Weekend Links: 8 Movies That Really Got Science Wrong, and Much More

Welcome to Weekend Links, a look at some of our favorite science stories from across the web! The Scientist Who Scrambled Darwin’s Tree of Life – Learn how microbiologist Carl Woese fundamentally changed the way we think about evolution and the origins of life in 1977 with his report of the existence of a separate form ...

Brain Stimulation During Sleep Could Help Schizophrenia Patients with Debilitating Memory Deficits

Have you ever heard the expression that bad things happen in threes? While this concept is generally regarded as a superstition, there is a ring of truth to it for individuals with schizophrenia, who frequently suffer from three distinct sets of problems. The first type, known as positive symptoms, occur when individuals start to display ...

How Insights From Epilepsy Patients Could Lead to New Treatments for PTSD

Take a quick look at the word below. What color is the text? If it took you a moment to separate the meaning of the word (green) from the color of the text itself (red), don’t feel bad. The conflict is intentional, designed to test your brain’s cognitive flexibility when faced with two competing pieces ...

Weekend Links: How Pets Help Our Brains, A Stomach Virus’ Secret Weapon, and More

Welcome to Weekend Links, a look some of our favorite science stories from across the web! Love at First Swipe: Thanks to dating apps, we’re now making split-second love-life decisions based on a few photos and a brief bio. But what is going on in our brain when we’re swiping left or right? Babies Learn ...

Are Genetics the Body’s Natural Alarm Clock?

If you own a white noise machine, sleeping mask or high-tech mattress, you may feel like you’re in control of your sleep. But what if there were factors outside your control that influence how many hours of sleep you get every night? In addition to environmental factors like temperature, noise and light, our genes are ...

Under Pressure: ResQFoam Stops the Bleed

Thirty-six minutes. That is the average time it takes for a person who has entered a hospital’s emergency department to reach an operating room. For a patient suffering from an exsanguinating, noncompressible abdominal hemorrhage – a severe, life-threatening trauma – that is 36 minutes of continued blood loss. What if there was a way to ...

Weekend Links: The Love Lives of Fruit Flies, Why We Fall Prey to Scams, and More

We’ve hand-picked a mix of Massachusetts General Hospital and other research-related news and science stories for your weekend reading enjoyment: The science of Coolsculpting developed by Boston doctor – In recent years, Coolsculpting has become a household name. It’s the procedure that freezes unwanted body fat and it’s being performed in clinics across the country. But the ...

Research Study Helps Improve Feeding Strategies in NICU

You may not realize it, but each time you take a squirt of water from a sports bottle or sip a milkshake through a straw, your body is performing a series of coordinated actions known as suck, swallow and breathe (SSB). In most people—even most newborn babies—this process is managed without much conscious control. However, ...

Research Awards and Honors: July 2018

Massachusetts General Hospital’s talented and dedicated researchers are working to push the boundaries of science and medicine every day. Continue reading to hear from a few individuals who have recently received awards or honors for their achievements: Sarina Elmariah, MD, PhD, of the Dermatology Department, has received a 2018 Young Investigator Award for basic and ...

Weekend Links: Dogs Excel at Sniffing Out Disease, the Debate Over Naming Bioengineered Meat, and More

(Welcome to Weekend Links, a look some of our favorite science stories from across the web. This week’s links were selected by our summer intern, Ginger Ren. Thanks, Ginger!) Dogs Excel at Sniffing out Human Illness Dogs are already man’s best friend, but here’s another reason to appreciate our canine companions. From alerting diabetic patients ...