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Want More Brain Energy? Try This Diet, Which Could Prevent Alzheimer's, Too

What doesn’t kill brain cells might make them stronger. The brain cells of mice who regularly fast may grow more than usual once they get food again, …

A Scientist's Gender Can Skew Research Results

The results of an IQ test can depend on the gender of the person who's conducting the test. Likewise, studies of pain medication can be completely thrown off by the gender of the experimenter. This underappreciated problem is one reason that some scientific findings don't stand the test of …

How DNA Testing Botched My Family's Heritage, and Probably Yours, Too

My grandfather was caramel-skinned with black eyes and thick, dark hair, and until he discovered that he was adopted, he had no reason to suspect …

Psychology

Do Sexual Harassment Prevention Trainings Really Work?

Remarkably little research has been performed on the effectiveness of employers’ efforts to raise awareness

Employee Engagement

Novel Mechanism Uncovered by Which Neurons Talk to Each Other

The mechanism by which neurons keep up with the demands of repeatedly sending signals to other neurons is being uncovered by researchers at the …

This Never-Before-Seen Footage Reveals The Violent Purpose of The Narwhal's Tusk

We've cracked the secret of the unicorn whales.<p>Drone footage has captured something no one's ever seen before - wild narwhals using their bizarre …

Some People Suffer from Face Blindness for Other Races

We tend to be worse at telling apart faces of other races than those of our own race, studies have found. Now research shows some people are …

Psychology

Scientists Just Transplanted Small Rat Heads Onto Bigger Rats

Researches successfully avoided brain-damaging blood loss while the donor head was being attached to the recipient rat.<p>The world has been gifted, or maybe cursed, with the latest iteration of creepy head transplant experiments.<p>In a new study published in <i>CNS Neuroscience and Therapeutics</i>, …

Neuroscience

Germany Is Building a Wall to Protect the Berlin Wall

Art World<p>An effort to limit damage done to the Cold War landmark by tourists.<p>,<p>Souvenir-seeking tourists have done serious damage to the Berlin Wall, …

Can a Difficult Childhood Enhance Cognition?

Poverty tends to dampen test scores, but new research suggests people with hard upbringings can sometimes outperform their more-privileged peers.<p>Hard childhoods seem to not only rob children of material joys, but also of brain power. Children who grow up poor tend to score worse on tests of memory, …

Psychology

23 Photos of Adorable Animal Brothers & Sisters

Babies and animals can be tricky subjects to photograph, so imagine the challenge of photographing baby animals. We have to hand it to the wildlife …

Cute

‘Snake Pass’ Wants to Reprogram Your Gamer Brain, and You Should Let It

Sumo Digital’s new puzzler adopts a control scheme quite unlike any game I’ve previously played, and I love it.<p>It's pretty well known that our brains are divided into two sides, the left and the right hemispheres. The left controls the right side of our bodies, basically speaking, and the right the …

Drown

Neuroscientists Have Accidentally Discovered a Whole New Role For The Cerebellum

We've only just scratched the surface.<p>One of the best-known regions of the brain, the cerebellum accounts for just 10 percent of the organ's total …

Neuroscience

The key to curing disease could lie in Iceland's genes

<b>(CNN) —</b> The freezer sits behind a heavy door in the basement of an unassuming building on the campus of the University of Iceland.<p>It feels much colder than it looks; inside, the temperature is minus-15 degrees Fahrenheit, but the air is so dry, you can't see your breath.<p>Stored in that freezer are …

Genetics

Colourful, creative and close up: Wellcome Images 2017

<b>This magnified image of a baby Hawaiian bobtail squid - which has a light organ on its backside that houses a colony of glowing bacteria - is one of the finalists in the 2017 Wellcome Image Awards.</b><p>The squid - which measures only 1.5 cm across - provides food and shelter for the bacteria in return …

Women in Science

Snake Kills Bigger Snakes With World's Most Powerful Squeeze

No one knew how the king snake could take on snakes larger than itself—until now.<p>In the eat-or-be-eaten world of the animal kingdom, predators usually target smaller, and thus easier, prey. When a predator does go after a bigger meal—like a lion taking down a wildebeest—it will use a different …

Zoology

Florida Clinic Blinds Three Patients in Botched ‘Clinical Trial’

An unproven stem cell therapy conducted by a Florida clinic has blinded three patients in an apparent clinical trial gone horribly wrong. The …

Sell high calorie foods in plain packaging to beat obesity, says Brain Prize winner

Peter Dayan, Ray Dolan and Wolfram Schultz share €1m neuroscience prize for work unravelling the brain’s reward system<p>Selling high calorie foods in plain packaging could help in the battle against obesity according to a leading researcher who has won a share of the most lucrative prize in …

Why Some Neuroscientists Are Fed Up With Neuroscience

If you work in a given field for years and years, you’re likely to pick up insights about its problems — that’s why people tend to have such strong …

Neuroscience

Hunched Over a Microscope, He Sketched the Secrets of How the Brain Works

Some microscopes today are so powerful that they can create a picture of the gap between brain cells, which is thousands of times smaller than the width of a human hair. They can even reveal the tiny sacs carrying even tinier nuggets of information to cross over that gap to form memories. And in …

Neurology

Alzheimer's May Be Linked to Defective Brain Cells Spreading Disease

<i>Summary: Findings may help researchers better understand how diseases can spread through the brain.</i><p>Source: Rutgers.<p><b>Rutgers study finds toxic proteins</b> …

Neuroscience

Early results from NASA’s twin study show differences between astronaut brothers

Scott and Mark Kelly have diverged in unexpected ways<p>NASA has yet to release the official result of its Twins study — a genetic experiment involving twin astronauts Mark and Scott Kelly to better understand the effects of long-term spaceflight on the human body. But early findings are already …

Space Science

If you hate the sound of people chewing or babies crying you may have misophonia

Subscribe to WIRED<p>If you can't stand the sound of people chewing or leaky headphones, there could be a neurological explanation. Until now, the …

The Neuroscience Behind Bad Decisions

Irrationality may be a consequence of the brain’s ravenous energy needs. Humans often make bad decisions. If you like Snickers more than Milky Way, …

Humanity
Consciousness

Sensual Drawings of Gnarled Hands Touching Nature | Monday Insta Illustrator

"Woah, look at my hands..."<p>Hands are strange, as we're reminded in these touchy-feely drawings of human appendages paired with plants by San Francisco-based scientific illustrator Noel Badges Pugh. With a degree in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and a master's in Illustration from UC …

Psychedelia

Canine episodic memory: Your dog remembers more about what you do than you think

Now we know dogs might share some of the rich memories of our lives together<p>Ruby flew down the hall, careened around the corner and stopped just briefly to jump on me before charging off again. His pointy ears and tail bobbed and wagged in rhythm as he ran laps around the house. I had just come …

Is Dropping Acid At Work About To Become The Next Big Thing?

If you’re angling for a raise <i>and</i> also enjoyed either version of Limitless, this tiny pill we got off the internet is for you. And if you’re open to the idea of biohacking — unleashing the realultimatepower.net hiding inside you — then you may want to pull up Google and start researching nootropics, …

Synthetic Biology

Does Information Smell?

In our first two dialogues, we presented the standard, or “internalist” version of how our conscious experience of the world comes about: very …

Consciousness