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  • Like many in his field, Alzheimer’s expert Frank LaFerla harbored significant doubts. To LaFerla, a professor of neurobiology and behavior at the University of California, Irvine, stem cells just didn’t see­m like good candidates to treat Alzheimer’s, the cruel disease that robs people of their memory and ultimately leads to death. Like many [ … ]

  • There are 263 million youth worldwide who are not in school. That’s one in every five — a figure that has barely changed over the past five years. Of the 263 million youth worldwide who aren’t in school, 70 percent of them are girls. In developing countries, only one out of every four girls attends school. [ … ]

  • When most people think of infidelity, they don’t think of injecting heroin or smoking crack cocaine. They ought to, because the behavior that takes place during an affair mimics exactly the behavior of a drug addict. Like a moth drawn to a candle’s glow, the person who is having an affair keeps [ … ]

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  • As a child, were you liable to shirk or embrace time spent practicing at the piano? British scientists have found that dedicating yourself to the pursuit of a new skill increases the amount of white matter in your brain. The good news is that even if you eschewed — or never opted for — piano lessons [ … ]

  • The answer is an overwhelming yes. One study employed MRI scans to reveal that there were increases in grey matter in the brains of yogis. These gains were seen in a variety of regions, including “the somatosensory cortex, which contains a mental map of our body, [ … ]

  • Language is one of the most important tools we have. In fact, our newest research show that it’s essential for actually building the framework of consciousness itself. But compared to other species, it turns out that we’re very poor communicators, and we don’t even know it! [ … ]

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