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Written By: grant on December 17, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily reveals that two kinds of phthalates – chemicals found in ordinary stuff like dryer sheets, soap, lipstick and vinyl fabrics – can drop IQ points off developing babies:

Since 2009, several phthalates have been banned from children’s toys and other childcare articles in the United States. However, no steps have been taken […]

Written By: grant on December 12, 2014 No Comment

New Scientist reveals how menthol – something originally added to cigarettes to soothe smokers’ throats – actually makes cigarettes more ‘cigarette-y’:

People who smoke menthol cigarettes often smoke more frequently and can be less likely to quit – and it could be because fresh-tasting menthol is changing their brains to more sensitive to nicotine.

How menthol […]

Written By: grant on December 3, 2014 No Comment

Science News breaks some scary news to the fungus-phobic and those of us living in old buildings or moist climates. Researchers at CUNY have discovered exactly *how* household mold is bad for your brain:

Cheryl Harding, a psychologist at the City University of New York, and colleagues dripped low doses of spores from the toxic […]

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Written By: grant on November 21, 2014 No Comment

NPR goes, ahem, under the covers to trace the brain chemistry of sleep:

“One of the most profound effects of a night of sleep is the improvement in our ability to remember things,” says Ravi Allada, a sleep researcher at Northwestern University. Yet this connection hasn’t been well-understood, he says.

That’s changing, thanks to recent […]

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Written By: grant on November 19, 2014 No Comment

CBC has more on a study that finds kids adopted from China in infancy still have native speakers’ brain responses to spoken Chinese – even if they can’t understand it:

Brain scans show that children adopted from China as babies into families that don’t speak Chinese still unconsciously recognize Chinese sounds as language more […]

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Written By: grant on November 12, 2014 No Comment

Nature takes a second look at the neurology of feeling a presence right next to you:

Some people with relatively rare types of brain injury also experience this ‘feeling of a presence’. A study involving a dozen such patients, published today in Current Biology, suggests that the eerie feeling may arise when a person’s brain […]

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Written By: grant on October 30, 2014 No Comment

Laboratory Equipment discusses research that’s found a low-carb, high-fat diet reduces seizures in hard-to-treat epilepsy:

“We need new treatments for the 35 percent of people with epilepsy whose seizures are not stopped by medications,” said study author Pavel Klein, of the Mid-Atlantic Epilepsy and Sleep Center, and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. […]

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Written By: grant on October 28, 2014 No Comment

Science Daily has some cheerful news from Columbia University Medical Center neuroscience researchers, who’ve found that cocoa fights age-related memory decline:

Previous work, including by the laboratory of senior author Scott A. Small, MD, had shown that changes in a specific part of the brain — the dentate gyrus — are associated with age-related […]

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Written By: grant on October 23, 2014 No Comment

SONG: “Forget.” [Download]

ARTIST: grant.

SOURCE: Based on “Manipulating memory with light: Scientists erase specific memories in mice“, Science Daily, 9 October 2014, as used in the post “We can un-remember for you, wholesale. (With light.)”

ABSTRACT: It’s oblivion season here at the Guild, I guess. Happens […]

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