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The hormone oxytocin can change how depressed brains process angry and happy faces

The hormone oxytocin can change how depressed brains process angry and happy faces

Receiving a dose of the hormone oxytocin can change the way emotions are processed in the brains of people suffering from chronic depression, offering promising potential as a treatment for the disorder, according to a study published in the journal BMC Psychiatry. Chronic depression is a serious and often debilitating mental disorder, which is often […]

From Chrome Plating To Nanotubes: The ‘Modern’ Chemistry First Used In Ancient Times

From Chrome Plating To Nanotubes: The ‘Modern’ Chemistry First Used In Ancient Times

The ancient Babylonians were the first to use sophisticated geometry – a staggering 1,400 years before it was previously thought to have been developed. Sadly, these mathematical innovations were forgotten as the Babylonian civilisation collapsed and were only rediscovered this year as scientists took a close look at ancient clay tablets. This surprising finding made […]

Sharks’ electricity-sensing organs are even more powerful than we realized

Sharks’ electricity-sensing organs are even more powerful than we realized

The most powerful proton conductor in the natural world is a weird, jelly-like substance that lives inside a shark’s head. That’s according to a study published Friday in the journal Science Advances, which found that the material that makes up electricity-sensing shark organs called the ampullae of Lorenzini is almost as conductive as some of the most […]

Scientists Made Transparent Wood That’s Stronger Than Glass

Scientists Made Transparent Wood That’s Stronger Than Glass

Researchers at the University of Maryland were able pull away color and chemicals from a block of wood to leave it impressively see-through. The result is a material that is both stronger and more insulating than glass, with better biodegradability than plastic. “We were very surprised by how transparent it could go,” said Liangbing Hu, […]

Scientists Begin Looking at Programmers’ Brains: The Neuroscience of Programming

Scientists Begin Looking at Programmers’ Brains: The Neuroscience of Programming

This Is Your Brain On Code, According To Functional MRI Imaging n order to expose more students to computer science, 17 states have passed legislation to createbasic math and science requirements in the curriculum, rather than count them as electives. But lawmakers in Texas have made computer programming count toward a foreign language requirement, with […]

Being Hungry May Affect Your Impulsivity And Decision-Making

Being Hungry May Affect Your Impulsivity And Decision-Making

Going to the supermarket when you’re hungry can often result in some rather bizarre and reckless purchases, but a new study suggests that food shopping may not be the only task that’s inadvisable on an empty stomach. According to the researchers, who have published their work in the journal Neuropsychopharmacology, a particular hormone released when […]

Protein That Helps Placenta Develop May Also Contribute To Improved Treatments For Recurrent Miscarriage

Protein That Helps Placenta Develop May Also Contribute To Improved Treatments For Recurrent Miscarriage

Despite many advancements in the fertility world, millions of women still suffer miscarriages.Some of these incidents occur before a woman even knows she is pregnant, but for those who consciously experience a loss of pregnancy, the psychological toll can be high. Doctors don’t always know why a miscarriage occurs, but researchers at the University of […]

REM Sleep Disruptions Can Impair Emotional and Spatial Memory Formation

REM Sleep Disruptions Can Impair Emotional and Spatial Memory Formation

Getting enough uninterrupted sleep is integral for most bodily functions, and its importance is often understated. Sleep deprivation has been linked to heart problems, increased mental health issues like depression and anxiety, and constant fatigue. Past research has linked lack of sleep to memory problems, but a new study examines the mechanisms behind that, focusing on […]

What’s in the fast food burger you eat? Ready to be grossed out?

What’s in the fast food burger you eat? Ready to be grossed out?

Barbeque season is fast approaching for those of us north of the equator. However, according to a recent report, you might want to take it easy on the beef burgers, and even veggie burgers, unless you’re a fan of rat and other unwanted ingredients. U.S.-based food analytics company Clear Labs has carried out an independent report that analyzed 258 samples of […]

Human Embryos Grown In Lab For Record Period Of Time

Human Embryos Grown In Lab For Record Period Of Time

Researchers have managed to keep a human embryo alive in the lab for a record period of time, moving past the point when they would naturally implant into the womb, and surviving just short of the number of days scientists are legally able to grow them for. For 13 days the researchers were able to […]