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Is Your Brain Really Necessary?


The reason for the apparently absurd question in the title is the remarkable research conducted at the University of Sheffield by neurology professor the late Dr. John Lorber.

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Empowering Latina scientists  Science Magazine

The #MeToo movement and other women's empowerment movements have raised awareness about hostile conditions for women scientists, stimulating ...


U.S. science adviser sees smaller federal role  Science Magazine

The new science adviser to President Donald Trump wants to usher in a new golden era of U.S. science—but with less gold from the federal government. Ending ...


Deal reveals what scientists in Germany are paying for open access  Science Magazine

Project Deal, a consortium of libraries, universities, and research institutes in Germany, has unveiled an unprecedented deal with a major journal ...


Hachimoji DNA and RNA: A genetic system with eight building blocks  Science Magazine

DNA and RNA are naturally composed of four nucleotide bases that form hydrogen bonds in order to pair. Hoshika et al. added an additional four synthetic ...


Astronomers discover solar system's most distant object, nicknamed “FarFarOut”  Science Magazine

For most people, snow days aren't very productive. Some people, though, use the time to discover the most distant object in the solar system. That's what Scott ...


The world's largest bee vanished decades ago. Now, scientists have spotted it again  Science Magazine

In 1981, the world's biggest bee went missing—again. Wallace's giant bee (above, right), which lives in the rainforests of Indonesia, is four times larger than a ...


HIV drug could improve recovery after stroke  Science Magazine

Stroke treatment has been a race against time. In the hours after a stroke, the clot-busting treatment tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) can limit damage to the ...


Do we need another massive particle collider? Science Weekly podcast  The Guardian

With the Large Hadron Collider reaching its upper limits, scientists around the world are drawing up plans for a new generation of super colliders. Ian Sample ...


Why do zebras have stripes? Science may finally have an answer  York Dispatch

Researchers found that fewer horseflies landed on zebra-cloaked horses than on the ones without striped coats, suggesting that zebra stripes may offer ...


7 of the most popular science books of all time  Big Think

From Darwin to Dawkins to Hawking, popular science books show the world what we know about the universe. These readable science books are a great ...


Sleep well to slow Alzheimer's progression?  Science Magazine

Although sleep disturbances are commonly reported in people with dementia (1), whether this is a cause or a consequence of the disease is unclear. Evidence ...


150 years ago, science changed forever  CNN

2019 marks 150 years since the creation of the periodic table of elements, which epitomizes our modern understanding of chemistry and of the physical world, ...


Bad science creates fictional insects  Martinsburg Journal

I have always loved reading and watching both science fiction and fantasy. I can easily suspend disbelief and enjoy dragons, wizards and the like because they ...


Japan’s Hayabusa 2 successfully touches down on Ryugu asteroid  The Guardian

The probe was due to fire a pellet into the surface of the asteroid to try to capture dust.


Ubiquitin-dependent chloroplast-associated protein degradation in plants  Science Magazine

Protein degradation is vital for cellular functions, and it operates selectively with distinct mechanisms in different organelles. Some organellar proteins are ...


Nobel laureate Steven Chu assumes term as AAAS president  Science Magazine

Naturally, Steven Chu cites his work on laser cooling and optical trapping as the most recognized of his scientific career. In 1997, Chu, Claude Cohen-Tannoudji ...


The little reactors that could  Science Magazine

Billed as safe and cheap, NuScale's small reactors aim to revive the ailing nuclear industry and help save a warming planet. Open in new tab. NuScale ...


The courage to leave  Science Magazine

“I walked out of my first Ph.D. project!” I exclaimed. I was just a few months into a new job as manager of a graduate school, sitting in my first doctoral student ...


February 22, 2019  Science Friday

As a grad student, Priya Natarajan theorized that winds emanate from black holes, affecting nearby stars. Now, new evidence hints that she was right.


Why sparks fly when you microwave grapes  Science Magazine

Physicists burned out 12 microwaves putting this trick to the test.


EEG helps scientists predict epileptic seizures minutes in advance: Prevention: Edible acid can stabilize misfiring neurons  Science Daily

A new study shows that acetate, an acid found in some foods, may help doctors intervene when seizures are imminent. Scientists can monitor the brain activity of ...


A degenerate Fermi gas of polar molecules  Science Magazine

A dilute atomic gas cooled down to very cold temperatures can enter the so-called quantum degenerate regime, where quantum properties of the gas come to ...


Montana legislator introduces bills to give his state its own science  Ars Technica

Two bills instruct the state to ignore the greenhouse effect and federal government.


