<i>,</i> which causes …

Microbiology

I spent 10 days in silent meditation in India. Here’s what I learned.

As of two weeks ago, I had never meditated more than 10 minutes in my entire life, and sitting still for even that long was like trying to teach …

Neandertal DNA may raise risk for some modern human diseases

Finding Neandertal ancestors in the human family tree was shocking enough when researchers announced it in 2010. Now the implications for modern-day …

These Are the 30 Happiest Cities in the U.S.

Surprise: There's a lot of California here.<p>The annual Well-Being Index by Gallup-Healthways shows the best communities in the company to find happiness by looking at the 190 biggest communities in the U.S. to determine the most comfortable place to call home.<p>The rankings analyzed five different …

Zen and the art of getting things done

<b>(CNN) —</b> The new hot trend in Silicon Valley office culture is a Buddh-ish encouragement of workplace mindfulness. Guided meditation is the new free cafeteria meals.<p>But David Allen, the author of the international bestselling productivity bible, Getting Things Done, has been teaching people how to …

Meditation

How 3D-Printed Maps Are Helping the Blind and Visually Impaired

Engineers and designers are just starting to explore the potential of 3D-printed maps for the visually impaired.<p>The Joseph Kohn Training Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey, is a state-funded facility that teaches vocational skills to the blind and visually impaired. Old wooden maps help students …

Maps

How to share custom short URLs from your Android

Sharing links with friends on Android leaves you at the mercy of the app you're using to shorten the ridiculously long ones. Plus, you won't be able to easily see how many times your link has been clicked. Unless, of course, you use an app like URL Shortener.<p>Instead of generating a random mix of …

The Facts Behind The Top 5 Misunderstandings About Evolution

It's not "just" a theory.<p><i>This article was written by Paula Kover from the University of Bath, and was originally published by The Conversation.</i><p>Given …

In 'Self/less,' a man cheats death by transferring his mind to another body — here's how close we are to making that reality

Thanks to the help of a secretive doctor and a lot of money, all the procedure requires is going for a short spin in a device that looks like an MRI machine.<p>Of course, the mind that originally belonged to the younger body still exists — which creates some problems for the mind that has now taken up …

Immune System

What is it like to have never felt an emotion?

Some people seem to lack the capacity to feel joy, sorrow or love. David Robson discovers the challenges and surprising advantages of “alexithymia”.<p>Caleb is telling me about the birth of his son, now eight months old. “You know you hear parents say that the first time they looked at their kid, they …

How Do Plants Grow in Space?

The formula for plant survival is pretty simple: water, air, nutrients, and sunlight. Despite that basic set of needs, many of us here on Earth are …

University of Florida

Researchers Discover That Memories Can Be Passed Down Through Changes In Our DNA

Are C-Sections Altering Human Evolution?<p>Published<p>11 hours ago<p>on<p>July 30, 2018<p>In Brief<p>The Facts:<p>The number of babies being born by C-section is …

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Blend These 7 Personality Types When Building Your Executive Team

Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>While the popular contention that “there are no stupid questions” is nice to hear (especially after asking a stupid question), it’s not exactly true. Let’s face it. We’ve all heard plenty (and I mean a lot) of dumb questions, and …

Leadership

‘Mindfulness’ Messes With Your Memory

If Oprah practices mindfulness, it must be a good thing—right? But new science disagrees.<p>Mindfulness—that buzzword that means, “focusing on emotions …

GM embryos: time for ethics debate, say scientists

Wellcome Trust, Medical Research Council and others call for debate on potential of altering DNA to prevent diseases – and risk of ‘designer babies’<p>Leading UK research funders are calling for an urgent national debate on the ethics of genetically modifying human embryos and other tissues to prevent …

Genetics

26 Movies You Need to Watch Before Decorating Your Home

These sets are so beautiful, they nearly distract you from the plots.<p>If you're thinking about redecorating a space in your home, grab some popcorn, sit down, and watch one of these movies that have sets so pretty, they will instantly spark inspiration.

Darkest Hour

What’s in all that e-cig vapor?

By Sara Shipley Hiles<p>Wander into a vape shop in the mall or online, and you can find a smorgasbord of flavors: cotton candy, vanilla custard, even Unicorn Milk or Katy Perry’s Cherry.<p>Flashy flavors have helped e-cigarettes, designed to vaporize a nicotine solution, grow into an industry with an …

Public Health

Send your texts 25 years into the future

Imagine getting a voicemail from your grandmother years after her death. Or, on your 18th birthday, a video of your dad rocking you to sleep as a baby.<p>It's possible now, thanks to a new app that lets users send texts, photos, videos and voicemails up to 25 years into the future. The app, called …

The world’s most famous gorilla is showing signs of early speech

Koko, a 44-year-old gorilla famous for her ability to communicate with keepers using sign language, is now showing signs of early speech. “Koko has developed vocal and breathing behaviors associated with the ability to talk, which were previously thought to be impossible in her species,” The Daily …

Gorillas

One in 50 people have a rare disorder that prevents them from picturing a beach in their head

For most people this is an easy task, but for a small proportion, it's impossible. Known as "aphantasia," doctors have described for the first time a condition where people can't form mental images in their "mind's eye."<p>It's thought that as many as one in fifty people might have aphantasia. Some …

Female-to-male transsexuals 'start to think like men' after hormone treatment

Study finds that testosterone decreased verbal and multitasking abilities whilst boosting spatial awareness<p>It is a commonly held belief, certainly among the fairer sex, that women are better at multitasking than men.<p>And scientists have now discovered that women undergoing a sex change start to …

How to Be Happier Without Really Trying

You are already a happiness expert. Seriously. You’re just a bit inconsistent.You already do a lot of things that researchers recommend for increased …

The Weeknd’s Somber, Sexy New Album ‘Beauty Behind the Madness’

The 25-year-old Canadian Abel Tesfaye has started to embrace the fame game with his most commercial—and accessible—album to date.<p>The Robert Smith of …

11 Foods Nutritionists Always Keep in their Refrigerators

Add these to your grocery list, stat.

The myth of universal beauty

Would you have been beautiful in another era? David Robson discovers that attractiveness is more malleable and subjective than we might imagine.<p>The plus-sized comedian Dawn French would be unlikely to describe herself as a sex symbol, but was she simply born at the wrong time? “If I had been around …

Psychology

Paris Review - Evelyn Waugh, The Art of Fiction No. 30

Interviewed by Julian Jebb<p>Issue 30, Summer-Fall 1963<p>Evelyn Waugh, ca. 1913, photograph by Carl Van Vechten.<p>The interview which follows is the result of two meetings on successive days at the Hyde Park Hotel, London, during April 1962.<p>I had written to Mr. Waugh earlier asking permission to interview …