Could artificial recreation of happy memories be the cure for depression in the future?

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By Rachel Oakley in News on Sunday 21 June 2015

New research shows that ‘artificial reactivation of brain cells spontaneously active during positive experiences, substantially decreases depression’. 

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The loneliest whale in the world will hit you right in the feels

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Tuesday 14 April 2015

The loneliest whale in the world has no family, no friends and no lover. And it’s sad as to why. You see, most whales communicate between 12 and 25hz. This whale? She sings at 52hz. Singing at that frequency means no other whales can hear her.

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This is what happens when molten lava goes head-to-head against ice

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By Inigo del Castillo in Video on Tuesday 7 April 2015

Finally we have the answers to one of life’s greatest mysteries: which would win in a fight, fire or ice? As it turns out, it’s a tie. In a recent experiment, the Science Channel poured molten hot lava onto ice to find out what would happen.

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What happens to your brain during an orgasm? This!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco, Video on Friday 3 April 2015

If you’ve always wondered what happens to your brain during an orgasm, science has come to the rescue to inform you. In this video from ASAPScience, we’re treated to a very simplified version of what’s going on in your brain while you’re enjoying yourself in the bedroom.

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Think science is just for guys? One illustrator is celebrating the mighty accomplishments of women in science

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By Lisa Ann Jansen in New Illustration on Wednesday 18 March 2015

Science is definitely not a guys-only field. Artist Rachel Ignotofsky knows this all too well and creates a series of imaginative illustrations inspired by the women who changed the course of history through science.

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The question we didn’t REALLY want to know the answer to: When you burn fat, where does it go?

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By Chloe Olewitz in Video on Wednesday 11 March 2015

Some people cycle through diet crazes as quickly as the seasons change, while others stick out long and gruelling weight-loss programmes. But no matter how you lose the weight, have you ever wondered where that fat goes?

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Yes! Studies have proved that cognitive function would benefit from a nap during the day

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By Nicole Hughes in News on Wednesday 14 January 2015

As kids, we all got naptime. We fought against it. Naps were the absolutely worst because you weren’t tired. You could prove it! But that age has caught up with you, so has wisdom. And, the wise nap. But society says adults are too busy to break up their day with a nap.

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One photographer captures a forgotten brain collection at the University of Texas

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By Rachel Oakley in New Photography on Thursday 11 December 2014

It was while on assignment photographing for Scientific American at the University of Texas that Adam Voorhes discovered a forgotten collection of 100 brains, all preserved in jars of formaldehyde. After his discovery, Voorhes soon became obsessed with documenting them ‘to reveal their oddities, textures, and otherworldly essence’. Over three days, Voorhess and two others […]

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Looking for happiness? Science says listen to sad music: it works, really!

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By Nicole Hughes in News on Wednesday 5 November 2014

Happiness is the goal we are all in search of, right? But, of course, it can be fun to wallow in the sadness a bit. It’s often said you can’t have the good without the bad. But how can evoking negative emotions through music help us achieve happiness? Researchers Liila Taruffi and Stefan Koelsch at the Free University of Berlin did a study on the matter.

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Watch as a meteorite is captured on video exploding!

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Wednesday 5 November 2014

Photographer Wes Eisenhauer has taken some pretty extraordinary footage of the night sky you’ll want to see. While filming a timelapse of the Milky Way Galaxy on October 16, Eisenhauer captured a fireball in the sky that seemed to spontaneously explode.

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Hey kids, this is what your brain looks like under the influence of psychedelic mushrooms

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By Nicole Hughes in News on Tuesday 4 November 2014

We’ve all seen the adds. A picture of your brain represented by a perfectly oval, not-cracked egg with the words, ‘This is your brain.’ Then, the next slide is a picture of eggs frying in a pan, ‘This is your brain on drugs.’

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These amazing chemical reactions will show you the true beauty of science

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By Rachel Oakley in New Eco on Thursday 9 October 2014

Even if chemistry isn’t your thing, and even if you fell asleep in almost every chemistry class, you’re sure to appreciate just how incredible science really is by watching this Beautiful Chemistry video. The video is a new collaboration between Tsinghua University Press and University of Science and Technology of China that make chemistry more interesting (and awesome) for the general public.

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The bizarre yet strangely awesome costumes of Comic-Con 2014 in photographs

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By Milo Sumner in New Events on Saturday 26 July 2014

Comic-Con 2014 has officially kicked off at the San Diego Convention centre. For those who may never have heard of the phenomenon, Comic-Con is a bizarre yet strangely awesome annual event that brings together a whole host of peoples. From cos-players (those guys who get really really really into their costumes) to comic-book recluses, they […]

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This science teacher just proved that you can lose weight when you eat at McDonalds every day

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By Low Lai Chow in Tech on Monday 7 July 2014

We’ve all either sniggered at, or know someone who’s sniggered at fast food giant McDonald’s as serving up food that’s not really food — so it might well be true, you could starve your body eating there. This was proven by John Cisna, a science teacher, who, curious to find out what would happen if he ate three square meals from McDonald’s every day, di that for 180 days and ended up losing over 60 lbs at the end.

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The Universe is big and you’re small but this animation should reassure you

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By Milo Sumner in Video on Thursday 3 July 2014

It’s very easy to feel tiny and insignificant when you consider not only the immense mind-boggling size of the universe, but also the unfathomably long time that it’s been around for. You, me and everybody else are inconsequential specks on the vast plain of existence.

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