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Nighttime Smartphone Use Can Sap Next Day's Energy

It may be better for all concerned to avoid work emails late at night.<p>Using your smartphone at night might not be the smartest plan. A pair of studies found that people who used the devices after 9 p.m. were more tired and less engaged at work the next day, even when compared to people who looked …

Good English teachers improve math scores for students

High-quality English teachers can improve students’ long-term performance in other subjects, including math. On the other hand, good math teachers …

Education

3D printed implant could predict heart attacks

Using an inexpensive 3D printer, biomedical engineers have developed a custom-fitted, implantable device with embedded sensors that could predict …

Medical Research

Magnet ‘medicine’ attracts T cells to fight cancer

Magnets can help kick start cancer-killing T cells and increase their power, according to a new study of mice with the deadly skin cancer …

Immunotherapy

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Cosmic 'web' seen for first time

<b>The hidden tendrils of dark matter that underlie the visible Universe may have been traced out for the first time.</b><p>Cosmology theory predicts that galaxies are embedded in a cosmic web of "stuff", most of which is dark matter.<p>Astronomers obtained the first direct images of a part of this network, by …

Contact with protein dooms traveling cancer cells

Attaching a cancer-killer protein to white blood cells annihilates metastasizing cancer cells traveling throughout the bloodstream, new research …

Cancer

How salt fine-tunes drugs to treat brain disease

Scientists have discovered how salt acts as a key regulator for drugs used to treat a variety of brain diseases including chronic pain, Parkinson’s …

Neuroscience

Starting fire with water

When firefighters want to extinguish a blaze, they often douse it with water. Astronauts on board the ISS, however, are experimenting with a form of …

Why Do You Hate the Sound of Your Own Voice?

“We hate it because it is so foreign,” said Dr. William Cullinan, dean of the College of Health Sciences at Marquette University in Wisconsin.<p>You …

Penn State

Coffee may boost brain's ability to store long-term memories, study claims

A cup or two of coffee could boost the brain's ability to store long-term memories, researchers in the US claim. People who had a shot of caffeine after looking at a series of pictures were better at distinguishing them from similar images in tests the next day, the scientists found.<p>The task gives …

Cruel words from parents are like ‘sticks and stones’

Parents who use harsh words when disciplining their teenage children may be doing just as much harm as if they physically abused them.<p>Research shows …

Psychology

What's the point of sleep?

Almost as much as eating food or tormenting the local wildlife, my cats love to sleep. Which is probably why I get on so well with them, because I'm also quite partial to a good nap. The trouble with sleep is that no one's quite sure why we actually do it. But a new paper published in the Journal …

Parents' Harsh Words Might Make Teen Behaviors Worse

Most parents yell at their kids at some point. It often feels like the last option for getting children to pay attention and shape up.<p>But harsh verbal discipline may backfire. Teenagers act worse if they're yelled at, a study finds.<p>No matter how much you shout, your teenagers don't listen. - …

Certain bacteria may help ward off obesity

Bacteria in the human gut may play a key role in who is obese or lean and could lead to treatments for obesity, a study finds.<p>September 05, 2013|By Melissa Healy<p>For people whose gut organisms are not equipped to fight obesity, it may… (Sean Gallup, Getty Images )<p>The microorganisms in the human gut …

Why our galaxy's black hole is a picky eater

You might think of black holes as indiscriminate eaters, hungrily gobbling up everything in their vicinity.<p>But the black hole at the center of our Milky Way galaxy, Sagittarius A*, is not exactly like this, new research suggests. Instead, this black hole -- and likely other black holes in the …

The ups and downs of porn: sexism, relationships and sexual aggression

David Cameron's repeated initiatives to regulate access to online pornography reflect an ongoing moral panic that society as we know it is being torn apart by smut. Yet this contrasts sharply with apparently widespread enjoyment and consumption of sexually explicit material. Actual statistics on …

Extreme close-up shows you how a mosquito really bites your flesh and sucks your blood

Look at that proboscis go!<p>Usually, being bitten by a mosquito is an event that conjures up swear words and frantic itching, but more advanced souls might turn their thoughts to what exactly happens when the insect manages to get under your skin. Thanks to a video shot by researchers at the Pasteur …

Evolution Punishes Selfish People, Game Theory Study Says

How long can you get ahead by screwing other people over?<p>Contrary to our Darwinian inclinations, evolution may not be as dog-eat-dog of a world as we thought it was. The selfish can survive for a while, but according to new game theory research, long-term survival requires cooperation.<p>Game …

Researchers Develop a Self-Filling Water Bottle that Harvests Water from the Air

There is water in the air around us at every moment. While this may not seem very significant if you live in a water-rich area, this untapped …

Computer Virus Outsmarts Man

A 21-year-old man in Virginia turned himself into police after a virus on his computer told him to turn himself in to the FBI and pay a fine or go to …

Saving the world through social media? How development is going digital

Social media and mobile technologies offer a wide range of benefits for people working in development: a potentially cheap and efficient way to link …

Humans tame light, stop it from moving for a full minute

Beams of light are usually speeding along at around 186,000 miles per second, but for one minute, researchers in Germany brought some to a screeching halt. Using a crystal frozen to temperatures below negative 450 degrees Fahrenheit, a research team managed to hold light in place for a full minute …

4 Smart Textiles You've Yet To See

Self-repairing fabric, leather grown from microbes, and more<p>You've probably seen water-repellant textiles where droplets of water miraculously bubble upon contact with the fabric. You may even own a pair of moisture-wicking workout pants. Smart fabrics have slowly made their way into the consumer …

4D printing: buildings that can change over time

What if buildings could adapt their shape and form – without any other input from us? Architect Skylar Tibbits says 4D printing could make materials that build themselves.<p>The way we build our structures has become more and more sophisticated. But the materials we build them from are static, waiting …

Emerging Technology

Mother Nature talks nanotech: cancer drugs

<b>Nanoparticles – particles as little as a millionth of a millimetre wide made from materials such as polymers, metals and graphene – have properties</b> …

UK joins project to create synthetic organism from scratch

Britain's latest bid to embrace the futuristic science of synthetic biology will be revealed by the government on Thursday when it announces plans to …

How To Turn A Match Into A Tiny Rocket [VIDEO]

Blast off!<p>The swift strike of a match on July 4 typically precedes sky-high spectacles. But matches themselves can be fireworks. When ignited, the bulb of fuel on a match's tip combusts into space-hogging gases. By containing the gas in aluminum foil and directing it downward, you can create a …