Elise Ajjoa

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Moo-d Music: Do Cows Really Prefer Slow Jams?

So what do cows consider to be good mood music for milking? Here's what that 2001 study from the University of Leicester found, in no particular order. (Sadly, no word on where the cows fell on Barry White.):<p>When it's time to buckle down and focus, plenty of office workers will put on headphones to …

Deaf Pug Sings Happy Song Whenever His Owner Comes Home

This is loud but cute. From YT:<p><i>Our pug is deaf, so he is not to sure what he is saying so when he gets exited he starts “singing”. He is one old chap</i> …

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How your brain works – video

The size of a small cauliflower, the human brain is the most complex organ in your body. It squeezes out 70,000 thoughts a day. But where does it store information? And how does it generate flights of fancy? Explore the inner workings of your personal ideas factory Continue reading...

At last, a promising alternative to antipsychotics for schizophrenia

Imagine that, after feeling unwell for a while, you visit your GP. "Ah," says the doctor decisively, "what you need is medication X. It's often pretty effective, though there can be side-effects. You may gain weight. Or feel drowsy. And you may develop tremors reminiscent of Parkinson's disease." …

Everything You Need To Know About Uterus Transplants

Most women have probably cursed their pain-inflicting uteruses at least once in their menstrual histories. But an increasing number of women who don’t have them—either because they were born without or had them previously removed—are going to great lengths to obtain new ones. In mid-January, the …

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This App Trains You to See Farther

Twenty-twenty vision? Big deal. UltimEyes could train your brain to see in 20/7.5.<p><b>When a major league baseball pitcher throws</b> a 95-mph fastball, only about 400 milliseconds—the duration of a blink—pass before the ball rockets over the plate. And a batter gets less than half that time to decide …

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How a human lung is kept alive and breathing for a transplant

Lung in a box. Very cool.<p>To extend the time an organ can last before it’s transplanted into a recipient, engineers have developed the Organ Care System — which is essentially a box pumping blood and oxygen to the lung.<p>What’s especially neat about the OCS is that they can actually be used to improve imperfect donor lungs by flushing it with antibiotics and nutrients. Like refurbishing a lung, sort of. Putting donor lungs through the OCS helps increase and improve the number of potential donor …

Athletes slide into slump after signing contract

Researchers have confirmed what sports fans have long noticed: many athletes peak during their contract year only to go into a slump once a new deal …

When neurons grow too many (or too few) branches

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

Supermoon 2014: 'Super Moon' Could Appear Bigger in Sky, or Not

The next supermoon in 2014–which will also be a black moon–is slated for January 30, but astronomy experts warn that even though the moon could …

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 …

Scientists Decode Genome of the Hot Pepper

An international team of scientists have decoded the genome of the hot pepper. The researchers include scientists at the University of California, …

Death Row Inmates' Last Meals Signal Attitudes Towards Sentences

Inmates who haven't made peace with their verdict are likely to decline a final dinner.<p>A recent study from Cornell University gives insight into what those on death row request for their last meal before execution. Over five years, researchers examined what these individuals asked for, along with …

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These 1,500-Year-Old Teeth Prove the Bubonic Plague Isn’t Dead Yet

Researchers studying the teeth of two 1,500-year-old German victims of the Justinian plague have uncovered tiny bits of DNA that link the ancient …

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 …

The changing face of psychology

In 1959, an American researcher named Ted Sterling reported something disturbing. Of 294 articles published across four major psychology journals, 286 had reported positive results – that is, a staggering 97% of published papers were underpinned by statistically significant effects. Where, he …

Scientists discover life after brain death

The brain may live on after what's long been considered brain death. New research from the University of Montreal finds that there's a deeper state of coma beyond what doctors have been considering to be the final line. Traditionally, when an EEG recording — a measurement of electrical activity …

The Shape of Your Head and the Shape of Your Mind

How the archaic study of brain shape and head reading — the origin of terms like “highbrow” and “lowbrow,” “well rounded,” and “shrink” — shaped the modern obsession with the mind. One reason phrenology attracted so many followers was that it seemed to provide the toolbox for the American dream.<p>To …

Why Sugar Makes Us Feel So Good

Last week, I reported that scientists are working their way toward a consensus that sugar is addictive. While some researchers are still hesitant to liken sweet stuff to drugs or alcohol, the evidence is accumulating to explain why some of us really struggle to resist or moderate our sugar intake. …

Video: Female Monkeys Throw Stones To Attract Males

People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. But the tactic works for female capuchin monkeys who want a male's attention.<p>To signal their readiness to mate and get males' attention, some female capuchin monkeys in a Brazilian forest reserve have taken to throwing stones at the objects of …

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8 Seriously Creepy Things Kids Have Said About Their Imaginary Friends

A Reddit user asked people on the social media website to share stories of the creepiest things their kids have ever said. Blogger “Single Dad …

A Decade After Committing Massive Fraud, A Cloning Scientist Is Back To Work

Ten years ago, South Korean geneticist Woo Suk Hwang was caught making up data about cloning human stem cells.<p>Ten years ago, South Korean geneticist Woo Suk Hwang made big news, twice. First, scientists heralded him for creating a population of stem cells from human embryos, which scientists had …

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The NSA Collects 200 Million Random Texts A Day

wtf so random<p>According to a report just released by <i>The Guardian</i>, the National Security Agency has been collecting and storing 200 million text messages a day--at random, according to leaked documents--in the hopes of tracking down undesireables.<p>Sinister PowerPoint? Yes, sinister PowerPoint! This …

7 Classics Every Doctor Should Read

A reminder to think beyond textbooks and journals; to always be a student of the human condition<p>As the odds against future physicians learning everything about the human body have climbed toward absurdity, the need to concentrate on the essentials of medical education has intensified as never …

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The Weirdest and Fiercest Helmets from the Age of Armored Combat

If you're going to go into battle wearing a full suit of metal armor, you'd better do it in style. Here are some of the most amazing (and bizarre) …

Funny Portraits of Dogs Dressed Like Humans

Graphic designer-turned-photographer Sebastian Magnani combines man and his best four-legged friend for a collection of whimsical portraits in his series titled <i>Underdogs</i>. Using the head and fluffy fur of a dog cloaked in human clothing, each portrait that Magnani creates features its own …