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The Truth About How Your Brain Gets Smarter

“What’s your greatest fear?” I asked Bill Gates one night, over Tom Yum Gai.<p>“Easy—not getting smarter.”<p>Bill then laid out his plan to ensure he’d always be surrounded by super smart people.<p>Maybe he didn’t know about myelin.<p><b>The Smarter Secret</b><p>Let’s assume “smarter” means making better choices, …

How Animals Hacked The Rainbow And Got Stumped On Blue

Until about 600 million years ago, seeing colors didn't matter so much to Earth's inhabitants — nobody had eyes.<p>"Before the eye evolved, you just wouldn't have seen what was there," says Andrew Parker, a biologist at London's Natural History Museum who studies the evolution of color.<p>Simple animals …

Brainstorm in a teacup: can epilepsy fuel creativity?

Epilepsy can be very disruptive and debilitating, but can it also spur creativity? If treatments suppress comedic inspiration and this directly affects your job, is it worth it?<p>I’m an epileptic.<p>It’s not how I define myself, but I am writing about epilepsy, so I think pointing out the fact that I am …

Fogbow over Massachusetts

Because of the small size of water droplets in fog, a fogbow might have only very weak colors, or no color at all. Colorless fogbows are sometimes …

Astronomy

U.S. skygazers could get rare glimpse of northern lights

SEATTLE (Reuters) - Stargazers across a wide swath of the United States could get a rare view on Friday of the northern lights, a colorful cosmic display normally only visible in far northern latitudes.<p>Swirls of green and red appear in an aurora over Whitehorse, Yukon on the night of September 3, …

Teen marijuana use linked with schizophrenia - Futurity

Heavy marijuana use as a teenager may cause changes in brain structure that resemble schizophrenia, new research shows.

Cassini Photo: Stunning New Views of Saturn’s Hexagon Storm

Wildlife & Wild Places<p>NASA this week released the highest-resolution view yet of the unique, six-sided jet stream circling Saturn’s north pole—known as “the hexagon.” This movie (click image to run), made from images obtained by Cassini’s imaging cameras, is the first to show the hexagon in color …

CDC issues report on controlling antibiotic resistance

In a comprehensive report on antibiotic-resistant superbugs, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) doesn’t shy away from terms like …

Get Ready For Fall: Restock Your Spices

What are you most looking forward to cooking this autumn? Whether it's a hearty stew, a batch of fall cookies, or a pumpkin pie, chances are you will …

Spices

Nature Wildlife

Common Fall & Winter Birds<p>Whether you’re briskly pacing across Boston Common or gazing out your kitchen window into a snow-covered suburban backyard, …

Why music is good for the heart

Doctors have discovered what music-lovers always guessed – music touches places nothing else can reach, says Ivan Hewett<p>In its onward march, science is always trampling over folk-wisdom. But sometimes a piece of research comes along which shows folk-wisdom might have a point after all. There’s been …

Voyager 1 Leaves Solar System, NASA Confirms

NASA’s far-flung spacecraft passed into interstellar space last year.<p><b>It’s official: Voyager 1 has slipped from the solar system.</b><p><b>Launched in 1977, Voyager 1 traveled past Jupiter and Saturn and is now more than 11.66 billion miles (18.67 billion kilometers) from the sun, becoming the first</b> …

Voyager 1, you are here

Voyager 1 is now officially the first human-made object to venture beyond our solar system. This illustration may help you visualize where Voyager 1 …

Fact: You Carry Around Enough Bacteria To Fill A Large Soup Can

BARF<p>How much bacteria do people carry around?<p>Enough to fill a big soup can. "That's three to five pounds of bacteria," says Lita Proctor, the program coordinator of the National Institutes of Health's Human Microbiome Project, which studies the communities of bacteria living on and in us. The …

Gears evolved in nature long before humans 'invented' them

The gears in the hind legs of an insect called Issus work in a similar way to those of bicycles and car gear-boxes<p>A gear system similar to those used on bicycles has been found in insects, proving that nature developed cogs long before humans.<p>The juvenile Issus – a plant-hopping insect found in …

Our complicated relationship with cats

Cats are brilliant creatures, and there's more psychological research on felines and their owners than you might think<p>It would seem that I've made an unforgivable error. Last week, I wrote about a new study that suggested a possible function for sleep. The research in question was a mouse study, so …

6 Of The Most Important Drug Milestones Of All Time

From arsenic to Prozac to the passage of the Pure Food and Drug Act<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery</i><p><i>In</i> The Drug Book_, author Michael C. Gerald details 250 milestones in the history of drugs, from the introduction of arsenic and Xanax to the passage of the 1906 Pure Food and Drug Act, the first major …

Cell Nucleus

Who’s afraid of the amygdala? Research blows away "fear center" myth

New revelations about your brain’s so-called “fear center” explain why it’s misleading to say “this part of the brain does x”. Maggie Koerth-Baker …

10 Futuristic Movie Gadgets We Wish Were Real

Sci-fi movies are fascinating for either predicting where technology will go or completely (and hysterically) missing the mark.<p>While today's hi-tech gadgets make it seem like nothing is impossible, there are still some things we don't have yet. We get a taste of one of these futuristic achievements …

Robot surgeons will worm into your brain to bust deadly blood clots

Vanderbilt University professors have developed a steerable robotic needle that can perform surgery on parts of the human brain that were previously considered too dangerous for physical intervention. Specifically aimed at relieving the effects of cranial blood clots, which have a 40 percent …

A Cloud Room And Other Amazing Images From This Week

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013 | WIRED

Jan. 19, 2014: Solar X-Flare<p>The largest sunspot group of the solar cycle unleashed a large (X1.2 class) flare just when it was facing right towards …

Newly Discovered Pink Exoplanet on the Lighter Side

Researchers imaged this planet around a sun-like star, but its origins remain a mystery.<p><b>There is a pink exoplanet circling a star very much like our own, 57 light-years away from Earth. But its origins are a mystery.</b><p>In a new study announcing the magenta gas giant, researchers were able to directly …

New immunity-boosting drug helps body kill cancer

A new type of drug that “revs up” the immune system to destroy cancer is being tested on humans for the first time.<p>Scientists at the University of Southampton have developed the treatment in an attempt to tackle cancers, such as those of the pancreas, head and neck, that are particularly hard to …

Brazilian scientists to test AIDS 'vaccine' on monkeys

Brazilian scientists have developed an HIV vaccine and plan to begin testing on monkeys later this year, a sponsor institution has said.<p>Known as the HIVBr18, the vaccine against the virus that causes AIDS was developed and patented by a team from the Medicine Faculty of the University of Sao Paulo, …

Amoeba farms bacteria for food and weapons - Futurity

WASHINGTON U. – ST. LOUIS (US) — There are new details about how the world’s …