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What Can Magicians Teach Us about the Brain?

A recent Nature Reviews Neuroscience paper, coauthored by a combination of neuroscientists ... and magicians ..., describes various ways magicians manipulate our perceptions, and proposes that these methods should inform and aid the neuroscientific study of attention and awareness. ...

from Scientific American

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Volcanoes Spawn Mini-Cyclones, Then Lightning "Sheaths"

A newfound link between two of nature's most violent phenomena could explain how volcanic ash clouds can generate bolts of lightning and tornado-like dust devils and waterspouts. ...

from National Geographic News

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Corn: It's Not for Cocktails

Pity the first corn eaters. The ancestor of the plant that gives us its succulent yellow kernels is an unappetizing grain known as teosinte, whose ears harbor only five to 12 rock-hard grains. Scientists have now found the earliest known traces of corn—or maize—at a site in central Mexico dated to nearly 9000 years ago. ...

from ScienceNOW Daily News

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At MIT's AgeLab Growing Old Is the New Frontier

In a laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, there's a suit of clothing that can make anyone feel ready for Social Security. ...

from the Boston Globe (Registration Required)

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Study Links Cortex to Depression

Scientists who have been following families with a history of depression have found structural differences in family members' brains—specifically, a significant thinning of the right cortex, the brain's outermost surface. The thinning may be a trait or a marker of vulnerability to depression, the researchers suggested. ...

from the Seattle Times

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Crusaders' Tunnels Found Near Palace on Island of Malta

For centuries it's been said that the crusading Knights of Malta constructed an underground city on the Mediterranean island of Malta, sparking rumors of secret carriageways and military labyrinths. ...

from National Geographic News

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House Passes Bill Protecting 2 Million Acres of Wilderness

In what's being called the most sweeping land protection law in a quarter century, the US House of Representatives Wednesday passed a conservation plan to set aside more than 2 million acres of desert and forest in nine states. ...

from the Christian Science Monitor

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New DNA Technique Could Help Reopen 'Cold Cases'

A DNA breakthrough, hailed by scientists as the biggest development in the field for a decade, could see thousands of unsolved "cold cases" reinvestigated. From today scientists will be able to use the technique in all serious crimes, including rapes and murders, after it proved successful in a series of pilots. ...

from the Telegraph (UK)

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