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Daily low doses of cannabis have been shown to improve learning and memory performance in old mice, seemingly restoring the mental age of older animals to that of young, healthy mice. The findings demonstrate that tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis, could have significantly different effects on older brains...
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Can we really elevate our brains to some kind of higher state of consciousness? New research suggests it might be possible - scientists have spotted evidence of a sustained and previously unobserved increase in neural signal diversity in people under the influence of psychedelic drugs. Neural signal diversity is a...
A New Device Uses Sunlight to Create Drinking Water From Air
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), 663 million people — one in ten — lack access to safe water. Fully one-third of the world’s population lacks plumbing enough to have access to a toilet—that’s more than 2.4 billion people. A 2016 report found that water shortages affect two-thirds of...
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NASA has released a global map of the Earth at night for the first time since 2012, using the powerful Suomi NPP satellite and complex computer algorithms to give us our best look yet at our planet in darkness. The newly improved, high-resolution graphics can help scientists plot population patterns,...
DARPA Is Planning to Hack the Human Brain to Let Us “Upload” Skills
MINDHACK FOR FASTER LEARNING In March 2016, DARPA — the U.S. military’s “mad science” branch — announced their Targeted Neuroplasticity Training (TNT) program. The TNT program aims to explore various safe neurostimulation methods for activating synaptic plasticity, which is the brain’s ability to alter the connecting points between neurons — a requirement for...
This New Graphene-Based Electrode Could Boost Solar Storage by 3,000%
A new breakthrough in the search to recycle carbon dioxide in the Earth’s atmosphere into carbon neutral fuels and others materials has been achieved. The international team of chemists responsible was led by Liang-shi Li from the University of Indiana. The researchers have designed a molecule that uses electricity or...
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The UK's newest fusion reactor, ST40, was switched on last week, and has already managed to achieve 'first plasma' - successfully generating a scorching blob of electrically-charged gas (or plasma) within its core. The aim is for the tokamak reactor to heat plasma up to 100 million degrees Celsius (180...
No Brain-Damaging Blood Loss Okay, so it’s not every day you hear about a real life head transplant, but there is such a thing. In fact, research into transplanting heads has been around for a while now, with the first known two-headed animal experiments dating as far back as the...
Scientists have developed a retinal implant that can restore lost vision in rats, and are planning to trial the procedure in humans later this year. The implant, which converts light into an electrical signal that stimulates retinal neurons, could give hope to millions who experience retinal degeneration – including retinitis...
The human body is probably the most studied biological system ever. You’d think that by now we’d know all there is to know about our lungs, skin, and kidneys. But time and again, scientists keep uncovering yet another facet of our own make-up. Now, researchers have discovered four new...

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