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Britain’s GCHQ Collaborated With Other EU Nations To Enable Broad Internet Surveillance

Today The Guardian reported that the GCHQ, Britain’s NSA equivalent, worked with several foreign governments to help them tap Internet traffic and phone communications. The Swedish, French, Spanish, and German governments are said to be involved.<p>It has been known for some time that the United …

Sleep: Why We Need It and What Happens Without It

Why humans and animals rely on social touch

From monkeys to humans, grooming is an important way to win favours and earn social standing. For babies, it can also be the difference between life and death.<p>When you run your hands through your lover’s hair, you’re probably not thinking about your place in the social hierarchy. Give your …

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Ghost Rider

A little stress can make brains sharper

<b>UC BERKELEY (US) —</b> Acute stress that’s short-lived, not chronic, primes the brain for improved performance, according to new research.<p>“You always …

Massive star factory in early universe

<b>CALTECH (US) —</b> Astronomers have found a star-generating galaxy that existed billions of years earlier than expected possible, churning out 2,000 …

Mice Skin Cells Transformed Into Brain Cells

Two new studies take a step toward a therapy for multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and other diseases of the myelin.<p>In what one researcher called "cellular alchemy," two different teams of scientists have reported transforming mouse and rat skin cells into brain cells of the type that's destroyed …

Nanosponges In Your Blood Could Soak Up Infections And Poison

Mice who got nanosponge injections survived lethal doses of toxins.<p>A newly invented "nanosponge," sheathed in armor made of red blood cells, can safely remove a wide range of toxins from the bloodstream. Scientists at the University of California-San Diego inoculated some mice with their …

Scientists see three promising blips in underground dark matter search

Three potential signatures of exotic dark matter particles have been found hidden in the readings from an underground lab in Minnesota — and although the results are too tentative to be classified as a discovery, scientists say they provide promising new clues to the solution of a decades-old …

Oldest light in universe revealed

The European Space Agency has released a series of pictures that could shed new light on the origins of the universe. The images from the Planck satellite map out the oldest light in the cosmos in great detail. Scientists believe the data may explain what happened in the immediate aftermath of the …

Universe

Planck telescope: A map of all the 'stuff' in the cosmos

<b>Europe's Planck telescope, which last week showed us a picture of the oldest light streaming across the Universe, has another trick up its sleeve.</b><p>It has also mapped the distribution of all the matter in the cosmos.<p>This was done by analysing the subtle distortions in the ancient light introduced as …

Dark Matter

Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer zeroes in on dark matter

The AMS was taken up to the ISS in 2011<p><b>A $2bn experiment on the space station has made observations that could prove to be the first signs of dark matter, a mysterious component of the Universe.</b><p>The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) surveys the sky for high-energy particles, or cosmic rays.<p>It has …

Dark Matter

Male baldness 'indicates heart risk'

Heart experts say men who have lost their hair 'should not be alarmed'<p><b>Men going thin on top may be more likely to have heart problems than their friends with a full head of hair, according to researchers in Japan.</b><p>Their study of nearly 37,000 people, published in the online journal BMJ Open, said …

Medical Research

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 …

The Brain

New music 'rewarding for the brain'

<b>Listening to new music is rewarding for the brain, a study suggests.</b><p>Using MRI scans, a Canadian team of scientists found that areas in the reward centre of the brain became active when people heard a song for the first time.<p>The more the listener enjoyed what they were hearing, the stronger the …

The Brain

Could A Worm Hold the Key to Living Longer?

Do you dream of looking like your 30-year-old self when you hit 60?<p>Well, the secrets to the fountain of youth may be bubbling up in a nearby lab -- …

Liver kept alive outside human body for transplant in a world first.

We can never seem to get enough organ donors—but sometimes donated organs don’t live up to their potential, either. After doctors harvest a liver …

Omega-3 fatty acid may slow tumors

<b>UC DAVIS (US) —</b> New research with mice uncovers a possible anti-cancer property of metabolized omega-3 fatty acids, which come from fish oil and …

Got public speaking jitters? Experts say embrace the fear

<b>U. ROCHESTER (US) —</b> A surprisingly effective way of handling stage fright is to view shaky hands, pounding heart, and sweaty palms as a good …

How your brain chunks ‘moments’ into ‘events’

<b>PRINCETON (US) —</b> Scientists say they have a new explanation for how the brain breaks experiences into “events,” or the related groups that help us …

A Harvard Neuroscience Scheme To Change Decisions In Your Brain

A researcher wants to reverse your choices before you even know you've made them.<p>This week at the British Neuroscience Association, Harvard scientist Gabriel Kreiman described a rather diabolical-sounding experiment: He wants to reverse someone's decision to push a button before the person is even …

Edible Electronics Will Spy On Your Intestines

Devices inside pills could monitor health issues or deliver targeted cancer drugs.<p>Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing edible electronic devices that could monitor health, deliver drugs, or stimulate damaged tissue in the gastrointestinal tract or small intestine.<p>Patients would …

Stephen Hawking Says Humans Won't Survive Another 1,000 Years On Earth

Physicist Stephen Hawking, speaking at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, said if humans don't migrate from the planet Earth to colonize other planets, they'll face extinction in 1,000 years. So, phew, we're good, guys. We've got like 900-plus years to just sit on this. That's a …

The Science Of Sports Fandom

Win or lose, watching sports changes you. What research says about being a fan.<p>Whether you're lamenting the devastation of your March Madness bracket or gearing up for the excitement of a baseball-filled spring, sports fandom can be an emotional roller coaster.<p>There's more to being a fan than just …

Yes, Your Mind Can Control Your Body Temperature

Tibetan nuns prove the physical effects of spiritual activity.<p>You don't have to look far to find the (mostly) positive and surprisingly powerful effects of meditation. But one of the more unexpected effects was just recently published: Tibetan nuns can change their core body temperatures with a …

Can We Smell With Our Hearts?

"Ugh, tuna again?" say your blood cells.<p>In the back of your nasal cavity, you have special sensory cells that grab onto the various airborne compounds that constitute "a smell." They interpret those chemicals, shoot the result over to your brain, and you get the sense of smelling something. But …

Scientists Discover Evidence Of Dark Lightning

Thunderstorms may emit invisible dark lightning alongside ordinary lightning.<p>Though its name sounds better suited to fantasy or sci-fi, researchers have recently gathered evidence that something called dark lightning exists, the Washington Post reported.<p>Like any evil twin, dark lightning appears to …

How It Works: Honeybee Society

A beehive buzzes with thousands of genetically similar female honeybees. Some nurse their queen and her eggs while others fly out in search of pollen and nectar. For decades, scientists knew that bees took on new jobs as they aged, but a team of researchers recently discovered that chemical tags …

FYI: What Would It Feel Like To Travel At Warp Speed?

It wouldn’t feel like much of anything.<p>If it were really possible to build a warp drive, using it wouldn't make you fly back into your seat as in a science-fiction movie. "Inside the spaceship, it would feel absolutely normal," says physicist Dave Goldberg of Drexel University. "You would be …