Tunable intrinsic strain in two-dimensional transition metal electrocatalysts  Science Magazine

Strain can modify the electronic properties of a metal and has provided a method for enhancing electrocatalytic activity. For practical catalysts, nanomaterials ...


In search of an aging antidote  Science Magazine

Chronic disease states—including diabetes, most cancers, and cardiovascular and neurodegenerative syndromes—have become the leading drivers of ...


Catalytic reductive [4 + 1]-cycloadditions of vinylidenes and dienes  Science Magazine

The Diels-Alder reaction is widely used to make six-membered rings by adding four-carbon dienes to two-carbon alkenes. It would seem straightforward to ...


Sixth-graders learning hands on science lessons at Cuyamaca Outdoor School  10News

Students from across San Diego who went to Cuyamaca Outdoor School were delighted by the snow and enjoyed learning hands on science lessons.


Mighty T. Rex Began As Cute, Deer-Size Dino  Live Science

The fearsome Tyrannosaurus rex was an enormous dinosaur. However, this giant carnivore had very humble beginnings, according to a new fossil discovery.


Nearly half of US female scientists leave full-time science after first child  Nature.com

Research puts a number on the proportion of people leaving full-time careers in science after the birth of their first child.


Deciphering mass extinction triggers  Science Magazine

Five mass extinction events have punctuated the evolution of life on Earth, each reshaping the biosphere by ending the success of an overwhelming proportion ...


Ivanka Trump Retweets Praise Of Administration As 'Driver For Science,' Twitter Gags  HuffPost

Snarky tweets reminded the president's daughter about White House denials of climate change.


Saying this 1 sentence will make you 19 percent more likable (and most people never do it)  CNBC

Researchers call it "perspective-taking," and it involves the ability to step into another person's shoes.


'Breakneck speed' mini moon hurtles around Neptune at 20,000mph  The Guardian

Astronomers confirm orbit of tiny moon Hippocamp via multiple images from Hubble.


Regulation of predictive analytics in medicine  Science Magazine

Artificial intelligence (AI) and increased computing power have long held the promise of improving prediction and prognostication in health care (1). Now, use of ...


Rookies lead the way on House science panel  Science Magazine

A major perk of being the majority party in the U.S. Congress is getting to fill the leadership slots on every committee. For several new Democratic legislators, ...


Ultraviolet light could provide a powerful new source of green fuel  Science Magazine

Scientists find potentially cheap way to turn methanol into ethanol.


Life on Mars BREAKTHROUGH: How 'HOLY GRAIL’ discovery boosts search for life on Red Planet  Express.co.uk

THE search for life on Mars was boosted yesterday after scientists uncovered the “Holy Grail” discovery they had been hoping to make for years, a BBC Radio 4 ...


Can Big Science Be Too Big?  The New York Times

A new study finds that small teams of researchers do more innovative work than large teams do.


Climate change 'cause of most under-reported humanitarian crises'  The Guardian

Climate change was responsible for the majority of under-reported humanitarian disasters last year, according to analysis of more than a million online news ...


NASA probe to make all-sky infrared map  Science Magazine

A NASA mission is setting out to decipher some of the universe's oldest secrets from a cosmic web of galaxies. Rather than dotting the heavens evenly, galaxies ...


Weekly Digest (Feb 18-Feb 22, 2019): Top Weather, Environment and Science Stories of the Week  The Weather Channel

A roundup of the week's top stories on The Weather Channel India.


Scientists uncover how high-fat diet drives colorectal cancer growth: Experimental drug candidate slows cancer progression in mouse model  Science Daily

A new study suggests that high-fat diets fuel colorectal cancer growth by upsetting the balance of bile acids in the intestine and triggering a hormonal signal that ...


Earth may be 140 years away from reaching carbon levels not seen in 56 million years  Science Daily

Total human carbon dioxide emissions could match those of Earth's last major greenhouse warming event in fewer than five generations, new research finds.


A third of Canadians say science on vaccines isn't 'quite clear': poll  National Post

In Canada, one tenth of children are going unvaccinated, meaning 750000 have no immunity whatsoever against diphtheria, whopping cough, tetanus and ...


Massive volcanic event may have turned Earth into ‘giant snowball’, scientists say  The Independent

Ancient volcanoes may have triggered a period in Earth's history when temperatures plummeted and the planet turned into a “giant snowball”, according to ...


Foxes were domesticated by humans in the Bronze Age  EurekAlert

In the northeast of the Iberian Peninsula, between the third and second millennium BC, a widespread funeral practice consisted in burying humans with animals.


Earliest example of animal nest sharing revealed by scientists  Science Daily

An international team of scientists has shown that fossilized eggshells unearthed in western Romania represent the earliest known nest site shared by multiple ...


