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Ion Is A Wireless Smart Light That Reacts To Touch And Tunes

Make way for another smart light in the room. Ion, currently in production-ready prototype form seeking $20,000 from the Kickstarter community for its final push to market, is best described as a digital updating of the 1960s classic slice of kitsch called the lava lamp.<p>(It’s clearly no accident …

Weekly Innovation: Turn A 3-D Printer Into A Tattoo Machine

Behold, the first human to be tattooed by a 3-D printer. The machine tattooed a ring on his forearm.<p>It all started with an idea that came to Pierre Emm, a young student in France, while riding his bike on the way to design school. (Another reason to cycle for your commute — wacky yet innovative …

The Mobile Browser Is Dead, Long Live The App

Analytics firm Flurry has published data on mobile usage by US consumers during Q1 2014. While users are spending more time on their devices (an average of 2 hours and 42 minutes per day, up four minutes on the same period last year), how they use that time has changed as well. Only 22 minutes per …

Book Creator: Create Ebooks From Your Android Tablet

After almost three since launching for iPad, Red Jumper Studio has brought its personal ebook-creating app to Android tablets.<p>The aptly-titled Book Creator app probably isn’t what you’d use to self-publish your first piece of fiction, but it will work well for personal use, say, creating stories …

Canonical to Close its Ubuntu One File Services

With ever-increasing competition from the likes of Dropbox, Google Drive and Microsoft’s OneDrive, Canonical today announced it will exit the “free storage wars” and shut down its Ubuntu One file services.<p>Canonical said that to continue offering Ubuntu One “on a global scale”, the project would …

Gender and the Body Language of Power - Sociological Images

<i>We’re celebrating the end of the year with our most popular posts from 2013, plus a few of our favorites tossed in. Enjoy!</i><p>Philosopher Sandra Lee …

Changing brains: why neuroscience is ending the Prozac era

The psychiatric drug age may have reached its peak. Although mind-altering medications are being prescribed in record numbers, signs of a radically new approach to understanding and treating mental illness are emerging from the deep waters of neuroscience. No longer focused on developing pills, a …

Maths Experts are “Made, Not Born”

<b>A new study of the brain of a maths supremo supports Darwin’s belief that intellectual excellence is largely due to “zeal and hard work” rather than</b> …

Neuroscience

Aging Well: Keeping Blood Sugar Low May Protect Memory

There's a growing body of evidence linking elevated blood sugar to memory problems.<p>For instance, earlier this year, a study published in the <i>New England Journal of Medicine</i> concluded that higher glucose may be a risk factor for dementia, even among people without type 2 diabetes.<p>So the question is, …

The Importance Of Diet In The First 1,000 Days

New research from the International Food Policy Research Institute looks at the economic rationale for spending money to avoid stunting. Physical and psychological stunting occurs when children receive inadequate nutrition in their first 1,000 days of life. Senior researcher John Hoddinott talks …

Developing Countries

Does ESP Exist? 11 Premonitions That Came True

Though some psychologists and natural scientists remain skeptical, many agree telepathic abilities and related phenomena exist.<p>Chris Carter, an …

U.S. Dept. of Defense

Brain Cells 'Geotag' Memories To Cache What Happened — And Where

Think back to an important event in your life: a graduation, a birth, a special Thanksgiving dinner. Chances are you're remembering not only what happened, but also where it happened. And now scientists think they know why.<p>As we form so-called episodic memories, the brain appears to be using …

Shiny ‘app-y people: Treating depression from your smart phone

Earlier this year I wrote about some research I was involved in, which reduced aggressive behaviour in young offenders by manipulating their perception of ambiguous facial expressions.<p>A similar principle is behind a new app, called HappyPlace, which has been developed as an attempt to combat low …

Existential depression in gifted individuals

It has been my experience that gifted and talented persons are more likely to experience a type of depression referred to as existential depression. …

Study suggests we're all susceptible to false memories

Researchers from UC Irvine have found that people with extraordinarily accurate memory are as vulnerable to the inception of fake memories as others, indicating that perhaps nobody is protected from memory distortion. The study, published last month in <i>Proceedings of the National Academy of …

The Psychology of Self-Control

Ever since psychology godfather William James first expounded the crucial role of habit in how we live and who we become, modern psychology has sought to figure out how we can rewire our bad habits, maximize our willpower, and use habits to optimize our productivity. And yet, if the market for …

Don't worry, be happy: overcoming worry may be key to mental health

Worry plays a role in causing a wide range of psychological problems. But don't fret – there's a simple, effective treatment<p>Are you weary of "new year, new you" positive thinking exercises? Tired of trying to feel Tiggerish in the cold, dark, midwinter mornings? Why not try this quick experiment to …

The iParadox: how our smartphones are blocking our path to wisdom

Our generation is one addicted to technology, bloated with information and starved of wisdom, writes Arianna Huffington<p>What leading executives need more than anything today is wisdom. And one of the things that makes it harder and harder to connect with our wisdom is our increasing dependence on …

'Placebo Sleep' Can Improve Cognitive Skills

If you tell people they slept better than they did, they are likely to perform better on math and word association tests.<p>If you can't get <i>real</i> sleep, perhaps you can make up for it with <i>placebo</i> sleep. Or such is the suggestion of a new study that found that people did better on cognitive tests after …

Sleep

The science of how we talk to ourselves in our heads

Studying the ways people talk to themselves in their own minds is incredibly tricky because as soon as you ask them about it, you're likely …

Schizophrenia: Talking therapies moderately effective

<b>Changing the way people think about and deal with schizophrenia is a moderately effective treatment, say researchers.</b><p>Cognitive behavioural therapy is an officially recommended treatment, but is available to less than 10% of patients in the UK with schizophrenia.<p>A study published in the Lancet …

Newcastle University

The 100 most followed psychologists and neuroscientists on Twitter

Updated for 2014, here are <b>the 100 most followed psychologists and neuroscientists on Twitter</b> based on follower counts recorded over the last few …

The '60s Are Gone, But Psychedelic Research Trip Continues

In 1966, psychedelic drug advocate and former Harvard professor Timothy Leary appeared on the <i>Merv Griffin Show.</i><p>"I'm in the unfortunate situation of being about 20 years ahead of my time," Leary said. When asked how many times he'd taken LSD, he answered 311. The audience gasped.<p>Leary was fired for …

4 Speed-Reading Apps To Give You Lightning Fast Eyes

<i>Editor’s note: This post was originally published by our partners at PopSugar Tech.</i><p>Reading the entire Harry Potter series in a week—could it be possible?! Spritz, a new app that debuted at last month’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, wants to reinvent how you read and get you bolting through …

Big Thinkers on the Only Things Worth Worrying About

In his famous and wonderfully heartening letter of fatherly advice, F. Scott Fitzgerald gave his young daughter Scottie a list of things to worry and not worry about in life. Among the unworriables, he named popular opinion, the past, the future, triumph, and failure “unless it comes through your …