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Mood Disorders Are Linked To Higher Intelligence, Science Says

No great mind has ever existed without a touch of madness.”- Aristotle<p>Nowadays, doctors tend to give medicaments at the first symptoms of a mood …

The Brain

The disturbingly accurate brain science that identifies potential criminals while they’re still toddlers

Scientists are able to use brain tests on three-year-olds to determine which children are more likely to grow up to become criminals. It sounds like <i>Minority Report</i> come to life: An uncomfortable idea presenting myriad ethical concerns. But, though unnerving, the research is nuanced and could …

The Brain

Did Memphis Mother Charged with Fatally Stabbing Her 4 Children Suffer a Mental Health Breakdown?

The shocking killing of four Memphis children, allegedly at the hands of their mother, has generated speculation over whether possible mental health …

Crime

The Doomed Hitomi Telescope Had a Spectacular View of the Universe As It Died

It viewed a monster tangle of galaxies known as Perseus.<p>The Hitomi X-ray astronomy satellite, which met its untimely end in March, didn't die in vain. It turns out that, in the five weeks or so that it was alive and whole up in space, Hitomi managed to do some pretty amazing science.<p>The view it …

Astrophysics

Pokémon Go sends players to police station, police say don’t come in

The police in Australia’s Northern Territory have a message for the surge of new <i>Pokémon Go</i> players: be careful, look both ways when crossing the street, and please don’t enter a police station while trying to catch a Sandshrew.<p>Released today, <i>Pokémon Go</i> is a mobile game that encourages players to …

Pokémon

5 psychological tips for reading people more accurately

Psychology

Genes help predict when we lose our virginity

Sure, people become sexually active under countless circumstances for countless reasons and at many different ages, but at least part of the timing appears to come down to our genes, Cambridge University researchers report in the journal <i>Nature</i>.<p>Studying the genes and life histories of nearly 400,000 …

Brazil

New Evidence Suggests That Limbs and Fins Evolved From Fish Gills

Over a century ago, scientists discarded a proposed theory that human limbs evolved from gills, given the lack of evidence in the fossil record. That …

Why Addiction Is a Learning Disorder

Maia Szalavitz talks about her former drug use, how addicts brains work, and why we need to see drug addiction and rehabilitation in a radically new …

Drug Addiction

Embryo 'squishing’ could lead to more IVF babies

Squeezing a fertilised egg and seeing how well it bounces back is the key to improving IVF success rates, according to Stanford University<p>Fertility doctors could radically improve the chance of pregnancy by giving embryos a good squeeze to check they are ‘ripe’ before implanting – like selecting a …

Pregnancy

Later, Lasers: Why Microneedling Is the Next Big Thing in Skin Care

More often than not, the next hot thing in professional skin care tends to be just that: <i>hot</i>. From fractional lasers to radiofrequency devices and nearly every gadget in between, the reigning smoothing-and-tightening workhorses in derms’ offices rely on intensely high temperatures to jump-start …

Skin Care

The science behind facepalming: Why you make breathtakingly stupid mistakes

New research suggests there are three distinct types of action that bring palm to face<p>We all make stupid mistakes from time to time. History is replete with examples. Legend has it that the Trojans accepted the Greek’s “gift” of a huge wooden horse, which turned out to be hollow and filled with a …

Grow A Bacterial Zoo In A Bottle

How to build your own Winogradsky column<p>In the 1880s, Russian microbiologist Sergei Winogradsky sealed pond water, mud, and nutrients in a clear tube. The column gave rise to a diverse mix of pond bacteria, which organized into layers based on their energy sources: carbon, hydrogen, sulfur, or …

Biology

Fallout 4 getting three add-ons this spring and more later, season pass price going up

The first DLC packs of many, apparently<p><i>Fallout 4</i> publisher Bethesda Softworks announced the first details of its downloadable content schedule for the game today, saying that it has plans for "more than $60 worth" of add-ons coming in 2016 — and therefore, an increase in the price of the DLC season …