Scientists say you can change your personality

It has long been believed that people can’t change their personalities, which are largely stable and inherited. But a review of recent research in personality science points to the possibility that personality traits can change through persistent intervention and major life events.advertisement Personality traits, identified as neuroticism, extraversion, openness to experience, agreeableness and conscientiousness, can […]

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Scientists use crabs to validate popular method to identify unknown human brain neurons

“Being crabby” might have a whole new meaning.advertisement A crab’s nervous system could help scientists learn what causes single neurons in the human brain to become “out of whack,” which can contribute to the development of neurological diseases like Alzheimer’s disease. Knowing exactly how a single neuron operates among the billions housed in the human […]

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Scientists uncover structure of key pneumonia virus enzyme

A team of molecular and structural biologists from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) have found a potential new route to disabling respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) and human metapneumovirus (HMPV) after elucidating the structure of one of its key components.advertisement RSV and HMPV are two closely related viruses causing severe and life-threatening respiratory diseases such […]

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By imaging the brain, scientists can predict a person’s aptitude for cognitive training

People with specific brain attributes are more likely than others to benefit from targeted cognitive interventions designed to enhance fluid intelligence, scientists report in a new study. Fluid intelligence is a measure of one’s ability to adapt to new situations and solve never-before-seen problems.advertisement Reported in the journal Trends in Neuroscience and Education, the study is […]

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Scientists find promising drug combination against lethal childhood brain cancers

Researchers have devised a new plan of attack against a group of deadly childhood brain cancers collectively called diffuse midline gliomas (DMG), including diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG), thalamic glioma and spinal cord glioma. Scientists at the National Institutes of Health, Stanford University, California, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, identified a drug pair that worked […]

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Finding common ground for scientists and policymakers on soil carbon and climate change

There is growing interest in the potential for soil carbon to mitigate climate change, brought into the public sphere at the 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP21) in Paris. France. There, the French government launched an international initiative, “4per1000,” aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions by building soil carbon.advertisement The ambitious initiative has increased […]

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