Anastasia Alwer

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Stimulating ideas

THE past few years have seen several attempts to bring sight to the blind by fitting them with artificial retinas. These implanted devices turn …

Personality traits alter the subjective effects of dextroamphetamine

How you respond to ADHD medication like Adderall may be partially determined by your personality, according to research published online January 23 …

Overhyped genetic findings: the case of dyslexia

A press release by Yale University Press Office was recently recycled on the Research Blogging website*, announcing that their researchers had made a …

Brain Development Affected In Male And Female Offspring Of Stressed Male Mice

Sperm doesn't appear to forget anything. Stress felt by dad - whether as a preadolescent or adult - leaves a lasting impression on his sperm that …

Neuroscience

The Power of Habit and How to Rewire Our “Habit Loops”

As a young man, <b>Benjamin Franklin</b> set out to improve himself by devising a chart-based log for tracking his progress against the virtues he identified as essential to good personhood. Each week, he would pick a virtue to cultivate, then put a black pencil mark in his calendar chart on any day he …

Game of Thrones Season 3 recapped through hilarious infographics

It's been less than a week since the <i>Game of Thrones</i> third season finale, and everyone is still delivering their postmortems on everything from the …

TV Series

Study Finds Random Electrical Current May Help Folks Learn Math

Mathemati-phobes rejoice. You may one day swap coffee and cramming for a trusty set of head-mounted electrodes. According to a team of researchers, …

The Science of How Music Enchants the Brain, Animated

The profound connection between music and the brain has long fascinated scientists and philosophers alike, and has even shaped the course of our evolution. The wonderful duo Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown, better known as AsapSCIENCE, breaks down music’s ability to create a state of arousal by …

How to Make Fake Blood

Plenty of special effects makeup artists and enthusiasts use fake blood to create realistic, gory looks, especially around Halloween. Nothing adds to …

Dessert

What Makes a Great Essay?

Ah, the timeless power and joy of a great essay: <b>Joan Didion</b> on self-respect; <b>David Foster Wallace</b> on the nature of fun; <b>Susan Sontag</b> on courage and resistance; <b>George Orwell</b> on why writers write. But where, exactly, does that intangible magic of the essay reside?<p>Besides beautiful writing by such …

What Might Have Been and What Could Be

Although time machines don’t exist (I’m still holding out hope), people engage in a form of time travel all the time. Except rather than happening in …

Anger—How We Transfer Feelings of Guilt, Hurt, and Fear

Source: Angry Man/Public Domain Pictures<p>How many times have you heard a child bellow to a parent (in the effort to avoid being punished): “<i>I</i> didn’t …

Psychology

The 5 Most Insane Things Ever Accomplished in a Video Game

Video games are many things to many people. You and I might use games to show our girlfriends where they are on our list of priorities, but …

SimCity

Men Cause Menopause

Were you thinking that it would be nice to just continue having your period forever and ever? Do you think it would be nice to have your first child …

Chestnut flour cake recipe | Visit Tuscany

Ingredients<p>Chestnut flour 400 g<br>• Sugar 400 g<br>• Vanilla 1 g<br>• Salt<br>• Rice starch 100 g<br>• Baking powder 20 g<br>• Water 200 ml<br>• Eggs 8<br>• Butter 50 g at room …

Dessert

Predicting collective online behaviour

A new study shows that small websites, in terms of daily user flux based on number of clicks, have a disproportionally high impact when it comes to …

A New Biomarker for Treatment Response in Major Depression? Not Yet.

Is a laboratory test or brain scanning method for diagnosing psychiatric disorders right around the corner? How about a test to choose the best …