Month: September 2018

Selfless acts of generosity activate the brain’s reward regions, making the warm glow of kindness a very real thing, according to British researchers. By analysing the brain scans of over a thousand people making kind decisions, psychologists at the University of Sussex have confirmed that even when there’s nothing in it for you, being nice
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The human brain is a remarkable thing. It can do things our primate relatives are thousands – maybe even millions – of years of evolution away from, and our most complex machines are not even close to competing with our powers of higher consciousness and ingenuity. And yet, those 100 billion or so neurons are also incredibly fragile. If
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The ancient Egyptians associated the ibis-headed god Thoth with writing, wisdom, and magic. The idea of evolution might have taken off sooner if it hadn’t been for the ibis mummies. Naturalist Jean-Baptiste Lamarck was one of the early proponents of the idea that species change over generations, adapting to changes in their environments. Today, biology
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Zebrafish embryo growing its sensory nervous system; credit E.Haynes & J.He This week, Nikon announced the winners of the 2018 Nikon Small World in Motion contest.  First prize went to Elizabeth Haynes and Jiaye “Henry” He of the University of Wisconsin-Madison for their mesmerizing time-lapse video of a zebrafish embryo growing its sensory nervous system over the course of
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A magnitude 7.5 earthquake has struck off the coast of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, triggering a 1.8-metre (6-foot) tsunami. The wave tore through several of the island’s coastal cities and towns, including the capital Palu, on Friday. The devastating quake has been followed by multiple strong aftershocks, and comes shortly after a magnitude 6.1
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College is an investment of time and money, and thus choosing a major is a big decision. With the rising costs of higher education, many students and parents are looking for a return on their investment. This year, data from Bankrate.com as well US Census Bureau  indicates that STEM majors are again at the top of
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Reconstruction of a tomb in St. Paul’s Catacombs, Rabat, Malta.Kristina Killgrove Deep underground in the middle of the tiny island country of Malta lies a series of ancient catacombs, communal burial grounds that date back millennia. Malta has always been a way-station on journeys between Africa and southern Europe, with extraordinary diversity in its past
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