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The First Detailed Map of a Mammal's Neural Network

If this looks like an incredibly complex wiring diagram to you, it's because it is essentially that: you're looking at the Allen Mouse Brain Connectivity Atlas, the first detailed map of any mammal's neural network. Read More >>

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Exploding Head Syndrome is a Real Thing

Jarred awakes from a sound sleep by a "shotgun blast, a thunderclap . . . the clash of symbols, a lightning strike or the sound of every door in the house slamming." As with others who have his condition, sufferers of exploding head syndrome (EHS) wake terrified, only to realise the noise was just a figment of their imaginations. Read More >>

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22 Strange Medical Instruments From the Past

In the history of medicine, machines became crucial parts of the diagnostic and treatment process in the first half of the 20th century. Scientists and doctors experimented with some really strange devices, and they developed a lot of creepy-looking health equipment—at least some of which seems almost horrific, seen through the eyes of today. The following 22 instruments are partly scary, partly weird, and partly awesome—just as inventions should be. Read More >>

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Why are Vitamins Named Using the Alphabet?

Easily identifiable by simple terms, the vitamins we recognise today were only recently isolated, identified and named. Read More >>

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A Cup of Earl Grey Tea Might Save Your Life

You may sing from the hilltops the virtues of a good mug of PG Tips or Tetley's, but if you consider a cuppa a lifesaver in the mornings, you might want to posh up your brew with a few Earl Grey teabags instead. Researchers now believe that the beverage could help massively in the fight against heart disease. Read More >>

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Brace Your Bowels: Scientists Say TEN Veg Servings a Day are Needed to Not Die of Everything

If you want to not die of everything in your late thirties, you may have to spend a bit more time in the fruit and vegetable aisle of your local supermarket browsing the lumpy green things, with one health think-tank suggesting the five-a-day fruit and veg serving advice should be doubled to ten. Read More >>

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Sanitiser-Dispensing Door Handles Ensure Hospital Staff Stay Clean

When you work in an environment that's all about battling germs, bacteria, and disease, common sense dictates that you should always keep your hands clean. But that's easier said than done, at least until these clever PullClean sanitiser dispensing door handles are installed in every hospital, doctor's office, and clinic around the world. Read More >>

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The Spray-on Surgical Film That Could Make Stiches Redundant

Surgeries, major or minor, virtually always require stitches—but they can prove uncomfortable and painful, or even become infected. Now, a spray-on film of biodegradable polymer nanofibres could replace them for good. Read More >>

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Watching 24 Hours of Someone's Heartbeat is Weirdly Hypnotic

As visualisations go, this is a simple one: it shows the heartbeats of data scientist Jen Lowe from the last 24 hours, gently pulsing as a big, bold, red screen. Read More >>

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Will These Genius Condom Ideas be the Next 'Big' Thing?

Bill Gates: computer genius, incredible philanthropist...condom afficionado? Indeed, the man who brought you MS-DOS is now looking to create a revolution in an entirely new industry -- and one in dire need of innovation. Read More >>

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This Amazing Flexible Heart Cover Could Replace Pacemakers for Good

This amazing 3D piece of silicone dotted with electronics looks like something out of the future—because it is. In fact, this potential pacemaker replacement fits over the human heart and is capable of monitoring and, soon, responding to, its vital signs. Read More >>

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How Malaria Defeats Our Drugs

In the war against malaria, one small corner of the globe has repeatedly turned the tide, rendering our best weapons moot and medicine on the brink of defeat. Ed Yong reports. Read More >>

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Pain-Scanning Computer Can Tell if You're Really Hurting on the Inside

A team at the University of Toronto has developed a computer system that's able to differentiate between real and fake pained facial expressions, with the code apparently able to do a better job than humans at telling if we're really in pain or just lying about it for attention and biscuits. Read More >>

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E-Cigarette Nicotine Juice is Poisoning Children

E-cigarettes are controversial these days, following public vaping bans in the US's three biggest cities. Things over here aren't much different, with e-cigarettes being banned in certain train stations. The issue? We don't know yet if they're bad for you or not. But one thing that's definitely, indisputably bad for you: Drinking e-cigarette juice. Read More >>

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Jet Lag Pill Could Correct a Wonky Body Clock After a Night Shift Down the Disco

Researchers looking into how certain hormones work inside the brain have come up with the concept of a jet lag treatment, one that could reset the body's internal clock by performing a factory reset of our natural rhythms by suppressing an enzyme that effects the brain. Read More >>

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A Tequila Sweetener Could Help Reduce Diabetes and Obesity

Tequila is the answer to many of life's problems—and now, a sweetener made from the stuff might just be the answer to a pandemic of obesity and (in the US) diabetes, too. Read More >>

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