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Magnet ‘medicine’ attracts T cells to fight cancer

Magnets can help kick start cancer-killing T cells and increase their power, according to a new study of mice with the deadly skin cancer …

Immunotherapy

Study raises doubts about prehuman Y chromosome

Researchers say they have new evidence that overturns a 2013 study describing the discovery of the Y chromosome that predates humanity.<p>The new …

Anthropology

How a Plant Virus May Help Cause the Beepocalypse

Honeybees are dying. In the winter of 2012-2013, one-third of U.S. honeybee colonies died or disappeared, a 42 percent increase from the year before …

When is the next meteor shower?

No major meteor showers are predicted until the Lyrid shower, peaking on the morning of April 23, 2015. Between now and then … fireball season!<p>After …

The Scientific Sherlock Holmes - book review

After eagerly -- and enviously! -- reading people's reactions to Sherlock Holmes' third season now airing on television in both the UK and the USA, I just received word that my long-awaited pre-ordered DVDs of Benedict Cumberbatch's "Sherlock" are on the way! O frabjous day! Callooh! Callay! I …

Where the Swastika Was Found 12,000 Years Before Hitler Made Us Uncomfortable About It

The earliest known swastika was found in 10,000 B.C. in the Ukraine, carved on mammoth ivory.<p>Its meaning has been a good one for thousands of years. …

Sloth Fur Might Yield New Drugs

Microbes living in the beasts' coats could be deadly to malaria and cancer cells.<p>Sloths are cute. Take this video of baby sloths being washed:<p>Until today, this video might represent sheer joy. But a new study causes a different reaction: NOOOO! DON'T KILL THE FUR FUNGI!!!<p>New research, you see, has …

Scientists draw up definitive list of genes that make us human

Researchers have drawn up the first definitive list of genetic changes that make modern humans different from our nearest ancient ancestors, who died out tens of thousands of years ago.<p>The list amounts to a series of biological instructions that shape the brains and bodies of living people and …

In praise of uncertainty

Uncertainty is as essential for life as water, yet how we deal with this volatile element varies enormously from person to person<p>Uncertainty is a defining feature of the world. Anything can happen; from innocuous errors in DNA replication, to market crashes, to chance encounters on a street. These …

‘Spooky action’ builds wormhole between ‘entangled’ particles

Physicists believe that quantum entanglement—which Albert Einstein referred to as “spooky action at a distance”—might be intrinsically linked with …

Quantum Physics

'Mandela looked his enemy in the eye and held him close'

Mandela's real contribution to humanity was that he chose peace over war and forgiveness over vengeance, writes South African journalist and author Justice Malala<p>Towards the end of his life, as Nelson Mandela’s lung infection forced him to hospital frequently, criticism of the anti-apartheid icon …

How to Develop Charisma | The Art of Manliness

For the last few weeks we’ve been talking about the three components of personal charisma. First we explored the importance of Presence – giving …

What is Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle?

How the sun shines and why the vacuum of space is not actually empty<p>The uncertainty principle is one of the most famous (and probably misunderstood) ideas in physics. It tells us that there is a fuzziness in nature, a fundamental limit to what we can know about the behaviour of quantum particles …

Extreme synesthesia: Texas teenager says she can 'feel' the machines around her

<i>Wassily Kandinsky's</i> Composition X<i>. Kandinsky is widely believed to have been a synesthete.</i><p>Synesthesia, loosely defined as the phenomenon of a sensation creating an unnatural secondary sensation, is actually quite common; some humans perceive numbers as colors, for instance. But <i>Psychology Today</i> …

The Scientifically Best Times To Drink Coffee During The Day

Why you should treat caffeine the way you treat painkillers or antibiotics<p>When's the optimal time to get your coffee kick? Sometime between 9:30 and 11:30 in the morning should work well, neuroscience doctoral student Steven Miller explains in a supremely helpful blog post.<p>Careful timing of when …

Blindfolded People Can Still "See" Their Own Limbs

If you wave your hand in front of your eyes, you'll think you can see it moving…even with an impermeable blindfold on.<p>A blindfold is no match for the power of the brain. Even when shrouded in total darkness, your mind still thinks it can see your body moving, creating visual sensations of motion …

Scientists Can Tell Your Ethnicity From The Germs In Your Mouth

The type of oral bacteria a person carries is determined more by genetics than lifestyle, one study suggests.<p>Every human mouth is unique. In each, a diverse microbial community thrives, in the spit, the plaque, and under the gums. The bacterial cocktail is a little different for everyone. It seems …

This sleep mask let me lucid dream and now I live in ‘Inception’

Remember that scene from <i>Inception</i> where DiCaprio follows Ellen Page around as she folds the city on top of itself in a dream? The first time I saw …

The streak is over: Xbox 360 dethroned by PS3 after 32 months atop U.S. market

Thirty-two months, or 2-and-a-half years: That’s how long Microsoft’s Xbox 360 held the top spot in the U.S. console market, based on unit sales. But …

Chart: The top 25 companies that pay software engineers the most money

Who would have thunk that Walmart offers better pay to software engineers than Microsoft, Expedia and Amazon.com. But that’s one of the findings in a …

Mitochondria can invade cells like body snatchers

Mitochondria are able to orchestrate a cell’s future, according to a study with embryonic mice that identifies potential culprits in the origins of …

Biology

Little kids need conversation to pick up language

By speaking directly to their toddlers, parents can help them learn to process language more quickly, which speeds up vocabulary growth.<p>It is well …

Language Learning

Alzheimer's treatment: landmark study gives hope for simple pill

A landmark British study has raised the prospect of a pill that could treat brain diseases such as Alzheimer's by halting the death of neurons.<p>The research, performed on sick mice, is at a very early stage and it could be a decade or more before any medicine is developed.<p>But experts say the results …

Enter, Sandman: how lucid dreaming ‘can help you change yourself’

Thomas Peisel will teach you to reign over the witching hour<p>Maybe the vast majority of your recollected dreams involve public speaking in the nude, or repeatedly failing your college chemistry final. Or maybe you don’t recall having any dreams at all. According to Thomas Peisel, both scenarios are …

Could reading 'Crime and Punishment' make you better at reading people?

What we read, not just whether we read, could change how we interpret emotions<p>What do the arts mean to our lives? To at least some researchers, they're a way that we learn how the people around us think. Previous studies have concluded that reading fiction is correlated with various measures of …

Which neurons fire when this image tricks your brain?

Scientists have pinpointed the brain region responsible for “illusory contours”—when you perceive imaginary shapes and surfaces against a fragmented …

Neuroscience

Researchers Find A Gene For Obesity

Just what we always wanted: a empirical reason why we binge-eat that isn't our fault.<p>Researchers at the University of Copenhagen set out on what seemed like a simple task: to find out if overeating is linked to any genetic difference. Four years and 1,200 pigs later (yeah, we'll get to that), they …