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The Fixer's tour of secret Tokyo

Shinji Nohara knows Tokyo like no other. A lifelong local, he’s the ‘Tokyo Fixer’, the foodie who fed <i>fugu</i> (puffer fish) to Anthony Bourdain, who consults with some of the world’s best restaurants, and who regularly guides the great and the good around Tokyo’s lesser-known highlights. Best of all, …

Bridges of Paris: Pont Alexandre III, an Open-Air Museum

The Pont Alexandre III is Paris's most elegant, grandiose, and sumptuous bridge: one of the most beautiful river crossings in the world. It was built for the <i>Exposition Universelle</i> of 1900, an international world's fair that introduced talking films, escalators, Russian nesting dolls, wireless …

Neuroplasticity - the brain's ability to adapt - offers hope to those with debilitating diseases

Oscar winners Julianne Moore, who portrayed a woman battling early-onset Alzheimer's disease, and Eddie Redmayne, who played Stephen Hawking, a theoretical physicist with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), have helped shine a light on debilitating brain diseases that affect millions of people …

Botswana: the rewards of self-drive safaris

Botswana may have a reputation as the most exclusive safari destination in Africa, but it does offer an incredibly tempting alternative to the fly-in, upmarket-tented-camp experience: the more budget-friendly self-drive safari.<p>Botswana is made for road (and road-less) trips – it is big-sky country, …

How the Brain Keeps Time

<b>Study reveals neuron-firing patterns that underlie time measurement.</b><p>Keeping track of time is critical for many tasks, such as playing the piano, …

Pass the Salt: Identifying Brain Changes That Drive Pregnancy Cravings

<b>Researchers at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon discover that fruit flies share the human craving for salt during pregnancy and shed</b> …

Pinpointing The Precise Moment Our Brains Convert Speech Sounds to Meaning

<b>Researchers from Trinity College Dublin have identified the precise moment our brains convert speech sounds into meaning. They have, for the first</b> …

This brain region manages your daily routine - Futurity

Take a shower, drink coffee, find the keys: Researchers report evidence that a specific area of the brain keeps us on task through everyday sequences.

Why Men and Women Experience Negative Emotions Differently

<b>Women react differently to negative images compared to men, which may be explained by subtle differences in brain function. This neurobiological</b> …

7 Hobbies Science Says Will Make Your Brain Works Smarter And Faster

All parts of our body age. And our brain does too. We’ve all witnessed the natural deterioration of brain functions in older relatives. …

A New Way to Target Neurons Affected by Parkinson's Disease

<b>New technique negotiates neuron jungle to target source of Parkinson’s disease.</b><p>Researchers believe they have found a potential new way to target …

Increased Activity in Hippocampal Area Could Point to New Treatments for Age Related Memory Loss

<b>Neurons are hyperactive and fire more in newly studied area of hippocampus.</b><p>Northwestern Medicine scientists have examined activity in a …

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Neuroscience backs up the Buddhist belief that “the self” isn’t constant, but ever-changing

While you may not remember life as a toddler, you most likely believe that your selfhood then—your essential being—was intrinsically the same as it is today.<p>Buddhists, though, suggest that this is just an illusion—a philosophy that’s increasingly supported by scientific research.<p>“Buddhists argue …

Consciousness

How your brain decides blame and punishment, and how it can be changed

Juries in criminal cases typically decide if someone is guilty, then a judge determines a suitable level of punishment. New research confirms that …

Neuroscience

Paralyzed Man Can 'Feel' Again with Brain-Connected Prosthetic Hand

A prosthetic hand that is connected directly to the brain successfully enabled a paralyzed man to "feel" again, according to researchers at the …

The Brain

Why Mindfulness Is Overrated

Mindfulness has its upsides, but the human brain isn’t wired to be so attentive all the time.<p>The shower might be the most creative place on Earth. Every day, people stop mid-rinse, struck by a sudden burst of creativity. Yet the idea of “aha!” moments stands in stark contrast to the current …

Girls and boys with autism differ in behavior, brain structure

Girls with autism display less repetitive and restricted behavior than boys do, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School …

Scientists explain underlying cause of unhealthy brain aging

Doctors commonly recommend patients increase their intake of calcium as a means of combating osteoporosis for aging bones.<p>But calcium also plays an …

Higher Levels of Fitness Linked to Executive Function and Brain Activity in Older Adults

<b>The aging process is associated with declines in brain function, including memory and how fast our brain processes information, yet previous research</b> …

The Brain

Dynamically Tweaking Neurons

<b>Researchers from the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology (MRC CDN) at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience (IoPPN), King’s</b> …

Cognitive consequences of sleep and sleep loss.

2008 Sep;9 Suppl 1:S29-34. doi: 10.1016/S1389-9457(08)70014-5.<p>1Sleep and Neuroimaging Laboratory, Department of Psychology, University of California, …

Why is CrossFit the only thing that motivates me to exercise?

About three years ago I got so sick that I was worried there was something really wrong with me.<p>I got the flu, and it morphed into pneumonia. For ten …

Human Transmission of Alzheimer's Protein May Have Occurred as Result of Medical Procedures

<b>Amyloid beta pathology in the grey matter and blood vessel walls characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and the related cerebral amyloid</b> …

Dementia

Mindfulness May Make Memories Less Accurate

<b>Mindfulness meditation is associated with all sorts of benefits to mental and physical well-being, but a new study suggests that it may also come</b> …

Have These Divers Found the World's Deepest Underwater Cave?

Polish diver describes dangers and allure of extreme cave diving.<p>Explorers in the Czech Republic may soon announce a new record for the world’s deepest underwater cave. Since July a team of cave divers from Poland has been probing the contours of Hranická Propast, located in eastern Czech Republic, …