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Apple’s new ‘eRase U2? service gets Bono out of your brain forever

U2 has not had a good week. What was supposed to be the most epic album release of all-time spun into a bloody hatefest as Apple decided to add Songs of Innocence to every iTunes user’s purchased items lists. The … Read more ›

No sedative necessary: Scientists discover new 'sleep node' in the brain

A sleep-promoting circuit located deep in the primitive brainstem has revealed how we fall into deep sleep. This is only the second 'sleep node' identified in the mammalian brain whose activity appears to be both necessary and sufficient to produce deep sleep.

David Foster on Commercial Entertainment, the Redemptive Power of Reading, and the Future of Writing in the Age of Information

3 hours agoOdd : Brain Pickings

The fun of reading as "an exchange between consciousnesses, a way for human beings to talk to each other about stuff we can't normally talk about." Brain Pickings takes 450+ hours a month to curate and edit across the different platforms, and remains banner-free. Show More Summary

Scientists discover 'dimmer switch' for mood disorders

Researchers have identified a control mechanism for an area of the brain that processes sensory and emotive information that humans experience as "disappointment." The discovery may provide be a neurochemical antidote for feeling let-down.

Study finds that antidepressants quickly change the brain's structure

A new study published Thursday in the journal Current Biology found that antidepressants work faster than previously thought, despite the fact that it usually takes patients at least two weeks to report any changes in mood. More than 1 in 10 U.S. Show More Summary

Single dose of antidepressant changes the brain

A single dose of antidepressant is enough to produce dramatic changes in the functional architecture of the human brain. Brain scans taken of people before and after an acute dose of a commonly prescribed serotonin reuptake inhibitor reveal changes in connectivity within three hours, say researchers.

Study Finds Antidepressants Change Brain Connectivity in Just a Few Hours

5 hours agoHealth : Healthland

Researchers hope the findings will one day help to tailor individual therapy for those suffering from depression

Godzilla: walking in the shoes of the king of monsters

Fun fact. When I was a child, my mother sat me down in front of Godzilla films and subsequently burned them into my brain. As a result, I ended up learning Japanese and moving to Japan as an adult. It's not a stretch to say that I'mShow More Summary


To go a bit further along the road laid by my last blog post, it might be expedient to work on the virtue that's not always accessible to the author: patience. The threads of impatience start to weave their basketry into the brain the...Show More Summary

Oregon's Republican physician Senate candidate plagiarized Rove's healthcare plan

10 hours agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

She might be a doctor, but that doesn't mean she has any ideas about health care. You would think a high-profile physician—a brain surgeon, no less—and high-profile Senate candidate would have some thoughts on what has been the hot-button political issue for the past five years, especially when that issue is healthcare reform. Show More Summary

Spooky Coincidences

Vsauce looks at why we love looking for coincidences: partly because our brains our wired to look for patterns, and partly because we have so many variables to work with. Thanks + for + watching?! Half-Life 3 confirmed.

Using brain power to fight effects of aging

Whenever someone asks former U.S. Surgeon General Richard Carmona how his day is going, he typically responds with, "Every day is the same! I'm fighting aging and gravity."

We Try It: DIY Laundry Detergent

I made my own powdered laundry detergent and it was not a disaster! I recommend it if you are bored — or maybe cheap. Sometimes, the Internet gets into my brain and compels me to attempt A Project. I’m particularly susceptible to “efficient” or charming domestic capers like making my own Irish Soda Bread (such a bad idea!). When I... Read More

Cooling of dialysis fluids protects against brain damage

Washington, DC (September 18, 2014) — While dialysis can cause blood pressure changes that damage the brain, cooling dialysis fluids can protect against such effects. The findings come from a study appearing in an upcoming issue of the Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). Show More Summary

Antidepressants rapidly alter brain architecture, study finds

12 hours agoSports / Baseball : Dodgers Now

A single dose of a popular class of psychiatric drug used to treat depression can alter the brain’s architecture within hours, even though most patients usually don’t report improvement for weeks, a new study suggests.

Curb Specific Food Cravings with "Sensory Simulation"

If you find your constantly craving sweet or salty foods, a recent study showed that over-stimulating your brain with pictures of those foods may help kill your desire for them. Read more...

Cooling of Dialysis Fluids Protects Against Brain Damage

Dialysis drives progressive white matter brain injury due to blood pressure instability; however, patients who dialyzed at 0.5?C below body temperature were completely protected against such white matter changes.

Meet Green Bean, a module for hacking into appliances

13 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

What if your dryer could send a notification that would buzz your phone or smartwatch to let you know your laundry is done? Well, it may be easier to tap into the brains of your appliances than you might think, with the US$20 open-source Green Bean module announced today by GE at MakerCon in New York... Show More Summary

Sensing neuronal activity with light

For years, neuroscientists have been trying to develop tools that would allow them to clearly view the brain's circuitry in action—from the first moment a neuron fires to the resulting behavior in a whole organism. To get this complete picture, neuroscientists are working to develop a range of new tools to study the brain. Show More Summary

No sedative necessary: Scientists discover new 'sleep node' in the brain

BUFFALO, N.Y. – A sleep-promoting circuit located deep in the primitive brainstem has revealed how we fall into deep sleep. Discovered by researchers at Harvard School of Medicine and the University at Buffalo School of Medicine andShow More Summary

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