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Month: December 2017

Plants Make Their Own Decisions & Choices, Says Science

S u m m a r y : Plants can choose their responses to rivals—they can display decision-making skills, says a new study published in the journal Nature Communications. Plants Choose to Attack Plants have freedom of will—at least when it comes to dealing with their competitors. A new research, conducted by biologists from the

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Eat Fish For Better Sleep & Higher IQ

S u m m a r y : Weekly fish consumption has been linked with better sleep, and a higher IQ, says a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports. Fish in a Sleep-Deprived World In a world dominated by technological devices, sleep is slowly becoming a luxury that many do not afford. Research

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Why Odours Can Remind You of the Past

S u m m a r y : Odours are stored as long-term memories in a particular brain region, which could explain why some smells can remind you of the past. The new findings are published in the journal Cerebral Cortex. Have you ever experienced an odour that takes you down memory lane? One particular

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Electrical Brain Stimulation Boosts Memory

S u m m a r y : Electrical brain stimulation can boost memory in humans, an effect that can last until the next day, says a new study published in PNAS. Stimulating the Brain of Epileptic Patients Electrically stimulating a specific brain area has successfully boosted memory in epilepsy patients from Emory University Hospital.

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Children Want to Reprimand Antisocial People

S u m m a r y : Children as young as six year olds feel the need to punish antisocial behaviour, and they want to watch the retribution being meted out, suggests a new study published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour. Humans live in social groups, and this requires for certain rules and

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Do Brain Injuries Turn People Into Criminals?

S u m m a r y : Brain injuries occurring in regions associated with morality and value-based decision-making can cause someone to incline to criminal behaviour, suggests a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Brain Injuries & Crime Brain lesions can predispose people to criminal behaviour, says the

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Kids Who Eat Healthy Are Happier

S u m m a r y : Kids who eat healthy are happier, suggests a new study that links salubrious diets with better self-esteem, and fewer emotional issues and peer troubles. The findings are published in the journal BMC Public Health. Healthy Food, Happy Kids If you want to bring up happy kids, give

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Optimism & Stubbornness Linked With Long Life

S u m m a r y : Optimism and stubbornness may be linked with long life, suggests a new study published in the journal International Psychogeriatrics. Live Well, Live Long None of us can escape ageing—but this does not stop us from trying to, at least, delay it or diminish its effects. Scientists are,

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Exciton, New Form of Matter, Discovered

S u m m a r y : Exciton, a new form of matter, has been discovered by physicists, a team that has become the first to measure excitonium collective modes. The findings are published in the journal Science. Excited At Exciton Scientists are excited at the discovery of new form of matter, exciton. The

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Physical Contact Protects Your Gut Health

S u m m a r y : Physical contact—hugging—is good for your gut health, says new study published in the Journal of Animal Ecology. The findings are based on the red-bellied lemur, an animal that lives in close social groups. Humans, Huddle Together! Humans need human contact—both emotional and physical—and a new research drives

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DNA ‘Switches’ Determine Your Height

S u m m a r y : Switches governing genes associated with height play a role in determining how tall you’ll be, says a new study published in eLife. Your height isn’t just a random number: rather, it is determined by a combination of factors, from genetics and pre- and post-natal health to nutrition.

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How Your Body Responds to Diets is Dependent on Your DNA

S u m m a r y : Our genetics determine whether a healthy diet will help us lose weight or not, says a new study published in the journal Genetics. Our DNA Reacts to Food We are what we eat, a resounding statement that is meant to steer us towards healthy diets. However, this

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