An experimental drug can improve sociability in patients with fragile X syndrome and may be helpful as a treatment for autism, a new study said.
Space shuttle Endeavour will spend its last flying day Friday not rocketing into space, but doing what most tourists do when visiting California: Taking in the state Capitol, Golden Gate Bridge and the Hollywood Sign.
Kids who play video games like "Manhunt" and "Grand Theft Auto III" are more likely to drive recklessly, said a study in the journal Psychology of Popular Media Culture. Research has shown that kids who play violent video games are more likely to have risky thoughts. But the new four-year study went further, asking thousands to admit whether or not they had performed the risky acts. The researchers found a significant correlation between reckless driving and violent video game play -- even with games that had nothing to do with driving. The authors propose that the games change a young player's self-perception, so that they see themselves as someone who does risky things. In other words, they suggest, the players become more like the characters they are controlling on screen.
Looks like a fish oil pill a day won't keep the doctor away.
Scientists have discovered well-preserved frozen woolly mammoth fragments deep in Siberia that may contain living cells, edging a tad closer to the "Jurassic Park" possibility of cloning a prehistoric animal, the mission's organizer said Tuesday.
Before you down that pint, check the shape of your glass--you might be drinking more beer than you realize. According to a study of British beer drinkers, an optical illusion caused by the shape of a curved glass can dramatically increase the speed at which we swill.
Is eating organic food better? In a surprise, Stanford University doctors said: maybe not.
35 years after its launch, the Voyager 1 spacecraft is near the distant border of the solar system.
Scientists have found three ancient insects frozen in amber -- and time -- in what is Earth's oldest bug trap. The insects found in northeastern Italy are about 230 million years old, about 100 million years older than what had been the previously known oldest critters in amber. David Grimaldi, curator of the American Museum of Natural History and lead author of the study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said the ancient mites are similar to modern ones. That's surprising because the world itself has changed a lot. Back then, there was only one giant continent, primitive dinosaurs and no flower plants. Experts said the discovery could help researchers further understand how life evolved on land. AP
Young farm animals given antibiotics gain weight quickly. Now a study suggests that the same thing may happen to human infants treated with antibiotics.
Research also said its shape is more stable than thought, hinting that its outermost part may be rotating more slowly than expected.
In the wake of successfully dropping the Curiosity rover on Mars this month, NASA will send another robot to the Red Planet in 2016 to drill into the planet's crust and, for the first time, piece together a picture of the Martian interior. The $425 million robotic lander, named InSIGHT, will be built and operated by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology, home of the now-famous engineers and scientists who designed and assembled the $2.5 billion Curiosity rover. InSIGHT will be planted in one spot after dropping onto the surface, and then a drill will pound 30 feet into the crust to take the temperature of the planet, while a seismometer will detect any Marsquakes. "We'll be able to deduce the deep structure of Mars, which now is a total mystery," said Gregg Vane, the lab's head of planning for solar system exploration.