Nicole Finnegan

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Hope for a Greener Future in 2014

Electronic and nuclear waste, fresh water degradation, and organic agriculture are among the major environmental issues Epoch Times will explore as …

Forget the headlines – schizophrenia is more common than you might think

Which illness frightens you most? Cancer? Stroke? Dementia? To judge from tabloid coverage, the condition we should really fear isn't physical at all. "Scared of mum's schizophrenic attacks", "Knife-wielding schizophrenic woman in court", "Schizo stranger killed dad", "Rachel murder: schizo …

Huge Dark Matter Experiment Finds Nothing but More Mysteries

The hunt for dark matter just keeps getting more confusing. Today scientists released findings from the first three months of the Large Underground …

Ozone hole 2013

The ozone hole over the South Pole on September 16, 2013. The ozone hole was slightly smaller in 2013 than the average for recent decades.<p>The ozone …

Eek Week: Spider Venom Could Make You and Your Dog Feel Great

As a courtesy to bug-phobes, some of the more lurid images in this post will be hidden until and unless you press this button.<br>SHOW<p>Fear of spiders is based, at least in part, on the fact that a few of them can bite us. When they do, it can hurt. A lot. But did you know spider venom is actually being …

The Startling Surge of the Siberian HIV Strain

In public health, epidemiologists could be best regarded as microbial detectives. They are tasked with the unenviable position of having to examine an outbreak to determine not only the cause but also the potential consequences if the culprit is not controlled. At one time, the tools were limited …

Huge magma reservoir beneath Yellowstone is two and a half times larger than expected

The magma reservoir under the Yellowstone National Park is 50 miles (80km) long and 12 miles (20km) wide: more than two and a half times larger than expected. <i>Nature</i> describes the reservoir as "a 4,000 cubic kilometer underground sponge," between six and eight percent of it filled with molten</i> …

Will we ever bring the dead back to life?

Understanding the processes governing death is helping experts try to halt and reverse it. It’s also challenging our ideas about the nature of death itself.<p>Zach Conrad died on a lovely Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. It was 3 June 2012, and the 36-year-old financial analyst had decided to take a …

Medicine

French King Henry IV's head stars in forensic dispute

Doubt — and a reportedly royal severed head — haunts a murky corner of forensic science these days, as researchers squabble over an unearthed packet of mummified remains thought to have belonged to King Henry IV of France.<p>The mystery has produced a frightful case of regret among two researchers who …

AIDS Scientists Encouraged By Antibodies That Hit Monkey Virus

Scientists have a new idea for beating HIV: Target the virus with guided missiles called monoclonal antibodies.<p>At least in monkeys infected with an experimental virus similar to the human AIDS virus, the approach produced what researchers call "profound therapeutic efficacy."<p>The results appear …

Chinese Bats May Be Carrying the Next SARS Pandemic

In November 2002, a deadly new virus emerged suddenly in the south of China. In less than a year, the disease it caused, known as SARS, spread to 33 …

How your dog's wagging tail can reveal its emotions

The way your dog wags its tail may reveal how it is feeling, according to new research<p>Dog owners have long assumed that when their pet’s tail is wagging, it is usually a sign of contentment and happiness.<p>Scientists have discovered, however, that dogs communicate far more information about their …

Research

The devil you know: inside the world of a psychopathic scientist

James Fallon has the biology of a stone-cold killer — and he would know<p>James Fallon is a happily married father of three, an award-winning neuroscientist at the University of California, Irvine, the founder of several successful biotech companies, and a scientific advisor to the US Department of …

Malaria cases in the US reach a 40-year high, new data shows

Malaria has been nearly obliterated in the United States — but rates of the deadly tropical illness recently saw a striking rise stateside, according to new data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).<p>In a report issued today, the agency noted that malaria cases in the US …

How Brain Cells Are Like Little Universes

The structures of the universe and the human brain are strikingly similar.<p>In the Eastern spiritual discipline of Daoism, the human body has long been …

Owen Paterson, 'wickedness' and the fairy dust of science

Even the most rational of arguments can understandably sometimes get quite heated. But in branding critics so emotively as "wicked" and "disgusting", GM advocates like Owen Paterson relinquish any claims to reason.<p>Like other hysterically unqualified defences of rationality, this carries a worrying …

Citizens and science in a greener China

This week's visit to Beijing by George Osborne and David Willetts is important. Sensible collaboration with China in science, technology and innovation is not only in Britain's economic interests but can also help to address environmental challenges shared by the entire international community. …

Prehistoric women left their mark on cave walls

Analysis of cave art in France and Spain reveals that 75 percent of the handprints likely belonged to women.<p>The assumption has been that men made the …

Anthropology

Little kids need conversation to pick up language

By speaking directly to their toddlers, parents can help them learn to process language more quickly, which speeds up vocabulary growth.<p>It is well …

Language Learning

Not-so special K: Big Pharma wants ketamine clones to treat depression

Some companies are betting big on the club drug<p>It's commonly used as an anesthetic, and perhaps best known as hallucinogenic club drug Special K, but ketamine might soon have a third application: as a prescription treatment for depression, and one that portends to be the biggest breakthrough in the …

Tissue engineering: Grow your own smart organs

Robert Langer thinks one day we could grow tissues and organs from our cells, which contain sensors that can alert you when illness is about to strike.<p>The idea behind tissue engineering is that you take plastics, add cells to it, and if you use the right kind of plastics and the right structure and …

Biomedical Engineering

Pulses of light turn on cancer ‘death signal’

Researchers have created a peptide—a small piece of protein—that when linked to a light-responsive dye is able to switch on death pathways in cancer …

Cardiff University

Did Ancient Climate Change Drive Human Evolution?

A new study argues that climate oscillations in East Africa resulted in human migration and adaptation.<p>Millions of years ago, slow changes in the Earth's orbit changed the climate in East Africa dramatically. Every 20,000 years ago, the region vacillated between very dry and very wet periods. These …

Scientists 'Eavesdrop' On A Brain

Just remove some skull and add some electrodes and you've got a mind wiretap.<p>A team of researchers from Stanford say they've created a system to "eavesdrop" on the brain, allowing them to monitor a person's brain activity while that person moves around (and thinks) in a normal environment, instead …

One thousand exoplanets but still no twin for Earth

Imagine Earth's twin planet: shining blue with oceans and laced with white clouds. It orbits a star that is virtually indistinguishable from the sun, and is – of course – teeming with alien life.<p>The problem is that try as they might, astronomers have not been able to find such a world. Even after …

Being In Love Makes Water Taste Sweeter

Scientific proof that love is a sweet, sweet thing<p>A little lovin' may make your dessert more delicious, according to a recent series of experiments from the University of Singapore. Not only do we correlate the word love with sweetness, but thinking about romance might make us perceive the things …

Relationships