Deep Moonquakes are likely to be caused due to Tidal Stress of the Moon

by Fatima Sheikh, The Tech Inside

According to the latest study, the gravitational force which is responsible for creating the tidal stress on Earth could be causing deep quakes on the moon. This study got published in the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets. The scientists analyzed the latest data collected by the Apollo missions. They confirmed that the tidal stress or the gravitational pull between the moon and the Earth is responsible for causing deep moonquakes. These moonquakes are the lunar equivalent of the earthquakes.

Continue reading Deep Moonquakes are likely to be caused due to Tidal Stress of the Moon

Inability to Integrate Reward Information Contributes to Undervalued Rewards in Schizophrenia

by Neuroscience News

People with schizophrenia have a hard time integrating information about a reward–the size of the reward and the probability of receiving it–when assessing its value, according to a study inBiological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. The inability to integrate the two factors correlated with more severe motivational deficits, suggesting that the impairment may contribute to decreased value placed on a reward, and thus reduced motivation to complete the task required to receive it.

Continue reading Inability to Integrate Reward Information Contributes to Undervalued Rewards in Schizophrenia

Alzheimer’s blood test detects brain damage years before symptoms

by Catharine Paddock, PhD, Medical News Today

A blood test for a protein could identify people in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease a decade or more before symptoms, such as a decline in memory and thinking, emerge.

This was what an international group of scientists concluded after evaluating the simple test that used blood samples from people with a rare form of Alzheimer’s disease that they had inherited.

Continue reading Alzheimer’s blood test detects brain damage years before symptoms

You can finally set a departure time for driving in the Google Maps app on your phone

by Rita El Khoury, Android Police

Google Maps has seen a lot of UI changes recently that some of us may consider superfluous, or at least not a high priority. But over the past few days, two really important features popped up in the app — speed trap cameras and speed limits while driving — and now there’s a third addition. When you’re retrieving driving directions, you can – finally – set your departure or arrival time and get an estimation of how long your route will take, via the route options menu.

Continue reading You can finally set a departure time for driving in the Google Maps app on your phone

Study shows dopamine plays a role in musical pleasure

by Bob Yirka, Medical Xpress

An international team of researchers has found evidence of dopamine in the brain playing a role in the pleasure people feel when they listen to music. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes experiments they carried out with volunteers who were given a dopamine precursor or antagonist and what they found.

Continue reading Study shows dopamine plays a role in musical pleasure

New tool enables imaging of neural activity with near-infrared light

by Katie Willis, University of Alberta, Phys.org

A new, groundbreaking tool for visualizing neural activity has implications for understanding brain functions and disorders, according to new research by University of Alberta scientists and a team of international collaborators.

Continue reading New tool enables imaging of neural activity with near-infrared light