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How Breakthroughs Really Happen | Inc.com

When Jim Allison received a call from Dr. Jedd Wolchok, asking him to come to his office, he was puzzled at first. As a researcher, he rarely ventured into the clinical part of the hospital. Yet when he opened the door and saw his colleague sitting with a young woman whose emotion was clearly …

Immune System

A once-a-week HIV pill could be coming soon

A study published in <i>Nature Communications</i> by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) showed promise for a capsule that can …

‘Phenomenal’ trial results may lead to a treatment for Huntington's disease, experts say

The discovery of a drug that may treat the fatal disease known as Huntington's is being hailed as “historic” by Louise Vetter, president and CEO of the Huntington's Disease Society of America, and “phenomenal” and “fantastically promising” by Huntington's researchers, including the woman who …

Dementia

15 Gifts for the Girl Obsessed With Sleeping, Napping, and Her Bed

'Tis the season of gift guides and festive planning. Hurrah! So far we've shopped for stylish gifts our best friend will love and star print dresses …

Dinosaurs would have survived if asteroid hit Earth elsewhere, scientists claim

When the cosmos shoots pool, it plays for keeps. It sank a six-mile-wide rock in our pocket of the solar system 66 million years ago. The smack of the asteroid against Earth released energy on the order of billions of atomic bombs. Dinosaurs were the cataclysm's most famous victims, joined by sea …

Dinosaurs

Syrian opposition activist and her journalist daughter murdered in Turkey

60-year-old Orouba Barakat and 22-year-old daughter Halla were found overnight in their apartment in Istanbul’s Uskudar neighbourhood<p>A Syrian opposition activist and her journalist daughter have been found murdered in their apartment in Istanbul, the Istanbul police department said on Friday.<p>The …

Middle East

We May Already Have the Pills We Need to End Memory Loss

A Global Problem<p>Neurodegenerative diseases produce the symptoms of dementia by causing cells in the spinal cord and brain to die. Loss of these cells …

Dementia

Giving young blood to older animals raises tantalizing possibilities for people

Dracula may have been on to something. It wasn’t just blood, but the blood of youth that was the secret to staying alive for centuries.<p>The rejuvenating effect of young blood has been demonstrated in strange, draculoid experiments first done 150 years ago. Two genetically compatible animals, one …

Biomarkers

Cinnamon may be fragrant medicine for the brain - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

If Dr. Kalipada Pahan's research pans out, the standard advice for failing students might one day be: Study harder and eat your cinnamon!<p>Pahan a …

Meet Moringa: the superfood tree that loves drought

The moringa tree seems fictional.<p>It thrives in areas prone to drought and punishing heat; it produces leaves and seeds that amount to a “nutritional …

Yes, it’s possible to plant ‘Inception’-style experiences into people’s brains

Think Chris Nolan’s 2010 blockbuster <i>Inception</i> was total science fiction? Think again.<p>At least, that’s one conclusion we can draw from newly published …

Scientists discover non-opioid pain pathway in the brain

Study provides evidence for the existence of a non-opioid process in the brain to reduce pain through mindfulness meditation.

Mindfulness

You're Not Crazy. Your Cat IS Talking To You.

Anyone who's ever found oneself talking to a cat may not need to worry about being totally insane after all.<p>Cats are, it turns out, actually trying …

Pets

What Life Is Like Inside the Massive Jail That Doubles as Chicago's Largest Mental Health Facility

Talking to inmates and employees at one of the biggest jails in America.<p><i>This piece was published in partnership with The Human Toll of Jail, a storytelling project from the Vera Institute of Justice and Narratively that was supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Safety and</i> …

Mental Health

This Bodypaint Artist Is Taking Superhero Cosplay To Intricate New Levels

Heidi Klum should be very worried. The entrepreneurial cosplay queen may rule Halloween every year, but when it comes to superheroes, one Canadian artist goes even harder in the paint.<p>Rather than constructing an entire costume—Klum used a prosthetics team for her elaborate Jessica Rabbit in 2015, …

Entrepreneurship

"Genetic Scissors" Could Completely Eliminate HIV From Cells

A snipping enzyme edits DNA with no mistakes<p>Thanks to the cocktail of drugs that make up antiretroviral therapy, HIV is no longer a death sentence. But there are downsides to antiretroviral therapy—taking the treatment for many years is expensive, increases drug resistance, and could cause adverse …

