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Viva vagus: Wandering nerve could lead to range of therapies

With outposts in nearly every organ and a direct line into the brain stem, the vagus nerve is the nervous system’s superhighway. About 80 percent of …

Neurology

A neuroscience researcher reveals 4 rituals that will make you happier

Actually, don't trust me either. Trust neuroscientists. They study that gray blob in your head all day and have learned a lot about what truly will make you happy.<p>UCLA neuroscience researcher Alex Korb has some insights that can create an upward spiral of happiness in your life.<p>Here's what you and …

Researchers Rediscover and Map 'Lost' Brain Structure

<b>Computational neuroscientists contribute to effort to rediscover, map brain structure missing for over a century.</b><p>A study three years ago sparked a …

People are getting Matrix-style brain implants to boost their memory

A few dozen people who were given brain implants that delivered targeted shocks to their mind's memory center scored better on memory tests, DARPA announced at a conference in St. Louis last week.<p>These implants could someday be used to restore memory to people suffering from traumatic brain injury …

Scientists explain underlying cause of unhealthy brain aging

Doctors commonly recommend patients increase their intake of calcium as a means of combating osteoporosis for aging bones.<p>But calcium also plays an …

Neuroscience

How to optimise your brain's waste disposal system

New research suggests that body posture during sleep may affect the efficiency of the brain’s self-cleaning process<p>The human brain can be compared to something like a big, bustling city. It has workers, the neurons and glial cells which co-operate with each other to process information; it has …

The Coddling of the American Mind

In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for education—and mental health.<p><b>S</b>omething strange is happening at America’s colleges and universities. A movement is arising, undirected and …

Higher Education

Special Olympics athlete found after disappearing from LAX

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An autistic teenage Special Olympics athlete who vanished from Los Angeles International Airport was found sleeping on a lawn five …

China to restrict exports of certain drones and supercomputers

A new cold war may be brewing between China and the West, and it's centered around the 21st century's weapon of warfare of choice: drones.<p>China's …

Why Your Brain Thinks This Picture Shows a Giant, Martian Crab Monster

NASA— JPL-Caltech / Cornell University<p>NASA—JPL-Caltech / Texas A&M / Cornell<p>NASA—JPL-Caltech / Cornell University<p>NASA—JPL-Caltech / Cornell / USGS / …

Cornell University

Sucking carbon from the sky may do little to slow climate change

As U.S. President Barack Obama finalizes plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions today, climate researchers are wondering whether even more extreme …

Neurons like you’ve never seen them before

Around the turn of the 20th century, a Spanish neuroscientist named Santiago Ramón y Cajal created intricate images of intertwined neurons that …

Neuroscience

Russia expels Swedish diplomat in latest sign of tension in Baltics

Russia expelled a senior Swedish diplomat on Monday in retaliation for a Russian envoy being kicked out of Stockholm last month in the latest incident reflecting the tensions mounting between Moscow and its Baltic neighbors.<p>Word of the tit-for-tat expulsion of the unnamed senior envoy coincided …

Aging brains can’t clear out Alzheimer’s ‘trash’

The greatest risk factor for Alzheimer’s disease is advancing age. After 65, the risk doubles every five years, and 40 percent or more of people 85 …

Neuroscience

Coffee in crisis: The bitter end of our favourite drink?

Drought, flooding, disease - climate change is already threatening the source of our caffeine fix. Are we facing the end of coffee as we know it, asks David Robson.<p>As we sip our lattes and espressos and read the daily headlines, climate change can seem like a distant threat. But travel a few …

Coffee

Researchers engineered a protein factory inside a living cell for the first time

A lab-made ribosome could be repurposed to make new drugs<p>For the first time, scientists have discovered what makes the cell’s tiny protein-making machines run — and have built their own molecular gadget. They created a ribosome, the factory for proteins within the cell, inside a living cell, where …

Scientists Tweak T Cells Using CRISPR

To treat HIV, cancer, and maybe everything else<p>For the first time, researchers have modified the genes in T cells using CRISPR—a special enzyme that can edit DNA. They hope that by altering T-cells, which are critical to the immune system, these cells could fight diseases that usually sneak past or …

This Device Brings ‘Brave New World’ to Life

A new implant that wirelessly delivers drugs directly into the brain brings up challenging questions for neuroethicists.<p>Last week, a team of …

The scientific breakthrough that could radically transform the way we treat neurological disorders

New research suggests our brains and our bodies are much more closely connected than previously believed<p>Brett Stetka<p>July 29, 2015 9:30am (UTC)<p>This article was originally published by Scientific American.<p>When the ancient Egyptians prepared a mummy they would scoop out the brain through the nostrils …

Immune System

Yes, You Can Pickle That: How to Make the Quickest, Easiest Homemade Pickles

Think of these quick pickles as the gateway to all things preserved.<p><i>When summer comes around, we try to find ways to make it last forever. So every day this week, we'll bring you a new guide to preserving the season's best herbs, fruits, and vegetables. Today: Pickles!</i><p>Think of crunchy, tangy, …

5 Saucy Chicken Recipes That Are Finger-licking Good

<i>There are 3 million chicken recipes on the internet. We're here to show you the good ones. Win, win.</i><p><i>Today: Saucy chicken recipes that kick dinner up a notch—gravy boat required.</i><p>You know that dinner—the one where you finish it, then check to see if anyone is looking before running your finger …

How to Make & Use One of the Most Popular Indian Spice Mixes

<i>With expert help from Nik Sharma of A Brown Table, cooking Indian food at home is going to be less intimidating than you think.</i><p><i>Today: You've stocked your pantry with the essential ingredients, and now it's time to grind those spices into garam masala, a flavorful mix that's the fragrant foundation</i> …