More Evidence for the Brain-Gut Connection It turns out, the bacteria that live in your intestine can have an impact on the region of your brain associated with anxiety and fear.

It can be difficult to imagine how two organs that are so far away from each other in the body can be so intimately related.

Chess might help you become better at math, but not for the reasons you think. Researchers substitute some first, second, and third graders’ math lessons with chess lessons to see if it had a positive impact on scores.

Chess has been proposed as a way of improving math abilities, despite the fact that math and chess do not have as much in common as people think.

CONPHINE: Nanoconfining Polymers for Stretchable Smart Devices Scientists develop a new way to obtain high performance polymer films for wearable electronics.

Wearable electronics are the new fashion statement. Fitness trackers, smart watches, electronic skins….the possibilities are endless. We don’t lug around our gadgets anymore, we wear them. But every story has its villain. Drop that smart bracelet, and your device won’t READ MORE

Why is the Sun Yellow? Red dwarf stars are much more common, so are we a fluke?

Jacob Haqq-Misra, Ravi Kopparapu, and Eric Wolf attempt to address this question in a recent paper titled “Why do we find ourselves around a yellow star instead of a red star?” and published in International Journal of Astrobiology.

Why Does Mars Have Such a Thin Atmosphere? Did the atmosphere on Mars have a brutal ending from a supernova explosion?

A Coronal Mass Ejection means that the corona, a layer of the sun, explodes, ejecting particles into space. Supernova cosmic rays or interstellar clouds could be the possible scenarios for strong radiation.

The Information Flow of Life Our genes are the software and our traits are the hardware, one pushing the development of the other.

From chemistry to biology to social networks, specific shared principles should guide how information is organized and how it cycles through these stacks. If this theory of common principles can be demonstrated, we would gain a deeper understanding of the flow of information through life.

Popular Over the Counter Sleep Aid May Prevent Cancer Treatment Side Effects A study in rats shows the potential for melatonin, an over-the-counter hormone supplement, to protect the intestines of cancer patients undergoing radiation treatment

An over-the-counter hormone supplement called melatonin, typically made from animal pineal glands or synthesized in a laboratory, was tested on rats in the present study to see if it would be able to protect the intestines of rats treated with radiation.

Mysterious, Unusual Intergalactic Radio Signal Found Astronomers find the location of an unusual radio pulse to be outside our galaxy and are currently unable to determine the source.

Radio astronomers working with a radio dish telescope detected something a bit unusual. They were seeing a very fast radio burst, faster and more irregular than any signal in the history of radio astronomy. This radio burst was coming at very short time scales, lasting just a few milliseconds. The signal was irregular, very fast, and strong. This rapid burst has been something of a mystery since it was first discovered.

Is Organic Farming Really Better? It Depends. Organic farming and conventional farming each have their own strengths and weaknesses that depend on application.

Organic farming and conventional farming each have their own strengths and weaknesses that depend on application.

Disposable Vape Pens: What Are You Inhaling? Metal elements were found in the vapors of electronic cigarettes and hookahs and their concentrations were compared to regular cigarettes.

Metal elements were found in the vapors of electronic cigarettes and hookahs and their concentrations were compared to regular cigarettes.