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Monday: May 10, 2010

Scientist verifies that the human brain contains a master switch.Scientist verifies that the human brain contains a master switch.

Shin believes his discovery may be useful in understanding brain malfunctions such as autism, epilepsy and others. While researching brain function, Shin has previously shown that taking statin drugs to lower cholesterol may actually inhibit some brain function.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 1:52 PM | Tags (9) | brain | switch | sciencedaily | functions | malfunctions | autism | epilepsy | discovery | science |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 27 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: March 17, 2010

The great big red spot over on Jupiter has brand new glow about it.The great big red spot over on Jupiter has brand new glow about it.

Turns out that great big red spot is not just a plain old oval after all. It seems to act as a mood ring of sorts to indicate weather and circulation patterns for nearby storms systems. You can see this glow for yourself at home, assuming you have your very own infrared telescope facility.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Space @ 2:09 PM | Tags (9) | jupiter | glowing | spot | sciencedaily | space | storms | weather | patterns | circulation |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 11 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Tuesday: March 9, 2010

Physicists find brand new way to achieve Superman-like X-ray vision.Physicists find brand new way to achieve Superman-like X-ray vision.

In addition to allowing us to peer through paper or paint, and into cells, the technique opens up the possibility that opaque materials might be good optical elements in nano-scale devices, at levels where the construction of transparent lenses is particularly challenging.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 4:26 PM | Tags (11) | materials | objects | opacity | opaque | paint | paper | science | sciencedaily | superman | vision | xray |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 20 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Monday: March 1, 2010

New study shows that others just might know you better than you know yourself.New study shows that others just might know you better than you know yourself.

Similarly, if you think that you are warm and friendly, and your friends and family say even if you think along those lines, you don't come across that way, you might pay more attention to your behaviors.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 9:59 AM | Tags (5) | family | friends | research | sciencedaily | study |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 26 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: October 14, 2009

New study shows that chocolate and water can reduce heat pain response.New study shows that chocolate and water can reduce heat pain response.

The context of ingesting was also important to whether eating or drinking blunted pain, the researchers found. When rats were made ill by a drug treatment, eating chocolate no longer delayed their response.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 4:23 PM | Tags (7) | study | chocolate | water | sciencedaily | pain | response | science |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 8 Clicks | Posted by Vin


Wednesday: September 16, 2009

Turns out that sleep plays a pivotal role in memory formations. Who knew?Turns out that sleep plays a pivotal role in memory formations. Who knew?

These sharp, ‘loud’ transient events occur hundreds to thousands of times during sleep and ‘teach’ the neocortex to form a long-term form of the memory, a process referred to as memory consolidation.

Posted to Weekdaily filed in Science @ 8:50 AM | Tags (5) | brain | formation | memories | science | sciencedaily |  | Discuss (0) |  | facebook | twitter | 16 Clicks | Posted by Vin


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