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Nobel prize find: search for ‘soul of rat’ revealed brain’s navigation system

Nobel prizewinning discovery shows just how beautiful our brains can be in the patterns they create and weave<p>John O’Keefe – who shares this year’s Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine – once jokingly told me that he was searching for the soul of the rat, but missed and struck lucky with his …

Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for finding brain’s ‘you are here’ cells

Winning research answered question that stumped philosophers for hundreds of years: how do we know our place in the world?<p>Three neuroscientists, including a married couple from Norway, have won the 2014 Nobel prize in physiology or medicine for their discovery of the brain’s internal GPS.<p>Their …

Here's Why The Night Sky Is Dark Even Though Jillions Of Stars Are Shining Light Our Way

There are <i>a lot</i> of stars out there--an estimated 70 billion trillion. With so many stars beaming their light our way, it seems only logical that the night sky would be as bright as day.<p>This is the essence of the so-called dark night sky paradox, also known as Olbers' paradox after German astronomer …

Earth's Water Is Older Than The Sun - And May Exist On Alien Worlds Too

Scientists have discovered that the life-giving water of Earth predates the formation of the Sun - and there could be a lot more of it out there.<p>Water is essential to life on Earth and likely indicator for alien life as well, which is why so much of the world’s space missions and astronomical …

In Africa, Ebola Patients Need More Than Medicine

Seventy-five percent of Ebola victims are women. Paul Farmer, the revolutionary doctor, thinks we should reconsider how we treat the virus.<p>The dusty hills around Lima sprout concrete at all angles. There are many words here for the gray delineation of poverty-struck areas: <i>áreas tugurizadas</i> (slum …

It's Thanks to Evolution That No Two Faces Are Alike, Study Finds

Humans' stunning diversity of facial features evolved to make recognition easier, a study says.<p>From bug eyes to aquiline noses, square jaws to chin dimples, no two faces are alike. That diversity may have evolved to make it easier to recognize other people, researchers reported on Tuesday.<p>The shape …

Powerful Self-Portraits Reveal Artist's Descent Into Alzheimer's Disease

In 1995, at the age of 61, American artist William Utermohlen was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. In response to the illness, the London-based artist immediately began to paint an ambitious series of self-portraits. From the time of his diagnosis to 2000, when he was admitted to a nursing home, …

Dementia

Can diversity make babies open-minded learners? - Futurity

Hearing different languages around the neighborhood—in stores, on the bus, at the park—may change the way babies learn.

Northern lights may put on a show over the UK tonight

The aurora borealis could be pushed further south than usual by a coronal mass ejection from the sun on Friday<p>Share your photos and videos via GuardianWitness<p>Skywatchers in northern England, Scotland and Northern Ireland could see a display of the colourful northern lights on Friday and Saturday …

Rosetta maps comet's surface for first time

As the European Space Agency's (ESA) Rosetta spacecraft continues its mission by accompanying comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P, for short) on its …

Space

Mental illness and sexual abuse: the shocking link

Violence perpetrated on the mentally ill shows that victim-blaming is nothing more than a cover-up for subhuman behaviour<p>Some years ago, the Mufti of Australia got into hot water when he likened women who failed to wear the hijab to “uncovered meat”, at risk of being devoured by cats. In other …

How standing might be the best anti-ageing technique

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Can We Hack Our Vision To See Infrared With The Naked Eye?

A team of biohackers is attempting to modify the human sensory spectrum.<p>“Can you imagine a color you’ve never seen?” Jeffrey Tibbetts asks, looking directly into the Skype camera. We would like to think that we can, of course, that our imaginations are limitless. But the answer, no matter how much …

Welcome to Laniakea, your galactic supercluster home

Home, supercluster home. Astronomers studying the skies have found that our galaxy, the Milky Way, is part of an enormous supercluster of galaxies that has been named Laniakea, which comes from the Hawaiian words for "immeasurable heaven."<p>Laniakea, described in the journal Nature, stretches some …

Meet the genes in the beans of your coffee

Wake up and smell the genome.<p>Researchers have pieced together the genetic atlas of the parent of the most commonly cultivated species of coffee plant and uncovered a rather independent streak in its evolution.<p>-----------<p><b>FOR THE RECORD</b><p>An earlier version of this post said 39 countries had exported …

Nighttime Lights Reset Birds' Internal Clocks, Threatening Dawn's Chorus

Brighter nights shift hormones and other biological cues for mating, singing, and finding food.<p>Streetlights and the light from shopping centers, stadiums, and houses turn night into day, a "loss of night" that is shifting the internal clocks of birds worldwide. Now, scientists are trying to …

Boston Children's Hospital preps surgeons with custom 3D-printed models

Undoubtedly, 3D printing has taken root in a variety of disciplines, and medicine is no stranger to leveraging its tool kit. At Boston Children's Hospital, surgeons are using printed models to prep for the operating room. "With 3D printing, we're taking a step that allows experienced doctors to …

New Milky Way maps help solve stubborn interstellar material mystery

An international team of sky scholars, including a key researcher from Johns Hopkins, has produced new maps of the material located between the stars …

New ways to treat solid tumours

(Medical Xpress)—An international team of scientists has shown that an antibody against the protein EphA3, found in the micro-environment of solid …

This Gorgeous Image From Hubble Shines New Light On Old Cosmic Mystery

Holy Hubble!<p>It's been almost 25 years since the Hubble Space Telescope was deployed in 1990, but the orbiting observatory keeps sending exciting new images. Just check out one of Hubble's latest images below, featuring a brilliant globular cluster full of stars that shine bright like</i> …

A Professor Created A Single Tree That Can Produce 40 Types Of Fruit

"The idea is that I could collapse a whole orchard and put it into one tree," he told Business Insider.<p>Each of the colors in the photo above represents a variety of flowering tree. Collectively, as one plant, they produce 40 different edible stone fruits (ones with pits, like peaches and plums). …

Peaches

A new way to search for exomoons

We now know more than 1,800 exoplanets – worlds orbiting distant suns – but zero exomoons. UT Arlington physicists propose a new way to search for …

Astronomy

Malaria fight focuses on 2 mosquito bacteria - Futurity

A type of bacteria that occurs naturally in mosquitoes appears to stop the insects from passing Wolbachia bacteria to their offspring.

Scientists turned these brown butterflies violet - Futurity

By changing the color of butterfly wings, scientists are the first to produce structural color change in an animal by influencing evolution.

Biology