Christopher Alreck

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'Scaffold' map reveals brain's weak spots - Futurity

Neuroscientists have systematically identified the white matter "scaffold" of the brain, the critical communications network that supports brain …

Young adults who skip flu shot show most severe symptoms - Futurity

A study of hospital admissions shows that people, particularly young adults, who did not get this year's flu vaccine needed the most intensive …

Physiology

Female 'Viagra' pill claims to boost women's sex lives

Dubbed the 'female Viagra', a new herbal pill called Lady Prelox claims to boost women's flagging sex drive but at £37.95 for a pack of 60 little pink tablets, pleasure doesn't come cheap<p>A new pill dubbed ‘the female Viagra’ could boost women’s sex lives, according to scientists.<p>The herbal pill …

Drought blocking passages to sea for California coho salmon

DAVENPORT, Calif. — By now, water would typically be ripping down Scott Creek, and months ago it should have burst through a berm of sand to provide fish passage between freshwater and the ocean.<p>Instead, young coho salmon from this redwood and oak-shaded watershed near Santa Cruz last week were …

The Scientific Explanation Behind Underwater 'Fairy Circles'

Hint: the circles are not created by fairies.<p>For years, strange underwater circular formations in the Baltic Sea have mystified residents. Some have thought that they were bomb craters, or created by fairies or aliens. Turns out, none of the above explanations is correct.<p>"It has nothing to do with …

Baltic Sea

Monkeys Raised On Omega-3-Rich Diet Have Well-Structured Brains

Eat right and you too can have a healthy monkey brain<p>You may have heard that omega-3 fatty acids are good for you. They are a prime component of the nervous system, and cannot be made by the body--they must be consumed. But just how important are dietary omega-3 fatty acids for brain development …

Monkeys

Should Europe grow hemp crops for cooking oil? - Futurity

New hemp plants have fatty acid content similar to that of olive oil, as well as a longer shelf life and greater heat tolerance, say researchers.

Extracted

In matters of the heart, women say height matters - Futurity

Though similarity often dominates our choice in mates, researchers say height differences may matter more to women than men.

Physiology

What killed the woolly mammoth? New clues.

Ten thousand years ago, large mammals of the Arctic, like the woolly mammoth, went extinct. What caused it? Climate change? Disease? Over-hunting by …

Paleontology

This 'Fish Car' Lets A Goldfish Drive Around

Drinking and driving is frowned upon. But swimming and driving is okay.<p>Where's the fish? The fish is out for a drive.<p>A company called Studio diip has created a mobile aquarium that can be "driven" by a fish. The four-wheeled device has a digital camera mounted above that can recognize which part of …

Fish

Engineering The Ideal Olympian: The Games Of Risk

Athletes are all too familiar with injuries.<p>The 2010 Winter Olympics had the same overall injury rate as the Summer Olympics in 2012—for both, it was about 11 percent. But Torbjorn Soligard, an officer at the medical and scientific department of the International Olympic Committee, says severe …

Quantum Microscope Uses Spooky Entangled Photons To See Better

Crisper images through physics<p>There's a new experimental microscope that visualizes incredibly difficult-to-see things with incredible accuracy via entangled photons, MIT Technology Review reports. You know, for those moments when unentangled photons just aren't enough.<p>The new microscope's creators …

Quantum Mechanics

How being watched changes you – without you knowing

Are you being watched? It can change your behaviour and choices for the better without you realising, says Jason G Goldman.<p>If there is one thing that the rise of social media has taught us it's how to carefully curate the information we present to the digital world. We think about all the potential …

Psychology

There's More Than One Way To Cure Diseases With Genes

A recent roundup in The Economist looks at a few new ideas for gene therapy.<p>Many people have inherited genes that are making them sick, or will, one day. Troublesome genes are part and parcel of being human. In the future, however, doctors may have some fixes, ranging from giving their patients …

