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American Islamic State fighter: I made 'a bad decision'

The American<p>Islamic Stategroup fighter who handed himself over to Kurdish forces in northern Iraq earlier this week said he made "a bad decision" in joining Islamic State, according to a heavily edited interview he gave to an Iraqi Kurdish television station.<p>In the TV interview, which aired late …

The concept of different “learning styles” is one of the greatest neuroscience myths

Are you a visual learner who writes notes in a rainbow of different colors, or do you have to read something aloud before it will sink it? Chances are, you’ve been asked a similar question at some point in your life, and believe the concept of different “learning styles” is perfectly valid. But, as …

Watch a worm's brain light up as it plots its next move

Scientists have created the first ever video of neurons firing in a freely moving animal, a technique that could lead to greater understanding about how our own brains work. The Princeton-led team first programmed a nematode worm's neurons to create a fluorescent protein that lit up in response to …

Biology

What is your memory style? Brain wiring may control how we remember events

When it comes to memory, there are two types of people: those who can recall the sights, sounds and scents of life events in glorious evocative detail; and those who can conjure up only the plain, unadorned facts.<p>For example, if two people go to a fancy restaurant, one might remember the aromas …

Space Fuel: Plutonium-238 Produced in U.S. for First Time in 30 Years

Scientists have produced a powder of plutonium-238 for the first time in nearly 30 years in the United States, a milestone that they say sets the country on a path toward powering NASA's deep-space exploration and other missions.<p>Plutonium-238 (Pu-238) is a radioactive element, and as it decays, or …

Chemistry

Brains Of Video Game-Addicted Teens Are Hyper Connected

That may make addicts more likely to have other psychological disorders<p>For the thousands of teens with internet gaming disorder, the symptoms can look a lot like any other addiction: A lack of control over the time and money spent on gaming, distance from family or friends, neglected schoolwork. …

Planned home births entail small but significantly increased risk of death, study says

Couples that plan to have their babies at home instead of in a hospital take on a slightly increased risk of serious complications for their newborns, including death, a new study shows.<p>An analysis of births in Oregon finds that for every 1,000 deliveries intended to occur at home or in a …