Scientists find that changing who pays for what boosts people’s willingness to give money —> Read More Here
The cost of solar power is on the verge of catching up with conventional electricity, report two new studies. Continue reading → —> Read More Here
People sensitive to disgust are more likely to be conservative – so much so that their brain’s response to a disgusting image can predict political leaning
Professor Gary Smith of the University of Pennsylvania, calculated the health risk of Toxoplasma gondi (pictured) – a parasite transmitted by soil, meat and cat faeces. —> Read More Here
Chronic fatigue syndrome affects as many as four in a thousand people in the United States — perhaps more. Despite that, there’s been slow progress in understanding the disease, and researchers still aren’t exactly sure what causes it. Now, a small new study hints that subtle differences in the brain’s white matter might have something to do with the disease.
CFS has a controversial past. For years, health officials denied it even existed, ironically dismissing it as a sign of mental illness. But in the last few years, more and more researchers are taking it seriously. The latest research points to mold-produced toxins as a likely cause — or at least trigger — of CFS, the symptoms of which include impaired memory and concentration, extreme fatigue after exercise, muscle and joint pain, and unrefreshing sleep. Yet exactly how CFS works remains something of a mystery.
One avenue worth exploring is brain imaging, Stanford researcher Michael Zeineh and colleagues write in the journal Radiology, though previous brain studies of patients with CFS have yielded inconsistent results. To probe deeper, Zeineh and company used standard functional magnetic resonance imaging, or —> Read More Here
Woods Hole researchers say water came, not from a comet, but from meteorites – and arrived at the same time the planet’s rock was forming. —> Read More Here
Tossing a bag of popcorn in the microwave (and trying not to burn it) is cool and all, but have you ever though about what it actually looks like while it’s popping?
Craving popcorn yet? We don’t blame you.
Scientists at the University of California were able to pick up several words that subjects thought using a new mind-reading device
By Alex Whiting
LONDON, Oct 30 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – If Ebola is difficult to catch, as medical experts say, why are fully equipped nurses contracting it in the United States and Spain, and how can aid agencies in West Africa protect their staff more effectively?
One nurse in Spain and two hospital nurses in the United States were infected with Ebola after treating patients who had returned from West Africa with the virus.
All three were declared free of the virus in October, but many medical staff and helpers have been infected and died in West Africa.
“We have to wait for the evaluations being done (in the United States and Spain), but it seems like a lot of the problems are when you take off the protective gear,” —> Read More Here
With physics grand-master Kip Thorne doing the science, Interstellar promises to be the most fact-packed blockbuster of the year. Time to brush up