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Unlocking the hidden secrets inside our brains

Why the coming years will witness exciting new discoveries about our brains – from creating better tools to probe the mind deeper to creating smart nanobots.<p>The human brain is the most complex part of our body. The 1.4kg mass of one hundred billion neurons has a mind boggling potential to control …

The Brain

See HIV Infecting Gut Tissue

The virus collects in deep pockets in the intestine, and spreads from cell to cell in part by touch.<p>Highlighted in blue and purple in this electron microscope image are HIV-1 virions. As you can kind of tell from their surroundings, they're embedded in living tissue—this is HIV in the middle of …

Genes and Values: The Dopamine Connection

Stereotypes are, way too often, unfair and cruel caricatures.<p>That said, some stereotypes contain a kernel of truth, which is why they are an important cognitive tool for classifying a complex world. Consider the widely held view that Asians are much more connected to others, more interdependent, …

8 Ways Tech Has Completely Rewired Our Brains

Technology has altered human physiology. It makes us think differently, feel differently, even dream differently. It affects our memory, attention …

Why Aren't We Afraid Of A Tsunami Hitting San Francisco?

When a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck off Japan's eastern coast early Friday morning, we all feared a tsunami. But San Francisco gets earthquakes all the time, and we're not scared of a tsunami there. Why?<p>When news broke of a 7.3-magnitude earthquake off the eastern coast of Japan early this …

Miss the 'Blood Moon'? Here's Your Next Chance

If you were asleep when the "blood moon" graced the sky early today, you're in luck.<p>The moon will glow red three more times in the next 18 months, …

These Beautiful Graphics Reveal The Chemistry Of Everyday Foods

Literally everything around us is made up of chemicals. That includes all foods. And the different kinds of chemicals they contain give the stuff we eat their flavors, colors, and smells.<p>On the blog Compound Interest, a chemist and teacher in the United Kingdom has illustrated the chemistry behind …

A New 'Radar Gun' May Spot Drivers Who Text Behind The Wheel

It works by detecting the radio waves used to send SMS messages.<p>ComSonics, a company specializing in cable leakage detection, is working on a device that would sense when drivers are texting, the <i>Virginian-Pilot</i> reports. The Virginia newspaper suggests the final product, designed for police to use, …

Genetically, Schizophrenia Is At Least Eight Separate Diseases

A range of disorders lead to different symptoms, new research says, raising hopes for individualized treatment.<p>Research published in the <i>American Journal of Psychiatry</i> shows that schizophrenia is not a single genetic disease, but in fact a class of diseases with variable symptoms.<p>Schizophrenia is …