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This scientific quest to find “missing” memories is changing the way we think about the brain

A new experiment finds you don’t need to activate neurons to store memories.<p>Neuroscientist Nathan Rose and his colleagues at the University of Wisconsin recently lost track of a memory.<p>I mean that literally. One minute, they saw a trace of a memory “light up” in an fMRI scan. In the next minute it …

Scientists have evolved a remarkable new form of life that can bond silicon to carbon

You're probably already familiar with a few products products that use carbon-silicon, or organosilicon: glues, caulks, and pesticides, to name a few.<p>But the new biological trick, which was forcefully evolved in bacteria, is safer and 15 times more efficient than synthetic, industrial chemistry at …

Astronomers have found 'intriguing' shadows in new photos of alien solar systems

The scientists were even able to see "intriguing" shadows cast by clouds of gas and dust in two of the images.<p>The photos could help pop more pieces into the longstanding puzzle of how Earth came to exist.<p>Ask an astronomer how planets form, and she'll say parts of a giant wheel of gas and dust …

How 'Psychobiotics' Use Gut Bacteria To Treat Mental Illness

Targeting the gut could create a new class of psychiatric treatments.<p>Researchers have long known that the bacteria living in your gut can “talk” to your brain. Gut microbes, which collectively make up what’s called the gut microbiome, can have a significant impact on mood and cognition ― leading …

4 Weeks to Health and Fitness for Yo-Yo Exercisers

Do you want to lose weight? Most of us would probably say, "Yes, I'd love to lose weight." When you embark on that kind of goal, you probably spend a …

A professor is working with NASA to 3D print houses on the moon — here’s his plan

We're not too far off from living in space.<p>In fact, NASA astrobiologist Chris McKay gathered some of the greatest scientists in 2014 to discuss setting up a small base on the moon— something he reasoned is entirely doable by 2020. Why the moon? Because it would provide a blue print for what we …

Scientists just confirmed there's a second layer of information hidden in our DNA

That's something biologists have known for years, and they've even been able to figure out some of the proteins responsible for folding up DNA. But now a group of physicists have been able to demonstrate for the first time through simulations how this hidden information controls our evolution.<p>Let's …

How To Harness The Brain Chemical That Makes You Trust Someone

Brain scientists still don’t understand why these simple behaviors release trust-inspiring oxytocin. But they know how.<p>Next time you’re having a fight with your partner try this: Reach out and touch them. Place your hand gently on their knee or their hand. Now, if the fight has escalated to …

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10 Foods That Fill You Up While You Trim Down

1 of 11<p>Brian Klutch<p>Fiber: The Secret Ingredient<p>Losing weight doesn’t have to mean hunger pangs and feeling half-dead at your desk all day. The trick …

Cosmic Eye: Video by Perth astrophysicist Danail Obreschkow goes viral

A Perth astrophysicist says he is surprised but delighted to find a video he made four years ago has suddenly gone viral online, clocking up 36 …

Faster Than Light! Incredible Illusion Makes Images 'Time Travel'

Using a weird phenomenon in which particles of light seem to travel at faster-than-light speeds, scientists have shown that waves of light can seem …

How we could build an invisibility cloak to hide the Earth from an alien civilization

It sounds more like a question posed in an episode of "Star Trek" than in academic discourse, but sometimes the bleeding edge of science blurs with themes found in science fiction.<p>Of course we've been leaking our own position to distant stars via radio and television signals for six decades now, …

New 'Time Slice' Theory Suggests You're Not as Conscious as You Think You Are

Our conscious perception of the world feels like a continuous and uninterrupted flow, but a new study suggests that it’s actually more like the …

Consciousness

Controversial Illustrations By Polish Artist Reveal The Darker Side Of Modern Society

Polish illustrator, artist, and co-owner of Morski Studio Graficzne Igor Morski creates surreal images imbued with hidden meaning. He graduated with …

The peculiar behavior of this group of supermassive black holes could shed light on the formation of the universe

Using the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT) in India, the researchers discovered a group of supermassive black holes occupying the centers of ancient galaxies — and they're all spitting out their jets in the same direction.<p>Their findings are detailed in a study published recently in the …

6 Delicious Ways to Eat 2 Breakfasts Without Gaining Weight

Yum x2. (And your scale will never know.)<p>If you want to benefit from breakfast but can't stomach food first thing in the morning, need to fuel up before and refuel after morning workouts, or wake up criminally early and want to keep your energy levels up until a reasonable lunch hour, it could be …

Breakfast

Nearby Supernova Explosions May Have Affected Human Evolution

The closest supernovas to Earth may have blasted the planet with enough radiation to influence human evolution, researchers say.<p>Supernovas are the …

A monster black hole was found in an unexpected part of the universe

Astronomers have found a supermassive black hole at the center of a galaxy in a "sparsely populated" area of the universe, NASA announced yesterday. The finding is important because black holes that size were believed to exist only at the core of very large galaxy clusters. The newly found black …

Playful Still Lifes Inspired by Warhol and Pop Culture

Mexico City-based photographer Paul Fuentes has long found influence in the work of Andy Warhol, bringing the tenets of Pop Art—irony, kitsch, and …

Art

Alien Implants

Other then actual alien bodies or their space ships (UFOs), which if are on Earth get acquired quite quickly by the Government, Alien implants are …

Viva vagus: Wandering nerve could lead to range of therapies

With outposts in nearly every organ and a direct line into the brain stem, the vagus nerve is the nervous system’s superhighway. About 80 percent of …

Neurology

Get a Bangin' Booty and Crush Back Pain with One Move

This exercise double-teams your body in the best way.<p><i>Check out Women's Health's FitGIF Friday every week for fun and challenging new moves to make your sweat sesh really count. Here's this week's exercise:</i><p><b>Marching glute bridge:</b> Not only do strong glutes look amazing, but they also help power your …

Back Pain

Earth - What is the real reason we sleep?

There are a few things we literally cannot live without. Oxygen is one. Another is food and water. And then there is sleep: forcibly keep an animal awake for long enough and you will kill it. The same almost certainly applies to humans.<p>This fact alone tells us that sleep must be doing something …

Sleep

For first time, scientists use CRISPR-Cas9 to target RNA in live cells

The genetic code stored in DNA determines everything from the color of our eyes to our susceptibility to disease. This has motivated scientists to …

Gravitational waves explained

A century after Albert Einstein rewrote our understanding of space and time, physicists have confirmed one of the most elusive predictions of his …

Yoga for Back Pain: 14 Poses That Heal

Hailey Wist<p>Yoga for Back Pain: Static Back<p>This pose uses gravity to put your hip and trunk on the same plane, which helps your lower back. Lie down …

Audio Recordings Document 'Weird Music' Heard By Apollo Astronauts On Far Side Of Moon

"If you’re behind the moon and hear some weird noise on your radio, and you know you’re blocked from the Earth, then what could you possibly think?"<p>The crew of an Apollo mission to the moon were so startled when they encountered strange music-like noises coming through their headsets, they didn't …

5 reasons why you should care about the discovery of gravitational waves

A big press conference was held, and physicists around the world celebrated.<p>The discovery was even compared to Galileo looking through a telescope for the first time.<p>So why all the fanfare? Why are gravitational waves such a huge deal?