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A Man's Incomplete Brain Reveals Cerebellum's Role In Thought And Emotion

Since his birth 33 years ago, Jonathan Keleher has been living without a cerebellum, a structure that usually contains about half the brain's neurons.<p>This exceedingly rare condition has left Jonathan with a distinctive way of speaking and a walk that is slightly awkward. He also lacks the balance …

The Brain

Serotonin Map Of The Brain Could Help Scientists Create Better Antidepressants

An estimated 350 million people around the world, and 3.3 million American adults, suffer from depression.<p>In the U.S., 10 percent of adults (and as many as 25 percent of women in their 40s and 50s), are taking antidepressants, most of which operate by targeting serotonin receptors in the brain. …

Depression

Researchers use optogenetics to trigger REM sleep in mice

Getting enough of the right kind of sleep is crucial for keeping both body and mind healthy. Now a team of researchers at MIT has moved a step closer …

The Best DIY Projects Of 2014

From hacked beer cans to drivable fish tanks, these are the coolest, craziest projects of the year<p>Makers enjoyed a particularly fruitful year in 2014. They created projects ranging from the simple to the complex, the small to the large, and the useful to the bat$&*t crazy. In celebration of that …

Prototypes

What Scientists Learned From The World's Most Famous Amnesiac

Kent Cochrane, a man with one of the most studied brains in history, died this year at the age of 62, leaving scientists with a far greater understanding of the complex workings of the memory.<p>After a motorcycle accident in 1981, then 30-year-old Cochrane -- popularly known as "K.C." -- developed …

Enter the Matrix: The rise of brain-computer interfaces

Advertisement<p>0 Comments<p>Credit: Shutterstock / agsandrew<p>In 2012, a paralyzed woman with a 96-electrode sensor the size of a baby aspirin implanted …

This Infographic Shows You How to Delete Yourself from the Internet

Ready to erase your tracks and disappear online, once and for all? This infographic from Who Is Hosting This reveals the nine steps you need to take …

Beautiful 3-D Brain Scans Show Every Synapse | National Geographic

The Complete Guide to Solid-State Drives

Adding a solid-state drive (SSD) to your computer is simply the best upgrade at your disposal, capable of speeding up your computer in ways you …

Learn How to Build a Nuclear Fusor

Nuclear fusion is the process of squeezing two atoms together so tightly that their nuclei fuse, creating a heavier atom and releasing a blast of energy. Fusion creates the inferno inside the sun — and the hydrogen bomb — but no one has yet harnessed its enormous power for peaceful uses.<p>They’ve …

Top 10 Apps and Services That Are More Than Meets the Eye

Some apps do one thing, and they do it well. Others have a host of clever, hidden uses that you might have never thought of on your own. Here are our …

Apps

How Neuroscience Will Fight Five Age-Old Afflictions

Rewiring the brain to battle seizures, blindness, and more<p>1) SEIZURES<p><b>A device delivers targeted drugs to calm overactive neurons</b><p>For years, large clinical trials have treated people with epilepsy using so-called deep-brain stimulation: surgically implanted electrodes that can detect a seizure and …

Google is Going to Blackmail You

Worms regrow their decapitated heads, along with the memories inside

Some memories just won't die — and some can even be transferred to a whole new brain. Researchers at Tufts University have determined that a small, yellow worm known as a planarian, which has long been studied for its regenerative properties, is able to grow back a lot more than just its body …

Woojer Is A Wearable Audio Device That May Forever Change How You Experience Music, Film And Video Games

A new personal audio device called Woojer launched on Kickstarter this morning, promising users a new level of immersion by actually allowing them to “feel the sound.”<p>As a music junkie and gamer I was compelled to investigate, especially after reporting on ViviTouch’s haptic-based headphone …

Smartphone Pin revealed by camera and microphone

<b>The Pin for a smartphone can be revealed by its camera and microphone, researchers have warned.</b><p>Using a program called PIN Skimmer, a team from the University of Cambridge found that codes entered on a number-only soft keypad could be identified.<p>The software watches your face via the camera and …

Hung Up

Can Facebook Tell When Your Relationship Is Doomed?

Analyzing the structure of a social network can predict who a person's spouse is. And when the algorithm's wrong, that means the couple is likely to break up.<p>Give up now. Facebook knows everything. According to a new paper, the makeup of your Facebook network might even be able to tell you when …

Why The Lego-Style 'Phonebloks' Concept Will Fall Apart

The idea of a modular smartphone with individually swappable pieces is genius. Too bad it's impossible.<p>The Phonebloks concept, an idea for a block-based "modular" smartphone, is a borderline-brilliant, environmentally conscious, I-should've-thought-of-that victory of design. If you aren't familiar, …

BenQ W1500 | Gear Patrol

Hacking Wi-Fi Networks with Fern, Kali and a Raspberry Pi

Wouldn’t it be cool to be able to test wireless network security using your Raspberry Pi? Well, thanks to Kali Linux, you can! With Kali you can scan …

Learn to Translate IR Codes and Retransmit Using Arduino

[Dave Jones] from EEVBlog.com takes “Arduino fan boys” off the garden path getting down and dirty with different methods to capture, evaluate and …

Forget the Specs and Buy a Smartphone Based on the Experience

For many years, high-end smartphones were judged and critiqued based predominantly on their specs. It’s understandable, given that hardware leaps used to have such a noticeable impact on their performance. Each new release was faster and more powerful than the last.<p>So when Motorola finally revealed …

Skyfall Blu-ray

Bond, James Bond. Admit it; you read that with an accent. Was it Scottish? The upcoming Blu-ray release of Skyfall ($25) could cause you to …

Fully Automatic Electromagnetic Pulse Rifle Created (video)

If you thought Electromagnetic Pulse rifles were just science fiction and video games think again, as engineer Jason has created a DIY fully …

How Can I Improve My Short Attention Span?

Dear Lifehacker,<br>I find myself getting bored with even simple things. Sitting in a meeting or class, going to the movies and sitting in one place for …

NYU Builds Data-Sharing Network For Scientists–But Is It Legal?

By Taylor Beck10 minute Read<p>You pay for science. Your tax dollars fund the national agencies that finance research. Yet you can’t see most results of …

Obama Administration

Hacker's Tiny Spy Computers Aim To Track Targets Around Entire Neighborhoods And Cities

The National Security Agency, argues Brendan O’Connor, doesn’t have a monopoly on mass surveillance. In fact, he’s developed a cheap system of open-source spy boxes and mapping software that he says will let anyone “track everyone in a neighborhood, suburb, or city from the comfort of their …

Treat Side Projects Like Experiments

Taking on a new side project can be a little scary. After all, the chances of failure are pretty high, and dealing with failure is never fun. That …

The Science Behind How We Learn New Skills

Learning new skills is one of the best ways to make yourself both marketable and happy, but actually doing so isn't as easy as it sounds. The science …