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Low-dose electrical stimulation helps adults with dyslexia read, study finds

Low-dose electrical stimulation helps adults with dyslexia read, study finds

Health
Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Electrical stimulation of the brain improves reading accuracy in adults with dyslexia, according to a study published Tuesday by PLOS Biology. Transcranial alternating current stimulation, a non-invasive procedure that delivers low-dose electricity to the brain over a period of 20 minutes, was found to improve phonological processing -- or ability to discern how words sound or are pronounced -- and reading accuracy in 15 adults with dyslexia, the researchers said. Advertisement The beneficial effect on phonological processing was most pronounced in those individuals who had poor reading skills, while a slightly disruptive effect was observed in very good readers, they said. Dyslexia, known commonly as a reading disorder, affects up to 10% of the population, and is charact...
Taylor Swift’s cash gift helps student take up degree

Taylor Swift’s cash gift helps student take up degree

Entertainment
Singer Taylor Swift has donated £23,000 to a London-based student struggling to raise the funds to take up a maths course at the University of Warwick.Vitoria Mario's online fundraising page details how she has lived in the UK for four years after moving from Portugal.But she is not eligible for maintenance loans or grants.Vitoria said: "I was worrying too much about the money, what I have to do and if I have to look for a job. She actually made my dream come true."The American singer,whose 16 top 10 British chart hits include the aptly titled Wildest Dreams, wrote a message on Vitoria's fundraising page as she confirmed her donation.At that stage, Vitoria had collected nearly half of her £40,000 fundraising target, and Swift wr
Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester City: Raheem Sterling helps earn his side a semi-final with Arsenal

Newcastle United 0-2 Manchester City: Raheem Sterling helps earn his side a semi-final with Arsenal

Sports
Media playback is not supported on this device Holders Manchester City will face Arsenal in a strong FA Cup semi-final line-up after showing class and patience to beat Newcastle at an eerily quiet St James' Park. Shorn of a fervent home support, Newcastle struggled in the first half against their opponents who are aiming to complete a cup treble after conceding the Premier League title to Liverpool this week. After wasting several good chances, City opened the scoring from the penalty spot when Kevin de Bruyne slotted past Karl Darlow following Fabian Schar's needless push on Gabriel Jes...
DNA helps researchers understand interactions between Stone Age cultures

DNA helps researchers understand interactions between Stone Age cultures

Science
June 5 (UPI) -- Scandinavia was once home to a trio of Stone Age cultures: Funnel Beaker culture, Pitted Ware culture and Battle Axe culture. New research suggests the groups engaged in trade and influenced the cultural practices of others, but never mixed. Funnel Beaker culture featured Scandinavia's earliest farmers. Pitted Ware culture practiced mostly hunting and fishing. Battle Axe culture was characterized by a mix of herding and farming. Advertisement During excavations of a Pitted Ware burial site, researches noted several graves appeared influenced by Battle Axe culture. In Pitted Ware graves, the dead are usually found lying on their backs with hunting tools or bones. "In addition to the typical Pitted Ware graves, there were also several atypical graves with apparent influences...
Cannibalism helps comb jellies survive harsh conditions, invade new environs

Cannibalism helps comb jellies survive harsh conditions, invade new environs

Science
May 8 (UPI) -- The warty comb jelly, or sea walnut, is native to the coastal waters of the western Atlantic, but in recent decades, the gelatinous invertebrate has invaded the waters of Eurasia. New research -- published this week in the journal Communications Biology -- suggests cannibalism is key to the species' ability to move into new environs. "We had this species arrive in the Black Sea in the 80s, and it arrived in the Caspian Sea in the 90s," Jamileh Javidpour, lead author of the new study and a professor of marine biology at the University of Southern Denmark, told UPI. "So it showed the ability to spread very fast over a diversity of ecosystems." Most recently, the warty comb jelly, Mnemiopsis leidyi, has made its way to the Baltic Sea. Previous studies have identified a corre...