Pamela Ayson

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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 …

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

A man who had appeared to have been in a vegetative state for 12 years knew his name and knew where he was, Canadian researchers report in a study showing it’s possible to use MRI brain scans to establish communication with people who seem completely unconscious.<p>Three people tested using a special …

The Brain

Different Parts Of Brain Affected By Autism In Women And Men, Study Finds

Different parts of the brain are affected in women with autism than in men with autism, according to a new study.<p>Autism is known to affect boys more often than girls -- one in 54 boys, versus one in 252 girls -- and this new finding provides evidence for researchers that the condition might not …

Two-Year-Old Best Man Dies Two Days After His Parents Marry

A toddler who served as the best man at his parents’ wedding over the weekend, died Monday due to complications associated with Fanconi anemia, a …

Would you trust a doctor in a T-shirt?

<b>A senior British doctor has complained that junior members of her profession are getting too scruffy. But since doctors are valued for their skill and knowledge does it really matter what they wear?</b><p>The father of Western medicine, Hippocrates, had a clear idea of what a doctor should look like - …

Why Deaf People Don't Achoo When They Sneeze

You may not know it, but peer pressure influences what you sound like when you sneeze.<p>Sneezing feels—and is—so involuntary, yet apparently you do still have some control over what you say when you sneeze. "Achoo!" is particular to English speakers, the BBC's Ouch blog reports, and deaf people just …

Urine odour test for bladder cancer

<b>UK scientists have made a device that can "smell" bladder cancer in urine samples.</b><p>It uses a sensor to detect gaseous chemicals that are given off if cancer cells are present.<p>Early trials show the tests gives accurate results more than nine times in 10, its inventors told PLoS One journal.<p>But …

Infertility May Be Linked To Taste Genes

By: Charles Choi, Contributing Writer<p>Published: 07/01/2013 03:12 PM EDT on LiveScience<p>Genes involved in tasting sweet and savory flavors on the tongue also play a key role in properly working sperm, new research in animals finds.<p>These findings could lead to novel contraceptives for men, and suggest …

3-D Printing Could Build New Bone Using Stem Cells

By: By Tanya Lewis, Staff Writer<p>Published: 07/01/2013 03:14 PM EDT on LiveScience<p>Damaged bones could be fixed with a new technique that involves 3D printing a tissue using living stem cells.<p>For example, if a child had a jawbone defect, you could take an image of the defect, feed it into a computer …

The Ultimate Sweet Potato Fries Recipe

How to make delicious fries—and the healthiest, tastiest dip to go with them<p>Avocado is packed with good fats. And the good news is, mixing the smooth, creamy superfood with a smoky spice like paprika makes for a mouthwatering combo. Try this at home: Spiced Sweet Potato Fries with Creamy Avocado …

Food

Brain Chemistry Altered by Early Life Experience (Part 1)

There was a fascinating article that recently showed up on NBC News.com on June 2. It dealt with the overarching concept of resiliency possibly being …

FYI: Does The Komodo Dragon Really Kill With A Bacteria-Filled Bite?

Surprising facts about the world's largest lizard.<p>Based on a single observational study from the 1970s, published in 1981 by biologist Walter Auffenberg, we've long assumed that Komodo dragons cause fatal infections in their prey by gifting prey with scary bacteria that lives in the mouths of the …

The Week In Numbers: The Most Expensive Experiment Ever, 700,000-Year-Old DNA, And More

<b>233 degrees Fahrenheit</b>: the temperature at which NASA sterilized the Viking landers before they went to Mars (turns out that was probably unnecessary—if Earth microorganisms could survive on Mars, they're probably already living there…)<p><b>€13 billion to €16 billion</b>: the cost of the International …

FYI: Could A 3-D Movie Improve Your Vision?

