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International scientists warn against China's attempt to 'edit' human genome | News | DW | 24.04.2015

Controversial research by Chinese scientists stirred up a storm among scientists, who demanded that attempts to edit the human genome be halted …

Red Velvet Pancakes

These fluffy red pancakes are great on their own and even better decked out with sweetened cream cheese, a drizzle of maple syrup and toasted …

Breakfast

8 Breakfast Pastries You Can (and Should) Make at Home

<i>Every other Friday, Yossy Arefi from Apt. 2B Baking Co. shares dessert projects that demand a little extra time and effort. Because your weekends should always be sweet.</i><p><i>Today:</i> <i>If you only do one thing this weekend, bake yourself breakfast.</i><p>There is something to be said for a fresh-baked breakfast: A …

Breakfast

Diabetes genes come out of hiding - Futurity

Researchers have narrowed down the number of genes that play a role in diabetes. "It's a game-changer for Type 1 diabetes," says Patrick Concannon.

Diabetes

Brain develops abnormally over lifespan of people who stutterA region of the brain thought to control speech production develops abnormal…

A region of the brain thought to control speech production develops abnormally in children who stutter—a pattern that persists into adulthood, according to new University of Alberta research.<p>In the first study to use MRI imaging to examine brain development in both children and adults who stutter, researchers at the U of A’s Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research (ISTAR) found abnormal development of grey matter in Broca’s area, the region of the frontal lobe responsible for speech. It …

Protein Treatment Staves Off Alzheimer’s Disease Symptoms

Alzheimer’s disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, with over 1,200 individuals developing the disease every day. A new …

Glowing Protein Reveals Animals' Brain Activity

With the help of a protein, researchers now have a more precise way to see brain activity — right down to what's going on in a single cell, in living …

Neuroscience

The Science Behind Commonly Used Anti-Depressants Appears to Be BackwardsThe science behind many anti-depressant medications appears to b…

The science behind many anti-depressant medications appears to be backwards, say the authors of a paper that challenges the prevailing ideas about the nature of depression and some of the world’s most commonly prescribed medications.<p>The authors of the paper, posted by the journal <i>Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews</i>, combed existing research for evidence to support the theory that has dominated nearly 50 years of depression research: that depression is related to low levels of serotonin in the …

Schizophrenia: Impaired activity of the selective dopamine neuronsSchizophrenia is not only associated with positive symptoms such as…

Schizophrenia is not only associated with positive symptoms such as hallucinations and delusions, but also with negative symptoms e.g. cognitive deficits and impairments of the emotional drive. Until now, the underlying mechanisms for these negative symptoms have not been well characterized. In the current edition of the <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</i> (PNAS) a German-American team of researchers, with the cooperation of the Goethe University, reports that a selective dopamine …

Sometimes When You’re In Love, You’re Not

Lessons in love from the MRI-based carnival art of Brent Hoff<p>Are you in love or are you in lust? Neuroscience would say the difference is in whether or not your brain is producing oxytocin, the bonding chemical that scientists associate with monogamous relationships. To oversimplify, love includes …

A Gene for Brain SizeFull article at NeuroscienceNews

<b>A Gene for Brain Size</b><p>Following the traces of evolution: Max Planck Researchers find a key to the reproduction of brain stem cells.<p>The research is in <i>Science</i>. (full access paywall)<p><b>Research:</b> “Human-specific gene ARHGAP11B promotes basal progenitor amplification and neocortex expansion” by Marta Florio, Mareike Albert, Elena Taverna, Takashi Namba, Holger Brandl, Eric Lewitus, Christiane Haffner, Alex Sykes, Fong Kuan Wong, Jula Peters, Elaine Guhr, Sylvia Klemroth, Kay Prüfer, Janet Kelso, Ronald …

(Image caption: The striatum is part of the inner core of the brain that processes decisions and movements

<i>(Image caption: The striatum is part of the inner core of the brain that processes decisions and movements. OIST researchers investigated how the striatum’s three regions – the ventral, dorsomedial and dorsolateral – work together. Credit: Laura Petersen)</i><p>A key part of the brain involved with decision making, the striatum, appears to operate hierarchically – much like a traditional corporation with executives, middle managers and employees, according to researchers at the Okinawa Institute of …

How brain waves guide memory formation

Neurons hum at different frequencies to tell the brain which memories it should store.<p>Our brains generate a constant hum of activity: As neurons …

