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Now You See It: Neuroscientists Reveal Magicians’ Secrets

NEW YORK — There is a place for magic in science. Five years ago, on a trip to Las Vegas, neuroscientists Stephen Macknik and Susana Martinez-Conde …

How to spot a psychopath (according to a psychopath)

How do you spot a psychopath?<p>One self-proclaiming psychopath has described how he presents himself in society and given a breakdown on his behaviour …

Psychology

The 10-Minute Workout That Will Fry Your Abs

This plank jack complex will crush calories and carve your core<p>The plank strengthens the dozens of muscles between your shoulders and hips.<p>But if you jack your feet in and out as you do it, the plank suddenly becomes so much more than just a core builder.<p>The quick movement of your feet provides a …

Workouts

'Causes of growing mental health problems sit largely within schools'

While progress has been made, a few schools appear to care more about academic results than the well-being of pupils, writes former head, Peter Tait<p>The mental health epidemic among the young represents one of the greatest challenges facing our schools.<p>According to the leading charity, Young Minds, …

Engineered virus which hacks & controls brain: Do you mind?

Today, an average computer user cannot even keep the machine secured. So what will the world look like when hacking your mind becomes as easy as …

There's a huge obstacle to making computers as smart as humans

But it turns out even our smartest artificial intelligence (AI) is still relatively dumb.<p>So what do humans have that our machines don't?<p>For one, it's our seemingly common-sense ability to take what we know and apply it to new situations. Imagine talking to someone in a loud bar. Though you can't …

Huge Brain Scan Database is Revealing Secrets of the Mind

<i>Karen Lazo, multimedia intern at the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), contributed this article to Live Science's</i> <i>Expert Voices: Op-Ed & …

Study: People Who Could See a Baby in This Picture Were More Prone to Experiencing Hallucinations

Take a look at this picture.<p>Image credit: University of Cambridge<p>While the black-and-white image might look like abstract art, it’s actually what British researchers used to study why some people might experience hallucinations.<p>So now, look at this image, which is the full-color version on which …

Paid to poo: Combating open defecation in India

<b>Using a toilet is something most people take for granted - but about 1.1 billion people around the world defecate in the open because they do not have access to proper sanitation. Now a scheme in India is aiming to instil better toilet habits in children by "paying them to poo".</b><p>Open defecation is a …

High childhood IQ linked to bipolar disorder later in life

Is bipolar disorder the price humans must pay for creativity and intelligence?<p>High childhood IQ levels are linked to an increased risk of bipolar disorder later in life, according to new research.<p>The study, carried out at the University of Glasgow, measured the IQ of a large group of people aged …

The Brain

Here's what a psychopath's brain looks like

About one in 100 people is a psychopath, experts estimate. But you can't tell a psychopath just from looking at one.<p>Many psychopaths show a distinctive pattern of brain activity, according to James Fallon, a UC Irvine School of Medicine neuroscientist who accidentally found out he may be one …

Neuroscientist Sam Harris Selects 12 Books Everyone Should Read

From Bertrand Russell to the Buddha, or why you should spend a weekend reading the Qur’an.<p>On an excellent recent episode of <i>The Tim Ferriss Show</i> — one of these nine podcasts for a fuller life — neuroscientist <b>Sam Harris</b> answered a listener’s question inquiring what books everyone should read. As a …

15-year-old schoolboy develops test for Alzheimer's disease

Krtin Nithiyanandam has developed a test which could not only pick up the early signs of Alzheimer's disease but potentially stops it spreading further<p>A 15-year-old British boy has developed a potential test for Alzheimer’s disease which could allow the condition to be diagnosed 10 years before the …

India's most expensive movie ever? Epic film rivals Hollywood in spectacle

<b>New Delhi, India (CNN) —</b> Indian cinema has produced something spectacular. And it's not from Bollywood.<p>Hundreds of miles from Mumbai, the hub of the nation's Hindi-language movie industry, a South Indian director has attempted a battle epic that critics say has successfully blended local folklore …

'Normal' sleep deprivation is devastatingly worse than we thought

Around the world, children and adults alike are sleeping less and less, a phenomenon that's been documented for over 100 years and a problem that's getting even worse now, according to a deep look at sleep by the New Yorker's Maria Konnikova.<p>We know that not getting enough sleep can lead to …

Detroit-area cancer doctor gets 45 years in prison for fraud

Calling the scheme "horrific," a judge sentenced a Detroit-area cancer doctor to 45 years in prison Friday for collecting millions from insurance companies while poisoning more than 500 patients through needless treatments that wrecked their health.<p>U.S. District Judge Paul Borman this week heard …

Hacking Team spyware company hacked, embarrassing emails revealed

Hacking Team, a company that helps police hack citizens, has been hacked itself. In a series of tweets from the company’s compromised Twitter account, the unknown hackers appear to have revealed embarrassing internal emails and a torrent with 400GB of internal files, source code, and …

Stanford neuroscience research identifies more effective way to teach abstract math concepts to children

A new study shows that students who use symmetry to learn about numbers tap into critical brain circuits. The approach appears promising in improving …

Mathematics

India’s new language of killing

Early one summer morning in 2008, an ageing Toyota car slowed down to turn at the corner next to the Indian Embassy complex in Kabul, transforming …

National Security

Gay marriage declared legal across the US in historic supreme court ruling

Supreme court: gay marriage legal across the US – live updates<p>Read more<p>Same-sex marriages are now legal across the entirety of the United States after a historic supreme court ruling that declared attempts by conservative states to ban them unconstitutional.<p>In what may prove the most important …

LGBTQI

Does Being an Only Child Actually Mess You Up?

I asked a pair of experts if people with no siblings were really more confident, selfish, and self-absorbed.<p>You've probably heard a version of what's sometimes called "Only Child Syndrome": Supposedly, people without siblings get so much attention from their parents when they're kids that they turn …

Theater shooting defense lawyer clashes with psychiatrist

CENTENNIAL, Colo. (AP) — Attorneys for Colorado theater gunman James Holmes pointedly questioned a psychiatrist Thursday on whether he did enough to …

5 Fun Books to Read This Summer

<i>Summer is a great time to kick back, relax, and read something fun. Seriously. If you’re reading a large book that’s about very serious things, put</i> …