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Month: November 2017

Marriage Protects Your Mind From Dementia

S u m m a r y : Marriage may be linked with a lower risk of developing dementia, says a new study published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry. Marriage Lowers Dementia Risk Get married to protect your mind from dementia! Humans are gregarious by nature—we do not thrive in isolation, and

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Intelligence & Long Life Linked in the DNA

S u m m a r y : People who are genetically predisposed for higher cognitive ability live longer, suggests a new study published in the journal Cell Reports. Genes & Cognitive Ability Genes code for particular functions and traits (like eye and skin colour), and they exist in more than one form, which explains

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Intelligent People Have Better Brain Communication

S u m m a r y : Intelligent people have a better system of communication within their brain: specific brain regions interact with each other more closely than in people less endowed. The new findings are published in the journal Scientific Reports. Brains Better At Self-Communication Humans are known to have different levels of

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Sand Grains, Instead of Water, on Mars!

S u m m a r y : Previously identified Martian water is actually sand and dust, suggests a new study that challenges previous ones. The findings are published in the journal Nature Geoscience. Water or Sand? Mars does not have that much water, after all—scientists mistook sand and dust for flowing water. Certain dark

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Space Dust Carries Life From Planet to Planet

S u m m a r y : What if space dust were to transport life from world to world? Scientists explore this possibility in a new study published in the journal Astrobiology. Travelling in a Flow of Stardust From where do we come, and how did we get here? What if, we were brought

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Heavy Drinking & Smoking Make You Look Older

S u m m a r y : Heavy drinking and heavy smoking add years to your face; the two have been linked with visible signs of ageing in a new study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Looking Older Drinking and smoking are known to be harmful to health, and a

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Spanking Worsens Children’s Behaviour, Says Science

S u m m a r y : Children who are spanked by their parents in their early years display an increase in behaviour problems when they are older, shows a new study published in the journal Psychological Science. To Spank or Not to Spank? “To spank or not to spank children” is a question

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3-Eyed, Wingless Mosquito Created With Gene Editing Tool

S u m m a r y : A wingless, three-eyed mosquito has been genetically engineered by a team of researchers in an attempt to curb the propagation of infectious diseases. The findings are published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Mutant Mosquitoes You now have three-eyed, wingless mosquitoes, thanks to genetic

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Obesity-Gene Tells Cells to Grow Fatter

S u m m a r y : A gene variant is telling cells to store more fat, thereby fuelling obesity, says a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Is Obesity A Choice? Obesity is the result of a number of factors, like excessive eating and a sedentary lifestyle.

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Psychedelic Amazonian Drug (Hallucinogen) Treats Depression & Alcoholism

S u m m a r y : A psychedelic drug traditionally used in the Amazons thought to enhance people’s sense of well-being becomes a candidate for the treatment of depression and alcoholism. The new study is published in the journal Scientific Reports. What Are Psychedelic Drugs? Psychedelic drugs are substances that alter cognition and

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