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A researcher is working with art therapists to find better ways to treat children who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Researchers were able to develop a set of guidelines for delivering art therapy to children who have ASD.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 8:06 pm
Despite efforts from No Child Left Behind to promote 'highly qualified' teaching, recent research shows that just 36 percent of new secondary science teachers are teaching only in their trained subject.
Posted: July 19, 2017, 7:35 pm
A month before they are born, fetuses carried by American mothers-to-be can distinguish between someone speaking to them in English and Japanese. Using non-invasive sensing technology for the first time for this purpose, a group of researchers has shown this in-utero language discrimination. Their study has implications for fetal research in other fields.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 6:16 pm
More children are living in high-poverty neighborhoods following the Great Recession -- a troubling shift because children in these neighborhoods are a year behind academically.
Posted: July 18, 2017, 12:38 am
Adolescent girls receiving a wide range of medical care in the Emergency Department (ED) are receptive to receiving information about preventing pregnancy.
Posted: July 15, 2017, 2:19 am
When it comes to helping high school student athletes recover from concussion, support is needed beyond the athletic field. It is also essential when they return to the classroom. A new study examines principals’ perceptions about concussion.
Posted: July 13, 2017, 5:41 am
Social and emotional learning programs for youth not only immediately improve mental health, social skills, and learning outcomes but also continue to benefit children years later.
Posted: July 12, 2017, 4:57 pm
If emotional intelligence is a key -- and possibly the most important -- component to student success, how do we ensure schools foster it?
Posted: July 12, 2017, 7:33 am
A recent study found that, not only did commercial brain training with Lumosity™ have no effect on decision-making, it also had no effect on cognitive function beyond practice effects on the training tasks.
Posted: July 10, 2017, 11:24 pm
Want to boost collaboration among researchers? Even in an age of easy virtual communication, physical proximity increases collaborative activity among academic scholars, according to a new study examining a decade's worth of papers and patents.
Posted: July 10, 2017, 11:23 pm
Technology and Innovation 19.1 zeroes in on innovation and entrepreneurship, with a special focus on what universities are currently doing to foster growth in those areas both for their success and the success of the communities and regions to which they are connected. Novel educational programs, innovation-driving business accelerators, and ingenious makerspaces that allow users to manufacture their own objects are among the tools being employed by universities to support the entrepreneurial activities so crucial for our economy and our nation.
Posted: July 7, 2017, 11:08 pm
What is the best way to help poor schoolchildren succeed at math? A study now sheds light on the ways preschool activities may -- or may not -- help children develop cognitive skills.
Posted: July 7, 2017, 12:00 am
Manipulating the pulses of electrical activity in the thalamus during non-REM deep sleep make mice remember or forget.
Posted: July 6, 2017, 9:42 pm
Using musical cues to learn a physical task significantly develops an important part of the brain, according to a new study.
Posted: July 6, 2017, 9:02 pm
Being able to assess our own memories helps us to avoid errors and prompts us to collect more information to fill the gaps. The ability to assess memory quality appears in children. A new study shows metamemory continues to develop to early adolescence.
Posted: July 6, 2017, 2:15 am
Seemingly any behavior can be 'gamified' and awarded digital points these days, from tracking the steps you've walked to the online purchases you've made and even the chores you've completed. Tracking behavior in this way helps to spur further action and new research shows that even meaningless scores can serve as effective motivators, as long as those scores are accelerating.
Posted: July 5, 2017, 7:23 pm
Using lists of names collected from publicly available websites, two researchers have revealed distinctive patterns in higher education systems, ranging from ethnic representation, to gender imbalance in the sciences, to nepotism in Italian universities.
Posted: July 4, 2017, 2:30 am
A 'brain training' game could help improve the memory of patients in the very earliest stages of dementia, suggests a new study.
Posted: July 3, 2017, 6:03 pm
How do we learn to write? A Japanese study looked at the development of writing skills in Japanese first-grade students, and revealed aspects of handwriting development that have been largely neglected in research carried out in Latin alphabet communities.
Posted: June 30, 2017, 8:20 pm
While publishers look to produce ever more colourful and exciting texts to entice buyers, University of Sussex psychologists have shown that having more than one illustration per page results in poorer word learning among pre-schoolers.
