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July 4, 2023

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Evidence of Conscious-Like Activity in the Dying Brain

A new study provides early evidence of a surge of activity correlated with consciousness in the dying ...

Nanowire Networks Learn and Remember Like a Human Brain

Scientists have demonstrated nanowire networks can exhibit both short- and long-term memory like the human ...

Small Acts of Kindness Are Frequent and Universal, Study Finds

A study found that people around the world signal others for assistance every couple of minutes. The research, which examined behaviors in towns and rural areas in several different countries, revealed that people comply with these small requests for help far more often than they decline them. The ...

Making Sense of Scents: Deciphering Our Sense of Smell

Breaking a longstanding impasse in our understanding of olfaction, scientists have created the first molecular-level, 3D picture of how an odor molecule activates a human odorant receptor, a crucial step in deciphering the sense of ...

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Consumers More Likely to Use Virtual Apparel Try-on Software If Interactive

New research shows consumers' concerns about privacy when trying on clothing virtually can be reduced by making the technology versatile and easy to ...

Combining Maths With Music Leads to Higher Scores, Suggests Review of 50 Years of Research

Children do better at maths when music is a key part of their lessons, an analysis of almost 50 years of research on the topic has ...

Babies Talk More Around Human-Made Objects Than Natural Ones

A new study suggests young children are more vocal when interacting with toys and household items, highlighting their importance for developing language ...

Fasting Can Help You Lose Weight, but You Might Gain It Back Quickly

Water fasts -- where people consume nothing but water for several days -- might help you lose weight, but it's unclear how long you'll keep it off, according to new research. And the other ...

Brain Scans Reveal That Lonely People Process the World in Unique Ways

Loneliness is detrimental to well-being and often accompanied by feelings of not being understood by others. A new study found that the brain responses of lonely people differ from those of other ...

GPT-3 Informs and Disinforms Us Better

Compared to humans, artificial intelligence (AI) language models produce accurate tweets that are easier to understand and tweets containing disinformation that are harder to detect, according to a ...

The Worm That Learned: Diet Found to Affect Learning in Older Nematodes

A group used a nematode model to discover that the weakening of the learning ability of older individuals does not occur when their diet includes the bacteria Lactobacillus reuteri. Since such ...

Glial Control of Parallel Memory Processing

Have you ever studied hard for a test the night before, only to fail miserably the next day? Alternatively, you may have felt ill-prepared after studying the night before when, to your astonishment, ...

Taking Higher-Than-Recommended Doses of Vitamin D for Five Years Reduced the Risk of Atrial Fibrillation

Taking higher-than-recommended doses of vitamin D for five years reduced the risk of atrial fibrillation in older men and women, according to a new ...

New Study Reveals Best Words for Brand Slogans

A new study has uncovered the word properties that make slogans effective, as the researchers found that the attributes that make a slogan easier to process lead to it being more likeable but less ...

How the Brain Processes Numbers -- New Procedure Improves Measurement of Human Brain Activity

Measuring human brain activity down to the cellular level: until now, this has been possible only to a limited extent. With a new approach it will now be much easier. The method relies on ...


Neural Signature for Borderline Personality Disorder Identified

A new study of a brain region called the rostro-medial prefrontal could potentially advance diagnosis and therapies for Borderline Personality Disorder ...

Reading for Pleasure Early in Childhood Linked to Better Cognitive Performance and Mental Wellbeing in Adolescence

Children who begin reading for pleasure early in life tend to perform better at cognitive tests and have better mental health when they enter adolescence, a study of more than 10,000 young ...

Deaf Mice Have Nearly Normal Inner Ear Function Until Ear Canal Opens

For the first two weeks of life, mice with a hereditary form of deafness have nearly normal neural activity in the auditory system, according to a new study. Previous studies indicate that this early ...

What Math Can Teach Us About Standing Up to Bullies

New research from Dartmouth takes a fresh look at game theory to show that being uncooperative can help people on the weaker side of a power dynamic achieve a more equal outcome -- and even inflict ...

Body's Immune Response May Offer Alternative Approach to Neuropathic Pain Therapies

In the midst of a global opioid epidemic, a team of scientists is exploring natural killer (NK) cells as an alternative treatment for neuropathic pain. Researchers gather existing evidence for the ...

Chemical Imbalance in the Forebrain Discovered in People With Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Scientists have discovered an imbalance between neurochemicals in parts of OCD patients' brains key to decision-making and habit. A similar but less pronounced neurochemical imbalance was also ...

Poverty Negatively Impacts Structural Wiring in Children's Brains, Study Indicates

A study reveals that household and community poverty may influence brain health in children. Childhood obesity and lower cognitive function may explain, at least partially, poverty's influence ...

Molecular Imaging Identifies Brain Changes in Response to Food Cues; Offers Insight Into Obesity Interventions

Molecular imaging with 18F-flubatine PET/MRI has shown that neuroreceptors in the brains of individuals with obesity respond differently to food cues than those in normal-weight individuals, making ...

Flexible, Supportive Company Culture Makes for Better Remote Work

New research used data from an employee review website to determine what made remote work successful. Companies that catered to employees' interests, gave employees independence, fostered ...

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