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Corpus callosum: Function and disorders

The corpus callosum connects the left side of the brain to the right side, each side being known as a hemisphere. The connection allows information …

A New Study Reveals That The Zika Virus May Also Attack Adult Brain Cells

Though most advisory information pertaining to the Zika outbreak has focused on pregnant women, a new study (published Thursday in the <i>Cell Stem Cell</i> journal) showed the virus may also compromise adult brain cells essential for learning and memory.<p>According to Joseph Gleeson, one of the co-authors …

Public Health

The Science Behind the Ketogenic Diet

When you eat, your body automatically stores part of your meal as fat so it can be released later for energy in times when you’re not eating. When …

A Neuroscientist Explains How He Found Out Meth Is Almost Identical to Adderall

A Columbia University psychiatry professor talks about what he's learned from trying the drug himself and studying it over the years.<p><i>This piece was published in partnership with The Influence.</i><p>The long subway ride from DC's airport to Silver Spring was unusually pleasant. It had been about an hour …

Cancer’s genetic tipping point reveals who’d benefit from chemo

Mutate, but not too much. Unstable genomes and genetic variation are crucial for a cancer to evolve into a killer, but go too far, and it can become …

Cancer

Is It Worth It To Study Computer Science?

Today a kid in college told me he was debating whether to major in CS or not. How would you settle that debate?<p>Airplane friends! I love making …

Computer Science

An Eight-Year-Old Wrote The Cutest Letter Telling The Hawks Coach How To Stop LeBron

The NBA claims it has the best fans in sports. It definitely has the most adorable ones. Thanks to a letter found on imgur, we now know the secret to beating the Cleveland Cavaliers. The holder of this secret is an eight-year-old boy and Atlanta Hawks fan, Eli. The letter in the picture above reads …

Former MLB All-Star Lenny Dykstra Claims He Blackmailed Umpires

"Fear does a lot to a man."<p>Lenny Dykstra, a three-time Major League Baseball All-Star who played for the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, claimed on Tuesday that he blackmailed umpires to get favorable calls during his at-bats.<p>The 1993 runner-up for National League MVP told Colin Cowherd on …

16 luxurious train trips that will make you not want to travel any other way

As Mark Smith, a British travel writer, told the Herald Sun, "A great train ride is that triple combination of the scenery outside the train, the experience inside the train and the people you meet and things that happen on that specific trip which make it memorable."<p>These 16 train journeys will …

Trains

Teeming ants act like both a liquid and a solid

Ants are actually liquid-like and solid-like at the same time, according to new research.<p>These properties could explain the remarkable ability of …

Stallworth: Brady paid practice squad players if they intercepted him

Donte Stallworth claims Tom Brady is essentially the anti-Tannehill.<p>Tom Brady is apparently the exact opposite of Ryan Tannehill.<p>On Monday, after Joe …

Scientists scan the brain to see how stress undermines your diet

If you're trying to lose weight, kick off your diet by relaxing. Stress tinkers with your brain chemistry in ways that make it hard to make healthful food choices and maintain self-control, a new study finds.<p>Study volunteers who endured a somewhat stressful experience were 24% more likely to choose …

23 Short Stories You'll Want To Read Over And Over Again

And again and again.

Books

Infrared images reveal the unseen

<b>A photograph is always a simplified representation of a complex world, but Ed Thompson's latest work, The Unseen, takes this a step further. By recording the infrared spectrum he creates images that transform the world around us, forcing the viewer to search for visual clues to anchor the image in</b> …

Syria crisis: A brush with the brutal world of child refugees

<b>On a street in East Beirut, two small boys sit on the pavement, their heads between their knees, arms wrapped around their legs.</b><p>Around them, groups of people, laughing and raucous, spill out from the many bars, taking no notice of the now-common sight of Syrian child beggars.<p>Passing the two boys, I …

A Typing Test To Diagnose Parkinson’s

It’s all in the timing<p>Whether it’s on a keyboard, a smartphone, or even a credit card reader, you spend a lot of your day typing. Well, researchers at MIT noticed the value of this daily habit, and are putting it to a secondary use; they've developed software that can gauge the speed at which a …