AAAS: Machine learning 'causing science crisis'  BBC News

Machine-learning techniques used by thousands of scientists to analyse data are producing results that are misleading and often completely wrong.


The mummy of all Tutankhamun shows will land in London  The Guardian

The largest number of King Tutankhamun treasures ever to leave Egypt are heading to London for an exhibition which organisers say will never happen again.


10 Leading Organisations That Are Hiring Data Scientists In Singapore  Analytics India Magazine

In this article, we list down 10 big organisations that currently boast a lot of openings in data science jobs and related avenues.


Researchers hung men on a cross and added blood in bid to prove Turin Shroud is real  Science Magazine

In an attempt to prove that the Turin Shroud—a strip of linen that some people believe was used to wrap Jesus's body after his crucifixion and carries the image ...


Dynamic gating of infrared radiation in a textile  Science Magazine

Textiles trap infrared radiation, which helps keep us warm in cold weather. Of course, in hot weather, this is less desirable. Zhang et al. constructed an ...


Best girl in sciences to study applied mathematics at MIT  The New Times

Soumayya Bint Outhman from Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology emerged to be the best girl candidate in sciences and fourth in the whole ...


High-tide flooding disrupts local economic activity  Science Advances

Evaluation of observed sea level rise impacts to date has emphasized sea level extremes, such as those from tropical cyclones. Far less is known about the ...


Earth's Atmosphere Is Bigger Than We Thought - It Actually Goes Past The Moon  ScienceAlert

We humans like to put labels and boundaries on things. For example, the boundary between Earth's atmosphere and space is the Kármán line, the point at 100 ...


Trump to launch artificial intelligence initiative, but many details lacking  Science Magazine

Artificial intelligence (AI) has become a defining issue of our time, affecting national security, economic development, human rights, and social media—for better ...


Derval O'Rourke gets behind the science of those Operation Transformation weighing scales  Irish Examiner

This week I'm chatting about metabolic age testing which has been a big feature on Operation Transformation this year and which is something lots of members ...


EXCLUSIVE: The first interview with Trump's new science adviser  Science Magazine

The new science adviser to President Donald Trump has studied the causes and effects of extreme weather for nearly 4 decades. But meteorologist Kelvin ...


Plastics reach remote pristine environments, scientists say  The Guardian

Scientists have warned about the impact of plastic pollution in the most pristine corners of the world after discovering chemical additives in birds' eggs in the ...


Germany's wolves are on the rise thanks to a surprising ally: the military  Science Magazine

Wolves are an impressive success story for wildlife recovery in central Europe, bouncing back from near extermination in the 20th century to a population of ...


At many river deltas, scientists are missing a major source of sea level rise  Science Magazine

For coastal communities, the sea level rise propelled by melting ice and warming oceans is bad enough. But people living on the soft, compressible sediments of ...


Neanderthals could have been long-distance killers  Science Magazine

Neanderthals were dangerous—even at a distance. A new study suggests they might have been able to nail prey with their pointy spears from up to 20 meters ...


When did kangaroos start to hop?  Science Magazine

Scientists have long wondered when the kangaroo's distinctive leap first appeared. But ancient kangaroo skeletons are so rare that the hop's origin has ...


Update: NASA declares end of Opportunity's mission  Science Magazine

*Update, 13 February, 2:10 p.m.: After more than a thousand attempts to revive the Opportunity rover, including a final unanswered command last night, NASA ...


Radar reveals a second potential impact crater under Greenland's ice  Science Magazine

Just months after revealing an impact crater the size of Washington, D.C., buried under the ice of northwestern Greenland, a team of scientists has discovered ...


Native California medicinal plant may hold promise for treating Alzheimer's: Salk scientists identify possible healing compound in Yerba santa  Science Daily

The medicinal powers of aspirin, digitalis, and the anti-malarial artemisinin all come from plants. A discovery of a potent neuroprotective and anti-inflammatory ...


Pictionary-playing computer connects to humans' 'deep thoughts'  Science Magazine

For decades, scientists have sought to give computers common sense—a basic understanding of the world that lets humans navigate everything from ...


The northern and southern lights are different. Here's why  Science Magazine

The northern lights (above) and their lesser-known sibling the southern lights, aurora borealis and aurora australis, respectively, undulate across the skies in ...


A 25% pay raise? That's not nearly enough, young Indian scientists say  Science Magazine

NEW DELHI—In response to months of protests and marches, the Indian government announced yesterday that it will give early-career scientists raises of up to ...


Depression: Can depression be reversed? Scientists investigate new treatment  Express.co.uk

DEPRESSION could be reversed in people, according to recent research conducted by leading scientists, and certain symptoms of the sometimes debilitating ...


