Jessica McCullough

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5 Exercise Machines You Should Never Use At The Gym

According to metabolic training expert BJ Gaddour, C.S.C.S. owner of StreamFIT.com, "They've been dumbed down to the point that they just don't do your body much good." Besides parking you on your butt, most machines isolate a single muscle, meaning you'll burn fewer calories and gain less muscle …

Workouts

10 Simple Things You Can Do Today That Will Make You Happier, Backed By Science

Happiness is so interesting, because we all have different ideas about what it is and how to get it. It's also no surprise that it's the Nr.1 value …

‘Pool ball’ cancer therapy cuts side effects

<b>U. MISSOURI (US) —</b> A new form of radiation therapy put cancer into remission in mice without the usual side effects of chemotherapy and radiation, …

Meet The NASA Scientist Who's Reinventing The Wheel

Salim Nasser's wheel design could dramatically reduce the repetitive-stress injuries that often plague manual wheelchair users.<p>Salim Nasser never thought he'd reinvent the wheel. But he's done it, in a sense, for wheelchairs.<p>Nasser, a NASA engineer, inventor and quadriplegic, has created a wheel …

Amyloid Proteins Help Paralyzed Mice Walk Again

Reporting in <i>Science Translational Medicine</i>, researchers write that amyloid-forming proteins, traditionally thought of as enemies to the nervous system, may actually be protective 'guardians' instead. Study author Lawrence Steinman, a neurologist at Stanford University, explains how amyloid …

Breakthrough in neuroscience could help re-wire appetite control

Researchers have made a discovery in neuroscience that could offer a long-lasting solution to eating disorders such as obesity.<p>It was previously …

Interactive robot trains kids with autism

<b>VANDERBILT (US) —</b> A humanoid robot shows promise for teaching a basic social skill called joint attention to children with autism spectrum …

Computers Made Out of DNA, Slime and Other Strange Stuff

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Brain Mapping Project Could Help Find Cures For Alzheimer's, Epilepsy

President Obama calls the BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Neurotechnologies) Initiative a 'bold effort.'<p>Transcript<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:<p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.<p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:<p>And I'm Audie Cornish.<p>Today, President Obama announced a new $100 million …

Smile and the world smiles back. Can looking at faces lower aggression?

Before I started my PhD, I worked as a "research assistant". That's a fancy title for an academic dogsbody; well, it can be. I was lucky and had some …

Body's anti-HIV 'training manual' offers vaccine hopes

<b>The body's own "training manual" for attacking HIV has been recorded by US scientists and it is hoped it can be used to design vaccines.</b><p>HIV mutates in order to survive the onslaught of a patient's immune system.<p>However, some patients develop highly effective antibodies that can neutralise huge …

Immune System

Lasers used to turn off cocaine addiction in rat brains, may translate into human therapy

Kicking a cocaine addiction may be as simple as beaming a laser straight into the brain — at least in rats. That's the result of a new study of cocaine-addicted lab rodents published today by US researchers working with the National Institute on Drug Abuse. But the scientists behind it think that …

Exhaled breath is unique fingerprint

<b>Compounds present in exhaled breath can act as a "fingerprint" for individuals, scientists say.</b><p>These "metabolites" represent the waste products of the body's chemistry - but their uniqueness had never been shown.<p>A study in PLOS ONE suggests they could be as useful to medical diagnosis as those …

Doping

A New Microchip for Early Cancer Detection

Researchers have developed a new chip for collecting cancer cells from blood samples, regardless of cancer type or stage.<p><b>Using a plastic chip, doctors may soon</b> be able to detect a much wider range of cancer cells in their patients' blood, according to a study published yesterday in <i>Science</i> …

The secret to exam success: puppy love

Students at a Scottish university have begun "puppy patting" sessions in an effort to improve their exam grades.<p>Undergraduates at Aberdeen University will be able to avoid the pressures of study in a special "puppy room".<p>The sessions, part of the exam welfare initiative by the university's …

Obesity and type 2 diabetes link identified

<b>KING’S COLLEGE LONDON (UK) —</b> Researchers are hopeful that obesity can be “uncoupled” from insulin resistance after finding that the immune system and …

Hydrogen fuel breakthrough lets researchers extract gas from any plant

Researchers at Virginia Tech have successfully extracted large amounts of hydrogen from plants, a promising discovery that could help bring hydrogen closer to the environmentally-friendly fuel source many are hoping it can be. Y.H. Percival Zhang and his team accomplished this through the use of …

You Have A 'Breathprint'

And scientists want to use it to test for illnesses, as they would with your blood or urine.<p>Right now, if doctors want to test you for something, they'll probably draw blood or politely ask you to pee in a cup. Nothing wrong with that, but it'd certainly be convenient if they just asked you to keep …

Show me the money: is grant writing taking over science?

Science is an art.<p>In my particular field, cell biology, the doing of science is a blend of rote precision and creative improvisation. If this sounds …

Researchers Use Brain Scans To Reveal Hidden Dreamscape

Scientists say they have found a way to get a glimpse of people's dreams.<p>"Our results show that we can predict what a person's seeing during dreams," says Yukiyasu Kamitani, a researcher at the ATR Computational Neuroscience Laboratories in Kyoto, Japan.<p>Philosophers, poets and psychologists have …

FYI: Do Lobotomies Work?

Surprisingly, yes.<p>The modern lobotomy originated in the 1930s, when doctors realized that by severing fiber tracts connected to the frontal lobe, they could help patients overcome certain psychiatric problems, such as intractable depression and anxiety. Over the next two decades, the procedure …

Scientists turn dreams into eerie short films with an MRI scan

A group of scientists from Kyoto has managed to successfully analyze and "record" the basic elements of what people see when they dream. The idea of recording dreams has been a mainstay in science fiction, but also a frequent goal for researchers. As <i>Smithsonian Magazine</i> writes, this group designed …

Sleeping babies respond to angry voices

<b>U. OREGON (US) —</b> Infants respond to their parents’ angry tone of voice, even when they’re sleeping, new research suggests.<p>Babies’ brains are highly …