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Just A Bit Of DNA Helps Explain Humans' Big Brains

Scientists studying the difference between human and chimpanzee DNA have found one stretch of human DNA that can make the brains of mice grow significantly bigger.<p>"It's likely to be one of many DNA regions that's critical for controlling how the human brain develops," says Debra Silver, a …

Five things Alice in Wonderland reveals about the brain

Lewis Carroll’s popular tales contain some hidden truths about the human brain that are still inspiring neuroscientists to this day. David Robson takes a leap down the rabbit hole.<p>Lewis Carroll was remarkably modest about his masterpiece. “The heroine spends an hour underground, and meets various …

Alice In Wonderland

This ‘Forwards’ Video is Actually ‘Backwards’

This isn’t related to still photography, but we occasionally share some creative ideas from the world of video. The short film above by Eran Amir is …

Is this proof that male and female brains really are wired differently?

Study finds that men are less likely to react to emotional images, and forget them much quicker than women<p>The oft-repeated mantra that men are from Mars and women are from Venus has been lent credence by a major new study, which claims to show that the two genders process emotion differently.<p>Not …

Why can’t the world’s greatest minds solve the mystery of consciousness?

One spring morning in Tucson, Arizona, in 1994, an unknown philosopher named David Chalmers got up to give a talk on consciousness, by which he meant the feeling of being inside your head, looking out – or, to use the kind of language that might give a neuroscientist an aneurysm, of having a soul. …

Consciousness

Wormhole to another galaxy may exist in Milky Way

A space-time tunnel could exist in the middle of the Milky Way and we could travel through it, say scientists<p>A giant doorway to another galaxy may exist at the centre of the Milky Way, a study suggests.<p>Scientists believe that dark matter at the centre of our galaxy could sustain a wormhole that we …

Get drunk without a hangover on synthetic booze

Professor David Nutt has developed two new drugs that could do away with liver damage and alcohol-induced shame<p>A scientist has cracked a chemical conundrum, which has allowed him to develop new drugs that could wean people off alcohol, while allowing them to enjoy the feeling of being “tipsy”.<p>The …

Why Do Dogs Watch—and React to—TV?

Just like humans, their response to the tube depends on their personality, experts say.<p>Our first Weird Animal Question of the Week of 2015 comes to us from our very own photo editor Mallory Benedict, who's curious about why her sister's poodle pays such rapt attention to the television.<p>"He totally …

Pets

'Cyborg' spinal implant could help paralysed walk again

It might seem like science fiction but a new implant which attaches directly to the spine could help paralysed people walk again<p>Paralysed patients have been given new hope of recovery after rats with severe spinal injuries walked again through a ‘groundbreaking’ new cyborg-style implant.<p>In …

'Imaginary meal' pill makes you feel full and burns fat

The pill is able to trick your body into thinking it has consumed large amounts of calories<p>An "imaginary meal" pill is the latest weapon developed by scientists to fight obesity.<p>The pill tricks the body into thinking it has consumed a large amount of calories – as if you have just eaten a …

Diabetes

British and Dutch researchers develop new form of lie-detector test

Police and intelligence agencies around the world have for almost 100 years relied on lie detectors to help convict criminals or unearth spies and traitors.<p>The polygraph is beloved of the movies, with countless dramatic moments showing the guilty sweating profusely as they are hooked up.<p>But the …

Security

Combining The DNA Of 3 People Raises Ethical Questions

In a darkened lab in the north of England, a research associate is intensely focused on the microscope in front of her. She carefully maneuvers a long glass tube that she uses to manipulate early human embryos.<p>"It's like microsurgery," says Laura Irving of Newcastle University.<p>Irving is part of a …

Men really are more stupid than women, research shows

It's official! Men really are stupider than women, accounting for 90 per cent of people who have died in foolish ways, according to the Darwin Awards<p>It's enough to start a new battle of the sexes, but when it comes to needless and untimely deaths, men win hands down.<p>A <b>20 year study of the Darwin</b> …

Medical Journals

Asteroid strike: 7 ways the world could end

As a mountain-sized asteroid is detected heading towards Earth, what is the likeliest 'extinction-level' scenario for mankind?<p>Our solar system is littered with billions of pieces of debris, from the size of large boulders to objects hundreds of miles across. We know that from time to time these hit …

Obesity pill to ‘replace treadmill’ being developed by Harvard University

Harvard scientists have found a molecule which can transform bad fat into good fat<p>A pill which would help the body burn away excess fat is being developed by Harvard University who claim it could one day ‘replace the treadmill.’<p>Scientists discovered how to trigger a molecule which can turn ‘bad’ …

The strange case of the man with two hearts

When a man was fitted with a new heart, his mind changed in unusual ways. Why? The answer reveals a surprising truth about all our bodies, says David Robson.<p>Every second or so, Carlos would feel a small “bump” hitting his tummy. It was the beating of his “second heart”.<p>The small mechanical pump was …

Psychology

The Basics of Branding

In a free market world where companies fight for market share and recognition, your brand can be your most valuable asset. It helps you stand out from competition, gives your company a clear sense of place and purpose and it’s an important element of customer loyalty.<p>There are millions of …