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The Brain "Sees" Objects That You Don't Perceive - PsyBlog

A new study shows how much visual input the brain processes, but we never consciously see.<p>Every day, when you open your eyes in the morning, there is …

Heart experts debate who should take statins

Two professors say a flawed formula may overestimate people's risk of heart disease.<p>People who are wondering whether they should take cholesterol-lowering medications may be scratching their heads today, more confused than ever.<p>Last week the American Heart Association and the American College of …

How living cells solved a needle in a haystack problem to produce electrical signals

Scientists have figured out how calcium channels – the infinitesimal cell membrane pores that generate electrical signals by gating a …

UCLA, University of Texas study reveals gender differences in sexual regret

Regret and casual sex may go hand in hand but for different reasons, depending on the sex of the participants.<p>According to new research by …

Can Red Wine Really Heal Cancer And Prolong Your Life?

Well, how much can you drink? (It better be a lot.)<p>The health benefits of resveratrol, a compound found in the skin of grapes (and thus in red wine), have long been known. Studies have indicated that it serves as an antioxidant, that it has anti-tumor properties, that it can help you live longer, …

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How Growing Up in Poverty May Affect a Child’s Developing Brain

Once upon a time, scientists thought that the human brain was a rigid, predictable organ, not tremendously different from the lungs or liver. Based …

Your Brain on Poverty: Why Poor People Seem to Make Bad Decisions

And why their "bad" decisions might be more rational than you'd think.<p>In August, <i>Science</i> published a landmark study concluding that poverty, itself, hurts our ability to make decisions about school, finances, and life, imposing a mental burden similar to losing 13 IQ points.<p>It was widely seen as a …

Arctic Shipping Soars, Led by Russia and Lured by Energy

A season of shipping milestones is ending in the Arctic. Climate change has ushered in a new era of far north transit, focused on extraction of energy stores.<p><b>A momentous season is ending for the world's newest nautical shortcut.</b><p><b>Stable ice began forming in mid-October along the coast of Siberia's</b> …

Experimental 3D scanner creates clear images with almost no light

We've seen single-pixel cameras, and now MIT researchers have figured out how to create clear images of dimly-lit objects using single photons -- in 3D, no less. The technique doesn't involve any fancy new hardware, either, as the team worked with a standard photon detector that fired low-intensity …

How Small Is Small? The Nanoscale Explained in One Chart

At a certain point, very small is just very small—at least to the naked eye. But on the nanoscale, much smaller than the width of a human hair, scientists are setting itty-bitty world records and creating tiny works of art.<p><b>Nano art has come a long way</b> since researchers arranged atoms to spell IBM …

25 Festive Holiday Cocktail Dresses To Shop At Every Price Point

The best party dresses to wear this holiday season.<p>'Tis the season to pull out all the sartorial stops. From velvet to lace and show-stopping metallics, go bold on the party circuit this holiday season with a cocktail dress sure to stand out from the crowd.

13 Foods to Help You Burn Calories (and Fat)

Try these foods to spike the metabolism, release fat, and eliminate toxins<p>We know, it sounds like it's too good to be true. But there actually are some things you can eat that spike the metabolism, trigger hormones that release fat, and eliminate toxins that make it hard for your body to shed …

US commander in Afghanistan apologises for Helmand drone strike

Nato airstrike that killed a child and injured two women came as Hamid Karzai continues to stall on signing security pact<p>The United States has moved to end the tense standoff with Afghan president Hamid Karzai over his refusal to sign a security pact between the two countries by formally …

China scrambles jets after US and Japan enter air zone

China sends fighters to identify and follow flights by US and Japan in its newly established maritime air defence zone over the East China Sea<p>China said it launched two fighter planes on Friday to investigate flights by a dozen US and Japanese reconnaissance and military planes in its new …