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Link between autoimmune disorders and psychosis confirmed in new study

People with autoimmune disorders, a collection of diseases where the body’s immune system attacks its own cells, are more likely to have psychosis, …

Autoimmune Diseases

Four billion years of evolution in six minutes

Did humans evolve from monkeys or from fish? In this enlightening talk, ichthyologist and TED Fellow Prosanta Chakrabarty dispels some hardwired …

Evolution

LSD and DMT Caused the Brain to Form New Connections in Flies and Rats

The effects of psychedelic drugs on neurite density is a promising sign that they may be useful in treating depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.<p><i>This story is part of When the Drugs Hit, a Motherboard journey into the science, politics, and culture of today's psychedelic</i> …

Consciousness

Newsletter

INNOVATIONS IN<p>Scientists are beginning to unravel a mystery that has long vexed philosophers.<p>Christof Koch is chief scientist and president of the …

Consciousness

The 5 Midlife Habits That Can Add 10 Years or More to Your Life

A new comprehensive study on the impact of low-risk lifestyle factors on life expectancy finds that five healthy habits during adulthood can add more …

This urban population is leading the world in life expectancy

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> Skyscrapers for as far as you can see, people walking toward you from all angles on densely packed streets, lights flashing almost everywhere and a subway that typically gets you where you want to go in under 30 minutes.<p>This is life with more than 7 million people living on a …

Hong Kong

Chinese Scientists Have Successfully Cloned Monkeys for the First Time

In a major feat, Chinese scientists have cloned monkeys using the same technique that gave us Dolly the sheep more than two decades ago.<p>Two identical …

Genetics

MIT Engineers Have Designed a Chip That Behaves Just Like Brain Cell Connections

The most promising artificial synapse to date.<p>For those working in the field of advanced artificial intelligence, getting a computer to simulate …

Artificial Intelligence

'Adolescence now lasts from 10 to 24'

<b>Adolescence now lasts from the ages of 10 to 24, although it used to be thought to end at 19, scientists say.</b><p>Young people continuing their education for longer, as well as delayed marriage and parenthood, has pushed back popular perceptions of when adulthood begins.<p>Changing the definition is vital …

Why Are Some People More Creative Than Others?

<i>The following essay is reprinted with permission from The Conversation, an online publication covering the latest research.</i><p>Creativity is often …

Creativity

All Your Memories Are Stored by One Weird, Ancient Molecule

We actually borrowed our ability to form memories from viruses.<p>How does memory work? The further we seem to dive in, the more questions we stumble …

Hearing Loss Prevented With CRISPR Gene Therapy in Extraordinary Advancement

<i>Updated</i> | A genetic editing tool known as CRISPR-Cas9 has been shown to prevent hearing loss caused by a genetic mutation. A new paper published in</i> …

Former Facebook Exec: 'You Don’t Realize It But You Are Being Programmed'

This is the year everyone—including founding executives—began publicly questioning the impact of social media on our lives.<p>Last month, Facebook’s …

Social Media

Having older brothers increases men's likelihood of being gay

<b>(CNN) —</b> If you're a guy with an older brother, there's an increased chance you're gay.<p>Scientists have noticed this pattern in previous research, but now they think they have a biological explanation as to why, and it starts long before birth. The results were published in the journal PNAS on Monday.<p>…

Research

Science Can Predict if Babies Are Left-Handed Even Before They're Born

No, we can't "just use the other hand".<p>Researchers have devised a new method to predict the hand preference of babies while they're still in the …

Peter Thiel is betting on magic mushrooms to treat depression — and he's not the only one

When Clark Martin tripped on magic mushrooms for the first time, he felt as though he'd been knocked off a boat and left for dead.<p>"It was like falling off the boat in the open ocean, looking back, and the boat is gone. Then the water disappears. Then you disappear," he told Business Insider in …

Number of genetic markers linked to lifespan triples

A new large-scale international study expands the number of genetic markers now known to be associated with exceptional longevity.

Boy Missing Visual Section of His Brain Can Somehow Still See, Stunning Doctors

Our brains are seriously incredible.<p>A seven-year-old Australian boy who is missing most of his visual cortex has surprised doctors by being able to …

Neurology

Evidence mounts that laptops are terrible for students at lectures

Time to reconsider the notebook and pen<p>Do you use a laptop or tablet to take notes during school lectures or meetings? If so, you might want to reconsider pen and paper; there’s increasing evidence that using laptops during lectures decreases learning, which can result in lower grades, reports <i>The</i> …

Laptops Are Great. But Not During a Lecture or a Meeting.

Step into any college lecture hall and you are likely to find a sea of students typing away at open, glowing laptops as the professor speaks. But you won’t see that when I’m teaching.<p>Though I make a few exceptions, I generally ban electronics, including laptops, in my classes and research …

Gene Therapy Could Help People Overcome Meth Addiction - MIT Technology Review

Gene therapy, which modifies a person’s DNA, has long been thought of as a way to treat genetic diseases—and, more recently, cancer. But a team at …

Medical first: Doctors attempt to gene-edit a living patient's DNA

<b>(CNN) —</b> A man may soon be forever free of the previously incurable disease he was born with 44 years ago. On Monday, in a medical first, Brian Madeux received an experimental in-body gene-editing treatment intended to cure him of Mucopolysaccharidoses II, known as MPS II or Hunter syndrome, a rare …

Medicine

There's Growing Evidence For A Link Between Gender Dysphoria And Autism Spectrum Disorders

Mounting evidence over the last decade points to increased rates of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and autism traits among children and adults with gender dysphoria, or incongruence between a person’s experienced or expressed gender and the gender assigned to them at birth. ASDs are characterized …

Brain implant boosts memory for first time ever

New memory prosthesis could be a game-changer for dementia care.<p><i>In brief: A professor built a brain implant that can reportedly improve short-term memory by 15 percent and working memory by 25 percent. The device could prove life-changing for the growing segment of the population impacted by</i> …

Dementia

Scientists just used a brain implant to improve human memory, and it could change everything

The human brain is truly a wonder, and nature has honed it to be an incredibly efficient tool for processing information and hanging on to things we …

Researchers Discover a Way to Rejuvenate Aging Cells

In a new breakthrough study on aging, a team of researchers discovered a new way to rejuvenate inactive senescent cells.<p><i>Medical Xpress</i> reports that …

Neuroscientists have discovered an important clue about how we push away negative thoughts

When an intrusive, unwanted thought comes to mind — something like, 'That interview went really poorly!' or 'I wish I hadn't said that!' — most of us are capable of simply pushing it away.<p>In people with psychiatric diseases like depression and PTSD, however, these thoughts can run wild, churning …

Harvard study uncovers why fasting can lead to a longer and healthier life

Intermittent fasting diets are all the rage these days. We are seeing everything from the conservative 5:2 diet to more extreme fasting methods …

Holistic Medicine

Scientists have found an exciting new clue about how 'super-agers' stay sharp as they age

So much for not being able to teach an old dog new tricks.<p>Some older people can remember things just as well as peers who are nearly half their age. Scientists are calling them "super-agers" for their unique ability to stay sharp into old age<p>Several months ago, researchers discovered at least one …