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Ovarian hormones may fuel binge eating risk

A complex relationship among genes, hormones, and social factors can lead to eating disorders in women. New research shows that during the menstrual …

Mental Health

Growing Micro-Brains From Skin Cells Sheds Light On Autism

And a possible way to reverse it<p>To understand the mechanisms behind autism, researchers grew miniature human brains from the stem cells of autism patients. The resulting "brain organoids" revealed that a genetic mutation causes the brain to overproduce inhibitory neurons, which dampens how signals …

Here’s Why Screams Raise Your Mental Alarm

It’s because the sound oscillates in a unique way<p>Screams can jar you from a deep sleep, instantly making you feel panicked even if you were in the deepest state of relaxation. Now researchers from New York University understand why screams affect us the way they do: the frequency of the sound …

The Brain

3 photosynthesis hacks to feed the planet

In order to feed a growing world population—a predicted 10.5 billion by 2050—plant scientists are looking for ways to get past shrinking arable land …

Washington University in St. Louis

An Asteroid Mining Test Vehicle Just Launched From The Space Station

Robo space miners, deploy!<p>Planetary Resources, a company that wants to mine asteroids for precious materials, has just launched a demonstration vehicle to test out its asteroid mining technologies. The breadbox-sized Arkyd 3 Reflight (A3R) is so-named because the original Arkyd 3 died a fiery death …

How Air Pollution May Have Caused Catastrophic Flooding In China

Air pollution isn't just bad for your health.It can have dramatic effects on weather and climate. In fact, a team of scientists believes that air pollution from industries and traffic could have caused the extreme floods that devastated southwest China in 2013.<p>In July of that year, China's Sichuan …

Scientists 'stumped' by odd geologic feature on Pluto's moon Charon

NASA's New Horizons mission has revealed that Pluto's largest moon, Charon, is full of surprises, including a strange feature that scientists are calling "a mountain in a moat."<p>You can see it in the upper left corner of the inset in the image above.<p>"This is a feature that has geologists stunned and …

HTC Desire 626 quick look and hands on

HTC just introduced a slew of affordable smartphones to the market under the Desire series of smartphones. What these devices bring is some of what we love about HTC devices at an incredibly affordable price point, in the company’s attempt to gain some traction in a segment of the market that is …