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Blood test could pick up Alzheimer's Disease 10 years before symptoms appear

The test developed by researchers at the National Institute on Aging, distinguishes between patients and healthy elderly with 100 percent accuracy<p>A new blood test for Alzheimer’s could detect the disease as many as 10 years before clinical diagnosis is possible - far sooner than other tests in …

Dementia

BPA and 'BPA-free' alternative linked to fetal brain changes

Fetal exposure to Bisphenol A, as well as to the widely marketed alternative Bisphenol S, may cause "real and measurable" changes in the development of a brain region that plays a key role in fear, impulse-control, obesity and early puberty.<p>Canadian researchers have found in animal studies that …

Neuroscience

Cat people are smarter than dog people, study says

What else is Carroll University going to study other than the various characteristics of those who choose dogs over cats? And vice versa.<p>I fear I may have found a more emotive subject that Apple vs. Samsung. Or Apple vs. Microsoft. Or just Apple.<p>For one of the world's top academic institutions, …

Anti-Aging Hormone Could Make You Smarter

A hormone associated with longevity also appears to make people's brains work better.<p>The finding in <i>Cell Reports</i> could someday lead to drugs that improve memory and learning, researchers say.<p>"We've discovered a way to potentially boost cognition," says Dena Dubal, one of the study's authors who does …

Ear implant uses electrical impulses to regrow auditory nerves

The bionic human is nearly a reality. In recent years, scientists have been able to develop everything from bionic eyes to bionic hands. Yet these machines are still largely dependent on the existing human structures to which they connect. If a person's nerve endings are damaged, for instance, the …

Breakthroughs

The technology that lets deaf people hear could also treat hearing damage

When someone’s auditory nerve is damaged, a cochlear implant acts as a substitute for the lack of vital nerve cells. But one day, it turns out, the implants could help those cells regrow. Gary Housley, director of the Translational Neuroscience Facility at the University of New South Wales, has …

University of New South Wales

Think You Know Basic Physics? This Balloon Will Prove You Wrong

When you have a balloon floating in a car and start driving, instead of getting thrown back, it actually flies forward. What? Are balloons immune to …

Researchers uncover link between Down syndrome and leukemia

Although doctors have long known that people with Down syndrome have a heightened risk of developing acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) during …

Easy to Build, Easy to Use, Water Bottle Launcher!

Shopping (enough for 2 launchers)<br>**** PRINT THIS LIST AND TAKE IT WITH YOU ****<p>Go to the hardware store and buy...<p>1 - 10 foot piece of 1/2 inch outer …

Researchers successfully clone adult human stem cells

(Phys.org) —An international team of researchers, led by Robert Lanza, of Advanced Cell Technology, has announced that they have performed the first …

Why Are Some People Early Birds and Others Night Owls?

<i>This question originally appeared on Quora.</i><p><b>Answer by Suzanne Sadedin, Ph.D. in zoology from Monash University:</b><p>Advertisement<p>Your sleep cycle is …

Australian Universities

10 Apps to Get Kids Excited About Science

1. The Elements: A Visual Exploration<p>2. SkySafari<p>3. Moon Globe HD<p>4. Rocket Science 101<p>5. Video Science<p>6. Muscle System Pro III<p>7. 3D Brain<p>8. Kid …

Codecademy: Hour of Code app teaches programming skills to iPhone owners

App promises "quick, fun exercises on the go" to help people learn to code on their smartphone<p>From Candy Crush Saga to Instagram, developing mobile applications has never been more potentially lucrative. But how about learning to code on a smartphone?<p>That's the goal of Codecademy: Hour of Code, an …

Codecademy Releases Its First Educational App, A.K.A. My New Subway Time Killer

Although I write a lot about apps and Internet stuff, I never really learned to code.<p>I threw the “really” in there to soften the blow, but the fact is, I straight up don’t know how to do it. I started learning at one point in middle school, but my high school didn’t push CS, and by college I spent …

Newborn babies may be more developed than we think

Cognitive development research is – like its subjects – still in its infancy, but it seems that our tiny tots are a lot smarter than science once gave them credit for<p>My baby could not look more like a subject in a laboratory experiment. Wearing a soft white skullcap attached by long wires to an EEG …

The View from Up Here: Babies Learn Faster in High Chairs

Playing with those sweet potatoes again? Mashing that avocado like it’s a piece of playdough? All that gooey, messy fun could help babies learn words for things that aren’t solid.<p>Researchers have long known that babies learn language first by naming objects – table, chair, doggie, and so on. They …

Probiotics treat autism-like symptoms in mice - Futurity

A new study with mice offers the first evidence that changes in gut bacteria can influence autism-like behaviors.

Autism

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Science

Air pollution and genes combine to boost autism risk - Futurity

Exposure to air pollution appears to increase the risk for autism among people who carry a genetic disposition for the neurodevelopmental disorder.

Autism

X doesn't mark the spot: real shape of chromosomes revealed

Time to revise the high school biology textbooks: contrary to their typical portrayal as being precisely X-shaped, chromosomes are in fact much more complex — and much messier looking. That's the finding of a new project that relied on DNA sequencing to produce accurate 3D images of chromosomes.<p>A …

If You Can Smell This, You May Not Have Alzheimer's

A new diagnostic test involves a dollop of peanut butter.<p>You may not have heard of "the peanut butter test," but it could become a fantastically low-cost and non-invasive way to test for Alzheimer's. After all, what's less invasive than asking someone to smell some delicious peanut butter?<p>"The …

First child 'functionally cured' of HIV remains in remission, scientists announce

In March, a team of medical researchers revealed that a two-year-old patient had been "functionally cured" of HIV after undergoing unusually early treatment with antiretroviral drugs. The instance marked the second documented case of HIV remission, and was the first such case involving a …

With this digital pen, you can spell check your handwritten notes

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Lernstift<p>With a Kickstarter pledge of £109 (add £10 for overseas shipping) that equals about $162, I could never …

Google Glass

Student Compares Toilet Water To Ice At Fast Food Joints, With Disturbing Results

The student, 12-year-old Jasmine Roberts, hypothesized that the ice at fast food joints was probably dirtier than the toilets.<p>So she went to five fast food restaurants and collected samples.<p>She ordered cups of ice and put them in sterile beakers. She also went into bathrooms, flushed the toilet …

Fast Food

Body's anti-HIV 'training manual' offers vaccine hopes

<b>The body's own "training manual" for attacking HIV has been recorded by US scientists and it is hoped it can be used to design vaccines.</b><p>HIV mutates in order to survive the onslaught of a patient's immune system.<p>However, some patients develop highly effective antibodies that can neutralise huge …

Public Health

Scientists 'read dreams' using brain scans

Brain activity correlated with the images that people saw in their dreams<p><b>Scientists have found a way to "read" dreams, a study suggests.</b><p>Researchers in Japan used MRI scans to reveal the images that people were seeing as they entered into an early stage of sleep.<p>Writing in the journal Science, they …

Humanity