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October 31 2014

A new type of brain cell has been discovered


Researchers have described a never-before-seen brain cell shape, which appears to have evolved to transmit signals more effectively.

A strange new type of nerve cell, or neuron, has been observed in the brain that transmits information without involving the cell body - and, incredibly, it appears to be better at transmitting information than regular brain cells.

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October 31 2014

Musicians Are Better Multitaskers


New research from Canada finds trained musicians more efficiently switch from one mental task to another.

We all call it “multitasking,” but psychologists insist that’s a misnomer. Since we can’t actually focus on more than one thing at a time, the skill is really “task switching“—the ability to alternate smoothly and easily between two sets of mental tasks.

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October 31 2014

Algal virus found in humans, slows brain activity


It’s not such a stretch to think that humans can catch the Ebola virus from monkeys and the flu virus from pigs. After all, they are all mammals with fundamentally similar physiologies. But now researchers have discovered that even a virus found in the lowly algae can make mammals its home.


Alt: A Virus Found In Lakes May Be Literally Changing The Way People Think

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October 31 2014

The British are born to be miserable, new research finds


“The British do not expect happiness,” claimed English writer Quentin Crisp – and it appears he may have been right.

New research from the University of Warwick has indicated that Britons are genetically programmed to be grumpy.

The British, French and Americans are all predisposed to be grumpier than nations such as Denmark because they possess a “short form” version of the gene which regulates the amount of serotonin – the chemical which controls happiness – within the brain.

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October 31 2014

Eleven countries studied, one inescapable conclusion – the drug laws don’t work


The UK government’s comparison of international drug laws, published on Wednesday, represents the first official recognition since the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act that there is no direct link between being “tough on drugs” and tackling the problem.

The report, which has been signed off by both the Conservative home secretary, Theresa May, and the Liberal Democrat crime prevention minister, Norman Baker, is based on an in-depth study of drug laws in 11 countries ranging from the zero-tolerance of Japan to the legalisation of Uruguay.

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October 30 2014

Humans, Chimps and Why We Need Personhood for All


We accord rights to babies, the profoundly disabled and elderly people with dementia. Is Tommy the ape that different?

Advocates of animal rights are eagerly awaiting the results of a case brought before a New York state appellate court in Albany earlier this month that will decide if a chimpanzee named Tommy is a person. The judge’s decision may be handed down at any time between late October and December. If, in the eyes of the law, 26-year-old ape Tommy is deemed a person, he will be released from the small cage where he is kept in isolation by his owner near Gloversville, New York, and sent to an ape sanctuary in Florida.

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October 30 2014

Computer with human-like learning will program itself


YOUR smartphone is amazing, but ask it to do something it doesn't have an app for and it just sits there. Without programmers to write apps, computers are useless.

That could soon change. DeepMind Technologies, a London-based artificial-intelligence firm acquired by Google this year, has revealed that it is designing computers that combine the way ordinary computers work with the way the human brain works. They call this hybrid device a Neural Turing Machine. The hope is it won't need programmers, and will instead program itself.

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October 30 2014

Light-matter interaction can turn opaque materials transparent


All objects' colors are determined by the way that light scatters off of them. By manipulating the light scattering, scientists can control the wavelengths at which light is transmitted and reflected by objects, changing their appearance.

In a new study published in Physical Review Letters, researchers have developed a new method for manipulating light scattering. They theoretically show how to induce transparency in otherwise opaque materials using the complex dipole-dipole interactions present in a large number of interacting quantum emitters, such as atoms or molecules.

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October 30 2014

Nestle Japan hiring 1,000 robots to sell espresso machines


Food giant Nestle said Wednesday that its Japan unit would hire 1,000 robots as sales clerks at stores across the country.

The first batch of the robots—a chatty humanoid called Pepper—will report to work by the end of this year at outlets that sell coffee capsules and home espresso machines.

"From December, they will start selling coffee machines for us at big retail stores," said Nestle Japan spokeswoman Miki Kano.

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October 30 2014

Scientists grow miniature human stomachs from stem cells


Scientists have grown miniature human stomachs from stem cells as a way of studying gastric diseases such as ulcers and stomach cancer and in the future creating tissue to repair patients’ stomachs.

The mini-stomachs are grown in petri dishes from stem cells. Fully formed, they are the size of a pea and shaped like a rugby ball. They are hollow with an interior lining that is folded into glands and pits like a real stomach.

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October 30 2014

Mad or Sarcastic? Your Computer Might Know Someday


The software on your smartphone may be able to recognize your voice, but it probably can't pick up nuances like sarcasm or outrage. But research on how to detect opinions and attitudes in everyday speech could enable tomorrow's computers to pick up on these subtle cues.

The research aims to address some conundrums about verbal and textual communication.

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October 30 2014

Brain decoder can eavesdrop on your inner voice


As you read this, your neurons are firing – that brain activity can now be decoded to reveal the silent words in your head

TALKING to yourself used to be a strictly private pastime. That's no longer the case – researchers have eavesdropped on our internal monologue for the first time. The achievement is a step towards helping people who cannot physically speak communicate with the outside world.

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October 30 2014

Magic Mushrooms Create a Hyperconnected Brain


Magic mushrooms may give users trippy experiences by creating a hyperconnected brain.

The active ingredient in the psychedelic drug, psilocybin, seems to completely disrupt the normal communication networks in the brain, by connecting "brain regions that don't normally talk together," said study co-author Paul Expert, a physicist at King's College London.


Related: Mushroom Extract May Be Helpful in Treating HPV

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October 30 2014

Brains become more 'plastic' after exercise


New research has found that memory and motor skills are increased after just thirty minutes of exercise.

Neuroscientists from the University of Adelaide in South Australia studied the brain patterns of healthy adults immediately after a half an hour of exercise and again 15 minutes later to find it had positives effects on brain function and ‘plasticity’.

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October 30 2014

Liberal or conservative? Reactions to disgust are a dead giveaway


The way a person's brain responds to a single disgusting image is enough to reliably predict whether he or she identifies politically as liberal or conservative. As we approach Election Day, the researchers say that the findings come as a reminder of something we all know but probably don't always do: 'Think, don't just react.'.

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October 30 2014

Got charisma? Depends on your voice


When charismatic Italian politician Umberto Bossi (pictured above) suffered a severe stroke in 2004, the disease changed his voice, and, strangely enough, his public image. He went from being seen as an authoritarian figure to a benevolent one. To figure out why, researchers collected sound clips of Bossi speaking before and after the stroke and analyzed various acoustic parameters. They discovered that the most prominent transformation was a narrowing of the range of frequency variation in his voice.

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October 30 2014

Amazon Warriors Did Indeed Fight and Die Like Men


The Amazons got a bum rap in antiquity. They wore trousers. They smoked pot, covered their skin with tattoos, rode horses, and fought as hard as the guys. Legends sprang up like weeds. They cut off their breasts to fire their bows better! They mutilated or killed their boy children! Modern (mostly male) scholars continued the confabulations. The Amazons were hard-core feminists. Man haters. Delinquent mothers. Lesbians.

Drawing on a wealth of textual, artistic, and archaeological evidence, Adrienne Mayor, author of The Amazons, dispels these myths and takes us inside the truly wild and wonderful world of these ancient warrior women.

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