Melanie Wade

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An upside down rainbow?

Circumzenithal arcs have been described as an “upside down rainbow” or “a grin in the sky.” They’re wonderful! See photos here.<p>People who look up a …

Astronomy

Can meditation help prevent the effects of ageing?

Can meditation really slow down the effects of age? One Nobel Prize-winner is finding the scientific in the spiritual, writes Jo Marchant.<p>It’s seven in the morning on the beach in Santa Monica, California. The low sun glints off the waves and the clouds are still golden from the dawn. The view …

University of London

Cocoa extract may counter specific mechanisms of Alzheimer's disease

June 23) A specific preparation of cocoa-extract called Lavado may reduce damage to nerve pathways seen in Alzheimer's disease patients' brains long …

Nasa’s out-of-this-world plan to rescue a Space Shuttle

A retired Nasa engineer reveals details of a daring plan that could have been used to rescue a shuttle crew facing certain death stranded in orbit.<p>The fate of the seven members of STS-107’s crew was sealed within 90 seconds of launch. As Space Shuttle Columbia rose through the perfect clear sky …

Space Exploration

Exercise or bust? Breasts and physical activity

A recent study made the news for seemingly showing that large breasts stop women exercising. Despite the limitations of the study, breasts can have a considerable impact on exercise habits, but this doesn't need to be something that stops you<p>As a research scientist, I endeavour to make an impact on …

Earth will bombard Mars with videos, photos, and messages in 2017

Students at MIT and other universities are building a time capsule that they hope will soon contain messages, photos, audio clips, and videos gathered by tens of millions of people across the world. But this won't be just any other time capsule, because this one is destined for Mars.<p>The digital …

Schizophrenia-marijuana study flips the reefer madness equation

Does marijuana smoking cause psychosis? Or could psychosis drive pot smoking?<p>If you believe the panned and parodied 1936 film "Reefer Madness," smoking weed will make one crazy and drive you to a life of crime.<p>Medical science has taken the question seriously, however, and found a strong link …

How To Predict A Lifetime Of Diseases

A new data-mining project analyzes Danish health records to chart the trajectory of diseases throughout a life.<p>Doctors have long suspected that those who have heart disease also tend to get gout. Knowing correlations like this is important for predicting and preparing for what will happen to …

Scientists cast light on the brain's social cells

Picture yourself hovering over an alien city with billions of blinking lights of thousands of types, with the task of figuring out which ones are …

Altered Microbial Enzyme Eats Up Cocaine, Could Treat Addiction

By tinkering with the enzyme's structure, researchers have improved its stability and ability to break down cocaine.<p>Bacteria that live in the soil near coca plants make an enzyme called cocaine esterase, which rapidly breaks down the drug. The enzyme could theoretically be useful to destroy cocaine …

Neuroscience: The man who saw time stand still

One day, a man saw time itself stop, and as David Robson discovers, unpicking what happened is revealing that we can all experience temporal trickery too.<p>It started as a headache, but soon became much stranger. Simon Baker entered the bathroom to see if a warm shower could ease his pain. “I looked …

The Brain

Space tourism company flies a balloon 20 miles above Earth

Arizona company World View announces successful test mission in its plans to float people high enough to see the planet's curve<p>An Arizona company says it has successfully completed the first small-scale test flight of a high-altitude balloon and capsule being developed to let tourists float 20 …

'Highly tuned' people react strongly to happy faces - Futurity

How your brain responds to happy and sad faces could be an indicator of how innately empathic you are.

Psychology

Fly-through brain images could unravel how we think - Futurity

Scientists have improved on a new imaging technology that provides spectacular fly-through views of the inner workings of the brain.

Dead parrot: Spix’s macaw, the world’s rarest bird

As Brazil 2014 gathers momentum, spare a thought for the sapphire-tinted Spix’s macaw, a Brazilian endemic, now extinct in the wild and often referred to as the world’s rarest bird<p>Name: Spix’s macaw<br>Species: <i>Cyanopsitta spixii</i><br>Dates: ?-1819<br>Claim to fame: The first ever Spix’s macaw, the world’s rarest …

What the Synapses in Your Brain Actually Look Like

Without synapses, your neurons wouldn't be able to communicate and your brain would be little more than a ball of meat. Exactly what synapses look …

Neuroscience

A New Idea For Colonizing Space: Send Our DNA, Assemble Ourselves Once We Get There

I mean, it’s just too hard to send actual humans, right?<p>It’s difficult to send people far into space. Why not send bacteria instead? That’s the simple foundation behind one decidedly out-there idea for sending humans to live on other planets in the future.<p>“Our best bet for space exploration could …

NASA's dazzling photo of a star factory in a serpent

NASA image of the Serpens Cloud Core turns invisible light into a beautiful portrait of a place where stars, like ours, are born.<p>Our sun wasn't always the hothead it is today. At one time, over 4.5 billion years ago, it was a nothing more than some cool dust and gas, free-floating in space. …

Universe

How We'll Talk To Aliens

New NASA book looks beyond astrophysics to figure out how we'll communicate with extraterrestrials<p>Assuming we one day contact aliens, how will we communicate with them? That's the subject of a new book from NASA called <i>Archaeology, Anthropology and Interstellar Communication. _(Kudos to Jesus Diaz</i> …

Computer Science

Gamma-Ray Flash Sets Astronomers All Atwitter

Universe

NASA's planet-hunting Kepler telescope given new mission

CAPE CANAVERAL Fla. (Reuters) - NASA plans to revive its planet-hunting Kepler space telescope for a new mission after a positioning system problem sidelined the observatory last year, officials said on Friday.<p>The telescope was launched in 2009 to search for Earth-sized planets suitably positioned …

The Neuroscientist Who Wants To Upload Humanity To A Computer

Randal Koene is recruiting top neuroscientists to help him make humans live forever<p>Everything felt possible at Transhuman Visions 2014, a conference in February billed as a forum for visionaries to "describe our fast-approaching, brilliant, and bizarre future." Inside an old waterfront military …

The Trick That Makes Google's Self-Driving Cars Work

Google is engaging in unprecedented, massive, ongoing data collection to transform intractable problems into solvable chores.<p>Google's self-driving cars can tour you around the streets of Mountain View, California.<p>I know this. I rode in one this week. I saw the car's human operator take his hands …

Do We Need A 'Magna Cortica' For Brain Rights?

Think-tank the Institute for the Future says we do. What would that look like?<p>If you could permanently change your brain to work better, would you? Or, maybe more importantly, would you have the right to?<p>Over at _The Atlantic,_ there's an excellent rundown of think-tank the Institute for the …

Genetics