Life Sciences

Compulsive behaviour? It may make more sense than you think

Some compulsions are simply expressions of psychological needs we all feel<p>There are endless motivations for human behaviour, from the basic drives for food and sex to more complicated ones, such as compassion, envy and anger. But none of these explain behaviours that we feel irresistibly, often …

Psychology

Gene Editing: The Next Step In Evolution

With humans on the cusp self-evolution, a new report emphasizes the need for a societal conversation that we’re not likely to have.<p>Last week, a U.S. patent court and a prestigious science academy weighed in on a potent new method for editing human DNA with the funny-sounding name of …

Genetics

What Was the First Life on Earth?

The earliest evidence for life on Earth arises among the oldest rocks still preserved on the planet.<p>Earth is about 4.5 billion years old, but the …

Biology

9 principles of psychology for powerful marketing campaigns | Articles | Marketing

<i>This article was originally published on PR Daily in February 2016.</i> <br>Marketers are in a new world.<p>They have to spend time learning the most current …

Content Marketing

Faded Snapshots from Teen Years Spent Lost and Depressed - VICE

<i>This article originally appeared on VICE Canada.</i><p>Mental illness is a pervasive part of our culture and conversation, and yet finding a photo that accurately represents a concept as complicated as depression is about as easy as, I don't know, finding a magical cure for it.<p>We've all seen photos of …

Depression

Dopamine May Play Role in Human Bonding

A new study shows, for the first time, that dopamine may play a significant role in human bonding and relationships. Dopamine is a neurotransmitter …

Neuroscience

How researchers in Vail are pursuing breakthroughs to help injuries heal faster — and some day slow down the way we age

VAIL — Hallways at the world-famous Steadman Clinic are lined with framed, autographed jerseys of star athletes who have had surgery here, including …

Medicine

Donald Trump and the psychology of blame

Robert Klitzman is a professor of psychiatry and director of the Masters of Bioethics Program at Columbia University. He is author of "The Ethics Police?: The Struggle to Make Human Research Safe." The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.<p>(CNN)In eighth grade, I ran …

Psychology

How mammoth cloning became fake news

George Church, artificial wombs, elephant embryos, and a gullible science media<p>According to the <i>Guardian</i>, <i>New Scientist</i>, and many other press outlets, …

Genetics

Women's heart attacks harder to detect

On that November Sunday in 2015, Stephanie Thomas Nichols was 40 miles into her drive home to Townsend, Del., from her vacation cabin in Western …

Medicine

Groundbreaking gene-editing surgery saves two-year-old girl from leukaemia

A two-year-old girl diagnosed with leukaemia has become the first child to be saved by pioneering gene-editing surgery.<p>The child, identified only by …

Genetics

"Super Agers" Have Brains That Look Young

As we get older, we start to think a little bit more slowly, we are less able to multitask and our ability to remember things gets a little wobblier. …

The Brain

The Results of This 50-Hour Face Transplant Are Incredible

Two lives, one success story.<p>In June, the Mayo Clinic performed its first face transplant.<p>The medical feat, which is still a relatively uncommon …

Chemotherapy

Woolly Mammoths Could Soon Be Back from Extinction, Claim Harvard Scientists

They are not opening “Jurassic Park” just yet, but scientists are getting closer to bringing back one of the iconic animals of Earth’s history. A …

Genetics

Some Good News About the Worst Mass Extinction in Earth's History

If the fact that the Earth is careening toward a sixth mass extinction event makes you uncomfortable, good news: it turns out, the biosphere may have …

Biodiversity

You Too Can Create Your Own Illegal, Dangerous Preworkout Juice!

How easy is it to create your own illegal, dangerous preworkout juice? We had an anti-doping expert give us a sure-to-get-you-ripped recipe, then we …

Health Information

Does your life have a purpose, or are you just a drifter? Quiz

If you are a go-getter you may find that you live longer than those happy just to drift through life<p><b>Does your life have purpose?</b> <b>Are you a drifter or do you have a cast iron plan for the future? To find out, answer the following three statements on a scale from 1 (strongly disagree) to 7 (strongly</b> …

Psychology

Relax, Your Smartphone Probably Isn't Destroying Your Relationships

More than a decade's worth of research shows there may be some hidden social upsides to screen time.<p>In a 2011 study at Stanford University, researchers asked a group of girls ages 8 to 12 by to surf the internet for up to five hours, then share how happy and socially comfortable they felt. The …

Psychology

This Neuroscientist Wants to Know Why People Who See UFOs Feel So Good - VICE

Each year, Phoenix, Arizona hosts the International UFO Congress, the largest annual gathering dedicated to the study of this phenomenon, otherwise known as ufology. One of the most striking things I noticed while speaking with attendees at this year's congress was their insistence on the reality …

UFOs

If you're still friends with your ex, researchers say you might be a psychopath

Or they are.<p>Psychologists determined a while back that the combination of personality traits found in people who use others to their own advantage is …

Psychology

Scientific ways to instantly make yourself more attractive

From an evolutionary standpoint, we are attracted to people whom we perceive as beautiful, like those with symmetric faces or large eyes, because it …

Psychology

Are Sexual Fetishes Psychologically Healthy?

<i>50 Shades of Grey</i> has changed the calculus on how our society views fetishes and BDSM. Though once considered deviant and shameful, today most …

Psychology

How to Uproot a 'Tree of Death'

Predictive tools can now track how a single shooting incident triggers a lethal cascade of gunshot violence—and predict who will be targeted next.<p>A young man who runs with the Black Disciples was shot in the foot in a dispute with rival Gangster Disciples on Chicago’s South Side, the <i>New York Times</i> …

Medical Journals

There is no ‘rule of six’ – the truth about the science of queueing

You wait longer when other people are behind you, we should stand on both sides of an escalator, and we usually get away with pushing in. Psychology professor Adrian Furnham explains what studies show us about standing in line<p>Every Saturday at 7am, Adrian Furnham, professor of psychology at …

Psychology

Strange Life Has Been Found Trapped Inside These Giant Cave Crystals

A NASA scientist just woke them up.<p>Strange microbes have been found inside the massive, subterranean crystals of Mexico's Naica Mine, and researchers …

Biology

Magnetic implant could deliver personalized doses of medication

Why it matters to you<p>In less than a decade, taking medication may be as easy as running a magnet over your skin.<p>In five years time, a magnetic …

Medicine

What Children Reveal About Human Nature

One of my pet theories is that children reveal the true nature of man. They have the same emotions as adults; they're just terrible at hiding them. …

Parenting

Semantic Variant Primary Progressive Aphasia (Semantic Dementia)

<i>Overview</i><p>Aphasia is a disorder of language, and there are several variants of primary progressive aphasia (PPA) where language declines slowly and in …

Neuroscience

You are what you eat: Old food shortens lifespan in animals

You are what you eat – so does eating old food make you old? It sounds far-fetched, but experiments on mice, flies and yeast suggest that it …

Longevity

A neuroscientist explains: magnetic resonance imaging - podcast

Dr Daniel Glaser explores the history and science behind a well known method of brain imaging, including a trip for producer Max into an MRI scanner<p><b>Subscribe & Review on iTunes, Soundcloud, Audioboom, Mixcloud & Acast, and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter</b><p>This week, Observer Magazine …

Neurology