Why Babies Love (And Learn From) Magic Tricks

To survive, we humans need to be able to do a handful of things: breathe, of course. And drink and eat. Those are obvious.<p>We're going to focus now on a less obvious — but no less vital — human function: learning. Because new research out today in the journal <i>Science</i> sheds light on the very building …

Johns Hopkins University

Microsoft's Bill Gates insists AI is a threat

<b>Humans should be worried about the threat posed by artificial Intelligence, Bill Gates has said.</b><p>The Microsoft founder said he didn't understand people who were not troubled by the possibility that AI could grow too strong for people to control.<p>Mr Gates contradicted one of Microsoft Research's …

Democracy v Psychology: why people keep electing idiots | Dean Burnett

Photograph: Philip Toscano/PA<p>Politicians always try to appear confident, like Prime Minister David Cameron, pictured here confidently exaggerating the size of his... stimulus …

George W. Bush

What’s the most we can remember?

People with extraordinary memory talents suggest that your mind may be capable of retaining more than you think, says Adam Hadhazy.<p>Unlike digital cameras with full memory cards that cannot snap any more pictures, our brains never seem to run out of room. Yet it defies logic that one adult human …

Why we gamble like monkeys

We often make stupid choices when gambling, says Tom Stafford, but if you look at how monkeys act in the same situation, maybe there’s good reason.<p>When we gamble, something odd and seemingly irrational happens.<p>It's called the 'hot hand' fallacy – a belief that your luck comes in streaks – and it …

How to survive a disaster

In a catastrophic event, most people fail to do the one thing that would save their life, says Michael Bond.<p>At seven o’clock in the evening of 27 September 1994, the cruise ferry MS Estonia left Tallin with 989 people on board, heading for Stockholm through the Baltic Sea. It never got there. Six …

Shaun White's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Major bummer alert, America: Shaun White will leave the Sochi Olympics without a gold medal.<p>The two-time gold medalist and high-flying American …

The Best Secret Garden in Barcelona

Twenty four years ago, Spanish artist and animator Javier Mariscal discovered an abandoned leather factory on Barcelona’s rundown east side. The …

Palo Alto

Family life: My sister's diagnosis, Chas & Dave and Mum's All-Bran loaf

Snapshot<b>:</b> The day of my sister's diagnosis<p>The camera couldn't see the pain. But I did. As soon as my father walked through the front door with my sister, I knew. I could sense that the news wasn't good, but I never imagined it would be so bad.<p>On that sweltering hot day in August 1978, I was …

Films That Flip: A Conversation with Nebraska Director Alexander Payne

Inside Flipboard / November 15, 2013<p><i>Any time director Alexander Payne picks up a screenplay, he says he prays it’ll be The One. But rarely were his</i> …

APOD: Surprising Comet ISON (2013 Nov 30) Image Credit: NASA, ESA, SOHO Video Editing: Babak Tafreshi (TWAN) http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap131130.html http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=361Nq0VIqo8 http://vimeo.com/80568171 Explanation: After failing to appear for Sun staring spacecraft at perihelion, its harrowing closest approach to the Sun, sungrazing Comet ISON was presumed lost. But ISON surprised observers yesterday as material still traveling along the comet's trajectory became visible and even developed an extensive fan-shaped dust tail. Edited and processed to HD format, this video (vimeo, youtube) is composed of frames from the SOHO spacecraft's coronographs. It follows the comet in view of the wide (blue tint) and narrow (red tint) field cameras in the hours both before and after perihelion passage. In both fields, overwhelming sunlight is blocked by a central occulting disk. A white circle indicates the Sun's positon and scale. With questions to be answered and the tantalizing possibility that a small cometary nucleus has survived in whole or part, surprising comet ISON will be rising before dawn in planet Earth's skies in the coming days. http://twanight.org/tafreshi Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=131130 #APOD