Maybe! Although you certainly wouldn't want to count on it.<p>Bruce Bridgeman, a psychology professor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, couldn't see in three dimensions for most of his life. That was until he went to a 3-D showing of the movie <i>Hugo</i> and, amazingly, had his depth perception …

How Not To Be A Dad: The Latest Science Of Male Birth Control

Examining 8 promising methods of male contraception in development. Happy Father's Day!<p><i>Click here to enter the gallery</i><p>Male birth control, like flying cars, just seems like one of those things we should have by now. It's the 21st century—if they can find the Higgs Boson and bring back <i>Arrested</i> …

New Human Body Part Discovered

Time to rewrite the textbooks!<p>The newest addition to human anatomy is just 15 microns thick, but its discovery will make eye surgery safer and simpler. Harminder Dua, a professor at the University of Nottingham, recently found a new layer in the human cornea, and he's calling it (can you guess?) …

How Safe Is Splenda? CSPI Urges Caution for Artificial Sweetener

By: Rachael Rettner, LiveScience Senior Writer<p>Published: 06/12/2013 12:22 PM EDT on LiveScience<p>The artificial sweetener sucralose (sold under the brand name Splenda) could potentially pose health risks, so it needs to be better understood before the sweetener should be assumed to be safe, one …

MRI detects early damage to chemotherapy child hearts

<b>Detecting early damage to a child's heart following chemotherapy is possible using MRI scans, says a study from Canada.</b><p>Even when children's heart function appeared to be normal, a new MRI method of mapping the heart was able to identify damage, University of Alberta researchers said.<p>A UK …

Cancer

Simple vinegar cancer test could save tens of thousands of lives

A simple vinegar test slashed cervical cancer death rates by one-third in a remarkable study of 150,000 women in the slums of India, where the disease is the top cancer killer of women.<p>Doctors reported the results Sunday at a cancer conference in Chicago. Experts called the outcome "amazing" and …

How to Make Any Marinara Sauce in 5 Steps (and 20 Minutes)

<i>Here at Food52, we love recipes -- but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don't always need a recipe, you'll make your favorite dishes a lot more often.</i><p><i>Today: How to make fresh marinara in 20 minutes flat, with variations -- you'll never want to buy the jarred stuff</i> …

Italian Food

The Avocado Toast Fan Club

<i>As a defiant response to Sad Desk Lunches, the Food52 team works to keep our midday meals both interesting and pretty -- even if they're eaten while our eyes are on the screen. Each week, we'll be sharing our happiest desk lunches -- and we want to see yours, too.</i><p><i>Today, Marian finally gets to talk</i> …

Breakfast

Your Brain Makes Its Own Version Of Valium

Poppin' peptides.<p>Valium, the anti-anxiety drug that was once the most popular prescription medication in America, might have a naturally occurring relative in the mammalian brain, according to a new paper in <i>Neuron</i>.<p>Stanford University researchers have discovered that a protein called diazepam …

How to Make Tequila-Lime Marinade

The next time you make fish, whip up this tasty marinade for a hit of citrus<p>Pair this tequila-lime marinade with mahimahi or snapper for the ultimate fish tacos, or with flank steak for a delicious batch of south-of-the-border fajitas. <b>Tequila-Lime Marinade</b> 1/2 cup blanco tequila 1/4 cup honey 1/4 …

Food

Running May Protect Your Eyes From Cataracts

Williams found that his latest data analysis supported his earlier finding. In more than 32,000 runners and 14,000 walkers, the more they walked or ran, the less likely they were to be diagnosed with cataracts during the study's six-year follow-up period. The risk reduction was equal between men …

Could the Secret to Happiness Be...Yogurt?

I have wanted to share this video with you for weeks, but it's only now that I think it might actually fit into a post:<p>Obviously, the whole thing is to make fun of diets and diet products with exaggerated (and funny!) cliches. But do you see that one girl, dancing around euphorically while she eats …

Napping Tips: 7 Expert Strategies For Maximizing Your Naptime

If you're dragging this first day back to work after the holiday weekend, think again before heading for the coffee machine: Taking a short mid-day snooze could actually be a more effective way to give yourself a mental boost. Naps have been shown to counter the effects of sleep deprivation, boost …

The Health Benefits Of Eggs Revealed

Eggs keep your peepers peeping <br>Egg yolks are also high in lutein and zeaxanthin, two antioxidants that have been shown to ward off macular degeneration--so you'll still be able to eyeball hotties from afar when you're 80.<p>An omelet a day can shrink your waist<br>Louisiana State University system …

Intelligence linked to ability to ignore distractions

<b>People with higher IQs are slow to detect large background movements because their brains filter out non-essential information, say US researchers.</b><p>Instead, they are good at detecting small moving objects.<p>The findings come in a study of 53 people given a simple, visual test in Current Biology.<p>The …