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Scientists propose a new lead for Alzheimer's research

A University of Adelaide-led team of scientists has suggested a potential link between iron in our cells and the rare gene mutations that cause …

DNA-testing companies like 23andMe sell your genetic data to drugmakers and other Silicon Valley startups

Perhaps you didn't intend for that spit sample you shipped off to be used for research on antacids. But that could be what happens with the data that some genetics-testing companies like Ancestry, 23andMe, and Helix have collected from billions of customers and stored in their databases.<p>Both …

Molecular Biology

Scientists may have found a safer gene editing enzyme

Researchers say they've discovered why the enzyme Cas12a may be safer and more precise than Cas9 in most cases to use with the gene editing tool, …

Genetics

Study Sheds Light on Genetic Foundation of Migraines

Researchers have identified three genes linked to hemiplegic migraine.

5 Investing Apps That Make Money Without You Thinking About It

It's time you got a rounding-up, socially responsible, Wall Street-occupying investment app.<p>Making money without thinking about it has never been …

Science’s fake journal epidemic : Naturejobs Blog

Predatory publishers, peerless reviews and those who fight against the destruction of the scientific approach.<p>The landscape of scholarly …

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 …

What makes some men sexual harassers? Science tries to explain the creeps of the world.

By William Wan<p>, Reporter<p>The list of alleged sexual harassers keeps getting longer and the details of sexual assault and harassment ever more disturbing. The torrent of cases pouring out in news reports and Twitter — tales of men grabbing women, emerging naked from showers uninvited, threatening …

Do Sexual Harassment Prevention Trainings Really Work?

Sexual harassment scandals abound. From media personalities to Hollywood directors to famous chefs, powerful men are getting called out for years if …

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 …

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>, …

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 …

Neuroscientists 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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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