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First Direct Evidence That ADHD is a Genetic Disorder Found

Neuroscience researchers from Cardiff University have found the first direct evidence that ADHD is a genetic disorder. The research found that of the …

How a history of eating human brains protected this tribe from brain disease

The sickness spread at funerals.<p>The Fore people, a once-isolated tribe in eastern Papua New Guinea, had a long-standing tradition of mortuary feasts — eating the dead from their own community at funerals. Men consumed the flesh of their deceased relatives, while women and children ate the brain. It …

It's easy to make your brain think it's in someone else's body

Some scientists just can't stop threatening people with knives and rubber mallets. But it's not out of sadism (we hope). Fear can be a vivid indicator of who, or rather where, you think you are.<p>A team of researchers at Sweden's Karolinska Institutet has been investigating how our brains orient us …

Mind-control: ‘I drove a car with my thoughts’

A car in Germany can be steered with thought alone. Rose Eveleth asks its driver and his team about the fiendishly difficult skills required to steer mind-controlled vehicles.<p>Henrik Matzke is in the driving seat of a car, poised to make a very unusual manoeuvre. The car pulls up to a junction. He …

The Fermi Paradox

<i>PDF: We made a fancy PDF of this post for printing and offline viewing. Buy it here. (Or see a preview.)</i><p>Everyone feels something when they’re in a …

Serotonin deficiency may not cause depression after all

<b>(hikrcn/Shutterstock)</b><p>New research may lead to a more direct and effective treatment than common SSRIs<p>Jeanene Swanson<p>December 13, 2013 1:30pm (UTC)<p>Depression strikes some 35 million people worldwide, according to the World Health Organization, contributing to lowered quality of life as well as an …

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Do you really need to drink eight cups of water a day?

<b>Drinking eight cups or two litres of water a day is longstanding advice. But is there any scientific basis for it, asks Dr Chris van Tulleken.</b><p>You know those ads that remind us that even a small drop in hydration levels can massively affect performance so you need to keep hydrated with whatever …

Peanut butter sniff test confirms Alzheimer’s

A dollop of peanut butter and a ruler might be a way to confirm a diagnosis of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.<p>Jennifer Stamps, a graduate student in …

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Ballerinas' brains may hold the key to treating chronic dizziness

A study of ballerinas' brains has revealed a structural change, caused by years of training, that stops them feeling dizzy.<p>A study by the Imperial College London's medicine department has unveiled structural changes in professional <b>ballerinas</b>' brains that help them pirouette without becoming …

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Brain changes of autism may begin in the womb

Scientists say many of the brain changes seen in autism likely occur during pregnancy and delivery.<p>Two new studies add to a growing body of evidence pointing to pregnancy as a critical period in the brain changes that lead to autism.<p>One study, published Tuesday in <i>Annals of Neurology,</i> finds a …

A Light Bulb Powered By Bacteria

Three college students are building an electricity-free light bulb for the masses.<p>We've all basked in the glow of different light bulbs: incandescent, fluorescent, halogen, neon, LED, and more. But a lamp that harbors living, light-emitting bacteria -- a biological bulb, if you will -- is something …

Watch Lab-Grown Heart Tissue Beat On Its Own [Video]

Be still my heart.<p>A team of scientists from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has created lab-grown human heart tissue that can beat on its own, according to a new study in <i>Nature Communications</i>.<p>In 2008, a University of Minnesota study showed that the original cells from a rat heart …

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Brain scans reveal which 'vegetative' patients are alert, trapped in bodies

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FYI: What Is The Evolutionary Purpose Of Tickling?

You probably know that you can't tickle yourself. And although you might be able to tickle a total stranger, your brain also strongly discourages you from doing something so socially awkward. These facts offer insight into tickling's evolutionary purpose, says Robert R. Provine, a neuroscientist at …

Crowdfunded cups and straws quickly detect 'invisible' date rape drugs

The odorless and tasteless nature of "date rape drugs" can make them impossible for victims to detect before it's too late. But soon your drinking glass may able to warn you if dangerous chemicals have been slipped into your cocktail. Next month, DrinkSavvy will begin shipping plastic cups and …