Even "Casual" Marijuana Use Can Knacker Bits of Your Brain

The latest bit of research into smoking things bought off men in car parks and betting shops is in, with medics suggesting that even a once or twice a week dope habit can cause "abnormalities" in memory abilities. Read More >>

Psychedelic Happy Drugs in "May Beat Depression" Shock

Some scientists have been mucking about with the brains of depressed people, merrily feeding them notorious animal tranquilliser and mind-bending floaty/paralysis party drug ketamine to see what happens. Rather unsurprisingly, they felt a bit better about themselves after emerging from their medically induced k-holes. Read More >>

Some Men Really are as Stupid as They Look

Researchers have found that it's possible to guesstimate how clever or stupid a man may be by looking at his face, with a fairly strong correlation existing between how intelligent a man appears to be and his actual brain power. But the same doesn't work for the more mysterious faces of the ladies. Read More >>

Brain-Buzzing Thinking Cap Can Make You Smarter or Dumber

People have been working on the concept of an electronic cap to supercharge your brain's learning ability for a while. But the one you see here, devised by a Vanderbilt team, has a funny (and potentially very abusable) trick: flip a switch, and it makes you more prone to mistakes and confusion. Read More >>

Jet Lag Pill Could Correct a Wonky Body Clock After a Night Shift Down the Disco

Researchers looking into how certain hormones work inside the brain have come up with the concept of a jet lag treatment, one that could reset the body's internal clock by performing a factory reset of our natural rhythms by suppressing an enzyme that effects the brain. Read More >>

Sleep Loss Leads to Brain Damage in Mice (and Maybe Therefore People)

Some poor little lab mice were rudely awakened during the night by researchers, who were looking into the ways missing out on sleep can effect the brain. The shock-horror result was the death of 25 per cent of some types of brain cells in the poor, tired mice. Read More >>

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Train Your Brain to Get Smarter, Faster

Though we can't all hope to match Sherlock Holmes' preternatural deduction abilities and knack for witty repartee, with a little practice you can build a Mind Palace just as lavish as the famed detective's. Here's how you can improve your memory and reasoning skills in your free time. Read More >>

Your Brain Forgets Stuff Carefully and on Purpose

While you might sometimes find it annoying that you can't remember faces, names and details, forgetting is an important part of the brain if we're not to become cognitively overwhelmed. And, it turns out, the brain takes a very controlled approach to how it goes about it. Read More >>

Inside the Teenage Brain

The teenage brain can be a very strange place indeed—for the owner and anyone around it. This video peers inside the adolescent skull to explain exactly why that's the case. Read More >>

What is the Resolution of the Human Eye?

The new iPhone camera is eight megapixels. Meanwhile, Canon is reportedly testing a new DSLR with 75 megapixels. But how many megapixels is the human eye? That is, how many megapixels would an image the size of your field of vision need to be to look normal? Read More >>

New Test Predicts Alzheimer's at Least Three Years in Advance

The researchers report their new test in Nature Medicine, explaining that it identifies 10 chemicals in the blood which are associated with the disease. While tests already exist to diagnose the condition, this is the first to predict its onset. Read More >>

A Crash Course in Psychology

The brain is a wonderful yet incredibly complicated thing that scientists are still seeking to fully understand. This short video provides a whistlestop tour of the current state of psychology—the study of our complex mental functions and behaviours. Read More >>

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The Images in This Video Can Screw Up Your Brain and Vision

I squinted my eyes and covered the screen watching this video by Tom Scott because I don't want to have coloured vertical and horizontal lines ingrained in my vision. So I suggest you do the same and look away. No, seriously. Don't look too long or you're going to start seeing stuff that's not actually there. Read More >>

How Science is Helping Us Understand Paedophilia

There is no good or pleasant way to broach the subject of paedophilia. But while we find the subject abhorrent, scientists are working hard to try and understand what happens in the minds of those who are attracted to children. Read More >>

Two Espressos Enhance Your Long-Term Memory

Many of us would he hard-pressed to function without our morning coffee, but now there's compelling evidence that it could help enhance your long-term memory. Read More >>

Scientists Find a Marijuana Blocking Compound Made by Your Brain

Marijuana may make you feel nice, but according to new research, your brain may not want to go along for the ride: turns out, when your brain senses THC, it produces a hormone that counteracts the drug's effect. Buzzkill. Read More >>


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