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07.09.15 Prachi Gupta

There are plenty of compelling reasons to stay in school, but a new study published in journal PLOS ONE has offered up one more — it may also be good for your health. According to researchers at New York University, the University of Colorado, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, “lacking education may […]

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06.26.15 Prachi Gupta

Gaby Hoffman swears by the placenta smoothie. January Jones prefers hers ground up and dehydrated, in pill form. Most mammals eat their placentas, too. Some women have started embracing placentophagy, the practice of consuming the placenta after pregnancy, and cite a myriad of health benefits such as prevention of postpartum depression and pain relief. The […]

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06.18.15 Prachi Gupta

Christianity argues that kids are born with “Original Sin,” an impulse that has to be knocked out of them to become functional and morally responsible adults. Well, science is again at odds with religion, because a new study published in Current Biology argues that kids are acutely aware of justice and try to do the […]

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06.03.15 Backdoor Pharmacist

A Finnish-Swedish joint study of over 900 convicted homicides has found a link between use of drugs and violent crimes like homicide. The study notes that recent massacres around the world, such as neo-Nazi Anders Brevik, and sinister Ronald McDonald cosplayer James Holmes has drawn new attention on a link between mental illness, psychotropic drugs, […]

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03.16.15 Backdoor Pharmacist

Imagine the following scenario: A chemistry grad student sneaks into the 3D printer lab late at night. He’s downloaded a file he got off the internet, a molecule that’s never been synthesized. It’s a modified version of an existing drug, an analogue, a single tweak on a corner of a benzene ring. The machine whirs […]

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02.04.15 Prachi Gupta

Urban legend says that when Earth is entirely devoid of life, cockroaches will be the one species to survive us all, and scientists may have discovered why — partially, at least. In a morbidly fascinating study published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, scientists at Université libre de Bruxelles have found that cockroaches have […]

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Christopher Inoa

According to a new study published in Emotion, adding more art and nature into your life can improve your health. Researchers from UC Berkeley, University of Toronto, and the University of Pittsburgh found that positive emotions — like joy and awe triggered by a painting or a beautiful landscape (or street art) — are associated […]

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01.27.15 Prachi Gupta

A new study examining creativity has found that while some cultures are faster at producing ideas than others, this doesn’t necessarily translate to better ideas. Research published in the Journal of Business Research by Gad Saad, a professor at Concordia’s John Molson School of Business, graduate student Louis Ho, and Mark Cleveland from the University […]

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12.29.14 Prachi Gupta

A team of UCLA researchers thinks it may be possible to restore lost memories in humans one day, providing a breakthrough in the continued search for treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. The prevailing theory is that long-term memories are stored at the synapse, the connection between neurons in the brain. It’s hypothesized that Alzheimer’s destroys the […]

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12.26.14 Prachi Gupta

New research on smartphone touchscreens suggests that daily use is changing your brain. Wired UK reports on the interesting study, by researchers from the University of Zurich and ETH Zurich, first shared in Current Biology. While there is an increasing body of research that studies the effects of “repetitive gestures” in the use of technology […]

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