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fMRI scan indicating increased brain activity associated with happiness after a 20-minute walk vs. 20 minutes sitting. Go outside! 

fMRI scan indicating increased brain activity associated with happiness after a 20-minute walk vs. 20 minutes sitting. Go outside!

Male and Female Brains Really Are Built Differently

The hemispheres of women's brains are more interconnected. Does that matter?<p>Ready your knowing smirk, because here comes a scientific gem that’s sure to enliven even the dullest of holiday parties.<p>By analyzing the MRIs of 949 people aged 8 to 22, scientists at the University of Pennsylvania found …

How the Brain Creates Personality: A New Theory

Are you a mover, a perceiver, a stimulator, or an adapter? Modes of thinking can be understood in terms of how the top and bottom—rather than right and left—parts of the brain interact.<p>It is possible to examine any object—including a brain—at different levels. Take the example of a building. If we …

Will we ever bring the dead back to life?

Understanding the processes governing death is helping experts try to halt and reverse it. It’s also challenging our ideas about the nature of death itself.<p>Zach Conrad died on a lovely Sunday afternoon in Philadelphia. It was 3 June 2012, and the 36-year-old financial analyst had decided to take a …

Medicine

The Myth of 'I'm Bad at Math'

Basic ability in the subject isn't the product of good genes, but hard work.<p>“I’m just not a math person.”<p>We hear it all the time. And we’ve had enough. Because we believe that the idea of “math people” is the most self-destructive idea in America today. The truth is, you probably <i>are</i> a math person, …

Why We Live 40 Years Longer Today Than We Did in 1880

The golden age of medicine—in one chart<p>The late 19th and early 20th centuries were a golden era of American health innovation. Breakthroughs like germ theory, antibiotics, and widespread vaccination, as well as major public-health advances in sanitation and regulation, neutralized many long-leading …

Scientists discover life after brain death

The brain may live on after what's long been considered brain death. New research from the University of Montreal finds that there's a deeper state of coma beyond what doctors have been considering to be the final line. Traditionally, when an EEG recording — a measurement of electrical activity …

How to Make Perfect Coffee

The science of what makes coffee great<p><i>Coffee has become recognized as a human necessity. It is no longer a luxury or an indulgence; it is a corollary of human energy and human efficiency.</i><p><i>-</i> William H. Ukers, <i>All About Coffee</i> (1922)<p>It was November 23, 2010. We were in Surf City, North Carolina, …

Simulating 1 second of real brain activity takes 40 minutes and 83K processors

A team of Japanese and German researchers have carried out the largest-ever simulation of neural activity in the human brain, and the numbers are …

Visualizing the Infinite Beauty Of Pi And Other Numbers

Thinking about the hugeness of mathematical numbers like pi can give you a headache, but visualising them can be a thing of beauty.<p>Math and art may appear, superficially, like two disparate fields, but they've been in conversation for millennia. One recent example of the synergistic possibilities …

Who’s afraid of the amygdala? Research blows away "fear center" myth

New revelations about your brain’s so-called “fear center” explain why it’s misleading to say “this part of the brain does x”. Maggie Koerth-Baker …

Consciousness is a Process

Last week my fellow Phenom Ed Yong wrote a post about what happens to consciousness when animals die. According to the research Ed described, a rat’s brain shows signs of consciousness for at least 30 seconds after its heart stops.<p>That study got a lot of buzz, understandably, because of what it …