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Coffee doesn’t give you energy, it just fools your brain into thinking it isn’t tired

1 hour agoNews : The Raw Story

It’s a myth that caffeine gives you energy. In fact, through a kind of clever biological trickery, caffeine fools your body into thinking that it isn’t tired. Business Insider reports that the longer a person is awake, the more a compound called adenosine builds up in their brain....

Beer, beer, thank the grains!

Can beer boost brain power? There is newfound reason to indulge in a pint or two of your favorite beer, and it’s not just to catch up and share a few laughs with friends. New research has shown that a chemical compound in beer may be able to improve cognitive function. The beverage once thought to [...]

Living With Half A Brain

Tom Stafford considers what a woman who was born without a cerebellum — and lived a largely typical life — reveals about neuroscience: This case points to a sad fact about brain science. We don’t often shout about it, but there are large gaps in even our basic understanding of the brain. We can’t agree […]

Fundamental Concepts - On Racism [Weirddave]

Here's something that has been bouncing around the brain box lately. Three things actually, all of which have to do with race and racism. Lets take them one at a time. That's Racist!...

3 Ways to Save Yourself and Your Wallet From Your Brain at the Grocery Store

What makes us buy the things that we buy? Here’s how marketers exploit our love of shiny things, habit, and belonging.

Here's What Happens To Your Brain On Caffeine

Coffee, Red Bull, whatever. We drink it for energy, but is that really what it gives us? Produced By Matt Johnston. Follow BI Video: On Facebook Join the conversation about this story »

Ancient Culture, Shellfish and Pissing Monkeys

Silly brain rot set in a museum According to the Wall Street Journal: The first floor of the American Museum of Natural History still reeked of smoke when the museum’s emergency team swept in to assess the damage from a fire that forced the evacuation of some 4,000 people. Show More Summary

Thumb Typing Is Changing Our Brains

13 hours agoTechnology : TechCrunch

Smartphones are changing us, at least according to researchers at the Institute of Neuroinformatics of the University of Zurich. It seems that as we moved from phones with buttons – Blackberrys and even feature phones – the parts ofShow More Summary

IS THERE ANYTHING IT CAN’T DO? Can beer boost brain power? “New research has shown that a chemical…

IS THERE ANYTHING IT CAN’T DO? Can beer boost brain power? “New research has shown that a chemical compound in beer may be able to improve cognitive function. The beverage once thought to obliterate brain cells when consumed in abundance may actually have the opposite effect and boost brain power.” As always, the good/bad effects […]

FASTER, PLEASE: Existing Drug May Prevent Foggy ‘Old Age’ Brain. “Researchers at The Rockefeller U…

FASTER, PLEASE: Existing Drug May Prevent Foggy ‘Old Age’ Brain. “Researchers at The Rockefeller University and The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai found they could stop normal, age-related memory loss in rats by treating them with riluzole. This treatment, they found, prompted changes known to improve connections, and as a result, communication, between […]

Mouthguards, Magnets And Smart Helmets Are Putting The Brakes On Traumatic Brain Injuries

17 hours agoTechnology : TechCrunch

On beautiful green fields around the U.S., college and professional football players are facing up to 100Gs of rapid deceleration from helmet-to-helmet collisions each week. The result? Concussions and, sometimes, permanent brain injury. Read More

Work by Roland Schimmel added to Van Abbemuseum's exhibition of its collection

17 hours agoArts : Artdaily

A new element has been added to exhibition of the collection Once upon a time ? The collection now: The Innocent Body (2014) by the Dutch artist Roland Schimmel. The artist shows us everything that happens in our brain when we use our eyes. Show More Summary

Difficult brain challenge

White to move. What should White do to hold this game? No computer please! Chess Daily News from Susan Polgar

Healthier Brain

1. Meditate for 20 minutes each day Meditation has been shown to improve memory, concentration, executive function and processing speed (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4024457/). 2. Exercise for 30 minutes each day In healthy young adults, regular exercise primarily improves memory. Show More Summary

Good from bad smells - how your brain knows

Whether an odor is pleasant or disgusting to an organism is not just a matter of taste. Often, an organism's survival depends on its ability to make just such a discrimination, because odors can provide important information about food sources, oviposition sites or suitable mates. Show More Summary

Minnesota baby fights brain tumor with superhero capes

The Skaro family of Minnesota celebrated a Christmas miracle yesterday: Their baby boy, Vito, celebrated his 15 month birthday.

Watson May Have a New Partner and Challenger in Wipro’s Holmes

Sujit John of the Times of India reports, “IBM’s Watson is a cognitive computing system, one that behaves like our brain, learning through experiences, finding correlations, and remembering — and learning from — the outcomes. Now, Wipro has developed a cognitive computing system, and guess what they call it — Holmes. Show More Summary

Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits & Literary Productivity: INFOGRAPHIC

How much sleep would you forgo for the sake of productivity? Brain Pickings blogger Maria Popova and illustrator Wendy MacNaughton partnered together to design the “Famous Writers’ Sleep Habits & Literary Productivity” visualization. The...Show More Summary

How to trick your brain with M&Ms

yesterdayOdd : Boing Boing

Researchers at Barrow Neurological Institute made a Lego checkerboard and placed white and purple M&Ms on the squares in a way that makes the board appear to bulge. [via]

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