Rene Burkeen

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Neuroscience: ‘I built a brain decoder'

What are you looking at? Scientist Jack Gallant can find out by decoding your thoughts, as Rose Eveleth discovers.<p>Jack Gallant can read your mind. Or at least, he can figure out what you’re seeing if you’re in his machine watching a movie he’s playing for you.<p>Gallant, a researcher at the University …

The Brain

This Newfound Species Has The Highest-Pitched Call Recorded

Which it uses to attract mates, natch.<p><i>Supersonus</i> can hit the high notes. One species in this newly discovered genus of katydid hailing from the rainforests of Ecuador and Colombia can produce mating calls of a higher pitch than previously recorded for any arthropod, a vast group that includes …

Why I want a microchip implant

With a chip under your skin, you can do everything from unlocking doors to starting motorbikes, says Frank Swain, who has been trying to get his own implant.<p>A few years ago, I perched on the edge of my bed in a tiny flat, breathing in a cloud of acetone fumes, using a scalpel to pick at the corner …

San Francisco

The Orgasmatron: Strange tale of a pleasure implant

Pleasure-inducing implants can induce orgasms at the push of a button, but as Frank Swain discovers, there’s a curious history behind this technology.<p>This month, news outlets worldwide issued breathless reports of a wondrous implant that causes orgasms at the touch of a button. The Orgasmatron, …

FDA
Medicine

How faecal transplantation is gaining credibility

Many find the idea of faecal, or poo transplants disgusting. However a growing body of evidence suggests this could be a lifesaver, as Bryn Nelson reports.<p>This is how far a mother will go.<p>Your daughter has been sick for more than four years with a severe autoimmune disease that has left her colon …

Medicine

Brain stimulation: The military’s mind-zapping project

Shocking the brain with mild electrical current was once a controversial treatment for the mentally ill. Now evidence is emerging that it could quicken learning and improve attention, and as Emma Young discovers, the US military is very interested in its potential.<p>An unusual trial is underway at …

The Brain

The ultimate comeback: Bringing the dead back to life

A radical procedure that involves replacing a patient's blood with cold salt water could retrieve people from the brink of death, says David Robson.<p>“When you are at 10C, with no brain activity, no heartbeat, no blood – everyone would agree that you’re dead,” says Peter Rhee at the University of …

Medicine

Climate change: Could we engineer greener humans?

In the far future, might we consider changing human biology to avoid the worst effects of climate change? Frank Swain explores an intriguing thought experiment.<p>Climate change is one of the biggest threats facing humankind, and as the stakes are raised, many are proposing ambitious solutions – from …

Immune System

Johnny Cash's Great-Niece Found Stabbed to Death

The great-niece of the late singer Johnny Cash has been found stabbed to death and stuffed in a box in a house, authorities in Tennessee said …

Deadly Ebola virus reaches Guinea capital Conakry - UN

<b>An outbreak of the Ebola virus - which has already killed 59 people in Guinea - has reached the capital Conakry, the UN's children agency has warned.</b><p>Unicef said the haemorrhagic fever had spread quickly from southern Guinea, hundreds of kilometres away.<p>Scores of cases have been recorded since the …

Disease

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Lack Of Sleep Kills Brain Cells, New Study Shows

If you’re burning the midnight oil, you may be burning out brain cells, too, new research shows. A study published this week in the Journal of Neuroscience found that staying awake too long destroys brain cells in mice, and may do the same in humans.<p>It’s the first study to show (if only in animals) …

Researchers closer to unravelling the aerodynamic mystery of flying snakes

An ornate, lime-green snake hangs from a branch. Upon spotting a predator, it suddenly propels itself into the air, flattening and wiggling its body until safely landing in a faraway tree.<p>Flying snakes are elegant gliders that have evolved a special skill that sets them apart. In two new studies, …

This rough diamond hints at oceans’ worth of water inside Earth

A $20 diamond provides evidence of a ‘wet zone’ deep below Earth’s surface where vast volumes of water are locked up inside minerals.<p>It might be the …

Chinese Scientist Likens Beijing's Smog Problem To "Nuclear Winter"

Farms are in a "smog panic" as plants falter without sunlight<p>A Chinese scientist said that the smog situation in the country is so bad that it resembles a "nuclear winter," preventing plants from producing energy from the sun's rays via photosynthesis, and presenting a possible disaster for the …

Pollution

Alarming Video Shows Arctic Ice Disappearing

Old ice in the Arctic is vanishing. That's a problem, since it's more resistant to melting than young ice.<p>You've probably heard that ice in the Arctic is melting. But you may have never seen it shown this clearly. A video from the National Ocean and Atmospheric Administration shows 27 years of ice …

At 4.4 billion years old, these tiny blue crystals are the oldest on Earth

The oldest thing on Earth is smaller than a piece of human hair. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, have determined that blue zircon crystals found in a remote part of Australia are 4.4 billion years old, just 160 million younger than the formation of our solar system. The …

Climate Change Is Already Causing Mass Human Migration

There are a lot of reasons people move: for work, for love, for the draw of the big city or the quiet of nature. But as the world continues to warm, …

Guys, It Was So Cold In Norway Last Weekend That A School Of Fish Froze In Place (PHOTO)

It was awfully cold in Lovund, Norway, last weekend. So cold, in fact, that a school of herring that strayed too close to shore apparently froze in place.<p>Ingolf Kristiansen captured a picture of bizarre phenomenon Sunday. The image was then provided to the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation</i> …

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January's Epidemic: 11 School Shootings in 19 Days

This article is from the archive of our partner .<p>January 2014 is threatening to become the month when gun violence became a matter of routine in …

Controversial pesticides linked to human neurotoxicity

Europe should slash the acceptable human exposure limits on two neonicotinoids — a class of insecticide previously linked to bee declines — says a …

These 1,500-Year-Old Teeth Prove the Bubonic Plague Isn’t Dead Yet

Researchers studying the teeth of two 1,500-year-old German victims of the Justinian plague have uncovered tiny bits of DNA that link the ancient …

Arctic Ocean 'acidifying rapidly'

<b>The Arctic seas are being made rapidly more acidic by carbon dioxide emissions, according to a new report.</b><p>Scientists from the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) monitored widespread changes in ocean chemistry in the region.<p>They say even if CO2 emissions stopped now, it would take …

Global Warming