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Keeping your brain fit, by a USA Memory Champion

<b>(CNN) —</b> How exactly does one keep their brain and memory strong and healthy? This was one of the driving questions I had when I began the quest to improve my memory and become a four-time USA Memory Champion.<p>I didn't want to end up with Alzheimer's disease when I got older, as my grandmother did, …

The Brain

Remove yourself from people search sites and erase your online presence

Here is a step-by-step guide to reducing your digital footprint online, whether you want to lock down data or vanish entirely.<p>There is now a very …

Social Media

Teaching After Hours: The Rise Of International Online Teaching

After teaching all day long, most teachers want to go home and rest. But with meager teacher salaries, many teachers take on additional jobs to make ends meet. We normally think of teaching as something that’s done within four classroom walls, but technology has expanded the ways in which teachers …

Teaching

How NASA is learning to grow plants in space and on other worlds

The trick: try to use less soil<p>When NASA sends humans to Mars, the astronauts are going to need lots of food for the trip. But freeze-dried prepackaged meals for a 2.5-year mission to the Red Planet can take up a lot of weight and room on an interplanetary vehicle. When we go to Mars, weight will …

Space

Don’t be fooled — this automated system sneakily manipulates video content

A team of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed an artificial intelligence system that automatically transfers content from one …

Media Industry

We Are All Good Learners, Each and Every One of Us

We are all good learners. Each and every one of us. It’s as simple as that. If we weren’t good learners, we’d be dead.<p>Kim CarterExecutive Director, …

Special Education

The easiest way for Elon Musk to raise money for SpaceX might be tourism

The wealthy are willing to help new rockets get made<p>Before Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa can fulfill his dream of seeing the Moon with an artist collective, SpaceX still needs to finish the rocket that will take the group to space. The company needs more money to fund the development of the …

BFR

I put 'Gamer Goo' on my hands, and god help me I actually liked it

When I first heard about Gamer Goo, I thought it had to be a gag, like novelty vomit or fake dog poop. "Hand lotion created for gamers?" Come <i>on</i>. …

Do we trust people who speak with an accent?

We tend to believe speakers who sound the same as us, though much depends on their tone of voice<p>You are in a strange neighbourhood, your cell phone's …

Recharge Your Brain at Work With Exercise That Doesn't Require Much Thinking

A good way to recharge your brain at work might be with a short bout of exercise that doesn't require much concentration, according to a small study …

Cognition

Only Radically Enhancing Humanity Can Save Us All

<i>Adapted from</i> Morality, Foresight, and Human Flourishing: An Introduction to Existential Risks <i>by Phil Torres. Out now from Pitchstone Publishing.</i><p>Our …

Tech Trends

Strength of Correlations in Strongly Recurrent Neuronal Networks

Abstract<p>Spatiotemporal correlations in brain activity are functionally important and have been implicated in perception, learning and plasticity, …

Macroscopic

Empathy, patience and more — when kids visit assisted-living facilities, everyone benefits

<i>Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly said that high school students volunteer as servers at Erickson Living. The students work there, rather than volunteer. The story has been updated.</i><p>“It’s your turn. Try to get a strike — but I’m winning,” my 6-year-old son, Jared, told a …

George Mason

This Rapper Tried To Use Neuroscience To Get Over Her Ex

When a relationship ends but love remains, it can be both frustrating and embarrassing.<p>Dessa, a well-known rapper, singer and writer from Minneapolis, knows the feeling well. She'd spent years trying to get over an ex-boyfriend, but she was still stuck on him.<p>"You're not only suffering," she says, …

Brainwaves

The difference between panic attacks and anxiety attacks

There is a difference, but it's not what you think.<p>It happened as I was walking home from class during my second year of college.<p>Seemingly out of nowhere, my heart started racing, I felt like I couldn't breathe, and I began sweating, even though it wasn't even hot outside. Terrified of what was …