Posted: June 30, 2017, 8:18 pm
Professionally active doctors increasingly hesitate to take on the task of tutoring students from undergraduate medical education. Stress and pressure from higher up, and sometimes also from colleagues, contributes to this ambivalence.
Posted: June 30, 2017, 6:23 pm
Scientists have discovered that curtailing activity of the neuromodulator adenosine extends the critical period of auditory learning in mice and offers promising results for humans.
Posted: June 29, 2017, 11:59 pm
When children avoid school to avoid bullying, many states can lose tens of millions of dollars in lost funding, and California alone loses an estimated $276 million each year because children feel unsafe. New research highlights the hidden cost to communities in states that use daily attendance numbers to calculate public school funding.
Posted: June 29, 2017, 7:47 pm
Female first-year students earn a higher grade when paired with at least one other female for group projects in introductory college engineering classes, according to new research.
Posted: June 29, 2017, 4:03 am
Kids exposed to lead as young children are more likely to be suspended or incarcerated during their school years, suggests a new study.
Posted: June 29, 2017, 2:51 am
The way children engage with their teachers, peers and tasks is vital to the success of early-childhood education but greatly underestimated, according to new research.
Posted: June 28, 2017, 7:22 pm
Behavioral training changes the way attention facilitates information processing in the human brain, a study has found.
Posted: June 27, 2017, 11:58 pm
Is it OK for children to count on their fingers? Generations of pupils have been discouraged by their teachers from using their hands when learning maths. But a new research article shows using fingers may be a much more important part of maths learning than previously thought.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 7:34 pm
A study which investigated more than 2,000 children across 80 primary schools in Devon, has found that children who are younger than their peers when they start school are more likely to develop poorer mental health, as rated by parents and teachers.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 8:34 pm
Study investigates the impact of stereotypes and the role of family, school and society on the self-concept of females already studying these scientific subjects and found that these stereotypes do impact the self-concept of females already studying these scientific subjects.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 8:09 pm
A new review paper proposes that the goal of memory is not to transmit the most accurate information over time, but to guide and optimize intelligent decision making by only holding on to valuable information.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 10:59 pm
A new study analyses toddler's reading and learning habits through electronic books compared to print books.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 8:01 pm
New research looks at developing processes for musical improvisation that enhance creativity.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 8:01 pm
The oral storytelling skills of African American preschoolers make a difference in how quickly their reading skills develop, according to a new study. Researchers say the effect is much different for girls and boys.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 5:55 pm
Multitasking while studying may impair overall memory for the study material, but your ability to strategically identify and remember the most important information may stay intact, according to new findings.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 5:54 pm
When trying to memorize information, it is better to relate it to something meaningful rather than repeat it again and again to make it stick, according to a recent study.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 11:36 pm
Improving school leadership by better selecting, training and evaluating principals can be an affordable option for school districts that aim to reduce turnover and improve schools, according to a new report. The first-of-its kind study examined how six large urban school districts are investing in their leaders. Researchers found that improving school leadership has been affordable for the six districts, which spent 0.4 percent of their annual budgets to better the quality of school leaders.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 9:12 pm
When looking at new opportunity, do you choose an average place where you are among the top performers or do you choose a prestigious place where you might be average and not particularly remarkable? In other words, do you want to be the big frog in a small pond or a little frog in a big pond? According to recent research your cultural upbringing ultimately affects your choice.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 9:11 pm
Many interventions and programs designed to improve low-income children's lives focus on providing high-quality early-childhood education. Preschool classrooms that are emotionally supportive, well-organized, and cognitively stimulating can help boost children's learning and development. Yet for the most part, focusing on the quality of early-childhood education has emphasized teachers, often missing the central role that children play in their own development.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 7:02 pm
New research suggests that whereas mothers who are more supportive of their children's negative emotions rate their children as being more socially skilled, these same children appear less socially adjusted when rated by teachers.
Posted: June 16, 2017, 7:51 pm
Individuals with autism spectrum disorder often find it difficult to look others in the eyes as they find eye contact uncomfortable or stressful. Now a study has shed light on the brain mechanisms involved in this behavior.
