Put a powerful magnet against the side of your head and it can interfere with the neurons working underneath. The technique is being used to treat severe depression, but it can also produce some nifty party tricks. In this video, a magnet held to left side of New Scientist editor Roger Highfield's skull interrupts his ability to speak a nursery rhyme. But when Highfield sings the same rhyme, there's no effect. That's because the neurons that control speech and the neurons that control singing are in separate parts of the brain. The magnet disabled Highfield's speech centers, but left his ability to sing untouched.
In Violet magazine, writer Sasha Sagan, author of the must-read For Small Creatures Such As We, is interviewing a series of inspiring and diverse female scientists. First up is evolutionary biologist Dr. Michelle Trautwein, "curator of flies" at the California Academy of Sciences. followed by South African chemist/nanotechnologist Dr. Tebello Nyokong of Rhodes University, and… READ THE REST
Spatial memory is the cognitive process for remembering and recalling the location of objects in relation to yourself and other objects. Turns out, our spatial memory also evolved to more easily remember where chocolate brownies than cherry tomatoes. Makes sense to me. According to researchers at Wageningen University & Research, this is because our evolutionary… READ THE REST
Since the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine was founded in 1812, it has never endorsed a US presidential candidate. They didn't pick a candidate this election cycle either, but an essay by 34 of the magazine's editor is very clear that the current administration has got to go. The Trump administration, they wrote, has… READ THE REST
Scientists have found there's a danger just as impactful on your health as killers that everyone talks about like obesity or smoking. This one, though, is a lot more subtle. Researchers say that the threat posed by sitting for eight hours a day with little physical activity is just as harmful as some of the… READ THE REST
Your brain really is every bit the supercomputer that you think it is. Scientists found that over the course of your life, your modest human brain will hold up to 1 quadrillion pieces of information. You also have an average of 70,000 thoughts per day. Considering that, it's really no surprise that we can all… READ THE REST
Prime Day week is here, but before you start rifling through page after page of Amazon deals, you should know Amazon isn't the only fish in the sea. In fact, many companies are combating Amazon's Prime Day dominance with some fairly impressive sales of their own. That includes the Boing Boing Store and a full… READ THE REST