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The human brain may be nature’s finest computer, but artificial intelligences fed on big data are making a convincing challenge for the crown. In the …Medicine
Carbon nanotubes help you decide when it's better to stick with your veggies
Foul smells are generally good indications of food gone bad, and now MIT chemists have developed a new sensor that does all that nasty smelling work for you. The portable and inexpensive device detects gases from meat, …Carbon Nanotubes
I would love to be happier, as I’m sure most people would, so I thought it would be interesting to find some ways to become a happier person that are …Psychology
Utrecht University in the Netherlands found that odours produced by our bodies can communicate happiness to others
It is said that happiness is contagious and now scientists believe they may know why.
For the first time researchers have found that humans can pick up whether a person is feeling joyful …Scientific Research
Imperial College scientists are developing a gene therapy designed to boost immune cells
A protein which ‘turbo-charges’ the immune system so that it can fight off any cancer or virus has been discovered by scientists.
In a breakthrough described as a ‘game-changer’ for cancer treatment, researchers …Cancer
Are you currently holding a grudge against someone? Is someone holding a grudge against you? This blog post offers scientific reasons and some basic …Psychology
Air pollution has been linked to a dangerous narrowing of neck arteries that occurs prior to strokes, according to researchers at NYU Langone Medical …
A startup called Thync will sell electrodes that you put on your head to improve your mood. The results may vary to a surprising degree.I’m working …Electrodes
The fact that you can now use your smartphone to unlock your front door, turn on the lights, adjust your thermostat, and set your DVR is all thanks to the unprecedented levels of connectivity emerging in what’s generally called the Internet of Things. Not only are we connected to the internet, but …
Not so long ago, nearly every encounter with a doctor started with a receptionist waving a clipboard and asking me to take a seat. When I got into my doctor’s office, we‘d discuss the results from the blood test I’d taken the week before, my history and what I remembered to tell him. He’d write …
Scientists are teaming up to use satellite data to target deadly parasites to help predict patterns of parasitic diseases such as malaria, worms and …Parasites
The team behind a portable eye examination kit that uses smartphones is crowdfunding to raise funds for its new innovation.
Peek Retina is a smartphone camera adapter engineered at the University of Strathclyde and NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
Peek's apps and adapter tackle avoidable blindness by …
When we dream, does time pass at a different pace? David Robson investigates.
When my alarm wakes me up, I’ll often hit the snooze button before returning to the warmth and safety of my duvet for another quick doze. But although what follows can seem like a short dream – perhaps a single …
Practice Fusion, a fast-growing provider of free electronic health records, threw a brilliant pitch at me. Would I like to pose a question to their doctors? More than 112,000 medical professionals use Practice Fusion’s cloud-based software, and every week the company taps into its community of …
The brain has a weak spot for Alzheimer's disease and schizophrenia, according to UK scientists who have pinpointed the region using scans.
The brain area involved develops late in adolescence and degenerates early during ageing.
At the moment, it is difficult for doctors to predict which people …The Brain
Can public health experts tell that an infectious disease outbreak is imminent simply by looking at what people are searching for on Wikipedia? Yes, at least in some cases.
Researchers from Los Alamos National Laboratory were able to make extremely accurate forecasts about the spread of dengue fever …Wikipedia
Swiss researchers have developed a way to "switch on" specific genes using the power of the mind.
Their system uses human brainwaves to turn on an infrared light that then activates a gene to start making a protein in specially engineered cells.
The scientists believe the futuristic technology could …
Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley have invented a brain decoder device that’s able to work out what you’re thinking based on …The Brain
Google is aiming to diagnose cancers, impending heart attacks or strokes and other diseases, at a much earlier stage than is currently possible.
The company is working on technology that combines disease-detecting nanoparticles, which would enter a patient's bloodstream via a swallowed pill, with a …Google
Scientists say they have identified the underlying reason why some people are prone to the winter blues, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
People with Sad have an unhelpful way of controlling the "happy" brain signalling compound serotonin during winter months, brain scans reveal.
As the nights …
Until as recently as 1987, British coal pits employed caged canaries as sentinels that alerted miners to the presence of poisonous gases. Being more sensitive to them than we are, the birds would get distressed before the gases reached levels that are dangerous to humans, giving the miners time to …Open Access
Getty ImagesWhat’s the opposite of a brain freeze? There should be a word for that, because hot weather messes with your mind’s ability to process …The Brain
In 2010, air pollution contributed to 1.2 million deaths and 2013 looks like it could be even worse.
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More than 1 million people are dying prematurely every year from air pollution in China, according to a new analysis.
"This is the highest toll in the world and it really reflects the very high levels of air pollution that exist in China today," says Robert O'Keefe of the Health Effects Institute in …
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Measuring people's sense of smell in later life could help doctors predict how likely they are to be alive in five years' time, a PLOS One study suggests.
A survey of 3,000 adults found 39% with the poorest sense of smell were dead within five years - compared to just 10% who identified odours …
Brazilian researchers in Rio de Janeiro have released thousands of mosquitoes infected with bacteria that suppress dengue fever.
The hope is they will multiply, breed and become the majority of mosquitoes, thus reducing cases of the disease.
The initiative is part of a programme also taking place in …
Going up several skirt sizes in midlife could be a warning sign of increased cancer risk, research suggests.
Women who went up a skirt size every decade after their mid-20s had a 33% greater risk of breast cancer after the menopause, say researchers at University College London.
Watching your skirt …