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Scientists pinpoint neural activity’s role in human longevity

Neural excitation linked to shorter life, while suppression of overactivity appears to extend life span. The brain’s neural activity — long implicated in disorders ranging...

‘Short sleep’ gene could protect memory function from sleep deprivation

In a new study, researchers found a gene that's ever been shown to prevent the memory deficits that normally accompany sleep deprivation. This gene is...

Scientists discover molecule that could have helped cells thrive on early Earth

Compounds called cyclophospholipids would have held up against the planet’s harsh conditions, helping the first cells form and proliferate. To truly understand how the body...

Researchers discover new antibiotic in tropical forest

In a new study, researchers have discovered an antibiotic produced by a soil bacterium from a Mexican tropical forest. The new finding may help lead...

New graphene filter could remove bacteria from the air

Airborne bacteria may see what looks like a comfy shag carpet on which to settle. But it's a trap. Rice University scientists have transformed their laser-induced...

Plants could alert neighbors when they come under attack from pests

There’s long been a theory that talking to plants can help them grow better. But what if plants themselves could “talk” to each other? New research...

Scientists detect Golden Ratio in human skulls

The Golden Ratio, described by Leonardo da Vinci and Luca Pacioli as the Divine Proportion, is an infinite number often found in nature, art...

Female orgasm is evolution’s happy gift

Aristotle was puzzled. Freud had his own ideas. But no one theory has satisfactorily answered the question: Why do women have orgasms? Orgasms in human females...

Life’s building blocks may have formed in interstellar clouds

An experiment shows that one of the basic units of life -- nucleobases -- could have originated within giant gas clouds interspersed between the...

We are all mutants, more or less

Everyone is a mutant but some are prone to diverge more than others, report scientists at University of Utah Health. At birth, children typically have...

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Harvard scientists confirm an important cause of grey hair

When Marie Antoinette was captured during the French Revolution, her hair reportedly turned white overnight. In more recent history, John McCain experienced severe injuries as...

Scientists find the major cause of autism

In a new study, researchers discovered that autism is 80% reliant on inherited genes. That means that environmental causes are only responsible for 20% of...

This study finds a new cause of autism

Autism affects 1 in 59 children and is 4 times more common in boys than in girls, and it is a developmental disorder. People with...
These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

These two types of drugs are linked to dementia

In a recent study from the University of East Anglia, researchers find that long-term use of anticholinergic antidepressants is linked to a higher risk...

This walking exercise can make older people healthy and fit

In a recent study from Shinshu University in Japan, researchers found an effective way to increase overall fitness and decrease lifestyle-related disease (LSD) through...