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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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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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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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Poor Sleep Tires Out Your Brain Cells, Making You Slow & Forgetful

S u m m a r y : Poor sleep tires out your brain cells, resulting in you becoming temporarily forgetful and inattentive, says a new paper published in the journal Nature Medicine. Tired Brain Cells Make You Forget Why do we behave weirdly when we are sleep-deprived? Ever wondered why you become inattentive and

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Geckos Re-Growing Tails Can Help Develop Spinal Cord Treatment

S u m m a r y : Geckos growing back their tail might possibly be used to develop spinal cord treatment in humans, says new research that points at the special stem cells behind this superpower. The findings are published in the Journal of Comparative Neurology. When A Gecko’s Tail Comes Off Have you ever

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Fear of Spiders & Snakes is Innate

S u m m a r y : The fear of spiders and snakes is innate; having an evolutionary origin, it is hereditary, suggests a new study published in the journal Frontiers in Psychology. Fear of Spiders & Snakes Why do we fear spiders and snakes? Most of us will be gripped by stress, anxiety

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The Genes Behind Human Skin Colour

S u m m a r y : New genes coding for human skin colour have been discovered by a team of geneticists studying a variety of African groups. The findings are published in the journal Science. Broad Diversity in Skin Colour Skin colour elicits many different kind of emotions and responses throughout the different

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Fungi in Humans Linked With Obesity

S u m m a r y : Changes in fungi residing in the human gut might be involved in the development of metabolic problems like obesity, says a new study published in the journal mSphere. The Micro-World Inside of Humans We are not alone—our body cells are in close proximity with foreign cells, that

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Healthy Gut Bacteria Linked With Healthy Ageing

S u m m a r y : Healthy microbes might be linked with healthy ageing, suggests a new study published in the journal mSphere. Healthy Gut Bacteria Means Healthy Ageing A healthy gut for healthy ageing—at least, this would apply to the Chinese. The new research, considered one of the largest microbiota studies involving

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