Posted: June 16, 2017, 7:02 am
When states suffer widespread job loss, the damage extends to the next generation, where college attendance drops among poor students, says new research. States marked by shuttered factories and dormant mines thus show a widening gap in college attendance between rich and poor. Yet poor students in hard-hit states don't avoid college simply because they can't afford it. Instead, job losses trigger adolescent emotional problems and poor academic performance -- which put college out of reach.
Posted: June 15, 2017, 11:58 pm
Physical education (PE) in the United States may be failing both teachers and children, suggests new research.
Posted: June 15, 2017, 6:20 pm
There is a tendency to highlight the importance of cognitive achievements and the family’s socioeconomic background for people’s success in the future, but this study shows that children’s self-regulation, which comprises children’s social skills and processing of emotions, directs the future development in a profound way in different domains of life. Strong self-regulation promotes success in education and work, the intimate relationship, health behavior, integration into society and the development of a flexible personality.
Posted: June 15, 2017, 6:17 pm
People whose minds tend to wander are less likely to stick to their long-term goals, according to new research. The research found that those who could sustain focus in day-to-day life were more likely to report maintaining perseverance and passion in their long-term objectives.
Posted: June 13, 2017, 7:49 pm
Neuroscientists have found that dyslexic children from lower income families responded much better to a summer reading program than children from a higher socioeconomic background. Using MRI data, the team also found anatomical changes in the brains of children whose reading abilities improved -- in particular, a thickening of the cortex in parts of the brain known to be involved in reading.
Posted: June 13, 2017, 1:05 am
Based on a study of more than 30,000 elementary, middle, and high school students conducted in winter 2015–16, researchers found that elementary and middle school students scored lower on a computer-based test that did not allow them to return to previous items than on two comparable tests—paper- or computer-based—that allowed them to skip, review, and change previous responses.
Posted: June 12, 2017, 9:27 pm
Researchers have shown that measurements of the brain's electrical activity can be used to test the influence of intrusive online advertisements on internet users' concentration and emotions.
Posted: June 12, 2017, 7:55 pm
Researchers objectively measured sleep and circadian rhythms, and the association to academic performance in college students, finding that irregular patterns of sleep and wakefulness correlated with lower grade point average, delayed sleep/wake timing, and delayed release of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin.
Posted: June 12, 2017, 7:10 pm
Mny secondary school science teachers possess climate change misconceptions similar to average Americans, new research confirms.
Posted: June 7, 2017, 10:08 pm
When faced with a tempting choice, it can be hard to stop and think through the potential consequences, but new research suggests that framing the choice as a sequence of events can help us exercise patience by prompting us to imagine the future.
Posted: June 7, 2017, 12:30 am
A study of mice reveals, for the first time, how puberty hormones might impede some aspects of flexible youthful learning.
Posted: June 2, 2017, 12:48 am
Using Reddit posts as an indicator, researchers found that students at higher-ranked schools have better mental health than those at lower-ranked colleges. The well-being index is also better at universities with higher tuition. It's lower at large public schools with a majority of female students.
Posted: June 1, 2017, 10:11 pm
Children who participated in the PROSPER (PROmoting School-community-university Partnerships to Enhance Resilience) program over seven years ago showed lower rates of substance abuse after high school graduation, according to a new study.
Posted: June 1, 2017, 1:59 am
New findings provide fascinating insights into the psychology of preschool age children, and the first evidence that sharing under social norms is less emotionally rewarding than sharing voluntarily.
Posted: May 31, 2017, 7:18 pm
A new study found that a parent's outlook on life can have a profound influence on the behavior of their child.
Posted: May 31, 2017, 7:18 pm
Researchers identify three competencies most frequently showed evidence of supporting students' college persistence and success, as measured by grades, retention and graduation: A sense of belonging, a growth mindset and personal goals and values.
Posted: May 30, 2017, 9:21 pm
A study leverages the unvarnished opinions of Redditors to further our understanding of what makes a good educator.
