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I tried a brain-altering wearable that allows users to change their moods on demand

The ambiance of the luxury suite on the 14th floor of the Wynn Hotel is at once both sybaritic—the remains of a generous lunch are visible piled on a large tray as I enter the door—and clinical, with an array of wires, patches, electrodes in evidence scattered on tables and other flat surfaces. It …

The Brain

Discovery of Bowhead whale genes offer hope of extending human life

Genome for the world's longest-living mammal may hold key to 200-year lifespans<p>Scientists mapping the genome for the world's longest-living mammal, …

Cognitive Science

The Evolutionary Reason Why We Love Sitting By A Crackling Fire

Relaxing in front of a crackling fire (or at least the Netflix version) is one of the most enjoyable ways to spend a cold winter evening. And now scientists know why.<p>Watching a fire lowers blood pressure, according to new University of Alabama research. Our enjoyment of gazing at fire may be rooted …

LittleBits Introduces Do-It-Yourself Smart Home Kit for $249

LittleBits today introduced a new Smart Home Kit, which is designed to turn any household item into an Internet-connected smart device. Rather than buying various smart products, the Smart Home Kit encourages users to "reinvent" the things that they already own.<p>Using the tools in the kit, users …