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The brain may learn by building 11-dimensional "sandcastles"

We're all familiar with four dimensions – height, width, depth and time – but according to theoretical physics, the universe could be composed of as …

How Things Spread

NPR

A Look Inside The Brain In Real Time

A talk by Christopher DeCharms This is an amazing concept to see in action, a form of brain scanning technology which shows brain activity in real …

The Brain

Soft, synthetic retinas may offer a better implant solution

Scientists have been trying to replace retinas in otherwise healthy eyes to help people suffering from diseases like retinitis pigmentosa. Unfortunately, earlier efforts were only able to use rigid, hard materials, which are very different from the natural retina. A researcher at Oxford University, …

For half a century, neuroscientists thought they knew how memory worked. They were wrong

We rely on memory to pass exams and excel at trivia nights, but in fact the stakes are far higher than simply recalling facts, no matter how essential. Memory structures our identity; it’s the foundation of consciousness. Our past and current selves, emotions, and experiences, are linked together …

The Brain

Science Says Parents of Successful Kids Have These 13 Things in Common

How do you measure up?<p>Good parents want their kids to stay out of trouble, do well in school, and go on to do awesome things as adults.<p>And while …

Parenting

Why do your shoelaces keep coming untied? These scientists are on the case

You know the feeling: You knot and triple-knot your shoelaces and then you look down and those sorry fasteners are whipping about untied, just …

Scientists Discover a Hidden Network of 'Mini Brains' That Could Be Responsible For Pain

We might have been wrong about how our bodies feel pain.<p>Scientists have found evidence of a hidden network of 'mini brains' that could overhaul our …

Neuroscience

Scientists identify parts of brain involved in dreaming

Experts say findings are ‘astounding’ and could help understand the purpose of dreams and predict whether people are dreaming<p>Scientists have unpicked the regions of the brain involved in dreaming, in a study with significant implications for our understanding of the purpose of dreams and of …

The Brain

What Your Face, Smell, and Walk Say About Your Personality, According to Science

New research shows people are oddly good at guessing your personality, even from the smallest clues.<p>We've all heard that first impressions are incredibly hard to shake. Experts often say that's because of cognitive biases that make it hard for people to change their opinions once they've formed …

Psychology

The dark side of the brain: Too much emotional intelligence is a bad thing

A new study suggests that profound empathy may come at a price<p>Recognizing when a friend or colleague feels sad, angry or surprised is key to getting along with others. But a new study suggests that a knack for eavesdropping on feelings may sometimes come with an extra dose of stress. This and other …

Liquid storage of solar energy – more effective than ever before

Researchers at Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden have demonstrated efficient solar energy storage in a chemical liquid. The stored energy …

Not so grey matter! Brain scans are transformed into beautiful and sprawling works of neon art

Beautiful images of your brain reveal to scientists how you function<p>Phrenologists used to have a monopoly on brain scans: they'd feel around on a …

The Secret to Improving Your Memory (and Brain), According to Neuroscience

Are you pulling all-nighters to crank out work? Your plan may backfire. You may be jeopardizing brain growth and memory.<p>When we turn in for the night, our brains are getting ready to go to work. Sleep provides our brain the time it needs to restore and recalibrate, and prepare to store new …

Sleep

Research Again Finds That Talk Therapy Can Change The Brain

Shutterstock<p>In the ongoing search to find effective treatments for mental health disorders, recent years have brought some interesting findings. One of the latest is from a new study in <i>Translational Psychiatry</i>, which suggests that people who have cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) have measurable …

The Brain

From Psychedelics To Alzheimer's, 2016 Was A Good Year For Brain Science

With a president-elect who has publicly supported the debunked claim that vaccines cause autism, suggested that climate change is a hoax dreamed up by the Chinese, and appointed to his Cabinet a retired neurosurgeon who doesn't buy the theory of evolution, things might look grim for science.<p>Yet …

The Brain

Can Scientists Create an Algorithm to Differentiate Right From Wrong?

With the onset of a world filled with AI, it’s imperative that there are rules and regulations in place monitoring these bots and protecting us …

Hindu Traditions - 20 Amazing Scientific Reasons Behind It

What are the rituals and practices of Hinduism? What is the science behind Hindu traditions?<p>Hindus have a tradition of paying regards to Sun God …

Woman's fart starts fire during surgery, causing serious burns to her body

A patient's flatulence sparked a fire which caused her serious burns to her body, according to a university hospital in Japan.<p>Although the incident occurred on April 15 at the Tokyo Medical University Hospital in the Shinjuku Ward, news of the accident is just being reported after a report was …

Medicine

Scientists discover elixir of youth

Scientists in the US claim to have discovered a natural compound found in avocado, broccoli and cucumber that has “remarkable anti-ageing effects in …

For the first time, scientists capture electron movements inside a solar cell

Ever since J.J. Thompson's 1897 discovery of the electron, scientists have attempted to describe the subatomic particle's motion using a variety of …

Physics

You May Be Able To Train Your Brain To Be Fearless

A developing treatment called neurofeedback may help people suffering from anxiety and PTSD.<p>All your fears, stresses and anxieties have one thing in common. They are sensed by a pair of pea-sized patches of neurons, called the amygdala, sitting deep inside your brain. So what if you could control …

The Brain

Physicists Accelerate Particles to Nearly 100% the Speed of Light

Across the globe, there are more than 30,000 particle accelerators that are used for a variety of different uses. Some of these machines, such as one …

The Science Behind Bermuda's Pink Sand Beaches

Bermuda conjures up images of pristine beaches, crystal clear waters and fruity cocktails complete with a little umbrella. Maybe you even hear a few …

Beaches

Kidney Stones? Science Suggests Heading To The Amusement Park

When Dr. David D. Wartinger had a number of patients report they spontaneously passed kidney stones after riding the same roller coaster at Walt Disney World in Orlando, he decided to try to corroborate their accounts through a little science. With the help of a 3D printed model kidney and a …

Disneyland

Researchers find 'miracle cure' for baldness

A cure for baldness could be on the horizon after a new drug was found to restore hair growth in around four months.<p>The breakthrough offers hope to millions, specifically those people diagnosed with alopecia.<p>The autoimmune disease causes patchy and, in some cases, total hair loss.<br>But scientists …

Medicine

Do you live by the 'five-second rule'? Scientists just proved how gross it is

Imagine it's lunch. You are holding a fat slice of watermelon. It looks delicious. You move in for a bite. But something goes terribly wrong. The …