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High-speed microscope captures fleeting brain signals

March 26th, 2020 at 10:50 am » Comments Off

When a neuron fires, calcium flows into the cell in a wave that sweeps along the cell body. Images of this infragranular neuron were obtained three times per second by two-dimensional scanning with a Bessel focus. Redder structures are deeper in the mouse cortex. (UC Berkeley images by Na Ji) Electrical and chemical signals flash […]



The major discoveries that could transform the world in the next decade

January 2nd, 2020 at 12:20 pm » Comments Off

Here’s what scientists are really excited about. The last decade ushered in some truly revolutionary advances in science, from the discovery of the Higgs boson to the use of CRISPR for Sci-Fi esque gene editing. But what are some of the biggest breakthroughs still to come? Live Science asked several experts in their field what […]



Mini brains grown in the laboratory produce brainwaves. Now what?

October 20th, 2019 at 1:08 pm » Comments Off

It’s hard to study the human brain. It is the most complex in the animal kingdom with its massive collection of neurons, 80-100 billion to be exact, three times more than chimpanzees. Research relating our brains to the brains of mice and monkeys can only go so far. And because of this complexity, scientists often […]



Why you should try micro mastery

August 23rd, 2019 at 11:22 am » Comments Off

The wellness case for learning new skills In the summer of 2016 I was very unhappy. I was coming up on my year anniversary of living in London, where we had moved from Brooklyn for my husband’s job, but I still felt pitifully lonely and poorly adjusted to the culture. I reentered therapy, tried to […]



Why the 8-hour workday doesn’t work

June 12th, 2019 at 10:28 am » Comments Off

  The eight-hour workday is an outdated and ineffective approach to work. If you want to be as productive as possible, you need to let go of this relic and find a new approach. The eight-hour workday was created during the industrial revolution as an effort to cut down on the number of hours of […]



Striking study reveals how dietary fats enter the brain and cause depression

May 20th, 2019 at 12:00 pm » Comments Off

A new study demonstrates how fatty acids can enter the brain and disrupt signaling pathways that lead to depression An intriguing new study, led by scientists from the University of Glasgow, suggests there is a direct causative link between eating a high-fat diet and the development of depression. The new research demonstrates how certain dietary […]



The importance of foresight : Why intuition and imagination will be critical in the future of work

April 16th, 2019 at 11:19 am » Comments Off

In his book Thinking Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman refers to the parts of our brain, where he suggests there are two competing intelligence at play. He specifies one area affiliated to “system 1” which is known to be an area relying on speed in decision making and on emotion in information perceiving. System 1 […]



Can we stop AI outsmarting humanity?

April 11th, 2019 at 11:57 am » Comments Off

The spectre of superintelligent machines doing us harm is not just science fiction, technologists say – so how can we ensure AI remains ‘friendly’ to its makers? It began three and a half billion years ago in a pool of muck, when a molecule made a copy of itself and so became the ultimate ancestor […]



Study finds listening to music has negative impact on creativity

March 4th, 2019 at 12:35 pm » Comments Off

A new study has found that listening to music may have a negative impact on creativity. This is contrary to the popular idea that music and creativity often go hand in hand. According to the researchers, the negative impact was found even in cases where the music had a positive impact on mood and was […]



Building a better brain-in-a-dish, faster and cheaper

October 5th, 2018 at 10:44 am » Comments Off

UC San Diego researchers develop new protocol for creating human cortical organoids, mini-brains derived directly from primary cells that can be used to better explore and understand the real thing. Writing in the current online issue of the journal Stem Cells and Development , researchers at University of California San Diego School of Medicine describe […]



New era in virtual reality therapy for common phobias

September 23rd, 2018 at 12:55 pm » Comments Off

  This image provided by Oxford VR in July 2018 shows a virtual reality viewpoint from a simulation designed to help people with a fear of heights. Virtual reality therapy can help patients by exposing them gradually to their greatest terrors. The technology is just now reaching the mainstream after 20 years of research. (Oxford […]



We compared the average IQ scores in all 50 states, and the results are eye-opening

June 18th, 2018 at 10:31 am » Comments Off

  Yes, the IQ test is controversial, but it’s one of the few consistent metrics we have. Here’s how the states compare. People are getting dumber, according to science. There are a lot of theories why IQ tests are falling. Some say it’s bad food, poor schools, or obscene amounts of screen time. Others suggest […]



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