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Magic-mushroom drug lifts depression in first human trial

6 days agoHumor / odd : Boing Boing

Nature Magazine reports that researchers from Imperial College London gave psilocybin to 12 people with depression. All the patients showed "a marked improvement in their symptoms." From Nature: Researchers from Imperial College London gave 12 people psilocybin, the active component in magic mushrooms. Show More Summary

Study Suggests Psychedelic Mushrooms Might Help Severe Depression

6 days agoLifestyle / Fashion : The Cut

A new study could offer hope for people struggling with depression, as well as for researchers trying to investigate controlled substances as possible treatments.Scientists from Imperial College London recruited 12 volunteers with severe depression for a study published in Lancet Psychiatry. They'd been depressed for an average of 18 years ... More »

Scans reveal babies of mothers with gestational diabetes have more body fat

Babies born to mothers with gestational diabetes have more body fat at two months of age compared to babies born to healthy mothers, says a new study. Scientists from Imperial College London used MRI scanning to measure body fat in 86 babies - they took these readings shortly after birth, and again when the babies were 8-12 weeks old. read more

Repairing damaged cartilage with a man-made bio-glass

Pioneering technologies like 3D printing have had a huge impact on the medical world, and now a unique material developed by researchers at Imperial College London and the University of Milano-Bicocca could lead to all-new implants for replacing damaged cartilage, including discs between vertebrae. Show More Summary

Public is rational about radiation; the industry isn’t

Malcolm Grimston, a senior research fellow at Imperial College in the UK, gave a fascinating talk to the Canadian Nuclear Association’s February 2016 meeting. His message includes powerful suggestions for people who are excited about the prospects of using nuclear energy to solve some of humanity’s most wicked problems. Show More Summary

Psychedelic scans show LSD’s effect on the brain for first time

last monthTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

Researchers at the Imperial College of London have for the first time mapped the effects of LSD on the brain using fMRI and other scans while patients were under the influence of the drug. The images show the remarkable neurologicalShow More Summary

You Can Tell a Lot about an Animal by Its Snout

last monthHumor / odd : Neatorama

(Photo: Tom Phillips) What's in a snout? A lot. Jon Tennant, a doctoral researcher at Imperial College London, surveyed the shapes of the snouts of different cud-chewing animals. He found that both blunt and pointed snouts offer particular advantages.

Study: Brains on LSD Mimic Mind of a Baby

Scientists at Imperial College London have proven what LSD users have long suspected: the psychedelic drug “frees the brain to become less compartmentalized and more like the mind of a baby.” Their findings were published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal. “In many ways, the brain in the LSD […]

Scientists Wowed by First Look at Brain on LSD

After taking the first-ever look at how the brain functions on LSD, Imperial College, London researchers sound nearly as enthusiastic about the drug as Timothy Leary. The team scanned the brains of 20 volunteers on the drug and discovered that not only did it increase connectivity between parts of the...

The Effects of LSD on Brain Scans

last monthHumor / odd : Neatorama

An experiment from a team at at Imperial College London studied the effects of LSD on the brain by giving the drug to 20 experienced volunteers and then scanning their brains. You might wonder why this hasn’t been done before. Imperial...Show More Summary

The brain on LSD revealed: First scans show how the drug affects the brain

Researchers from Imperial College London, working with the Beckley Foundation, have for the first time visualised the effects of LSD on the human brain. In a series of experiments, scientists have gained a glimpse into how the psychedelic compound affects brain activity. Show More Summary

The “Kite Runner” from the Silurian of England

Aquilonifer spinosus – Meet the “Kite Runner” from the Silurian A team of international researchers including scientists from Leicester University, Oxford University, Imperial College London and Yale have published a paper on a two centimetre long, ancient Arthropod that once scuttled around an ancient Silurian sea floor. Show More Summary

More People Are Obese Than Underweight

2 months agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmodo

The world is getting fatter. But now a study by researchers from Imperial College London suggests we’ve reached a new milestone, with more people in the world being classified as obese than underweight for the first time. Read more....

'Silencer molecules' switch off cancer's ability to spread around body

Scientists have revealed that a key molecule in breast and lung cancer cells can help switch off the cancers' ability to spread around the body. The findings by researchers at Imperial College London, published in the journal EMBO Reports,...Show More Summary

Infant milk formula does not reduce risk of eczema and allergies, according to new study

A special type of baby formula does not reduce allergy risk - despite previous claims to the contrary - according to research led by Imperial College London. The study, published in The BMJ, reviewed data from 37 different trials into hydrolysed baby formula - a type of baby formula treated with heat to break down the milk proteins. Show More Summary

Surprisingly long learning curve for surgeons operating on oesophageal cancer

According to a major Swedish cohort study from researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Sweden and Imperial College London, a surgeon who operates on oesophageal cancer must have performed 60 operations to prevent any lack of experience adversely affecting the long-term survival of the patients. Show More Summary

Big and small numbers are processed in different sides of the brain

Small numbers are processed in the right side of the brain, while large numbers are processed in the left side of the brain, new research suggests. The study, from scientists at Imperial College London, offers new insights into the mystery of how our brains handle numbers. Show More Summary

Fossil find reveals just how big carnivorous dinosaur may have grown

3 months agoArts : Artdaily

An unidentified fossilised bone in a museum has revealed the size of a fearsome abelisaur and may have solved a hundred-year old puzzle. Alessandro Chiarenza, a PhD student from Imperial College London, last year stumbled across a fossilised...Show More Summary

8 ways dating may look different by 2040

Dates in the future may not happen in coffee shops — instead, you might just sit in your living room with a virtual reality headset, according to a report from Imperial College London and eHarmony. The report predicts how relationships...Show More Summary

Iron in the blood could cause cell damage, say researchers

Concentrations of iron similar to those delivered through standard treatments can trigger DNA damage within 10 minutes, when given to cells in the laboratory. This is the finding of scientists from Imperial College London, who suggest...Show More Summary

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