Genetics

Meet the men who got PTSD from seeing their partners give birth

Traumatic births have long been known to trigger long-term mental health problems. From postnatal depression to body image anxiety, the potential issues that can be caused or exacerbated by a difficult delivery are well documented – but only in mothers.<p>Whilst the physical trauma of birth is solely …

Neuroscientists have found a basis for the ‘I was just following orders’ excuse

Society has long held that when people commit wrongdoing, they cannot eschew responsibility by claiming that they were “just following orders.” The infamous plea became known as the “Nuremberg defense” during the post-World War Two trials, when Nazi war criminals used it to excuse their actions.<p>But …

Psychology

Too many neurons spoil the memory

New research reveals the cellular mechanisms by which memory-encoding neuronal networks emerge<p>Tell me where dwell the thoughts, forgotten till thou call them forth? Tell me where dwell the joys of old, and where the ancient loves, And when will they renew again, and the night of oblivion past, That …

Neuroscience

The Power of Presidential Kids

We don’t vote for first children, but history tells us they can impact the country just the same.<p>When American voters cast their ballots for President Theodore Roosevelt in 1904 they probably didn’t expect that his daughter Alice, already known for her rebellious larks, would turn out to lay …

History

Before you see Deadpool in the movie, meet his cat doppelganger

Ryan Reynolds wishes he looked as good in the red suit as this superhero kitty does.<p>Most cats wouldn't be cool with donning a full face mask, and any humans who tried to put them in one would likely find themselves in a deep valley of regret, covered in scratches.<p>Deadpool cat, as he's known in the …

Comics

Low B12 seen in aging, autism and schizophrenia

The brains of the elderly and younger people with autism and schizophrenia may share a common link: Both have low levels of vitamin B12, researchers say.<p>The facts that blood levels of B12 do not always mirror brain levels of the vitamin, and that brain levels decrease more over the years than blood …

Neuroscience

'Rogue scientists' could exploit gene editing technology, experts warn

A senior geneticist and abioethicist warned on Friday that they fear “rogue scientists” operating outside the bounds of law, and agreed with a US intelligence chief’s assertion this week that gene editing technology could have huge, and potentially dangerous, consequences.<p>Top biologists debate ban …

Genetics

Is the world finally waking up to intersex rights?

A landmark directive in Chile last month said doctors should stop ‘normalisation’ surgery, but tackling the global systematic, societal and cultural abuse against intersex people is an uphill battle<p>“The surgeon’s approach was that I didn’t identify as a woman because I didn’t have a vagina,” says …

LGBTQI

101 things you thought were true, but have actually been debunked by science

1/<p>Skye Gould/Tech Insider<p>2/<p>MYTH: An apple a day keeps the doctor away.<p>Imperfect<p>Apples are packed with vitamin C and fiber, both of which are …

Wellness

Psychiatrists studied 400 movies to find the most realistic psychopath

But according to one group of psychiatrists, these men aren't Hollywood's most realistic psychopaths.<p>In fact, they may not be psychopaths at all.<p>Psychopathy, loosely defined, is a varying combination of cold-heartedness and violence. The most extreme psychopaths kill without remorse, mutilating …

The Mysterious Physics of the World’s Fastest Carnivorous Plant

Scientists are trying to figure out how the bladderwort is capable of inhaling its prey at over 600 times the force of gravity.<p>We tend to think of the plant kingdom as a benign realm, where life is able to flourish without having to resort to the more base instincts found within many animals, such …

Do impulsive people have less free will?

Before you consciously became aware of your decision to read this article, your brain was already making the necessary preparations to click the link.<p>There are a few crucial milliseconds between the moment when you’re consciously aware of a plan to act, and the moment you take action. This brief …

Consciousness

Rubio on Iran Prisoner Swap: Obama 'Put Price on the Head' of Americans

With the news that American hostages in Iran were being released in a prisoner swap on the day the nuclear deal was implemented, presidential contender Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., accused President Obama of putting “a price on the head of every American abroad.”<p>“Our enemies now know that if you can …

Middle East

Man left brain-dead after French drug trial dies in hospital

A French man in his 20s who volunteered to take part in a drug trial has died after serious side effects left him brain dead.<p>Five other men are still in hospital “in a stable condition”, but doctors fear three of them may have suffered irreversible brain damage.<p>The drug, which acted on the body’s …

Medicine