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Job shortage adding to pressure for medical residents

Gone are the days when Émilie Desrosiers thought her career path was secure simply because she was accepted into medical school.<p>As she nears the end …

Employment

Brain training doesn’t make you smarter

Be very wary of those Lumosity commercials. Scientists doubt the claims of brain training companies<p>If you’ve spent more than about 5 minutes surfing the web, listening to the radio, or watching TV in the past few years, you will know that cognitive training—better known as “brain training”—is one …

Do dreams occur in slow motion?

When we dream, does time pass at a different pace? David Robson investigates.<p>When my alarm wakes me up, I’ll often hit the snooze button before returning to the warmth and safety of my duvet for another quick doze. But although what follows can seem like a short dream – perhaps a single …

Consciousness
Biology

Many Older Brains Have Plasticity, but in a Different Place

<b>Brain scientists have long believed that older people have less of the neural flexibility (plasticity) required to learn new things. A new study</b> …

The Brain

Humans have an 'emotional map' of nerves just for gentle touch

From the stroke of a mother's hand to the embrace of a lover, sensations of gentle touch activate a specialized set of nerves in humans.<p>The brain is …

Leonardo’s Brain: What a Posthumous Brain Scan Six Centuries Later Reveals about the Source of Da Vinci’s Creativity

One September day in 2008, <b>Leonard Shlain</b> found himself having trouble buttoning his shirt with his right hand. He was admitted into the emergency room, diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer, and given nine months to live. Shlain — a surgeon by training and a self-described “synthesizer by nature” …

18 Genius DIY Storage Solutions

Say goodbye to entryway chaos forever.<p>If your home is overwhelmed with clutter, it's time to bust out your tool set to wrangle your situation once and for all. These projects are designed to organize and streamline the messiest trouble spots in your house.

How Stress Changes The Brain

We tend to think of stress as an immediate problem: The boss hovering over our desks; the mad dash to the subway at the end of a long day. And in the short-term, stress makes us feel irritable, anxious, tense, distracted and forgetful. But that’s only part of the story.<p>Over time, elevated levels of …

The New Bird Flu Outbreak: Should You Worry?

Bird flu strain H5N8 has been identified on a duck farm in England and in chickens at a farm in the Netherlands. Should people be scared about a new …

The Science of Laughing Through the Tears

A new study shows that illogical reactions may help people regulate their emotions.<p>Oriana Aragón was watching Conan O’Brien’s late night show on TBS when she noticed something strange: The fashion model and actress Leslie Bibb—O’Brien’s guest for the evening—began describing “a thing where if …