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What Is Brain Plasticity?

Brain plasticity is the ability of the brain to change, adapt, and grow even after the critical period of infancy. In a sense, the brain has the characteristic malleability of plastic hence the term. The brain has the ability to produce new neurons when properly stimulated. The establishment of...

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What Is the Difference Between Fraternal and Identical Twins?

The difference between fraternal and identical twins can be traced back on how they developed inside the womb of the mother by the time of conception. Fraternal twin is medically referred as dizygotic pregnancy. The prefix di- means two. Dizygotic means that the twin developed from two separate...

Ecstasy Study Shows MDMA Won't Harm Your Brain

Ecstasy Study Shows MDMA Won't Harm Your Brain

Startling results of one of the most extensive studies regarding the illegal drug Ecstasy shows that MDMA won't harm your brain. The study was published during the second week of February in the journal Addiction and found that 3,4-Methylenedioxyethampetamine (MDMA or Ecstasy) will not effect...

PCBs Linked to Infertility and Failed in Vitro Attmepts Per Study

PCBs Linked to Infertility and Failed in Vitro Attmepts Per Study

Polychlorinated biphenyls, otherwise known as PCBs, have been linked to infertility and failed in vitro fertilization attempts per results of a study completed by the University of Michigan School of Public Health. A team of researchers led by John Meeker, assistant professor of environmental...

Asteroid 4179 Toutatis to Pass by Earth,

Asteroid 4179 Toutatis to Pass by Earth,

In just a few hours, a 3 mile wide asteroid identified as Toutatis, will pass by Earth on Wednesday, December 12, 2012 at 1:40 a.m. EST. Though this stellar event is considered "potentially threatening" to Earth its distance of 4.3 million miles is expected to insulate everyone here from possible...

Wildlife Conservation Society: Tigers Are "Winning" in Parts of India, Russia, and Thailand

Wildlife Conservation Society: Tigers Are "Winning" in Parts of India, Russia, and Thailand

The Wildlife Conservation Society has offered its praise to the governments of India, Russia, and Thailand as their efforts have helped tigers and other big cats in "winning" their re-population. Despite habitat encroachment, poaching, loss of prey, and other imminent threats, the six endangered...

Powerful Winter Storm Nemo Targeting New England, Potential for Over 1 Foot of Snow, Rain, Ice

Powerful Winter Storm Nemo Targeting New England, Potential for Over 1 Foot of Snow, Rain, Ice

Nemo, a powerful winter storm, is targeting New England with the potential to drop over one foot of snow, rain, and ice in places throughout the northeast beginning on Thursday, February 7, 2013. Forecasters have indicated that a cold front from the north will meet a warm front from the south on...

Salt Shakers Beware: New Study Suggests the Less Sodium the Better

Salt Shakers Beware: New Study Suggests the Less Sodium the Better

A report made public on Tuesday, February 12, 2013 suggests a warning to individuals who frequently reach for their salt shakers: beware because less sodium is all the better for your long term health. Results of the study, conducted by a teams from Harvard University's School of Public Health,...

Arctic Ice Predicted to Be Gone in Less Than 20 Years Per NOAA Study

Arctic Ice Predicted to Be Gone in Less Than 20 Years Per NOAA Study

A report on Arctic Ice published via NOAA in the online journal Geophysical Research Letters has predicted it will be entirely gone in less than twenty years. The study, led by James Overland, an oceanographer for NOAA, and Muyin Wang, a meteorologist for the University of Washington, utilized...

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What Is a Lobotomy?

A lobotomy is a surgical technique that involves making an incision in the brain's frontal lobe, severing several nerve tracts. This procedure was used to pacify aggressive mental patients, as well as to treat disorders including schizophrenia and clinical depression. Between 1939 and 1951, over...