Courtney McGee

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Musicians Play Enchanting Music on Instruments Made of Ice

Many artists these days are finding brilliant ways to create with ice. In the past, we've seen incredibly complex maze-like castles, ice hotels, and colorful ice forts. Yet in that long list of creations, we have yet to see musical instruments–until now. Located in Lule, Sweden, Ice Music is a …

FDA Urges Doctors to Cap Acetaminophen Doses

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says physicians should stop prescribing combination drugs with more than 325 milligrams (mg) of …

5 Ways to Avoid Being Rude (According to 100-Year-Old Etiquette Rules)

According to etiquette books of the past, it was pretty easy to be offensive. To show you were of good breeding, you had to adhere to strict …

Gut feelings: the future of psychiatry may be inside your stomach

Her parents were running out of hope. Their teenage daughter, Mary, had been diagnosed with a severe case of obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD), as well as ADHD. They had dragged her to clinics around the country in an effort to thwart the scary, intrusive thoughts and the repetitive behaviors …

Re-Awakenings

Anna Sumner’s craving for sleep began when she was an 18-year-old high school senior. She thought nothing of it.<p>When it followed her to college, she blamed it on stress. She was working so hard, she told herself, her body just needed the extra rest. But it was more than that. She would choose naps …

If Volvo Made a Camaro, It’d Look Like This

Author: Damon Lavrinc. Damon Lavrinc Gear<p>Date of Publication: 08.29.13.<p>Time of Publication: 5:50 pm. 5:50 pm<p>Volvo is calling it the “next-generation …

Researchers Expose Troubling Bias In Forensic Psychology

Court psychologists interpret evidence differently depending on who they think hired them.<p>Does your mental health depend on who's paying your psychologist? Clearly not, but a new study has found that psychologists looking at the same evidence will interpret it differently, depending on whom they …

Autism linked to enzyme that untangles DNA

Problems with enzymes that affect the genetic machinery behind brain development could possibly cause autism spectrum disorder, say researchers.<p>“Our …

Autism

Reflecting on mirror neurons

<i>Chapter 11 of my book, 50 Human Brain Ideas You Really Need to Know. Here's the introduction to the book, and my post about the most important idea in neuroscience</i>.<p>Summary: Mirror neurons are cells that fire during both the execution and observation of a specific action. They have been linked to …

The Tesla Model S Is So Safe It Broke the Crash-Testing Gear

Author: Damon Lavrinc. Damon Lavrinc Gear<p>Date of Publication: 08.20.13.<p>Time of Publication: 2:12 pm. 2:12 pm<p>The Tesla Model S may be the safest …

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Cancer cells change while moving throughout the body

A major focus of contemporary cancer research is on how to stop or fight metastasis – the spread of a cancer from one organ or part to another …

New test could spot Alzheimer's disease a decade in advance

A new test that could allow doctors to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease in patients up to a decade before symptoms appear is being developed by scientists.<p>Researchers have found levels of a form of DNA in the spinal fluid of patients is reduced in those who go on to develop Alzheimer’s Disease.<p>The …

Right-Brain, Left-Brain Just a Myth, Say Neuroscientists

Are you a “right-brained” or “left-brained” thinker? Are you sensitive and artistic, or logical and analytical? Are you detail-oriented or intuitive? …

The Brain

We don't know if antidepressants work, so stop bashing them

Lately, it seems as if everyone is anti-antidepressants. In a recent CiF article, Giles Fraser bemoaned the apparent need to treat anything vaguely resembling unhappiness with a pill. Just a week earlier, Will Self launched a scathing attack on psychiatry along similar lines.<p>Both pieces sparked …

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What Neurons Look Like (as Drawn by Students, Grad Students, and Professors)

An experiment demonstrates that knowledge leads to creativity.<p>Science Education<p>What would you draw if somebody told you to draw a neuron?<p>According to a new study, your sketch will depend on how much science education you have, but not in the way you'd expect. In the image above, the top row -- …

The Memory Hack That Got Me Through Med School–And Inspired A Startup

By Shiv Gaglani4 minute Read<p>As a medical student with a background in neuroscience, I’m constantly searching for brain hacks that will help me learn</i> …

Medical School

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 …

A century-long debate: are 'intelligent' people less likely to hold religious beliefs?

Over most of the past century, researchers have been trying to determine whether there's any link between religion and intelligence. The studies haven't all come to the same conclusion, but a group of researchers led from the University of Rochester decided to look at a large number of them …

In regenerative medicine breakthrough, lab-grown human heart tissue beats on its own

Progress in regenerative medicine has been coming fast and furious in recent months: scientists are now using far-out tissue engineering techniques to restore liver function in mice, regrow human muscle, and even implant bioengineered blood vessels into ailing patients. Now, a team at the …

The Simplest Periodic Table We've Ever Seen

No numbers, just dots<p>In this beautiful, easy-to-read periodic table, created by London-based graphic designer Alison Haigh, each element is represented by a visualization of its electronic structure, rather than by numbers and letters.<p>The dots each represent electrons—so, hydrogen, which has an …

Could There Be A Planet Hidden On The Opposite Side Of Our Sun?

We ask a scientist who has peered around it.<p>The sun might seem like a pretty huge galactic blind spot, but we've already managed to glimpse behind it, and there's nothing there in the way of another Earth, says NASA scientist Michael Kaiser, "unless it's <i>awfully</i> tiny."<p>Kaiser is the project scientist …

Why acupuncture is giving sceptics the needle

You can't get crystal healing on the NHS. The Department of Health doesn't fund faith healing. And most doctors believe magnets are best stuck on …

Medical school dark side: The third year makes students less empathetic.

Next month, your future doctor will take the first steps into clinical medicine. I am not talking about the first day of internship (though that also …