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Why Men Have Shorter Lives Than Women: Blame the Loss of Y Chromosome

Why do men live relatively shorter lives than women? This question might be partly answered by new findings recently published in the American Journal of Human Genetics: the loss of Y chromosome in blood cells of some men might be linked with Alzheimer’s disease. To test their hypothesis of whether loss of Y chromosome in

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Belief in Conspiracy Theories Linked With High Stress Levels

People with high stress levels might be more likely to believe in conspiracy theories, says a new study published in Personality and Individual Differences. The Internet has shown how conspiracy theories are everywhere. Some people just cannot help but come up with weird explanations entailing great ‘conspiracies’. A team of researchers from Anglia Ruskin University

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Hiding Secret Spy Messages in Your Soda

You can now use soda to send secret messages. This would make for an interesting James Bond movie, right? The paper documenting this technique is published in the journal Nature Communications. A team of scientists from the Weizmann Institute of Science have turned chemicals like cola and soda into an encryption key to be used

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Volume & Position of Gray Matter Linked With Intelligence

The greater the volume of gray matter in certain brain regions, the more intelligent the person is, suggests a study published online in NeuroImage. Researchers from UC Irvine College of Medicine have correlated gray matter volume to intelligence. They reached this conclusion after analysing the structural images of the brain of 47 healthy adults. The

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How Memorisation in the Brain Works? Scientists Discover Complex Mechanism

An important mechanism through which the brain goes from recalling an old memory to memorising a new, incoming one has been identified in a new study published in the journal Neuron. The findings are expected to provide invaluable information on cellular causes of dementia. Conducted by scientists from the University of Bonn and the German Center for Neurodegenerative

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Our Closest Social Circle Can Have Only 5 People

A new study supports the old theory that the human social circle is divided into layers, each with different numbers and categories of people. Their paper is available online here. Researchers from University of Oxford, UK, and the Aalto University School of Science, Finland, put their brains together to understand human behaviour pertaining to their

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Happiness & Depression Genes Identified For the First Time Ever

Do we experience happiness and depression in the same way? A new study published in Nature Genetics says that there are differences, and these are the result of genetics. Specific parts of the human genome might be the reason behind the individual differences in experiencing happiness; previous research has shown that genetic differences might account

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Free Will Is An Illusion, Say Scientists From Yale

The question of free will remains a subject of controversy among mankind. Many are those who claim that we are endowed with free will while others have questioned whether we actually make our own choices. A new study inclines to the latter: it argues that free will is merely an illusion instigated by the brain. Neuroscientists

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Genetics Determine if Exercise Can Alleviate Depression Symptoms

Patients suffering from depression might benefit from exercise, but only if their genes allow it, says a new study conducted by researchers from the University of Florida, and published in The Journal of Frailty & Aging. Depression is a condition that affects more people than one would think. It is to be taken into serious

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Rosemary Aroma Boosts Memory & Lavender Fragrance Increases Calmness

The aroma given off by rosemary essential oil might boost the memory of the elderly, and help them carry out tasks in the future, while lavender fragrance can enhance the mood, says a new study presented at the British Psychological Society’s Annual Conference in Nottingham yesterday, April 27. The focus of the study is on prospective memory

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A Form of Vitamin B3 Protects Cells From Ageing

A type of vitamin B3 can protect cells from ageing by boosting the regeneration process. The paper documenting the findings is published in the journal Science. Nicotinamide riboside (NR), a form of vitamin B3, has a positive effect on the functioning of stem cells. The beneficial effects of NR were discovered when the team of researchers

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Large Groups of Friends Are Better Than Morphine

Having many friends and socialising with them generates pain-killing effects to a greater extent than morphine, according to a study published in Scientific Reports. We often hear the “quality over quantity” argument, but guess what, a new study published in shows that quantity might actually have its perks. Researchers from Oxford University concluded from a recent

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