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11 Problems Music Can Solve

REUTERS/PETR JOSEK/LANDOV Music is a splendid thing. It can cheer you up when you’re sad, make you dance like a fool, and allow you to drown out the world when you need to. But music has its scientific uses, too. The new documentary Alive Inside details how dementia patients react positively when given iPods filled with [...]

Nursing Home for People with Senile Dementia Disguised as Ordinary Village

It’s hard to watch the mind of a beloved family member slip, and also painful to know that you’re losing mental acuity with age. Now there’s a nursing home in Wiedlisbach, Switzerland designed to make that transition easier. Caretakers lead residents to believe that they’re living independent lives in the past: The newly approved €20m (£17m) [...]

Pictures From Research

Photo: Igor Siwanowicz Focus Magazine has held a photography contest for the last four years featuring pics from various research projects. Second place (in Captivating Research) this year went to Igor Simanowicz for this shot of a praying mantis’ threat display. The rest of the selections over at SpiegelOnline are also impressive. Siwanowicz’s praying mantis finds herself [...]