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Researchers Test Real ‘Thinking Cap’

Posted March 24th, 2014 at 7:22 pm (UTC+0)
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Teachers often urge their students to  put on their “thinking caps” as a way of encouraging serious thought. However, a real thinking cap could someday become a reality. New research shows it’s possible to control the ability to learn by applying mild electrical current to the brain. Writing in the Journal of Neuroscience, the Vanderbilt […]

Survey Reveals American’s Attitudes About Science and Technology

Posted February 14th, 2014 at 9:27 pm (UTC+0)
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Americans like scientists.  They’re really interested in learning all about the latest scientific breakthroughs too.  But, unfortunately, it appears that a number of them can also use some tutoring to learn and better understand science. This bit of insight into the American public’s perception and understanding of science was determined by a survey of more […]

Can Power of the Mind Control Chronic Pain?

Posted February 5th, 2014 at 7:27 pm (UTC+0)
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Utah researchers say they’ve developed a technique that allows patients to use the power of their minds to help treat chronic pain. One in five people worldwide suffers from daily chronic pain, according to a 2004 report. A 2011 paper from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) showed that one in three U.S. adults is affected […]

New Canadian Study Analyzes Nightmares and Bad Dreams

Posted January 31st, 2014 at 8:43 pm (UTC+0)
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Waking up in the morning after having a bad dream at night might not be the best way to start the day, but, a terrifying nightmare can rock you awake from a sound sleep, leaving you scared and confused. A new study released by psychology researchers Geneviève Robert and Antonio Zadra at the University of […]

Have Researchers Debunked Idea of “Sixth Sense” ?

Posted January 15th, 2014 at 9:12 pm (UTC+0)
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There are people who claim to have a sixth sense or extrasensory perception (ESP), the ability to acquire or “see” information about the future through means other than normal human senses. Researchers at the University of Melbourne have looked into the matter and say their findings help debunk the belief that a sixth sense actually […]

Moving to the Beat Could Improve Your Reading Skills

Posted September 17th, 2013 at 8:58 pm (UTC+0)
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People who’ve got rhythm might have an edge when it comes to language and reading skills. A new study in “The Journal of Neuroscience” shows the brains of people who can move to a musical beat react to speech on a more consistent basis than those who don’t, a finding that implies musical training could […]

Scientists Track Happiness with Cell Phones

Posted August 23rd, 2013 at 7:35 pm (UTC+0)
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Every day it seems that people are coming up with new and innovative ways to use mobile devices like cell phones and smartphones. Researchers at Princeton University are looking for new ways to measure a person’s sense of well-being with mobile devices. To gain a better understanding of how cellphones and other mobile device can […]

Warmer Climate Linked to Increased Human Violence

Posted August 2nd, 2013 at 7:45 pm (UTC+0)
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As global temperatures rise, so do our levels of hostility and violence, according to a new study. Scientists from the University of California, Berkeley and Princeton University  discovered a strong link between shifts in climate to human violence around the world.  The study found that even minor climate deviations, such as slight changes in normal […]

Humans’ Bat-Like Sonar Could Help the Blind

Posted May 21st, 2013 at 6:14 pm (UTC+0)
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Humans have built-in biological sonar similar to bats and dolphins that could lead to a better quality of life for blind people and the visually impaired. The international study suggests people have the ability to use echoes, or echolocation, a skill some animals  use to detect and find objects. Developing this ability could promote increased […]

Laughter Triggers Different Parts of Brain

Posted May 10th, 2013 at 6:33 pm (UTC+0)
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Laughter can be a valuable communications tool; it can indicate ridicule, humor, joy or maybe just a physical response to being tickled.  German scientists have found these different laugh responses are  handled by different networks in our brains, depending on the specific context of the laughter. The different patterns of brain connectivity brought on by […]

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