Daphne Pontier

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Human brain reacts to emoticons as real faces

Just a few decades after they were invented, emoticons have become an indispensable part of online communication - so much so that the human brain now reacts to them in the same way as a real face<p>Emoticons such as :-) have become so important to how we communicate online that they are changing the …

'Lung In A Box' Keeps Organs Breathing Before Transplants

An experimental device keeps a lung warm, breathing and nourished while outside the body. Credit:MediCommConsultants/YouTube.com<p>Doctors at the University of California, Los Angeles, explain how the "heart in a box" machine works.<p>When doctors rush a lung to a hospital for a transplant, the precious …

Injected virus protects mice from HIV

A technique to deliver HIV-fighting antibodies to mice has proven effective against a strain of HIV found in the real world.<p>The findings, available …

Immunotherapy

Scientists find gene linking brain's grey matter to intelligence

LONDON (Reuters) - Researchers have found a gene linking intelligence to the thickness of so-called “grey matter” in the brain, and say their discovery could help scientists understand how and why some people have learning difficulties.<p>An international team of scientists analyzed DNA samples and …

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 …

Weirder artists make 'better' art, study shows

Scientists in Europe may have found a way for struggling artists to gain more respect: act weird. In a study published last month, researchers from the UK found that people tend to hold a higher opinion of a piece of art if the artist behind it is perceived to be eccentric, suggesting that at least …

Watch A Crow Solve A Complex Puzzle

How smart are crows? They are so smart!<p>Crows are smarter than great apes and about on par with a 5-year-old child. We know they (and similar birds) can already complete complicated tasks, like putting a stick through a tube to finagle out food. But in this BBC video, the crow, after thinking it …

I had the bacteria in my gut analysed. And this may be the future of medicine

We are all familiar with "gut feelings", "gut reactions" and "gut instincts", but how much do we really know or care about our guts? As we become increasingly more aware of what we put in our stomachs, it's striking how ignorant we remain of what takes place in our intestines. And it turns out …