Posted: May 26, 2017, 1:43 am
Reading is such a modern cultural invention that there is no specific area in the brain dedicated to it. Scientists have found that learning to read as an adult reconfigures evolutionarily ancient brain structures hitherto assigned to different skills. These findings were obtained in a large-scale study in India in which completely illiterate women learned how to read and write for six months.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 11:37 pm
Evolution is a difficult concept for many students at all levels, however, a study has demonstrated a simple cost-free way to significantly improve students' understanding of evolution at the secondary level: teach genetics before you teach them evolution.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 12:11 am

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A study of preoperative patients for rhinoplasty suggests poor mental well-being and low self-esteem were associated with poorer perceptions of nasal function, according to a new study.
Posted: July 20, 2017, 11:52 pm
A five-minute encounter with an outsider spurs a cascade of changes in gene activity in the brain that can last for hours, researchers report in a study of stickleback fish.
Posted: July 17, 2017, 8:34 pm
For the first time, a primitive movie has been encoded in -- and then played back from -- DNA in living cells. Scientists say it's a major step toward a 'molecular recorder' that may someday make it possible to access an archive of the changing internal states of a developing cell by sequencing its genome. The ability to record such sequential events as a movie at the molecular level is key to this reinventing of recording.
Posted: July 13, 2017, 12:26 am
Neurologists have created a hands-free, thought-controlled musical instrument. They hope that this new instrument will help empower and rehabilitate patients with motor disabilities such as those from stroke, spinal cord injury, amputation, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).
Posted: July 12, 2017, 8:35 pm
Some people experience intense aversion and anxiety when they see clusters of roughly circular shapes, such as the bubbles in a cup of coffee or the holes in a sponge. Now psychologists have found that the condition -- known as trypophobia -- may be an exaggerated response linked to deep-seated anxiety about parasites and infectious disease.
Posted: July 11, 2017, 9:44 pm
Manipulating the pulses of electrical activity in the thalamus during non-REM deep sleep make mice remember or forget.
Posted: July 6, 2017, 9:42 pm
A ground-breaking new study challenges the assumption that moral decisions are strongly context dependent and cannot be modeled or described algorithmically, finding that human behavior in dilemma situations can be modeled by a simple value-of-life-based model. The research suggests that human moral behavior can be well-described by algorithms and used by machines to manage moral dilemmas on the road.
Posted: July 5, 2017, 10:02 pm
Researchers developed ways to temporarily eliminate the sense of smell in adult mice, and discovered that those mice that lost smell could eat a high-fat diet and stay a normal weight, while littermates that retained the sense of smell ballooned to twice normal weight. Supersmellers gained more weight than did normal mice on the same high-fat diet. Smell-deficient mice burned excess fat instead of storing it, suggesting a link between smell and metabolism.
Posted: July 5, 2017, 10:00 pm
Seemingly any behavior can be 'gamified' and awarded digital points these days, from tracking the steps you've walked to the online purchases you've made and even the chores you've completed. Tracking behavior in this way helps to spur further action and new research shows that even meaningless scores can serve as effective motivators, as long as those scores are accelerating.
Posted: July 5, 2017, 7:23 pm
People tend to change the pitch of their voice depending on who they are talking to, and how dominant they feel, a study has found.
Posted: June 29, 2017, 7:47 pm
Neuroscientists have thoroughly mapped the touch, visual and auditory regions of the brain's cortex, but how does this sensory information get processed into our perception of the world? Researchers have for the first time reconstructed the spatial map a mouse creates with its whiskers, and found evidence that layers 2 and 3 of the somatosensory cortex integrate the discret inputs from each whisker to create a smooth map of the surrounding world.
Posted: June 28, 2017, 7:28 pm
A systematic review of zolpidem for noninsomnia neurological disorders, including movement disorders and disorders of consciousness, finds reason for additional research.
Posted: June 26, 2017, 10:47 pm
The way you hear and interpret the sounds around you changes as you move. That's how sound in the real world works. Now imagine if it worked that way while you were listening to a recording of a concert or playing a video game in virtual reality. Scientists are now using head related transfer functions (HRTF) to create an immersive sound environment.
Posted: June 26, 2017, 8:28 pm
People who are visually impaired will often use a cane to feel out their surroundings. With training and practice, people can learn to use the pitch, loudness and timbre of echoes from the cane or other sounds to navigate safely through the environment using echolocation.
