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April 2014

How the Brain Creates Personality: A New Theory

Are you a mover, a perceiver, a stimulator, or an adapter? Modes of thinking can be understood in terms of how the top and bottom—rather than right and left—parts of the brain interact.<p>It is possible to examine any object—including a brain—at different levels. Take the example of a building. If we …

The Woman Who Can Will Herself Out Of Her Body

The case of the voluntary out-of-body experience.<p>After a class on out-of-body experiences, a psychology graduate student at the University of Ottawa came forward to researchers to say that she could have these voluntarily, usually before sleep. "She appeared surprised that not everyone could …

How to learn like a memory champion

Companies are creating learning aids that tap the science of memories, says David Robson. Do they work in the classroom?<p>For most of his 20s, Ed Cooke had been hovering around the top 10 of the World Memory Championships. His achievements included memorising 2,265 binary digits in 30 minutes and the …

The War on Reason

Scientists and philosophers argue that human beings are little more than puppets of their biochemistry. Here's why they're wrong.<p>Aristotle’s definition of man as a rational animal has recently taken quite a beating.<p>Part of the attack comes from neuroscience. Pretty, multicolored fMRI maps make …

Explainer: How does the wildly popular BBM differ from regular text messaging?

How Blackberry Messenger Works<p><i>Scroll below the image to learn more</i><p>1. Encryption key is stored in the user’s secure mailbox account.<p>2. Blackberry messages don’t have to be short, but short message service text messages (SMS), in the Latin alphabet, max out at 160 characters. For other alphabets, …

Could one cancer test find unrelated tumors?

Researchers looked at 12 major types of cancer and identified 127 repeatedly mutated genes that seem to drive the development and progression of a …

Link between Neanderthals and humans is still missing

The search for a common ancestor that connects modern humans with the Neanderthals who lived in Europe thousands of years ago isn’t over yet, …

Biology's Big Problem: There's Too Much Data to Handle

Twenty years ago, sequencing the human genome was one of the most ambitious science projects ever attempted. Today, compared to the collection of …

Craig Venter: 'This isn't a fantasy look at the future. We are doing the future'

Craig Venter reclines in his chair, puts his feet up on his desk and – gently stroking his milk chocolate-coloured miniature poodle, Darwin, asleep in his arms – shares his vision of the household appliance of the future. It is a box attached to a computer that would receive DNA sequences over the …

A Very Simple Explanation Of The Higgs Boson

François Englert and Peter Higgs just received the Nobel Prize in Physics for laying the groundwork for the discovery of the Higgs boson. But can someone please explain what a Higgs is? Like, really simply.<p>François Englert and Peter Higgs have won this year's Nobel Prize in Physics, as was pretty …

Physics

Human Brain Project: Henry Markram plans to spend €1bn building a perfect model of the human brain

Henry Markram tells how his son's autism fired his ambition to unlock the secrets of consciousness by using 'big data' to trace the electronic signals that zing between neurons<p>In a spartan office looking across Lake Geneva to the French Alps, Henry Markram is searching for a suitably big metaphor …

Major U.S. Company Makes A Breast Cancer Risk Test Using Once-Patented Genes

Just four months after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled genes can't be patented, Myriad Genetics is seeing some competition.<p>Remember when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled genes can't be patented? Well, now we're seeing the consequences. A major U.S. medical testing company—it's America's largest by …

Breast Cancer

Data-driven medicine: understanding the link between genetics and disease

Activities that involve gathering vast quantities of data are often portrayed in a negative light, but Sophie Curtis reveals how 'big data' is also being used to identify the links between genetics and diseases such as cancer, diabetes and obesity.<p>From Google to Facebook and GCHQ to the NSA, every …

Genetics

Science quiz: test your knowledge

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Shortcut lets brain make memories in a flash

Nerve cells have a special “pre-assembly” technique that enables the brain to quickly form memories.<p>The technique speeds up protein production at …

McGill University

Mitochondria can invade cells like body snatchers

Mitochondria are able to orchestrate a cell’s future, according to a study with embryonic mice that identifies potential culprits in the origins of …

Novel brain-monitoring technique lets scientists spy on minds

A small step towards mind reading that starts with math<p>Scientists are now able to study brain activity in the real world with enough precision to know if a subject is thinking about anything related to numbers or quantities. New research out of Stanford University, published this week in <i>Nature</i>, …

Drop an internet in the ocean to detect tsunamis

A deep-sea internet network is expected to improve the way scientists detect tsunamis, monitor pollution, and conduct surveillance.<p>“A submerged …