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Your Internal Clock

Circadian Rhythms– It’s a fancy name for our body’s internal clock. And like it not, they dictate so much of what we do and how we feel. D News looks at why we have them and how they work.

The Real Walking Dead

There are people who are alive, but who are convinced they are dead. It’s called Cotard Syndrome and it’s one of the most bizarre and intriguing disorders we’ve ever heard of. DNews details what’s going on inside these people’s heads.

Babies in Deep Thought?

Scientists from the national research agency in France have found that infants as young as five months old may show signs of conscious thought. The neuroscientists attached¬†electrodes to the infants’ heads to measure changes in electrical brain activity called event related potentials, or ERP. Critics are skeptical and claim the scientists are misinterpreting the results.

The See-Through Brain

Scientists have come up with a way to make whole brains transparent, so they can be labelled with molecular markers and imaged using a light microscope. The technique, called CLARITY, enables its creators to produce the detailed 3D visualizations you see in this video. It works in mouse brains and human brains. Here, the team uses it to look into the brain of a 7-year-old boy who had autism.

Science of Porn Addiction

It’s the number one topic for internet searches, but do we ever consider how pornography can actually rewire our brains and affect whether we enjoy real sex? Discover the hard science behind the ‘porn epidemic’ – the internet’s drug of choice. H/T AsapSCIENCE

The Science of Love

What happens to our bodies chemically when we fall in love? Turns out our brains start to resemble those of cocaine users. At least, similar chemical compounds are released that stimulate our pleasure centers, while minimizing pain and fear. Other chemical changes follow, spelled out in this episode of AsapSCIENCE.

Brain Tricks

Yesterday, we took a look inside the brain. Today, asapSCIENCE delves into the world of illusions, and how the brain can be tricked, leading to judgmental conclusions that are all wet.

Inside the Human Brain

The brain guides our lives, yet we understand so little about how it works. We are learning more about the brain by using new technology to monitor epilepsy patients during surgery. In a short animated talk, Moran Cerf explains how doctors are getting inside the brain to explore further. H/T TEDEducation

Scientific Power of Thought

Want to become a better musician or mathematician? What about improving the legibility of your handwriting? Practice makes perfect, but you can get a jump-start simply by imagining what you want and exercising a little brainpower.

Snooze, You’ll Remember More

Scientists at Northwestern University have discovered that slow-wave sleep, often referred to as deep sleep, can serve to boost our memory and improve our learning powers. Now, neuroscientist Ken Paller and his team are studying the connection between memory and sleep, and the possibilities of boosting memory storage while you snooze.

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