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Brains May Teeter Near Their Tipping Point

In a renewed attempt at a grand unified theory of brain function, physicists now argue that brains optimize performance by staying near — though not …

Neuroscience

Hot Heads: Why Mammals Need R.E.M. Sleep

On a December evening in 1951, Eugene Aserinsky, a physiologist at the University of Chicago, placed electrodes on the scalp of his 8-year-old son, Armond, before putting him to bed. Then the scientist retired to another room to watch a row of pens quiver across a rolling sheet of paper, recording …

University of Chicago

Everything created is predicted by nature: A new video explains the physics of flow

Going with the flow isn’t just the cool thing to do. According to a prominent theory of physics, it’s a rule of evolution that dictates the design of all things and ensures individual survival.<p>The Duke University professor responsible for this theory, Adrian Bejan, received the 2018 Franklin …

This Compound Can Reverse Aging in Mice. Will It Work in People?

Mice are by no means men — but the results of a new mouse study are still encouraging for man’s search for longer life.<p>In a study published in the …

The Answer To Life, The Universe — And Everything? It's 63

Often, as we go through the world, the key is to ask the right question.<p>When it comes to figuring out the nature of physical reality, part of that process starts at the absolute edge of the observable universe — the cosmic horizon, a distant layer from which light has only just, in this very …

Universe

4 Laws of Muscle

At a conference in 2012, Luc van Loon was presenting some exciting data from a newly published study. After a heroic research effort that took 2.5 years and 500,000 euros, he and his colleagues had managed to shepherd a large group of frail, elderly subjects through a six-month strength-training …

Exercise

5-year-old girl with half a heart gets wish of ‘marrying’ best friend before risky surgery

Five-year-old Sophia Chiappalone was born with half a heart, but that hasn’t stopped her from knowing what love is.<p>Chiappalone, who is from, Meriden, …

Medicine

The science behind the 15 most common smart drugs

<i>More photos from this reportage are featured in Quartz’s new book</i> The Objects that Power the Global Economy. <i>You may not have seen these objects before, but they’ve already changed the way you live. Each chapter examines an object that is driving radical change in the global economy. This is from</i> …

Our Machines Now Have Knowledge We’ll Never Understand

The new availability of huge amounts of data, along with the statistical tools to crunch these numbers, offers a whole new way of understanding the …

Machine Learning

6 Timeless Quotes on Creativity From Pablo Picasso

Despite his rocky beginning, Picasso, whose birthday is Oct. 25, became one of the most influential artists of the early 20th century, and has a lasting legacy that pushes our creative boundaries today.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p><i>This column originally published on</i> …

The people who need very little sleep

Is it true that some people need only a few hours of sleep? Helen Thomson talks to a woman whose genes might hint at how we all could survive on less shuteye.<p>What would you do if you had 60 days of extra free time a year? Ask Abby Ross, a retired psychologist from Miami, Florida, a “short-sleeper”. …

University of California

Why You're Pretty Much Unconscious All the Time

Your body has a lot of nifty parts, but it’s the brain that’s the <i>it</i> organ of the summer. The brain’s all-the-rage moment is mostly a result of the …

Do you believe you can think yourself well, changing the very structure of your brain over time through rigorous training? Norman Doidge does…<p>When you pick up a bestseller that announces “this book will change your life”, or which, say, claims to be full of “mind-bending, miracle-making, …

The Brain

6 Important Things To Know About How Your Brain Learns

<i>This post originally appeared on the Crew blog.</i><p>Whether you want to learn a new language, learn to cook, take up a musical instrument, or just get more out of the books you read, it helps to know how your brain learns.<p>While everyone learns slightly differently, we do have similarities in the way our …

The Brain

The Benefits of Being Cold

Year-round warmth is a modern luxury. Some scientists believe it is changing human metabolism.<p>When you first put on the ice vest, you will feel cold. Not intolerably cold, but cold enough to make you think, <i>What am I doing with my life?</i> Or, at least, as numbness spreads across your shoulders and …

Weight Loss

7 Supplements for Better Sleep

If you're having trouble sleeping through the night, there are some supplements you can take to help you slip off to Dreamland without feeling super …

The third great wave

Special report<p>MOST PEOPLE ARE discomfited by radical change, and often for good reason. Both the first Industrial Revolution, starting in the late …

Chocolate Boosts Memory, According To Science

These flavanols, found in virtually all plants, are part of a group of substances known as bioflavonoids. They were initially known as vitamin P and were first indentified by Nobel Prize-winning Hungarian scientist, Dr Albert Szent-György.<p>To date, over 4,000 individual flavonoids have been …

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Rest your mind the right way to boost learning - Futurity

The right kind of mental rest, which strengthens and consolidates memories from recent learning, may boost later learning.

You're Getting Dumber as You Age: Here's How to Slow the Decline

A healthy brain processes information as a wave (via electrical impulses) and as a particle (via the brain chemicals) at a fast pace along the neuronal highway. Think of "the wave" that goes around a sports stadium during a football game. Every person in the stadium represents a single cell in the …

The Real Truth Behind How 'Truth-Telling' Drugs Actually Work

The term "truth serum" refers to a number of mind-altering drugs that make you incapable of lying, or so the theory goes. Yes, such mind-altering drugs exist, but their effect does not completely inhibit a subject's ability to lie.<p>Some truth serums, like sodium thiopental, slow the speed at which …

Top 10 Mysteries of the Mind

1 of 12<p>Much of what we don't understand about being human is simply in our heads. The brain is a befuddling organ, as are the very questions of life …

Top 10

Why we 'see' Johnny Depp instead of his stunt double - Futurity

Our brain's ability to recognize faces in changing environments helps us survive—and also explains why we don't notice stunt doubles in movies.

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The Brilliant Ten: Jonathan Viventi Builds Devices That Decode Thoughts

His brain implants could one day halt epileptic episodes and allow amputees to control prostheses with their minds.<p>Jonathan Viventi spent his early 20s engineering wireless technologies for cellphones. These days, he’s applying the same skills to medicine. As a bioengineer at New York University’s …

How a Rare Vision Condition Helps One Artist See Colors Like Few Can

Concetta Antico of San Diego lives in a world only a small percentage of humanity can see -- she is a tetrachromat. Tetrachromats have a fourth, extra cone class for color vision and while normal people see one million colors, Ms. Antico and a small handful of other women like her identified …