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Does feedback loop keep memory from fading? - Futurity

The brain’s system for storing memories could rely on both positive and negative feedback, report …

Are We Martians? Scientist Says We Just Might Be

As Adam Frank has said over on the 13.7 blog, "Earth and Mars have been swapping spit (astrobiologically speaking) for eons ... [and] it is entirely possible we were Earth's first alien invasion."<p>Thursday at a conference in Italy, chemist Steven Benner from the Westheimer Institute of Science and …

Tiny device mimics artery to spot heart trouble - Futurity

A new microchip that recreates how blood flows in arteries can identify cells linked with …

Idea: Let's Name Storms After Climate Change Deniers

"Hurricane Marco Rubio ravages the East Coast."<p>Hurricane Katrina hit Louisiana eight years ago today, killing at least 1,836 people. Now, a group of activists wants to know: Why place that morbid association on the people of the world named Katrina? A new petition argues that we should name storms …

Mouse body clock study offers clues to possible jet lag cure | Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have found a genetic mechanism in mice that hampers their body clock’s ability to adjust to changes in patterns of light and dark, and say their results could someday lead to the development of drugs to combat jet lag.<p>Researchers from Britain’s Oxford University and …

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How Money Worries Can Scramble Your Thinking

There's no question that dealing with mortgages, car payments and other bills takes up time and energy. But having a tight budget may also zap our ability to think clearly, scientists report Thursday in the journal <i>Science</i>.<p>In a series of clever experiments involving farmers in India and shoppers in …

A Single Protein May Help Explain Memory Loss In Old Age

If you're finding it harder to remember where you put the car keys, the culprit could be a brain protein with a name that's easy to forget: RbAp48.<p>A shortage of this protein appears to impair our ability to remember things as we age, researchers report in the current issue of Science <i>Translational</i> …

Infrared Car System Spots Wildlife On The Road From 500 Feet Away

Here's how it works.<p>Since their debut 13 years ago, in-car night-vision systems, which identify pedestrians approaching a roadway, have arguably made driving safer. But they come with a pretty big blind spot: animals. Each year, drivers in the U.S. strike about a million deer, causing 27,000 human …

Watch: James Franco’s Takes On Cormac McCarthy In The Teaser For ‘Child of God’

Watch: James Franco's Takes On Cormac McCarthy In The Teaser For 'Child of God'<p>Premiering in competition at Venice (which kicked off today), James …

APOD: The Colliding Spiral Galaxies of Arp 271 (2013 Aug 25) Credit & Copyright: Gemini Observatory, GMOS-South, NSF http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap130825.html Explanation: What will become of these galaxies? Spiral galaxies NGC 5426 and NGC 5427 are passing dangerously close to each other, but each is likely to survive this collision. Typically when galaxies collide, a large galaxy eats a much smaller galaxy. In this case, however, the two galaxies are quite similar, each being a sprawling spiral with expansive arms and a compact core. As the galaxies advance over the next tens of millions of years, their component stars are unlikely to collide, although new stars will form in the bunching of gas caused by gravitational tides. Close inspection of the above image taken by the 8-meter Gemini-South Telescope in Chile shows a bridge of material momentarily connecting the two giants. Known collectively as Arp 271, the interacting pair spans about 130,000 light years and lies about 90 million light-years away toward the constellation of Virgo. Recent predictions hold that our Milky Way Galaxy will undergo a similar collision with the neighboring Andromeda Galaxy in a few billion years. http://www.gemini.edu/node/10979 Starship Asterisk* • APOD Discussion Page http://asterisk.apod.com/discuss_apod.php?date=130825 #APOD

Pregnant in the lab: how does child-bearing affect a science career?

Women don't thrive as well in science as in medicine. Family matters probably play a major role – and I'm about to see for myself just what havoc a baby can wreak<p>Although I'm a research biologist, I work closely with an NHS clinic in the company of a lively band of doctors and nurses. I suspect …

Mysteries: Top 5 Wildest Conspiracy Theories

Mysterious, intriguing, and even a little frightening, conspiracy theories of various kinds have captivated Americans for decades.<p>1. The Philadelphia …

Snails Reach Top Speeds of 1 Meter Per Hour in Study Using LED Lights

A British snail study using LED lights and UV paint found snails can reach a top speed of 1 meter per hour. 450 garden snails were studied in the …

Drones: the future of war - as well as agriculture and transport

America’s drone industry is looking forward to a 'gold-rush’ future away from the war on terrorism, writes Raf Sanchez in Washington<p>Just like its Reaper and Predator cousins, it can scour remote valleys for hours on end, relaying vital information back to base.<p>But rather than the mountains of …

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Humans may be causing some animals to grow bigger brains

Humans may be responsible for a jump in brain growth among mice and some other small mammals living around us in both urban and rural settings, a new study finds.<p>Small mammals that either produce a lot of babies or eat a lot of bugs exhibited the greatest cranial capacity (i.e. brain growth) due to …

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