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Can Alzheimer’s be transmitted person to person? Preserved Canadian brains studied for answer

Print<p>Related<p>Ranging from their mid-teens to late 50s, the four Canadians died tragically after transplants of brain material gave them …

A neuroscientist is running a ‘Pirate Bay for scientists’ — and it is offering free access to 48 million academic papers

Sci-Hub is the brainchild of Alexandra Elbakyan, a neuroscientist from Kazakhstan who is now based in Russia.<p>When she was writing her thesis in 2009, Elbakyan found it difficult to access the research she needed to complete her work, as she needed to download many papers, and each paper retailed …

What the World Would Look Like If Humans Hadn't Killed All the Animals

If it weren't for the ascent of mankind, the entire world would still look like the Serengeti, a galloping, roaring, thunderous paradise.<p>An African safari represents the highest form of interaction with terrestrial giants remaining in the world. The smell of sunlight on acacia leaves and sprawling …

United front: breasts without the airbrush

The shocking thing about Laura Dodsworth’s pictures of 100 women’s breasts isn’t the flesh on show, or the many shapes and sizes, but the realisation that images of unairbrushed, non-uniform breasts seem to be so rare. “We see images of breasts everywhere,” says the 41-year-old photographer, “but …

Discovery of Earth-like planet Kepler-78b raises hopes of more

Scientists have found the most similar planet to Earth so far discovered, which is only a little bigger and seems to be made of very similar materials.<p>Describing the results in Nature, two independent teams of scientists found the planet has a diameter of 9,200 miles (around 1.2 times that of …

Augusto Odone obituary

The tale of the determined amateur who proves the professionals wrong is always a compelling one, but with Augusto Odone – who has died aged 80 – it went much deeper. In 1984, his youngest child, Lorenzo, just a month away from his sixth birthday, was diagnosed with adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD), a …

Killer Whale Calls

Wildlife<p>The following audio was recorded in early October in Haro Straight off San Juan Island in Washington. There were about 20 whales or so – if you close your eyes, you can picture the backdrop of a jungle just as easily as the ocean.<p>A hydrophone was used to capture the sounds, and although it …

Supplementing your disease: why multivitamins might be doing more harm than good

<i>The Atlantic</i> has this week published an excerpt from Dr. Paul Offit's <i>Do You Believe in Magic?: The Sense and Nonsense of Alternative Medicine</i>, which takes a closer look at the conventional wisdom underpinning the multibillion-dollar vitamin supplement industry. Offit, who is credited with …

Archaeologists Suspect Vampire Burial; An Undead Primer

Discovery of a suspected vampire burial site is not a first for archaeologists.<p><b>When archaeologists opened an ancient grave at a highway construction site near Gliwice, Poland, they came across a scene from a horror movie: a suspected vampire burial.</b><p>Interred in the ground were skeletal remains of …

Human evolution: the next stages

There have been a number of speculations lately concerning the eventual form humankind will take, particularly with regards to the role technology …

Boy, 12, recovering after gate spike narrowly misses heart

http://vod-pro-ww-live.akamaized.net/mps_h264_hi/public/regions/london/992000/992546_h264_1500k.mp4?__gda__=1524625510_3f3f9cc3c7068750e65a96698569598a<p><b>A 12-year-old boy is recovering after a gate spike went through his chest.</b><p>Joshua Hassan was leaning over a railing looking for a football near his …

Human genetics: life science

Setting the rules that govern the limits of science is one of the more difficult and absorbing problems of the modern age. This week, the government …

Element of the week: uranium | video

This week's element is uranium, which has the symbol <b>U</b> and atomic number <b>92</b>. Uranium was named after the planet Uranus, which had been discovered eight …

Why the US locks up prisoners for life

<b>Life sentences that truly mean a lifetime in prison are rare in the UK but common in the US. Why is this punishment so prevalent in the US?</b><p>Last week, an English court handed a whole-life sentence to Dale Cregan for murdering four people, including two policewomen.<p>That penalty means he will never be …