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Study: Brain waves 'write' on a computer

10 years ago from UPI

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Dec. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. neuroscientists say they have demonstrated brain waves can be used to type alphanumerical characters on a computer screen.

Letters: Darwin stood on the shoulders of giants

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Why express surprise that this year we have been celebrating Charles Darwin and his Origin of Species, but little about Alfred Russel Wallace (Letters, 3 December)? The simple answer is that this has...

A theory for toddlers' turbo-charged learning style

10 years ago from LA Times - Science

The lack of a fully formed prefrontal cortex -- the section of the brain that keeps an adult 'on task' -- may help young kids accumulate knowledge rapidly, a study suggests. Anyone...

Caltech scientists discover aggression-promoting pheromone in flies

10 years ago from

Have you ever found yourself struggling to get your order taken at a crowded bar or lunch counter, only to walk away in disgust as more aggressive customers elbow their...

Are Angry Women More Like Men?: Study Shows Smiles and Scowls Provide Cues for Gender Identification

10 years ago from Newswise - Scinews

"Why is it that men can be bastards and women must wear pearls and smile?" wrote author Lynn Hecht Schafran. The answer, according to an article in the Journal of...

Should you treat your children like dogs?

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Can dog-whisperering techniques used to control canines also work with children?On parenting blogs, websites and Twitter, the guilty admissions are all the same: the training techniques of Cesar Millan, AKA "The Dog Whisperer",...

Video: A 'Nobel' Cause

10 years ago from CBSNews - Science

When a woman researcher at Johns Hopkins University won the Nobel Prize in science, it eventually helped motivate women scientists who say they've faced discrimination. Kelly Wallace reports.

Mind-Machine Breakthrough: People Type With Just Thoughts

10 years ago from Live Science

By focusing on images of letters, people with electrodes in their brains can type with their minds.

Copenhagen must be a turning point. Our children won't forgive us if we fail | Gordon Brown

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

We need to build a low carbon economy across the world, with a deal that helps developing nations and ensures trustThroughout history human progress has arisen from the dream of achieving far-reaching change even...

Urban planning could improve

10 years ago from Science Alert

A survey of Australian households has found that many people are making unhappy trade-offs because their workplace is distant.

Most runaway teens return home with help of family ties

10 years ago from

The teen years can be a tumultuous time, as many parents know, a time when adolescents begin to flex their mental muscles, testing boundaries and turning to peers rather than...

For low-income families with special needs kids, where you live matters

10 years ago from

In the United States, caring for a child with special health care needs usually means higher medical expenses for a family - particularly for low-income families, who spend a disproportionally...

Is Money Tainting the Plasma Supply?

10 years ago from NY Times Health

Plasma collection centers pay donors, but questions are arising about how an industry that has depended on the blood of people hard up for cash does business.

Why caring can sour a happy marriage

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

New psychological research has revealed surprising data about how relationships failTrue love may be the key to a long and happy marriage – but being a dentist or an agricultural engineer helps, too,...

Wrap rage: A holiday injury waiting to happen

10 years ago from Science Daily

Here's a holiday news nugget for those who will experience "wrap rage" this season ... According to a poll of Pennsylvania adults, about 17 percent of Pennsylvanians experienced an injury...

Gift Guide: Tech gadgets can boost your workouts

10 years ago from Physorg

(AP) -- In simpler times, maintaining good health was a matter of joining a gym or lacing up running shoes for a loop in the park. At most, you'd buy...

Autism therapies can get undeserved credit

10 years ago from LA Times - Health

Sara DiFucci says she vividly remembers the day a pediatrician said her daughter, then a preschooler, could wind up in a group home later in life. She was devastated.

If trainers could choose just one gadget . . .

10 years ago from LA Times - Health

Gadgets and machines have become as embedded in the fitness culture as sneakers and sweats. Although it's possible to get a decent workout with nothing more than a couple...

Come on, it's just acne

10 years ago from LA Times - Health

You'd think so. But the cause of her daughter's angst was surprisingly hard to fight. Not all doctors were helpful. Overwrought at what seemed to me to be a typical smattering of pimples,...

Hyperactivity associated with shorter nights for young boys

10 years ago from Science Daily

Hyperactive boys don't get enough sleep, which can worsen their condition according to new research. The study is the first to examine a large sample of children and to study...

Bad science: Making contact with a helping hand | Ben Goldacre

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

Here is a mystery. Rom Houben, a Belgian, was diagnosed as being in a coma for 23 years, and he has now made a partial recovery. This has been demonstrated via a...

This column will change your life: With friends like these... | Oliver Burkeman

10 years ago from The Guardian - Science

We know our best friends almost as well as know ourselves, right? Maybe not...I like my close friends a lot – that's the point of close friends, surely – and yet, on...

Why Your Older Brother Didn't Share

10 years ago from Science NOW

Sibling pecking order makes firstborns less cooperative than their siblings [Read more]

Iran cracks down on dissent in universities

10 years ago from AP Health

BEIRUT (AP) -- As they gear up for a major anti-government protest Monday, Iranian students are besieged by a clampdown in the universities, with a wave...

Stopping rape as an object of war

10 years ago from Physorg

( -- It is a disturbing truth that sexual- and gender-based violence (SGBV) is used as a war tactic in developing nations. Silvia Dominguez, assistant professor of sociology at Northeastern...

Eclectic To-Do Lists

10 years ago from

As a freelance scientist, I find my Friday to-do lists are particularly eclectic.  A little backstory: I work as a freelance a) science writer and b) programmer in order to...

Altitude will have impact on World Cup ball

10 years ago from MSNBC: Science

The goalkeepers at next year's World Cup should consider their geography before getting on the field. World Cup - FIFA World Cup - Sport - Soccer...

China sets its sights on African research cooperation

10 years ago from SciDev

African countries could benefit from an ambitious Chinese plan to increase its scientific cooperation with the continent.