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Thoughts Can Fuel Some Deadly Brain Cancers

The simple act of thinking can accelerate the growth of many brain tumors.<p>That's the conclusion of a paper in <i>Cell</i> published Thursday that showed how activity in the cerebral cortex affected high-grade gliomas, which represent about 80 percent of all malignant brain tumors in people.<p>"This tumor is …

Cancer

Scientists Can Trick You Into Thinking You’re Invisible

The illusion could one day help people conquer their fears<p>It looks like Muggles have finally caught up with the wizarding world. Neuroscientists from Sweden’s Karolinska Institutet gave 125 study participants the illusion of being invisible.<p>The researchers described the invisibility illusion in the …

11 Make-Ahead Snacks for Planes, Trains, and Really Long Car Rides

Travel snacks are not known for their elegance. They are sturdy, stoic, and dependable foods that rarely surpass anything more than sheer sustenance. But we all know a miniature bag of peanuts is not enough to get you through that 6-hour flight to your parents' place. Nor should gas station pork …

Your Chance of Getting Mosquito Bites Could Be Genetic

If you’re always getting mosquito bites, you may be able to blame your genes, a new study suggests.<p>To understand whether the traits that make a …

Mosquitoes

Chinese researchers have genetically modified a human embryo—and many scientists think they’ve gone too far

A team of scientists in China dropped a bombshell earlier this month, and almost nobody noticed.<p>Researchers led by Junjiu Huang of Yat-sen University in Guangzhou published the world’s first scientific paper on altering the DNA of human embryos.<p>The pioneering research is controversial, though it …

Genetics

Twelve inventions that could change the world

The European Patent Office (EPO) has announced its finalists for the 2015 European Inventor Awards, honoring brilliant inventions from a range of scientific fields. The EPO will have its work cut out choosing winners—everyone on the list is working on or has created something groundbreaking.<p>A dozen …

Car Tech

100 weird objects sent into space

"Send my love to the aliens. All the best, Paul."<p>That was the message from Paul McCartney when, in 2008, Nasa beamed into space the Beatles song Across the Universe via its Deep Space Network.<p>The Beatles song is travelling across the universe at a speed of 186,000 miles per second to reach North …

The Virtue of Being Short

Taller does not mean healthier. It's more likely the opposite.<p>If you've ever had a tall man stand in front of you at a concert, blocking your view, and wished that he would have a heart attack, the odds were against you.<p>Tall men are less likely to develop heart disease than are short men, according …

The New England Journal of Medicine

Google Joins the Search for the Loch Ness Monster

Now anyone with an Internet connection can search for Nessie using Street View imaging of murky Scottish waters.<p>The tale of the Loch Ness monster has always been, in a funny way, a story about technology. More specifically, it is a story about how machines can bump up against the edge of a mystery, …

Scotland

The Woman Who Woke Up in the Future

Naomi Jacobs went to bed a 32-year-old woman and woke up believing she was a teenager again. After temporarily losing 17 years of memories from a rare form of amnesia, Jacobs wrote a memoir about piecing her life back together.<p>Naomi Jacobs was a 32-year-old single mother living in Manchester, …

Mind

Five Habits Of Creative People

Whether it’s getting into a routine or knowing when to give up, here are the habits creative people have cultivated.<p>There is no secret trick to becoming more creative, but the good news is creativity is a skill you can build.<p>That means that you can become more creative with the right time and …

Creativity

35 Weeknight Vegetarian Recipes to Embrace #MeatlessMonday

These hearty vegetarian mains prove going meatless isn't all salads.<p><b>With so many tasty, hearty vegetarian</b> options, it's never been easier to skip the meat for a day or two. These vegetarian mains are filling and fast enough to get on the table tonight.

Cooking