Measles cases have tripled in Europe, fueled by Ukrainian outbreak  Science Magazine

Measles cases more than tripled across Europe in 2018, and one country drove much of the surge: Ukraine. Nearly 83,000 cases of measles were reported in ...


Using neuroscience to develop artificial intelligence  Science Magazine

When the mathematician Alan Turing posed the question “Can machines think?” in the first line of his seminal 1950 paper that ushered in the quest for artificial ...


Stephens County students show of science projects at Empire science fair  KSWO

EMPIRE CITY, OK (TNN) - Fifth grade students in Stephens County got the chance to show off their science fair projects Thursday. A fifth grade science teacher ...


Small research teams 'disrupt' science more radically than large ones  Nature.com

The disruptive contributions of small teams to science.


NASA scientists discover oldest and coldest white dwarf star  India Today

NASA has yet again made a breakthrough research by finding the coldest and oldest white dwarf, an Earth-sized remnant of a Sun-like star that has died, ...


As legal pot farms expand, so do air pollution worries  Science Magazine

Colorado plans major study of emissions from indoor growing facilities.


A surface gravity traverse on Mars indicates low bedrock density at Gale crater  Science Magazine

Gravimetry—the measurement of tiny changes in gravitational fields—can be used to weigh mountains. Large-scale gravimetric mapping can be done from orbit, ...


Fake news on Twitter during the 2016 U.S. presidential election  Science Magazine

There was a proliferation of fake news during the 2016 election cycle. Grinberg et al. analyzed Twitter data by matching Twitter accounts to specific voters to ...


Teen zebra finches seek moms' approval for their new tunes  Science Magazine

It's hard to imagine a teen asking their mother for approval on anything. But a new study shows that male zebra finches—colorful songbirds with complex ...


The 2018 rift eruption and summit collapse of Kīlauea Volcano  Science Magazine

The Kīlauea Volcano on the island of Hawai'i erupted for 3 months in 2018. Neal et al. present a summary of the eruption sequence along with a variety of ...


Watch a maggot 'fountain' devour a pizza in 2 hours  Science Magazine

If you've got the stomach for it, you can watch 10,000 maggots demolish the above pizza in 2 hours. Now, scientists have a better sense of how these fly larvae ...


Birth of a black hole witnessed for first time  sciencefocus.com

Last June, astronomers noticed the appearance of a mysterious bright object in the constellation of Hercules. It remained visible for a little over two weeks, ...


Deadly human bone cancer found in 240-million-year-old turtle  Science Magazine

A 240-million-year-old turtle died with a type of bone cancer that still haunts the living, National Geographic reports. The ancient turtle's fossilized hind leg ...


Gum disease–causing bacteria could spur Alzheimer's  Science Magazine

Poor oral health is a risk factor for Alzheimer's disease. What's not clear is whether gum disease causes the disorder or is merely a result—many patients with ...


Ancient Earth rock found on the moon  Science Magazine

What may be the oldest-known Earth rock has turned up in a surprising place: the moon. A 2-centimeter chip embedded in a larger rock collected by Apollo ...


Evidence mounts that gut bacteria can influence mood, prevent depression  Science Magazine

Of all the many ways the teeming ecosystem of microbes in a person's gut and other tissues might affect health, its potential influences on the brain may be the ...


This bat species may be the source of the Ebola epidemic that killed more than 11000 people in West Africa  Science Magazine

Scientists find part of the virus's genome in an insect-eating bat caught near a mineshaft in Liberia.


Numerical cognition in honeybees enables addition and subtraction  Science Advances

Many animals understand numbers at a basic level for use in essential tasks such as foraging, shoaling, and resource management. However, complex ...


Metabolic asymmetry and the global diversity of marine predators  Science Magazine

Generally, biodiversity is higher in the tropics than at the poles. This pattern is present across taxa as diverse as plants and insects. Marine mammals and birds ...


Scientists Are Revealing The Weirdest Thing They've Done For Science, And They're Brilliant  IFLScience

Scientists are sharing on Twitter the weirdest things they've done in the name of science, offering up a fascinating glimpse into what scientists consider.


A loud quasi-periodic oscillation after a star is disrupted by a massive black hole  Science Magazine

When a star passes close to a massive black hole (MBH), it is ripped apart by the strong tidal forces. As the resulting debris falls toward the MBH, it heats up, ...


MIT Scientists Are Making Flexible Superhero Body Armor Inspired By... Lobsters  ScienceAlert

Imagine a highly sophisticated body armor that is a tough as it is flexible, a shield that consists largely of water, but remains strong enough to prevent mechanical ...


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