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Male and female brains wired differently, scans reveal

Scientists have drawn on nearly 1,000 brain scans to confirm what many had surely concluded long ago: that stark differences exist in the wiring of male and female brains.<p>Maps of neural circuitry showed that on average women's brains were highly connected across the left and right hemispheres, in …

Dolphin-Killing Virus Spreads South, May Be Infecting Whales Too

A viral outbreak that's killing bottlenose dolphins is moving down the U.S. East Coast as the animals migrate south for the winter. Between July 1 …

Can Marine Life Survive More Acid Oceans?

As the seas absorb more carbon dioxide, their pH drops.<p>Can sea life evolve fast enough to cope with changing ocean chemistry? That's the question researchers like Gretchen Hofmann are trying to answer. The marine biologist is applying her years of experience with sea urchins to determining how …

The whole point of drinking is the hangover

With Professor David Nutt's synthetic beer, we’d never learn to live with the consequences of our behaviour<p><b>Professor David Nutt</b>, the scientist who was the Labour government’s drugs adviser, this week appeared on the Today programme seeking investment for substances that mimic the effect of …

How A Gene For Fair Skin Spread Across India

A study of skin color in the Indian subcontinent shows the complex movements of populations there.<p>Cover Girl, Maybelline, are you listening? A new study of skin color in South Asians finds they have enormous diversity, with a color range that's three times larger than that for East Asians or …

Most Breast Milk Sold Online Is Contaminated

A look into the world of internet breast milk commerce<p>When organizations such as the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization tell moms to breastfeed their infants, they may not be considering the role of internet milk. Yet, driven by their conviction that "breast is best," …