Posted: June 26, 2017, 7:06 pm
Your cognitive capacity is significantly reduced when your smartphone is within reach — even if it’s off — suggests new research.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 11:00 pm
Different types of memories stored in the same neuron of the marine snail Aplysia can be selectively erased, according to a new study.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 9:49 pm
Sons of older fathers are more intelligent, more focused on their interests and less concerned about fitting in, all characteristics typically seen in 'geeks,' suggests new British research.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 9:11 pm
One of the well-known challenges of marriage is keeping the passion alive after years of partnership, as passions tend to cool even in very happy relationships. Psychological scientists have now developed an unconventional intervention for helping a marriage maintain its spark: pictures of puppies and bunnies.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 2:24 am
Haute couture can be credited for enhancing more than catwalks and red carpets. New research suggests that the 3D or 'stereoscopic' vision of dressmakers is as sharp as their needles.
Posted: June 14, 2017, 11:07 pm
The arrangement of the photoreceptors in our eyes allows us to detect socially significant color variation better than other types of color vision, a team of researchers has found. Specifically, our color vision is superior at spotting "social signaling," such as blushing or other facial color changes -- even when compared to the type of color vision that we design for digital cameras and other photographic devices.
Posted: June 14, 2017, 6:59 pm
The artificial intelligence that can blow human pilots out of the sky in air-to-air combat accurately predicted treatment outcomes for bipolar disorder, according to a new medical study. The findings open a world of possibility for using AI, or machine learning, to treat disease, researchers said.
Posted: June 12, 2017, 9:23 pm
Using a sophisticated type of mathematics in a way that it has never been used before in neuroscience, a scientists have uncovered a universe of multi-dimensional geometrical structures and spaces within the networks of the brain. This research has significant implications for our understanding of the brain.
Posted: June 12, 2017, 7:11 pm
Eating in front of a mirror — or even with a picture of yourself eating — makes food more appealing, new research suggests.
Posted: June 8, 2017, 5:02 pm
Scientists have found a way to improve creativity through brain stimulation, according to researchers.
Posted: June 7, 2017, 6:24 pm
People with damage to a crucial part of the brain fail to recognize facial emotions, but they unexpectedly find faces looking sideways more memorable researchers have found.
Posted: June 6, 2017, 7:20 pm
Using fMRI signals and Deep Neural Network AI, researchers decode and predict what a subject is seeing or imagining.
Posted: May 31, 2017, 7:18 pm
Researchers have identified a subgroup of neurons in the mouse brain that, upon activation, immediately prompt binge-like eating.
Posted: May 25, 2017, 11:45 pm
Reading is such a modern cultural invention that there is no specific area in the brain dedicated to it. Scientists have found that learning to read as an adult reconfigures evolutionarily ancient brain structures hitherto assigned to different skills. These findings were obtained in a large-scale study in India in which completely illiterate women learned how to read and write for six months.
Posted: May 24, 2017, 11:37 pm
Biologists have discovered the gene that determines the male sex in houseflies. Surprisingly, the sex-determining mechanisms are not the same for all houseflies -- they depend on where the insects live. This knowledge not only helps us better understand the evolution of sex determination, but also aids in the control of agricultural pests or carriers of disease.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 7:20 pm
Researchers shows that an ability to perceive differences between similar images depends on the cultural background of the viewer.
Posted: May 23, 2017, 7:20 pm
What can we learn about emotions, the brain and behavior from a wristband? Plenty, according to a prominent engineer.
Posted: May 20, 2017, 6:23 pm
Artificial intelligence doesn't have to be super-sophisticated to make a difference in people's lives, according to a new study. Even 'dumb AI' can help human groups.
Posted: May 17, 2017, 10:55 pm
To understand numbers, you need culture, says a cognitive scientist. He argues against the current conventional wisdom that numerical cognition is biologically endowed.
Posted: May 16, 2017, 9:46 pm
Humans treat 'inferred' visual objects generated by the brain as more reliable than external images from the real world, according to new research.
Posted: May 16, 2017, 5:37 pm
The things we touch while shopping can affect what we buy, according to new studies. The authors suggest that tactile exposure to the object "activated the conceptual representation of that object, which then facilitated subsequent processing of the given object."
