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Disgraced cloning expert convicted for embezzlement and false claims

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

National hero cleared for fraud but gets two-year sentence for embezzling research funds and illegally buying human eggs

Exercise May Help You Quit Smoking

10 years ago from

Exercise makes cigarettes less attractive, says a new study from the University of Exeter. Exercise can lessen the power of cigarettes and smoking-related images to grab the attention of smokers,...

Sex-based Prenatal Brain Differences Found

10 years ago from Science Daily

Prenatal sex-based biological differences extend to genetic expression in cerebral cortices. The differences in question are probably associated with later divergences in how our brains develop, according to a new...

Crossing paths

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Existing research shows that rates of binge eating among adult women is virtually identical across race. However, among college age women, it's a different story: Caucasian women are more apt...

Music makes you smarter

10 years ago from Physorg

Regularly playing a musical instrument changes the anatomy and function of the brain and may be used in therapy to improve cognitive skills.

Adolescents' gambling a part of a cluster of problem behaviours

10 years ago from

Ten percent of young adolescent boys - or one in 10 - exhibit a symptom of conduct disorder as well as a symptom of risky or problem gambling, according to...

Finding the seat of language? Researchers look into Broca's brain

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- A team of Harvard and University of California, San Diego, researchers report having pinpointed an area of the brain where three essential components of language -- word identification,...

Darwin teaching 'divides opinion'

10 years ago from BBC News: Science & Nature

Millions of adults across the world think evolutionary theories should be taught alongside creationism in schools, a survey suggests.

Researchers question evidence linking overlapping sexual partners and African HIV rates

10 years ago from

Contrary to conventional wisdom, scientific evidence proving that overlapping multiple sexual partners - concurrency - drives the HIV epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa is actually quite limited, Brown University researchers have...

You, yourself and you

10 years ago from MIT Research

Caspar Hare would like you to try a thought experiment. Consider that 100,000 people around the world tomorrow will suffer epileptic seizures. "That probably doesn't trouble you tremendously," says Hare, an associate professor...

Alien Vision Revolution (Halloween Edition)

10 years ago from

Later this evening I’ll be giving a talk to a group of astronomers on what its like to see like an alien. The beauty of this is that I can...

The curious case of H.M.

10 years ago from Science Blog

Recently I watched a lecture by the renown neuroscientist, Eric Kandel, on Youtube. In his talk he unsurprisingly made mention of the famous patient H.M. in which most of us...

Flies Remember Smells Better When In A Group Than When Alone

10 years ago from Science Daily

Positive social interactions exist within flies: When in a group, Drosophila flies have better memory than when they are isolated.

Power At Work Has Payoffs, But Not For Health

10 years ago from Science Daily

Being at the top has its perks, but new research shows people in positions of authority at work are more likely to experience certain psychological and physical problems that can...

Clean Smells Promote Moral Behavior, Study Suggests

10 years ago from Science Daily

People are unconsciously fairer and more generous when they are in clean-smelling environments, according to new study. The research found a dramatic improvement in ethical behavior with just a few...

Crowded theaters build momentum for 3-D at home

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- Fans scrambled to see 3-D movies such as "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" in theaters this year and new 3-D televisions could soon have home viewers...

Happiness: A Theory -- Fear of Death

10 years ago from Science Blog

Why do we abhor death? Why don’t we conceive of death as a pleasant reward at the end of a life of travail? As far as we can...

Internet 'a teenager' at 40

10 years ago from Physorg

Leonard Kleinrock never imagined Facebook, Twitter, or YouTube that day 40 years ago when his team gave birth to what is now taken for granted as the Internet.

Could Drugs For Mood Disorders, Pain And Epilepsy Cause Psychiatric Disorders Later In Life?

10 years ago from Science Daily

Young animals treated with commonly-prescribed drugs develop behavioral abnormalities in adulthood say researchers. The drugs tested include those used to treat epilepsy, mood disorders and pain.

Pelosi Intensifies Pressure on House Democrats for Government Insurance Plan

10 years ago from NY Times Health

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s action came amid indications that she had not locked down the votes for the proposal.

Children adapt to Type 1 diabetes

10 years ago from LA Times - Health

Despite the managing, testing and planning, diabetic kids like Reilly Reynolds have relatively normal lives. Restless from math calculations using play money, the second-graders look relieved when their teacher instructs them to gather their...

Economics: The Purpose Of Business

10 years ago from

If the question were asked, what is the primary purpose of business, the most likely response would be "to make money".  However, this is an unsatisfactory answer since it clearly...

"Haunted People" Potentially Explained: A Mind-Body Basis for Anomalous Perceptions

10 years ago from Science Blog

People seeing ghosts? There may be a genuine mind-body foundation for such anomalous perceptions, according to two researchers, Michael Jawer and Marc Micozzi, MD, PhD.

Openings begin in Broadcom backdating trial

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- A jury has been picked for the federal trial of former Broadcom Corp. Chief Financial Officer William Ruehle, who faces conspiracy and fraud charges in an alleged...

Probing Question: What is citizen journalism?

10 years ago from Physorg

The last time you watched CNN or read The New York Times online, you might have been surprised to see reporting by ordinary people. From photos uploaded instantly of the...

Who Don't Antidepressants Work?

10 years ago from

Antidepressants are ineffective in fully 50% of the people who take them.   It is clearly early 20th century medicine, where you keep trying things and hope something happens while...

Altruism: Genetic or Cultural Evolution?

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- The origins of altruism, the willingness to make personal sacrifices for the benefit of others often unknown to us, has perplexed evolutionary social scientists and biologists for years.

Why Do We Need The Unconscious?

10 years ago from Science Blog

WHY DO WE NEED THE ‘UNCONSCIOUS’? Ayad Gharbawi October 19, 2009 Does the unconscious exist? Obviously the field of psychology has much to say about the unconscious, but I am asking a question...