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Here's a List of 100 Words Scientists Really Want You to Stop Misusing

I don't think it means what you think it means.<p>Without language, things between humans would get pretty confusing pretty fast. And even though the …

Psychology

Toxoplasma Modulates Signature Pathways of Human Epilepsy, Neurodegeneration & Cancer

Altmetric: 227<p>Citations: 1<p>More detail<p>Article |<p>Open<p>Huân M. Ngô,<br>• Ying Zhou,<br>• Hernan Lorenzi,<br>• Kai Wang,<br>• Taek-Kyun Kim,<br>• Yong Zhou,<br>• Kamal El Bissati,<br>• Ernest …

Neuroscience

The Trump administration claim that renewable energy threatens the stability of the US power grid is ludicrous

Recent statements from Washington suggest that grid reliability will be threatened if old power plants using coal continue to be replaced by modern power plants using natural gas, wind power, and solar power. This is simply not true.<p>In April, energy secretary Rick Perry ordered a study on the …

Alzheimer's: New brain cell loss mechanism uncovered

A new study may change current therapeutic approaches for Alzheimer's disease, as scientists uncover a novel brain death pathway involved in the …

A Solution to Our Clean Energy Problem May Lie Right Beneath Our Feet

On Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula, a short drive from the country’s capital, a team of scientists and engineers is pursuing what they see as an energy …

Jules Verne

Cyber-insecurity is a gift for hackers, but it’s our own governments that create it

The insurance market is extracting millions to protect us from the built-in flaws the surveillance state relies on<p>The political legitimacy of democratic capitalism, that unlikely political formation that has brought us the end of history and now presents itself as the only bulwark against rightwing …

Cybersecurity

Scientists use gene editing to eliminate HIV DNA in live mice

A team of scientists have snipped away HIV DNA from the genome of live mice using a CRISPR system, and the rodents lived to (kinda) tell the tale. It's still much too early to call the method a possible cure, but the fact that it worked on a living animal opens up a lot of possibilities. Will it …

Genetics

‘I don’t know who I am without it’: the truth about long-term antidepressant use

Prescriptions have doubled in a decade, but very little is known about the effect of taking SSRIs for years and years. Is it a lifesaver or a happiness trap?<p>Tell us about your experiences<p>Sarah never planned to take antidepressants for 14 years. Three years after she began taking them, when she was …

Depression

We can officially collect solar energy without solar panels

The discussion on climate has persisted for decades since we first discovered that there is a man-made influence on the environment. From then, many researchers have come together to finagle innovations that reduce our industrial carbon footprint. One such innovation is the molecular leaf.<p><b>The</b> …

Carbon Dioxide

Is Evolution Yielding to Newer "Algorithmic Forces"?

1. “The 21st century will be dominated by algorithms,” says Yuval Harari. That makes “‘algorithm’ arguably the single most important concept in our …

American Philosophy

Robots learn to work together by chatting in new language they created

Robots have learned how to communicate with each other by creating their own language, a new report explains.<p>Experts at artificial intelligence …

Why Do We Die?

It is tempting to set up religion against science in any discussion of life, death, and purpose. But religion and science are different kinds of …

Biology

Could there be a fifth dimension

By now we’re used to the idea that the world has four dimensions: three spatial and one temporal. But what if there were a fifth dimension — what …

Science

12 Recipes For When You Want to Embrace Spring Via a Straw

Smoothies equal the go-to breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack, or post-workout drink we all wish we had more time to make. Somehow fresh ingredients that are actually in season make that seemingly difficult task more intriguing, however. Commit these raspberry, mango, carrot, blueberry, and various …

Healthy Eating

Nrl knockdown by AAV-delivered CRISPR/Cas9 prevents retinal degeneration in mice

Altmetric: 232<p>Citations: 12<p>More detail<p>Article |<p>Open<p>Wenhan Yu ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0002-0125-4358<br>• , Suddhasil Mookherjee<br>• , Vijender Chaitankar<br>• , Suja …

Google Scholar

Buzzing the brain with electricity can boost working memory

Scientists have uncovered a method for improving short-term working memory, by stimulating the brain with electricity to synchronise brain waves. …

The Brain

UCLA researchers’ finding holds promise for treating children after brain injuries

The team discovers a biological marker that may help to identify youths at risk of poor outcomes and prevent cognitive decline.

The Brain

Retinal Implants Could Restore Sight to More Than 2 Million People

A Vision For Vision<p>Retinal degeneration is one of the leading causes of vision impairment and blindness in the world. The two most common retinal …

Cell Biology

How Rats Could Lead to Autism Drugs That Actually Work

Clinical trials with mice have mostly failed, but the bigger, smarter rodents have more to reveal about human brains and behavior.<p>In a shoebox-sized cage on their own floor in the Anderson Building at the Baylor College of Medicine, two little white mice with pink ears and skinny tails scurry over …

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Treating cocaine addiction by reducing our appetite for drugs?

The hypocretin/orexin (HCRT) system of the brain is best known for promoting wakefulness and appetite. A new paper in <i>Biological Psychiatry</i> suggests …

Neuroscience

Accelerated brain aging may be in your genes

Different people age at different rates and the same goes for their brains, according to scientists at the Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC), …

Neuroscience

30 Delicious Things You Never Knew You Could Make With A Crock-Pot

Think *outside* the stew.

Cooking

Is hypersonic commercial air travel realistic?

It has been more than a decade since the supersonic Concorde jet took its final commercial flight. Since then, the development of high speed air travel has stalled. Now, a successful test flight by a team that wants to build a “hypersonic jet” has brought new life to this futuristic idea.<p><b>A</b> …

How to: Bake a Graphic Print Into the Side of Your Cake

Never crookedly scrawl "Happy Birthday" across the top of a cake again. On this episode of Savvy, <b>Lani Halliday</b> — owner and baker at Brutus Bakeshop in Brooklyn, NY — demonstrates a colorful, impressive, and simple cake decorating method: joconde sponge, a traditional French technique. Halliday …

Dessert

The Neuroscience Of Musical Perception, Bass Guitars And Drake

In June of 2001 musician Peter Gabriel flew to Atlanta to make music with two apes. The jam went surprisingly well.<p>At each session Gabriel, a known dabbler in experimental music and a founding member of the band Genesis, would riff with a small group of musicians. The bonobos — one named …

Flute

Pooches roam busy airports to help weary holiday travelers de-stress

DENVER — Steve Cearley and his dog Shanti made their way down the airport concourse in matching blue plaid vests, prompting travelers to glance up from their computers and cellphones. After two airport employees stopped to fuss over Shanti, an 88-pound Great Pyrenees with long, white fur, Cearley, …

Flying

SpaceX will try to land a rocket stage on Earth after launching to space Sunday

On Sunday, SpaceX is planning to launch an upgraded Falcon 9 rocket, the company's first since another uncrewed Falcon 9 disintegrated above Florida …