Genetics

Your cat-friend versus your dog-friend: which is better? | video

I enjoy sharing research papers, stories and videos about animal behaviour, and often my friends remind me of particular animal species -- observations that I rarely share with them, of course! But this raises the question; if your human friends acted <i>a lot</i> like your house pets, would you unfriend …

Scientists Digitize Psychology's Most Famous Brain

Henry Gustav Molaison is one of the most famous patients in the annals of brain research. In 1953, an experimental surgery meant to relieve his …

Scientific American wants to end the ban on psychoactive drug research

<i>Scientific American</i> recently published a spirited editorial calling for the US government to end the ban on psychoactive drug research. After the Controlled Substances Act was passed in 1970, drugs like marijuana, MDMA, and LSD were put on the Schedule I drug list, deemed to have no accepted …

Pesticides poison honey bee larvae in the hive - Futurity

Four pesticides commonly used on crops to kill insects and fungi also kill honeybee larvae in the hive, a new study reports.

Insects

What can Dick Swaab tell us about sex and the brain?

The Dutch neuroscientist is as celebrated as he is sneered at for his theories on brain development differing between men and women – and how sexuality is decided in the womb<p>Controversy delights Dick Swaab; brains delight him; complexity delights him, though I don't know if you'd get that from …

Whoa there! Brain area found to help spot bad decisions

Ball of tissue named lateral frontal pole found to be crucial in analysing alternative decisions – and may be unique to humans<p>A new brain region that appears to help humans identify whether they have made bad decisions has been discovered by researchers.<p>The size and shape of a large Brussels …

A High-Tech Bra That Unhooks Only For 'True Love'

A weird/bad/nerdtastic idea from Japan.<p><i>Note: Video is a tad NSFW.</i><p>Japanese lingerie manufacturer Ravijour has designed a bra, called the True Love Tester, that apparently knows "how women truly feel." Yes, this is a goofy marketing scheme. But it's also a science bra, so... carry on.<p>The ad above …

Pesticide DDT linked to higher Alzheimer's risk - Futurity

Exposure to the pesticide DDT may increase the risk and severity of Alzheimer's disease in some people, particularly those over the age of 60.

Alzheimer's Disease

I Always Thought of Shrimp as Seafood, but After Seeing This Video...I Think I Have a New Favorite Animal

Nature has a way of wowing you. Its beauty smacks you on the head like a 200-pound mallet. Its hues are so gentle and so complete that no human …

Seafood

Fungi are the biodiversity police of rainforests - Futurity

Fungi, often seen as pests, play a crucial role policing biodiversity in rainforests by making dominant species victims of their own success.

Rainforests

China’s polluted air is changing the weather, says study

Pollutant particles from China’s factories, industrial plants, and power plants affect cloud formations and weather systems worldwide, a new study …

Pollution

Google Buys AI Startup, Hires Ethics Board To Oversee It

So we're good! Nothing to worry about here. Move along.<p>In an apparent move to feed its smart-hardware ambitions, Google has bought an artificial intelligence startup, DeepMind, for somewhere in the ballpark of $500 million. Considering all of the data Google sifts through, and the fact that it …

Soil, Weedkillers And GMOs: When Numbers Don't Tell The Whole Story

I love numbers. A picture may be worth a thousand words, but I think a good bar graph can be worth a thousand pictures.<p>But three times in the past few days, I've come across statistics in reputable-looking publications that made me stop and say, "Huh?"<p>I did some investigating so you don't have to. …

Honey bees get picky over nectar choices - Futurity

Honeybees will turn up their noses to nectar laced with bacteria, particularly if the bacteria are the same types found in the bees' guts.

Honey Bees

Stricter Autism Criteria Unlikely To Reduce Services For Kids

The clinical definition for when a child has some form of autism has been tightened. And these narrower criteria for autism spectrum disorder probably will reduce the number of kids who meet the new standard.<p>But researchers say the changes, which were rolled out last May, are likely to have a …

When neurons grow too many (or too few) branches - Futurity

Understanding how neurons grow and change throughout life may be the Holy Grail in treating many neurological disorders, including autism and …