Posted: May 12, 2017, 7:43 pm
If you're creating a message to educate, inform, or persuade, don't underestimate the power of a well-executed cartoon. A new study suggests if you're trying to convince the public to change their stance on a topic such as wind energy, you may be more successful if you use a cartoon rather than a photograph.
Posted: May 11, 2017, 9:30 pm
A recent study found that people who watched live interactions with a robot were more likely to consider the robot to have more human-like qualities.
Posted: May 10, 2017, 9:22 pm
A test to assess the effect of red candies on happiness has been used to teach the often 'dull' or 'boring' concepts of clinical research. The study was based on a mock randomized control trial across three countries.
Posted: May 10, 2017, 7:26 pm
If you show up at work tired, you may want to focus strictly on your own tasks. New research suggests helping coworkers in the morning can lead to mental exhaustion and self-serving behavior in the afternoon that ultimately can create a toxic work environment.
Posted: May 10, 2017, 7:25 pm
Researchers have debunked the myth that extreme sportsmen and women are adrenalin junkies with a death wish, according to a new study.
Posted: May 9, 2017, 7:06 pm
Getting a shot at your doctor's office can be a stressful experience. But what if you knew your doctor was from your hometown, liked the same food as you, or shared your religious beliefs? Now that you feel more culturally connected to your doctor, will the shot hurt less?
Posted: May 5, 2017, 1:45 am
Individuals with a slender lower face are about 25 percent more likely to be left-handed. This unexpected finding was identified in 13,536 individuals who participated in three national surveys conducted in the United States. This association may shed new light on the origins of left-handedness, as slender jaws have also been associated with susceptibility to tuberculosis, a disease that has shaped human evolution and which today affects 2 billion people.
Posted: April 28, 2017, 3:55 am
Delivering bad news in a caring way -- and coping with a patient's reaction -- is a key skill for doctors. Intuitive technology is helping medical students learn the best approaches.
Posted: April 27, 2017, 6:47 pm
Peering into laboratory glassware, researchers have watched stem-cell-derived nerve cells arising in a specific region of the human brain migrate into another brain region. This process recapitulates what's been believed to occur in a developing fetus, but has never previously been viewed in real time.
Posted: April 26, 2017, 10:40 pm
Using human skin cells, neurobiologists have created a method to generate one of the principle cell types of the brain called microglia, which play a key role in preserving the function of neural networks and responding to injury and disease.
Posted: April 25, 2017, 6:53 pm
Scientific evidence of a 'higher' state of consciousness has been found in a new study. Using brain imaging technology, researchers measured the tiny magnetic fields produced in the brain and found that, across three psychedelic drugs, one measure of conscious level -- the neural signal diversity -- was reliably higher.
Posted: April 19, 2017, 6:46 pm
People's ability to make random choices or mimic a random process, such as coming up with hypothetical results for a series of coin flips, peaks around age 25, according to a study.
Posted: April 13, 2017, 11:41 pm
Pokemon Go people are happy people. That's the finding of media researchers who leapt to study the wildly popular mobile game shortly after its release in July 2016. Their work shows that Pokemon Go users were more likely to be positive, friendly and physically active.
Posted: April 13, 2017, 12:22 am
When 'the dress' went viral in 2015, millions were divided on its true colors: gold and white or black and blue? In a new study, an neuroscientist concludes that these differences in perception are due to our assumptions about how the dress was illuminated.
Posted: April 7, 2017, 10:57 pm
Humans are able to interpret the behavior of others by attributing mental states to them (and to themselves). By adopting the perspectives of other persons, they can assume their emotions, needs and intentions and react accordingly. In the animal kingdom, the ability to attribute mental states (Theory of Mind) is a highly contentious issue. Cognitive biologists could demonstrate with a new test procedure that dogs are not only able to identify whether a human has an eye on a food source and, therefore, knows where the food has been hidden. They can also apply this knowledge in order to correctly interpret cues by humans and find food they cannot see themselves.
Posted: April 7, 2017, 6:48 pm
A potential link between eating Marmite and activity in the brain has been identified by researchers, through the apparent increase of a chemical messenger associated with healthy brain function. Participants consuming a teaspoon of Marmite every day for a month, compared to a control group who consumed peanut butter, showed a substantial reduction of around 30 per cent in their brain’s response to visual stimuli, measured by recording electrical activity using electroencephalography (EEG).
