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Einstein's election riddle: are you in the two per cent that can solve it?

Last month I blogged about a logic puzzle that had gone viral in Singapore. My posts on Cheryl’s birthday problem attracted more readers than anything I have ever written before: more than five million views. For a couple of days they were the most popular stories across the entire Guardian website.<p>…

Mathematics

Tadpoles flying across blue sky wins Royal Society Publishing photography competition

An underwater photo of tadpoles seemingly flying across a bright blue sky has won first place in the inaugural Royal Society Publishing photography …

3D Tongue Movement Images Help Patients Improve Speech

<b>Findings could be helpful for stroke patients.</b><p>A new study done by University of Texas at Dallas researchers indicates that watching 3-D images of …

Strengthening Brain Connections

<b>Newly identified mechanism allows the brain to strengthen links between neurons.</b><p>When the brain forms memories or learns a new task, it encodes the …

Scientists commit fraud more often than you think. But there may be a way to spot it early

The number of published science papers that have been retracted due to misconduct or fraud has ballooned in the last decade. But as with any academic matter, the root cause is being endlessly debated. What if there was an easy way to spot scientific fraud before it gained wide distribution?<p>If even …

High dose of vitamin C kills cancer cells in mice

It selectively kills colorectal cancer cells with two common mutations.<p>A new study published in <i>Science</i> presents evidence that perhaps some of the …

LED lights may help treat Alzheimer's disease: New study

Researchers have used blue LED lights to effectively prevent the buildup of a protein known to cause Alzheimer's disease, an advance that may pave …

Dementia

Frontal brain wrinkle linked to hallucinations

<b>A study of 153 brain scans has linked a particular furrow, near the front of each hemisphere, to hallucinations in schizophrenia.</b><p>This fold tends to be shorter in those patients who hallucinate, compared with those who do not.<p>It is an area of the brain that appears to have a role in distinguishing …

Luminescent Nanoparticles Image Brain Function

<b>Research biologists, chemists and theoreticians at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL), are on pace to develop the next generation of functional</b> …

Big win for coffee lovers — science says it has this very major health benefit

Coffee is one substance that has <i>a lot</i> of nicknames. There’s java, mud, joe, cup o’ joe, caffeine, cuppa, and you most likely have your own special, …

Coffee