Schizophrenia is one of the most complex and least understood of all psychological disorders. But now scientists have found a switch of sorts that could change everything.
Psychology & Health
Typical calorie counts ignore how we cook and process food, how gut bacteria interact with food and the overall complexity of human digestion. Scientific American editor Ferris Jabr explains.
Increased caffeine intake may reduce fatty liver in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, according to a group of researchers led by Dr Paul Yen from the Duke University Medical Center.
Honey is awesome, and we’re not talkin’ just the taste. It can do things no other food can do! Anthony dishes on this magical golden treat.
Two humans, at the University of Washington, have been connected brain-to-brain, via the internet in an experiment which researchers compared to a “mind meld” from Star Trek.
Scientists have developed, for the first time, a miniature stem cell which resemble the human brain of a nine week-old embryo.
Dutch scientists have made another step towards reading people’s minds by creating a computer program, which uses brain scans to decode what a person is looking at. A team from Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands was able to extract information from the human brain by applying a combination of high-resolution MRI, shape recognition software […]
Is it true that some people are more ‘right brained’ or ‘left brained?’ Certainly some people are more creative and free-thinking, while others are more logic oriented. But is this really a result of one side of the brain being more dominant than the other?
The average lifespan has increased over the past century, yet the age for the oldest people has remained the same. Learn more about the body and death in this Cheat Sheet video.
Can we edit the content of our memories? It’s a sci-fi-tinged question that Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu are asking in their lab at MIT. Essentially, the pair shoot a laser beam into the brain of a living mouse to activate and manipulate its memory. In this unexpectedly amusing talk they share not only how, but — more importantly — why they do this.
What would you say if someone asked you, “Why do our limbs grow at the same time and to the same length?” Think about it. Our limbs, such as our arms and legs, grow basically at the same time and to the same length. Why and how do our limbs do this?
Jonathan Webb looks at how we can switch our brains on and off and if we can switch off genetic illnesses.
Scientists from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine have successfully grown a working heart in a petri dish using the frame of a mouse’s heart and adult human skin cells, reverted back into their basic stem cell state. The heart works fully but beats at only half the speed of a full human heart — as well as obviously being too small. However, the breakthrough is the latest in a long line of developments which could revolutionise organ transplants.
The French magazine ’60 Million Consumers’ tested ten high protection sun creams on adults and children. The results revealed that 6 out of the 10 products did not live up to their protection promise and also contained anti-inflammatory ingredients. So the results are clear: some creams offer less protection than they advertise.