Nidhi Shah

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Beyond Death: The Science of the Afterlife

This question is more than a mind-bender. For thousands of years, certain people have claimed to have actually visited the place that, Saint Paul …

Harry Potter

Neanderthals Lived in Small, Isolated Populations, Gene Analysis Shows

Genetic differences highlight how the path of these ancient humans diverged from ours.<p>Modern humanity's ancient cousins, the Neanderthals, lived in small groups that were isolated from one another, suggests an investigation into their DNA. The analysis also finds that Neanderthals lacked some human …

Reading the minds of the ‘dead’

Thousands of patients remain trapped in a vegetative state between life and death. Three scientists are working to free them, as Roger Highfield reports.<p>“Imagine you wake up, locked inside a box,” says Adrian Owen. "It's a perfect fit, down to every last one of your fingers and toes. It's a strange …

Consciousness

White matter might matter much more than we thought

Changes in the brain's myelin distribution might be an unrecognised form of neuronal plasticity.<p>Look up ‘myelin’ in any neuroscience textbook and you’ll find something along these lines: It is a fatty substance that forms a sheath around axons, and gives the fibre bundles their white appearance …

Epigenetics 101: a beginner’s guide to explaining everything

The word ‘epigenetics’ is everywhere these days, from academic journals and popular science articles to ads touting miracle cures. But what is epigenetics, and why is it so important?<p>Epigenetics is one of the hottest fields in the life sciences. It’s a phenomenon with wide-ranging, powerful effects …

Installing the world's first electronic spine

In <i>The Washington Post</i> this week, reporter Jim Tankersley follows a team of doctors as they install one of the world's first electronic spine replacements, dubbed the Neurobridge. The patient is paralyzed from the chest down, but researchers hope the Neurobridge can restore control of his hands. A …

Chemists Expand Nature's Genetic Alphabet

For the first time, scientists have expanded life's genetic alphabet, by inserting two unnatural, man-made "letters" into a bacterium's DNA, and by showing that the cell's machinery can copy them.<p>The advance means that scientists have a new tool for exploring how life encodes information, which …

I had my DNA analyzed, and all I got was this lousy story

With too much to account for, direct-to-consumer genetics isn't ready for prime time.<p>It’s a situation many have faced before or will in the future: …

Fantastic Fungi: The Startling Visual Diversity of Mushrooms Photographed by Steve Axford | Colossal

<p>To think any one of these lifeforms exists in our galaxy, let alone on our planet, simply boggles the mind. Photographer Steve Axford lives and …

Squid Protein Could Help Brains 'Talk' to Computers

Unfortunately it won't allow humans to squirt ink, at least not yet.<p>In the most advanced prosthetics--such as this crazy mind-controlled robotic arm--electronic hardware interfaces directly with nerves and muscles in the human body. But getting living tissue to play nice with a circuit board is …

Incredible Maps Capture the Genetics and Connections of the Brain

On April 2, 2013, the Obama administration announced an ambitious project to map the activity of every neuron in the human brain by 2023. One year later, we are starting to see the amazing results.<p><b>Scientists cannot hope to prevent or cure neurological disease</b> without a solid understanding of what …

Neuroscientists try to measure the benefits of meditation - Futurity

Mindfulness is personal and often spiritual, but the experience does not have to be subjective. New methods of coding open mediation to clinical …

Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin

A high-resolution map of the human brain in utero is providing hints about the origins of brain disorders including schizophrenia and autism.<p>The map shows where genes are turned on and off throughout the entire brain at about the midpoint of pregnancy, a time when critical structures are taking …

See a Thought Move Through a Living Fish’s Brain

You may have never seen a zebrafish in person. But take a look at the zebrafish in the short video above and you’ll get to see something previously …

Cellular Compound May Extend Lifespan Without Need For Strict Dieting

Every day, our cells manufacture small amounts of a molecule that, in higher doses, might be the key to leading a longer, healthier life. A team of researchers has found that this molecule boosts the lifespan of worms by more than 50%, raising the possibility that it will increase human …

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Tristram Wyatt: The smelly mystery of the human pheromone

What The Heck Is Gluten?

Samuel Adams Founder on the Small Business Recipe for Success | Fox Business

Jim Koch knows a thing or two about creating a business from scratch.<p>The founder of Boston Beer Company, which makes Samuel Adams beer, started out brewing beer in his own kitchen 30 years ago – and has built it into an 1,100-person company that has captured 1% of the overall beer market.<p>But …

5 Cognitive Distortions Successful People Use To Get Things Done

The five distortions are:<p><b>1. Personal Exceptionalism</b><p>… a macro sense that you are in the top of your cohort, your work is snowflake-special, or that you are destined to have experiences well outside the bounds of "normal;" not to be confused with arrogance or high self-esteem<p><b>2. Dichotomous …

Success

7 Psychology Tricks To Influence People And Get Exactly What You Want

Psychology

Baboons With 2 Hearts & Pigs With Human DNA

Lab Mice Are Stressed Out By Male Scientists, Which May Skew Results

The animals seem calmer around women.<p>Mice get stressed out in response to human men, but not women, a new study shows. _Why would I care? I'm not a mouse psychologist. _Well, this is actually a big deal, since reams and reams of research have been done using mice as, well, "lab rats," without …

National Science Foundation

Tomato Plants' Chemical Signal Turned Into Pest-Killing Weapon

"I may be under attack, but take some of this to protect yourself," is an anthropomorphized way of looking at the interaction.<p>When cutworms attack tomato plants, the plants huff and puff various substances, which serve as a chemical warning to neighboring plants that the pesky grubs are afoot. What …

National Academy of Sciences

The deep, beautiful, tragic shared history of whales and humans

Whales’ natural habitats are increasingly threatened. A look at our past reveals what we’re in danger of losing<p>Out of the silence and darkness of the night, I’m plunged into a hubbub of people and cars and cargo, all jostling to join the ferry that rises from the quayside. An hour later, and the …

The Week In Numbers: Overdosing On Caffeine, A Folding Bike Helmet, And More

<b>15 miles</b>: the distance you must walk to charge your smartphone using a new shoe insole that stores energy from footsteps as electricity<p><b>322 body lengths in a second</b>: the speed of the world's fastest land animal, relative to size<p><b>57.14 cups of regular brewed coffee</b>: the amount of caffeine it would …

Bicycle Helmets