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The Truth About The Left Brain / Right Brain Relationship

Sometimes ideas that originate in science seep out into the broader culture and take on a life of their own. It's still common to hear people referred to as "anal," a Freudian idea that no longer has much currency in contemporary psychology. Ideas like black holes and quantum leaps play a …

Soldier controls bionic arm using power of thought

A soldier whose arm was blown off by a rocket-propelled grenade in Afghanistan has become the first person in the UK to master a prosthetic limb controlled by thought.<p>Corporal Andrew Garthwaite, 26, has spent two years learning how to move the arm and grip objects after a six-hour operation to have …

Drug Hopes to Delay Onset of Alzheimer's Symptoms With a Monthly Shot in the Arm

Alzheimer’s disease is on the rise, even as doctors continue to struggle to find potential treatments for it. Researchers expect the number of those …

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Willingness to listen to music is biological, study of gene variants suggests

Our willingness to listen to music is biological trait and related to the neurobiological pathways affecting social affiliation and communication, …

Why music is good for the heart

Doctors have discovered what music-lovers always guessed – music touches places nothing else can reach, says Ivan Hewett<p>In its onward march, science is always trampling over folk-wisdom. But sometimes a piece of research comes along which shows folk-wisdom might have a point after all. There’s been …

The secrets of Mo Farah's success

Mo Farah has nine key elements to his running technique that have allowed him to become Britain’s greatest ever runner. Here we examine what it is that makes him so fast.<p>He is arguably the greatest runner Britain has ever produced.<p>Mo Farah is only the second athlete in history to have won double …

How to use body language to get served first at a bar

Scientists have identified the body language that ensures bartenders will serve you first in a busy bar.<p>In a busy bar it can often be a struggle to get served a drink as customers compete for the attention of the bartender.<p>Now scientists have identified the key elements of body language that can …

What is Foucault's Pendulum?

Google's latest doodle marks what would have been the 194th birthday of Jean Bernard Léon Foucault, the French physicist who used a simple pendulum to prove that the Earth rotates in space. But how does his elegant experiment work?<p>During Foucalt’s life it was already proven that the Earth rotated, …

British firm brings 'God particle' technology to cancer patients

Technology from the quest to find the 'God particle' will soon be used to treat cancer patients after a British company acquired the first spin-off firm from the Large Hadron Collider.<p>The collaboration has slashed the cost of proton beam therapy, a type of cancer treatment that fires high-precision …

Why The U.S. Is Building A High-Tech Bubonic Plague Lab In Kazakhstan

When Kazakhstan's Central Reference Laboratory opens in September 2015, the $102-million project laboratory will serve as a Central Asian way station for a global war on dangerous disease.<p>In 1992, Dr. Kanatjan Alibekov, a biologist from the Soviet Union, boarded a flight in Almaty, then …

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of neural activity in the human brain, and the numbers are …

Astrocytes (in red) are the most abundant cell in the brain and help support neurons (in green) by recycling old cellular byproducts and…

Astrocytes (in red) are the most abundant cell in the brain and help support neurons (in green) by recycling old cellular byproducts and regulating a healthy environment for neuronal function. Unlike other organs of the body where an injury results in a fibrous scar, the brain instead forms an astrocyte scar to promote neuron survival.<p><i>Image by Dr. Shelley Jacobs, McMaster University.</i>

The Human Body: What It Is and How It Works, in Vibrant Vintage Illustrations circa 1959

Much of our inquiry into what makes us human focuses on understanding consciousness, yet we spend the whole of our lives in our physical bodies. As a lover of anatomical art and vintage science illustration, I was instantly enamored with <b>The Human Body: What It Is And How It Works</b> — a stunning …

6 Freaky Things Your Body Does (Explained by Science)

The human body is a strange and mysterious place filled with gross guts and gurgling magic potions. There are all sorts of confusing or nonsensical …

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Incredibly Shrinking Avocados: Why This Year's Fruit Are So Tiny

What's thick-skinned and leathery, about the size of an egg, essential for guacamole and sold eight for a dollar?<p>No, not limes. Hass avocados. This year, anyway. These pear-sized fruits usually weigh half a pound or more. In the summer of 2013, though, hundreds of thousands of trees in Southern …

Facebook may ‘undermine’ your well-being

<b>U. MICHIGAN (US) —</b> The more young adults used Facebook over a two-week study period, the greater the dip in their life satisfaction over …

The full HTC “Here’s to Change” video ad: A super-hero or super-zero?

After a short video teaser of its new “Here’s to Change” ad campaign, HTC shared the first full spot featuring Robert Downey Jr. on Wednesday. The …

Language in books shows how we have grown more selfish

Language used in modern books reveals how society has become more materialistic and selfish in the past 200 years, according to a new study.<p>Analysis of words used in more than 1.5 million American and British books published between 1800 and 2000 has revealed how cultural values have changed in …

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Legally High: how drug makers have slipped the net

Channel 4's documentary Legally High takes a look at the world of legal recreational drugs, says Jasper Rees.<p>Last month the Home Office issued news of a cheering report. Use of illegal drugs in England and Wales, it announced, is at its lowest level since records began. Hurrah, eh?<p>Cut to the …

Can Google Search Histories Help Diagnose Mental Disorders?

<b>What's the Latest Development?</b><p>With the exception of Christmastime, today is the happiest day of year, at least according to Google's search metrics …

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