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Strange Meteorite Fragments That Exploded Over Berlin Now Identified : ScienceAlert

On January 21st, 2024, a meter-sized asteroid (2024 BX1) entered Earth's atmosphere and exploded over Berlin at 12:33 am UTC (07:45 pm EST; 04:33 pm PST).Before it reached Earth, 2024 BX1 was a Near-Earth Asteroid (NEA) with an orbit that suggests it was part of the Apollo group.The fragments have since been located by a team of scientists from the Freie Universität Berlin, the Museum für Naturkunde (MfN), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), the Technische Universität Berlin, and the SETI Institute and identified as a…

This grandfather was mistakenly identified as a Sunglass Hut robber by facial recognition software. He’s suing after he was sexually…

A 61-year-old grandfather is suing Sunglass Hut's parent company after the store's facial recognition technology mistakenly identified him as a robber. Harvey Eugene Murphy Jr. was subsequently held in jail, where he says he was sexually assaulted, according to the lawsuit.The January 2022 robbery took place at a Sunglass Hut store in Houston, Texas, when two gun-wielding robbers stole thousands of dollars in cash and merchandise.Houston police identified Murphy as a suspect – even though he was living in California at…

Toxic Tiny RNA Molecules Identified as Culprit in Alzheimer’s Neuron Death : ScienceAlert

Toxic strands of RNA known to cause cells to self-destruct have been found in both Alzheimer's and aging brains, suggesting a new approach to treating neurodegenerative diseases such as dementia.In a study based on mice and human brains led by Northwestern University in the US, researchers identified short lengths of RNA (ribonucleic acid) associated with DNA damage and cell death in relation to the disease and associated factors.They also found protective short RNA strands in the brain diminish with age, which could…

Unlocking the Secrets of Love – Neuroscientists Have Identified the “Chemical Imprint of Desire”

University of Colorado Boulder neuroscientists found that dopamine levels in the brain vary depending on the strength of social bonds, with higher levels seen when interacting with loved ones compared to acquaintances. This research, using prairie voles as a model, suggests that dopamine plays a critical role in maintaining relationships and coping with loss. Credit: SciTechDaily.comDopamine plays a crucial role in maintaining love, according to a new study.When you get in the car to see your significant other for dinner,…

Trump Brags He ‘Aced’ Cognitive Test, Correctly Identified a Whale

Donald Trump, who has a penchant for crowing about hoarding classified documents and the crowd size on Jan. 6, 2021, boasted about acing a basic cognitive test in his continued efforts to prove his self-proclaimed title of an “extremely stable genius.” During a campaign stop in New Hampshire Wednesday night, the former president touted his ability to correctly identify animals of different shapes. “I took it, and I aced it,” he told the crowd of supporters. “I think it was 35… 30 questions. And let me tell you, you…

First prehistoric person with Turner syndrome identified from ancient DNA

Working picture of the excavation of a skeleton on the Lincoln Eastern Bypass site (Network Archaeology). Credit: Network Archaeology Researchers at the Francis Crick Institute, working with University of Oxford, University of York and Oxford Archaeology, have developed a new technique to measure the number of chromosomes in ancient genomes more precisely, using it to identify the first prehistoric person with mosaic Turner…

In a first, growth hormone’s effect on ‘anxiety neurons’ identified

Researchers have identified the specific neurons responsible for controlling how growth hormone affects anxiety and the creation of fear memories, a hallmark of post-traumatic stress disorder. The discovery could lead to a new class of anti-anxiety drugs.Depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) affect millions of people worldwide. While the exact mechanisms underlying these conditions are not fully understood, growing evidence suggests that hormones may affect a person’s susceptibility to them.A new…

The Brain Circuit Behind Male Libido Has Been Identified in Mice : ScienceAlert

The sex drives of male mice seem to arise from a single, newly identified brain circuit, a new study reveals.This circuit governs a male mouse's sex drive and its resulting behavior and reward experience, suggesting it plays a vital role in compelling them to reproduce.And while that's interesting, the US researchers are curious about more than just motivations for mouse sex. This brain circuitry is probably ancient, they note, given its apparent importance in persuading male mice to mate.A brain circuit this fundamental…

Unique Flow of Information Identified in The Human Brain : ScienceAlert

Information doesn't make its way around our brains in the same way as it does in the brains of other animals, according to a new study, and it could teach us something important about the way our species has evolved.A team led by researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne (EPFL) in Switzerland used advanced data analysis techniques on top of functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans to analyze brain activity in humans, mice, and macaques.Comparing the resulting brain 'traffic maps',…