Y. Holmes

12 Flips | 3 Magazines | @VonnieGirl2 | Keep up with Y. Holmes on Flipboard, a place to see the stories, photos, and updates that matter to you. Flipboard creates a personalized magazine full of everything, from world news to life’s great moments. Download Flipboard for free and search for “Y. Holmes”

7 Cool New Findings About the Brain

The human brain is the most complex and least understood biological structure in the known universe. President Obama's new BRAIN Initiative, which is co-led by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is designed to advance brain research. Here are examples of ongoing NSF-funded brain research that …

The Case of the Evil Genius

Professor James Moriarty had only a brief literary career, but his persona looms much larger than his deeds. Criminal mastermind and archenemy of Sherlock Holmes, the professor is remembered today as the archetypal evil genius. The same penetrating intellect that made Moriarty a mathematical …

Exploring Amelia Earhart's Disappearance

Tom King discusses search for Amelia Earhart's aircraft, video courtesy of TIGHAR<p><b>Editor's Note:</b> This post is part of a series produced by HuffPost's Girls In STEM Mentorship Program. Join the community as we discuss issues affecting women in science, technology, engineering and math.<p>There are three …

Who Are the Animals in Animal Experiments?

I once attended a neuroscience conference featuring a talk about spinal cord injury. The presenter showed a brief video clip that haunts me still to this day.<p>The presenter showed a clip of his experiment in which he had crushed a cat's spinal cord and was recording the cat's movement on a …

These 12 Viruses Look Beautiful Up Close But Would Kill You If They Could (PHOTOS)

Infectious diseases like AIDS and hepatitis are never pretty. But the pathogens that cause many potentially deadly infections turn out to be absolutely beautiful when viewed under powerful microscopes.<p>"Nowadays scientists use X-ray crystallography and more recently by cryo-electron microscopy with …

Sleep: A Mystery at the Crossroads of Neuroscience (Part 2)

By Deepak Chopra, M.D., FACP, and P. Murali Doraiswamy, MBBS, FRCP<p>In the last post we saw how essential sleep is for the physiological needs of almost all animals, but sleep would seem to be a poor survival trait as far as evolution goes. Because sleep put our ancestors (and other living creatures) …

The End of the World: Science or Religion?

Harold Camping died last month. In case you don't remember, Camping, the president of evangelical Family Radio, predicted that the world would end in 2011. Twice.<p>He made these prognostications on the basis of numerology, which sounds like it might be a sophomore-level math subject, but isn't. The …

No Sixth Sense? ESP Debunked In New Psychology Study

Ever get the feeling you have extrasensory perception, or ESP -- a "sixth sense" that gives you powers of perception that transcend the familiar five senses?<p>Well, you're wrong about that.<p>A new study, published online Jan. 13 in the journal PLOS ONE, shows that there's simply no such thing as a …

Funding Cancer Research: The Danger of Brightly Colored Ribbons

Pink ribbons are for breast cancer, dark blue ribbons are for colon cancer, white ribbons are for lung cancer, gray ribbons are for brain cancer, emerald green ribbons are for liver cancer, and zebra-striped ribbons are for carcinoid cancers. January is cervical cancer awareness month, represented …

Defining Death: Four Decades of Ambivalence

<i>By Sharon Kaufman, Ph.D.</i><p>The case of Jahi McMath, the 13-year-old girl declared brain dead at Children's Hospital Oakland on Dec. 12, is but the most recent example of a 40-year-old national perplexity and the controversy that it is capable of unleashing.<p>In 1975 a young woman who had fallen into an …

Gladiators In London? Decapitated Skulls Spotlight Brutal Ways Of Ancient Romans

After 25 years, the mystery behind dozens of mutilated skulls unearthed in London may have been solved -- and the solution isn't very pretty.<p>Archaeologists now say the 39 skulls are probably all that's left of young men beheaded by Roman soldiers or felled by their opponents in gladiatorial …

'American Dream' Ends For Man Selling Casey Anthony's Pants

You may have just lost your chance to walk a mile in Casey Anthony's clothing.<p>A controversial website specializing in serial killer memorabilia has removed Anthony's personal property just days after putting them on sale, Orlando TV station WESH reported.<p>Anthony was acquitted in 2011 of killing her …