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Harvard Study Shows Smoking Marijuana Improves Cognitive Function | Inc.com

<i>Editor's note: This column has been updated to provide attribution to original sources.</i><p>Preliminary evidence from a new study led by Harvard Medical School Affiliate McLean Hospital's Staci Gruber, PhD, suggests that medical marijuana (MMJ) may not impair, and in many cases, may actually improve …

Cannabis

Human enzyme may be key to unraveling Alzheimer's disease

Protein aggregates are the hallmark of a number of neurodegenerative diseases. New research, published in the journal <i>PLOS Biology</i>, examines a human …

Yes, Women's Brains Are Different from Men's Brains | Inc.com

A team of 18 researchers at the University of Edinburgh recently scanned the brains of 5,000 men and women between the age of 40 and 70. They discovered that there are significant differences between men and women in the size and density of different parts of their brains.<p>As science writer Jesse …

The Brain

Empty Space Isn't Empty, And Quantum Researchers Now Have Direct Evidence

If there's one thing you need to know about the quantum world, it's that things aren't what you expect them to be. Nothing, for example. In classical …

Interval training exercise could be a fountain of youth

<b>(CNN) —</b> Looking for a fountain of youth? You may need to search no further than your sneakers.<p>Exercise, particularly high-intensity interval training, encourages your cells to make more proteins to feed their energy-producing machinery -- and this arrests the aging process, according to a new study …

Exercise

Neuroscientists Claim Mind-Reading Technology Could Soon Be Reality

'We need to start deciding how and why we might want to use it.'<p>Mind-reading has traditionally been the preserve of psychics and science fiction …

Milky Way is not only being pulled—it’s also “pushed” by a void

Its repulsive "force" is as significant as the attractive one.<p>You may not notice it, but our Milky Way galaxy is cruising along at 630 kilometers …

Galaxies

This Powerful Leg Exercise Will Sculpt and Tone With No Equipment

Get ready to work the hips and glutes with this simple at-home move, all while getting your heart rate up for some cardio. Let's do this!<p>Here's how to do the lateral shuffle with a touch — it'll work your hip flexors, quads, calves, hamstrings, glutes, AND your abs!<p>Keeping a tight core and a soft …

Reality Is Not What We Can See

Some physicists, mind you, not many of them, are physicist-poets.<p>They see the world or, more adequately, physical reality, as a lyrical narrative written in some hidden code that the human mind can decipher.<p>Carlo Rovelli, the Italian physicist and author, is one of them. Following his best-seller</i> …

Quantum Mechanics

Custom High-Speed Camera Films 'Sonic Boom' of Light for the First Time

Scientists have finally filmed what’s known as a “sonic boom” being created by light. But the breakthrough with the most immediate potential may be …

Researchers Say They've Figured Out What Makes People Reject Science, And It's Not Ignorance

Why some people believe Earth is flat.<p>A lot happened in 2016, but one of the biggest cultural shifts was the rise of fake news - where claims with no …

Peer-Reviewed

Suspected US drone strikes kill three al-Qaida suspects in Yemen, officials say

First strikes under President Trump reported by Yemeni officials Use of unmanned aircraft for strikes increased dramatically under Obama<p>Suspected US drone strikes have killed three alleged al-Qaida operatives in Yemen’s south-western Bayda province, security and tribal officials said, the first …

Middle East

Orgasms activate a powerful type of unconscious learning

The experience of an orgasm can act as a Pavlovian reward that influences our future behavior, according to a review article published in the journal</i> …

Psychology

Stopping Regular Exercise for Just 10 days Shows Decline in Neural Blood Flow and Brain Health

One persistent question has echoed for decades in regards to exercise: how much? Current government guidelines suggest either 150 minutes of moderate …

Alzheimer's Linked Protein Can Be Removed From Brain Without Hindering Memory and Learning

<i>Summary: Researchers report mice can retain their memories and ability to learn when almost all ApoE is removed from the brain but kept present in</i> …

THIS FRUIT WILL CURE INSOMNIA AND BOOST BRAIN FUNCTION IN MINUTES!!!

Have you ever heard of the quenepa fruit, also known as the Spanish lime? Yes, neither have we, but today we’re presenting the fruit and its …

Has a software bug really called decades of brain imaging research into question?

Since its inception in 1990, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) has revolutionised the way we think about the brain. In association with other techniques, it provides invaluable clues to understand brain disorders, like psychosis or dementia. At its heart, fMRI is a medical imaging …

The Brain

This Is the Last Thing the Rosetta Spacecraft Saw Before It Died

At 6:39 am EDT today, a spacecraft weighing over 2,000 kilograms (4,400 pounds) with a wingspan half that of a Boeing 747 crashed gently into a …

How To Reshape Your Brain and Improve Your Life in Just 5 Minutes a Day

<b>Everyone from Google to the NFL is using this practice, and you should too.</b><p><i>How do you typically start your morning?</i><p>For many of us, starting off on "the right side of the bed" involves almost immediately checking a smartphone or email, and then diving headfirst into a day of hyper-connectedness and …

Gamers beat scientists to making a protein discovery

It's no great shock to see citizen scientists make discoveries that professionals miss, but making it through a video game? That's different. Gamers playing <i>Foldit</i>, a puzzle title that has teams trying to fold the best protein, have identified the shape of a protein before scientists (including two …

Mind-blowing music: Tinie Tempah's brain scan

What really happens to our brains when we hear music? For rapper Tinie Tempah, writing music is about capturing ‘a feeling’; for scientists, it can reveal the mysteries of the mind. So what happened when Tinie agreed to let some scan his brain ‘on music’?<p>‘Can science get us to a point where there’s …

Flute

Ask Ethan: How Do We Know The Universe Is 13.8 Billion Years Old?

You’ve heard the story before: the Universe began with the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago, and formed atoms, stars, galaxies, and eventually planets with the right ingredients for life. Looking at distant locations in the Universe is also looking back in time, and somehow, through the power of …

Princeton University

One of the fastest growing fields in science still makes a lot of people very uncomfortable

Think of someone whose political ideology leads them to ignore and groundlessly reject science. Typically, this often describes those on the right of the political spectrum, where climate change, women’s reproductive health, and even evolution are routinely dismissed. But a massive and fast growing …

Genetics

Could Brain Training Prevent Dementia?

It’s been a lousy couple of years for researchers who study the effects of computerized brain training. In October of 2014 a group of more than seventy academics published what they called a consensus statement, asserting that playing brain games had been shown to improve little more than the …

The Brain

Scientists Found Even More of These Crazy-Looking Peacock Spiders

Most people wouldn’t describe spiders as “beautiful.” But have you ever seen a peacock spider? Scientists just found seven new species of these …

Neuroscientists and Philosophers Debate Reality and Sensory Perception

You <b>might not think</b> there’d be much <b>overlap</b> between <b>neuroscience</b> and <b>philosophy</b>, but that’s not what philosopher <b>Alva Noë</b> sees. Where philosophers have …

Neurology

A Criticism Of Brain Training – And An Answer To It

An interesting paper came across my radar week – “Placebo effects in cognitive training” published in PNAS (with a paywall, unfortunately). In this …

The Brain

Comprehensive map of primate brain development published in Nature - Scienmag: Latest Science and Health News

Researchers at the Allen Institute for Brain Science have published an in-depth analysis of a comprehensive molecular atlas of brain development in …

Best Memory Pills of 2018 - Expert Reviewed

Memory pills referrers to a class of drugs and supplements meant to treat* memory problems and enhance* mental performance. These drugs are sought …