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Why Do Clowns Creep Us Out?

The persona of the creepy clown really came into its own after serial killer John Wayne Gacy was captured. In the 1970s, Gacy appeared at children’s birthday parties as “Pogo the Clown” and also regularly painted pictures of clowns. When the authorities discovered that he had killed at least 33 people, burying most of them in the crawl space of his suburban Chicago home, the connection between clowns and dangerous psychopathic behavior became forever fixed in the collective unconscious of Americans.

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Summary: A new article looks at why many of us find clowns sinister and creepy.Source: The Conversation.For the past several months, creepy clowns have been terrorizing America, with sightings
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Tumor Paint Brings Light to Toddler's Brain Tumor

Prior to surgery, BLZ-100 Tumor Paint was administered by intravenous injection. In the operating room, the tumor glows green when viewed under a laser light and imaged with a near-infrared camera system.

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Summary: Brain tumor paint helps improve surgical outcome for brain cancer patient.Source: Seattle Children's Hospital.In December of last year, Laura Coffman began to notice that something wa
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New Device Emulates Human Synapses

Engineers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are leading a research team that is developing a new type of nanodevice for computer microprocessors that can mimic the functioning of a biological synapse—the place where a signal passes from one nerve cell to another in the body.

The research is in Nature Materials. (full access paywall)

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Summary: Researchers have developed a new nanodevice for computer microprocessors that can mimic the function of a biological synapse.Source: UMass Amherst.Engineers at the University of Massa
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What does happn is that these accounts are being circled by people who really haven't the slightest idea, or that the network is filling up with nonentities, or that the species itself is degenerating.
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Do Children With Tourette Syndrome Have An Advantage at Language?

Children with Tourette syndrome may be faster at assembling sounds.

The research is in Brain and Language. (full access paywall)

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Summary: Researchers discover children with Tourette syndrome are faster at assembling sounds into words than typically developing children.Source: Newcastle University.Children with Tourette
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Genes Underlying Dogs' Social Ability Revealed

The social ability of dogs is affected by genes that also seems to influence human behaviour, according to a new study from Linköping University in Sweden. The scientists have found a relationship between five different genes and the ability of dogs to interact with humans. Four of them are also related to social disorders in humans, for example, autism.

The research is in Scientific Reports. (full open access)

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Summary: According to a new study, social ability of dogs appears to be affected by genes that also influence human behavior.Source: Linköping University.The social ability of dogs is affecte
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Brain's Biological Clock Stimulates Thirst Before Sleep

The finding – along with the discovery of the molecular process behind it – provides the first insight into how the clock regulates a physiological function. And while the research was conducted in mice, “the findings could point the way toward drugs that target receptors implicated in problems that people experience from shift work or jet lag,” says the study’s senior author, Charles Bourque, a professor in McGill’s Department of Neurology and scientist at the Brain Repair and Integrative Neuroscience Program at the (RI-MUHC).

The research is in Nature. (full access paywall)
Summary: Findings provide additional insight into how the circadian clock regulates physiological function.Source: McGill University Health Center.Discovery could lead to ways to mitigate effe
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Tracking The Unexpected Mechanisms of Memory

Do you remember Simone Biles’s epic gymnastics floor routine that earned her a fifth Olympic medal? Our brains hold on to memories like these via physical changes in synapses, the tiny connections between neurons.

The research is in Nature. (full access paywall)

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Summary: A new study sheds light on the unexpected molecular mechanisms in place for memories to form.Source: Duke.Mouse study delves into surprising molecular gymnastics of memory.Do you
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New Treatment Strategy Could Cut Parkinson's Off at the Pass

Researchers at Johns Hopkins report they have identified a protein that enables a toxic natural aggregate to spread from cell to cell in a mammal’s brain — and a way to block that protein’s action. Their study in mice and cultured cells suggests that an immunotherapy already in clinical trials as a cancer therapy should also be tested as a way to slow the progress of Parkinson’s disease, the researchers say.

The research will appear in Science.

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Summary: Researchers report that a drug currently in clinical trials for other conditions slows the progress of Parkinson's disease in mice.Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine.Researchers at Johns
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New Imaging Technique Opens Possibility for Alzheimer's Drug Development

Tau PET is a new and promising imaging method for Alzheimer’s disease. A case study from Lund University in Sweden now confirms that tau PET images correspond to a higher degree to actual changes in the brain. According to the researchers behind the study, this increases opportunities for developing effective drugs.

The research is in Brain. (full open access)

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Tau PET neuroimaging could help open the door to developing new drugs to treat Alzheimer’s disease.
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Being able to see it is an important step!
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To Help or Not? Emergency Situations Amplify Tendencies to Behave Egotistically or Prosocially

It is said that people show their true colors in times of adversity. In a recently published study, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development have found that extreme conditions bring out the good in people as well as the bad. In their experiments, prosocial and altruistic people in particular often helped others even more in an emergency situation than in a relaxed and non-threatening situation, whereas selfish participants became less cooperative.

The research is in Scientific Reports. (full open access)

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Summary: A new study reports readiness to help in an emergency situation depends heavily on your personality.Source: Max Planck Institute.In emergency situations do people think solely of them
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Law suits can be luring after helping so you got to factor in that deterrent.
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Meditation Keeps Emotional Brain in Check

Meditation can help tame your emotions even if you’re not a mindful person, suggests a new study from Michigan State University.

The research is in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. (full open access)

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Summary: Meditation can help people to take their negative emotions, a new study reports.Source: Michigan State University.Meditation can help tame your emotions even if you’re not a mindful
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I would say mindfulness is natural and we're taught to discard it to fit expectations or perhaps meet them
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Alcohol Shown to Act in Same Way as Rapid Antidepressants

Researchers found that alcohol produces the same neural and molecular changes as drugs that have proven to be rapidly effective antidepressants.

The research is in Nature Communications. (full open access)

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Summary: Researchers report alcohol produces the same neural and molecular changes as drugs that have proven to be rapidly effective antidepressants.Source: Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
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Alcoholics self-medicate.
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