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Genetically, Schizophrenia Is At Least Eight Separate Diseases

A range of disorders lead to different symptoms, new research says, raising hopes for individualized treatment.<p>Research published in the <i>American Journal of Psychiatry</i> shows that schizophrenia is not a single genetic disease, but in fact a class of diseases with variable symptoms.<p>Schizophrenia is …

Light Forms Crystal-Like Structure On Computer Chip

Light that's truly crystal clear<p>Princeton researchers have managed to cause light to behave like a crystal within a specialized computer chip, according to a recent paper. This is the first time anyone has accomplished this effect in a lab.<p>Here's why it's so hard: Atoms can easily form solids, …

Quantum Mechanics

Why Am I Afraid Of Hugh Jackman?

A reader asked us for help with a celebrity phobia. Here's what an expert had to say.<p>A reader recently wrote to <i>Popular Science</i> asking for advice on a... unique problem:<p>"I have a severe fear of Hugh Jackman. Are there any special methods for expelling the fear? My friends tried to take me to see his …

Lasers Reveal Underground 'Super Henge'

The mysteries surrounding Stonehenge just got deeper. Literally.<p>Near the prehistoric Stonehenge monument, archeologists have found the buried traces of a "super henge" more than 4,900 feet in circumference. That's about as big around as the Astrodome and Cowboys Stadium combined -- and 14 times …

Archaeology

Is A Simulated Brain Conscious?

Scott Aaronson's answer has implications for C-3PO, the universe and the odds that you are a Boltzmann Brain.<p>Imagine standing in an open field with a bucket of water balloons and a couple of friends. You've decided to play a game called "Mind." Each of you has your own set of rules. Maybe Molly …

Liquid Metal Flows Into Different Forms, T-1000-Style [Video]

The alloy can even take a humanoid form<p>A team of researchers report that they understand a property of a liquid metal that allows them to manipulate it like the T-1000 from <i>Terminator 2</i> and even build "scale models" of the violent automaton.<p>Chemists at North Carolina State University have observed …

Gray matter matters when measuring our tolerance of risk

There is a link between our brain structure and our tolerance of risk, new research suggests.<p>Dr Agnieszka Tymula, an economist at the University of …

Bigger than T. rex, this dinosaur hunted in water

Spinosaurus was the largest known predatory dinosaur to roam the Earth. Scientists now say that it was also the first truly semiaquatic dinosaur.<p>The …

Dinosaurs

Ancient Flying Beast Named After 'Avatar' Creature

If those bizarre flying dragons that carried around blue humanoids in the 2009 science fiction film "Avatar" were real, they likely would have been descendants of this ancient flying reptile:<p><i>The head reconstruction of Ikrandraco avatar is shown in this illustration courtesy of Chuang Zhao.</i><p>After …

A third patient with Ebola virus disease has arrived in the USA Source: USA T...

A third patient with Ebola virus disease has arrived in the USA Source: USA Today By Liz Szabo and Karen Weintraub A third patient with Ebola virus …

Schizophrenia is eight different diseases, not one

New research shows that schizophrenia is not a single disease, but a group of eight distinct disorders, each caused by changes in clusters of genes that lead to different sets of symptoms.<p>The finding sets the stage for scientists to develop better ways to diagnose and treat schizophrenia, a mental …