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Homo naledi: Scientists just discovered something amazing about our early human relatives

In 2013, two recreational cavers accidentally stumbled upon pieces of human history while exploring the Rising Star cave system at the Cradle of …

We Finally Know How Naked Mole Rats Survive Without Oxygen, And It's Really Freaking Weird

They start to metabolise like plants.<p>Naked mole rats (<i>Heterocephalus glaber</i>) have never been the most conventional mammal - the scrotum-looking …

The FDA Has Huge News For At-Home Genetic Tests

At-home genetics tests are about to get a lot more specific than just reporting where your ancestors are from. <i>The New York Times</i> reports that the FDA …

Japan's Scientists Believe They'll Be the First to Reach Earth's Mantle

Once again, scientists are looking inward to explore the next frontier. Researchers at Japan’s Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology …

Scientists discover the 'beautiful' secret of how memories are made

Scientists have discovered the secret of how memories are made - the brain makes two copies of every event, in a discovery they described as “beautiful”.<p>Researchers said even they were surprised when they realised the secret of how recollections are created and stored.<p>They found that the brain …

Octopus And Squid Evolution Is Officially Weirder Than We Could Have Ever Imagined

They edit their own genes!<p>Just when we thought octopuses couldn't be any weirder, it turns out that they and their cephalopod brethren evolve …

Rules of memory 'beautifully' rewritten

<b>What really happens when we make and store memories has been unravelled in a discovery that surprised even the scientists who made it.</b><p>The US and Japanese team found that the brain "doubles up" by simultaneously making two memories of events.<p>One is for the here-and-now and the other for a lifetime, …

The Brain

A Planet With Brains? The Peril And Potential Of Self-Aware Geological Change

Recent years have seen a vigorous debate over whether or not we have entered a new epoch of geologic time, the "Anthropocene," characterized by humanity as a new geologic force.<p>Much of this has centered over when this age began. Three candidates for this include: an "Early Anthropocene" many …

Physicists Think These Could Be the Weirdest Objects in the Universe

"Strange stars" could theoretically exist forever, though we've never spotted one.<p>When an incredibly massive star supernovas, it leaves behind one of two things: a neutron star or a black hole. Neutron stars are the leftover cores of massive stars after they have ejected all their other material. …

The Virus With Spider DNA

How did part of a black-widow venom gene end up in a virus that infects one of the world's most successful bacteria?<p>If you pick a random species of insect and look inside its cells, there’s a 40 percent chance that you’ll find bacteria called <i>Wolbachia</i>. And if you look at <i>Wolbachia</i> carefully, you’ll …

Biology

New test reveals risk of Alzheimer’s disease in just three hours

A cheap blood test which can identify people who are at high risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease in just three hours, has been developed by scientists.<p>People carrying the APOE4 genetic mutation are up to 12 times more likely to develop dementia in later life, making them ideal candidates for …

House Passes Most Significant Mental Health Reform Bill in Decades

Last week, the House of Representatives almost unanimously passed one of the most significant bills targeting mental health reform since 1963, but mental health advocates say this notable victory is only the tip of the iceberg.<p>The Helping Families in Mental Health Crisis Act that passed in the …

Scientists Stored These Images in DNA—Then Flawlessly Retrieved Them

Who needs memory cards when you have DNA? A team of scientists has been able to store images within the life-defining molecules then retrieve them …

Archaeologists just uncovered $17 billion in sunken treasure, but that's not what they're excited about

However, as the San Jose was sailing off of the coast of Colombia, a British warship caught up with her and sent the ship, her vast treasure and the majority of her 600 crew to the bottom of the sea.<p>The actual location of the wreck has remained a mystery until now. On December 4, Colombian …

Archaeology

Taurine-like chemical restores cognitive function in mice with Alzheimer's

Tests show compound, similar to that found in energy drinks, clears amyloid beta plaques, which build up in the brain in early stages of Alzheimer’s<p>Scientists have discovered a chemical that destroys toxic plaques which build up in the brain in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.<p>Preliminary …

Apocalypse Pig: The Last Antibiotic Begins to Fail

I mentioned on Monday that this past week was intended by the CDC, WHO and other health authorities to be a global awareness week for antibiotic resistance. Alarming news that came out of China at the end of the week certainly created new awareness of resistance, but possibly not what the …

8 Stunning Natural Rock Formations And The Legends That Make Them Sacred

These are places where people have experienced the divine.<p>Majestic and unusual rock formations have long evoked strong feelings of awe and wonder. As a result, these strange and beautiful natural structures were often weaved into ancient communities' sacred stories.<p>According to professor Paul S.C. …

Aboriginal Australians

We’ve been overlooking an effective treatment for a major mental disorder

But a landmark new study finds that a treatment combining talk therapy and low-dose medication is more effective than traditional medication-only treatment.<p>People who suffer from schizophrenia, a disorder that affects more than 2 million Americans may hear voices or have paranoid delusions that …

Depression

Dormant viruses may cause motor neuron disease when awoken

Human endogenous retroviruses may cause or contribute to some forms of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis<p>Sleeping viruses that lurk inside the human genome may “reawaken” and contribute to the development of motor neuron disease, according to new research published today in the journal <i>Science</i> …

Mutations

Why Many Mental Health Patients End CBT Early

It is well known among psychiatrists and researchers that many mental health patients — more than half, according to some studies — end their …

Frozen giant virus still infectious after 30,000 years

It's 30,000 years old and still ticking: A giant virus recently discovered deep in the Siberian permafrost reveals that huge ancient viruses are much more diverse than scientists had ever known.<p>They're also potentially infectious if thawed from their Siberian deep freeze, though they pose no danger …

Here's the disturbing impact that space has on the human body and mind

The mission saw a cosmonaut clock up more days in space than any other human being, the launch of the most audacious twin study in the history of science, and astronauts eating lettuce grown in space for the first time.<p>The crew have taught us plenty about how to survive beyond our own planet - …

Space Science

New Pluto photos leave NASA scientists 'reeling'

Pluto baffled scientists, again.<p>New high-res photos of the dwarf planet show a terrain that NASA scientists didn't expect to find. Possible dunes, nitrogen ice flows, mountainous regions, plains and networked valleys show a surprisingly diverse geological history — the complexity resembles Mars …

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Aztec human skull rack unearthed at ancient temple in Mexico City

Archeologists have found the main trophy rack of sacrificed human skulls at Mexico City's Templo Mayor Aztec ruin site, scientists said …

Can You Really Go Back in Time by Breaking the Speed of Light? - The Nature of Reality — The Nature of Reality | PBS

Nothing can travel faster than the speed of light. But if it <i>could</i>, the conventional wisdom goes, it would travel back in time. Is the conventional …

People with these rare brain disorders have a disturbingly skewed perception of reality

These are just a few of the strange brain disorders that have plagued a rare set of people over the years. Oliver Sacks' classic book "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" introduced us to some of the strangest brain disorders people suffer from, but that's only the tip of the iceberg.<p>Here are a …

Creative Commons

Working as a mental health nurse in today's NHS drained me of compassion

I found myself sighing when my patient rang me to say she was planning to kill herself. This is not the type of nurse I want to be<p>Have you ever been spat at in a day’s work? I have. Have you ever been mooned at in a day’s work? No? Well, you’re obviously not a mental health nurse. In 1997 this was …