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ADHD may have evolved to help foragers know when to cut their losses

Tue, 02/20/2024 - 7:01pm
Symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, such as impulsivity, may have helped foragers in hunter-gatherer communities quickly move on to new areas when food sources were low
Categories: Astronomy

Why forgetting things is a key part of the way your brain works

Tue, 02/20/2024 - 1:00pm
Forgetfulness can be frustrating, but cognitive scientists reckon it underpins the brain’s capacity to efficiently process sensory information – and its unique ability to generalise our knowledge
Categories: Astronomy

The hidden evolutionary advantages of the teenage brain

Tue, 02/20/2024 - 11:00am
Recent research suggests teenagers’ brains are particularly suited to coping with volatility and new experiences, including socialising and venturing to unknown places
Categories: Astronomy

Deadly plant kills its pollinators but nurses their young

Tue, 02/20/2024 - 10:00am
A deadly flower kills the gnats that pollinate it but may help the insects’ offspring in return, which indicates that plant-pollinator relationships may be more complex than previously thought
Categories: Astronomy

How to make sure your brain is performing at its peak

Tue, 02/20/2024 - 9:00am
The time of day, the amount of sleep we get and our stage in life can each affect how our brains function. But the good news is there are ways to make sure your brain is working at its best
Categories: Astronomy

Bitcoin halving: When is it and what does it actually mean?

Tue, 02/20/2024 - 6:26am
The bitcoin halving, which occurs once every four years, will reduce rewards for miners and some investors think it will push prices higher
Categories: Astronomy

Quantum computers are constantly hampered by cosmic rays

Tue, 02/20/2024 - 6:00am
Investigations into quantum computing mishaps caused by high-powered particles from space have revealed that these cosmic rays are responsible for a significant number of errors
Categories: Astronomy

ChatGPT can tailor political ads to match users' personalities

Tue, 02/20/2024 - 4:00am
Generative AI can rewrite political adverts on social media to target users with different personality types, making it easier to manipulate elections using personal data on a large scale
Categories: Astronomy

Electronic music appears to alter our state of consciousness

Tue, 02/20/2024 - 1:00am
Listening to electronic music makes neurons in our brain fire in time with the beat, which appears to alter our reaction time and sense of unity
Categories: Astronomy

Ancient bronze hand may offer clue to the origins of Basque language

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 7:01pm
Archaeologists say a mysterious language inscribed on a 2000-year-old metal hand may be related to Basque, but linguists aren't convinced
Categories: Astronomy

AI can tell a person's sex from brain scans with 90 per cent accuracy

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 3:00pm
A new kind of brain-scanning method may give a way to tell men’s and women’s brains apart, but a long history of incorrect claims in this field suggests the findings need to be further tested
Categories: Astronomy

How newly discovered brain cells have made us rethink the human mind

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 3:00pm
Strange new types of cells keep coming to light in the human brain. By the latest count, there are more than 3300, and we don’t even know what most of them do
Categories: Astronomy

Why the brain's microbiome could hold the key to curing Alzheimer's

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 1:00pm
The surprising discovery that your brain has its own microbiome is raising an intriguing possibility – that some dementias might be reversible
Categories: Astronomy

Monster black hole powers the brightest known object in the universe

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 11:00am
Astronomers have found a quasar 12 billion light years away hosting a supermassive black hole that gobbles up a sun-sized amount of mass every day
Categories: Astronomy

Niacin supplements linked to greater risk of heart attacks and strokes

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 11:00am
People with higher levels of niacin in their blood may be more at risk of a heart attack or stroke, possibly because too much of the vitamin inflames blood vessels
Categories: Astronomy

New evidence finally reveals how male and female brains really differ

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 10:58am
Research is cutting through historical discrimination and gender politics to get to the truth about differences between the brains of men and women
Categories: Astronomy

Underwater photo competition showcases stunning images of marine life

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 10:41am
Diving seabirds, a tiny octopus and a close encounter with a grey whale feature in breathtaking entries for the 2024 Underwater Photographer of the Year competition
Categories: Astronomy

The strange truth about why thinking hard makes you feel exhausted

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 9:00am
Your brain burns through the same amount of energy whether you’re daydreaming or taking an exam. So why do we experience mental fatigue?
Categories: Astronomy

Cosmic dust may have been crucial to the beginnings of life on Earth

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 5:00am
Earth lacks some of the ingredients that would have been key to the origins of life – they may have been delivered to glacial ponds by tiny specks of cosmic dust
Categories: Astronomy

Stem cells grown in labs for experimental therapies pose a cancer risk

Mon, 02/19/2024 - 1:00am
Around one-fifth of the stem cells grown in laboratories for as-yet-unapproved medical treatments have cancer-causing mutations
Categories: Astronomy