health
Knitting is Better for Your Brain Than Brain Games

Researchers looking down people's ears and examining the health of their brains have decided there's no real benefit in playing "brain games" and forcing yourself to endure endless rounds of Sudoku. Read More >>

music
Digital Headwear Could Control Phones by Thought

A hat with modern magical sensors in it could be the future of smartphone interaction, as its inventor claims it could one day be used to switch playlists on the fly by you just thinking about listening to Kids in America. Read More >>

science
Scientists Are Now Using AI to Predict Autism in Infants

Despite all the headway that science has made in understanding autism in recent years, knowing which children will one day develop autism is still almost impossible to predict. Children diagnosed with autism appear to behave normally until around two, and until then there is often no indication that anything is wrong. Read More >>

science
DARPA Wants to Hack Your Brain to Make You Learn Faster

If the brain is just a bunch of wires and circuits, it stands to reason that those components can simply be re-wired in order to create a better, smarter us. At least, that’s the theory behind a new project from the military’s secretive DARPA research branch announced on Wednesday, which aims to enhance human cognitive ability by activating what’s known as “synaptic plasticity.” Read More >>

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Scientists ‘Reprogram’ Brain Cells As Promising New Parkinson’s Treatment

An encouraging new study into Parkinson's has successfully converted brain cells to replace the ones lost in the disease. Read More >>

health
A Brain-Invading Parasite Is Believed to Be Spreading Because of Climate Change

Health officials in Hawaii have been warning residents not to touch snails or slugs with their bare hands because of an increase in cases of people coming into contact with a rare parasitic infection known as a rat lungworm. Experts are blaming its sudden spread across the United States on climate change and globalisation. Read More >>

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Marmite Isolated as Potential Brain Enhancer

The brown yeast product that lunatics smear on toast has received a staggering PR boost today from academics at the University of York, who say eating a bit of Marmite each day was linked to positive changes in the brain that could turn consumers into more balanced individuals. Read More >>

VR
VR Could Spot Signs of Concussion in Footballers

The emerging worry that is brain injury possibly being caused by heading footballs is the latest target of developers in VR land, with a team of researchers suggesting that VR's sensors and tricking of the brain might be able to detect the early signs of concussion and could therefore save young brains from needless battering. Read More >>

science
US Military Successfully Uses Electrical Pulses to Enhance Staff’s Cognitive Ability

Scientists paid to work out how to make the US military even scarier have reported successful results for an experiment involving electrical pulses and human brains. They managed to use a method called transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) to enhance the cognitive ability of servicemen, improving their performance in high-pressure situations. Read More >>

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Scientists Think They’ve Solved the Mystery of Déjà Vu

We’ve all been there. “I swear we’ve had this conversation before,” is a line I’ve uttered on many occasions, sometimes when I’ve genuinely thought as much, at other times when I’ve just been desperate to change the subject. Read More >>

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Humans Have Big Brains Because We Are Good At Judging Others

Scientists have long wondered why humans often give without accepting anything in return, or why we tend to help unrelated strangers. Apparently, what others think means a lot to us as a species and that has contributed to the size of our big brains. Read More >>

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Texting Produces an Entirely New Kind of Brain Wave Pattern

A research team from the US has shown that text messaging changes the rhythm of brain wave patterns in a way that’s never seen before. The discovery shows that smartphones are literally altering the way our minds work. Read More >>

science
New Brain Map Shows Where Words Are Stored Inside Your Head

Researchers have created a new map of the human brain which shows where we organise words depending on their meaning—and it could help us read minds more accurately than ever. Read More >>

science
3D-Printed Gel Folds Almost Exactly Like a Real Baby Human Brain

Foetal brains begin to fold around the midpoint of the third trimester, but little is known about the actual process. A new model, in which a hunk of gel was made to swell in a liquid bath, shows how it happens in surprisingly accurate detail. Read More >>

animals
Why the Octopus Brain is So Extraordinary and Why it Makes Them So Special

Octopuses are easily one of my favourite animals in the ocean, because they have the intelligence to do things just like us. Things like the ability to use tools and solve puzzles. Plus they have legit superpowers that make them even cooler than us, since they can camouflage and have this really extraordinary brain and neuron system that allows their tentacles to think on their own. Read More >>