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How the Freaky Octopus Can Help Us Understand the Human Brain

DAVID DOUBILET/National Geographic Creative<p>The octopus is weird: eerily malleable body, sucker-studded arms, skin that can transform into a …

Bad feelings make stronger memories - Futurity

Negative emotions, such as fear, can enhance your memories for places, a new study confirms. …

Rights & Freedoms

New programming language could code DNA to deliver drugs and detect diseases

The University of Washington envisions a future where our bodies will be tuned to heal us just as easily as software is built to entertain us — and it's come up with a method that could eventually turn this idea into a reality. University researchers have developed a programming language that …

How a cat virus could lead to an HIV vaccine - Futurity

Blood from people infected with HIV shows an immune response against a cat AIDS virus …

Vaccines

Mummy medicine: how ancient bodies can help create modern cures

Medical experts trying to treat illnesses like malaria, heart disease, and tuberculosis are turning to an unexpected population of study subjects for answers: ancient mummies.<p>Thanks to recent advances in DNA sequencing and CT scan technology, researchers are able to peer more closely than ever into …

How Studying Mummies Could Cure Modern Diseases

By comparing diseases from then and now, researchers can learn how they spread. Maybe they can learn how to stop them, too.<p>Earlier this year, scientists published a study of whole-body CT scans of 137 mummies: ancient Egyptians and Peruvians, ancestral Puebloans of southwest America, and Unangan …

Roman skulls found during Crossrail dig in London may be Boudicca victims

Archaeologists uncover 20 blackened skulls along route of vanished river Walbrook in central London<p>Blackened Roman skulls, possibly victims of Boudicca's revolution that scorched the foundations of the Roman empire in Britain, have come tumbling out of a Crossrail tunnel in the heart of …

Roman skulls found at Crossrail site in London - video

Archaeologists working at Crossrail's project site in the City of London have unearthed 20 Roman skulls. Scientists made the find while excavating a channel of the river Walbrook, which runs from Finsbury to the Thames at Cannon Street. The £14.8bn Crossrail project has already unearthed a medieval …

Which neurons fire when this image tricks your brain?

Scientists have pinpointed the brain region responsible for “illusory contours”—when you perceive imaginary shapes and surfaces against a fragmented …

Neuroscience

London Dig Uncovers Roman-Era Skulls

Subway tunnelers uncover first-century skulls of Londoners.<p><b>Tunnelers expanding London's Underground (Tube) stations have stumbled on a cache of more than two dozen Roman-era skulls. The skulls likely date from the first century A.D. and may possibly—just possibly—be victims of the famed Queen</b> …

Gum disease may have ties to Alzheimer's - Futurity

Oral bacteria from poor dental hygiene have been linked to brain tissue degeneration, a finding …

Alzheimer's Disease

Want To Read Others' Thoughts? Try Reading Literary Fiction

Your ability to "read" the thoughts and feelings of others could be affected by the kind of fiction you read.<p>That's the conclusion of a study in the journal <i>Science</i> that gave tests of social perception to people who were randomly assigned to read excerpts from literary fiction, popular fiction or …

MP3 Player Lives In Your Ear, Controlled With Your Teeth

It stores up to 24 songs with four hours of battery life for completely hands-free jamming.<p>Say goodbye to getting wrapped up in miles of cord connecting your MP3 player to your headphones as you listen to music. These little earphones, named Split, make up a completely wire-free music player in …