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Coffee may boost brain’s ability to store long-term memories, study claims

People who had caffeine after looking at images apparently better at distinguishing them from similar ones the next day A cup or two of coffee could boost the brain’s ability to store long-term memories, researchers in the US claim. People who had a shot of caffeine after looking at a…

Johns Hopkins researchers reverse Down syndrome in mice

U.S. researchers said Wednesday they have found a way to reverse Down syndrome in newborn lab mice by injecting an experimental compound that causes the brain to grow normally. While the study in the journal Science Translational Medicine offers no direct link to a treatment for humans, researchers are hopeful…

Interrupted Karl Rove curses, challenges ‘Occupy Baltimore’ to fight

Former Bush political adviser Karl Rove seemed a bit flustered Tuesday night after his speech to Johns Hopkins University was interrupted by a group of about 15 protesters connected to “Occupy Baltimore,” who got under his skin enough to get him cursing. As he spoke about public debt and attempted…

Study finds ‘magic mushrooms’ may improve personality long-term

A new study suggests that a single dose of psilocybin — the active ingredient in “Magic Mushrooms” — can result in improved personality traits over the long term. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine found that individuals who received the drug once in a clinical setting reported…

Johns Hopkins scientists figure out how to ‘disarm’ AIDS virus

Scientists at Johns Hopkins University said recently that they have learned how to “disarm” the AIDS virus by eliminating the cells’ membranes, effectively stopping it from hijacking its victim’s immune system. Research results published last week in the medical journal Blood indicated the treatment method could lead to a vaccine…

Scientists doubt veracity of TSA body scanner safety tests

The Transportation Security Administration says its full-body X-ray scanners are safe and that radiation from a scan is equivalent to what’s received in about two minutes of flying. The company that makes them says it’s safer than eating a banana. But some scientists with expertise in imaging and cancer say…

Four in 10 say marriage is becoming obsolete

At the Thanksgiving table: Fewer children raised by married parents as nation redefines family Is marriage becoming obsolete? As families gather for Thanksgiving this year, nearly one in three American children is living with a parent who is divorced, separated or never-married. More people are accepting the view that wedding…

TSA sees sanitary napkins in naked body scans

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) now admits that airport scanners that can see through clothes to create images of the naked body can also detect sanitary napkins. New York Times reporter Joe Sharkey wrote that he was getting a lot of question from women who travel in a little noticed…

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