Ring in the new year with a look back at the most popular stories from 2013.
U. FLORIDA ─ A dollop of peanut butter and a ruler might be a way to confirm a diagnosis of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease.
BROWN — Early in the Moon’s history, an ocean of molten rock covered its entire surface. But that wasn’t the last time the Moon’s surface melted on a massive scale.
MICHIGAN STATE — Even tiny interruptions can derail your train of thought and increase mistakes, new research shows.
UC BERKELEY — A lack of sleep, which is common in anxiety disorders, may play a key role in firing up brain regions that contribute to excessive worrying.
EMORY — After reading a novel, actual changes linger in the brain, at least for a few days, report researchers.
BROWN — Babies who are breastfed show signs of early brain development, particularly in regions associated with language, emotional function, and cognition.
U. MICHIGAN / U. PENNSYLVANIA — Wild gelada monkeys change their behavior to avoid getting caught cheating on sexual partners.
YALE — People who are left-handed are more likely to develop psychotic disorders like schizophrenia rather than mood disorders such as depression, new research shows.
U. PITTSBURGH — Scientists have discovered a synthetic material that can rebuild itself through chemical communication.
U. ARIZONA — Microbe-eating flies from all over the world have recently evolved to eat some of the most toxic plants on Earth instead.