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Alzheimer's breakthrough: A chemical to make brain cells grow

Fri, 2010-07-09 06:10
"It was blind luck," say the researchers who discovered a chemical that makes new neurons grow in the part of the brain that is integral to learning and memory...
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Cougar sex drive an evolutionary adaptation

Thu, 2010-07-08 09:10
As a woman's fertility begins to wane, the brain ramps up the libido in what researchers call "reproduction expediting," an adaptive response that makes women more willing to engage in one-night stands and adventurous sexual behavior in an effort capitalize on their remaining childbearing years...
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Romantic rejection triggers reward and addiction centers in the brain

Wed, 2010-07-07 05:10
The pain and anguish of rejection by a romantic partner trigger activity in the parts of the brain associated with motivation, reward and addiction cravings, according to a study that has implications for understanding why the feelings related to rejection can lead to stalking, homicide and suicide...
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Adult testicular function affected by exposure in womb to BPA

Tue, 2010-07-06 06:10
Low-level exposure in the womb to the plastic chemical bisphenol A (BPA) can harm testicular function into adulthood, according to a new study that adds to the growing list of concerns about the ubiquitous chemical...
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Super-high pressures used to create super "battery"

Mon, 2010-07-05 07:10
Using super-high pressures similar to those found deep in the Earth, researchers have created a compact, never-before-seen material that they say is the "most condensed form of energy storage outside of nuclear energy"...
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Hair-strands record travels

Fri, 2010-07-02 11:10
Scientists can now identify the geographic locations you have visited by measuring the chemical traces in your hair strands left by the food and beverages you consume...
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Brewing a primordial broth on Titan

Wed, 2010-06-30 02:10
Replicating the atmosphere of Titan and blasting it with UV light has allowed researchers to create organic macromolecules that they think are a model for the chemistry of pre-life Earth...
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Transform! Origami robots self-fold

Tue, 2010-06-29 04:10
Researchers have demonstrated a concept they call "origami robotics" using a single thin sheet composed of interconnected triangular sections that can transform itself into different shapes...
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Fundamental misunderstanding of cell signaling revealed

Mon, 2010-06-28 07:10
In new research that will profoundly impact our understanding of biological processes, scientists have discovered that the way cells "talk" to each other is far more complicated and nuanced than previously thought...
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Tactile sensations have profound effect on decision making

Fri, 2010-06-25 03:10
A comfortable chair makes a person more amenable to negotiation and a heavy clipboard makes a resume more substantive. Fascinating new research shows that we are heavily influenced by our sense of touch...
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Expolanet's winds blow at 10,000 kmh

Thu, 2010-06-24 04:10
Astronomers have measured a superstorm for the first time in the atmosphere of the exoplanet HD209458b, where carbon monoxide winds blow at 10,000 km per hour from the hot day side to the cooler night side of the planet...
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Synthetic antibodies successfully tested in mice

Tue, 2010-06-22 05:10
Researchers have created the first "plastic antibodies" to be successfully employed in live organisms - stopping the spread of bee venom through the bloodstream of mice. The revolutionary technique can be used to fight a range of lethal toxins and pathogens...
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Male menopause mostly mythical

Mon, 2010-06-21 02:10
Although there has been a 400 percent surge in testosterone therapy prescriptions, European researchers say that the so-called male menopause is relatively rare, affecting only 2 percent of men...
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Sense of direction hard-wired into brain

Fri, 2010-06-18 06:10
First suggested by 18th century philosopher Immanuel Kant, scientists now have empirical evidence for the theory that a pre-wired spatial framework is present in mammalian brains...
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Pollutants make free-range eggs less healthy

Thu, 2010-06-17 07:10
Free-range eggs may not be as healthy as consumers think, with new research showing alarmingly high levels of dioxins in free-range eggs compared to cage or barn laid eggs...
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Study suggests the war on drugs might really be a war on sex

Wed, 2010-06-16 06:10
Why is there so much heated argument about whether the use of recreational drugs is morally wrong? A new study suggests that the debate about drugs might
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Autism risk tripled with IVF

Tue, 2010-06-15 08:10
IVF and other assisted fertility treatments may be solving one problem by creating another, suggests a researcher from Tel Aviv University who found a strong link between IVF and mild to moderate cases of autism...
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Mars' missing water

Mon, 2010-06-14 05:10
Scientists have uncovered fresh evidence for a massive ocean that once covered a third of Mars' surface. But the big question is where did all the water go?
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Exoplanet orbit tracked

Fri, 2010-06-11 07:10
For the first time, astronomers have been able to directly follow the motion of an exoplanet as it moves to the other side of its host star...
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Personality traits predict fertility

Thu, 2010-06-10 11:10
The reproductive success of both men and women is influenced by our personality traits, say scientists who found that women with higher levels of neuroticism were likely to give birth to a larger number of children...
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