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I’m not sure this is something that really needed thorough empirical research. Everyone who was perseverent enough to master the arts of meditation can immediately recognise beneficial effects even after a few sessions.

Perhaps it’s all about just giving your mind a break to recollect itself, we are shot at with so much bulk after all. I’m looking forward to the time when I’ll have enough courage and will to just sit down and deal with my mind’s demons.


via New Scientist


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Experiments at Yale and University of Pennsylvania reveal that the brain interprets sweets and fat foods in the same way as it does when you take addictive drugs. Apparently the same neural pathways for pleasure are activated in both cases, but Yale brain scientist Ralph DiLeone says it is not as if food is as addictive as drugs.

Furthermore, Uri Shalev, a researcher at Concordia University in Montreal, shows that hungry animals are prone to the intake of drugs, which confirms the above mentioned ideas.

This only reiterates what my mother has always taught me, despite not having any academic qualifications in this subject: you have to learn good eating habbits early in your childhood. Accustom your brain to eating good food early and you won’t have to think about dieting when you will start caring about your looks.

via NPR

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A team from the NASA Astrobiology Institute found bacteria that use arsenic in cells in place of the phosphorous in Mono Lake, California. The breakthrough reveals new possible forms of life on other planets that scientists might have failed to research because it didn’t contain the six known elements to support life on Earth: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, sulfur, and phosphorus.

The research article, published in ScienceMag at the beginning of November, anticipates the find of the GFAJ-1 bacterium to ‘have profound evolutionary and geochemical significance’.

Earlier this week a robot reproducing itself without human intervention was revealed by researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute, taking us one step closer to a computer dominated world.

I wonder what all these discoveries lead to; surely they must converge somewhere.

via Wired

Daryl Bem of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York has finally managed to scientifically prove the existence of precognition after eight years of experiments involving more than 1000 volunteers.

I know most of us find it rather a sci-fi topic, however I’m sure everyone has experienced at least once such a case; thinking of a friend and then receiving a call from him/her a few minutes later, dying for a cigarette with no money on you and then finding a pack on tube stairs. These things happen and it’s all a bit too impressive to call them coincidences.

Experts have greatly debated that future sight truly exists but now thorough experiments and data collection has made it possible for such a claim to be approved by the toughest sceptics. Dem’s paper will be published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology before the end of the year

via New Scientist

via Cambridge Brain Sciences

via RSA – the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts