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Dyslexic girls have different brain anatomy from dyslexic boys

The study found less gray matter volume in parts of male brains used to process language. It found less gray matter volume in parts of females brains …

WHO says new coronavirus may be passed person to person

<b>The World Health Organization says it appears likely that the novel coronavirus (NCoV) can be passed between people in close contact.</b><p>This comes after the French health ministry confirmed a second man had contracted the virus in a possible case of human-to-human transmission.<p>Two more people in Saudi …

Disease

Starwatch: Saturn's north pole hurricane

A close-up of the hurricane raging at Saturn's north pole appeared in the Guardian on 1 May. This image, also by Nasa's Cassini probe, shows a wider …

Genetic mutation causing port wine stain birthmarks discovered

Powerful new treatments for port wine stain birthmarks could be on the horizon after scientists discovered the genetic mutation that causes them.<p>US researchers said identifying the mutation that causes the disfiguring purple marks was a "game changer" and could help develop new treatments to help …

Heartbreak is 'worse in the digital age'

Heartbreak is worse in the digital age because the history of the relationship lingers in photographs and messages posted on social networking websites, researchers claim.<p>While spurned lovers could once tear up photographs and burn love letters, records kept on sites like Facebook are much harder …

Digital Age

Women Don't Like Hearing Other Women Complain About Their Bodies

"OMG I'm so fat" is just as annoying as you thought it was.<p>Women who talk about eating, exercise or their bodies in a negative way--what researchers call "fat talk"--are less well-liked than those who say positive things about their bodies, according to a study presented at the Midwestern …

Kids With Autism Quick To Detect Motion

Children with autism see simple movements twice as fast as other children their age, a new study finds.<p>Researchers at Vanderbilt University and the University of Rochester were looking to test a common theory about autism which holds that overwhelming sensory stimulation inhibits other brain …

Watching Your Brain Freak Out On A Scanner Calms You Down

People who observed their own brain activity using real-time fMRI feedback were better able to control and reduce their anxiety, a new study says.<p>In a quirky new experiment, researchers at Yale University found that simply showing people what their anxious brains look like was enough to help those …

Vaccinate mosquitoes to stop malaria?

<b>MICHIGAN STATE (US) —</b> Mosquitoes are deadly and efficient disease transmitters, but they also can be equally good at spreading a cure for diseases …

Heavy metal cadmium tied to liver disease

<b>JOHNS HOPKINS (US) —</b> People with more chronic environmental exposure to cadmium appear to be nearly 3.5 times more likely to die of liver disease …

Glove Changes Color When It Detects Toxins

The glove, still in its prototype stage, could prevent serious injuries in workers who handle toxic materials.<p>Think of it as a wearable (and less cruel) canary. Researchers have developed a prototype of a glove that changes color in the presence of airborne toxins, such as carbon …

Doctor’s words can sway family about CPR

<b>U. PITTSBURGH (US) —</b> The doctor’s choice of words may influence a family’s decision to permit CPR if a critically ill patient’s heart stops.<p>“It’s …

Thermal invisibility cloak in first demonstration

<b>Researchers have built and tested a form of invisibility cloak that can hide objects from heat.</b><p>Similar cloaking efforts are underway to make objects invisible to light and even sound waves, but this is the first device to work with heat.<p>The prototype, to be outlined in Physical Review Letters, …

Engineering

Element of the week: francium | video

This week's element is francium, which has the symbol <b>Fr</b> and the atomic number <b>87</b>.<p>Francium is a highly radioactive alkali metal that is vanishingly …

WIRED Space Photo of the Day 2013

PhysicsWhy Do You Feel Lighter at the Top of a Ferris Wheel?<p>Author: Rhett AllainRhett Allain<p>EcologyHow Plastic Straws Slip Through the Cracks of …