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MRI study finds that depression uncouples brain’s hate circuit

October 4, 2011

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Professor Jianfeng Feng – A new study using MRI scans, led by Professor Jianfeng Feng, from the University of Warwick’s Department of Computer Science, has found that depression frequently seems to uncouple the brain’s “Hate Circuit”. The study entitled “Depression Uncouples Brain Hate Circuit” is published today (Tuesday 4th October 2011) in the journal Molecular […]

Green tea helps mice keep off extra pounds

October 4, 2011

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Green tea may slow down weight gain and serve as another tool in the fight against obesity, according to Penn State food scientists. Obese mice that were fed a compound found in green tea along with a high-fat diet gained weight significantly more slowly than a control group of mice that did not receive the […]

Spock attends his last ‘Star Trek’ convention

October 4, 2011

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Leonard Nimoy has attended his final “Star Trek” convention. The 80-year-old actor, best-known for playing Mr. Spock in the original TV series that began in September 1966, formed four fingers into a V for Vulcan sign and intoned to fans Spock’s most famous phrase: “Live long and prosper.” Nimoy has said the convention in suburban […]

New pursuit of Schrödinger’s cat

October 4, 2011

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Quantum mechanics is more than a hundred years old, but we still don’t understand it. In recent years, however, physicists have found a fresh enthusiasm for exploring the questions about quantum theory that were swept under the rug by its founders. Advances in experimental methods make it possible to test ideas about why objects on […]

How the brain makes memories: Rhythmically!

October 4, 2011

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The brain learns through changes in the strength of its synapses — the connections between neurons — in response to stimuli.Now, in a discovery that challenges conventional wisdom on the brain mechanisms of learning, UCLA neuro-physicists have found there is an optimal brain “rhythm,” or frequency, for changing synaptic strength. And further, like stations on […]

Comet Meets Sun, October 1, 2011

October 4, 2011

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This amazing video from the SOHO mission (Solar and Heliospheric Observatory) shows a sun-diving comet hitting the solar surface on October 1, 2011 and unexpectedly a huge explosion occurs shortly after. Are the two events related? Probably not, but solar scientists don’t know for sure. The region where the CME originated was on the opposite […]

World’s largest telescope underway to spot aliens

October 4, 2011

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British scientists have taken on the leading role in building critical scientific instruments for the world’s biggest optical telescope worth 1 billion pounds which will hunt for life in other galaxies. The European Extremely Large Telescope, the largest instrument of its kind ever built, will examine some of the oldest parts of the universe and […]

The National Mustard Museum

October 4, 2011

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This museum boasts a collection of more than 5,600 mustard varieties. From historical memorabilia to an extensive array of mustard pots, this temple to one of the world’s most popular condiments has it all. via 7 Bizarre Food Museums | 7CoolList. A mustard museum? ABSOLUTELY! According to Barry Levenson, founder & curator of the National […]

Yeti hunt: Russian and American scientists pool ‘Cold War’ evidence

October 4, 2011

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Its legend has long haunted the icy wastes of the Himalayas and Siberia. Yet for all the mysterious sightings and strange footprints in the snow, the Yeti has proved remarkably elusive to those seeking solid evidence of its existence. Now, however, the Abominable Snowman has an international team of scientists on its trail in a […]

Dead Sydney runner lucky to be alive again

October 4, 2011

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A 31-year-old Sydney man who had a heart attack and died for more than five minutes after running a half marathon at the weekend says he is lucky to have collapsed near paramedics. Jamie Donaldson made it to the finish line of the Sydney Running Festival at the Opera House after running 21km yesterday before […]