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Confucius’ Top 7 Tips for a Happy Life

<i>“It is better to play than do nothing.”</i><i>“Men’s natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them.”</i><i>“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never</i> …

Prevent Alzheimer’s by vaccinating at 40, scientist suggests

A vaccine could wipe out plaques that stop the brain from signalling if given before the onset of the disease, experts say<p>Alzheimer’s Disease could be prevented by vaccinating people as young as 40, decades before any symptoms emerge, it has been suggested.<p>James Nicoll, professor of neuropathology …

These neurons order stem cells to crank out new neurons

Is it possible that your brain can repair itself from within? The discovery of a new type of neuron that tells stem cells to make new neurons opens …

Neuroscience

If violence is in your genes, should courts be more lenient?

A debate is raging, but that hasn't stopped lawyers from using genetic evidence in criminal trials<p>In 2009, an Italian court reduced a murderer's sentence by one year because doctors had identified a gene in the defendant's DNA, called MAOA, that had been linked to violent behavior. The ruling was …

The (Psychic?) Dreams of Psychologists

Look, I blame myself. I took a few weeks off from writing Unpopular Science posts because I was traveling and then deathly ill (I couldn't talk, which for me is a kind of death). And what happens? Rick Dyer admits he didn't murder Bigfoot, a Texas couple shot a chupacabra, and Jesus appeared on a …

Biologists discover a key regulator in the pacemakers of our brain and heart

Biologists have discovered how an outer shield over T-type channels change the electrochemical signaling of heart and brain cells. Understanding how …