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Sleep Keeps Our Brains Young

A new study using brain imaging has discovered that burning the candle at both ends could send us into premature aging.

Brain shrinkage is a normal part of the aging process but the study, which was led by Dr. June Lo, a researcher with Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore, indicated that these changes were exacerbated with...
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Science confirms another "Master of the Key" Prediction

Even the most outlandish Master of the Key predictions seem to come true, including one of the most peculiar - that computer memory can be stored in a gas - which now has powerful new scientific support.

The intriguing discovery was made by a team of physicists at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), whose quest...
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Coffee May Aid Memory and Prevent Depression

For some, it’s the tradition of steeping tealeaves to brew the perfect cup of tea. For others, it’s the morning shuffle to a coffee maker for a hot jolt of java. Then there are those who like their wake up with the kind of snap and a fizz usually found in a carbonated beverage.
Regardless of the routine, the consumption of...
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Your Stress Response can become a Genetic Legacy

Scientists are discovering that chronic stress can alter gene expression, and consequently "stress", or our body's response to it, can be passed down through generations as an unwanted legacy from our predecessors.
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New Brain Discovery May Enable Abduction Proof

Archeologists usually investigate ancient sites, but what if neurologists could dig into the brain's past and uncover the history of past experiences? Recent brain studies have revealed that spontaneous waves of neuronal activity in the brain bear the imprints of earlier events for at least 24 hours after the experience has taken place. This...
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Herpes Hinders Memory

If you've contracted Herpes, will your memory fly away? The virus that causes cold sores, along with other viral or bacterial infections, may be associated with cognitive problems.

A new study found that people who have had higher levels of infection in their blood (measured by antibody levels), meaning they had been exposed over the...
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Daydreaming About Peace

Lots of us daydream about how different the world would be if the 9/11 attacks had never happened (or maybe only happened in a parallel universe). Is daydreaming a sign of intelligence or...
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Turn Memory On With the Flip of a Switch

Scientists have learned how to turn memories on and off with the flip of a switch. And while most of us, as we get older, want to remember more (for instance, people's names), some people want to FORGET some of the traumatic events they've witnessed...
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Memory May be Genetic

We know that we inherit genes from our ancestors, but can we inherit their memories? This happens among animals and insects: Birds are born with their migration patterns within them and the Monarch butterfly,...
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Eating Too Much Causes Memory Loss

Can't remember where you put your keys? (How about your Key!) Are you more forgetful than you used to be? It could be because you're EATING TOO MUCH.

New research suggests that consuming between 2,100 and 6,000 calories per day may double the risk of memory loss among...
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How to Get a Better Memory

Ever gone to the movies and forgotten where you parked the car? New research may one day help you improve your memory.

Neuroscientists have demonstrated that they can strengthen memory in patients by stimulating a critical junction in the brain. The finding could lead to a new method for boosting memory in patients with early...
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Should a Nonsmoker Wear a Patch?

In the future, we may all be wearing nicotine patches, even though we are NOT trying to quit smoking, because using a nicotine patch may help improve mild memory loss in older adults.
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How to Remember (and Forget)

Do depressed people make better political candidates because they remember more history (and are thus not doomed to repeat it)? Sad people have another political advantage: they are better than happy people at...
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We Can Now Retrieve Early (UFO?) Memories

Some people want to forget, but others want to remember, and researchers are trying to find a way for us to retrieve memories that have been...
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Memory Problems?

Spray them away! - What will YOU remember in the future, maybe in your next life? Here's something all students (especially) should know: A molecule from the body's immune system (interleukin-6) when sprayed into the nose helps the brain cement your memories during REM sleep (so don't pull an all-nighter!)


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...All Over Again

An 80-year-old Polish former engineer had a permanent sense of d

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People Who Doodle REMEMBER MORE

Ever wonder why you doodle while in class or in a meeting? Scientists have learned that it helps you remember what you're hearing even though?to everyone else?it may look like you're daydreaming. It turns out that doodlers perform 29% better on memory tests than non-doodlers.

BBC News quotes researcher Jackie Andrade as saying, "If...

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How to Remember

Scientists learn more about our memories every day?how to make them better as well as how to intentionally make them worse. And to keep your memory sharp, drink coffee!

Do you remember the seventh song that played on your radio on the way to work yesterday? Most of us don't, thanks to a normal forgetting process that is constantly...

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Memory Breakthrough Discovered by Accident

Is your memory not as good as it used to be? You may soon be able to remember things you have long forgotten. This is based on a discovery that was made by researchers who were trying to suppress a fat man's appetite!

In the January 30th edition of the Independent, Jeremy Laurance writes, "Scientists performing experimental brain surgery...

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Chimps Beat Us Again

Scientists have always assumed that humans have better memories than our close cousins the chimpanzees, but in a recent contest, the chimps won! Now they've won again?in a contest with a British memory champion who is able to memorize the order of a shuffled pack of cards in less than 30 seconds. Want to remember something YOU'VE just studied?...

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Chimps Win!

Scientists have always assumed that humans have better memories than our close cousins the chimpanzees, but in a recent contest, the chimps won!

BBC News quotes Japanese researcher Tetsuro Matsuzawa as saying, "Here we show for the first time that young chimpanzees have an extraordinary working memory capability for numerical...

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How to Forget

Most of us are searching for ways to remember but some people want to find a way to forget. Painful, emotional memories that people would most like to forget may be the toughest to leave behind, especially when memories are created through visual cues--things you SEE.
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Memory: A Simple Solution

There's a reason why it's harder to remember things than it used to be: you've got TOO MANY memories stuffed into your brain! But there's an easy trick to use when you want to remember something: it has to do with moving your eyes.

New research explains why people who are able to easily and accurately recall historical dates or long-ago...

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Your Memory Can be Erased

For years, people who have had close encounters and those who remember being abducted have reported memory erasure so total that it is called "missing time." Now State University of New York scientists have discovered a way of erasing memory that makes your brain as clean as a wiped hard drive. reports that scientists...

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That Spooky Feeling?

Most of us have had feelings of d

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Want to Remember? Go to Sleep?

Want to retrieve elusive memories?maybe remember what happened during "missing time?" The best way to do this is to get a good night's sleep. If the brain has time to "digest" the memories laid down during the day, they will be easier to remember later.

When researchers from the University of Chicago asked volunteers to remember simple...

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The Memory Man

Andi Bell, of the U.K., is the 2002 world memory champion. He can memorize the order of 10 shuffled packs of playing cards?520 cards in all?in only 20 minutes. Those of us who can't remember where we left our car keys have a lot to learn from him.

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When Words Get in the Way

In You Can Be Blind & Not Know It, we reported that people see much less than they realize, which is a problem when police take eyewitness statements. Now research reveals that people's memories of a criminal's face are much poorer among eyewitnesses who described what the perpetrator looked like shortly after seeing him, compared with...

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How Amazing Memories are Made

In pre-literate times, civilizations kept records of their legends and knowledge orally?without ever writing themdown. Yet the same words were passed from one generation to another with an accuracy that seems impossible to us today. Did our early ancestors have differently-structured brains or did they develop special memory techniques?

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