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Serotonin and the science of sex

In 2011, a group of scientists “turned mice gay.” The only issue is, of course, they didn’t.<p>Rather, Yi Rao and colleagues at Peking University in …

How to Get More Serotonin in the Brain and Gut

How can you safely get more serotonin in your brain and body using supplements or other natural techniques?<p>The neurotransmitter serotonin that is …

How to Increase Serotonin Naturally - 4 Simple Ways

Increasing serotonin levels naturally can present several benefits for your health and mental well-being.<p>Serotonin is a “feel-good” chemical that our …

Wellness

How Depression Shrinks the Brain

Certain brain regions in people with major depression are smaller and less dense than those of their healthy counterparts. Now, researchers have …

Neuroscience

Mind-Controlled Neuroflowers Respond to Strength of Your Mental Muscles

Neuroflowers is an interactive art piece controlled by a user's mind and heart rate<p>Making its debut in downtown San Francisco early last month, …

San Francisco

A Better Way to Build Brain-Inspired Chips - MIT Technology Review

Memristors, exotic electronic devices only confirmed to exist in 2008, have been used to create a chip that borrows design points from the brain. The …

Deep Learning

The 4-7-8 Breathing Technique Could Help You Fall Asleep In Just 60 Seconds, Scientist Claims

The majority of Brits find nodding off at night difficult, but a simple breathing technique could help us get all the sleep we need, according to one …

Brain technology patents soar as companies get inside people's heads | Reuters

NEW YORK, May 6 (Reuters) - From ways to eavesdrop on brains and learn what advertisements excite consumers, to devices that alleviate depression, the number of U.S. patents awarded for “neurotechnology” has soared since 2010, according to an analysis released on Wednesday.<p>Most surprising, …

Surge in US 'brain-reading' patents

<b>There has been a dramatic rise in the number of technology patents filed that relate to reading brainwaves.</b><p>Fewer than 400 so-called neuro-technology patents a year had been filed in 2000-09, research company SharpBrains said. But that had doubled to 800 in 2010. And 1,600 such patents had been …

Depression And Bipolar Disorder May Be More Similar Than We Realized

Feeling as though you're walking around with your head in a fog can be a frustrating symptom of some psychiatric disorders.<p>And as a large new study shows, those feelings of brain fog aren't all in your head. University of Michigan research confirms that "fuzzy thinking" is indeed a symptom of …

10 Fascinating Ways Our Brains Can Be Manipulated

Scientists are doing fascinating research into how the human brain works. They’re also learning how our brains can be manipulated, whether …

The Brain

Teacher Network,Teaching tips,Education,US education,Australian education,Schools,Primary schools,Private schools,Teaching,Sats,Exams,Pupil behaviour<p>As Sats approach, exam pressure can block memory when students need it most. Here’s the neuroscience behind boosting test performance

Teaching

Smartflower Pop All-In-One Solar System

Posted in Tech<p>Not getting the energy output you were hoping for from that hamster on a wheel? Maybe it’s time to look into another alternative energy …

Watches

Tesla brags about setting a new record for cars sold

Tesla FTW.<p>The electric car company manufactured 11,160 of its luxury vehicles for the quarter, about 1,000 a week, and sold 10,045 Model S cars to …

When will Tesla's home battery make financial sense?

Tesla's home battery is a long-term bet, and it needs new regulations and markets<p>Last week, Elon Musk unveiled Tesla Energy, a line of batteries that can store power for utilities, businesses, and homes. It’s the home part people were most excited about, and coupled with solar panels, it’s also the …

Using electricity to give your brain a boost? Not so fast...

We all have our little tips and tricks to help our brains function just a little bit better. Coffee and energy drinks. B vitamins and ginseng. Or, in the case of a growing group of scientists and DIYers, running a weak electrical current into the brain.<p>Transcranial direct-current stimulation was …

The Brain

Sun and moon halo

Composite image of a halo around the sun and, within 10 hours, a nearly full moon.<p>Göran Strand in Östersund, Sweden captured the two images in this …

Doomed Russian spacecraft burns up over Pacific

Roscosmos said the craft “ceased to exist” over the Pacific. The final time of reentry is 9:20 p.m. CDT (02:20 UTC), with an accuracy of plus or …

Space

People have been doing it for more than 100 years, but it turns out that zapping your brain with an electric current might not be too good for your IQ

The Brain

Glass of red wine could 'help diabetes'

Researchers say that red wine could boost levels of 'good cholesterol' among type 2 diabetes sufferers<p>Red wine <b>has been claimed to do everything from keep people mentally agile to ward off bed bugs</b>– but now a study suggests that a glass every night could also benefit diabetics.<p>In a trial of more …

Diabetes

Long 'curtains' of material may be shooting off Saturn's moon Enceladus

Saturn's moon Enceladus is famous for spewing tall jets of mineral-rich water several miles into the vacuum of space. But a new study suggests that those infamous jets, spotted first by the Voyager mission and later by Cassini, may have been an optical illusion.<p>Fortunately for Enceladus fans, the …

Astronomy

Photograph: Mo Costandi<p>John lay on Williams’ metal table, his body wrapped in a white linen sheet, cold and stiff to the touch. Photograph: Mo …

Biology

Scientists say only 20-40% of uncrewed cargo vessel likely to survive heat of re-entry and risk of people being hit is smaller than being hit by lightning<p>A Russian spacecraft that broke down on its way to the International Space Station last week will burn up in a bright fireball as it falls back …

Space Exploration

Tesla didn’t invent home energy storage, has many competitors

Like almost everything else related to the company, its venture into energy storage is generating plenty of publicity for electric-car maker Tesla Motors.<p>The new product line includes Powerwall home battery packs for the home, as well as a separate line of battery packs designed for businesses and …

Energy Storage

Thailand’s Omise Lands $2.6M To Expand Its Payment Gateway Across Asia

Omise, a Thailand-based payment enabler, is in the money today after it raised a $2.6 million Series A round to develop its payment gateway system and expand across Asia.<p>Two-year-old Omise’s funding was led by Indonesian VC SMDV, with participation from existing investor East Ventures. 500 Tuktuks …

Dropbox Rolls out Mobile Commenting on iOS Devices

Dropbox has been pursuing a strategy of constant iteration recently that has seen deeper integration with Microsoft’s Office suite and the introduction of commenting on the desktop – features designed to appeal to personal and business users alike.<p>Today, the company is expanding its commenting …

Are you in the market to buy a 12.9 inch iPad Pro?

<i>image: credit</i><p>Apple is rumored to be announcing a larger screen iPad sometime later this summer–possibly during WWDC, with a release date expected somewhere in the fall. This has been a persistent rumor that has been around for a while but has gained some momentum since the beginning of the year. …