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Caffeine Enhances Memory

That morning cup of coffee or lunchtime soda might serve a purpose beyond giving you a jolt of energy. According to a new study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, caffeine enhances memory.<p>Participants in the study took placebos or 200-milligram caffeine tablets—the same amount of the …

'Placebo Sleep' Can Improve Cognitive Skills

If you tell people they slept better than they did, they are likely to perform better on math and word association tests.<p>If you can't get <i>real</i> sleep, perhaps you can make up for it with <i>placebo</i> sleep. Or such is the suggestion of a new study that found that people did better on cognitive tests after …

Google Is Making Smart Contact Lenses for Better Health Monitoring

A late-breaking surprise just came out of the Google camp with the revelation that it's going to start making smart contact lenses. As in contact …

Wearable Tech

The Weight-Loss Pill That Turns Into a Balloon to Fill One's Stomach

A novel treatment in clinical trials<p>This is the Obalon system. It is a pill that has a balloon inside. Obalon is a weight-loss device, marketed as an alternative to bariatric surgery, that claims to help people eat less and "push back from the table sooner."<p>Obalon begins to work when you swallow …

First monkeys with custom genetic mutations could revolutionize human disease research

Mice could slowly be replaced with monkeys as the prime animal subjects for human illness research. Scientists in China have successfully bred the first monkeys with targeted genetic mutations, which could lead to primates modeling sicknesses found in humans.<p>The team from Model Animal Research …

Your Body Can Kill Cancer. It Just Needs Better Instructions.

Researchers have been programming peoples' immune systems to recognize and destory cancer.<p>Part of what makes cancers so insidious is that they’re not invaders: They’re our own cells turned against us. That means the body usually doesn’t see them as a threat. But over the last few years, teams at …

This bionic arm could help amputees regain a true sense of touch

Advertisement<p>5 Comments<p>Credit: EPFL<p>Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute in Lausanne and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Italy report …

Europa: a better target than Mars to find alien life

At the beginning of the 17th century, few people contributed to the invention of the refracting telescope. It was the beginning of lenses capable of …

NASA is now accepting applications from companies that want to mine the moon

NASA is now working with private companies to take the first steps in exploring the moon for valuable resources like helium 3 and rare earth metals.<p>Initial proposals are due tomorrow for the Lunar Cargo Transportation and Landing by Soft Touchdown program (CATALYST). One or more private companies …

Australian astronomers discover oldest known star in universe

A team of scientists at the Australian National University has discovered the oldest known star in the universe.<p>The discovery of the heavenly body, which formed about 13.6bn years ago, has allowed astronomers to study the chemistry of the first stars.<p>Lead researcher Dr Stefan Keller of the ANU’s …

Michael Schumacher being brought out of induced coma, says manager

The seven-time Formula One world champion Michael Schumacher is gradually being lifted out of his artificial coma, his management confirmed on Thursday.<p>A statement released by Schumacher's manager, Sabine Kehm, said: "Michael's sedation is being reduced in order to allow the start of the waking-up …

'World's oldest flamingo' dies in Australian zoo at 83

<b>A flamingo believed to be the oldest of its kind in the world has died at the age of 83 in Australia.</b><p>Greater the flamingo was put to sleep on Friday due to complications brought about by arthritis and old age, officials at Adelaide Zoo said.<p>The flamingo, named after its species, arrived at the zoo …

Russian men losing years to vodka

Russian men who down large amounts of vodka have an "extraordinarily" high risk of an early death, a new study says.<p>Researchers tracked about 151,000 adult men in the Russian cities of Barnaul, Byisk and Tomsk from 1999 to 2010. They interviewed them about their drinking habits and, when about …

Insane New Footage Of Felix Baumgartner's Edge-Of-Space Jump Released

We're warning you now: This new video of Felix Baumgartner's record-setting leap from the edge of space just might make you feel a bit queasy.<p>The supersonic skydiver made history in October 2012 when he plunged more than 24 miles to Earth's surface, breaking three records in the process.<p>Now, nearly …

Cells from eyes of dead 'may give sight to blind'

<b>Cells taken from the donated eyes of dead people may be able to give sight to the blind, researchers suggest.</b><p>Tests in rats, reported in Stem Cells Translational Medicine, showed the human cells could restore some vision to completely blind rats.<p>The team at University College London said similar …

Vinted’s mobile app turns your unwanted clothing into cash

Women have billions of dollars worth of unworn clothing in their closets.<p>Vinted is a mobile marketplace for secondhand clothes that puts those forsaken garments to use. Today, the startup announced it has raised $27 million in its second round of funding.<p>The money will support the …

Airbnb Is Testing Out An Affordable Cleaning Service For Hosts In San Francisco

Peer-to-peer lodgings marketplace Airbnb has been focused on finding ways that it can help its hosts improve the quality of experience for guests that stay in their homes. As part of this effort, the company is trialing a low-cost cleaning service for some hosts on the platform.<p>According to an …

As artificial intelligence grows, so do ethical concerns

Now that Google is delving even deeper into artificial intelligence, the minds behind "Don't be evil" might face real questions of right and wrong.<p>This week the Mountain View search titan snatched up DeepMind, which develops artificial intelligence software. The price tag and the specifics of the …

How to win followers and thinkfluence people

For many, Twitter has become a useful tool for increasing the scope and impact of their work. For others, it can be something of a mystery, with users feeling clueless as to how they might transition from one of the followers to one of the followed. Here are tips on how to maximize your Twitter …

4 Steps to Starting a Web Business Without Knowing Coding

<i>Eddy Lee, Ph.D, is a venture capitalist investing in Silicon Valley and Singapore. He is also a Consulting Assistant Professor at Stanford University.</i><p>So you have a great idea for a new mobile app or Web service—but you don’t know anything about coding or developing. You might have started searching …

San Francisco officials contradict coroner on Asiana crash victim's death

The coroner who concluded a girl died after she was twice run over by rescue trucks racing toward a burning plane disputes a different conclusion from city officials who say she was already dead from the impact of falling out of the crashing jet.<p>"We did our examination and we determined that the …

Olympians urge Russia to reconsider 'gay propaganda' laws

On the eve of the Sochi Winter Games, more than 50 current and former Olympians have called on the Russian authorities to reconsider recently introduced anti-gay laws that forbid "gay propaganda" aimed at under-18s and that have led to a wave of homophobic attacks.<p>Some of the 52 Olympians, with …

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