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Scientists discover how to implant false memories

March 1st, 2019 at 12:03 pm » Comments Off

Implanting false memories could cure Alzheimer’s, PTSD, and depression. It could also make scapegoating easier, allow for witness tampering, or give those under a brutal dictatorship false patriotism. MIT researchers Steve Ramirez and Xu Liu recently made history when they successfully implanted a false memory into the mind of a mouse. The proof was a […]



A Nobel Prize-winning psychologist says most people don’t really want to be happy

December 30th, 2018 at 2:29 am » Comments Off

We think we want to be happy. Yet many of us are actually working toward some other end, according to cognitive psychologist Daniel Kahneman, winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in economics. Kahneman contends that happiness and satisfaction are distinct. Happiness is a momentary experience that arises spontaneously and is fleeting. Meanwhile, satisfaction is a […]



This bizarre-looking font helps you remember what you read

October 27th, 2018 at 10:32 am » Comments Off

The half-finished letters are designed to make us more engaged with what we’re reading, which increases memory retention. Could the shape of the words also shape your ability to remember them? MIT Cramming for exams, learning new languages, and remembering your to-do list can be tough — but a team of Australian researchers think they […]



SD cards could soon hold 128TB of storage

July 2nd, 2018 at 9:20 am » Comments Off

The SD Association has announced a new card specification that should increase maximum storage on SD cards to 128 terabytes and provide much faster data transfer speeds of 985 megabytes per second.



Photographing people in 3D through walls using Wi-Fi

June 2nd, 2017 at 3:28 pm » Comments Off

Wi-Fi can pass through walls. This fact is easy to take for granted, yet it’s the reason we can surf the web using a wireless router located in another room. But not all of that microwave radiation makes it to (or from) our phones, tablets, and laptops. Routers scatter and bounce their signal off objects, illuminating […]



Should we gamify citizenship?