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"Brain Training" Doesn't Work?

Lumosity “brain training” games have no beneficial effects on cognition, according to a paper just published in the Journal of Neuroscience. According to the authors, led by UPenn psychologist Joseph W. Kable, Lumosity “appears to have no benefits in healthy young adults above those of standard video games.” In the …

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DARPA Is Spending $65 Million to Meld Mind and Machine

(Credit: Shutterstock) The U.S. defense agency that specializes in “out-there” science and technology endeavors is on a quest to bridge the gap between brain and computer. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) recently awarded $65 million to six different teams that will begin developing neural implants that convert neural …

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Shape-shifters Once Ruled the Planet

An artist’s impression of rangeomorphs. (Credit: Jennifer Hoyal Cuthill) Before sharks and whales ruled the seas as the biggest bad boys (and girls) of the sea, there were rangeomorphs, a bizarre plant-looking-animal-type … thing. They roamed the seas of Earth around 540 million years ago, absorbing nutrients drifting in the …

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Chronotypes: Evolution Explains Night Owls and Early Birds

Two Hadza hunters returning from a hunt. A new study of chronotypes, or sleep and activity patterns, among the Tanzanian hunter-gatherers sheds light on the evolutionary advantages of staggered snoozing. (Credit Wikimedia Commons/Andreas Lederer) In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight… catchy song, even if it misrepresents …

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In a First, Photons are 'Teleported' from Earth to Space

A station used for receiving information from the satellite. (Credit: Xinhua/Jin Liwang) Chinese researchers have successfully transmitted quantum entangled particles from a station on earth to a satellite orbiting far overhead. The experiment is part of an ongoing effort by researchers using the Micius satellite to achieve long-distance quantum communication, …

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