More Evidence That Gut Microbes Exacerbate Severe Childhood Malnutrition

Another layer to a deadly condition<p>Humans have about 100 trillion microbes in their intestines, and scientists are constantly finding that these gut microbes can play a huge role in our lives, potentially contributing to health conditions as far-ranging as obesity and autism. Fecal transplants are …

The Surprising Link Between Gut Bacteria And Anxiety

In recent years, neuroscientists have become increasingly interested in the idea that there may be a powerful link between the human brain and gut bacteria. And while a growing body of research has provided evidence of the brain-gut connection, most of these studies so far have been conducted on …

Criminal Minds Are Different From Yours, Brain Scans Reveal

The latest neuroscience research is presenting intriguing evidence that the brains of certain kinds of criminals are different from those of the rest …

the-science-llama:

<b>Neurons growing in a cell culture</b><p>These time lapse animations use phase contrast microscopy to show neural stem cells in a nutrient medium for 4 hours. They reveal the dynamic growth and recycling of dendrites and synapses as neurons establish relationships with each other. The social behavior of these cells creates the incredible properties of the mind and brain.<p><i>Credit: University of Victoria Medical Sciences</i><p>Your brain is doing this <b>RIGHT NOW</b>. Re-wiring as you remember something or learn …

AC Schnitzer ACS4 Sport packs 510 hp under a subdued carbon fiber bodykit

One of the interesting things about the Geneva Motor Show is the breadth of the European auto industry that it covers. Beyond just the stands from major manufacturers and boutique marques, the event also hosts the regions top tuners. Among them this year are the BMW specialists AC Schnitzer, with …

Mazda CX-3 to be diesel-only in Japanese home market

Japanese Automaker Touts Fuel Efficiency, Improving Reputation For Diesel Emphasis<p>Diesel power. It's not just for Europeans anymore. In fact, when Mazda introduces its new CX-3 compact crossover to its home market of Japan, the model will be exclusively diesel-powered, <i>Reuters</i> says, citing remarks …

Aston Martin shows its other half with new Lagonda Taraf sedan

It's been a long time since we've seen a new Lagonda, but here it is: the Taraf.<p>Introduced a few months ago in Dubai, the new Aston Martin Lagonda Taraf has since been confirmed for wider availability outside of the Middle East – including Europe, though sadly not North America – and is making its …

2016 Audi R8 E-Tron packs 456 hp and goes on sale this year

For the longest time, the Audi R8 E-Tron seemed like such a fantasy, we never really though it'd come to fruition. But it's here, in second-generation R8 form. It's really, actually, finally here.<p>It looks like a electrified R8, too, with oversized, EV-spec wheels, and a revised front fascia that …

Audi Prologue Avant Concept points to the future of wagon design in Geneva [w/video]

The new generation Audi R8 and its LMS GT3 racing version are grabbing much of the attention at the Audi stand at the Geneva Motor Show. However, if you are more interested in seeing the brand's future design direction, just take a look at the Prologue Avant Concept that's also on display.<p>Audi …

Seat crosses over with 20V20 concept

Seat is not one of the many brands that the Volkswagen Group offers in North America, which is a bit of a shame, because there are things that it does well. Crossovers may not historically be one of those things, but then the Spanish division was assigned the task of producing the Q3 on Audi's …

2016 Land Rover Range Rover Evoque is so fresh, so clean

Land Rover has prepared a host of updates for its Range Rover Evoque, and the freshened model makes its debut here at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show. It's nothing too major – not like chopping off the roof or anything – but the subtle tweaks do make the Evoque a bit more attractive, not to mention more …

Brabus rockets the Mercedes S65 to 900 horsepower

Some people you just can't please. They take a look at a vehicle with 621 horsepower and 738 pound-feet of torque on tap – one of the most powerful cars money can buy – and say that's still not enough. Fortunately there are companies like Brabus that cater to just such individuals.<p>The Mercedes …

Kia Soul EV A Big Hit In CA; Sales To Expand Sooner Than Planned

Just over a year ago, the 2015 Kia Soul EV was introduced at the 2014 Chicago Auto Show as the Korean brand's first U.S.-market electric car.<p>At the …

The Car Connection's Best Hybrids To Buy 2015

Over the past fifteen years, hybrids have evolved, graduating from standalone, far-out models exhibiting maximum gas mileage to what's now the more …

Electric Vehicles