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Ten Percent of Your Brain – PsyFile

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Discovery Could Let Doctors Customize Brain’s Immune Response to Diseases – ScienceBlog.com

The University of Virginia neuroscience lab that discovered that the brain connects directly to the immune system now has found evidence that doctors could load up the brain with custom blends of immune cells to battle genetic disorders and neurodegenerative … Continue reading

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Meditation’s lasting power – ScienceBlog.com

Gains in the ability to sustain attention developed through intensive meditation training are maintained up to seven years later, according to a new study published in the Journal of Cognitive Enhancement. The study is based on the Shamatha Project, a major investigation of … Continue reading

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A new class of antibiotics to combat drug resistance – ScienceBlog.com

Researchers from the University of Illinois at Chicago and Nosopharm, a biotechnology company based in Lyon, France, are part of an international team reporting on the discovery of a new class of antibiotics. The antibiotic, first identified by Nosopharm, is … Continue reading

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Finding order in disorder demonstrates a new state of matter – ScienceBlog.com

Physicists have identified a new state of matter whose structural order operates by rules more aligned with quantum mechanics than standard thermodynamic theory. In a classical material called artificial spin ice, which in certain phases appears disordered, the material is … Continue reading

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How to tame your wandering mind

Amishi Jha studies how we pay attention: the process by which our brain decides what’s important out of the constant stream of information it receives. Both external distractions (like stress) and internal ones (like mind-wandering) diminish our attention’s power, Jha … Continue reading

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Research shows why we struggle to get good night’s sleep as we get older – ScienceBlog.com

Researchers, led by a University neurophysiologist, found that aging results in a significant reduction in sensitivity to light in the part of the brain that controls circadian rhythms, known as the suprachiasmatic nucleus (SCN). The breakthrough could help target treatments … Continue reading

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Seeing without eyes – the unexpected world of nonvisual photoreception

We’re used to thinking of our eyes detecting light as the foundation of our visual system. But what’s going on in other cells throughout the body that can detect light, too? Source: Seeing without eyes – the unexpected world of … Continue reading

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Why Do So Many Scientists Want to be Filmmakers?

For the past five years, Nautilus has asked scientists what they would be if they weren’t a scientist. I can now report what, above… Source: Why Do So Many Scientists Want to be Filmmakers?

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The Surprising Relativism of the Brain’s GPS – Nautilus

The first pieces of the brain’s “inner GPS” started coming to light in 1970. In the laboratories of University College London,… Source: The Surprising Relativism of the Brain’s GPS

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