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Science Fiction Movies That Accurately Predicted the Future

<i>Back to the Future Part II</i> | Universal Pictures<p>It should come as no surprise that science fiction writers have often provided prescient glimpses of …

How to Motivate Yourself in 10 Easy Steps

It’s 2:00 p.m. Your lunch sits snugly in your stomach causing fog to settle over your brain. Your energy is low. Thought processes stop mid-stream. …

The Secret Ingredient Everyone Needs For The Most Amazing Burgers

Photo credit: Getty Images<p>Fish sauce. That's the secret ingredient to making the best burger your mouth has ever tasted.<p>The mention of fish sauce doesn't normally go over well with less experimental eaters from places other than Vietnam or Thailand. But if you want to taste what will surely be the …

How Does Meditation Make You Smarter?

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you don’t need to be told about the relaxing effects of meditation. The practitioners vouch for it; and those …

Meditation

SAM Electronics Kit Replaces Solder with Bluetooth: Hack in Pieces - Technabob

Last year we featured LittleBits, an electronics kit for children and beginners that uses built-in magnets instead of solder to connect modules …

Magical Nighttime Long Exposures and Composites by Matt Payne

Oregon-based photographer Matt Payne's passion for the outdoors shines through in his stunning landscape and nightscape photography. He finds the most enchanting moments in which vibrant colors and lively motion overhead complement the stillness of the world below.<p>Payne uses long exposures and …

Landscape Photography

4 Strategies For Remembering Everything You Learn

• knowledge about the subject at hand, like math, history, or programming<p>• knowledge about how learning actually works<p>The bad news: Our education system kinda skips one of them, which is terrifying, given that your ability to learn is such a huge predictor of success in life, from achieving in …

11 TED Talks That Will Help You Lead A Happier Life

Increasingly, psychologists, neuroscientists, business leaders, and spiritual advisors have studied the mechanics of happiness and how we can utilize them in our everyday lives. Many of them have shared their findings at TED conferences.<p>We've gone through TED's expansive online library of …

How 'slow-wave' sleep helps us learn - Futurity

BROWN (US) — Scientists have pinpointed the brainwave frequencies and brain region associated with sleep-enhanced …

The Brain

12 Ways Yoga Meditation Helps Nourish The Body, Brain and Mind

An easy, low cost, nat­ur­al prac­tice can help us boost our brain pow­er, be health­i­er and more spir­i­tu­al­ly attuned as we age, and improve our …

Brain waves differ in teens with ADHD - Futurity

EEG tests show that the brain waves of teenagers with subtypes of ADHD differ from each other and from teens who do not have ADHD, a UC Davis study …

Q&A: The 5 Big Questions in Brain Science

A bioethicist suggests that neuroscience challenges how we view ourselves.<p><b>Advances in our understanding of the brain have turned neuroscience into one of the hottest frontiers in research, and in ethics. (See "Beyond the Brain.")</b><p>On Wednesday, the U.S. Presidential Commission for the Study of …

February 2014

Pedophiles' Brain Differences Make Researchers Reconsider Treatment (VIDEO, POLL)

What makes a pedophile?<p>Research has shown that pedophiles tend to be shorter and less intelligent than the average person, as well as more likely to be left-handed. Now Dr. James Cantor, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Toronto and a leading expert on pedophilia, says …

Lasers used to turn off cocaine addiction in rat brains, may translate into human therapy

Kicking a cocaine addiction may be as simple as beaming a laser straight into the brain — at least in rats. That's the result of a new study of cocaine-addicted lab rodents published today by US researchers working with the National Institute on Drug Abuse. But the scientists behind it think that …

Map Of The Developing Human Brain Shows Where Problems Begin

A high-resolution map of the human brain in utero is providing hints about the origins of brain disorders including schizophrenia and autism.<p>The map shows where genes are turned on and off throughout the entire brain at about the midpoint of pregnancy, a time when critical structures are taking …

Scientists discover brain's anti-distraction system

"Our results show clearly that this is only one part of the equation and that active suppression of the irrelevant objects is another important part."<p>…

Bad Sleep Linked With Cognitive Decline

For older men, poor quality sleep could be taking a toll on the brain, according to a new study.<p>A team of researchers found an association between poor sleep quality -- in the form of fragmented sleep and poor sleep efficiency -- and cognitive decline in executive functioning among senior men. …

Sleepy brains neglect half the world

A new study shows that drowsiness alters awareness in much the same way as a common form of brain damage<p>Damage to certain parts of the brain can lead to a bizarre syndrome called hemispatial neglect, in which one loses awareness of one side of their body and the space around it. In extreme cases, a …

Researchers decode how the brain miswires, possibly causing ADHD

Neuroscientists at Mayo Clinic in Florida and at Aarhus University in Denmark have shed light on why neurons in the brain's reward system can be …

Regulating brain activity to improve attention

Some people call it meditation. Some call it discipline.<br>Ever heard of it?<p>Some people call it meditation. Some call it discipline.<br>Ever heard of it?<p>If …

New Study Provides Physical Evidence Of The Sleep-Learning Link

A new study provides more structural evidence that sleep plays a role in memory and learning.<p>Researchers from New York University Langone Medical Center found that mice who sleep after learning a task have increased growth of dendritic spines, which come out of brain cells to connect with other …

What do you want to know about sleep? Neuroscientists answered your questions

Do you have difficulty getting enough sleep? Sleep problems affect one in three of us at any one time, and about 10% of the population on a chronic basis. Of Guardian readers who responded to a recent poll, 23% reported that they sleep between four and six hours a night.<p>With continued lack of …

Whoa there! Brain area found to help spot bad decisions

A new brain region that appears to help humans identify whether they have made bad decisions has been discovered by researchers.<p>The size and shape of a large Brussels sprout, the ball of neural tissue seems to be crucial for the kind of flexible thought that allows us to consider switching to a …

Developing Your Brain, Increasing Intelligence and Unlocking Your Potential

Brandon West, <i>Contributor</i> <b><br>Waking Times</b><p>Each and every one of our negative habits, be they thinking habits, behavioral habits, or emotional habits, we …

Our humming brains help us learn rapidly

Our brain’s ability to rapidly interpret and analyse new information may lie in the musical hum of our brainwaves.<p>We continuously take in information …

Cracking the Brain’s Codes - MIT Technology Review

In <i>What Is Life?</i> (1944), one of the fundamental questions the physicist Erwin Schrödinger posed was whether there was some sort of “hereditary …

Neuroscience

Less Sleep Pushes Your Brain to Age Faster

We know that sleep is important for a host of body functions, from weight control to brain activities, but the latest study hints that it may also …