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Cannabis really DOES ruin your memory, study finds

Cannabis really DOES ruin your memory: Young men scored much better in mental tests within a WEEK of giving up, study shows Researchers in Boston followed 88 men aged 16-25 who smoked marijuana at least once a week Some cut down, others went cold turkey, in the first study to measure the effects of marijuana […]

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Three better ways to "champion babies" than protesting abortion

Last week, the Queensland government finally dragged itself into the modern era when it voted to make access to abortion officially legal. I say "modern era", but of course there are still legislatures all over the country (and the world) that are languishing in a state of regressive, misogynist policies that deny women and others […]

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Going to the same school as your BFF could make you smarter

Children who go to the same secondary school as their BFF ‘behave better and get higher grades’ Keeping the same best friend in the transition to secondary school is important Children who stick together get 13 per cent better grades, a study found  But only 27 per cent manage to keep their best friend during […]

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Volunteers drank their own BLOOD to help scientists understand IBD

The Vampire Study: Sixteen volunteers drank 300ml of their own BLOOD to help scientists uncover a better way of diagnosing inflammatory bowel disease Results suggest the nauseating drink increases a protein in a person’s faeces Presence of this protein suggests internal bleeding, which often occurs in IBD Faeces could be used for diagnoses over uncomfortable […]

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American girls read and write better than boys

As early as the fourth grade, girls perform better than boys on standardized tests in reading and writing, and as they get older that achievement gap widens even more, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. “The common thinking is that boys and girls in grade school start with the same cognitive ability, […]

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You probably made a better first impression than you think

After we have conversations with new people, our conversation partners like us and enjoy our company more than we think, according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. In our social lives, we’re constantly engaged in what researchers call “meta-perception,” or trying to figure out how other people […]

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Building a better brain-in-a-dish, faster and cheaper

Writing in the current online issue of the journal Stem Cells and Development, researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine describe development of a rapid, cost-effective method to create human cortical organoids directly from primary cells. Experimental studies of developing human brain function are limited. Research involving live embryonic subjects is constrained […]

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Revealed: How blue pills can work better than red ones

Why blue pills can work better than red ones  How blue-coloured pills can work better than red ones – even if they are placebos Non-drug treatments such as yoga and herbs are often dismissed as no better than placebos by sceptics. But such methods have just acquired a heavyweight champion who claims in a new […]