Depression

Epigenetics: The Brain-Booster You've Never Heard Of

The emerging science of epigenetics describes the way our lifestyle and environment influence our gene expression over time. This growing field of research is a hot topic right now because it has radically altered our preconceived views on the nature-nurture debate. The new and evolving science …

Epigenetics

Major schizophrenia breakthrough finds immune cells on the wrong side of the tracks

For so long schizophrenia was seen as a disorder exclusively of the mind, but new lines of research are uncovering evidence that its machinations may …

Immune System

How does generosity benefit health? Brain study sheds light

A new study suggests that different types of generosity have different effects on the brain, and that one form, in particular, may reduce stress and …

The Brain

Babies learn most of their vocabulary from their fathers, according to new research

• <b>A new study by researchers at Fudan University in Shanghai may have just solved the "father tongue" vs "mother tongue" conundrum.</b>• <b><br>According to lead researcher, Menghan Zhang, there is a correlation between lexical patterns and the Y chromosome, which is passed on by the father.</b>• <b><br>The team also</b> …

Northwestern University

The Puberty Book Embraced by Preteens, Parents, and Sex Educators Alike

Since its publication 20 years ago, The Care and Keeping of You has taught young girls about their bodies in a uniquely forthright and approachable way.<p>I first learned about periods from a cartoon. Just before I started middle school, my mom handed me a large white book with three cartoon girls on …

Puberty

Get Up Close With Newly Digitized Da Vinci Notebooks

Leonardo da Vinci is best known for formal works of art like "The Last Supper" and the "Mona Lisa," but his true masterpiece may be the notebooks he …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Study: CBD From Marijuana May 'Reset' The Brain To Counteract Symptoms Of Psychosis

Cannabidiol (CBD), the non-intoxicating compound in marijuana, continues drawing attention as a potential treatment for disorders and illnesses ranging from epilepsy to cancer. Now a new brain imaging study suggests that a single dose of CBD can reduce symptoms of psychosis by “resetting” activity …

Psychosis

Why taking ayahuasca is like having a near-death experience

A psychedelic drug taken as part of the South American plant brew ayahuasca produces effects that are strikingly similar to near-death experiences, a …

3 simple strategies for learning a new language fast, according to an expert

• <b>Learning a second language is more accessible than ever, with apps like DuoLingo, Memrise, or Babbel at your fingertips.</b>• <b><br>But becoming fluent in another language takes a lot of work and persistence.</b>• <b><br>Still, there are a few reasons why it can feel like the new language just doesn't stick — and methods</b> …

Language Learning

Part of This Boy's Brain Was Removed. The Rest of His Brain Made Sure He Wouldn't Notice.

Four years ago, a young boy had a large part of his brain removed. In the years that followed, he showed neuroscientists, once again, how adaptable …

Why CBT should stop being offered to people with schizophrenia

Cognitive behavioural therapy, or CBT, has in the past decade become a standard tool for helping people with schizophrenia deal with their symptoms. …

For Serious Writers Only: Why Most People Won’t Succeed at Writing

If You Think Writing is D****d Difficult, You’re On the Right Track<b>“I am irritated by my own writing. I am like a violinist whose ear is true, but</b> …

This Song Will Instantly Lower Your Stress Level By 65 Percent

It’s well-known that the right playlist can help you focus, sleep, and even make you happier in less than 30 seconds, but now, thanks to a team of …

New Discovery Reveals How Your Brain Changes When You Need Sleep

In desperate need of a good night’s sleep? If so, you aren’t alone.<p>Between 10% to 30% of adults experience insomnia, and for up to 1 in 10 adults, insomnia can become a chronic disorder. Even people who manage to sleep like proverbial logs can end up sleep deprived if sleep is restricted by staying …

Neuroscience

Education could be changed forever after discovery of learning biomarker

It is safe to say that we don’t remember everything we learned at school, be it a language you haven’t spoken since you left, or the context behind …

The Brain