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Why psychopaths are more successful

Andy McNab and Oxford psychology professor Kevin Dutton reveal how acting like psychopaths could help us in work, life and love<p>Behaving like a psychopath could help you in your career and love life. It’s counterintuitive – who, after all, would hire Hannibal Lecter or want to date Norman Bates – …

Offbeat

Need a smile or a laugh? Offbeat will turn your day around with an uplifting dose of hilarious, heartwarming, awwww, and awesome. We bring you the …

Gene increases cancer risk posed by processed meat

A third of the population should eat less processed meat scientists have warned after finding they carry a gene that puts them at greater risk of bowel cancer<p>Eating processed meat increases the likelihood of developing bowel cancer in a third of the population who carry a specific gene, scientists …

Neurons in the brain tune into different frequencies for different spatial memory tasks

Your brain transmits information about your current location and memories of past locations over the same neural pathways using different frequencies …

Stem cells cloned from human adults may lead to patient-specific medical treatment

A team of scientists have used cloning methods to produce stem cells from the skin cells of adult patients. To do this, researchers extracted DNA from the cells of two adult males, aged 35 and 75. The DNA was then fused with human eggs donated by four adult women. The study, published in the …

New Test Could Diagnose Asthma With A Single Drop Of Blood

The test works by gauging the speed of white blood cells.<p>While some symptoms of asthma, like wheezing, are obvious, a diagnosis of asthma is not always clear cut, especially if they don't occur when patients are with their doctors, and involve trials of lung function and tests for allergies. But …

Medicine

Fertility mystery solved: protein discovered that joins sperm with eggs

A fundamental key to fertility has been uncovered by British scientists with the discovery of an elusive protein that allows eggs and sperm to join together.<p>The molecule – named Juno after the Roman goddess of fertility – sits on the egg surface and binds with a male partner on a fertilising sperm …

Artificial blood 'will be manufactured in factories'

Wellcome Trust-funded stem cell research has produced red blood cells fit for transfusion into humans, paving the way for the mass production of blood<p>It is the stuff of gothic science fiction: men in white coats in factories of blood and bones.<p>But the production of blood on an industrial scale …

Stem Cells

Gut-Eating Amoeba Caught On Film

Most of us have heard of the brain-eating amoeba. You know, the little guy that crops up in neti pots and backyard swimming holes every now and then.<p>Now let me introduce you to its cousin: the gut-eating amoeba.<p>This nasty critter can wreak havoc in your intestinal tract and cause a dreadful case of …

Kids With Rare Disease May Hold Secret to Stopping Viruses

A brother and sister with an extremely rare genetic condition have a stunning ability to fight off viruses — an ability that could lead to a new family of antiviral drugs.<p>Their bodies stop viruses from building a protective shell, which leaves viruses "naked" and vulnerable, researchers report in …

Medicine

Why blushing may be good for you

No-one likes that awful flushed feeling, but is there a plus side to a red face? Some psychologists think so.<p>We’ve all said something stupid or regretful before, so we know how much worse it is when you feel that sudden heat in your face and realise your cheeks are visibly burning red. Blushing is …

Psychology

The AIDS Cure

Reservoirs of HIV hide deep within the body. Scientists are now closing in on methods to wipe them out.<p><b>In 2007</b>, a little-known German doctor applied to speak at a prestigious AIDS conference, claiming to have cured a single case of the disease. He described a 41-year-old man, dubbed the “Berlin …

Immunotherapy

Nanomotors controlled inside living human cells for the first time

Scientists at Penn State University have successfully controlled tiny nanomotors inside living human cells. Consisting of tiny, rocket-shaped bits of metal, the nanomotors were propelled by ultrasonic waves and steered with magnets. Researcher Tom Mallouk wasn't afraid to talk up potential future …

See The World Through The Eyes Of A Cat

An awesome, disorienting look at kitty vision.<p>What does the world look like through a cat's eyes? The basic structure of feline eyes is pretty similar to what humans have, but cats' vision has adapted to very different purposes, so the world they see looks familiar, but isn't quite the same as …

Pets

Brain injuries: what NICE doesn't tell you

The title of this post is a play on the title of the magazine "What doctors don't tell you" (a rag so packed to the brim with pseudoscience and anti-vaccine propaganda that it's practically a quack's guidebook, but that's a story for another day). As regular readers will be aware, I believe doctors …

In schizophrenia, gene mutations disrupt key proteins - Futurity

Genetic mutations seen in people with schizophrenia, but not in their parents, disrupt specific sets of proteins that have related functions in the …

Mutations

This Tiny Sensor Spots Salmonella in Minutes, Not Days

A new biosensor quickly detects salmonella in food and can be easily customized to detect other types of bacteria—or even different strains for the …

A scientific pariah pursues redemption, one cloned dog at a time

A decade ago, South Korean scientist Woo Suk Hwang was among the premiere cloning experts in the world, credited with creating the first line of cloned human embryonic stem cells. And then his empire fell to pieces: Hwang was revealed to have published papers with fabricated data, and to have …

Scan offers baby hope to women with cancer

New specialist MRI scanner gives hope to cervical cancer sufferers<p>Hundreds of women suffering cervical cancer during their child-bearing years could gain the chance to have children after a hospital began trials of a new specialist MRI scanner.<p>Nearly 3,000 women a year are diagnosed with cervical …

Personal genetics firm GeneLink hit with an FTC lawsuit for false advertising

It looks like the FDA smackdown on 23andMe was only the beginning. Another personal genetics firm, GeneLink Biosciences, has been charged with false advertising by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), on the grounds that the company didn't have the requisite scientific grounds to market its services …

Scientists Make Exotic Chemicals from Salt, Rewrite Textbooks

Everything around you is made of elements that scientists have studied in quite some detail over the last 200 years. But all that understanding …

University of Chicago

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Tackling creationism head-on in science lessons – video

Are some science teachers failing their pupils by not confronting creationist arguments when they come up during lessons on evolution? In this film presented by science journalist Dr Adam Rutherford – made to mark the 150th anniversary of Darwin's Origin of Species in 2009 – Prof Michael Reiss from …

Mutation takes 'brakes' off neck and head cancers - Futurity

Better understanding of a key oncogene could lead to a new target for drugs to treat tumors of the head and neck, as well as other cancers.

Tumors

This gene stops nerve fibers from decaying - Futurity

A gene that protects against spontaneous nerve degeneration could shed new light on how to treat conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s …

DNA sequencer raises doctors' hopes for personalized medicine

The device could accelerate the use of genetic information in everyday medical care, physicians hope, improving diagnoses and treatments.<p>January 03, 2014|By Melissa Healy<p>Among the many stents, surgical clamps, pumps and other medical devices that have recently come before the Food and Drug …

Amazing Nature: Lightning Creates Food Out of Thin Air

Though lightning can cause great damage, it can also create life-sustaining materials when it strikes air.<p>One of the substances found in the air is …

Light skin mutation stems from one ancestor - Futurity

All instances of a gene mutation that contributes to light skin color in Europeans came from the same chromosome of one person, report researchers.