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25 sweet hot chocolate recipes to keep your holidays cozy

As the temperatures drop and cold weather misery takes over, optimal coziness is a top priority.<p>Sweaters, scarves, mittens fireplaces, are all winter …

How fat is your dinner?

Any food wrapped in seaweed can’t be bad. If it has acai berries or spirulina in it, then it’s a winner. A salad is always the better option. These …

Nutrition

Do I Only Use 10% of My Brain?

Early, frequent antibiotic use linked to childhood obesity

Parents and pediatricians will often reach for antibiotics to treat middle ear infections, strep throat, fevers and other common ailments of childhood. But new research suggests that doing so, and prescribing broad-spectrum antibiotics in particular, increases those children's risk of obesity, at …

Microbiology

BRCA Gene Mutations Also Linked With Salivary Gland Cancer

By Rachael Rettner, Senior Writer<p>Published: 09/29/2014 10:41 AM EDT on LiveScience<p>The genetic mutations that put people at high risk for breast cancer may also be linked with an increased risk of salivary gland cancer, a new study suggests.<p>Researchers analyzed information from 187 people with …

MinION USB-sized DNA sequencer goes through real-world testing

Back in 2012, a UK company called Oxford Nanopore announced a chewing gum packet-sized DNA sequencer, something that people found hard to believe since rival machines can be as big as fridges. After dealing with technical issues and bugs (as well as being accused of launching vaporware), Oxford has …

Tech and Science

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Science

Eavesdropping on Neurons - MIT Technology Review

A new automated version of one of neuroscience’s most important techniques, patch clamping, makes it much easier and faster for scientists to tap …

A Neuroscientist’s Radical Theory of How Networks Become Conscious

Author: Brandon Keim. Brandon Keim Science<p>Date of Publication: 11.14.13.<p>Time of Publication: 6:30 am. 6:30 am<p>It’s a question that’s perplexed …

Placenta can send stress signals to baby's brain - Futurity

An enzyme in the placenta appears to play a role in how stress during pregnancy increases a baby's risk of developing autism or schizophrenia.

Newly crowned: Europe's top inventor

Update, 17 June: Despite leaving school with no qualifications, Chris Toumazou has just won this week's European inventor award. We meet the man behind the high-speed DNA test and profile the other finalists in this prestigious contest<p>For a man who left school with no qualifications, Chris Toumazou …

Seeing the inner workings of the brain made easier by new technique

Last year Karl Deisseroth, a Stanford professor of bioengineering and of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, announced a new way of peering into a …

Cracking the Brain’s Codes - MIT Technology Review

In <i>What Is Life?</i> (1944), one of the fundamental questions the physicist Erwin Schrödinger posed was whether there was some sort of “hereditary …

These Stunning Images Show The Brain's Fragile Beauty & What Happens When The Wiring Goes Awry

Ever wished you could peer inside your own brain? What's it like in there?<p>Complicated, that's what.<p><i>Scroll down for images.</i><p>“The human brain has more cells than there are stars in the Milky Way and these cells communicate through a thousand times as many connections," Dr. Sally Till, a research …

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What do you want to know about sleep? Neuroscientists answered your questions

Sleep is vital for our mental and physical health, yet an increasing number of people are getting less than they need. Do you have problems sleeping? Neuroscientists from the University of Oxford answered your questions<p>Do you have difficulty getting enough sleep? Sleep problems affect one in three …

Bursts Of Light Create Memories, Then Take Them Away

You can't just open up a living brain and see the memories inside.<p>So Roberto Malinow, a brain scientist at the University of California, San Diego, has spent years trying to find other ways to understand how memories are made and lost. The research — right now being done in rats – should lead to a …

3D model of a nerve terminal in atomic detail

The electrochemical jelly inside your head contains something like one quadrillion synapses, the junctions at which nerve cells talk to one other by converting electrical signals into chemical ones and then back again. They have two components (sometimes three): the nerve terminal of one cell, …

'Sticky synapses' can impair new memories by holding on to old ones

(Medical Xpress)—A team of UBC neuroscientists has found that synapses that are too strong or 'sticky' can actually hinder our capacity to learn new …

Associated Press News

What Does It Take To Make Meat From Stem Cells?

More than you might realize<p>Made with some breadcrumbs, egg, and 20,000 lab-grown cow muscle cells, the world's first lab-grown burger made its debut last year. It was a proof of concept, evidence that you can make meat in lab. The technology is too difficult and expensive to show up grocery stores …

Stem Cells

New Study Strengthens Gut Bacteria-Autism Link

New research adds more strength to the potential link between gut bacteria and autism.<p>In a small study, researchers from Arizona State University found evidence that gut bacteria may differ between children with and without autism.<p>Specifically, the researchers found that the fecal concentrations of …

Virus experiments risk unleashing global pandemic, study warns

Benefits of scientific testing in the area are outweighed by risks of pathogenic strains spreading round world, say researchers<p>Public health experts have warned that controversial experiments on mutant viruses could put human lives in danger by unleashing an accidental pandemic.<p>Several groups of …

Two drugs offer hope for fatal lung disease

(HealthDay)—A pair of drugs offers new hope to patients with a progressive, fatal disease that robs their breath by scarring the lungs, according to …

New brain cells could be blanking out old memories, research on rodents suggests

Have you ever been told about an incident that happened when you were little that you cannot recall? Perhaps the time you had an unstoppable crying fit at the mall, ate your first piece of pizza or hit your head on the coffee table and had to get stitches.<p>This inability to remember specific events …

Modified measles virus destroys cancer in early clinical trial

Promising early results from a clinical trial at the Mayo Clinic out this week suggest that a modified version of the measles virus can be used to target cancer cells and put the condition into remission. Researchers intravenously delivered 10,000 times the typical dosage of measles vaccine to two …

Fighting Bugs With Bugs: Hatching A Solution For Troubled Trees

We all know about the drought in California, but farmers there have more to worry about than a lack of water.<p>There's also the looming threat of Asian citrus psyllid (ACP), an invasive pest that flies from tree to tree, feeding on tender leaves. By itself, the psyllid is not particularly harmful, …

The Neuroscientist Who Wants To Upload Humanity To A Computer

Randal Koene is recruiting top neuroscientists to help him make humans live forever<p>Everything felt possible at Transhuman Visions 2014, a conference in February billed as a forum for visionaries to "describe our fast-approaching, brilliant, and bizarre future." Inside an old waterfront military …

Singularity

Watching HIV bud from cells: Study shows last-minute role of protein named ALIX

University of Utah researchers devised a way to watch newly forming AIDS virus particles emerging or "budding" from infected human cells without …