Posted: April 5, 2017, 6:41 pm
New research carried out online has found that 59% of 28,113 respondents preferred to eat chocolate rabbits starting with the ears, 33% indicated that they had no starting point preference, and 4% indicated that they started with the tail or feet.
Posted: April 4, 2017, 6:30 pm
Researchers have created an artificial synapse capable of learning autonomously. They were also able to model the device, which is essential for developing more complex circuits.
Posted: April 3, 2017, 11:32 pm
The cognitive abilities of Neanderthals are debated, but a raven bone fragment found at the Zaskalnaya VI (ZSK) site in Crimea features two notches that may have been made by Neanderthals intentionally to display a visually consistent pattern, according to a new study.
Posted: March 30, 2017, 11:52 pm
Blind tadpoles were able to process visual information from eyes grafted onto their tails after being treated with a small molecule neurotransmitter drug that augmented innervation, integration, and function of the transplanted organs. The work, which used a pharmacological reagent already approved for use in humans, provides a potential road map for promoting innervation -- the supply of nerves to a body part -- in regenerative medicine.
Posted: March 30, 2017, 6:58 pm
In politics, Right-leaning politicians are in general physically more attractive, but in academia it is the other way around. A new study argues that Right-leaning politicians are more highly rewarded for attractive looks than Left-leaning politicians.
Posted: March 29, 2017, 7:55 pm
Researchers have developed a breakthrough technique to harvest cells directly from urine, and grow them into durable, clinically relevant stem cells to study Down syndrome.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 6:54 pm
Love is a major motivator both for parents and entrepreneurs, research shows. A multidisciplinary study asks whether entrepreneurs love their companies like parents love their children. The study used functional MRIs to study the brain activity of fathers and high-growth entrepreneurs. Fathers were shown pictures of their own children as well as other children they knew. Entrepreneurs were shown pictures of their own companies and other companies that they were familiar with.
Posted: March 28, 2017, 6:54 pm
The ability to remember sounds, and manipulate them in our minds, is incredibly important to our daily lives -- without it we would not be able to understand a sentence, or do simple arithmetic. New research is shedding light on how sound memory works, and is even demonstrating a means to improve it.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 9:13 pm
Scientists have created a new technique that simplifies the production of human brain and muscle cells -- allowing millions of functional cells to be generated in just a few days. The results open the door to producing a diversity of new cell types that could not be made before in order to study disease.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 10:25 pm

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GKToday will start a 5 months programme for General Studies Papers of Civil Services (Mains) Examination of 2013. The programme starts from June 9, 2013 and comes to at an end tentatively by November 6, 2013. This programme comprises approximately 50 Modules as PDF Documents on select topics from the syllabi of General Studies Paper-I,
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Posted: June 3, 2013, 9:34 am
Dear Readers, Thanks for your trust in gktoday. Here is our version of answers of your paper held on 26.5.2013. Cut off Idea In our view, the cut off for this year’s Prelims should be around 220-225 for General Category. *****************************  Click Here to download the Solution as PDF (Open and use Control+S) 1. Priority
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Posted: May 28, 2013, 6:42 pm
Repo Rate, or repurchase rate, is the rate at which RBI lends to banks for short periods. This is done by RBI buying government bonds from banks with an agreement to sell them back at a fixed rate. If the RBI wants to make it more expensive for banks to borrow money, it increases the
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Posted: March 20, 2013, 4:32 am
This collection of notes provides a crisp account of events and movements that led to the formation of modern, independent India. The notes begin from the arrival of Europeans in India and establishment of the British Rule. The notes have been divided into 26 sections. These notes are useful for aspirants of all examinations of
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Posted: March 12, 2013, 7:49 pm
1. Which of the following statement about Karnataka is wrong? [A] The state covers an area of 1,91,976 square kilometers [B] Karnataka is 8th largest Indian state by area and 9th largest state by population [C] The total number of district in Karnataka is 30 [D] The state of Mysore was renamed as Karnataka in
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Posted: January 6, 2013, 3:24 pm
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